Economic Skills 1st Quarter

Wednesday, 9-6:
Due Today: A good attitude! 🙂
Today’s Learning Target: What are the academic and behavior expectations of our class?
What we did in class today: we discussed what makes a “good” class; we reviewed the Letter to Parents and Guidelines for Assessment; we reviewed the Who Am I Poster Guidelines (here is my example: Mrs. Wagner’s Who Am I? example); we completed the Career Interest Survey and then began the Occupational Summary Assignment
Due Next Class: review the Letter to Parents and Guidelines for Assessment with parents, being sure to get signatures where necessary; complete the Who Am I? Poster; complete the Occupational Summary Assignment

Friday, 9-8:
Due Today: the Letter to Parents and Guidelines for Assessment with parents, being sure to get signatures where necessary; completed Who Am I? Poster; completed Occupational Summary Assignment
Today’s Learning Target: What post-secondary institution would best fit my educational and financial needs?
What we did in class today: we discussed the events that occurred on 9-11 and watched a short video; we discussed some current events; we discussed the Selection Process handout
Due Next Class: none

Tuesday, 9-12:
Due Today: none
Today’s Learning Target: How much will it cost me to attend the post-secondary education institution I have chosen?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we discussed the Direct and Indirect Costs of Post-Secondary Education; we began working on the Comparing Colleges exercise
Due Next Class: completed the Comparing Colleges exercise if not done in class

Thursday, 9-14:
Due Today: completed Comparing Colleges exercise
Today’s Learning Target: How will I pay for the post-secondary education institution I have chosen?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we discussed the March Madness College Cost visual; we discussed the Paying for Post-Secondary Education reading; we discussed the Federal Student Aid At A Glance visual; we discussed and began working on the Your Student Loan exercise
Due Next Class: you may continue to work on the Your Student Loan exercise

Monday, 9-18:
Due Today: none
Today’s Learning Target: How will I finance my post-secondary education?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we completed the Your Student Loan exercise; we began working on the Career and Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment Guidelines and the Post-Secondary Education Financial Plan
Due Next Class: we will have the first half of the class to complete the Career and Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment Guidelines and the Post-Secondary Education Financial Plan and complete the in-class quiz

Wednesday, 9-20:
Due Today: prepare for the in-class quiz portion of our Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment
Today’s Learning Target: What career would be most successful for me and how will I finance the training necessary to prepare for this career?
What we did in class today: we completed the in-class quiz portion of our Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment; we had the remainder of the class to complete any other portion of the assessment (as outlined in the Career and Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment Guidelines)
Due Next Class: complete the Resume Worksheet

Friday, 9-22:
Due Today: completed Resume Worksheet
Today’s Learning Target: What is included in a good resume?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we discussed the Writing Resumes handout; we discussed the Resume Tips and Suggestions; we used the laptops to begin the Resume Writing Exercise
Due Next Class: write a resume in a Google Doc and share it with Mrs. Wagner

Tuesday, 9-26:
Due Today: completed resume in a Google Doc shared with Mrs. Wagner
Today’s Learning Target: How do I properly fill out a job application? What is included in a good cover letter?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we completed the Directions Exercise; we discussed the Cover Letter Guide; we discussed the Filling Out A Job Application; we used the laptops to work on creating our own Cover Letters
Due Next Class: complete the Blank Job Application and write a cover letter in a Google Doc and share it with Mrs. Wagner

Thursday, 9-28:
Due Today: completed Blank Job Application and cover letter written in a Google Doc and shared with Mrs. Wagner
Today’s Learning Target: How can I access interview-appropriate attire at a minimum cost?
What we did in class today: we went to the Salvation Army and picked out interview-appropriate attire
Due Next Class: none

Monday, 10-2:
Due Today: none
Today’s Learning Target: What does a successful interview look like?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we discussed the Interview Presentation Handout; we discussed the Commonly Asked Interview Questions and How to Answer Them; we completed the Practice Interview Script
Due Next Class: mock interviews next class – be sure to arrive dressed in interview-appropriate attire

Wednesday, 10-4:
Due Today: dress in interview-appropriate attire
Today’s Learning Target: What does a successful interview look like?
What we did in class today: we participated in our mock interviews; we discussed some current events
Due Next Class: work on any incomplete work from this unit

