Career Awareness/Exploration // Career Exploration Visits
Checking Predictions

This activity introduces to students to compare what they expected to observe with what they actually did observe.

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

11

Approximate Time Needed

Minutes

15

Resources

Instructions

Turn to the Checking Predictions handout and fill in the blanks with your answers to the questions.

a)    Before the career exploration visit, I thought ________, but now I think _________.

b) One of my predictions that turned out to be true was: _____________________________________________.

c)    One of my predictions that turned out to be false was: _____________________________________________.

Pair up with someone you don't know well and compare your responses to the Checking Predictions handout.

Teacher Notes

What is Reflection?

Tell students that today’s workshop is “all about you” --reflecting back on the visit and thinking about what it means for YOU. Explain the concept of reflection:

  • Reflection is a way to look back on an experience and learn from it
  • Reflection is carrying on a dialog with yourself to think deeply about what’s important to you
  • Reflection is a way to think about experiences so that you come to a new understanding
  • Reflection isn’t about finding the right answer.

Assessment Notes

Completion of worksheet

Return to Career Readiness
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This activity introduces to students to career exploration visit plans and the Career Exploration Visit: Guide for Students.

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Career Exploration Visit Feedback Form

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Career Exploration Visit Reflective Essay

The purpose of this lesson is to do final preparations for a reflective essay in which students describe their impressions and what they learned during the Career Exploration Visit.