Text Self Portraits
Students were challenged to draw a portrait of themselves using words that describe their personal qualities, aspirations, interests, talents, and career goals. The idea for these was inspired by Ian Byrdseed, who originally used poetry as the basis for the text. However, these can be adapted to illustrate multiple intelligences and social/emotional topics, which are also suitable topics for gifted learners.
The concept for career trees is very similar to text self portraits, with the only difference being that students decide to use a tree or other image to display their message. If students chose a career tree, I encouraged them to list their personal qualities along with traits, qualifications, and skills/background needed for a specific career path or track.
Talking about College with Podcast Interviews
To recap key points, I decided to utilize podcasts. It was surprised yet excited that my creative tech savvy students were not as familiar with podcasts. I had them create a fictional talk show to review and inform listeners on a topic that stuck out most to them or that they found to be most important. So with just a few clicks and guidelines, here is what they came up with.