Tuesday, 10-10:
Due Today: completed work from this unit
Today’s Learning Target: What materials will I need to have a professional job portfolio?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we used the laptops to begin working on our project according to the Summative Assessment Guidelines; click this link for the Google Docs of all the forms: Unit 1 Summative Assessment Handouts in Google Docs
Due Next Class: continue working on the summative assessment project

Thursday, 10-12:
Due Today: completed work from this unit; completed portions of the summative assessment project
Today’s Learning Target: What materials will I need to have a professional job portfolio?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we used the laptops to continue working on our project according to the Summative Assessment Guidelines; click this link for the Google Docs of all the forms: Unit 1 Summative Assessment Handouts in Google Docs
Due Next Class: all portions of the summative assessment project; study the list of terms and information to prepare for the 20-question quiz portion of the assessment

Monday, 10-16: (many field trip absences today so worked on project in class)
Due Today: completed work from this unit; completed portions of the summative assessment project
Today’s Learning Target: What materials will I need to have a professional job portfolio?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we used the laptops to continue working on our project according to the Summative Assessment Guidelines; click this link for the Google Docs of all the forms: Unit 1 Summative Assessment Handouts in Google Docs
Due Next Class: all portions of the summative assessment project; study the list of terms and information to prepare for the 20-question quiz portion of the assessment

Wednesday, 10-18:
Due Today: all portions of the summative assessment project; study the list of terms and information to prepare for the 20-question quiz portion of the assessment
Today’s Learning Target: What is included in my paycheck?
What we did in class today: we discussed the What’s In My Paycheck? Presentation
Due Next Class: be sure you know what the salary for your future career is so you can use it during our exercises next class

Friday, 10-20:
Due Today: please bring salary information for the career you plan to pursue
Today’s Learning Target: How are income taxes calculated?
What we did in class today: we discussed some general ideas about government; we discussed some current events; we discussed How to Fill Out a W4 and completed a W4 – Blank; we discussed the first page of the Taxes Reading
Due Next Class: finish the calculations on the Taxes Reading

Tuesday, 10-24:
Due Today: please bring salary information for the career you plan to pursue
Today’s Learning Target: How are income taxes calculated?
What we did in class today: we discussed the ways we can make our voices heard on the national, state, or local political/government stage; we broke into groups and each group was given a specific Issue and were then asked to identify those Political Figures and Political Organizations that could be accessed to further the issue; we discussed some current events; we discussed the rest of the Taxes Reading; we discussed creating a W2 – here is the link for the Google Docs for the Creating a W2 assignment
Due Next Class: complete the W2 based on the first year salary for your future career

Thursday, 10-24:
Due Today: complete the W2 based on the first year salary for your future career
Today’s Learning Target: How are income taxes calculated?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we completed our 1040EZ forms – here is the link for the Google Docs for Completing the 1040EZ tax form
Due Next Class: complete the 1040EZ based on the first year salary for your future career

Monday, 10-30 and Tuesday, 10-31:
Storm Days – No Power – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, 11-1:
Due Today: complete the 1040EZ based on the first year salary for your future career
Today’s Learning Target: What is the process for voting in Maine? What are Maine voters deciding on Tuesday, November 7th?
What we did in class today: we listened to the Celeste Headlee Interview (here’s the audio); we discussed the LWV 2017 Voter’s Guide (here’s the Maine State Voter’s Guide)
Due Next Class: none

Friday, 11-3:
Due Today: none
Today’s Learning Target: How can I successfully grocery shop?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we discussed the Healthy Eating On A Budget handout; we used the laptops to complete the Grocery Shopping exercise
Due Next Class: if not completed in class, finish the Grocery Shopping exercise

Tuesday, 11-7:
Due Today: if not completed in class, finish the Grocery Shopping exercise
Today’s Learning Target: How much money should I spend and save?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we discussed the Spending – What’s Normal handout and then individually completed the Spending – What’s Normal For You handout; we began discussing the Banking Basics handout
Due Next Class: complete the charts on pages 2 & 3 of the Banking Basics handout

Thursday, 11-9:
Due Today: complete the charts on pages 2 & 3 of the Banking Basics handout
Today’s Learning Target: How much money should I spend and save?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we finished the Banking Basics handout; we worked on the Checking Accounts- Independent Practice Handout
Due Next Class: if not completed in class, finish the Checking Accounts- Independent Practice Handout