FRESHMAN SEMINAR


Students need to learn to be students. The Freshman Seminar is an accredited John Hopkins course designed to teach the tools of a successful student. Freshman Seminar is a course created specifically for freshmen to help them develop not only study and organizational strategies but also social and emotional skills. We will using lots of team building practices, student conferencing, and conversation. This class includes units on orientation to high school, social skills, study skills, careers, post-secondary decisions, technology, and human relations.

A student-led conference is a powerful tool for student self-evaluation. To increase student achievement, motivation, and responsibility, student-led conferences will be held during the school year. Instead of a teacher conducting a parent-teacher conference, your student’s teacher will facilitate a conference led by your child. These are designed to help students understand the direct connection between their performance and work effort in the classroom which directly impacts their learning. This will be offered as a supplement to a traditional parent teacher conference and as a foundation for freshman to prepare for their required senior project.

You may reach me either by phone (252) 453-0014 X 250 or by email at mlynde@currituck.k12.nc.us

Spring 2008 Class Syllabus

Review for Freshman Seminar exam



The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
  • Monday May 5th: students will turn in completed Culture-grams. Discussion of global people, places, and common desires of all mankind. Viewing of movie Baraka.
  • Tuesday May 6th: Computer lab for citation quiz. Use of calendar for remaining weeks of school. Introduction of Mission Statements.
  • Wednesday May 7th: Student Led Conferences information. Letter sent home for parent/guardian signature. Due for homework grade no later than Friday May 9th
  • Friday May 9th - voc test
  • Thursday May 8th- Wednesday May 21st: work on Student Led Conferences.
  • Particular due dates:
    • Student Led Conference Portfolio due May 21st. Early bird specials by end of May 20th for extra 10 points.
    • Dear Parent letter explaining conference due with signature and sign up time by Fri. May 9th for homework grade
    • Mission statement due Tues. May 13th
    • Friday May 16th: My Three Choices worksheet. Completed illustrated panel of I Hear America Singing modern jobs.
    • Tuesday May 20th: entry ticket to lab: Thing of beauty created from something plain per movie and class discussion of diversity.
Information and forms available below






to be filled out at the conference with parent/guardian- not before!




*Please Note: Beginning April 21 students will begin their Career Portfolio unit. This piece is worth 30% of their second 9 weeks grade.
The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:

April 14-April 18 *I will be available after school on Mon 4/14, Wed 4/16, and on a limited basis on Thur. 4/17

* Please Note: As we did last week, we will continue to conduct in-class Interviews with peer assessment


The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
  • Monday 4/14: Students will be interviewed and judged on their performance by their peers on Mon 4/7 and 4/8. We will discuss sample questions from the PSAT. Students will complete voc. test #4 scheduled for this past Friday. We will finish watching Walmart: the Low Cost of High Price
  • Tuesday 4/15: Guidance will conduct a discussion. Students will also complete the "Man in the Mirror" assignment. Though the attached file does give general directions each student will receive a personalized worksheet with their picture attached. This will be due Wednesday the 16th at the beginning of class. No late work will be accepted.
  • Wednesday 4/16: Turn in Man in the Mirror assignment. We will discuss public policy, poverty, philanthropy, and community activism with a mind towards the school's art project Bowls. We will be utilizing the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" as a foundation for this unit.
  • Thursday 4/17: If all tests have been completed then we will review the post secondary test administered 4/10. We will continue our unit on Poverty.
  • Friday 4/18: Poverty unit.


April 7-April 10 *I will be available after school on Mon 4/7, on a limited basis Tues 4/8, and a delayed basis (after 4:00 p.m.) on Wed 4/9. I will not be at school on Thursday 4/10.

*Please Note: Parent Conferences are available Thur. April 10th from 3:30 until 6:00 p.m. - unfortunately I will not be available on Thursday. I will be available on Friday the 11th. Early release for Report Cards as well as Parent Conferences this Friday April 11th

* Please Note: As we did last week, we will continue to conduct in-class Interviews with peer assessment


