Educational Support Staff: Partners in Creating a Strong Learning Community

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Education and Training

    Course : Human Growth and Development

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    Principles of Education and Training

    • (1) The student completes career investigations within the education and training career cluster. The student is expected to:
      • (A) identify and describe the various careers found within the education and training career cluster
    • (4) The student explores careers in professional support services. The student is expected to:
      • (A) summarize the various roles and responsibilities of professionals in the field of professional support services
      • (C) investigate education and training alternatives after high school for a career choice within the student’s interest areas
    • (5) The student explores careers in teaching and training. The student is expected to:
      • (A) summarize the various roles and responsibilities of professionals in the fields of teaching and training
      • (C) investigate education or training alternatives after high school for a career choice within the student’s interest areas
    • (6) The student investigates career opportunities within the education and training career cluster. The student is expected to:
      • (A) compare and contrast the specific career options found within each education and training cluster program of study

    Human Growth and Development

    • (11) The student understands the skills necessary for career preparation. The student is expected to:
      • (D) demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication skills
    • (12) The student explores opportunities available in education and training. The student is expected to:
      • (B) evaluate employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and education requirements in the educational field of interest

    Instructional Practices in Education and Training

    • (1) The student explores the teaching and training profession. The student is expected to:
      • (B) determine knowledge and skills needed by teaching and training professionals
      • (E) investigate possible career options in the field of education and training
    • (3) The student communicates effectively. The student is expected to:
      • (A) demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication skills

    Practicum in Education and Training

    • (1) The student explores the teaching and training profession. The student is expected to:
      • (A) assess personal characteristics needed to work in the teaching and training profession
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • investigate careers within educational instructional-support staff
    • interview and job shadow a current education support services professional
    • demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic communication skills
    • have an opportunity to hold/participate in a local exploring professional support services careers competition
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Have you ever thought about how our school would operate without a school counselor? What about a speech-language pathologist? There are several individuals on campus who help students, teachers and other staff members every day, and sometimes this work is done “behind the scenes.” Each of these roles are extremely valuable within a school, and it would be very difficult to operate a school without them. Today you will get the opportunity to job shadow different educational instructional support staff members such as audiologists, school psychologists and vision specialists.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Four 45 minute classes periods

  • Word Wall

    AchieveTexas: The name for Texas’s college and career education initiative

    Audiologist: Diagnoses and treats a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures

    Career cluster: A way of organizing curricula, instruction, and assessment around specific occupational groups (for example, Information Technology or Health Science) that offers students core academics, coursework related to specific occupations and extended learning experiences

    Occupational Therapist: Treats injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities

    Physical Therapist: Helps injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain

    Program of study: A way of organizing the curricula and educational activities within a career cluster related to a student’s specific academic and career goal

    School Counselor: Helps students develop social skills and succeed in school

    School Psychologist: Helps children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally

    School Social Worker: Provides social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children; In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior and truancy

    Speech-Language Pathologist: Someone who assesses, diagnoses, treats and helps to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients

    Vision Specialist: A certified teacher who holds a special credential in vision impairment in addition to having a standard teaching certificate

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for multimedia presentation
    • presenter/remote
    • computers with Internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines for Internet access)

    Materials:

    • audiologist equipment
    • counseling brochures
    • eye exam chart
    • physical therapy equipment such as:
      • wedges
      • bolsters
      • Tumbleforms
      • gross motor equipment
    • Special Education binder
    • tape recorder

    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Prior to the lesson:

    • Become familiar with PowerPoints™, handouts and activities.
    • Print and cut apart the job descriptions on Job Descriptions of Careers (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout.
    • Arrange the classroom tables or desks into eight groups. Number each grouping of tables as a station, and in the center of each group of tables place one job description for each of the following careers:

    • Audiologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physical Therapist
    • School Counselor
    • Speech-Language Pathologist
    • School Psychologist
    • School Social Worker
    • Vision Specialist
  • Do not list the career title; students will guess the title of the career as they enter the classroom.

    Before class begins:

    Display as many of the lesson-related supplies (see Materials or Specialized Equipment Needed) as you have available on a table in front of the room.

    As students enter the classroom, have the students number their paper from 1-8. They are to rotate to each station, read the job description, and then write down a guess for what the career title is.

    Allow the students to complete the assignment for about 15 minutes. Go over the answers with the students. Then ask the following:

    • Who is interested in one of these careers? Why?
    • What education is required of a vision specialist?
    • How do vision specialists help teachers in the classroom?
    • What certificates or licenses are required for an occupational therapist?
    • How do speech-language pathologists work with teachers to help students succeed in the classroom?
    • How can knowing what a counselor does daily help students perform in the classroom?

    Distribute graphic organizer, KWL Chart – Support Staff (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Have students fill out the first two columns of the chart. Ask students to write down what they already know about support staff members and what they want to learn about support staff members in the second column. The last column will be completed during Lesson Closure.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and their definitions.

    If the outcome of this lesson will be used to enter the TAFE competitive event EXPLORING STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES CAREERS COMPETITION, review competition guidelines at this time. See TAFE Advisor Handbook for details.

    Introduce PowerPoint™, Educational Support Staff: Partners in Creating a Strong Learning Community. (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Distribute Note Taking Educational Support Staff: Partners in Creating a Strong Learning Community (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout. Students will be expected to take notes while viewing the slide presentation. Allow time for classroom discussion.

    Throughout the lesson, refer to the Word Wall so that students may become familiar with terminology. You may use a site such as wordle.net or tagxedo.com to create a digital word wall.

