Building upon existing lesson plans
In this step, you are going to alter one of your lesson plans, using the resources you’ve found in previous steps, and then share your plan on Padlet.
First, let’s look at an example (a PDF of this example is available). This particular mathematics lesson already has some context we can build on. Income tax, mortgages, savings and investments are all key elements of a variety of future careers.
The modified lesson plan (see PDF text version) contextualises the content in an out of school setting and adds careers links for careers that would use this mathematics knowledge.
- Context and Careers (new box added, top right): Links to financial sector, HMRC or Mortgage Advisors. Job profile for financial advisor to give real life applications of percentages – house value, loans, mortgages, income tax, reductions in sales and savings.
- Learning Objectives (additional objective): To understand how income tax works and calculate salaries or show use of mortgage calculators and savings calculators (use online tool).
- Engagement (additional point): Discussion of real life applications and job roles of people using percentage calculations.
- Assessment for Learning (additional point): Contextualised exam question.
- Learning Episode (addition to 4th point): Show the criteria and explain how tax is calculated.
Note: In the lesson plans above, MWB stands for mini white boards, a quick way to gather evidence of student understanding. You can find out more about this in Introducing Assessment for Learning.
Adapting lesson plans
When adapting your lesson plans, there are three things to consider:
- Make curriculum-linked careers learning a planned part of your lesson planning.
- Make it part of the intended learning for the lesson, rather than an additional extra.
- If possible, link it back into your assessment model or specifications.
Adapt one of your own lesson plans to give it a careers focus. Refer back to the resources you found in the previous step. For example, you may wish to develop a starter for each lesson that links the wider content of the topic to careers. It may be that you provide a homework task that enables students to share a conversation with home about their local knowledge of employers.
Share your tweaked lesson on the Lesson Plan Padlet. Take a look at other contributions, like ones that have inspired you and comment on aspects you think you could use in your own teaching.
Padlet is like an online pin-board where you can upload your documents. You do not need to register an account to post to Padlet. Please note that Padlet is a public space, so do not include personal data, confidential information or images of students or others. Guidance on how to use Padlet.
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