EconSkills 3rd Quarter

Wednesday, 1-25:
Due Today: a good attitude! ūüôā
Today’s Learning Target: What job would be most successful for me?
What we did in class today: we discussed the¬†Letter to Parents¬†and¬†Guidelines for Assessment; we discussed the¬†Who Am I Poster Guidelines¬†and viewed¬†Mrs. Wagner’s Who Am I? example; we used the computers to complete the Holland Career Code Test, which will help us identify careers that would best suit our personalities
Due Next Class: finish the Holland Career Code Test if not fully completed in class and print your results; complete Who Am I? activity; read and complete the Letter to Parents and Guidelines for Assessment with parents, being sure to get signatures where necessary

Friday, 1-27:
Due Today: finish the Holland Career Code Test if not fully completed in class and print your results; complete Who Am I? activity; read and complete the Letter to Parents and Guidelines for Assessment with parents, being sure to get signatures where necessary
Today’s Learning Target: What post-secondary institution would best fit my educational and financial needs?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we shared some information from our Who Am I? activities; we discussed the Selection Process reading; we went to the Black Lab and used the computers to complete the Comparing Colleges activity
Due Next Class: finish the Comparing Colleges activity if not completed during class time

Tuesday, 1-31:
Due Today: finish the Comparing Colleges activity if not completed during class time
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 reading; we discussed the Paying for Post-Secondary Education reading; we went to the Black Lab and used the computers to complete the Your Student Loan exercise
Due Next Class: complete the Your Student Loan exercise if not completed during class time

Thursday, 2-2:
Due Today: complete the Your Student Loan exercise if not completed during class time
Today’s Learning Target: What are the benefits of the career  I  have chosen and how much will it cost me to pursue this career?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we reviewed the guidelines on the Career and Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment-Quiz Guidelines and the Post-Secondary Education Financial Plan; we went to the Black Lab and used the computers to complete these exercises
Due Next Class: complete the Career and Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment-Quiz Guidelines and the Post-Secondary Education Financial Plan if not completed during class time (here is the link to a Google Docs folder of these handouts)

Monday, 2-6:
Due Today: none (whatever you were able to complete last class)
Today’s Learning Target: What career choice have I made and how will I fund it?
What we did in class today: we completed our Post-Secondary Education and Career Formative Assessment-Quiz; we worked on the Career and Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment-Quiz Guidelines and the Post-Secondary Education Financial Plan; I handed out the Formative Assessment-Quiz Rubric and the Salvation Army Field Trip Permission Slip
Due Next Class: if you haven’t already turned in any of the Unit 1 work that has been assigned so far it must be turned in next class because that is the due date for our first Formative Assessment-Quiz – this includes the following assignments:
Letter to Parents
Guidelines for Assessment
Who Am I Poster
Comparing Colleges Activity
Your Student Loan
all parts of the Career and Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment-Quiz Guidelines and the Post-Secondary Education Financial Plan if not completed during class time (here is the link to a Google Docs folder of these handouts)

Wednesday, 2-8:
Due Today: any of the Unit 1 work that has been assigned so far (our first Formative Assessment-Quiz is due today) Рthis includes the following assignments:
Letter to Parents
Guidelines for Assessment
Who Am I Poster
Comparing Colleges Activity
Your Student Loan
all parts of the Career and Post-Secondary Education Formative Assessment-Quiz Guidelines and the Post-Secondary Education Financial Plan if not completed during class time (here is the link to a Google Docs folder of these handouts)
Today’s Learning Target: What should be included in a resume?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we discussed the Writing Resumes reading; we worked in small groups to complete the Reading the Resume exercise using the Good and Bad Resume Examples; we discussed the Resume Tips and Suggestions handouts; we used the laptops to begin working on our own resumes, using the guidelines on the Resume Writing Exercise
Due Next Class: a completed resume in Google Docs

Thursday, 2-9: SNOW DAY
Monday, 2-13: SNOW DAY

Tuesday, 2-14: LATE ARRIVAL DAY – SHORTENED CLASSES
We used our shortened class time to discuss some current events and then put the finishing touches on our resumes.

