Mapping the Road to a Career in Education

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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 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
    • (3) The student explores careers in administration and administrative support. The student is expected to:
      • (B) describe typical personal characteristics, qualities and aptitudes of professionals in the fields of administration and administrative support
    • (4) The student explores careers in professional support services. The student is expected to:
      • (B) describe typical personal characteristics, qualities and aptitudes of professionals in the field of professional support services
    • (5) The student explores careers in teaching and training. The student is expected to:
      • (B) describe typical personal characteristics, qualities and aptitudes of professionals in the fields of teaching and training
    • (6) The student investigates career opportunities within the education and training career cluster. The student is expected to:
      • (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:

    • evaluate personal career goals
    • explain the effects of personal decisions on present and future success
    • identify various career opportunities within the Education and Training cluster
    • assess required characteristics and skills needed for specific jobs or careers
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Teaching is the career that gives everyone the start for success in life. Teachers, from kindergarten through all levels of college, teach basic skills and sophisticated concepts that their students will need for jobs. Reading and writing are critical to learning for all other subjects. Teaching is one of the fastest growing occupations. Texas alone will need more than 25,000 new teachers in the next few years. Have you mapped your road to a career in education? In this lesson, you will assess your skills, investigate many opportunities in education, and develop a plan for reaching your goals.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Three 45 minute sessions

  • Word Wall

    Accomplishment: A feat or skill which has been achieved or completed

    Achievement: To carry out a goal to success

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

    Career: A lifelong journey as a person works to meet his or her earning, learning and living goals. A career continually changes as an individual grows through personal experiences, education and activities

    Decision: Result of making up one’s mind

    Destiny: One’s predetermined lot in life; the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future

    Goals: A statement of something a person wants or needs to do

    Job: A specific duty, role or function

    Long-term goal: A goal that will take more than a year to achieve

    Priorities: Something given or meriting attention before attention is given to other competing alternatives

    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

    Short-term goal: A goal that can be achieved within a year

    Success: Accomplishments or achievements

    Values: Relative worth, utility or importance

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

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

    Materials:

    • counseling brochures
    • district policy binder
    • school calendar
    • special education district handbook
    • teacher handbook
    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Prior to the lesson:

    Refer to the following lessons for additional resources and activities:

    How Do I Get That Job? Education Administration
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/lesson-plans/how-do-i-get-that-job-education-administration-2/

    Educational Support Staff: Partners in Creating a Strong Learning Community
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/lesson-plans/educational-support-staff-partners-in-creating-a-strong-learning-community/

    Write the following quote on the board:

    Destiny is not a matter of chance: It’s a matter of choice.
    -William Jennings Bryan

    Have Mapping Life Scenarios (see All Lesson Attachments tab) available for the students to use during Direct Instruction. Students will be given one scenario per team of three.

    Become familiar with PowerPoints™, handouts and activities.

    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.

    Distribute Is Education and Training the Right Cluster for You? (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout. Students will take this ten-question quiz to determine if Education and Training may be the right cluster for them. After they have completed the quiz, discuss the results. Ask the students to turn their handouts over and answer the following questions:

    • Make a list of 10 activities you have enjoyed doing in the past four years.
    • How do these 10 activities relate to a career choice?
    • Consider your skills. What skills do you currently possess?
    • Make a list of your school activities (clubs or organizations to which you belong).
    • Make a list of any volunteer work you have done (either through social, civic or religious organizations).
    • Evaluate those interests. Think about what you liked about the activities. What challenges did the activities offer?
    • What skills do you need to develop further to continue in those activities?
    • After you have assessed your interests and skills, determine the relationship between skills and interests and possible careers.

    Allow for questions and discussion.

    Then refer the students to the quote on the board. Facilitate a class discussion on the meaning of the quote.

    Distribute the graphic organizer Mapping the Road to Success: Enter/Exit Pass (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to each student. Have students complete the first section labeled “Enter.” The “Exit” section will be completed during Lesson Closure.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Provide students with Mapping the Road to a Career in Education Note-taking (see All Lesson Attachments tab) or have them take notes in their journals.

    Introduce PowerPoint™ Mapping the Road to a Career in Education (see All Lesson Attachments tab). 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.

    Using Mapping the Road to a Career in Education Note-taking (see All Lesson Attachments tab), students will have an opportunity to reflect, review and respond to the information pertaining to the PowerPoint™. They will write a summary of questions, topics or statements which reflect the information from the lesson:

    • Discuss the topic
    • Write down your thoughts
    • Make a real-world connection to the lesson
    • How is this going to help you in the future?

