Learning about Post Secondary Options: A MS Career Lesson

Title of Lesson: What are my Future Plans? Learning About Post Secondary Options

Course Name: Personal, Academic and Career Enrichment

Grade Level: 7

Author’s Name: Jennifer Garrison

School District: Palmyra School District

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Standards
A:A1- Improve Academic Self-concept:
Student able to display a positive interest in learning and identify attitudes and behaviors that leads to successful learning.
A:A2- Acquire Skills for Improving Learning:
Application of knowledge and learning styles to positively influence school performance and use of communication skills to ask for help (when needed).
A:A3-Achieve School Success:
Develop a broad range of interests and abilities , demonstrate initiative and share knowledge.
A:B2- Plan to Achieve Goals:
Establish challenging academic goals in middle school, apply knowledge of interests and aptitudes toward educational goals and identify post-secondary options with interests, abilities and aptitudes.
C:B1- Acquire Career Information:
Demonstrate knowledge of career selection process, exploration of traditional versus non-traditional career opportunities and understanding the changes in societal needs and economic needs that lead to employment trends.
C:B2- Identify Career Goals:
Maintain a career planning portfolio and to use employability and job readiness skills when determining a career pathway. In addition, students will be able to identify the amount of post- secondary education needs for those career pathways.
PS:B1- Self-knowledge Application:
Students are able to make decisions, set goals and take action to achieve those goals (realistic and achievable goals).
PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work
13.1. Career Awareness and Preparation
13.1.5.D.  Describe the range of career training programs available in the community (two and four year colleges, career and technical education, community-based, faith-based, military, web-based and on-the-job, training).
13.1.8.B.  Relate careers to personal interests, aptitudes and abilities.
13.1.8.D.  Explain the relationship of career training programs to employment opportunities.
Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
  • Describe their interests and hobbies, identify careers that interest them, identify which post-secondary options may be an option for them and identify any questions that they have about these post-secondary options.
  • Identify different levels of careers and how education impacts those careers.
  • Increase their awareness of the wide-range of careers available to them, what post-secondary options they would need to achieve those career goals and then set those goals for themselves on their Career and Academic Plans.
  • Develop the skills to make good decisions based on their academic and personal needs and set specific and measurable career goals.
Instructional Procedure (See document attached below)
Conceptual Background
  • Another educator would have to have access to the Naviance system in order to utilize the lesson. The basis of this lesson is found in the Grade 7 Curriculum under the Lesson “My Future Plans.”  This is where they would access the information on post-secondary options, as well as the initial questionnaire.
  • Students would need to have access to this program through their school. Their log-ins would be at student.naviance.com. From there, students would input their login credentials and access the lesson.
Formative Assessments
  • Answers to their lesson in Naviance as saved and reviewed by teacher.
  • Information shared during small group discussion.
  • Answers to their extension lesson- collected within the Google Doc and reviewed by teacher.
Materials Needed
  • Students need access to an iPad or computer to be able to utilize Naviance program and Google Doc for extension activity.
  • Students need access to a printer if you choose to print out their results on the activity.
  • Google Doc

Download: JGarrison_Instructional_Procedure..pdf

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