College and Career Ready?

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

In the last 20 years, standards-based education has been focused on the goal of creating a literate and economically competitive workforce. There are a host of national and state-specific educational standards that are intended to provide a framework for educators to use to build a curriculum that is explicit, relevant, and successful. That’s where we can help.

Our new product line of nursing task trainers, simulators and models come with comprehensive ready-to-use curricula. Each individual curriculum includes detailed facilitator instructions, handouts, slide presentations and assessment tools that align to several sets of health science-related standards.  To make using our curricular resources even more user friendly, we have completed an alignment to several sets of health science-related standards.

The National Health Science Standards, developed by the National Consortium for Health Science Education provide a clear and consistent understanding of industry and post-secondary expectations for health science teachers. The cross-walk document provided at this link identifies which standards the various curricula align to.

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education.  We have identified specific CCTC standards that correlate to each of our health science curricula as well. To access this alignment document, click here.

Helping students learn the skills they need to become successful future healthcare workers is our goal.  We are happy to help provide standards-based curricular resources that ensure students are learning the right skills.

On the Road with Realityworks: Career Exploration Teaching Tips from the 2015 GACTE Conference

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

I recently traveled to Atlanta to attend the 2015 Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education Career Tech Expo on behalf of Realityworks. We always learn a great deal when we visit with our RealCare® Program customers who stop by our booth, and this conference was no different.

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One recurring theme that we have heard before surfaced at this year’s GACTE trade show. As Family and Consumer Science (FACS) instructors are ensuring that their programs focus on college- and career-readiness, traditional parenting courses are being discontinued as irrelevant.  More FACS instructors are asking for ways to use RealCare Baby and our other RealCare Program products as resources for teaching transferable career skills. Here is what we told those teachers; feel free to use these tips if you are facing this challenge in your own program:

  • Use our free career exploration curriculum, which we created specifically for the RealCare Program. The 5-lesson Using the RealCare Program for Career Exploration uses each of our RealCare experiential learning tools, like RealCare Baby, to jumpstart career exploration in related occupations. Career pathways such as Education & Training, Human Services and Healthcare are included in these ready-to-use lesson plans.
  • Build greater value into your course content by teaching employability or soft skills. A free 6-lesson curriculum can be found here. These lessons can be used in any CTE course and give students active practice on time management, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and interview skills. Many of these soft skills are included in state and national CTE standards.
  • Consider using your courses to lead to an industry-recognized certification. Turn your parenting classes into childhood development and early childhood career skills courses as part of a CDA (Child Development Associate) or similar certification.
  • Work with your local community college to see if a dual credit course or program can be created.
  • Rework your course title and syllabus to highlight the college and career readiness skills that are already being taught.
  • Use the alignment and crosswalk documents found here to clearly identify the Common Career Technical Core Standards that are being taught in the RealCare Program lessons that you are teaching.
  • Participate in cross-curricular planning with other core academic and CTE instructors. Identify areas of common interest and teach interdisciplinary units with common themes. For example, as you use RealCare Baby to teach childcare career skills, your Entrepreneurship instructor could use the start-up of a daycare as a class project.

We hope these ideas help you jumpstart your own creative juices! To view a webinar on using the RealCare Program for career exploration, click here.

Are you using the RealCare Program to teach transferrable career skills in your classroom? If so, we’d love to hear what you’re doing. Share your ideas in the comments below!

Must-See Highlights from the RealCare Curriculum: Trimester Development Mix-Up Activity

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

In addition to offering powerful experiential learning products, RealityworksRealCare product line also offers effective, standards-based curriculum. In a new blog series called “Must-See Highlights from the RealCare Curriculum,” we’re going to highlight various activities, lessons and free downloads from each product’s curriculum to help ensure that our product users are making the most of their tools.

Let’s start with our Pregnancy Profile Simulator, which includes the “Understanding Pregnancy” curriculum. This curriculum has many hidden gems that you might not know about!

For instance, one important part of Lesson 5 is a discussion about fetal development by trimester. As you can see from the below example, the slide presentation designed to accompany that discussion shows fetal development month by month:

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In addition to this slide presentation, we also offer a free in-class activity designed to enhance the fetal development lesson: the Trimester Development Mix-Up.

Learn more about this activity and how to utilize it in your classroom by downloading your own Trimester Characteristics handout, then reading the instructions below!

Trimester Development Mix-Up instructions:

  1. Cut each developmental characteristic listed on the Trimester Characteristics sheet following the provided dotted lines.
  2. Write “First Trimester,” “Second Trimester,” and “Third Trimester” on a marker board or chalk board.
  3. Mix up the developmental characteristics in a hat or other container, then have each participant take turns drawing one and deciding which trimester it belongs in.
  4. Write the characteristic on the board under the trimester the participant chose, or tape the papers on the board and move as needed.
  5. After all the characteristics have been assigned, hand out the Trimester Development sheet and discuss each trimester. Change the lists so they are correct as you discuss each characteristic.

Discussion questions:

  • Does one trimester have more characteristics than another? Which one?
  • Which trimester is the most important? (All three are equally important, but major organs and systems form mostly in the first trimester.)

This activity could also be part of a day that includes guest speakers brought in to discuss pregnancy, labor and delivery. Speakers could feature:

  • A panel of women currently at various stages of pregnancy
  • Obstetrician from a local clinic
  • Ultrasound technician

You could use this activity in a unit on human growth and development, pregnancy, or health occupations.

How do you envision using the Trimester Development Mix-Up Activity in your classroom? Share your ideas in the comments!

Now Available: Business Education Simulations curriculum!

We are excited to announce the availability of a brand-new Business Education Simulations (BES) curriculum that is FREE as part of any current or future BES subscription!

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Our Business Education Simulations use online simulations to give students hands-on experience making business decisions.

This new 15-lesson curriculum includes:

  • Step-by-step lesson plans that feature activities, handouts and instructor information.
  • Assessment tools to track participant knowledge prior to and after the simulation experience, including summative assessments with answer keys.
  • Presentation slides to accompany select lesson plans.
  • Implementation strategies for embedding the BES game-play into lesson content to reinforce key marketing, business and finance content.

Whether you use the entire curriculum or pick and choose to supplement existing lessons, this curriculum will help students learn about and practically apply business, entrepreneurship, marketing and finance skill!

Click here to download a complete BES curriculum overview!