Skills for School & Life

Instructor: Marcie Howard, Horizon Middle School, Room 234

Optimizing Each Child's Learning!

Curriculum for Skills for School and Life class includes: mindset (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill), understanding the brain and how it works, development of "grit" (continuous effort ~ not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential), study skill strategies, organization, student planner use, and various differentiated lessons for life (i.e. money skills, measurement, calendar skills, measurement, etc.), strategies to reduce anxiety/ stress, etc.

Mindset

Students complete various self-assessments prior to lessons designed to encourage them to move from a "fixed" mindset (belief that he has a predetermined amount of intelligence, skills, or talents) to one of "growth", where learners believe that they can learn just about anything - it might take some struggle and some failure, but they feel that with effort of perseverance, they can succeed!

Failure Leads to Success!

Failure is an Ugly Word but...

Teach your children how to take risks and that when they fail, it doesn't mean they aren't successful. Encourage your child to pursue their passion and in doing so, teach them that failure is part of the process. When they don't understand, teach them to be persistent and to never give up. Grit is an essential element of success and it involves persistence, determination, and sometimes it involves falling down. Help them get up and show them the importance of moving ahead despite the challenge.

Power Standards

Grade 6 ELA Standards

ELA-06.SL.01.c

Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

ELA-06.W.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences

Grade 6 Health Standards

HTL.MS.06.04.01

Describe social skills for building and maintaining positive relationships at school, work, and home

HTL.MS.06.05.01

Develop goals to sustain or improve personal health practices

HTL.MS.06.05.02

Describe the consequences of decisions regarding health behaviors (i.e. decision making skills)

Grade 7 ELA Standards

ELA.07.SL.01.c

Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.

ELA.07.W.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences

Grade 7-8 Health Standards

HTL.MS.07-08.04.01

Describe effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health

HTL.MS.07.08.05.01

Identify ways in which personal health goals can be influenced by abilities, priorities, and responsibilities

HTL.MS.07-08.05.02

Identify the steps of the decision making process

Grade 8 ELA Standards

ELA.08.SL.01.c

Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and elicit elaboration, and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

ELA.08.W.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Successful School and Life Skills (WMS, HMS)

Power Standards