Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Whose Portfolio?

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Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Cortney Cutchall, Bob Pasquantonio and Mike Thompson

Title

Whose Portfolio?

Standards Addressed
  • 13.2 F Explain why specific samples of work were selected for inclusion in a career portfolio
  • RWSL 1.4 A
  • RWSL 1.5 G
  • RWSL 1.6 A
Brief Overview Professionals from the community will speak to students about their personal interests, abilities, values, and past career aspirations. Students will discuss what the professionals’ career portfolios would look like.
Grade Level 5th
Content Area(s) Language Arts
Other standards supported N/A
Prep Time 30-60 Minutes
Implementation Time 45-60 Minutes
Learning Objectives Students will be able to explain why specific samples of work were selected for inclusion in a career portfolio.
Materials Needed
  • 1-3 professional representatives dressed in work attire and prepped to address their personal interests, abilities, values and past career aspirations.
  • List or worksheet of representatives’ interests, values, abilities, and past career aspirations.
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. 1-3 representatives from different occupations briefly speak to the class about their respective occupations and discuss their personal interests, abilities, values and past career aspirations.
  2. Teacher/Counselor/Leader defines elements of a career portfolio.
  3. Class discusses what types of work samples represent the professional(s) and decide which elements for the professional to use in their personal career portfolio.
  4. If available, have professionals share personal career portfolio with students.
Theory basis Super Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Teacher observation of student participation and selection of proper work selection samples.
Comments
  1. Professionals are referencing career portfolios not professional portfolios.
  2. Professionals should be prepped to discuss interests, values, and abilities that apply to their personal career, as well as areas that do not.
Enhancement Activities Professionals could be presented in a “What’s My Line?” format.
Adaptation for at risk kids Encouragement by teacher to participate and pairing with peers if necessary.
Resources Counselor/Teacher Produced

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