    YouTube™ videos included in the PowerPoint™:

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • checking for understanding
    • providing assistance with note-taking, navigating to the web and completing the assessment
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute handout, Career Research – Educational Support Staff (See All Lesson Attachments tab). This activity can be done individually or with a partner. Instruct students to pick one career from the list on the handout to research. This activity can be done individually or with a partner.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • checking for understanding
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • providing peer tutoring
    • reducing length of assignment

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce Job Shadowing Project and Job Shadowing Project Rubric (See All Lesson Attachments tab). Projects will be graded using the Job Shadowing Project Rubric (See All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Teacher may allow students to teach the lesson to the class, if time permits.

    Thoroughly explain project guidelines and each rubric component.

    Teacher note: You have the option of assigning this as an assessment grade and/or entering it in the TAFE EXPLORING STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES CAREERS Competition. See Enrichment Activity.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • check for understanding
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback
    • providing peer tutoring
    • reducing length of assignment
    • assisting student in gathering information
    • providing praise and encouragement

  • Lesson Closure

    Review objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Complete graphic organizer, KWL Chart – Educational Support Staff (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to analyze what they have learned about teaching to all learning styles.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Student projects will be shared with the class and assessed with rubric.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • grading according to work done
    • providing praise and encouragement

  • References/Resources

    Images:

    • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Microsoft Clip Art: Used with permission from Microsoft.

    Books:

    • Early Childhood Education Today, Twelfth Edition by George S. Morrison
      This book is a great resource on early childhood education. It covers the foundation of education, programs and resources for children and families, educational needs of infants through the primary grades and the special needs of children and families.
    • Introduction To Teaching: Becoming A Professional. (Fifth Edition). by Don Kauchak & Paul Eggen
      For any student going into the teaching profession, this is an excellent choice. It is an easy read for students on all levels. It covers the changing teaching profession, the foundations of education and how to become an effective teacher.

    Websites:

    • AchieveTexas
      AchieveTexas College and Career Initiative is an education initiative designed to prepare students for a lifetime of success. It allows students to achieve excellence by preparing them for secondary and postsecondary opportunities, career preparation and advancement, meaningful work, and active citizenship.
      http://www.achievetexas.org/
    • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
      The ASCA provides information about how to become a school counselor. It also provides current school counselors with resources such as periodicals and information related to professional development conferences.
      http://www.schoolcounselor.org/

    YouTube™:

  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:
    http://www.achievetexas.org/Career%20Cluster%20Crosswalks.htm

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Have students download a free e-book “A Parent’s Guide to Speech and Communication Challenges in Young Children” at:
    http://info.speechbuddy.com/parents-guide-ebook-speech-communication-challenges-in-young-children

    Have students write a reflection paper about the job shadowing experience. The paper should answer the following questions:

    • What are some of the duties the audiologist performs?
    • How does the school psychologist’s work support the work of the teachers?
    • How does the vision specialist’s work support the students?
    • Would this be a career you might consider in your future? Why or why not?
    • What other reflections from this experience would you like to share?
  • TED Talks:

    TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

    The video below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video, and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

    • Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Why lunch ladies are heroes
      Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be.
      http://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_krosoczka_why_lunch_ladies_are_heroes

    The mission of Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) is to foster the recruitment and development of prospective educators through the dissemination of innovative programming and relevant research. One of the ways we provide character and leadership skills is by encouraging students to participate in TAFE competitions. Students have the option to participate in the TAFE competition – Exploring Student Support Services Careers. To familiarize themselves with the rules and guidelines of the competition, have the students complete Scavenger Hunt – TAFE Exploring Student Support Services Careers Competition (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout. Distribute TAFE Exploring Student Support Services Careers Competition (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout to assist in completing the scavenger hunt. Use Scavenger Hunt – TAFE Student Educational Support Services Careers Competition (Key) (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout as a guide to check their answers.

    Principles of Education and Training Math Assessment Problems

    • (1) The student completes career investigations within the education and training
      career cluster. The student is expected to:
      • (C) recognize the impact of career choice on personal lifestyle

    Question 2. If Mr. Ramos works in a district where 10% of his yearly salary S is put into a retirement program, which equation could be used to find his monthly salary M ?
    a. M = 10S
    b. M = .90S
    c. 12M = .90S
    d. M = .10

    Answer: C

  • Family/Community Connection

    Invite support services individuals from your district to serve as a guest panel to discuss their careers with the class. Students can ask the guests questions about their jobs and what path they took to get to that position.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
    http://texasfccla.org

    STAR Events:

    • Early Childhood – An individual event – recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences skills to plan and conduct a child development project that has a positive impact on children and the community.
    • Focus on Children – An individual or team event – recognizes participants who organize a community service project focused on a specific need related to children in the community.
    • Teach and Train – An individual event – recognizes participants for their exploration of the education and training fields through research and hands-on experience.

    SkillsUSA
    http://skillsusa.org

    SkillsUSA Contests:

    • Early Childhood Education – An individual event – recognizes participants who demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and ability to prepare and implement learning activities for children 3 to 5 years old. Contestants will prepare a written lesson plan and take a written test assessing their knowledge of child development and effective teaching strategies.

    Texas Association of Future Educators
    http://tafeonline.org

    TAFE Contests:

    • Exploring Student Support Services Careers – An individual event – recognizes participants who select one instructional-support professional that works within their school district and to job shadow and interview the individual.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson. For additional information on service learning see www.ysa.org
    Possible idea: Partner with one of the support staff members on your campus, such as the school counselor. Ask what items he/she might need in their office to help them work with the students, such as games, colors or markers for students to use in his/her office. Collect these items for the individual to use. One suggestion is to choose someone who may be new to this career and may need help building a collection of items to use in their office or the teacher’s classroom.

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