Project: Career and Education Planning

Teacher: Jim Weber
School: Timberland
Location: Wentzville, Missouri USA
Start Date: 10/08/2011
End Date: 12/15/2011
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

We need professionals interested in helping 11th grade students develop effective independent research and project management skills. Each student will research a unique topic that will lead to the development of education and career planning skills.

Description:

The student and mentor will work together to explore a particular niche within a professional field. The mentor will help the student interview top professionals in the field, develop a solid career and education plan. If the plan is worthy of support the mentor will aid the student in securing letters of reference and confirmation to back up the plan.

Benchmarks:

The benchmarks for this project are as follows: The effective use of cognitive processes to generate and link knowledge across the disciplines and in a variety of contexts. The process of identifying, locating, selecting, and using resource tools to help in analyzing, synthesizing, and communicating information. The identification and employment of appropriate tools, techniques, and technologies are essential to all learning processes. Students locate, select, and synthesize information from a variety of texts, media, references, and technological sources to acquire and communicate knowledge. Use available technology to produce, revise, and publish a variety of works. Cite references using various formats (e.g., endnotes, bibliography).

Duration:

9

Grade Level:

11

Content Area:

Career and Education Planning

Student Outcomes:

All students will create powerpoint presentation in which to display their work. Students will write five questions of interest in the field of their choice. Deadline October 15. Students will interview online with the help of the mentor a person in the field of their choice. Deadline October 31. Students with the help of the mentor will further investigate colleges from previous or current list of college interests. Deadline: November 15. Students with the help of the mentor will study in depth their field of interest. Deadline: December 10. Final letter/report: December 15.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

The student will prepare a powerpoine presentation of the information that they have collected and learned about the field of their chosing. Student will write a 300-word letter to mentor. The subject of the letter will be a self-evaluation of the project, including what the student did well, what he would like to have done to improve upon the project, and what the mentor contributed to the process.

Teacher Role:

Teacher's Role: Teacher will aid student in identifying research areas of interest. Teacher will help student shape research into hypotheses. Teacher will evaluate student products.

Mentor Role:

Mentor's Role Mentor will aid students in developing and researching questions related to current topics in and advanced mathematics and/or science career. Mentor will encourage student completion of project goals and edit student work before it is sent to experts or published. Mentor may also be asked to proof another project that the student is working on in Calculus. Mentor should encourage student to continue rigorus educational training.