Using the Advanced Placement example as a model, design a simple poster, or work with students to do so, that shows the big ideas of your subject, the enduring understanding, and the organizing concepts. Often this information can be found on the websites of content organizations and other groups concerned with teaching in the subject area in question. Post the resulting product in the classroom. Refer to Essential Questions by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins for ideas and examples.
Develop assignments that require students to do research on their interests and on postsecondary programs. For example, students could be required to do a research paper each year on college options and the cost of pursuing an option of interest to them. Online sites such as Naviance (naviance.com) and Big Future (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org) provide many free resources to help students complete such assignments.
Construct a research project where students collect information on three different jobs to report on the necessary qualifications (e.g., training, education, skills), job market outlook and salary predictions, and the day-to-day experience using O*net data on www.mynextmove.org.
Create an activity for students using Venn diagrams to explore how student interests and skills overlap with different career types. Brainstorm in small groups the types of jobs that would be fitting for team members.
Host a “career jumping” event, where students conduct two- to five-minute interviews with professionals from a variety of fields. Have the professionals talk about challenge and how they overcame obstacles.
Have students orally present on their interests in relation to different career or educational pathways (http://www.whodouwant2b.com/student/pathways).
Share with your students the comparison chart of 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics average salaries and unemployment rates across different levels of education attained, including occupational programs (http://visual.ly/why-go-college).
Give students opportunities to build portfolios of work across multiple grade levels. Portfolios can be constructed on public spaces such as Google and can embed material created on YouTube, Prezi, SlideRocket, and Screenr, in addition to scanned student work products.
Download sample ThinkReady tasks (https://collegeready.epiconline.org/info/thinkready.dot) and have teachers do their own task development using these as a template. Set the goal of having all classrooms do at least one activity that requires deeper learning skills identified in chapter 5.
Have students complete the 12-Item Grit Scale by Angela Duckworth and colleagues (http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~duckwort/images/12-item%20Grit%20Scale.05312011.pdf).
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