Students were asked to imagine themselves in 5 years, 10 years, and 15 years, and to think about a career they might want to pursue. They were asked to identify different jobs within their chosen career path. After selecting the job that excited them the most, students researched the education and training required, the skills and competencies needed to be successful in the field, and what a day in the life in their chosen job might look like. Students were asked to make booklets to summarize what they learned and to create a comic strip to represent the “day in the life” part of the task.
Student Work Sample
I can ask questions and consider options. I can use my observations, experience, and imagination to draw conclusions and make judgments.
I can ask open-ended questions, explore, and gather information. I experiment purposefully to develop options. I can contribute to and use criteria. I use observation, experience, and imagination to draw conclusions, make judgments, and ask new questions. I can describe my thinking and how it is changing. I can establish goals individually and with others. I can connect my learning with my experiences, efforts, and goals. I give and receive constructive feedback.
I communicate clearly and purposefully, using a variety of forms and strategies appropriately.
I share my ideas and try to connect them to others’ ideas. I am an active listener—I make connections and ask clarifying and extending questions when appropriate. I can plan ways to make my message clear and engaging for my audience and create communications that focus on a variety of purposes and audiences. I acquire the information I need for specific tasks and for my own interests and present it clearly.