Course Map                                                                                                                    2012-2013

School Success

Semester Course, 0.5 Credit (Elective), Grades 10-12

 

 

Ms. Justine Kinsman

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Steps for Success:  Desire, Time & Effort.  There are three things necessary to succeed in school:  Desire, Time & Effort.  To participate in this course, the student must have the desire to improve their participation in school.  They must be committed to setting aside the time necessary to succeed in school, and they must be dedicated to putting forth their best effort toward meeting their school success goals.

Brief Course Description*:  School Success provides tools, tips and techniques for becoming a successful student.  The course is designed to increase motivation and improve school achievement.  The strengths of the course include youth-centered curriculum (which reaches a broad range of learning styles), attendance and grade/assignment tracking, assistance in coordination with teachers, study time, and school-home communication.  At the core of the curriculum is a focus on reading and writing, and direct grammar and math reviews are included.  EVERYTHING presented in class is geared toward helping the student succeed in school.

*Course meets the Utah State Office of Education’s Comprehensive Counseling & Guidance Program Core Standards A & B.  (See http://www.uen.org/core/core.do?courseNum=320107)

Curriculum:  Lessons and learning activities will vary to meet the needs of each class.  All lessons and activities are from: How to be a Successful Student, by Donald Martin, Prevention Dimensions, by the Utah State Office of Education, Techniques for Tough Times, by Leigh VandenAkker, The Why Try Program, by Christian Moore, Activities that Teach, by Tom Jackson, The Success Principles for Teens, by Jack Canfield and Kent Healy, and teenhealth.org (The Nemours Foundation).  Daily Smart-Start Challenges (not listed below) are either writing prompts that correlate with the lesson or grammar and math reviews from the Pre-GED and GED Connection Series, by PBS Literacy Link.

 

(Term 1 or 3)

Day

Title of Lesson/Learning Activity

Assessment*

1

Super Simple School Success Secrets

How to Read Textbooks

 

Respectful Participation in Lesson

 

Respectful Participation in Learning Activity

 

Respectful Participation in Discussion

 

Thoughtful Completion of Assignment

 

Thoughtful Reflective Journal Entry

 

 

*Note:

Attendance is mandatory. 

There is no make-up work.

 

2

How to Study Effectively

3

Discovering our Differences

4

Pressure Point

Benefits of Goals and Dreams

Go Fly a Kite

5

Guidelines for Making Your Dreams Come True

Getting Your Goals Off the Ground

Circle Juggle with a Goal

6

Your Rights and Responsibilities

Quiet Line Up

7

How to Improve Visualization

The Power of Positive Thinking

Attitude Is Everything

Mind Power

8

Guest – U Lady

Citizenship Policies at MHS

Identifying and Squashing Automatic Negative Thoughts

9

How to Manage Time and Set Priorities

10

M&M Activity

Refusal Skills

11

Plan/Action

How to Succeed in Math

Ruler Activity

Tic Tac Toe Activity

12

How to Solve Word Problems

Guest – Math Teacher

Strategies of Successful Math Students

13

How to Prepare for and Take Examinations

Wanna Sneak a Peek at the Questions in Your Next Test?

14

How to Improve your Memory

Review Skills:  KEY

7 Methods to Help you Remember Never to Forget!

10 Ways to Lock Key Facts Into Your Brain

15

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Students Make

16

How to Relax

It’s Out of my Hoop

17

On your Back with Stress

Stress Test

Circle Juggle

18

Good Health

19

How to Save Time and Take Shortcuts

20

How to Make Effective Use of Tutoring

Guest – Boys & Girls Club

 

(Term 2 or 4)

Day

Title of Lesson/Learning Activity

assessment*

1

Evaluation of First Term

People Jump – Jump into Second/Fourth Term!

 

Respectful Participation in Lesson

 

Respectful Participation in Learning Activity

 

Respectful Participation in Discussion

 

Thoughtful Completion of Assignment

 

Thoughtful Reflective Journal Entry

 

 

*Note:

Attendance is mandatory. 

There is no make-up work.

 

2

People Lift

Goal Setting

3

Learning How to Learn  & 10 Steps for Building New Habits

4

How to Identify Your Best Learning Styles

How to Use the 7 Sides of Your Brain

5

Identifying Your Learning Style Online Evaluation

6

Marshmallow Tower

Bridges

7

Why Try Introduction

The Motivation Formula

Balloons or Nuclear Fallout

8

The Reality Ride

The Keys to Staying on Track

9

Tearing Off Your Label

Can/Target or Panning for Gold

10

Defense Mechanisms

The Creative Pyramid or Frustration Squares

11

Climbing Out

Peer Pressure

12

Jumping Your Hurdles

Electric Hurdle

13

Desire, Time, Effort

Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones

14

Lift the Weight

Weight Lifter

15

Get Plugged In

Connections or Dowels and Strings

16

You Can See Over the Wall

17

Guest – School Counselors

Credit Requirements and Individual Credit Evaluations

How to be a Successful Student at MHS

18

How to Improve Reading Comprehension

How to Be an Effective Writer

19

Guest – English Teacher

Things that Drive English Teachers Crazy

Strategies of Successful English Students

 

Additional

Title of Lesson/Learning Activity

assessment*

 

Winning Teams are Not Just Found in Sports

All Tied Up - People

Balloon Walk

Leave All Labels at the Door

Group Treasure Hunt

Line Up

Trust Circle

Left Out

 

Respectful Participation in Lesson

 

Respectful Participation in Learning Activity

 

Respectful Participation in Discussion

 

Thoughtful Completion of Assignment

 

Thoughtful Reflective Journal Entry

 

 

*Note:

Attendance is mandatory. 

There is no make-up work.

 

 

Communication Skills for Healthy Relationships

 

Parable of the Apple Tree

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

 

What’s Your Bongalou?

 

All Tied Up

Decide Early

What Would You Do?/Drug Situations

Pouring Over a Bad Love Affair

Magic Cup

Squeeze

Unknown

The Candy Man

Whose Fault Is it?

Alcohol Damages the Teenage Brain

Wheel of Misfortune

 

Critical Issues (Student’s Choice):  http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/

 

Updated June 4, 2013

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