The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
  • Monday 4/7: Students must turn in poster project on their college. There will be a peer review. Students will be interviewed and judged on their performance by their peers on Mon 4/7 and 4/8. We will discuss post secondary info. such as private v public colleges, college v university, as well as Financing issues in post secondary choices. There will be a quiz on Tues 4/8 on the "boxed" terms in students notes.These were matching terms given on Thurs. 4/3 in class.
  • Tuesday 4/8: Quiz "boxed" matching terms. Drill worksheet on Estimated Financial Contribution. Defining of post secondary vocabulary such as AA, BA, BS, MA, PhD, etc. Interviews
  • Wednesday 4/9: Discussion of college testing: PSAT, SAT, ACT. Final review of post secondary information as found on student's scavenger hunt document given in class 4/1.
  • Thursday 4/10: TEST on Post Secondary. Movie and worksheet on Walmart: High Cost of Low Price
  • Friday 4/11: Voc test. Continue movie Walmart: High Cost of Low Price. Early Release


Mar 31- April 3, 2008 *I will be available after school on Tues 4/1, on a limited basis Wed 4/2, and Thurs 4/3

*Please Note: Teacher workday this Friday April 4th

* Please Note: Students final copy of their Holland Code essay will be due April 1st.


The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
  • Monday 3/31, Tuesday 4/1. Thursday 4/3: Interviews: do's and don't's. Students will be interviewed and judged on their performance by their peers on Tues. 4/1 and Thur. 4/3
  • Monday 3/31, Tuesday 4/1: Post Secondary decisions: what are your choices after high school? Students will complete scavenger type hunt worksheet as preparation for test on post secondary decisions to be given the week of April 7th.
  • Wednesday 4/2: Investigation and poster project on any one particular college (student's choice). Lab access. Project due Monday April 7th.

Mar 17- Mar 20, 2008 *I will be available after school on Tues 3/18 and Wed 3/19

*Please Note: This week freshman will be visiting Chowan University on either Tues, Wed, or Thur per their schedule. This will affect the Freshman Seminar courses and the material covered

* Please Note: Students final copy of their Holland Code essay will be due April 1st.


The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
  • Monday: Cost of living - startling statistics, women and employment, budget reality, what you need to earn.
  • Tues-Wed: continue watching the movie Hoop Dreams in our discussion of how difficult it is to become a professional athlete and the necessity of establishing alternative plans. Students will also have limited computer access to complete the final copy of their Holland Code essay due April 1st and to complete the revisions on their resumes.
  • Thurs: Resume completion, discussion of job applications, and the interview process.


Mar 10- Mar 14, 2008 *I will be available after school on Wed. 3/12 and Thur. 3/13

The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
  • Monday: all Holland Code essays must be turned in at the beginning of class or daily deduction of 10 points will accrue.
  • Monday: finish movie Remember the Titans, consider "dream jobs" in athletics, and general class examination of intolerance. Students will produce a "Ten Years From Now" letter reflecting on concrete issues of job, co-workers, lifestyle, etc they see themselves experiencing in ten years. This will be written on provided, special paper and will need to be turned in by Wednesday March 12th at the beginning of class
  • Tuesday: I will be out of the classroom but students will continue to consider Intolerance in American society with movie Shadow of Hate and worksheet.
  • Wednesday: Students will make sure Ten Years From Now letter is turned in. Guidance activity with CFNC.org (College Foundation of North Carolina)
  • Thursday: Students will have lab time to create and complete their resume - a required part of their senior graduation project this will serve as the foundation of that senior document.
  • Friday: Vocabulary quiz on words from week March 3- March 13th. Examination of the Pro-Athlete dream job through worksheet. Examination of movie Hoop Dreams dealing with realistic chances of how to "go pro" as well as a discussion point of how realistically does athletics supercede issues of discrimination based on race,poverty, and education levels.

Mar 3- Mar 7, 2008 *I will be available after school on Tues. , Wed. (after 3:45 p.m.), and Thur.

The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
Homework: use memory devices to find definitions and illustrate the 4 vocabulary words provided in class (discrimination, intellectual, inevitable, virtually)
  • Wednesday: Test taking strategies, creating a review of these test taking strategies
  • Thursday: Dealing with Emotions, Prejudice ladder, analysis of movie Remember the Titans
  • Friday: Dealing with Emotions, analysis of movie Remember the Titans
Homework: there may be activities carried over from class that might have to be completed from home but there is no formal homework scheduled for this week except there will be a quick test, this Friday Mar. 7th, covering material emphasized in class Mon-Wed.


