For nearly 10 years, Bri has focused on creating content to address the questions and concerns educators have about teaching classes, preparing students for certifications, and making the most of the AES curriculum system.
The curriculum has activities and lessons for six specific skills:
Enthusiasm & Attitude
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
Each skill consists of multiple lessons and activities you can download as a PDF, complete with everything you will need to plan and teach the lessons.
In the PDFs, each workplace readiness skills activity lists the amount of time it takes, the materials needed, and directions for facilitating. Having this information will be invaluable for planning your lessons!
The lesson plans are highly detailed but they’re missing assessments. If you want to give grades for any of the lessons, you will need to create your own quizzes and tests.
It may take you some time to create assessments and decide how you want to use the resources, but most of the work is already done for you.
Now, you just have to teach!
2. Activities from Teachers Pay Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers is an open marketplace community where teachers can share, sell, and buy resources from each other.
The lessons are available for grades 5-12, and each one includes a PDF lesson plan, video, and student handouts.
Because these lessons come from the California Department of Education, they go into a great deal of detail. The lessons have a good flow to them compared to picking random resources online.
The plans have an “evaluation section,” but the evaluation is not an actual assessment. If you want to grade student work, you will have to spend time creating your own rubrics and quizzes.
These resources work best for teachers in California since they all meet state standards.
Still, any teacher can use these college and career readiness lessons to succeed in their classroom!
5. Customer Service Lesson Plan from AES
Customer service skills are important in any field of work. The interpersonal skills that can be learned through customer service training can be applied to interactions in any career.
That’s why the AES Product Team created a free customer service activity and lesson plan. The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate the importance of interpersonal business communication.
The lesson has two parts. First, you will role play a customer interaction with a student for a few minutes. Afterwards, there are three questions to spark discussion among the class.
For part two of the lesson, you divide students into groups and hand out role play cards. Each card has a different scenario for a customer and a company representative. Students role play and document how each scenario played out.
You can round out the lesson by discussing the fact that purchasing decisions are often driven by emotions. Companies who maintain positive customer interactions can be very successful.
We recommend having your students complete the Interest assessment. The other two – Skills assessment and Work values – could be a little too in-depth depending on your students.
Second, assign students to research those careers in order to choose one that sounds best. Have students begin their research by going through the Learn about careers section.
Because CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, their database of information on careers is very detailed. One tool you should point out to students is the Compare Occupations section. This gives a good overview if your students is having trouble deciding between two choices.
Last, have students create a plan to achieve their career by setting goals for education, certification, and other details. CareerOneStop has a page explaining SMART goals that you should have your students read over.
Overall, this site works as an ideal introduction to workplace readiness because it gets students excited about the possibilities in their futures.
7. Workplace Readiness Skills Lesson Plans from Applied Educational Systems