Orientation to Career Clusters: Education and Training Introduction Part 1
Students will begin familiarizing themselves with the careers and opportunities within the Education and Training Career Cluster. Education and Training Career specific vocabulary will be provided as students begin answering questions about possible career paths and skills needed for individuals in the Education and Training Career Cluster. Students will list the characteristics of individuals working in Education and Training.
06.01 Identify the pathways in the Education & Training career cluster and the careers in each pathway.
06.04 List the skills, abilities, and talents needed for careers in the Education & Training career cluster.
ELA.6.V.1.1. Integrate academic vocabulary appropriate to grade level in speaking and writing.
ELA.7.V.1.1. Integrate academic vocabulary appropriate to grade level in speaking and writing.
ELA.8.V.1.1. Integrate academic vocabulary appropriate to grade level in speaking and writing.
ELA.6.C.5.2: Use digital tools to produce writing.
ELA.7.C.5.2: Use digital tools to produce and share writing.
SC.68.CS-CP.3.3. Create an artifact (independently and collaboratively) that answers a research question and communicates results and conclusions.
This lesson can be used within a unit that familiarizes students with the Education and Training Career Cluster. Within the unit, students will research various career opportunities, describe training and education requirements, list the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the career pathway and complete a project related to Education and Training careers. This lesson serves as an introduction to the Education and Training Career Cluster, with a focus on understanding career cluster vocabulary, examining the three career pathways and describing the characteristics of individuals in each pathway.
This lesson includes the skills of career planning and investigating. This lesson provides students with the opportunity to explore related career skills and determine if a career in Education and Training is a fit for them.
Students will be able to:
Identify various career pathways and careers within the Education and Training Career Cluster.
Identify various skills, abilities and talents required for individuals seeking careers within the Education and Training Career Cluster.
Students should be familiar with:
The difference between a job and a career.
Various career clusters.
What skills and abilities are needed for individuals to be successful in education and training careers?
What various career pathways and career opportunities are within the Education and Training Career Cluster?
To introduce the lesson, ask students to think about an educational experience (at school, when learning something new, trying a new sport, helping others, etc.) that they’ve had. Provide students with a few minutes to either journal the experience or share as they are comfortable. Remind students that not all educational experiences, when teaching, learning, or training are happening occur only at school.
Follow up by asking students about the individuals involved. Who were the people who taught or helped? What did they do? Was their role part of their career or job?
Introduce students to the Education and Training Career Cluster. Display the Intro to Education and Training PowerPoint presentation PPT (see attachment). Slide 2 defines the Education and Training Career Cluster as careers in planning, managing, and administering education-oriented services, including training and support.
Pause briefly to have students consider what skills, abilities and talents would be required by individuals in those types of careers.
Continue by exploring the related careers and career pathways for the Education and Training Career Cluster. The three career pathways are Administration and Administrative Support, Professional Support Services and Teaching/Training. These are shown in slide 3 of the PPT.
Vocabulary terms are discussed in Step 4, but teachers may choose to introduce or review the terms career cluster and career pathway at this time.
Ask students to name some careers that they believe fall within the three pathways for the Education and Training Career Cluster.
Slides 4 and 5 of the PPT display various career opportunities within the Education and Training Career Cluster. Slide 4 shows the careers ungrouped to allow for discussion about which pathway the career falls under and slide 5 provides the careers grouped by pathway.
Encourage discussion related to the example careers shown. Consider the following discussion questions.
Which careers might be of interest to you?
Which careers on the list surprised you?
What do you notice about the titles of the careers? What does that tell you about the skills needed for the career?
Why do you think Education and Training are both used in the title of the career cluster?
What other career opportunities do you think fall within the Education and Training Career Cluster?
Related vocabulary terms are introduced on slide 6. Review or introduce these terms to the students. Teachers may choose to ask students to share out definitions or turn and talk to a partner. Another suggestion is to have students devise one word to represent each term. For example, administration might become ‘management’ or ‘responsible,’ early childhood education might become ‘kids,’ and skill might become ‘talent.’
Set the purpose for the lesson by providing students with the guiding question, “What skills and abilities are needed for individuals to be successful in education and training careers?”
Explain to students that they create a word cloud using adjectives or descriptive characteristics of the skills and abilities needed for individuals in the Education and Training career cluster. For example, individuals that are successful as teachers are generally helpful and patient.
Teachers may choose to start a class brainstorm using chart paper.
Students should use their course text, web search, and brainstorming from experience to research various careers to add the related skills and abilities to their lists. Encourage students to find at least 15-20 listed skills and abilities for their word cloud.
To close the lesson, have students create a written summary of their word cloud that answers the guiding question. Summaries should include related careers, and the skills and abilities that they identified within their word cloud.
Teachers can also have students share their word cloud with a peer. Have students return to the guiding questions to share out their summaries.
Teachers may choose to modify and adapt the Introduction to Education and Training PowerPoint slides to meet their needs for facilitation and discussion.
Teachers should decide on the software or website students should use for their word cloud creations. There are many free word cloud generators online, and both Google and Microsoft offer extensions for word clouds.
Ensure that students have access to narration on websites as needed.
Allow students to use speech-to-text to aide with mobility concerns.
Students could create a drawing of a person in an Education and Training career and add adjectives or labels to describe that person. For example, students could draw a teacher that has had a positive impact on them and might label the heart as “Compassionate Heart” or label a watch as “patient.”