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Lenses on the Future

The Possible Futures Lenses on the Future curriculum is an interdisciplinary, project-based module that equips students to navigate current and future educational and career options. Young people will use a three-lens framework to map a path to future success. Focusing on Self (personal interests, talents, and sparks), Security (career outlooks and educational pathways), and Society (connecting career to community), students will develop skills and knowledge to help them make informed decisions about their lives. 

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  • Self
    Self Lesson 1

    Self Lesson 1

    In this lesson, students reflect on their personal spark. Exploring sparks is the first step in learning about the lens of Self, and students will think about their own sparks as well as learn about the sparks of their peers through a peer interview.

    Self Lesson 2

    Self Lesson 2

    This lesson encourages young people to look closer at their own sparks, their interests, and why they “like what they like”. The objective behind the lesson is to help the YPs identify not only what they enjoy, but think about why they enjoy an activity. 

    Self Lesson 3

    Self Lesson 3

    This lesson requires students to move beyond simply identifying their sparks and interests; students will now begin to recognize how their unique talents can align to careers. Using the framework of career clusters, young people will explore many unique careers and how their specific strengths may be applied to different industries.

    Self Full Curriculum

    Self Full Curriculum

    Select this link to download the complete Lenses on the Future: Self curriculum

  • Security
    Security Lesson 1

    Security Lesson 1

    In this lesson, students explore the difference between jobs and careers. A quick Four Corners protocol will help to assess current understandings around the world of work, as well engage background knowledge (accurate or not).

    Security Lesson 2

    Security Lesson 2

    In this exploration of security, the Young Professionals will first begin to explore wants versus needs in a survival task. Through an online budgeting simulation, they will then apply this knowledge to the challenge of maintaining survival based on a fixed income.

    Security Lesson 3

    Security Lesson 3

    The first round of this simulation focuses on the lifestyle students would have with jobs that require only a high school diploma. The overall goal is important: Help students develop a deeper conceptual understanding about economic realities that will face them as young adults.

    Security Lesson 4

    Security Lesson 4

    The second round simulation focuses on an increase in salary resulting from additional post-secondary study, with careers requiring two and four year degrees. Students will revisit lifestyle choices, exploring the opportunities additional resources can provide.

    Security Lesson 5

    Security Lesson 5

    The young professionals will look deeper at their future through a security lens. What does today’s world demand? Where are opportunities and how can they best prepare for these opportunities?

    Security Lesson 6

    Security Lesson 6

    This lesson helps young people hone the skills necessary to become better critical readers. Using the Chalk Talk protocol, students will look at various media and respond anonymously, encouraging an exploratory mindset.

    Security Full Curriculum

    Security Full Curriculum

    Select this link to download the complete Lenses on the Future: Security curriculum. 

  • Society
    Society Lesson 1

    Society Lesson 1

    In this lesson, students will begin to explore the difference between work and life’s work via an exploration of HONY images. Through a gallery walk protocol, the they will practice the 21st Century skill of tolerance in thinking critically about the images and captions that resonate most with them.

    Society Lesson 2

    Society Lesson 2

    Students revisit the HONY gallery walk with a mission to discover the contributions the HONY guests make to their community. They then visualize work and life’s work, drawing representations of their current understanding of those concepts.

    Society Lesson 3

    Society Lesson 3

    Students will begin with a Scavenger Hunt activity looking at common places and spaces for evidence of contributions both on the surface and behind the scenes. They will then explore short excerpts from a diversity of careers that reflect contribution to society and local communities.

    Society Lesson 4

    Society Lesson 4

    The Young Professionals will begin with a quick mingle activity to push their thinking about the myriad of ways that different careers contribute to local communities and society as a whole. They are assigned careers, and will need to present on their career and its contribution to society.

    Society Full Curriculum

    Society Full Curriculum

    Select this link to download the complete Lenses on the Future: Society curriculum.