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Title: Essential Skills, Skill-Building Activities and the Ontario Skills Passport http://skills.edu.gov.on.ca


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Essential Skills, Skill-Building Activities
and the Ontario Skills Passport
http//skills.edu.gov.on.ca
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Ontario Skills Passport (OSP)
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Essential Skills (ES) Tasks
  • tasks or activities that are performed in the
    real world
  • have a clear purpose and often include a to
    statement
  • are authentic (respond to real world demands)
  • levels of complexity ranging from 1 to 4 or 5
    depending on the skill
  • demonstrate the transfer of skills from task to
    task and context to context

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What is an ES task?
  • An activity considered complete in itself that
  • employs a skill or skills
  • describes what is being produced or acted upon
  • includes a purpose (real life or work context)
  • Writes a report to summarize a recent event.
  • Evaluates the quality of source materials to
    select what to use.

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Examples of ES Tasks
  • Read cooking instructions on food packages to
    prepare foods. Reading Text (2)
  • Estimate supply requirements for various events,
    such as food and beverage requirements. Numerical
    Estimation (3)
  • Participate in a job interview for a co-op
    placement. Oral Communication (3)

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Essential Skills Tasks Work, Learning and Life
Database
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Essential Skills Tasks Work, Learning and Life
Database
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Sample Essential Skills Tasks Work, Learning
and Life Oral Communication
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Occupation-Specific Essential Skills Tasks
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NOC 3411 Dental Assistants
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Sample Tasks for NOC 3411 Dental Assistants
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Skill-Building Activities
  • build competency through practice
  • link to the Essential Skills framework
  • help learners understand why and how
  • bring it all together for the student
  • link to Ontario curriculum

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What Are The Skill-Building Activities Needed to
Complete this Task?
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Examples of Skill-Building Activities
  • Complete a page of addition and subtraction
    problems.
  • Count money to show an understanding of
    denominations.
  • Arrange letters in alphabetical order.
  • Arrange verbs, nouns and prepositions to create a
    sentences.

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What Are The Skill-Building Activities Needed to
Complete this Task?
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What Are The Skill-Building Activities Needed to
Complete this Task?
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Why should I worry about tasks?
  • Essential skills levels can only be assigned to
    tasks

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One Task, Many Skills
  • Skills arent used independently we use many
    skills to complete one task
  • Generally, one skill is the primary focus of the
    task

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Is this an Essential Skills task?
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Is this an Essential Skills task?
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Is this an Essential Skills task?
  • People often like to renovate their homes. They
    either do the work themselves or hire someone to
    do it. Are you thinking about renovating your
    bedroom and installing a nice hardwood floor?
  • Measure your bedroom and calculate how much
    hardwood you will need to cover your floor.
  • Ask at a local store or search the Internet to
    find out the price of the hardwood you want, and
    the cost of installing it.
  • Calculate how much will it cost to install a
    hardwood floor in your bedroom (including the
    HST).

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Task Descriptions
  • Fill the 7-day pill box with your grandmothers
    four prescriptions ES
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  • Complete the page of addition and subtraction
    problems SB
  • Determine the costs for tuition and textbooks for
    the first semester of your postsecondary program
    to decide how much you need to save ES
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  • Total your annual heating bill to decide whether
    the equal billing plan would be a better payment
    option ES
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  • Write a paragraph about something you like to do
    SB
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  • Scan the college map to find your way to the
    bookstore ES
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  • Double the recipe to serve 12 ES
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Task Descriptions
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  • Make a list of sale grocery items you need and
    the sale prices ES
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  • Read the bus schedule to find which bus will take
    you to the doctors office ES
  • Read the memo and answer the questions that
    follow SB
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  • Read the classified ads and circle jobs you want
    to apply to ES
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  • Fill in the blanks in the following sentences
    SB
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  • Compare the size and cost of two cans of tomatoes
    and determine the best buy ES
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  • Make a list of all the documents you read today
    SB
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Identifying the Essential Skills in the Task
  • Why?
  • links what Im learning to how Ill use it,
    connecting classroom learning to real life
  • easily linked to learner goals
  • demonstrates the use and application of skill
    sets
  • informs instruction
  • helps learners and practitioners assess skill
    development and skill gaps
  • assists learner understanding of skill transfer

