All IBMYP students are currently working on a unit to explore career aptitudes. The students have completed a Cluster Finder activity through the Naviance Program. Based on responses to questions about activities that interest them, personal qualities they possess, and subjects they most enjoy, students were given a list of career clusters that may be a good fit for them to pursue in their futures. In addition to this, each student created a SMART goal for their immediate future (specific, measureable, achievable, relevant, and timely).
The level one (sixth grade) students will begin this week to explore careers associated with one of the suggested clusters from the results of their survey. They will then find specific information about a chosen career such as the skills necessary,, educational requirements, job outlook, average salary, etc. Students will then research a college that specializes in that course of study and find out admission requirements as well as cost, student life, demograohics of student body, etc. This information will be presented in the format of each student's choice.
The level two (seventh grade) students will take their results further. They will explore two different career options and will find out additional career information such as connections to other professions, societal benefits of the job, setting for the job, etc. Like the level one students, they will do research on a college or university, but will find more information than was required of their younger peers. The format for presenting the information learned will be the choice of each level two student.
The level three (eighth grade) students will complete all that the level two students are required for two chosen careers, including the college/university study. These students will then explore the Road Nation section of the Naviance Program related to one of those careers. Based on what they've learned, they will create a mock interview (both questions and answers) from a person having one of the two careers they have chosen to research. It will be the decision of each level three student as to how the information will be presented.
I am excited to be beginning my third year as the IB Coordinator at Kellogg School. In addition to coordinating, I am teaching Design to all Level 1, 2, and 3 students and an algebra course to selected 8th grade students.