Murray High School
Department of Assisted Education
Study Strategies 10
Course Map/Open Disclosure

Last updated 5/28/13

 

Instructors 

                   Brady Smith                                                               

Phone # 264-7460                                                                  

Email  [email protected]                                      

Overview                 
            This course is designed to prepare students for high school graduation, post high school job acquisition, real world communication, general literacy acquisition, and self-advocacy skill development. The main focus of the class will be to help students develop better study/learning strategies. However, students will receive points toward their grade for simple activities such as being prepared for school (i.e. having writing utensils, paper, completed homework, and textbooks), but will also be asked to complete challenging tasks and activities designed to help them perform well in school as well as prepare them for life after graduation. The most significant task they will be expected to complete daily is to track their assignments in their START Binder. This two-semester course is structured around Life Centered Career Education curriculum as outlined by the Council for Exceptional Children, reading comprehension as outlined in the book Strategies That Work, and support for individual student’s other academic skills and tasks.

Nuts and Bolts

            Each day when students come to class they will demonstrate preparedness for school, track their own assignments, and complete academic work with assistance. Core subject area tutors will be available to the students to choose from.  Students will receive participation points for completing their assignments during that time.  They will also be re-taught important concepts for which they may not have specific assignments.  Finally, they will be taught secrets, tips and strategies for doing well in any learning situation.  In addition, at least one class period per month, students will receive instruction designed to help prepare them for life—we call these transition activities or activities designed to help students transition from high school to work or college or vocational training as is appropriate to the individual student.  Students are responsible to have study material with them at all times and to work diligently to be successful. 

 

 

 

Month-by-Month Course Map

Month

Content

 Skills

Assessment

August/September

Career Interest Inventory Unit 

Subject Specific Learning Strategies

  • Progress Toward Graduation
  • Career Choices
  • Strategies for personal success
  • Understanding accommodations
  • Being prepared for School
  • Evaluating total credits
  • Evaluating citizenship
  • Practicing self-advocacy
  • Identify career choices with and without job training/college
  • Identify appropriate accommodations
  • Daily assignments
  • Review transcripts
  • Transition portfolio review
  • Complete Interest Inventories
  • Assess accommodations for classes
  • Pre/post evaluations on units taught

October/November

Understanding Disabilities/IEP Unit

LCCE Curriculum--Transportation

Subject Specific Learning Strategies (ongoing)

  • Developing and writing your IEP
  • Understanding your disability
  • Understanding your strengths and limitations
  • Career choices
  • Careers without college
  • Study tips
  • Ongoing reading comprehension
  • Identify different learning styles
  • Practicing self-advocacy
  • Identify career choices with and without job training/college
  • Identify appropriate accommodations
  • Identify strengths/weaknesses in learning
  • Understand IEP terminology
  • Identify college programs that offer learning resources
  • Daily assignments
  • Develop and write an IEP
  • Set goals
  • Conduct your IEP meeting
  • Guest Speakers
  • Group discussions
  • Vocabulary reviews
  • Pre/post evaluations as needed

November/December

Training-Classes- Graduation Unit

LCCE Curriculum--Transportation

Subject Specific Learning Strategies (ongoing)

  • Progress towards graduation
  • Living on your own
  • Budgeting your expenses
  • Utilities
  • Visiting training sites
  • Visiting Salt Lake Community College
  • Test taking strategies
  • Identify career choices with and without job training/college
  • Identify appropriate accommodations
  • Evaluate total credits
  • Evaluate citizenship
  • Evaluate classes that may need remediation
  • Identify remediation programs offered
  • Understand budgeting
  • Become familiar with college campuses
  • Pre/post tests
  • Daily assignments
  • Review transcripts
  • IEP Review of goals

December/January

Study/Test Taking Skills Unit

LCCE Curriculum--Citizenship

Subject Specific Learning Strategies (ongoing)

