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October 6, 2017

Lesson Plans Bring SkillsUSA Champions Magazine into the Classroom

Fall is a great time to get plugged into the digitized SkillsUSA Champions magazine for an interactive classroom experience! Have students read the Fall 2017 issue’s “National Officers: Prepared and Focused on Serving Members as homework or during class individually, in small groups or aloud as an entire class. Then quickly discuss the article. Finally, use the discussion questions to help students apply the article to their own SkillsUSA experience.

Activities are provided for practice and extended learning. Enjoy the connectivity with the magazine, but most of all, enjoy the integral linkage that SkillsUSA creates to your classroom. Quick link:

“National Officers: Prepared and Focused on Serving Members”

Content Discussion Questions

1. What are some common trends among the national officers?

2. What impact do national officers have on individual members? On the organization?

3. What are the responsibilities of a SkillsUSA national officer?

4. What traits and qualities should a national officer possess?

5. How do you provide leadership at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

In-Class Activity

12 minutes

Workplace Skills: Teamwork, All Behaviors

Materials needed: Disposable plastic cups (six per small group of students), rubber band tools — made by tying 8 inches of string/yarn to one rubber band (one tool per small group), permanent markers (one per small group)

Prior to the session, assemble the rubber band tools. Students will work in groups of four to six. There will be one tool per group, and each person in the group needs one string attached to the rubber band. Divide students into small groups of four to six. Give each group six plastic cups and one marker. Give these instructions:

1. As a group, discuss the qualities and traits of a successful team.

2. Select six traits and write one on each cup.

3. You have two minutes to discuss and write.

4. What questions are there?

After two minutes, bring the class back together and provide each group one rubber band tool. Give these instructions:

1. You will create a pyramid with the cups, but you may not touch the cups with your hands at any time.

2. You may only use the rubber band tool to move and stack the cups.

3. Each member of your group must hold one of the strings at all times.

4. You have four minutes.

5. Questions?

After four minutes or when groups are ready to move on, bring the class back together. Facilitate a discussion by asking questions including:

• What words did you choose to describe a successful team? Why?

• What was challenging about this activity? What did your team do well?

• When do you demonstrate the behaviors of teamwork at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

Extended Learning Opportunity

Workplace Skills: Leadership, Foster hope

Have the class put together student highlights of the chapter officer team. This can be displayed on a bulletin board, website, newsletter or other media source.

ESAB Student Contest Supports Schools

ESAB supports education and careers in the welding, cutting and manufacturing industries. Its WeldItForward student contest supports high schools and postsecondary institutions with a technical, vocational or engineering focus.

As the grant prize, ESAB is awarding its equipment filler metals and cash prizes — a retail value exceeding $20,000 to two schools. The first deadline is Oct. 9. For more information, go to:

Showcase Your Program’s Amazing Work

Think you have one of the best CTE programs in the nation? Apply for Advance CTE’s 2018 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your students, instructors, faculty and partners at the national level. In its fifth year, this award honors innovative and high-impact programs across the 16 Career Clusters that prepare students for the real world.

Not only will your program be featured in the media and at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in the spring, you’ll also be contributing to a positive image of CTE programs. And, you’ll help show policymakers, employers and education leaders how CTE really is for all students and prepares them for a lifetime of college and career success. Applications are open to high schools and postsecondary institutions.

Apply at: If you have questions, email Katie Fitzgerald:

Help is Only a Call, Email or Chat Away!

Everyone needs a little help now and then. Let the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline operators help you solve your problems. Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday and Thursday. Call the hotline toll free: 844-875-4557.

Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at or chat with them online at the membership registration site.