    Allow for questions and answers to check for understanding.

    Distribute one scenario from Mapping Life Scenarios (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to each group of three students. Inform students to read over the scenario, and with their partners, discuss how they would answer each scenario.

    Allow students about five minutes to discuss the scenario with their partners. Then, as a class, facilitate a class discussion about each scenario. Ask the following questions:

    • What do the scenarios have to do with planning?
    • Which scenarios could have yielded different results had the participants planned ahead? What plans could they have made?
    • How does setting goals affect one’s future?
    • What plans do you have for your future?
    • How will you accomplish these goals?

    Videos included in the PowerPoint™ presentation:

    • Do You Believe In Me?
      Dalton Sherman was the keynote speaker at the Dallas ISD district in-service. He spoke to thousands of educators giving an inspiring speech that has now gone viral.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAMLOnSNwzA
    • If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me
      A slideshow and rap for success based on a quote and used as a motivator for students.
      http://youtu.be/UthWDpvkuFU
    • Will Smith – Ultimate Motivational Speeches
      Will Smith believes that success begins with believing in yourself. He said that before anyone else can believe it, you must believe it and make a plan for it.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucv8O75erpg

    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
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • providing frequent feedback

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute the handout Roadmap to Success (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Instruct students to think of short- and long-term goals for themselves and add the goals to the roadmap. Encourage students to include a time frame for when they expect the goal to be completed. They will use these goals in the next activity.

    Distribute the handout Mapping Your Road to Success (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Instruct students to think of three goals during the school year and after high school. Students may use the goals from the previous activity if desired. While the students are working on the activity, discuss their individual goals, why they are important and how to benefit from goal-setting strategies.

    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 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 Career Investigation and Career Investigation Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will investigate a career within the Education and Training career cluster. They will create a creative, engaging Prezi™ with the following information:

    • Name of career
    • Description of career
    • Education preparation (high school and post-secondary)
    • Salary of career
    • Career advancement opportunities
    • Personal characteristics, qualities and aptitudes needed for this career
    • Are you suited for this career? Why or why not?

    Distribute Career Investigation Rubric (See All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may understand what is expected.

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

    • correcting spelling and grammar but not deducting from total on homework
    • allowing student to choose two classes to analyze from course schedule rather than entire schedule
    • checking for understanding
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • providing 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.

    Students will retrieve their Mapping the Road to Success: Enter/Exit Pass (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will complete the “Exit” section of the graphic organizer.

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

    Students will be assessed with appropriate rubric.

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

    • allowing extended time
    • correcting grammar and spelling but not deducting points

  • References/Resources

    Images:

    Microsoft Clip Art: Used with permission from Microsoft.

    Books:

    • Career Choices: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults, Third Edition by Mindy Bingham and Sandy Stryker
      Although this book is geared more toward middle school, it is still an excellent resource for this course. It encourages teens to ask questions about their goals, desires, wants and passions in order to facilitate the thought process of their future plans.
    • 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.
    • Exploring Teaching: An Introduction to Education by Richard Arends, Nancy E. Winitzky and Margaret D. Tannenbaum
      This book encourages students to explore what teaching is and how to become an educator.
    • 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.
    • Teaching by Sharleen Kato
      Students will learn about the history of education and what it means to be a teacher with this textbook.
    • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
      This popular book encourages teens to take charge of their lives and become successful, independent individuals.
    • There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk by Portia Nelson
      A classic book on self-discovery and self-help.

    Websites

    • Legacy
      The Legacy Project inspires students to explore their dreams through Susan V. Bosak’s short story, Dream. The companion website has many great supplemental activities to use with the book.
      http://www.legacyproject.org/books/dream.html
    • O*NET Resource Center, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.
      Use this site to download the O*NET database, career exploration tools, job analysis questionnaires, employer guides and technical reports.
      www.onetonline.org

    YouTube™:

    • Do You Believe In Me?
      Dalton Sherman was the keynote speaker at the Dallas ISD district in-service. He spoke to thousands of educators giving an inspiring speech that has now gone viral.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAMLOnSNwzA
    • If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me
      A slideshow and rap for success based on a quote and used as a motivator for students.
      http://youtu.be/UthWDpvkuFU
    • Will Smith – Ultimate Motivational Speeches
      Will Smith believes that success begins with believing in yourself. He said that before anyone else can believe it, you must believe it and make a plan for it.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucv8O75erpg
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • word wall
    • predict meaning of new words
    • draw visual representations of terms on word wall
    • access http://www.learnerdictionary.com for pronunciation and meaning of terms
  • 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

