Let’s Look at Professional Associations

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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:
      • (E) identify professional associations affiliated with a specified program of study
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • explain the benefits of professional associations
    • research professional associations affiliated with a specific program of study
    • create an online poster for a professional association affiliated with a specific program of study
  • Rationale

    In this lesson you will learn the importance of joining a professional association. You will each create a brochure for a specific professional association that will showcase a specific professional association and focus the benefits it provides its members.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Three 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Advocacy: The act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal

    Learning community: An ongoing process used to establish a school-wide culture that develops teacher leadership explicitly focused on building and sustaining school improvement efforts

    Networking: The exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions

    Professional: Exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

    Professional association: A non-profit organization seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:  
    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • computers with Internet access (Be sure to follow district guidelines for internet access)
    • light projector (Elmo)
    • presenter/remote

    Materials:

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

    As class begins, ask students to reflect back to the lesson on CTSOs. Ask the following review questions:

    • What is a CTSO?
    • What are some examples of CTSOs on our campus?
    • What are the benefits of a CTSO?
    • How might an adult benefit from an organization similar to a CTSO?
    • What is an adult version of a CTSO?
    • Does anyone know of any professional organizations for adults to join?

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms, and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer, KWHL Chart – Professional Associations, (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 professional associations such as American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences or Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Association of Texas. The last column will be completed during lesson closure.

    Distribute handout, Notetaking – Join In The Fun!, and introduce PowerPoint™, Join In The Fun! (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:

    • allowing students to take notes on SUCCESS word cloud (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
    • checking for understanding
    • providing assistance with note-taking
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback
  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute handout, Professional Association Glogster Assignment (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Inform students that project assignment may be prepared individually or with a partner. Explain that information will be expected to be retrieved only from reliable sources. Provide due date within 2 to 3 class periods.

    Students will present summative information in an online presentation, Glogster at http://edu.glogster.com/glogpedia/. Analyze Professional Association Glogster Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students are aware of assessment procedures.

    Assist students with research and presentation. Allow students to select one topic from the handout, Professional Association Glogster Assignment, list so that most or 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.

    Complete graphic organizer, KWHL Chart – Professional Associations, to analyze what they have learned from their investigation professional associations.

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

    Students will present summative information in an online presentation, Glogster at http://edu.glogster.com/glogpedia/. Analyze Professional Association Glogster Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab) given 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

    Textbooks:

    • Kimbrell, G., & Vineyard, B. (2008). Succeeding in the world of work. Columbus, OH: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.
    • Reynold, J. (2010). Hospitality services: Food and lodging. (2nd ed.) Tinley Park, IL: Goodheart-Wilcox Co., Inc.

    Website:

    • Professional Organizations
      An extensive list of professional associations specifically geared towards teachers created by the Brigham Young University’s School of Education. A great resource for the service learning project.
      http://education.byu.edu/ted/professional.html
  • 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 create fliers to advertise the information at a faculty and staff event as described in the Service Learning Project section of this lesson. Students could also create PowerPoint™ presentations to show during the session.

  • Family/Community Connection

    Have students ask their parents, family members or teachers if they are members of any professional associations. If so, have students ask questions about the organization and report to the class the next day.

  • CTSO connection

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

    STAR Events:

    • Chapter Showcase Display
    • Environmental Ambassador
    • Leadership

    SkillsUSA
    http://skillsusa.org

    SkillsUSA Events:

    • Outstanding Chapter
    • TeamWorks
  • 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

    Possible idea: Have students set up an information night for faculty and staff members to learn more about joining professional associations. Students could invite representatives of organizations to speak at the information night to provide faculty and staff members with more insight into their organization.