Exploring Careers in Education and Training

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Education and Training

    Course : Principles of Education and Training

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1) The student complete 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
    • (2) The student understands societal impacts within the education and training career cluster. The student is expected to:
      • (C) use labor market information, knowledge of technology, and societal or economic trends to forecast job profiles within the education and training career cluster
    • (3) The student explores careers in administrations and administrative support. The student is expected to:
      • (A) summarize the various roles and responsibilities of professionals in the fields of administration and administrative support
      • (C) investigate education and training alternatives after high school for a career choice within the student’s interest areas
    • (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 area
    • (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 choice. The student is expected to:
      • (B) use labor market information, knowledge of technology, and societal and economic trends to forecast job profiles within each cluster program of study
      • (C) use personal interests and aptitudes to identify a specific cluster program of study as a potential field of study
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • explore careers in education and training
    • investigate their interests with an interactive online interest profiler
    • research skills, education, abilities, and work activities for a specific career
    • design an education and training career poster
  • Rationale

    What career do you see in your future? What education do you need for this career? How much money will you make? What skills will you need? In this lesson you will explore the answers to these questions as well as additional information regarding Education and Training careers. Let’s get started!

  • Duration of Lesson

    Six 45 minute class periods.

  • Word Wall

    Career Clusters: Are groupings of occupations/career specialties used as an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction. Occupations/career specialties are grouped into the Career Clusters based on the fact that they require a set of common knowledge and skills for career success. The Knowledge and Skills represented by Career Clusters prepare learners for a full range of occupations/career specialties, focusing on the holistic, polished blend of technical, academic and employability knowledge and skills. This approach enhances the more traditional approach to career and technical education in which instruction may focus on one or two occupations and emphasize only specific occupational skills

    Career Pathways: Are sub-groupings of occupations/career specialties used as an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction. Occupations/career specialties are grouped into Pathways based on the fact that they require a set of common knowledge and skills for career success

    Certification: Proof that you are an expert in a specific topic

    Education: The act or process of acquiring knowledge. A particular kind of instruction or training

    Interests: What you like to do

    Occupations/Career Specialties: Are particular careers or occupations based on advanced knowledge and skills specific to that career or occupation

    Knowledge and Skills: Are industry-validated statements that describe what learners/employees need to know and be able to do for career success within a Cluster and/or Pathway

    Program of Study (curriculum framework): A sequence of instruction (based on recommended standards and knowledge and skills) consisting of coursework, co-curricular activities, work-site learning, service learning and other learning experiences. This sequence of instruction provides preparation for a career

    Personal Plan of Study: An individual learner’s scope and sequence of coursework, co-curricular activities, work-site learning, service learning and other learning experiences based upon his/her chosen career goals and aspirations. The Plan of Study should be revisited periodically (at least on an annual basis) to make adjustments as the interests and career aspirations of a learner change. This is a flexible resource designed to change in concert with the interests and needs of the learner

    Skills: Refer to the talent and expertise a person possesses to perform a certain job or task

    • Note to Teacher – Some definitions are longer than others and are taken from reliable sources. Use your discretion as to the length when assigning terms and definitions to students for review.
  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for multimedia presentations
    • computers with Internet access

    Supplies:

    • alphabet blocks
    • card stock
    • children’s books
    • educational magazines
    • index cards
    • play money
    • step ladder
    • textbooks (various)
    • toys
    • ties (to represent administration)
    • copies of all handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Become familiar with:

    Print the Principles of Education and Training Careers O*Net Flashcards (see All Lesson Attachments tab) on card stock ready for use in the Independent Practice tab.
    A list of the flashcards is available Education and Training (see All Lesson Attachment tab) for you to reference.

    Gather materials and place in front of classroom. On index cards, write the following titles:

    • Ladder of Success (title at top)
    • On the Job Training (1st step)
    • Certifications (2nd step)
    • Associate’s Degree (3rd step)
    • Bachelor’s Degree (4th step)
    • Graduate Degree (5th step)

    Tape cards on the steps of the ladder from the bottom up with the title at the very top. Take a small amount of money on the lowest step representing On the Job Training. Place more money on the next step representing Certifications. Continue adding more money until the most money is at the top step, Graduate Degree.

    As students enter the classroom, allow them to visualize the more education they acquire, the more money they can make.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Introduce PowerPoint™ Exploring Careers in Education and Training (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Distribute graphic organizer Ups and Downs of Careers in Education and Training (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Allow students time to answer.

    Continue with slide presentation.

    View the Achieve Texas Media Component for Education and Training.
    http://www.achievetexas.org/_media/00-0000.05-05.mpg

    Distribute the Career Cluster Programs of Study Models for Corporate Trainer, Early Childhood Educator, Teacher, Education Counselor, and Education Administrator (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may follow along with the slide presentation.

    Distribute graphic organizer Education and Training Career Wanted (see All Lesson Attachment tab) and explain to students to choose one of the Programs of Study Models they may be interested in as a career. Allow them to document the career from the bottom level to the top. Explain of course that any level attained is to be congratulated but to always be prepared for the top. Give examples.

    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
    • peer assistance with notetaking
    • providing printed PowerPoint™ notes
    • extra time to take notes

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce students to My Next Move – What do you want to do for a living? website
    http://www.mynextmove.org/

    Direct them to the Interests tab where they will answer questions about the type of work they might enjoy. Careers that match their interests and training will be suggested.

    Allow them time to complete the assessment and print their scores.

    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
    • peer assistance

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

    Student will design a poster with a selected career.

    Place the Principles of Education and Training Careers O*Net Flashcards (see All Lesson Attachments tab) in a basket. Ask each student to choose one career that they will research. They may exchange careers with their peers or with you as long as each student has a different career.

