Career ExplorationAuthor: Sheena Bolton 4/16/2007 11:01:00 AM EDT
Language Arts (English)
|Topic or Unit of Study:||
Students will research a chosen career path.
Students will use inspirations to create a concept map detailing the steps to reaching their goal of their chosen career.
Students will use Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet detailing the current number of individuals in their field of choice and the breakdown of those individuals; number of males, number of females, number of people of color, total number and the number needed.
Students will use Microsoft Excel to create a chart showing the supply and demand for their field.
Students will present their research findings, concept map, spreadsheet and chart to the class.
Students will write a reflection on their research.
Students will choose a career path to research and create a concept map showing how to reach the goal of that career. They will then use Microsoft Excel to create a spreadsheet detailing the breakdown of males, females, people of color, number of people currently in the field and number of people needed.
They will also use Microsoft Excel to create a chart showing the current supply and demand for their field. And present their findings to the class.
Upon completion of their research and presentations, the students will write a reflection about their research.
Before this, we have talked about how to do research and have done other research papers. We have had career counselors and several speakers from multiple careers within the community, come in. And, the students have completed a questionnaire about careers that they may want to pursue.
This activity will help students begin to focus on what career(s) they may want to go into and what skills that they will need for those careers so that they may begin to optimize their educational opportunities in the classroom; as well as, give them a realistic view of the demands of the field and the possible odds of being successful- understanding that odds can be overcome.
On Monday, students will get into groups of 2-4; based on chosen career paths. Then we will go to the library, where the media specialist will review effective research techniques. And students will begin their research-making notes.
On Tuesday, we will return to the library to continue researching our topics.
On Wednesday, we will return to the library where we will complete our research and begin outlines for the concept maps.
On Thursday, students will use inspirations to begin creating a concept map of their chosen career path.
On Friday, we will finish concept maps and begin a Microsoft Excel tutorial.
On Monday we will review first half of Microsoft Excel tutorial from Friday and complete the remainder of the tutorial.
On Tuesday, we will review the latter half of the tutorial and go back to the library to research statistics of the chosen careers.
On Wednesday, we will complete our statistical research at the library.
On Thursday, students will begin their spreadsheets.
On Friday, students will complete their spreadsheets and start their charts.
On Monday, students will finish their spreadsheets and charts.
On Tuesday, groups will begin preparing for their presentations.
On Wednesday, groups will complete preparation for presentations.
On Thursday, we will begin group presentations.
On Friday, we will complete group presentations and students will write their individual reflections.
The instructions for this assignment will be both written and verbal. I will have instructions on a transparency for the overhead in the library and the classroom.
Students that require them, will have access to electronic books and hard copy books that may be checked out if necessary. Myself, the media specialist and community helpers will circulate to assist students.
By having community helpers coming in, it allows students more access to assistance. This will be helpful so that students won't have to wait as long to get assistance if needed; and can receive more ideas and different points of view. In addition, the helpers will have been exposed to students with disabilities in their careers and can offer insight into that aspect of the career the students are researching.
|Sample Student Products:||
There are no student samples; the lesson has not been taught yet.
Students will work collaboratively & individually. Students will work in groups of 2.
15 class periods. 55 Min. per class.
|Author's Comments & Reflections:||
The focus of this activity should be on what steps it takes to seek a job in a particular career field. What education is needed and what the outlook for employment in the field is (ultimately as it relates to the individual).
In the future, I would bring in representative from training institutions and employers in the field to discuss things (for example how students with disabilities can reach their goal(s) in the field).