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Guide to Linking Essential Skills and the
Curriculum
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  • The guide was created with educators in mind. It
    can help you as teachers, literacy practitioners,
    adult educators, curriculum writers, and learning
    materials developers
  • Identify the Essential Skills (ES) you are
    already teaching
  • Make the ES explicit in your classroom teaching
    and
  • assessment
  • Analyse classroom activities to determine where
  • embedded ES are
  • Understand task complexity from an ES perspective

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How Can I Identify Essential Skills in
Classroom Activities?
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Step 1
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Is this an Essential Skills task?Read
pamphlets and information sheets to learn about
the causes of diabetes.
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Is this an Essential Skills task?Complete a
page of word problems to show understanding of a
recent Geometry Unit.
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Step 2 - Analyze the ES TaskOSP
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Step 2 - Analyze the ES TaskTASK Count out
exact change to pay for the bus.
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Step 2 - Analyze the ES TaskTASK Count out
exact change to pay for the bus.
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Step 2 - Analyze the ES Task
ES Task Which Essential Skills are being used? What are the skill level demands?
Read pamphlets and information sheets to learn about the causes of diabetes. Main skill 1 2 3 4 (5)
Read pamphlets and information sheets to learn about the causes of diabetes. Other skills 1 2 3 4 (5)
Give a 10-minute presentation to the class on findings from Internet research about the long-term health effects of narcotics use. Main skill 1 2 3 4 (5)
Give a 10-minute presentation to the class on findings from Internet research about the long-term health effects of narcotics use. Other skills 1 2 3 4 (5)
Complete and sign a waiver acknowledging awareness of risks associated with using shop equipment. Main skill 1 2 3 4 (5)
Complete and sign a waiver acknowledging awareness of risks associated with using shop equipment. Other skills 1 2 3 4 (5)
Measure a classroom to figure out how many desks fit in the room, to show understanding of a recently taught unit on area. Main skill 1 2 3 4 (5)
Measure a classroom to figure out how many desks fit in the room, to show understanding of a recently taught unit on area. Other skills 1 2 3 4 (5)
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Step 2 - Analyze the ES Task
ES Task Which Essential Skills are being used? What are the skill level demands?
Read pamphlets and information sheets to learn about the causes of diabetes. Main skill Reading Text 3
Read pamphlets and information sheets to learn about the causes of diabetes. Other skills No additional skills N/A
Give a 10-minute presentation to the class on findings from Internet research about the long-term health effects of narcotics use. Main skill Oral Communication 2
Give a 10-minute presentation to the class on findings from Internet research about the long-term health effects of narcotics use. Other skills Computer Use Finding Information 2 2
Complete and sign a waiver acknowledging awareness of risks associated with using shop equipment. Main skill Document Use 2
Complete and sign a waiver acknowledging awareness of risks associated with using shop equipment. Other skills No additional skills N/A
Measure a classroom to figure out how many desks fit in the room, to show understanding of a recently taught unit on area. Main skill Measurement and Calculation 2
Measure a classroom to figure out how many desks fit in the room, to show understanding of a recently taught unit on area. Other skills No additional skills N/A
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Curriculum Planning Chart
Course(s) Curriculum Expectations Essential Skills Tasks Skill-Building Activities
Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, Math, Grade 9 (MAT1L) DMSV.01 interpret, write, and round decimal numbers with understanding in everyday money situations DMS1.10 identify different combina-tions of coins and bills that would result in a given amount of money (e.g., What are possible ways to make 27.48, using coins and bills?) Count out exact change to pay for the bus when travelling to a doctors appointment. Money Math (1) Identifies money denominations. Knows that a dime equals 10 cents, for example. Counts coins. Performs simple addition. Identifies different combinations of coins for bus fare.
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Curriculum Planning Chart Light Duty Cleaner
