Focus on Freshmen - Los Angeles
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TIPS: Teaching Insights, Practices, & Solutions
for the Experienced Career Choices Instructor

Session Descriptions

Want to present at Focus on Freshmen 2018? In late Fall we will start accepting applications for from administrators, classroom instructors, and independent educational consultants who would like to present in this institute. To submit a presentation proposal please email Brook Owen, brook@academicinnovations.com, for more information. Presentation Proposals are due January 29th.

This institute is designed to expose attendees to teacher-tested tips and strategies to revive, enhance, and assess their Career Choices classroom. Presenters will share instructional ideas that will help energize attendee’s classrooms and assist attendees in avoiding pitfalls when integrating technology.

SAMPLE 2017 SESSIONS

Day One Strategies: Tips for Your Career Choices Classroom
Attendees will gain an understanding of how they might organize the Career Choices resources through the use of visuals, handouts, and interactive participation. This session from a Career Choices Mentor Teacher will discuss organizing a semester class curriculum. Topics will include how to set up a good syllabus, project syllabus, My 10-year Plan portfolio presentation project, and supportive class projects. The presenter will also share: a method of organizing a binder for a day-by-day teaching itinerary, first and second day activities to insure a smooth start; how a Career Choices course web page can serve as a backup and/or teacher resource for students who missed school or are on independent study so students will not fall behind. Through interactive participation, participants will also explore an engaging lesson that integrates the textbook, workbook, and internet/web page for optimum class participation and understanding.
Kari Rosson, Cabrillo High School, CA

First Impressions Make Lasting Impressions: Building Character and Confidence as a Freshman

Entering high school can be a terrifying and often traumatic experience for a fourteen-year-old; new faces, new surroundings, graduation requirements, new policies and procedures! Make your students feel excited and comfortable about coming into your classroom with a few introductory activities that will help put their worries to rest.
Maria Hennessy, Rahway High School, NJ

Building Positive Teacher-Student Relationships: Helping Students Transition to High School by Increasing their Connectedness
Research shows that positive relationships in the classroom yield tremendous benefits for both students and teachers. While relationships play a significant role, teachers struggle with how to build positive relationships. This session will provide participants with strategies to build positive teacher-student relationships in the classroom. The strategies shared at this session will be practical tips that individuals can easily incorporate into their daily practice.
Dr. Jennifer Ramos, Cosumnes Oaks High School, CA

Fostering Parent Buy-in for the Follow-up Modules & Using the 10-Year Plan with Parents

This session will provide strategies for engaging parents to support your students’ Get Focused...Stay Focused!® experience, including how My10yearPlan.com® can impact that process.
Amy Bryant, Carpinteria Senior High School, CA

Making Success Personal: How Small Personal Touches Can Create Big Success
In this session, we will give examples and ideas for making your class more personal to create more success. Adding personal touches to your use of the My 10-year Plan workbook makes certain ideas presented in the curriculum easier for students to relate to. As adults we all budget, so bring your budget into the classroom! We have all had loans—bought or rented a house, bought or leased a car—so why not use your personal stories in tandem with My10yearPlan.com® to better prepare your students?
Nina Rathbun, Woonsocket High School, RI
Jamie Beaudry, Woonsocket High School, RI

Into, Through, and Beyond: Tips for Success with the New Release of My10yearPlan.com®
This session will look at some of the enhancements available in the new release of My10yearPlan.com®, including a quick overview of what is needed to get your students into the system. You’ll also get a peek at the new user interface your students will encounter as they work through the process with their workbook and online account, as well as special features that will streamline assessment and grading. Finally, you’ll learn how easy it is for students to continue to utilize My10yearPlan.com®beyond their Career Choices course experience.
Academic Innovations Tech Support Team member

From an Instructor’s Perspective: Practical Advice from Career Choices Mentor Teachers
Moderated by Rachelle Fast, this panel of Career Choices Mentor Teachers will share insights they’ve gained, techniques they’ve honed, and strategies they’ve successfully implemented in their own classrooms.