Our newest Lesson Leader is Lori Hartman, who writes the blog, Advocate For Possibility. If you haven't check it out, yuo should. Lori has a lot of great ideas and lessons that she shares. She is sharing with us her Reach Higher Future Lesson. It's a great lesson to get middle schoolers thinking about their future. I love the use of Padlet, which I have never used, but I am now adding to my Tech Tools To Try List.
This week I have been in my 8th grade classrooms working on future planning. Over the years, this lesson has become one of my favorites. Students want to have a chance to consider what the future holds in store, and they want to do well and work hard. The lesson has evolved over the years and more technology has been introduced.
Day One is Introduction to thinking about the future which includes thinking about passions and interests. I use a couple short videos to start the conversations about what is possible with education and career choice. I create a padlet with 3 columns: What I know about HS/What I wonder about HS/What I plan to do after HS. I have students think about and respond to the prompts for about 5-7 minutes. Once they are done, we talk about the responses and answer some of the questions and concerns. The nice part about this format is that I have the chance to "hear from" all the students. The participation helps us break the ice and see that many students have the same concerns and plans.(Here are a few of the videos that Lori uses:)
Here is the Padlet: