In the Balance

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Hospitality and Tourism

    Course : Hotel Management

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1) The student gains academic knowledge and skills required to pursue the full range of career and postsecondary education opportunities within the hotel industry. The student is expected to:
      • (A) organize oral and written information
      • (B) compose a variety of written documents such as agendas, thank you letters, presentations and advertisements
      • (D) infer how scientific principles are used in the hotel industry
    • (2) The student uses verbal and nonverbal communication skills to create, express and interpret information for providing a positive experience for guests and employees. The student is expected to:
      • (D) interpret verbal and nonverbal cues to enhance communication with individuals such as coworkers, customers and clients
      • (E) locate written information used to communicate with individuals such as coworkers and customers
      • (G) follow directions and procedures independently
    • (5) The student develops principles in time management, decision-making, effective communication and prioritizing. The student is expected to:
      • (A) apply effective practices for managing time and energy
      • (B) implement stress-management techniques
      • (C) analyze various steps in the decision-making process
      • (D) analyze the importance of balancing a career, family and leisure activities
    • (9) The student uses leadership and teamwork skills in collaborating with others to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. The student is expected to:
      • (A) apply team building skills
      • (B) apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
      • (C) apply leadership and teamwork qualities in creating a pleasant work atmosphere
    • (12) The student understands the knowledge and skills required for careers in the hotel management industry. The student is expected to:
      • (A) develop job-specific technical vocabulary
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • understand what changes affect a work-life balance
    • analyze the importance of balancing a career, family and leisure activities
    • use scientific methods to assess stress levels
    • implement stress management techniques
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Our lives are very busy today. As we get older and begin our careers and eventually have a family, our lives will get even busier. To maintain a healthy mind and body, it is important to learn to balance the various segments in our lives; mainly our family, friends, career and leisure time.

    Today’s lesson will cover some ways we can learn to recognize balance and imbalance as well as leran a few basic techniques in ways to achieve and maintain a balanced and less stressful life.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Four 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Burnout: A state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion typically caused by prolonged periods of stress

    Delegate: To send, appoint or authorize someone to act as a representative

    Leisure: Free time to spend as you wish

    Time Management: The act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • computers with Internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines for Internet access)
    • presenter remote
    • light projector (Elmo)

    Materials:

    • construction paper
    • markers
    • scissors
    • small sticks/twigs, small dowels, stiff wire (for the horizontal pieces)
    • string or twine (for the vertical pieces)
    • glue or glue sticks

    Supplies:

    • cell phone (family, friends, time)
    • clock (time)
    • hotel brochure (career)
    • hotel electronic key (career)
    • pens or pencils (school)
    • pictures of people (family and friends)
    • scales (balance)
    • small sports ball (leisure)
    • sunglasses (leisure)
    • watch (time)

    • copies of all handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)

  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Display as many materials as you have available in the front of the classroom so that students see them as they enter (see Materials or Specialized Equipment Needed tab).

    Familiarize yourself with the online stress profile quiz for kids:

    • STRESS-O-METER
      Department of Health and Human Services
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Stress can be good, but too much stress is definitely bad. Do you feel just enough stress to keep you on your game, or are you totally wigged-out? Are you as tight as a rubber band? A great big ball of nerves?
      http://www.bam.gov/sub_yourlife/yourlife_stressometer.html#.

    —-
    Begin the lesson by asking students the following questions:

    • Do you have balance in your life?
    • What do you do to handle stress?
    • Do you handle stress in a positive manner?
    • Why do you think it is important to have balance in your life?

    Distribute the graphic organizer KWL – Life and Career Balance (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and have students fill out the first two sections of the chart.

    • What do I know about balancing life and a career or the various parts of life? What does balance mean to me?
    • What do I want to know about balancing life and a career or the various parts of life?

    The last section will be completed during lesson closure.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer In the Balance Notes (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may take notes during the slide presentation.

    Introduce the PowerPoint™ In the Balance (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and lead a discussion on the importance of balancing a career/school, family, friends, leisure time and any other demands on their lives.

    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
    • highlight materials for emphasis
    • provide students with vocabulary list with definitions prior to lesson
    • work with a peer tutor
    • provide printed PowerPoint™ In The Balance Presenter Notes for assistance with note-taking

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Allow the students to take the online stress profile quiz for kids.

    Regardless of the results of each student’s profile, the students should understand this is only an indicator and represents a moment in time and is not a doctor’s diagnosis.

    • STRESS-O-METER
      Department of Health and Human Services
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Stress can be good, but too much stress is definitely bad. Do you feel just enough stress to keep you on your game, or are you totally wigged-out? Are you as tight as a rubber band? A great big ball of nerves?
      http://www.bam.gov/sub_yourlife/yourlife_stressometer.html#.


    Distribute the graphic organizer Weekly Planner (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Display the Weekly Planner Example (see All Lesson Attachments tab) on a light projector so that students will understand how to complete their planner for the coming week.

    Lead a discussion on the importance of relieving stress through proper planning and time management.
    Include, in the discussion, the benefits of building life-long positive and productive habits.

