Sketching Your Career Path

Format
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Students use a sketch note learning strategy to map out their career path.

Summary

Students will:

  • Learn about and/or use the method of sketch noting to map out their career paths
  • Put all of their career planning pieces together on one page in an aesthetically pleasing manner

Setting the Stage

  • This lesson is best used after students have explored their interests, personality, subject preferences, career values, as well as occupational considerations (ideas of occupations they may want to pursue). It is important that, before they engage in this activity, students have also started to think about their goals. In this lesson students will use the sketch notes process to compile what they’ve learned so far in a one-page document. 
  • Sketch notes are a fun and creative way of combining words, images, colour, shapes and symbols to document important learning and to make connections between ideas
  • Sketch notes are a great way to review and synthesize students’ career planning pieces. They are also a good way to engage visual and kinesthetic learners during their career planning journeys

Materials & Preparation

  • White pieces of paper of varying sizes
  • Markers, pencil crayons, crayons
  • Pencils, pens
  • Access to a computer and the internet
  • Download the Sketching Your Career Path Reproducible (1 per student) [Google doc] [PDF]
  • Download the Sketching Your Career Path Exit Slip Reproducible (1 page per 2 students) [Google doc] [PDF]

What to do

  • Teachers should emphasize that drawing is not a requirement for creating sketch notes (as some students may be discouraged if they feel that they are not strong in this area).
  • There is no one “correct” format for sketch noting. Teachers could show students examples of sketch notes by doing a simple Google search. Teachers may consider creating their own examples to show students. Alternatively, teachers could choose a topic that students are familiar with and walk students through the process using a whiteboard and soliciting student input. 
  • The teacher should hand out one blank piece of paper to each student or have students access online drawing software.
  • They should then provide students with the Sketching my Career Path Reproducible which contains instructions and requirements for completing this exercise
  • To conclude this lesson, teachers could ask students to complete an Exit Slip to help solidify their learning. 

Details

Assessment

  • Teachers could collect students’ Sketch Notes to provide feedback.
  • Teachers could collect student Exit Slips to review and provide comments to students.

Assessment

  • Teachers could collect students’ Sketch Notes to provide feedback.
  • Teachers could collect student Exit Slips to review and provide comments to students.

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