Course(s) Curriculum Expectations Essential Skills Tasks Skill-Building Activities
Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, English - Grade 9 (ENG 1L) DRVV.02 read and recognize a variety of short, engaging, authentic, and relevant print and non-print text forms, both teacher- and student-selected DRV1.02 preview the features and organizational patterns of print and non-print text, using appropriate strategies The Canada Day holiday will be taken on the last Monday of June and no cleaning will be completed on that day. Look at the Monthly Schedule. Highlight or circle the date on the Cleaning Schedule. Document Use (2) Read a calendar to locate specific information Use tools to highlight or indicate specific information
Mark T. provided the light duty cleaner with 50 in payment for cleaning services. The cost for two hours of cleaning services is 40 plus HST. Calculate the change the light duty cleaner owes to Mark. Money Math (2)
Cleaners sign confidentiality agreements as a condition of employment. Look at the Confidentiality Agreement. Highlight or circle the places where the Cleaner would print and sign his or her name. Reading Text (1) Document Use (1)
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Curriculum Planning Chart Light Duty Cleaner
Course(s) Curriculum Expectations Essential Skills Tasks Skill-Building Activities
Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, Mathematics -Grade 9 (MAT 1L) DMSV.01 interpret, write, and round decimal numbers with understanding in everyday money situations DMSV.03 communicate information about money concepts DMS3.03 communicate, orally and in writing, the solutions to money problems and the results of investigations, using appropriate terminology, symbols, and form Mark T. provided the light duty cleaner with 50 in payment for cleaning services. The cost for two hours of cleaning services is 40 plus HST. Calculate the change the light duty cleaner owes to Mark. Money Math (2) Use a calculator to multiply numbers with percentages Use a calculator to add numbers with decimals Calculate the tax on an invoice Sort coins by type. Identify money denominations. Know that a dime equals 10 cents, for example. Counts coins. Performs simple addition. Identify different combinations of coins for making change.
Learning Strategies 1 Skills for Success in Secondary School, Grade 9, Open (GLS 10/GLE 10/GLE 20) Learning Skills (Overall) identify and use a variety of numeracy skills and strategies to improve their practical application of mathematics in everyday contexts (Specific) connect and apply mathematical concepts and ideas in a variety of problem-solving situations describe how mathematics is applied in everyday situations (e.g., making financial transactions, budgeting, constructing, scheduling) Mark T. provided the light duty cleaner with 50 in payment for cleaning services. The cost for two hours of cleaning services is 40 plus HST. Calculate the change the light duty cleaner owes to Mark. Money Math (2) Use a calculator to multiply numbers with percentages Use a calculator to add numbers with decimals Calculate the tax on an invoice Sort coins by type. Identify money denominations. Know that a dime equals 10 cents, for example. Counts coins. Performs simple addition. Identify different combinations of coins for making change.
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Curriculum Planning Chart Light Duty Cleaner
Course(s) Curriculum Expectations Essential Skills Tasks Skill-Building Activities
Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Course, English - Grade 9 (ENG 1L) DRVV.02 read and recognize a variety of short, engaging, authentic, and relevant print and non-print text forms, both teacher- and student-selected DRV1.02 preview the features and organizational patterns of print and non-print text, using appropriate strategies Cleaners sign confidentiality agreements as a condition of employment. Look at the Confidentiality Agreement. Highlight or circle the places where the Cleaner would print and sign his or her name. Reading Text (1) Document Use (1) Understand the difference between signature and print your name Know what the term signature means and locate it on a form Understand what the term confidentiality means Understand the responsibilities associated with signing your name to an agreement or contract.
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Practice Your Understanding At SKILLS ZONE
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Review
  • Skill-Building Activities are the building blocks
    for Essential Skills tasks.
  • Identify Essential Skills in Classroom Activities
    through a two-step process
  • Step 1 Identify Essential Skills Tasks
  • Step 2 Analyse the Task
  • Linking Essential Skills and the Curriculum.
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