Part of Unit: Travel & Tourism
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Students will shadow an event planner and learn the proper way of obtaining a company to shadow, and proper workplace etiquette as well as on the job behavior and writting a thank you letter.
- 10 Minutes
- 1 Class Period
- Demo/ modeling
- 30 Minutes
- Independent Practice
- 3 - 5 Class Periods
- 5 Days
- 1 Class Period
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- ANR.FS.3.1 Know the personal qualifications, interests, aptitudes, information, and skills ...
- HSMT.D.D1.4 Understand the importance of coordinating intra-departmental activities, includi...
- HTR.C.C2.2 Understand how the mission and goals of a business affect operations in the hosp...
California Academic Content Standards (Integrated)
- ELA.9-10.W.RT.1.3 Use clear research questions and suitable research methods (e.g., library, elect...2
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Consumer and Family Studies (CFS) Standards Detail
HTR--F2: Students understand the principles of effective oral, written, and multimedia communication in a variety of formats and contexts
39.5 Assess and practice effective nonverbal, oral, and written communication skills appropriate for various relationships and situations(HTR - F2.0.5).
HTR-F3: Students understand how to make effective decisions, use
career information, and manage personal career plans
40.2 Identify careers related to home economics careers and technology and explain
the training and education needed. (ECDFS, FID, HTR – F3.0.2)
40.3 Complete a plan to assist in achieving career goals related to home economics
40.6: Describe the expectations of employers, job-related responsibilities, and positive work habits, work ethics, and ethical behavior (HTR-F3.0.6)
40.8: Analyze skills needed to work effectively and efficiently as a supervisor or employee (HTR-F3.0.8)
Objectives and Goals
- The student will be able to ask appropriate interview questions and make notes on their responses
- The student will be able to use electronic media to find suitable job sites and research the companies
- The student will be able to the personal qualifications of being an event planner
Activities in this Lesson
- Job shadowing - Hooks / Set
Put a sticky note on each students desk before they walk in the door. Have students watch this video on job shadowing do's and don'ts. Once the video is done have them write what they think is the most important do and the most important don't and attach them to a large sheet of paper at the front of the class.
Teacher list what students deemed the top three of each, my list was
1. Good communication ahead of time 1. Texting
2. Great first impression 2. Not being interested
3. Being on Time 3. Improper dress
- Looking into careers - Lecture
**Teacher note- I use my contacts through my advisory committee to find good event planners for the students to shadow.****** They may also find their own.
Today we are going to look at the career of being an event planner. A student came to me yesterday and said "I've wanted to be a wedding planner since I was three until last year when I saw the movie Bride Wars and it changed my mind". How many of you saw that movie? Do you think that all clients are that difficult? Many young people look at event planning, especially wedding planners, as a "fun" career, but not much work. I am a firm believer that you should love whatever career you choose because you'll be doing it for a long time. We are going to look into the career of an event planner as well as a wedding planner to paint a clear pciture of what they do. How many students think that event planning might be a career that you are interested in? Since this is our first job shadowing assignment I am going to go over the proper job shadowing techniques. I have many contacts throughout the community and I have arranged about 12 different event planning positions for you to job shadow. Each student is required to complete at least one, and may complete more on their own time for extra credit.
Remember, all contact you have with this company is giving them an impression of you, so make sure you follow through and call when you say you are and show up to any meetings, events or shadows on time.
- TIPS FOR SUCCEEDING IN THE WORKPLACE.doc [ Download ] null
- How to shadow - Demo / Modeling
1. What is a job shadow? You will go to a persons work and follow them around for a day to see what their career is really like. You may be able to perform simple tasks for them but it is mostly to watch and learn. You will see a career in action and visit a real workplace.
You will shadow an adult for most of a work day to observe not only job characteristics and responsibilities but to also see what the job requires on a daily basis. YOU WILL NOT BE PAID!!
Teacher present the work places that you have found good ones are usually a wedding planner, an event planner at a restaurant, a hotel, a catering service, an independent contrator, a party planner, someone who rents the venues, equipment and so on. Ask students if they know anyone personally or through a family friend that works in this industry that they could shadow. Also present the work schedules most if not all work on the weekends and into the evenings, have students choose one that they are interested in and has hours that they can work with.
Go over websites that show event planners at work.
- JOB SHADOW INTERVIEW QUESTIONS.doc [ Download ] null
- Activity #4 - Independent Practice
Take a day in the computer lab for the students to find companies on their own and email or call them to ask if they would allow a student to shadow them or if they have chosen one of your contacts have them research the company and find out all they can before the job shadow. The information that the student should know about it company is who owns it, who they will be shadowing and the correct spelling of their name, what the companies role is on event planning and anything else they can find out about the company.
Teacher will hand out "Job Shadow Planning Sheet". The student will research the company and fill in the needed contact information on the event planning company they want to job shadow with. They need to contact the company either by email or by a phone call to set up the job shadow day.
Teacher will give handout "job shadowing questions to ask" and go over with the class. There are 13 questions on this form go over them and add anymore that you think that you may want to know, you can also add questions as the day goes on. When scheduling your job shadow make sure you let them know that you will also need about 20-30 at the end of the day for a interview.
Student will write a contact letter to send to the company (teacher will give a sample letter out) this letter can be sent or emailed to the company.
- Working on site - Projects
Once the student has found a company that will accommodate them, (s)he should schedule a date to job shadow. (at our school they are allowed to miss school with a permission slip) if during the school day follow your school procedures for field trips.
The student needs to find reliable transportation to and from the site to get them there on time.
The student will need to be dressed appropriately in business or business causal attire. Event planners tend to be on their feet and on the go a lot so student should wear comfortable shoes.
Student should be ready with a notebook, interview questions and a pen, student should also collect anything given to them throughout the day.
BE ON TIME! Or early to your job site and be polite. No Phones or texting while job shadowing.
- Reflection - Assessment
Send a handwritten thank you letter to your supervisor (teacher has samples) on the first school day after your job shadow.
At the end of your interview questions are two reflective questions
1. Is this an occupation you could see yourself working in?
2 .Would you want to work for this company or not?
Please take your time to answer these questions thoughtfully, take your time to really think about your experience as well as the student survey and reflection questions.
Turn all worksheets into your teacher for your final grade. Make sure the interview sheet is signed by your work supervisor.
- Assessment Types:
- Projects, Surveys, Interviews, Observations,
Student will be graded on their company research, introduction letter, finding a job site, interview, arriving at their job site on time, and on their personal reflection of the experience as well as the student evaluation form.