College and Career Readiness

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If there is one area I want to see grow in my school counseling program, it is college and career readiness.  Today, I am sharing a great resource and a bulletin board idea.

First, I want to share a book from Youthlight.  Lisa King authored a great resource called How to Create a College Day.  It was created specifically for grades 3-8 so it can be used by both elementary and middle school counselors.

College and Career Readiness - Savvy School CounselorThis resource includes a CD.  It provides a timeline for creating a college day along with lesson plans and activities.  It also includes ideas for bulletin boards and decorations.  Letter templates and forms are already created for you, and the CD includes powerpoints for both a classroom lesson and a stakeholder’s presentation.

A Pre/Post Test is included for gathering data.  There is also a list of suggested speakers for the event.

I like the idea of students “choosing courses” which is how they determine which speakers they would like to hear.  I also like the college day lunch idea where students invite a family member who attended or attends college to come have lunch.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their respective college gear.

There are so many great ideas:  craft activities, reproducible sheets, door decorating ideas and college readiness articles.  I believe the ideas in this book could also be used when planning a career day.

If you are planning a college day or college week at your school, this book is an excellent resource and a great guide.  I am so excited to use it!

Bulletin Board

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This bulletin board is a display I plan to change at different points throughout the school year.  I got the idea from a school counselor I follow on twitter.  (@LFESCounselor)  She created a board similar to this at her school that she changes weekly.  Be sure to check her out on Twitter.  She shares lots of great pictures and ideas from her program.  My time always tends to get away from me, so I named my board “College and Career Spotlight” so I wouldn’t keep missing a weekly deadline…lol.  (Note to self…It’s time to change the board!)  I think it’s been well received.  I started by creating and sending a google form requesting the names of colleges and universities attended by our staff.  The colleges I spotlight will come from that list.  On the right side, I will focus on an individual career cluster.  Once the new school year begins, I’ll be more likely to get through all sixteen clusters.  Hopefully I’ll get through several some a few before the end of the school year. (Where does the time go?  I don’t know how @LFESCounselor does it! lol)

Another way the staff at my school promotes college awareness is by wearing college gear on the last Friday of every month.

Be sure to check out my career products in my store.

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Using Thinking Maps in School Counseling: Careers

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Thinking maps are great tools that can be applied to all content areas including school counseling.  They assist students with thinking more in depth about a topic.  School counselors can use them in many ways to enhance the impact of classroom guidance lessons or small groups.  Today, I want to share how you can use these eight thinking maps when teaching about careers.

The eight thinking maps are the circle map, tree map, bubble map, double bubble map, flow map, multi-flow map, brace map, and bridge map.  In this post, I will show how to use each of these thinking maps when teaching students about career awareness.

The circle map is used for defining in context.  This example shows medical careers.

The bubble map is used to describe using adjectives.  This example shows the desired characteristics of a nurse.

The tree map is used for classifying or grouping.  This example shows three career areas.  Under each area are examples of jobs in those careers.

The flow map is used to show sequence and order.  This example shows the steps it might take to obtain a job.  I say might because people starting their own businesses could follow a completely different path.

The multi-flow map is used to show causes and effects.  This example shows what it takes to go to college and how college will in turn lead to knowledge, a degree, and a job.

The bridge map is used for seeing analogies.  This example shows that a chiropractor is a type of doctor just as a professor is a type of teacher.

You can use the double bubble map to compare and contrast two jobs.  It is similar to a Venn diagram.  The three bubbles down the center show similarities, while the bubbles on either side will only show attributes of the bubble they are connected to.

The brace map is used for analyzing whole objects and parts.  Students can chose one job, list three parts of that job, and then further analyze the three parts.

If you haven’t already used thinking maps in your school counseling program, just know they are a great tool to use in order to help students become better learners.

Be sure to check out my product in my TpT store for teaching careers to the lower grades.  It incorporates a circle map in the paper folding activity.  You can also find Careers- Go Fish! for upper grades.

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