    Current Events:
    Assign students to read content concerning careers in Education and Training. Information can be found in newspaper articles, magazines, journals and online print.
    Suggestions:

    • Students learn new vocabulary words and use context clues for meaning. Have the students make predictions of new words and relate those words to their own experiences. Encourage students to connect reading to their life experiences or prior knowledge.
    • Promote the use of the pre-reading strategy prediction.
    • Encourage students to connect reading to their life experiences or prior knowledge.
    • Word Attack Strategies: Prior to reading, allow students to skim the passage or text, circling words that are unfamiliar to them. Once these words are decoded (glossary, dictionary, dictionary.com, classroom discussion) the student will have a better understanding of the pronunciation and meaning of the unfamiliar word(s), facilitating comprehension.
  • Quotes

    Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.
    -Aldous Huxley

    Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
    -Henry Ford

    Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.
    -Mary Kay Ash

    We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.
    -Lloyd Alexander

    The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
    -Ben Stein

    Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
    -Golda Meir

    Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
    -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 ™

    • Mapping the Road to a Career in Education
    • Presentation Notes for Mapping the Road to a Career in Education

    Technology

    • Free iPad App:

    Schedule Planner HD
    You get more done when you start out with a clear plan.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/schedule-planner-hd/id447359837?mt=8

    • TED Talk:

    Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
    Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
    http://youtu.be/H14bBuluwB8

    YouTube™:

    • Do You Believe In Me?
      Dalton Sherman was the keynote speaker at the Dallas ISD district in-service. He spoke to thousands of educators giving an inspiring speech that has now gone viral.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAMLOnSNwzA
    • If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me
      A slideshow and rap for success based on a quote and used as a motivator for students.
      http://youtu.be/UthWDpvkuFU
    • Will Smith – Ultimate Motivational Speeches
      Will Smith believes that success begins with believing in yourself. He said that before anyone else can believe it, you must believe it and make a plan for it.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucv8O75erpg

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizer:

    • Mapping the Road to Success: Enter/Exit Pass
    • Mapping the Road to a Career in Education Note-taking

    Handouts:

    • Career Investigation
    • Career Investigation Rubric
    • Interview an Educator
    • Is Education and Training the Right Cluster for You?
    • Mapping Life Scenarios
    • Mapping Your Road to Success
    • Roadmap to Success
  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • In my life, I have already reached the following goals: __________________.
    • It’s important to have a plan in place for your life because _______________.
    • My goals align with my values in that __________.
    • I am interested in the Education and Training career cluster because __________.
    • One job I am interested in is __________.

    Writing Strategies:

    • RAFT writing strategy
      • Role: Potential employer in education
      • Audience: Potential employee
      • Format: Informative
      • Topic: Skills employers are looking for
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • I feel that ____________ is a good example of someone who sets and reaches goals because ________________.
    • My goals for this year are ________________, and I will reach them by______________.
    • Describe a career in the Education and Training cluster.
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    • Encourage students to choose a person from history whom they admire. They will then research that person’s history and discuss what he or she did to reach his or her goals.

    TED Talks:

    TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer). The video below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

    Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
    Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
    http://youtu.be/H14bBuluwB8

  • Family/Community Connection

    Distribute Interview an Educator. Students will interview a successful educator and summarize his or her vision and goals for success in the classroom. Suggested questions include:

    • Why did you want to become an educator?
    • What is your ultimate goal in the classroom?
    • What inspires you to continue teaching?
  • CTSO connection

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

    STAR Events:

    • 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.

    SkillsUSA
    http://skillsusa.org

    SkillsUSA Contests:

    • Career Pathways Showcase – A team event – recognizes participants who use their course of study as the basis of a project that will benefit their class, school, community or industry. Students will create and present a display that relates to the class, school or community.
    • Job Skill Demonstration A – A team event – recognizes participants who demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area they are training in.

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

    TAFE Competition:

    • Exploring Education Administration Careers – An individual event – recognizes participants who job shadow an education administrator for 8 hours. Each participant observes the direction, leadership and day-to-day management of educational activities in schools and other education institutions.
    • 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 the lesson.
    www.ysa.org

    Possible idea: Students host a table in the cafeteria telling students about goal setting. Students could inform other students about setting goals, attaining goals and creating ways to reach those goals.

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