Thursday, 2-16: SNOW DAY

Friday, 2-17:¬†WINTER CARNIVAL¬†DAY –¬†SHORTENED CLASSES
We used our 35 minutes to discuss current events.

Tuesday, 2-28:
Due Today: a completed resume in Google Docs
Today’s Learning Targets: How do you fill out a job application correctly? What is an effective cover letter and what is its purpose?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we completed the Directions Exercise; we reviewed the Completed Job Application and picked out the errors; we discussed the Filling Out A Job Application reading; we discussed the Cover Letter Guide; we reviewed the Sample Cover Letters in small groups and then discussed them as a class; we used the laptops to write a cover letter in Google Docs
Due Next Class: completed Blank Job Application; write a cover letter in Google Docs

Thursday, 3-2:
Due Today: completed Blank Job Application; cover letter written in Google Docs and shared with me
Today’s Learning Targets: What does a successful interview look like? What types of general job skills should I have? ?
What we did in class today: we discussed some current events; we discussed the Interview Presentation; we discussed the Commonly Asked Interview Questions and How to Answer Them; we worked in groups to create answers to the Practice Interview Script
Due Next Class: begin working on the Unit 1 Summative Assessment Google Docs Folder

Monday, 3-6: Salvation Army Field Trip

Wednesday, 3-8: (Mrs. Wagner is at a conference today)
Due Today: none; working on the Unit 1 Summative Assessment Google Docs Folder
Today’s Learning Targets: What does a successful interview look like? What types of general job skills should I have? ?
What we did in class today: we worked on our working on the Unit 1 Summative Assessment Google Docs Folder
Due Next Class: complete the Unit 1 Summative Assessment Google Docs Folder; bring a completed resume, cover letter, and job application with you to class on Friday and be sure to wear interview-appropriate clothing for our Mock Interviews

Friday, 3-10:
Due Today: none; working on the Unit 1 Summative Assessment Google Docs Folder
Today’s Learning Targets: What does a successful interview look like? What types of general job skills should I have?
What we did in class today: we completed our Mock Interviews with members of the Brunswick community (interviews conducted in the cafeteria); we also finished working on the Unit 1 Summative Assessment Google Docs Folder
Due Next Class: none

Tuesday, 3-14: SNOW DAY

Wednesday, 3-15:
Due Today: none; Unit 1 Summative Assessment was due last class
Today’s Learning Target: What elements are included in a compensation package for a specific job?
What we did in class today: we discussed the¬†What’s In My Paycheck? Presentation
Due Next Class: be sure to have salary information available for the career you have chosen (we will be using it in exercises we do in class next class)

Monday, 3-20:
Due Today: salary information available for the career you have chosen
Today’s Learning Target: How do I complete a W4 form? What types of taxes do I have to pay?
What we did in class today: we discussed the How to Fill Out a W4 and the Taxes Reading and completed the sample exercises within it
Due Next Class: none

Wednesday, 3-22, Early Release Day (shortened classes):
Due Today: salary information available for the career you have chosen
Today’s Learning Target: How do I calculate taxable income and income tax totals?
What we did in class today: we completed a W4 Form; we discussed and completed the Creating A W2 handout and completed a W2 Form; the handouts are in Google Doc form here
Due Next Class: none

Friday, 3-24:
Due Today: salary information available for the career you have chosen
Today’s Learning Target: How do I calculate taxable income and income tax totals?
What we did in class today: we worked on completing 1040EZ forms using the handouts in the Google Doc folder for Completing your 1040EZ Form.
Due Next Class: none

Tuesday, 3-28:
Due Today: salary information available for the career you have chosen
Today’s Learning Target: How do I calculate taxable income and income tax totals?
What we did in class today: we finished completing 1040EZ forms using the handouts in the Google Doc folder for Completing your 1040EZ Form.
Due Next Class: none

Thursday, 3-30:
Due Today: none
Today‚Äôs Learning Target: How much will it cost for a week’s worth of healthy eating groceries?
What we did in class today: we read the Healthy Eating handout; we discussed the Grocery Shopping Activity Directions and then used the Grocery Shopping Activity РRecipes to create a shopping list and complete the Grocery Shopping Activity РWhat You Bought
Due Next Class: the Grocery Shopping Activity РWhat You Bought (if not completed in class)