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Learning from the Experiences of Others

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Learning from the Experience of Others

Let's Talk Science
Format
Text
Grades
7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12
Jurisdiction
AB,  BC,  MB,  NB,  NL,  NS,  NT,  NU,  ON,  PE,  QC,  SK,  YT
Guidance & Careers
Career Development
Career Exploration
Career Options
Personal Values
Lifestyle Goals

Summary

Students will recognize the benefit of seeking advice from those experienced in specific career areas that interest them.

Setting the Stage

Learning from the experience of others can help us identify potential pitfalls, ensure we have accurate information, and can provide us with strategies and knowledge we might not otherwise have. Among the ways this can occur are through job shadowing, mentoring, or from interviews with workers.  

Material & Preparation

  • Arrange for computer and internet access for students working in pairs or groups.
  • Download the Learning from the Experience of Others Reproducible (1 per student) [Google Doc] [PDF]
  • Download the Key Ideas Round Robin Reproducible (1 per student) [Google Doc] [PDF]

What to Do

Provide students with the link to the Let’s Talk Science careers website. Direct them to find profiles for 5 individuals who are in a career or sector that is of interest to them. Provide each student with a copy of the Learning from the Experience of Others Reproducible to record the advice from each person.

After students have found and read their five profiles, provide them with a copy of the Key Ideas Round Robin Reproducible to record the top three pieces of advice they got from the profiles they read. Pair students and have them share their top three pieces of advice and select two pieces of advice they agree are the best. 

Then arrange the pairs into quads. Each group of four will share their respective pieces of advice and choose one that they all agree is the best. Refer to the Key Ideas Round Robin learning strategy, on the Let’s Talk Science website, for more ideas of how to use this strategy.

Have each group share their top piece of advice with the class. Teachers could lead a discussion on the pieces of advice provided. Is there one piece of advice that comes up from more than one group? Is there one piece of advice that the class agrees is the best? Do any of the pieces of advice share any common characteristics? Has anyone offered them career advice? If so, what was this advice? Do they agree with the advice given and plan to follow it?

As a personal reflection, teachers can have students complete the reflection question at the end of the Key Ideas Round Robin Reproducible. 

Details

Assessment

Teachers could observe and make anecdotal notes while students are engaged in the Key Ideas Round Robin discussions.

The Learning from the Experience of Others Reproducible could be collected and individual feedback provided.

Teachers could collect students’ responses to the Key Ideas Round Robin reflection question and review as formative assessment to direct any necessary follow up on this topic.

Assessment

Teachers could observe and make anecdotal notes while students are engaged in the Key Ideas Round Robin discussions.

The Learning from the Experience of Others Reproducible could be collected and individual feedback provided.

Teachers could collect students’ responses to the Key Ideas Round Robin reflection question and review as formative assessment to direct any necessary follow up on this topic.

Downloads
  • Learning from the Experience of Others Reproducible [Google Doc] [PDF]
  • Key Ideas Round Robin Reproducible [Google Doc] [PDF]
Downloads
  • Learning from the Experience of Others Reproducible [Google Doc] [PDF]
  • Key Ideas Round Robin Reproducible [Google Doc] [PDF]