Career Pathways: Increasing Student Engagement Through Cross-Curricular Projects

Career Pathways:  Increasing Student Engagement Through Cross-Curricular Projects


♪[theme music]>>student 1: In 1985 they were
discussing about like how- or like what it takes to be a teacher.
You had to go to- students can complete there- no it
has to be 5 years divided into 3 years of general education. Then
two years of specialization.>>teacher: A career pathway is a um
structured um school within a school or you know smaller community
that is based-all the classes are kind of based around
one career tech um class. I think kids are very engaged in our- in
our classrooms because of the structure of the Academy. Um, every
year that I’ve been here I’ve taught Academy classes and
non- Academy classes, every single year. And every year it’s the same thing, the kids
that are in my non-academy classes have lower grades, they have lower attendance,
they have lower test scores. They don’t have the buy-in.>>student 2: Because she wants us all to
be engaged and also so we all know when we present. So we all know like
what we’re talking about and we don’t just like oh
like you know about like the history of education,
and I know what students are like and then you know…you get me?
So we all know about it, like… and so we are all engaged.>>student 3: Um the past
month, the project that we did did was where we researched education
of a different country so we could get a did was where we researched education
of a different country so we could get a background of how it is, how their system
works and compare it to our system.>>teacher: Let me start off really
quickly and remind you that we’re doing this um cross-curricular
project for history, US history, teacher training, and English 3.
Okay, um this is-this project is about kinda global education… I think when kids are able to work on the
same project in different, you know, class different kind of class periods and you know
different classes: English and history and you know the career tech class, I think
that gives them more of a sense of-of, first of all, you know – ownership.>>student 4: Okay, basically what we’re
doing is that we-we have a country, Russia, and we have to look up – we have
make a time line about each state, and what the school’s education
system was in each state.>>teacher: That just kind of gives you
a nice little you know background. That might be a good website to look at.
And then I would maybe have some paper and I would write. And
if-if you don’t have to write a ton of notes. You
can just, you know, write the date, and kinda you know,
basically what happened.>>student: The main points?
>>teacher: The main points, yeah! Career pathways are absolutely
growing in our district, um there are more students in a linked learning,
you know, pathway this year than have ever been-have ever been before. Um,
there are pathways at Indian Springs and Pacific High School and San Bernardino High
School and Arroyo Valley, um many many more you know, pathways and and many more-many
different types of pathways for students you know to choose from than there-
than ever and ever have been before.>>student 5: And then like the facts from the time line,
some of them are going to be on the PowerPoint. So if you say the time line first then
they’re going to get like the main idea And then we’ll like-the Judith will like
say ’em in the-the presen-ahh-PowerPoint.>>student 6: She said she wanted a lot of
illustrations, so do you guys just wanna basically put all the illustrations and then
put a title to it and then we’ll just talk about it off of what the research we’ve done? In my opinion the reason that we are so engaged
in um our work, not only on this project but in general, is because we
all have ambition. And we want to make sure that
we get things done.>>student 7: In primary, it’s six years
of education for Cuba as well as the US in primary schools. Although in the US its
a-the requirement for primary school is five years old while in
Cuba it is six years old.>>student 8: I feel like we were more
concentrated in this project because one one, it’s a really good um project because we learned
about another thing that most people don’t really like learn about. So uh we were
learning more on it because I feel like in our class that we were just more focused
on learning about other people’s education.>>student 9: Once recess is over,
they go to physical education. They have karate and yoga. And…
they have that because they think that if they go to those
classes they’re going to relax so they could be ready um for the other classes.>>teacher: And I think now, with these
linked learning pathways, there’s this-this one class. This you know career
tech class, whatever it may be teaching or business or health, you know,
health careers or whatever. And that kind of brings all these different subjects
kind of together. And so I think this is kind of the new way, you know, to teach.
It’s not just you go into a room and shut the door and you’re only learning
that subject in kind of isolation. ♪[theme music]

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