November 2005

Career-Related Information for Students

"The GED is so boring. Why do I have to read this stuff?" I hate reading. I hate math. I can't stand writing!" Familiar?

Why not have students enjoy learning? Find their areas of interest and get them hooked there. After all, we are panning, looking for the gold in each one!

Below are some site with activities and information in different career fields. Perhaps you will find good use for them among your students.

Varied - I've posted this link before. The site keeps getting better. Some time ago, they gave me full permission to use their information for developing plans. You might ask them as well. The explanations do not always use simple language. You have to sift through, finding areas of interest to the student, but you will always find something. I've learned how to do lots of things using this site.

Welding - This page is a description of curricula developed to integrate math into welding. It isn't a student site, but it has great ideas for instructors who want to design welding projects with students.

Plumbing  What kind of math is used in plumbing? Scroll down their page.

Building Math to build on. The language is relatively simple. With some help, this has some great ways of integrating math into building projects - From the site: "Working Hands, Working Minds is a construction training curriculum developed by YouthBuild USA with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The curriculum is designed to facilitate academic learning in an applied context. Essential reading, writing, and math skills are taught in an introduction to the construction trades. Through activities, community research projects, workplace exploration, group projects, role-plays and games, students are introduced to key construction-related skills and concepts. Working Hands, Working Minds is designed to be used collaboratively by classroom and vocational teachers to demonstrate the interrelationship between construction and academics." The lessons are all there in PDF form for students who want to complete them. All free!

Auto Mechanics - Go down the left column with students that want to be auto mechanics

From the West Side Area Vocational Technical School This is not a polished, spiffy website, but the information on it is valuable for students considering technical fields.  (Standards from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.)

Example of information for Auto Mechanics:

Similar information is listed for a number of other disciplines: Auto Body, Building Construction, Computer Networking and Security, Computer Programming, Computer Repair and Maintenance, Co-operative Education , Cosmetology, Culinary Arts , Data Processing, Electrical, Health Related Technologies, Law Enforcement, Machine Shop, Marketing, Multimedia Technologies, Plumbing

Earth Science - "Scientists have developed the term Biome to describe areas on the earth with similar climate, plants, and animals. These Web pages were developed by approximately seventy 9th grade students at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon in 1997. This was an integrated Science, Literature, and Health project in periods 3, 4, and 5."  Since these were written by students the language is not convoluted. ABE and advanced ESL students should be able to read the information. The pages are not professionally developed: yellow Times Roman against blue sometimes! So why not do a copy/paste trick into Word, change the font to Arial 12 or 14, and you have yourself a great reading lesson. All you have to do is add the math and writing. For example, you can take sentences like the following and turn them into math practice:

  • "The marine biome covers three fourths of the earth and there are hundreds of different fish to cover each square foot of it."
  • "The arctic fox can grow up to 46-68 cm long (18-26 3/4 in.) with a tail of 35 cm long (13 3/4 in). The caribou can grow up to 1.2-2.2 m with a tail of 10-21 cm. The musk ox grows up to 1.9-2.3 m, their tails 9-10 cm."
  • "In July the temperature was 17.9 degrees Celsius and in December of that same year it was 22.4 degrees Celsius. The rainfall each month varies, sometimes the savannah gets a large amount of rain and sometimes it gets very little. For example in June and July 5.1 inches of rain fell and in April 40.1 inches fell."

Art - A guide to great art on the Internet.  - The music of math, From Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. Very cool. Click on the NEXT button and check the different sections. Again, these are instructions to be used with students. Not designed specifically for adults, but they'll work well with adults.

Health - From British Columbia, lots of information for audiologists with activities for students. - "Experts say that for every 20 lbs. of bodyweight, you should only carry 3 lbs. in your backpack. This equals 15%. Other recommendations go as low as 6% of your body weight. Doctors say that heavy loads can cause shoulder pain or lower-back pain. We find this study to be so important that we have weighed almost all of the students at GA--that's over 800 students and their backpacks!" - The Basic Concepts of Diagnostic Ultrasound1 - Click on the Curriculum Unit link at the bottom  - "Show what you’ve learned about health and wellness. Choose a technology option and complete an activity for your health class. Learn the basics of some essential software programs and see how you can organize, polish, and present assignments while incorporating the latest computer technologies." I love this site. Talk about creative! Students can follow instructions pretty easily and use computers to do it! - Safety lesson plan. It takes some planning, but it seems like a good activity for students interested in Occupational Health and Safety.

Sports Full of links with Power Point and other visuals on the physics of baseball. GED stuff, not ABE or ESL.

Military Military info for students, parents and teachers.

Calculators -Nursing calculations - Fuel cost calculator - BTU calculator. What are the heating needs in a given space? - Click on Calculators and Calculations. Or any of the other great links there.

General - Students should have knowledge of what is required in the workplace. Knowledge is power. Isn't it...? I think SCANS still provides the best checklist for workplace skills, but there are other good ones. What I find rewarding about using workplace skills as a guide for students is that they can clearly see how much they are learning in addition to what is tested: thinking skills, teamwork, and much more! Below is O*Net's list. - "Select skills from one or more of the six skill groups." The site has many tools that students can use and are encouraged to use on the home page: - "Mapping Your Future" - Students can follow a number of links to resources in planning a career. - Never hurts to list this one again.

Free Technology Training for Colorado Adult Educators

I'm packed and ready to go. Have 6 computers. Will travel. What do you want to use computers to accomplish? What about your students? Let's plan some training. You tell me what you want, and I'll deliver. Tell me when, and we'll set a date! As you know, the best things in life are free!