Lesson Plan 10: Evaluating Your Progress Core www.collegeincolorado.org Area: Job Search Total Time: One to two 50-55 minute class periods Target Grades: Grades 10-12 Suggested Timeline: Any time ASCA Correlation (Which of the ASCA Standards does this lesson address?)
A-A A-B A-C C-A C-B C-C PS-A PS-B PS-C X X X X X X
Lesson Objectives Students will be able to:
1. Explain the steps to evaluate progress made in a job search. 2. Explain the steps to modify a career plan if needed. 3. Evaluate areas of growth related to a positive attitude in a job search.
The Job Search Lesson 1, Activity 1 A Checklist to Start Your Search worksheet completed in lesson one of this module
A copy of the My Areas for Growth (Activity 1) Worksheet for each student Advance Preparation
Ask students to have the completed Checklist to Start Your Search worksheet available (or if you were storing it, have them available for the students)
Activator (Typically 5-10 minutes) An Imaginary Day Activity Ask students to sit quietly, close their eyes, and think about their dream job. Ask them to imagine each step of their day as you describe it. Tell them to imagine: waking up in the morning. What time is it? Do they wake up to an alarm or are they able to wake up when they choose to? Now imagine dressing for your job. Do you wear a suit? Jeans and a t-shirt? A uniform? How are you getting to work? Are you driving yourself or taking a subway? Are you indoors or outdoors for the majority of the day? Do you work at a desk or are you able to move around? Do you work with a team? Alone? With a partner? (Continue to ask detailed questions about their day be as creative as you wish. You may choose to include questions about the type of house where they live, their family life, etc. to expand the focus to life planning.) (Pause for a moment to allow them to think.) Now think about all the steps it took in your job search to get to the point you are at today -- working at your dream job! Do you remember creating your resume? Practicing interviewing questions? Researching career information on the internet? Did you have any roadblocks or challenges along the way? If so, how did you approach those
challenges? With a positive attitude? How about the successes along the way? Are you happy? Proud of yourself? (Pause again for a moment to allow time for reflection.) Allow students several moments of silent reflection, then have the students open their eyes. Ask them how they felt when they experienced the positive parts of the reflection time. How about facing challenges and/or obstacles? Can they stay positive when thinking about the challenges? Tell the students that they will, no doubt, have challenges in life. The more they can face the challenges head on and keep an overall positive attitude, the more likely they will be able to grow from all of their experiences! Core Learning Strategies/Lesson Activities (Typically 30-40 minutes)
Step # Responsibility Action Steps
1 1 School counselor
Focus on todays work: 1. Distribute the Job Search Activity 1 A
Checklist to Start Your Search Worksheet that students started during the first lesson in this module (note it is possible for students to work on the worksheet for the first time today)
2. Review the worksheet instructions 3. Ask the students to log into
www.collegeincolorado.org and update the Date Completed column of the worksheet with all activities completed since they last time they reviewed the worksheet
2 Students Sign in to www.collegeincolorado.org
Update the Date Completed Column of the worksheet
3 Counselor And
Discuss the following points: How has your level of job search readiness
improved since you began this worksheet? What were your strongest areas of growth? In which areas do you still need to improve the
4 Counselor Distribute the Job Search 10-My Areas of Growth worksheet
Review instructions with the students
5 Student Complete the Job Search 10-My Areas of Growth worksheet
Step # Responsibility Action Steps
6 Counselor When students have finished reviewing the checklist, discuss the following:
o Which of the skills learned in the job search lessons do you feel will be most valuable to you in the future?
(chart from RI School Counselor Associations Toolkits, found at www.rischoolcounselor.org)
Summarizer/Informal Assessment (Typically 5-10 minutes) Ask the students to discuss how they felt after reviewing their progress in the job search process. Did they think they would be further along? Were they comfortable with the progress they have made? Do they feel more confident? Of the activities that are still incomplete, what will their next steps be? Follow-Up Opportunities for additional learning could include all of the previous lessons provided related to Job Search project lessons. Another additional activity could be that the students write in journals as they progress through the Job Search lessons. As part of follow up, the students could go back to when they started using the journal and compare and contrast where they are now versus where they were at before (emotionally, physically, etc). The important thing to have them remember is progress and growth!
Job Search Activity 1 My Areas for Growth Student Name: _____________________________ Directions: Below is a list of statements. In the right-hand column, check the items you have done or are doing now and the items you will do in the future. Make a commitment to yourself to act. You dont have to do everything on the checklist at once, but be thinking of how you could continue to make progress.
I have done or am doing
I commit to doing this in my future.
I take action to solve problems instead of complaining.
I present ideas calmly and in a positive way.
I am aware of my abilities and successes.
I am aware of my goals and work to achieve them.
I think about the positive impact I have on others.
I work on improving my abilities.
I accept responsibility for any mistakes I make.
I find a lesson I can learn from any mistake.
I forgive myself and do not dwell on mistakes.
I have an upbeat attitude even when I dont feel like being positive.
I practice being assertive (direct, honest, and polite).
I use positive language and speak with confidence.
I volunteer for projects and committee work when I am able.
I manage my day-to-day stress effectively.
I show that I am willing to learn and take advice.
I control my anger in all situations.
I am eager to take on new assignments, especially if they involve learning new skills.
I accept feedback from teachers, family, and friends.
I am dependable, reliable, and punctual.
I honestly evaluate the quality of my work.