l Intro to Pathways | Smart Jr. High School
  • Smart Jr. High School
    Principal: Chad Jones
    Associate Principal: Nicole Talbot
    1934 West 5th Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52802
    Phone: (563) 445-5100
    Fax: (563) 445-5957

  • Intro to Pathways

     

    Name of Course: Intro to Pathways
    Course #: M18000
    Course Length: 1 Quarter

     

    Course Description:

    This course is designed to give students an overview of the multiple forms of post secondary education and career opportunities.  Through this discovery, they will learn more about themselves and their own interests and abilities.  Students who want to take a deeper look at the skills necessary for success are encouraged to take Pathways 8.  

     

    Standards

    Character Development IP-CD 

    A. Self-Awareness 

    1. Develop an understanding of SLANT interactions (Sit up, Listen, Ask Questions, Note key information, Track the speaker) and apply strategy in all classes 
    2. Develop awareness of proper behaviors in varied settings such as proper introductions and handshakes
    3. Complete self-evaluations about conflict management, personal behavior, learning styles, and interactions with others 
    4. Differentiate between the three basic learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) 

    B. Goals 

    1. Understand how to calculate grade point average 
    2. Understand how to set SMART goals(specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely).
    3. Understand the difference between goals and wishes. 
    4. Identify and confront barriers in goal setting and accomplishing goals 

    C. Community and School Involvement 

    1. Identify various opportunities to become involved in and contribute to the school/community and why these will help in the future

    D. Ownership of Learning 

    1. Access grades online or from teachers on a regular basis

    Communication COMM IP-COMM

    A. Speaking 

    1. Understand basic terminology associated with public speaking 
    2. Practice monitoring word choice when speaking 
    3. Develop awareness of nonverbal communication when speaking.
    4. Understand the difference between formal and informal communication. 
    5. Participate in impromptu speeches to build confidence in public speaking 
    6. Practice speaking skills in front of small groups

    B. Listening 

    1. Understand the difference between hearing and listening
    2. Practice how to be a “critical listener” by taking notes and reflecting with class 

    POST SECONDARY Preparedness IP-PSP 

    A. Guest Speakers 

    1. Listen to guest speakers who represent careers of interest and prepare questions for the speakers with teacher support 
    2. Use listening skills during presentations by guest speakers regarding career preparation and required schooling. 
    3. Draft, peer edit, revise and create a final draft of a thank-you letter to guest speakers

    C. Post Secondary Education Knowledge 

    1. Understand the different postsecondary options. 
    2. Develop an understanding of the value of post secondary education 
    3. Begin a basic understanding of college vocabulary 
    4. Prepare for and conduct a career interview on a profession of choice 

    Research various careers, comparing salaries and qualificationsCharacter Development IP-CD 

    A. Self-Awareness 

    1. Develop an understanding of SLANT interactions (Sit up, Listen, Ask Questions, Note key information, Track the speaker) and apply strategy in all classes 
    2. Develop awareness of proper behaviors in varied settings such as proper introductions and handshakes
    3. Complete self-evaluations about conflict management, personal behavior, learning styles, and interactions with others 
    4. Differentiate between the three basic learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) 

    B. Goals 

    1. Understand how to calculate grade point average 
    2. Understand how to set SMART goals(specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely).
    3. Understand the difference between goals and wishes. 
    4. Identify and confront barriers in goal setting and accomplishing goals 

    C. Community and School Involvement 

    1. Identify various opportunities to become involved in and contribute to the school/community and why these will help in the future

    D. Ownership of Learning 

    1. Access grades online or from teachers on a regular basis

    Communication COMM IP-COMM

    A. Speaking 

    1. Understand basic terminology associated with public speaking 
    2. Practice monitoring word choice when speaking 
    3. Develop awareness of nonverbal communication when speaking.
    4. Understand the difference between formal and informal communication. 
    5. Participate in impromptu speeches to build confidence in public speaking 
    6. Practice speaking skills in front of small groups

    B. Listening 

    1. Understand the difference between hearing and listening
    2. Practice how to be a “critical listener” by taking notes and reflecting with class 

    POST SECONDARY Preparedness IP-PSP 

    A. Guest Speakers 

    1. Listen to guest speakers who represent careers of interest and prepare questions for the speakers with teacher support 
    2. Use listening skills during presentations by guest speakers regarding career preparation and required schooling. 
    3. Draft, peer edit, revise and create a final draft of a thank-you letter to guest speakers

    C. Post Secondary Education Knowledge 

    1. Understand the different postsecondary options. 
    2. Develop an understanding of the value of post secondary education 
    3. Begin a basic understanding of college vocabulary 
    4. Prepare for and conduct a career interview on a profession of choice 
    1. Research various careers, comparing salaries and qualifications

     

    Text/Materials/Resources

    www.avid.orgwww.avid.org

     

    Instructional Practices & Support

    Instructional practices will be aligned to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Framework.

    Teachers will maximize classroom time to provide instructional opportunities that are targeted and tailored to student needs. Students will experience high-quality instruction which includes: 

    • A classroom culture that adheres to productive classroom norms and relationships
    • High quality tasks that lend to authentic engagement
    • Productive discussions where students make sense, justify and generalize

     

    Classroom Management Procedures

    Classroom management procedures will be aligned to the multi-tiered system of support framework, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to build an emotionally safe, positive and engaging environment. Teachers will understand, support and implement orchestration of the elements in the classroom:

    • Establish positive ongoing teacher-student relationships
    • Establish, post, and teach rules and procedures regularly
    • Implement proactive strategies and interventions
    • Use of acknowledgment system with specific immediate praise, and feedback 
    • Manage student behavior with a continuum of corrective strategies 

     

    Assessment Plan

    • Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency following additional instruction and ongoing assessment, 
    • Multiple data points will be used to determine the reported grade (formative and/or summative)
    • Ongoing assessments may be given in a format different than the original and re-assessment will be given when students demonstrate new learning 
    • The time frame of ongoing assessments will be determined by the team and individual teachers based on student progress.
    • Late work will be accepted without penalty within the unit of study.
    • Extra credit will not be factored into grading.