    Examples to include on their planners:

    • athletic practices
    • club meetings
    • family outings
    • project due dates
    • tests
    • time for family
    • time for rest

    Walk the room and observe the students and make suggestions as necessary.

    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
    • work with a peer tutor
    • extended time for assignment

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

    Divide the class into teams of three.

    View the YouTube™ video:

    Distribute handout Mobile Balancing Activity (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to the teams. Students may use the materials provided and any extra items they have in their purse or backpack. Items may also be brought from home.

    Explain that the mobile should be balanced using the law of physics.

    Distribute a copy of the Rubric for Mobile Balancing Activity (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that teams may understand what is expected.

    Reinforce the importance of balancing career/school, family, friends, leisure, and self. Share some examples of how to balance the various segments of one’s life, perhaps from your own experiences.

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

    • reduce assignment
    • extended time for assignment
    • work with a peer tutor

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Students will complete the last section on their KWL – Life and Career Balance (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    • What did I learn about balancing life and a career?

    Review their answers in class.

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

    Students will present their version of “balancing a career, family, friends, leisure actitives and time.

    Student mobiles will be assessed with the appropriate rubric.

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

    • extended time for assignment
    • praise completed work

  • References/Resources

    Textbook:

    • Reynolds, J. S. and Chase D. M. (2014). Hospitality services. Third Edition. Tinley Park, IL: Goodheart-Willcox Company.

    Website:

    • STRESS-O-METER
      Department of Health and Human Services
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Stress can be good, but too much stress is definitely bad. Do you feel just enough stress to keep you on your game, or are you totally wigged-out? Are you as tight as a rubber band? A great big ball of nerves?
      http://www.bam.gov/sub_yourlife/yourlife_stressometer.html#.

    YouTube™:

  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • use “word wall” for vocabulary words
    • work with a peer tutor
    • peer to read materials
    • highlighted materials for emphasis
    • shortened simplified instructions
  • 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

    Students may read the following articles:

    • How to Manage a Work Life Balance
      A solid work-life balance keeps you focused at work and calm at home. Eliminating unnecessary activities and asking for help are important to striking the balance. If all goes well, you will think about work at work and have uninterrupted time at home with yourself and your family.
      http://www.ehow.com/how_8434838_manage-work-life-balance.html

    Encourage students to connect reading and their life experiences or prior knowledge.

  • Quotes

    There are far too many people that waste their time telling themselves that they don’t have enough time.
    -Unknown

    Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
    -Unknown

    Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
    -Thomas Merton

    In all aspects of our lives balance is key. Doing one thing too much can cause upset, like the old saying goes, everything in moderation is the secret!
    -Catherine Pulsifer

    Time and balance the two most difficult things to have control over, yet they are both the things that we do control.
    -Catherine Pulsifer

    Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.
    -Brian Tracy

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoint™:

    • In the Balance
    • Presentation Notes – In the Balance

    Technology:

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • In the Balance Notes
    • In the Balance Notes (Key)
    • KWL Chart – Life and Career Balance

    Handouts:

    • Mobile Balancing Activity
    • Rubric for Mobile Balancing Activity
    • Weekly Planner
    • Weekly Planner Example

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • When I feel stress, my friends and family are …
    • I can immediately relieve my stress by …
    • I can immediately improve balance in my life by …
    • I will share what I have learned about stress and balance by …

    Writing Strategy:

    RAFT (Role/Audience/Format/Topic) writing strategy:

    • Role: student
    • Audience: future self
    • Format: Letter – Have the students write a letter to themselves dated six months in the future.
    • Topic: The students should describe the stress-reduced self they would like to see six months from today’s date. In this letter they should also describe how they plan to achieve the stress-reduced state and how they plan to maintain it if achieved or what to do if they are not yet at the level they want to achieve.

  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Three reasons why a work-life balance is important are …
    • Five stress-reducing strategies are …
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Assign small groups of students to create three-minute skits on either work-life balance or recreate scenes of stress and demonstrate how it is managed in positive ways.

    TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video 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.

  • Family/Community Connection

    Invite local workers from the hotel industry (can also include other industries) to talk to the class on the importance of a work-life balance and how they achieve a good balance. They can include how stress can be different in the hotel industry versus other industries in their discussion.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    http://www.texasfccla.org

    • Star Events:
      • Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation is an individual or team event that recognizes participants who demonstrate their knowledge of the hospitality, tourism, and recreation industries and ability to translate their knowledge into a hypothetical or real business.

    Lesson is preparation for Hospitality LEO test.

  • Service Learning Projects

    True service learning is developed with student voice about concerns and needs. As the students are learning and researching this topic, ask them to think about ways they can maximize their learning to benefit others.
    Ask students how they will use what they have learned about balancing a career and family.
    Brainstorm with your students for a service project pertaining to this lesson. For more information, visit www.ysa.org.

    Example:
    Have the students create posters for the school on proper ways to manage stress and post the posters in the halls of school. They can also create and present short skits on how to manage stress to be presented during the lunch periods.