Where Do I Fit In?

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Career Development

    Course : Career Portals: Middle School

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (4) The student explores the professional skills needed for college and career success. The student is expected to:
      • (D) explore the steps required to participate in a variety of career and educational opportunities, including, but not limited to, entry-level employment, military service, apprenticeships, community and technical colleges, and universities
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • investigate required steps necessary for a variety of career and educational opportunities
    • create an online presentation detailing the steps required to participate in a variety of career and educational opportunities
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Think back to the lifestyle timelines you created earlier in the semester. Think about the type of career you will need to have in order to support that type of lifestyle. Do you know what type of education or training you will need to complete in order to support that lifestyle? You will explore various types of education and training opportunities through this lesson.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Four 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Apprenticeship: A system of training that is done on-the-job. An apprentice works for an employer who helps the apprentice learn their trade

    Community College: A two-year community college or junior college awards an associate degree once a student has completed a two-year course of study. Some two-year colleges grant diplomas or certificates to students who have met course requirements and are ready to practice in their career fields.

    Entry-level: A job that doesn’t require a degree and lots of experience

    On-the-job training: A trial-by-fire method of job training where people are forced to learn a job on their own, receiving guidance only when they make a mistake

    Post-secondary education: : A program designed to support students with intellectual disabilities who are seeking to continue academic, career and technical training for education, and to prepare for gainful employment

    Prerequisite: Something that is necessary to an end or to the carrying out of a function

    Private College: Receives less money from state and local governments, so it charges the same cost to students who live in or outside of the state. This cost is usually higher than the cost of attending a public college

    Public College: Receives a lot of its funding from state or local government. So, it can charge students who live in that state less money to attend that school

    Technical College: Typically offer programs that are two years or less and provide students with formal classes and hands-on experience related to their future career interests. Students may earn a diploma or a certificate, prepare for a licensing exam, or study to begin work as an apprentice or a journeyman in a skilled trade

    University: A four-year college usually offers a bachelor’s degree. Some four-year colleges offer advanced degrees such as a master’s or other graduate degree

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • presenter/remote
    • student computers with Internet access

    Materials:

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

    Before class begins:

    Gather the students’ timelines from the beginning of the course and display them around the classroom. Collect colored post-it notes or colored paper and tape. Each color will represent a different form of career and educational prerequisite for the desired lifestyle. Blue = entry level employment, red = military service, yellow = apprenticeships, green = community and technical colleges, and orange = universities (if you are unable to find these colors, any substitutions will work as well.)

    As class begins, distribute colored post-it notes or colored paper and tape to each student. Each student will go around the classroom visiting the timelines and assess the timelines by placing a colored post-it note beneath the timeline. Each color will represent a different form of career and educational prerequisite for the desired lifestyle. Have the students read the timelines and decide which type of career and educational opportunity best fits the lifestyle on the timelines. After the students are done with the assignment, have the students pick up their own timeline with post-it notes.

    Allow students to complete the activity and ask the following questions:

    • Do you agree with the suggested career and educational opportunities listed for your timeline? Why or why not?
    • Is anyone surprised to learn their desired lifestyle may require additional training than previously anticipated? Why or why not?
    • Does anyone want to change their timeline? Why or why not? (At this time, allow students time to update their timeline if desired.)

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer, KWHL – Where Do I Fit In?, (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and have students fill out the first two columns of the chart. Ask students to write down what they already know about career education and training. The last column will be completed during lesson closure.

    Distribute handout, Notetaking – Where Do I Fit In?, and introduce PowerPoint™, Where Do I Fit In? (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will be expected to take notes while viewing the slide presentation.

    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 assistance with note-taking
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Optional Activity:

    Cut apart and distribute*Lifestyle Scenario Cards* (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to students and allow them to explore various resources to fill in the blanks on their cards. Depending on your class size you may need to develop additional scenarios or have students work in teams. Once cards have been completed, allow time for students to share and discuss their results.

