Career Preparation Activities

Student Interview -

What's Your Story? Part 1

“Your Story” is a personal narrative about yourself. Being able to tell your story is an important skill that will benefit you when you give your student report during your IEP and when start attending job interviews. 

MATERIALS:

Adult partner to ask Conversation Questions

Paper & Pencil, computer, video to record child's responses.

ASSIGNMENT:

Conversation Starter:

Tell me a little bit about yourself….. 

Who is in your family? What are the names of your family members? What types of jobs do they do for work or school?

Do you have pets?  What kind and what are their names?  Describe them to me.  Do they have any silly or special behaviors?

Where you live?  Tell me a little about your home and your community. 

Share a favorite memory or favorite place in the world.

ADD ON:

Draw a picture

Takes some pictures with a camera

Practice your answers a couple of times with an adult and have someone video tape the two of you like an interview. 

Document your written story. Turn your answers into a short paragraph.  Type them into a text document. And save them in a folder titled My Story.  Include any photos or videos in your folder. 

INTERVIEWER TIPS:

Provide Positive Encouragement- Affirm your child’s efforts when they share their successes with you. 

Help them expand upon their responses.  “Tell me more about that.”

Summarize or paraphrase what your student is saying back to them as it helps them consider their emotions, values, and actions

Tell them about life lessons you’ve learned

Talk about how & when you got involved in your career

 

What's Your Story? Part 2

You started "Your Story" last week. Let's add more to it!

MATERIALS:

Adult partner to ask Conversation Questions

Paper & Pencil, computer, video to record child's responses.

ASSIGNMENT:

Conversation Starter:

What are a few of your positive personality traits?  

Feelings (happy, enthusiastic, patient, calm, loving, kind, honest, optimistic, faithful)

Actions (hard working, helpful, good listener, creative, organized, tidy, polite, lively, silly, talkative, generous)

ADD ON:

Draw a picture of your feelings or of YOU in Action. 

Have someone take a picture of  YOU expressing your Feelings or of YOU in Action!

Practice your answers a couple of times with an adult and have someone video tape the two of you like an interview. 

Document your written story. Turn your answers into a short paragraph.  Type them into a text document. And save them in a folder titled My Story.  Include any photos or videos in your folder. 

INTERVIEWER TIPS:

Provide Positive Encouragement- Affirm your child’s efforts when they share their successes with you. 

Help them expand upon their responses.  “Tell me more about that.”

Summarize or paraphrase what your student is saying back to them as it helps them consider their emotions, values, and actions

Tell them about life lessons you’ve learned

Talk about how & when you got involved in your career

 

What's Your Story? Part 3

This week will add on another section of “Your Story!”

MATERIALS:

Adult partner to ask Conversation Questions

Paper & Pencil, computer, video to record child's responses.

ASSIGNMENT:

Conversation Starter:

Tell me about a great accomplishment.  A time where you challenged yourself.  A time where you surprised yourself or others

Were others there to share in your success or was it something you accomplished on your own? 

How did it make you feel?  

What did you learn about yourself?

ADD ON:

Draw a picture of your great accomplishment.

Share a photo or video of your great accomplishment.

Practice your answers a couple of times with an adult and have someone video tape the two of you like an interview. 

Document your written story. Turn your answers into a short paragraph.  Type them into a text document. And save them in a folder titled My Story.  Include any photos or videos in your folder. 

INTERVIEWER TIPS:

Provide Positive Encouragement- Affirm your child’s efforts when they share their successes with you. 

Help them expand upon their responses.  “Tell me more about that.”

Summarize or paraphrase what your student is saying back to them as it helps them consider their emotions, values, and actions

Tell them about life lessons you’ve learned

Talk about how & when you got involved in your career

 

What's Your Story? Part 4

This week will add on another section of “Your Story!”

MATERIALS:

Adult partner to ask Conversation Questions

Paper & Pencil, computer, video to record child's responses.

ASSIGNMENT:

Conversation Starter:

What do you like to do outside of school? (Hobbies, gaming, reading, organized activities, music, sports, volunteer work, etc.)

Do you participate in these activities alone or with other people?

How do these activities make you feel?  

What have these activities taught you about yourself?

ADD ON:

Draw a picture of your favorite activities.

Share a photo or video of you participating in some of your favorite activities.

Practice your answers a couple of times with an adult and have someone video tape the two of you like an interview. 

Document your written story. Turn your answers into a short paragraph.  Type them into a text document. And save them in a folder titled My Story.  Include any photos or videos in your folder. 

INTERVIEWER TIPS:

Provide Positive Encouragement- Affirm your child’s efforts when they share their successes with you. 

Help them expand upon their responses.  “Tell me more about that.”

Summarize or paraphrase what your student is saying back to them as it helps them consider their emotions, values, and actions

Tell them about life lessons you’ve learned

 

What's Your Story? Part 5

This week will add on another section of “Your Story!”

MATERIALS:

Adult partner to ask Conversation Questions

Paper & Pencil, computer, video to record child's responses.

ASSIGNMENT:

Conversation Starter:

What do you dream of being when you grow up and how are you pursuing those dreams?

ADD ON:

Draw a picture of your dream job.

Use the internet to learn more about your dream job. Type “What does a ______ do in the community?” into your search engine.

Practice your answers a couple of times with an adult and have someone video tape the two of you like an interview. 

Document your written story. Turn your answers into a short paragraph.  Type them into a text document. And save them in a folder titled My Story.  Include any photos or videos in your folder. 

INTERVIEWER TIPS:

Provide Positive Encouragement- Affirm your child’s efforts when they share their successes with you. 

Help them expand upon their responses.  “Tell me more about that.”

Summarize or paraphrase what your student is saying back to them as it helps them consider their emotions, values, and actions

Tell them about life lessons you’ve learned

Talk about how & when you got involved in your career

 

What's Your Story? Part 6

This week you will work with your TVI to add the final section of “Your Story” and turn it into a culminating project to be used as your Student Report for your next IEP.

CONVERSATION STARTER: 

Tell me a little bit about your visual impairment.  

Describe your vision

What tools or adaptations do you need at home or at school to do your work and to participate in activities. 

What would you like others to know about you?

CULMINATING PROJECT:

Work with your Teacher for the Visually Impaired to put all of the pieces of your story together.  

Final Format Ideas:

Videotaped interview where your TVI interviews you and video tapes it. 

Written (print or braille) document.  

PowerPoint Presentation

Book 

Use your final story as your Student Report for your IEP

Share “Your Story” with your IEP team at the beginning of your IEP. 

 

Talk about how & when you got involved in your career