Resources are provided with this practice
The purpose of this practice is to:
- assist students to explore their own strengths
- develop an understanding of strengths-based employment
Included in this practice:
- interview activity to explore their own strengths whereby students ask others (such as a parent or teacher) to identify one of the student’s personal strengths
- video of two peers discussing each others' strengths
- case studies of autistic people pursuing strengths-based employment on myWAY Employability
- completion of the myWAY Employability quiz on strengths
The MyWay Employability practices on inclusionED meet the needs of diverse learners and most resources are scaffolded. Some students may require a peer mentor to engage and to navigate the website.
This practice aligns with the General Capabilities of the Australian curriculum as described on the website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
This practice also aligns with the National Curriculum Work Studies as described on the website of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
This practice will help students to
Explore their strengths
Match strengths to occupations
Develop literacy skills
Make real-world connections
This practice will help teachers to
Use myWAY Employability
Accommodate diverse learners
Where this practice fits into myWAY Employability educator resources
Apply this practice with your students
The tabs below provide information to support your implementation of this practice. The sequence aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership's High-Quality Professional Learning Cycle. You can find out more about high quality professional learning in the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders.
Familiarise yourself with the strengths quiz on the myWAY Employability website so that you can demonstrate it to students and assist them in class if needed.
Choose from several resource materials provided in this practice to use or adapt ahead of the lesson.
Read the following articles on myWAY Employability . These contain links to case studies of autistic people pursuing strengths-based employment. Decide which case studies your students will read and discuss. Audio versions of these articles are also available below.
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The glossary can be used to assist students to pre-learn the vocabulary used in this practice. If you are not sure how to pre-teach vocabulary, we have a quick example inserted at the end of this planning section which is intended for viewing by teachers only.
The My Strengths interview activity is set up as a homework task but can be adapted to complete in class time. We think students will need about a week to complete this at home.
The teacher notes explain the My Strengths interview activity.
Peer modelling video
Here is a video of students talking about their strengths that you may find useful (00:00 - 00:58). We have also provided a script of what is said.
Three scaffolded versions of the interview activity student worksheet are available for download.
- Have all students created an individualised login?
- Do all students have access to the myWAY Employability website?
- If needed, have you organised a peer mentor or an additional adult?
The glossary can be used to assist students to pre-learn the vocabulary used in this practice. If you want to refresh how to pre-teach vocabulary, we have a quick example here, which is for viewing by teachers only.
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1. Login to myWAY Employability
Ensure that your students have access to a computer to individually log onto the myWAY Employability website.
2. Please adapt this lesson plan to meet your needs
Are you viewing the case studies from the myWAY Employability website as suggested in the Plan section?
The following discussion questions are provided as samples.
You can set them as paired or whole-class discussion.
What challenges has this person faced in their life.
What “strength” does this person identify in themselves.
What career has this person chosen and why.
3. Introduce the myWAY Employability My Strengths Quiz
Go to the myWAY Employability website and show students the Exploring Strengths section on the dashboard. You will need Internet access for this task.
Use a Smartboard if you have one available, otherwise ask students to go the website (using a computer or tablet) and talk them through it.
Demonstrate to students how to complete the quiz. You might find the peer modelling video helpful:
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