  • Practice various Test taking strategies
  • Practice various study techniques
  • Classroom Tips and Tricks
  • Finding strategies that work for you
  • Practicing self-advocacy
  • Identify appropriate accommodations
  • Pre/post tests
  • Daily assignments

 January/February

LCCE Curriculum--Citizenship

Subject Specific Learning Strategies (ongoing)

  • Self-actualization
  • Legal rights
  • Basic government
  • Courtesy

 

  • Voting
  • Obtaining legal representation
  • Pre/post tests
  • Daily assignments

 February/March 

Social Skills Unit

LCCE Curriculum--Citizenship

Subject Specific Learning Strategies (ongoing)

  • Self-esteem
  • Developing relationships with instructors
  • Appropriate classroom demeanor role-playing
  • Presenting yourself properly in social situations
  • Helping others in difficult times
  • The importance of being positive
  • Selecting classes for 11th grade
  • Practicing self-advocacy
  • Self-correction techniques
  • Self-monitoring techniques
  • Reading body language
  • Social grace
  • Appropriate displays of compassion and affection
  • Positive attitude
  • Pre/post tests
  • Daily assignments 
  • Essential Skills Curriculum
  • Field Trips
  • Guest Speakers-Agency representatives
  • Disability Resources-assess what you need to succeed
  • Register for 11th grade

March/April

Life Skills Unit

LCCE Curriculum—Personal Needs

Subject Specific Learning Strategies (ongoing)

  • Understanding Taxes 
  • IRS Laws/Regulations
  • Understanding Social Security/SSI
  • Resumes/Reference Letters
  • Letters of Application
  • Cover Letters
  • Cooperative learning
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance
  • Basics of bill pay and banking

 

 

  • Practicing self-advocacy
  • Understanding types of forms 
  • What is Social Security?
  • Distinguishing types of letters
  • Writing  resumes
  • Personal vs. Business letters
  • Understand budgeting
  • Manage checking/savings account
  • Pre/post tests
  • Daily assignments 
  • Internet Research
  • Filling out forms
  • Vocabulary Review/Test
  • Writing your own resume

 April/May/June

Community Awareness Unit

LCCE Curriculum—Personal Needs

Subject Specific Learning Strategies (ongoing)

  • Access to Agencies after high school
  • Access to agencies/businesses in the community
  • Public Transportation
  • Volunteerism
  • Community Activities
  • Police/Fire/Rescue
  • Poison Control
  • DCFS
  • Child Protective Services

 

  • Practicing self-advocacy
  • Understanding Political Parties
  • Identify why voting is important
  • Develop knowledge regarding criminal/civil laws
  • Understanding of local/state/federal laws
  • Understand purpose of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Identify the purpose of other agencies and support systems available
  • Pre/post tests
  • Daily assignments 
  • Internet Research
  • Filling out forms
  • Vocabulary Review/Test
  • Volunteer activity evaluation
  • Volunteer activity portfolio
  • Volunteer reflective journal
  • Qualitative Reading Inventory

Grading Scale

93-100%          =          A                     77-79%            =          C+                                           90-92%     =          A-                    73-76%            =          C
            87-89%            =          B+                   67-69%            =          D+
            83-86%            =          B                     63-66%            =          D
            80-82%            =          B-                    60-62%            =          D-

                                                            Below 60%     =         F

Grading Policies

 

 

 

 

Class Expectations

 

Citizenship Grades

A "U" in citizenship will be given for the following:

 

Cheating

Cheating will not be tolerated.   Any student that participates in cheating will receive a zero on that assignment (i.e. test, quiz, assignment or homework).  The teacher will notify the student and parent.   Any student that participates in cheating a second time in the same class will receive an F for that term.

 

Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

Ongoing critical evaluation by peers, which may include the exchanging of papers, will be used to enhance the educational process.   Ultimately, the final assessment is the job of the teacher.   It will also be necessary to post informational lists by a student's ID number in the classroom.   Student privacy will be respected when providing class grade and other confidential information.