Communication and Guidance Teacher Resources
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College Planning for Hight School Freshmen
High school Freshmen discuss what they can do now to prepare for a college. They take an interest survey, identify possible career opportunities, then compare these to their results from the Jung Typology Test. They review college entrance exams, develop a career plan, customize a college roadmap, and create a college portfolio. All necessary links are included.
Students investigate what they need to meet their future academic goals, then investigate the college admissions process by preparing materials for a mock college fair.
Who will wear hats? who will use the tools?
Students discuss careers and gender equity in each career. In this gender equity lesson plan, students research a job of interest and the resources available to help them work in that career. Students present an group report orally.
Who Can Help Me At School?
As a way to explore the roles of community helpers, learners take pictures of people who work at their school. This lesson, in which pupils take pictures of the principal, custodian, guidance counselor, media specialist, etc. and identify their role, was designed for students in special education, but it could be used in any lower grade classroom.
Don't Let Pressure Get to You
Middle schoolers study the ways peers can pressure them on a daily basis. They watch video segments on how to better deal with peer pressure.
Social Studies: Me Star
First graders discuss their own personal abilities, interests, and skills with their guidance counselor. At each star point, they complete prompts, such as, "A job I have at home is," and draw pictures of themselves in the star's center. during career discussions, 1st graders connect career choices to the aforementioned personal attributes.
Trouble At School
Students identify acceptable and unacceptable classroom behaviors with a thumbs up or thumbs down. They listen to the story "Brother Bears' Trouble at School". They list student responsibilities within the classroom setting.
A Mediation Session for Ellen and Her Mother
Learners read the story A Mediation Session for Ellen and Her Mother about compromise. In this compromise lesson plan, students then role play situations where they have to compromise.
Students discuss the importance of abiding by the school rules in order to keep safe at school. Students identify why it is important to attend school regularly. This lesson is intended for students acquiring English.
"My Friend's Got This Problem, Mr. Chandler," by Mel Glenn
Students read, "My Friend's Got This Problem, Mr. Chandler," discuss it and write a response to one of the poems.
The Lost Children of Rockdale County
Learners explore the motivations and consequences of seeking attention, including sexual attention from peers, by interpreting segments of "The Lost Children of Rockdale County" video. They conduct further research on the Internet and participate in class discussion. Students present their observations in a graphic organizer.
Journalism: Foreign Language Summer Program for Teens
Students research the new Foreign Language Academy and other free summer programs at colleges for teens. They write features stories about the opportunities and interview deans and university officials. Students also interview school guidance counselors about ways to maximize the experience.
INFUSING EQUITY BY GENDER INTO THE CLASSROOM
Students identify careers that are nontraditional for their gender.
Students identify ways to make new students feel welcome. In this new students lesson, students work with school guidance counselors to identify ways to welcome new students to their school. Students create welcome bags for the new students.
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.
Issues: We've All Got Them: Language Arts/ Visual Arts Integration
Reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck with your class and looking for an extension activity? Incorporate art and drama as a way of further exploring the themes presented in this work of literature. Start off in groups, each receiving a different piece of artwork to critique and discuss in light of the social issues depicted in The Pearl. Or if a dramatic activity sounds more appealing, use the Role Play Scenario worksheet include here to get students up from their seats and acting out how social issues may affect their own adolescent lives. Note: To complete the lesson as written, you will need several additional materials that are not included.
Students and Freedom of Expression
Should schools restrict students' freedom of expression? Expert groups examine one of six primary source documents and then engage in a jigsaw discussion of this hot-button topic. Individuals then craft an expository essay, taking a position on the topic and citing evidence from the documents. A great way to prepare for the DBQ portion of the US history AP exam.
College or Bust
Choosing which college or university to attend after high school is a huge decision. Prepare your upper classmen with a research-based lesson which has them comparing various educational options. There are four unique activities for comparing colleges, tuition, ranking, and considering a potential major. A wonderful set of activities sure to prepare your young adults for college life.
Funding Your College Education
Most of the kids in your senior class really want to go to college, but some of them have no idea of how they're going to pay for it. Cover the basics regarding college funding. Information includes types of college options, types of funding options, scholarships, FAFSA, grants and loans. An excellent source of information for any young adult ready to move on to higher education.
As the Crow Flies Lab
A simple, yet memorable, way of practicing with displacement vectors is described here. Divide your class into groups and assign each a different landmark on campus. They measure smaller legs of the path from the classroom to their designated destination and then calculate the shortest distance from the initial to the final point. A general outline of the lesson plan, suggestions, a scoring rubric, and links to accompanying reading material are provided to make this a breeze to carry out with your physicists.