Welcome to College and Career Readiness with Mrs. MacFarland!
Meridian World SchoolAn International Baccalaureate School 2555 N I 35, Round Rock, TX 78664512.660.5230email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurturing our Authentic Self)
A Note from Mrs. MacFarland
We all have an inner compass working all the time to guide us through life and give us information to decide what is best for us and our future. This year in College Readiness, my hope is that you will learn more about trusting your inner compass: understanding yourself, what you feel, and what you want most out of life. In the play, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, a father gives advice to his son saying, "This above all: to thine own self be true." To be true to ourselves is to listen to our inner compass and embrace our authentic self. When we live as our true, authentic self, we enjoy life and our in harmony with our desires, but being yourself takes courage at times, to accept and honor yourself and to listen to that intuition inside of you saying, "Yes! Let's go here!" By trusting this intuition, we learn to understand ourselves, and let our internal compass guide us as we artfully navigate the roads before us.
College & Career Readiness is a 10th grade course that offers a student-centered curriculum where students apply approaches-to-learning skills geared toward their own interests and future career paths. Students will explore and answer questions such as: What careers interest me? What are my career goals? What do I want to do in college? What are some effective habits for success? What do I need to do to prepare effectively for college? Students will explore personality and interests in a career exploration learning about advantages and disadvantages of potential careers. Students will also explore colleges based on their interests and learn the fundamentals of the college application process and the overall steps for preparation. Students will gain some 21st Century Skills with technology, presentations, and learning to budget. Students will be exposed to two college entrance exams: the PSAT in the fall and the ACT in the spring as a mock exam. Students will also be guided through the steps for planning and developing their MYP Personal Project, an independent exploration where students develop a line of inquiry and research and develop their own product and paper. The personal project formally assesses students' Approaches to Learning (ATL skills) for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. Overall, students will prepare and begin implementing goals towards their long-term college and career plans with a teacher acting as a mentor and a facilitator. The course emphasizes self-awareness, career and college readiness, goal setting and planning using an inquiry- based process through real life applications and scenarios.Tutorials: Tuesday & Thursday 7:40-8:20 a.m.; afternoons by appointment, 4:05-4:30Tutorials will run in conjunction with the Better Together Club.
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