The following are Career Development and Exploration lessons. These lessons were developed for young adults ages 16-24, that are attending a vocational school. Pedagogy (NYS Commencement Standards) and Androgogy (adult learning) teaching and learning theories are employed.
The purpose of this lesson is to oriented students with the step involved in career planning. They will learn ways for students to assess and document their personal data, knowledge, skills, abilities, likes, dislikes, character, academic skills, and other traits related to identifying a career choice. This lesson also covers what a career is and uses technology for content and communications. Students will use the Internet applications: web Blogging for discussions; SeaMonkey to develop a homepage to present their career plan portfolio to others; to send email. The student will use the classroom LCD projector to present their online homepage to the class. The students will evaluate their classmates’ website using an online form and email it to the student using Google.com email.
Self-assessment is a process by which students will learn more about themselves: what they like, what they don't like, and how they tend to react to certain situations. Knowing these things can help them determine which occupations and work situations could be a better fit for you. This lesson continues with self-assessment through an online assessment tool NYS CareerZone that uses areas of interest to identify occupations that corresponds to the interest. The primary goal of this lesson is that students will finish the development of their self-assessment. Included in this lesson is content to teach students to apply critical thinking and creativity in their career planning.
Students will continue in career exploration with a look at the U. S. workforce and the changing job market. The topic of the lesson is the Workforce that will include Social Studies on Economics. This lesson covers the nature of the workforce, career opportunities in the workforce and the workplace. This lesson will also provide the students with a list expectation of employers including employability and social skills required in the workplace. In addition, students will gain an understanding of how academic knowledge and skills are applied in career exploration through the development of a digital story and using a WebQuest: Workforce 2020.
This lesson is being delivered through Moodle learning system. First students will examine career choices from a holistic view. It is intended to help students to be aware of the areas of life that impacts their career choices and to live accordingly. The following sections will focus on getting education and learning the education and training phases of career planning and exploration. Primarily this lesson covers developing an educational planning and evaluating colleges and post-secondary programs.Students will decide the educational path they will take to meet the education and training requirements for the career they have chosen. In addition, students will document their education plan by developing an interactive story to describe it using PowerPoint. Moodle Course: Career Development II
My educational philosophy is that learning is experiential. I side with the constructivist and cognitive approach to teaching and learning. Teaching should be a process that engages students so that they will want to learn and participate in the learning process. I believe that the teaching and learning environment should be student-centered. Although I have taught with a teacher-centered approach I often thought it was ineffective as a source of permanent retention; although, directed with drill and practice retention happens. As a teacher I believe that teaching should be delivered so a holistic approach to learning. The teaching theories that I advocate is constructivism and collaborative learning. However, I believe that an effective technology teaching and learning approach would incorporate principles of the behaviorist, cognitivism, and constructivism theories. Using this approach teaching would be delivered to facilitate a student-centered learning environment that is an active, social learning experience that provides learning activities that are experiential and discovery, and situated with authentic learning activities that are collaborative and cooperative in nature.
Community College (Adjunct Professor)
History of Computers and Information Systems
Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Introduction to the Internet
Computer Information Systems and Developing Technology Solutions
Adult Education Teacher
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to Internet
Introduction to Microsoft Office
Introduction to Networking
Systems Hardware Training (Mainframe, Midrange, and PC)
Operating Systems (Windows NT, Novell, Microsoft)
Various systems production applications
Desktop Applications (Microsoft, Corel, Word Perfect, Lotus Notes, dBase, Front Page, etc.)
Key areas of Experience
Business Management * Computer Training * Curriculum Design and Development * Educational Technology * Instructional Design and Development *Leadership * Multimedia Development * Project Management * Public Speaking * Social and Community Service Work * Systems Analysis and Design * Systems Administration * Teaching children and adults * Systems Analysis and Design * Teamwork and Collaboration * Technology & Computer Consulting
Web/Intranet: MS Explorer, MS Front Page, HTML, Web 2.0 apps. Browsers: Mozilla, Internet Explorer, MS Office Applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Projects, Outlook, Front Page, Publisher, Visio, Captivate, Media Player; Snag It, and Lotus Notes.Systems Administration: Novell, Windows NT, MS BackOffice, UNIX, UNISYS; Databases.
Instructional Design: Multimedia Development, Moodle learning management system, Zunal, WebQuest design, Audacity, Photo Story, Adobe Reader, Adobe Photoshop, Scratch, Windows Shop, SeaMonkey, Google, Wiki, Website Development, Hot Potatoes, Camtasia, Hot Potatoes, RubiStar, Smart Draw, Inspiration, YouTube, Mapping Concept, and more.
Leadership & People: Leadership, organizational skills, communication, multitasking, team development, project management, detailed-oriented, accepts responsibilities, task-oriented, self-directed; motivating and encouraging people, work well with people and independently.
Pursing NYS Teacher Certification, 7-12K, exp 2011. Content areas: computer science, social studies, and career development.
Literacy Reading Tutor Certificate 2003
Literacy Volunteer of America Certified, Decatur, GA
Ministry Leadership & Development Training Certification 2000
Pentecostal Outreach Church of God in Chris, Lansing, MI
Nonprofit Leadership/Management Certification 1999
Western Michigan University & Capital Area United Way,
Grant Writing Certificate 1996
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Train-the-Trainer Certificate 1994
Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
Community Leadership Development Certification 1993
Lansing Community College Academy, Lansing,
Dale Carnegie Communications & Leadership 1992
Certification, Lansing, MI