Work Study/Career exploration HELP!?

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  1. SRahn

    SRahn New Member

    Oct 11, 2017
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    Oct 11, 2017

    I'm a first year teacher and I teach at a low-income alternative school in a city. I'm an intervention specialist so for the first half of the day I work on interventions but in the afternoons I teach a class called "Work Study". This class is meant to help student find/keep jobs. The goal was to have guest speakers and to go on field trips... However, every student in my class (grades 9-12) is on an IEP and they all have behavioral goals. Most of them have been expelled from their previous schools. And, to add to the difficulty, I am the first teacher to teach this course at this school. There is no curriculum. There are no textbooks or workbooks. And no money. I started the course with basic info on what we'll be doing and then a career interest survey to determine what career clusters they match with. Then, due to poor classroom behavior, I did a week on Workplace behaviors. My students are all at various levels so I've found that projects are absolutely horrifying and they take the students twice as long to complete. WHAT DO I DO? Any suggestions? Resources? Ideas on what to teach? ANYTHING? This is a year long course.
  3. viola_x_wittrockiana

    viola_x_wittrockiana Companion

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    In an ideal world, you could set up units on different kinds of work (office, culinary, mechanical, medical etc.) and teach the basics of the skills necessary, have a presenter from the field, and do some sort of mock job.

    In the world we live in, your best bet is to stay as practical as possible and enlist aid from the field. Contact local businesses or ask if the Y or someone has a list of volunteers who could come in and tell your students about their work and what skills someone needs to get hired/succeed. If you have a college/university nearby, try to get their students to mentor yours. What your kids could use is a map from where they are to where they want to be. They also need life skills like writing a resume, interview practice, and budgeting. If you get desperate for material, maybe throw in some info on OSHA and workers' rights. If you get really desperate, cover history of work standards and show the kids the labor bits of PBS' "Victorian Slum House".

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