Feb. 25-Feb. 29, 2008 *I will be available after school on Tues. 26th and Thur. 28th

The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:

Feb. 19 - Feb. 22, 2008 * I will be available after school on Tuesday Feb. 19th

The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
Homework due in class
Tues Feb 19th: bring in developed research note cards from student choice wikipedia article
Thurs. Feb 21st: bring in completed Holland Code Survey
Fri. Feb 22nd: Test on Holland code information

Feb. 11 - Feb. 15, 2008 * I will be available after school on Tuesday Feb. 12th

The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
The vocabulary words of the week: sagacious, dilapidated, vehemently, remonstrated, usurpation
Homework
Due Tues Feb 12: bring in a conflict article
Due Fri Feb 15: conflict test
Due Tues Feb 19 completed research notecards from wikipedia article accessed on Thur 2/14 in class

Feb. 4- Feb. 8, 2008 * I will be available after school on Tue 2/5

The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to "cement" the terms and ideas in their minds.
Topics of discussion:
  • Note taking: Cornell method
  • Learning styles
  • Note taking: Classic outline method
  • Note taking: Mind mapping
  • Note taking: Graphic organizers
  • Brainstorming
  • Group activity for quiz grade. A culmination of note-taking work where each group will present a topic (Newsweek will be the source) and the rest of the class will record notes in their preferred style.
Homework:
Note: Early release Wednesday Feb. 6th for teacher workday.
Due Friday Feb 8th:
Group activity quiz grade. Students are required to bring in notes taken in the Cornell format from some other current class by Friday as proof of mastery of this method.

January 28-Feb. 1, 2008.

The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to “cement” the terms and ideas in their minds.

Topics of discussion:
  • Time Management - setting up a realistic schedule
  • How to stop procrastinating
  • study spaces - Homework due 1/31: Parent comment on study space discussion
  • self evaluation of academic study habits
  • Note-taking skills
  • Cornell Note-taking
  • *Quiz on Friday covering orientation vocabulary, teaming true and false, study spaces, short term goals.

January 22 - 25, 2008

The following concepts will be covered in class this week. Please encourage a discussion with your child to discover what they are learning as well as to “cement” the terms and ideas in their minds.

Topics of discussion:
  • Confidence Building
  • Goal setting
  • Time Management
Homework Week Jan. 22-Jan 25, 2008
Due Fri 1/25: completed goal plan. completed self discovery letter. Worksheet instructions and goal tips included.
In Class Wed. 1/10: students reflected on time management and schedules. . They also created a study space project. This was an in class project. Directions are included here:
Due Thur 1/31: Parent discussion on study spaces. Please have a discussion with parents re: the elements of a study space and the importance of study space. Students were given a worksheet but if that is misplaced then please have parents jot down a few sentences about the conversation you had.


Basic Curriculum Notes

Terms for FS orientation
Powerpoint explanation of Student Led Conferences
checklist for components of Student Led Conferences
Parent Explanation letter of Student Led Conferences
Powerpoint notes on Dealing with Authority
Group project and individual student directions on activity examining peer pressure, authority, etc.
Copy of Parent Explanation sheet regarding Student Led Conferences
Walmart worksheet
Mini Personality Traits project
Explanation of the Career Portfolio

Powerpoint showing class choices for students though class directories are also available in class and in the guidance office







Definitions homework page
Project worksheet PowerPoint on Careers
Basic Conflict Notes
Basic Holland Code notes
PowerPoint Notes on Memory Devices
Lecture Notes on Emotions - Anger
Lecture Notes on Test Taking Tips
Notes on Careers

HOLLAND CODE ESSAY PROMPT
Review for Post Secondary Choices:
Notes on Post Secondary choices:
Key to Post Secondary Study guide
Common terms and issues
Costs of College and Income Advantages






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Prior Agendas

Freshman Seminar Week September 4- September 7, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week September 10- September 14, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week September 17-September 21, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week September 24 - September 28, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week October 1-October 5, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week October 8-October 12, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week October 15-19, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week October 22-26, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week October 29-November 2, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week November 5 - November 9, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week November 12 - November 16, 2007
Freshman Seminar Week November 19 - November 21, 2007 downloadable version:
Freshman Seminar Week November 26 - November 30, 2007 downloadable version:
Freshman Seminar Week December 3 - December 7, 2007 downloadable version:
Freshman Seminar agenda available for downloading and printout.
Freshman Seminar Week Dec. 17- Dec. 20, 2007
Freshman Seminar weekly agenda Jan. 2nd- Jan. 4th for printing

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