Exploring Future Options: A Career Development Curriculum for Middle School Students

Exploring Future Options: A Career Development Curriculum for Middle School Students

Exploring Future Options: A Career Development Curriculum for Middle School Students

Exploring Future Options: A Career Development Curriculum for Middle School Students

Synopsis

Offers teachers a curriculum that introduces middle students to career development and teaches them the importance of planning for their future. In a series of 36 lesson plans that stress learning through activity, students gain self-knowledge, explore career and educational options, and begin basic career planning. A practical guide, linking school to the ever-changing world of workTeaches students how to make informed decisions and have a better understanding of career development as a life-long process. Emphasizes the concept of "Career as Life," that work is only one of several interconnected life roles.

Excerpt

Exploring Future Options provides you with a flexible framework for introducing career development to middle-school students. We encourage you add or adapt lesson plans, background information, and activities to meet your needs, and to develop additional ways of working with parents and the community.

Before you begin the curriculum, familiarize yourself with the concepts of career development and their importance to your students. This curriculum provides enough background information for lessons and activities to help you teach these concepts with confidence. Because each lesson builds on the knowledge and/or skills taught in the previous lessons, follow the curriculum sequentially.

HOW TO USE EXPLORING FUTURE OPTIONS

Exploring Future Options is divided into two parts: Teacher's Guide and The Curriculum

Part 1: Teacher's Guide is divided into 5 sections:

Overview—introduces the curriculum and lists teaching objectives and/or student outcomes.

Career Development—defines career development and delineates the foundations on which modern practice is built. The section explains the career-building concepts that guide the curriculum and establishes the importance of career development in every student's life.

Effective Teaching Strategies—suggests effective teaching strategies based on middleschool characteristics.

About the Curriculum—gives an overview of the lessons and explains how each is formatted.

Student Portfolio—describes how to construct student portfolios.

Part 2: The Curriculum is divided into three units containing a total of 36 sessions. Each unit helps students answer a question essential to their career development.

Unit One: Self-Knowledge helps students answer the question [Who am I?] Self-knowledge includes interests, abilities, values, and aspirations.

Unit Two: Career Exploration helps students answer the question [Where am I going?] In this section students begin exploring careers and occupations. As they explore, they become aware that the process they use for exploring and making choices is more important than their choice.

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