The Balancing Act: Managing a Career and Family

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Hospitality and Tourism

    Course : Culinary Arts

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1) The student applies advanced reading, writing, mathematics and science skills for the food service industry.
      • (D) understand scientific principles used in culinary arts
    • (4) 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
      • (C) analyze the importance of balancing a career, family, and leisure activities
    • (8) The student demonstrates leadership, citizenship, and teamwork skills required for success. The student is expected to:
      • (A) apply team-building skills
      • (B) apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • analyze the demands of employment in the food industry
    • identify steps to time management
    • analyze time-saving techniques
    • illustrate a 30-day calendar of activities
    • balance objects representing a career, family, time, energy and leisure activities
    • understand the scientific principles of physics and geometrical shapes
  • Rationale

    One of the challenges in life is balancing work, family, hobbies and other activities we like to do. The demands of a job sometimes leaves us with little time to enjoy leisure activities. In this lesson, we are going to learn some time saving-techniques and team-building skills to balance work and family.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Three 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Balance: To keep something in a steady position so that it is even

    Career: An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress

    Decision: A conclusion or resolution reached after consideration

    Energy: The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity

    Family: A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household

    Leisure: Free time

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

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation

    Materials:

    • cardstock (white or colored)
    • markers

    Supplies:

    • balance scale
    • batteries (may represent energy)
    • cutting boards (may represent a career in culinary)
    • family magazines (may represent family photo albums)
    • rubber bands (may represent the circle of life)
    • straws (may represent leisure activities)
    • sunglasses (may represent leisure activities)
    • timers (may represent time)

    Other objects available may be used to represent careers, family, time, energy and leisure activities.

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

    Before class begins:

    Become familiar with the following video and website as students will be attempting this procedure in the Independent Practice section:

    • Balancing Act – Sick Science! #130
      With a little knowledge of physics and geometrical shapes, you can perform this balancing act
      http://youtu.be/CnejrcOhj5g


    Display as many of the supplies listed in the Materials or Specialized Equipment Needed section as you have available.

    Download the song Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin (1973) and play it as students enter the classroom or view the YouTube™ of the lyrics.

    • Harry Chapin – Cat’s In The Cradle (Lyrics)
      The song is told in first-person by a father who is too busy to spend time with his son.
      http://youtu.be/WBcdBQM01pE

    This song has been featured in the following movies and T.V. shows:

    • Family Guy
    • Modern Family
    • Shrek the Third (sung by Donkey)
    • The Middle
    • The Office
    • The Simpsons (three times)
    • Two and a Half Men

    Ask students the following questions:

    • Have you heard this song before?
    • What do you think the song means?
    • What should we do about time spent at work?
    • What should we do about time spent with family?
    • How do you think your parents balance their work and family?
    • What will you do differently?

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Distribute graphic organizer The Balancing Act: Managing a Career and Family Notes (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may take notes during slide presentation.

    Introduce PowerPoint™ The Balancing Act: Managing a Career and Family (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and lead a discussion on the importance of balancing a job and family.

    View video from NBC News:

    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
    • provide copy of slide presentation

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute graphic organizer Personal Activities Calendar (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and have students fill in the dates for the appropriate month.

    Discuss the importance of time management and stress that learning to manage their busy schedules early on will lead to life long planning.

    Students should include their personal activities for 30 days (examples are included).

    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
    • allow extra time for assignment

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

    Divide the class into subgroups of four.

    Reinforce the importance of balancing work, family, time, energy and leisure activities.

    Share some examples of how you have balanced your family, career, time and energy.

    Refer to handout The Balancing Act Activity (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to outline the hands-on activity.

    Share some examples of how you have managed to balance your family, career, time and energy.

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

    • encourage participation
    • peer tutoring

  • Lesson Closure

    Review the lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Play the YouTube™ video again and discuss the words to the song.

    • Harry Chapin – Cat’s In The Cradle (Lyrics)
      The song is told in first-person by a father who is too busy to spend time with his son.
      http://youtu.be/WBcdBQM01pE

    Have students write a reflection paper on how this song may affect them now and/or in the future.

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

    Students will demonstrate their balancing project to the class and will be assessed with a visual observation.

    This activity is designed to be a fun teambuilding assignment.

    Optional: Distribute Rubric for Participation in The Balancing Act Activity (see All Lesson Attachments tab) as an assessment.

    Distribute Way to Go Certificate (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to the groups who were able to exhibit the teambuilding and problem-solving skill of “Balancing a Career and Family Activity.”

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

    • monitor progress
    • praise participation

  • References/Resources

    Article:

    Textbooks:

    • Kelly-Plate, J., & Eubanks, E. (2004). Today‚Äôs teen. New York, NY: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.
    • Reynalds, J.S. (2010). Hospitality services: Food & lodging. Tinley Park, IL: Goodheart-Willcox Company.

    Websites:

    YouTube™:

    • Harry Chapin – Cat’s In The Cradle (Lyrics)
      The song is told in first-person by a father who is too busy to spend time with his son.
      http://youtu.be/WBcdBQM01pE
    • Balancing Act – Sick Science! #130
      With a little knowledge of physics and geometrical shapes, you can perform this balancing act
      http://youtu.be/CnejrcOhj5g

    Video:

  • 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

    Students may read the following articles:

    • Work-Life Balance
      By Susan M. Heathfield
      Work-life balance is a daily effort to make time for family, friends, community participation, spirituality, personal growth, self-care, and other personal activities, in addition to the demands of the workplace.
      http://humanresources.about.com/od/glossaryw/g/balance.htm

    Reading Strategy:

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

  • Quotes

    It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.
    -Philip Green

    If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.
    -Donald Trump

    The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.
    -Stephen Covey

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoint™:

    • The Balancing Act: Managing a Career and Family
    • Presentation notes – The Balancing Act: Managing a Career and Family

    Technology:

    Files for Downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • Personal Activities Calendar
    • The Balancing Act – Managing a Career and Family Notes
    • The Balancing Act – Managing a Career and Family Notes (Key)

    Handouts:

    • Rubric for Participation in The Balancing Act Activity
    • The Balancing Act Activity
    • Way to Go Certificate

    Files for Downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • The song Cat’s in the Cradle reminds me of …..
    • Both of my parents work and I wish they would spend more time with me doing …..
    • Many jobs in this century now require lots of extra time. I plan to …… (limit, work) so that I can …..

    Writing Strategy:

    • RAFT
      • Role: chef
      • Audience: owner of restaurant
      • Format: informal letter
      • Topic: time off from work to spend with family
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Three things I like to do in my free time are ….
    • My hobbies include ……
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    The idea for The Balancing Act Activity came from this Ted Talk video:

    • The Marshmallow Challenge
      A remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.
      http://marshmallowchallenge.com/Welcome.html

    Challenge students to do this activity as well.

  • Family/Community Connection

    Create a family calendar (print or digital) to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, activities, games and other important information.
    Assist your family in keeping the calendar updated weekly so events are not missed.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

    http://www.fcclainc.org

    • Culinary Arts
      A team event – recognizes participants enrolled in occupational culinary arts/food service training programs for their ability to work as members of a team to produce a quality meal using industrial culinary arts/food service techniques and equipment
    • Illustrated Talk
      An individual or team event – recognizes participants who make an oral presentation about issues concerning Family and Consumer Sciences and/or related occupations. Participants use visuals to illustrate content of the presentation.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson.

    www.ysa.org

    Example:
    Students may provide team building activities at local community events or fairs.