Butler Tech Career Initiatives
February 2016 Newsletter
A few Articles to Share
The below articles might be helpful for students to read individually, as a group, or as a class. The articles explain where our labor market is today and how important it is that high school students should not wait to plan for their futures.
Career Planning for High Schoolers
This article could be used within an activity in a high school 101 course, career class, or perhaps a social studies class. Although this article is long, it has a great amount of valuable information that teens need to learn before graduating.
Collaboration Field Trips to Promote Manufacturing Jobs
Getting "SuperBetter" at Building One's Career
Something To Consider
Career or social studies teachers, with the primary election coming up, try this lesson!
Vote for Me
Decision Making/Goal Setting
· Civic Ideals and Practices
· Power, Authority, and Governance
For this activity, students compare the work experiences of elected candidates.
· Ask students to compare presidential candidates. Have them research their educational and work background.
· Have students do the same with candidates running for local office.
· Discuss the candidates’ backgrounds and qualifications in class.
· Have students pretend they are running for the local School Board. Ask them to write position papers describing the characteristics and experience they have which qualify them for the position, as well as topics and issues.
· Role play by having three or four students debate to defend their positions. After the debate, have the class vote to see who should win the election. Repeat the process until all students have participated in the debate and election.
· Several 45-minute class periods
Discussion questions to consider asking students include:
· Does past experience enter into qualifications for a candidate? How?
· What criteria should be used when making decisions in voting?
· How should individuals decide how to vote on both candidates and issues?
For a follow-up activity, have each student write why they voted for various candidates (ex. position taken on an issue).
· Assign students to be moderator of the debate, collect the votes, and tally the results.
· Pair students accordingly.
· Allow for recorded responses instead of written.
Lesson from ODE Career Connections