    Direct students to the O*Net Online website.
    http://www.onetonline.org/

    Students will type in the O*Net SOC code in the Occupation Search.

    • Note to teacher – if you do not have a computer lab for your students, you may print the information needed for the careers from your computer so that students may be able to complete the assignment.

    Distribute the Rubric for Career Poster Visual Display and the Rubric for Electronic Glogster™ EDU Career Poster (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may understand the assignment. The poster should include an image of the career and the following information:

    • Tasks
    • Tools and Technology
    • Knowledge
    • Skills
    • Abilities
    • Work Activities
    • Job Zone
    • Education
    • Interest Code
    • Work Styles
    • Work Values
    • Wages and Employment Trends

    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
    • shortened assignment
    • extended time to complete assignment

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lesson plan objectives, terms and definitions.

    The O*NET Interest Profiler can helped students find out what their interests were and how they relate to the world of work. It will also help them decide what kinds of careers they might want to explore.

    There are six interest areas:

    • Realistic
    • Investigative.
    • Artistic
    • Social
    • Enterprising
    • Conventional

    Students will share their top three scores from their personal score report with the class.

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

    Students will present their Career Poster to the class.
    Presentations will be assessed with a rubric.

    Option: Display the Career Posters on a wall outside your classroom so that students may view the possible careers in Education and Training.

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

    • assistance with presentation
    • encourage participation
    • praise efforts

  • References/Resources

    Textbook:

    • Kauchak, D.P., & Eggen, P.D. (2011). Introduction to teaching: Becoming a professional. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

    Websites:

  • 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

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Encourage students to keep up with and read educational trends by visiting the blogs at George Lucas’ Educational Foundation – What Works in Education
    http://www.edutopia.org/blogs

    Have students form their own questions about the text prior to reading or have them write down any questions that come to mind as they are reading.

  • Quotes

    Careers, like rockets, don’t always take off on time. The trick is to always keep the engine running.
    -Gary Sinise

    Be open to the amazing changes which are occurring in the field that interest you.
    -Leigh Steinberg

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
    -Confucius

    Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
    -Anthony J. D’Angelo

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoint™:

    • Exploring Careers in Education and Training
    • Presentation Notes – Exploring Careers in Education and Training

    Technology:

    • Free iPad App:
    • Infographic:
      • Infographic: Choosing a Career
        This infographic indulges the fantasy a little, tempering it with a needed splash of reality. After all, while some people require unique experiences in their dream career, others just want stability and good health benefits.
        http://dailyinfographic.com/choosing-a-career-infographic
    • Tedx Talk:
      • Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!
        In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out six ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
        http://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_go_ahead_make_up_new_words

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • Education and Training Career Wanted
    • Ups and Downs of Careers in Education and Training

    Handouts:

    • Education and Training Careers O*Net Flashcards
    • Education and Training list
    • Programs of Study Models – Corporate Trainer (PDF and Excel)
    • Programs of Study Models – Counselor (PDF and Excel)
    • Programs of Study Models – Early Childhood Educator (PDF and Excel)
    • Programs of Study Models – Education Administrator (PDF and Excel)
    • Programs of Study Models – Teacher (PDF and Excel)
    • Rubric for Career Poster Visual Display
    • Rubric for Electronic Glogster™ EDU Career Poster

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • If I were a counselor an an elementary school, I would……because….
    • If I was employed as an education administrator, I would…. because….
    • If I was employed as an early childhood educator at a Head Start Program, I would…. because….

    Writing Strategies:

    • RAFT writing strategy
      • Role: Teacher
        Audience: Principal
        Format: Persuasive letter
        Topic: Interest in being considered for Department Chair position
        Clearly state your qualifications and why you would be the best employee for the position.
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    Share their career interest and explanations from Education and Training Career Wanted (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Teaching is……

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Students may be allowed to Job Shadow a person in an Education and Training career. Be sure to follow school district guidelines.
    They may then write a report about the experience and share with the class.

    Infographic:

    Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

    The infographic below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the image on a projector and lead a discussion concerning the information provided.

    • Infographic: Choosing a Career
      This infographic indulges the fantasy a little, tempering it with a needed splash of reality. After all, while some people require unique experiences in their dream career, others just want stability and good health benefits.
      http://dailyinfographic.com/choosing-a-career-infographic

    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.

    • Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!
      In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out six ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
      http://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_go_ahead_make_up_new_words
  • Family/Community Connection

    Invite various administrators, faculty and staff members to speak to the class about their job responsibilities and how they got into teaching.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

    http://www.fccla.org

    • Career Investigation An individual event – recognizes participants for their ability to perform self-assessments, research and explore a career, set career goals, create a plan for achieving goals, and describe the relationship of Family and Consumer Sciences coursework to the selected career.

    Texas Association of Future Educators

    http://www.tafeonline.org

    • Exploring Education Administration Careers Competition – This is an individual event. Smooth operation of an education institution requires competent administration. Administrators provide direction, leadership and day-to-day management of educational activities in schools and other education institutions. Competitors will job shadow an education administrator for a total of 8 hours then complete and submit four (4) career-exploration documents.
    • Exploring Student Support Services Careers Competition – This is an individual event. Specialized instructional-support personnel are critical to education systems. These highly skilled educators provide direct support to students so that they can be successful in school. Competitors will select one specialized instructional-support professional that works within their school district and will receive permission from the professional to job shadow him/her for a total of eight hours, then complete and submit four (4) career-exploration documents.
  • 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 http://www.servicelearningtexas.org

    Example:
    Students may plan an after school program promoting educational careers at the local elementary or middle school after school programs.

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