Lesson Plan Guide - MyStudentPath

By Matt Andrews on November 18, 2013

TITLE:                        Introduction to Do It Yourself with My Student Path
SP TAB/CONTENT AREA:           Choose Your Path

Related Article: Get to Know Your Counselor
Related Article: Do it Yourself


 

PLEASE NOTE:
This is the first lesson that shows instructors how to log students into MyStudentPath.com.

Every student in the class will need individual, online access to the content at MyStudentPath.com. Please reserve 20-40 minutes for computer access for each student to complete the MyStudentPath survey.

STUDENT PATHS OUTCOMES:
1-1: Students understand their choices of post-secondary options and careers.

2-2: Students develop awareness of their social system of support and constraints, and choose associations and behaviors that align with their values, goals and well-being.

IN THIS LESSON, STUDENTS WILL:
Complete survey of post-secondary goals at MyStudentPath.com.

Read articles from Student Paths, “Know Your Counselor” and “Do It Yourself.”

Record resources they find useful and plan to visit in career and college research.

Discuss resources with class in full-class discussion.

STANDARDS ADDRESSED:
This lesson aligns with the following American School Counselor Association Career Development Standards:

C:A1.1 – Develop skills to locate, evaluate, and interpret career information

C:B1.6 – Learn to use the Internet to access career-planning information

This lesson also aligns with the following Common Core State Standard:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE:
No specialized prior knowledge is necessary to complete this lesson.

Familiarity with MyStudentPath.com is helpful.

MATERIALS:
Class set of Activity Handout, Questions for Do It Yourself

Class Internet access for each student to take a survey and register for online access to MyStudentPath.com. Students will read the articles “Get to Know Your Counselor” and “Do It Yourself” online.

COMPREHENSIVE LESSON OVERVIEW:
Introduction (5 minutes)

Each student will need individual access to a computer or device to connect to MyStudentPath.com. This lesson may take place in a computer lab or with tablets/laptops in the classroom. Provide appropriate instructions to students on where to sit, how to access MyStudentPath.com, and the rules of the class period.

Explain to students that in this lesson they will first complete a survey at MyStudentPath.com. Second, they will have time to browse online articles about preparing for life after high school. Finally, students will complete an Activity Handout about two of the online articles: “Know Your Counselor” and “Do It Yourself.”

Registration and Survey (15 minutes)

Instruct students to go to MyStudentPath.com and complete the survey questions to register for access to the online articles.

The survey is automated online, and here are the questions included in it:

My plan after high school:

          Community college

          Technical college

          4-year public college

          4-year private college

          Military/college (National Guard, Reserves, ROTC)

 

Top 3 intended major/ career interests:

1.         

2.         

3.         

 

Are you planning on doing an internship in any of these majors/interests while you are in college?

          Yes

          No

 

List at least five of your strengths or skills. Give specific examples of things that you do well.

           

 

List the goals you would like to accomplish in the next few years of your life.

 

 

List the goals you would like to accomplish in your life.

 

 

What are you doing to work toward your goals? Provide a few examples of specific actions in pursuit of your goals.

 

 

Are you interested in any branches of the military?

          Air Force

          Army

          Coast Guard

          Marines

          Navy

 

List any favorite colleges you have, and after each one write 2 – 3 sentences to explain what you know about these colleges and why you like them.

 

 

List any colleges that you have contacted or plan to contact about admission.

 

 

List any colleges that you have visited.

 

 

I have talked with my parents and I understand how much financial support (if any) they will provide for college.

          Yes

          No

          Not going to college

 

List the specific careers or jobs you think could be a possibility in your life.

 

 

Would you like more information on requirements for Conservations Corps? Peace Corps?

          Yes

          No

 

Have you started a business and are you looking for entrepreneurship education?

          Yes

          No

 

This is the conclusion of the online survey. Once it’s completed, students have access to articles for reading about post-secondary options and preparing for the transition to life after high school. This curriculum is designed for students in grades 7 through 12 and is also applicable after graduation.

 

 

Reading and Questions (10 minutes)

Once the students complete the registration, they will have access to many articles. Allow students to browse the articles until the instructor is ready to direct attention to the articles “Get to Know Your Counselor” and “Do It Yourself.”

 

First, instruct students to read “Get to Know Your Counselor.” Allow 2-5 minutes for students to read this article to themselves while instructor monitors progress. Instructor may allow time for short discussion or may proceed directly to the second article, “Do It Yourself.”

 

At this point, distribute the Activity Handout and instruct students to complete the questions on the handout about the article.

 

At the conclusion of this lesson, remind students to log out of their MyStudentPath.com account.

 

The following are the questions with suggested answers for the Activity Handout:

 

ACTIVITY HANDOUT
Read the article “Do It Yourself” and answer the following questions:

1. In what ways could a guidance counselor help a student?

- Opening doors through relationships
- Speeding up process for submitting missing information
- Serving as a sounding board for important career decisions
- Providing input and advice based on students’ personal histories
- Answering tough questions students may have
- Filling out FAFSA forms for the best possible financial aid packages
- Locating and applying for little-known scholarships
- Finding internships in areas of career interest
- Writing college application essays
- Answering questions about and providing reliable information on a wide range of colleges
- Preparing for job interviews
- Getting standardized test scores up, making students eligible for more colleges
- Calming fears about starting new chapters in life—and dealing with current stressful chapters

2. When should students get to know their guidance counselor?

     - Freshman year     

3. What are some of the first steps in starting the career or college search process?

    - Identifying your own interests and options

4. Name potential drawbacks of using the Internet to conduct your own college and career research.

 - No personal connection to the resource

 - Resources are not policed, so non-factual information can be found there.

5. For each category below, name a site suggested by this article as a helpful resource.

Choosing the right college and reading message boards about colleges

- Collegeboard.com,

- CollegeConfidential.com

- Naviance.com

Learning about scholarships/financial aid  

 - FastWeb.com

Learning about current job openings

- CareerBuilder.com

- Monster.com

- Jobs.com

Learning general information about industries and careers

- Bls.gov/k12 (U.S. Government’s careers site for students)

- Wetfeet.com

6. If you decided not to start by using the Internet for your college/career search, name TWO ways this article suggests you can get help with your search.

- libraries

- talking to other students

- talking with adults who have connections to a college or career area

- attending college open houses and high school college fairs


ACTIVITY HANDOUT

Read the articles “Know Your Counselor” and “Do It Yourself” to answer the following questions:

1. In what ways could a guidance counselor help a student?

 

 

2. When should students get to know their guidance counselor?

 

 

3. What are some of the first steps in starting the career or college search process?

 

 

4. Name potential drawbacks of using the Internet to conduct your own college and career research.

 

 

 

5. For each category below, name a site suggested by this article as a helpful resource.

  • Choosing the right college and reading message boards about colleges
  • Learning about scholarships/financial aid   

  • Learning about current job openings
  • Learning general information about industries and career

 

6. If you decided not to start by using the Internet for your college/career search, name TWO ways this article suggests you can get help with your search.

 


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