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    Distribute handout, Prezi Presentation Assignment (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will go to www.prezi.com to create presentation. Teachers will need to set up an educational account prior to start of lesson. Instructions on how to create a prezi for beginners can be found at http://prezi.com/learn/. Inform students that assignment must be prepared individually or with a partner. Explain that information will be expected to be retrieved only from reliable sources.

    Review components of Prezi Presentation Assignment Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students are aware of assessment procedures. Assist students with research and presentation choice. Allow students to select one topic from the handout, Prezi Presentation Assignment, list so that all topics are covered. Keep students focused and on task.

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

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

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

    Students will work independently or with a partner researching and collecting data for their assignment. At the end of each class period have each student or group give a brief status report on their assignment. Students will complete their assignments and begin presentations.

    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
    • 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.

    During research, end each class with each student or group giving a brief status report on the progress of their assignment.

    Students will make presentation to the class.

    Complete graphic organizer, KWHL – Where Do I Fit In?, to analyze what they have learned from their investigation of career and education opportunities.

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

    Student presentations/projects will be assessed with Prezi Presentation Assignment Rubric provided during Guided Practice.

    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

    Website:

    • Financial Aid Resource Publications from the U.S. Department of Education
      My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College — A Workbook for Students in Middle and Junior High Schools provides information for middle and junior high school students about how to go to college and how to pay for education beyond high school. This publication also includes charts, checklists, and other activities to help students answer important questions, such as “Why think about college now?” “What can a college education do for me?” and “How will I pay for college?”
      http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/siteresources/2010_MFMW_Final.pdf
    • Prezi
      Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations from monologues into conversations: enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas.
      www.prezi.com
  • 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

    Make copies of the following article for students to read and discuss: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-03-16-1Acollegeforall16_CV_N.htm.

    Ask the following questions:

    • What may be the benefits of taking part in an apprenticeship?
    • Is college for everyone?
    • (Debate) Which is better, attedning college or going to work right after high school?

  • Quotes

    Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
    -George Bernard Shaw

    A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
    -George Bernard Shaw

    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoint™:

    • Where Do I Fit In?
    • Presentation Notes for Where Do I Fit In?

    Website:

    • Financial Aid Resource Publications from the U.S. Department of Education
      My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College — A Workbook for Students in Middle and Junior High Schools provides information for middle and junior high school students about how to go to college and how to pay for education beyond high school. This publication also includes charts, checklists, and other activities to help students answer important questions, such as “Why think about college now?” “What can a college education do for me?” and “How will I pay for college?”
      http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/siteresources/2010_MFMW_Final.pdf
    • Prezi
      Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations from monologues into conversations: enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas.
      www.prezi.com

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizer:

    • KWHL Chart – Where Do I Fit In?

    Handouts:

    • Lifestyle Scenarios
    • Notetaking – Where Do I Fit In?
    • Prezi Presentation Assignment
    • Prezi Presentation Assignment Rubric

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • Describe your future.
    • Describe your future career.
    • Describe your plans after high school.

    Writing Strategy:

    • Role: Friend
    • Audience: Teens
    • Format: Letter writing
    • Topic: Post high school options
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Explain the difference between a technical and community college.
    • Explain the benefits of attending a community college prior to a four-year university.
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    • Create fliers, pamphlets and/or brochures advertising for the college and career night described in the family and community connection.
    • Create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to discuss the benefits of post secondary education.
  • Family/Community Connection

    Host a college and career night at school. Invite local colleges and universities to attend, along with middle and high school guidance counselors. Also invite local businesses to attend. Set up booths for guests to visit.

  • CTSO connection

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

    STAR Events:

    • Career Investigation
    • Life Event Planning
  • 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.servicelearning.org

    Possible idea: Host a college and career night at school. Invite local colleges and universities to attend, along with middle and high school guidance counselors. Also invite local businesses to attend. Set up booths for guests to visit.