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Halfway Through. Where are You?. Agenda. Barriers to Success Problem Solving Advocating for Yourself Managing Your Time The Future: Careers and Colleges Setting Goals Resources. Barriers to Success. Poor Time Management Lack of Responsibility Peer Group Difficulties in Personal Life

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Halfway through

Halfway Through

Where are You?


  • Barriers to Success

  • Problem Solving

  • Advocating for Yourself

  • Managing Your Time

  • The Future: Careers and Colleges

  • Setting Goals

  • Resources

Barriers to success
Barriers to Success

  • Poor Time Management

  • Lack of Responsibility

  • Peer Group

  • Difficulties in Personal Life

  • Lack of Resilience

  • Poor Coping Skills

  • Poor Self-Advocacy Skills

How to solve problems
How to Solve Problems

  • Identify the problem.

  • Brainstorm the options to correct it.

  • Evaluate the pros/cons of the options.

  • Make a plan of action.

  • Evaluate & Modify your plan until you reach your goal.

Examples of problems
Examples of Problems

  • My class is too hard.

  • My friend and I aren’t getting along and I don’t know what to do.

  • My coach won’t give me any playing time.

  • My friends want me to give them answers on a test.

  • I don’t know what to do with my life.

Self advocacy

Self-Advocacy is the ability to communicate your needs at the appropriate time and place.

Self advocacy skills
Self-Advocacy Skills

  • Understand your needs.

  • Express your needs appropriately.

  • Take an active role in situations that involve your education and your life.

  • Communicate with key people (parents, teachers, coaches, staff members, employers).

  • Know your strengths/weaknesses.

Appropriate or inappropriate
Appropriate or Inappropriate?

Having your parents e-mail your teachers to let them know you need make-up work. . . .



Asking your teachers for make-up work when you have been absent. . . .


Appropriate or inappropriate1
Appropriate or Inappropriate?

Writing in a college essay that you didn’t do well in a class because you had a bad teacher. . .



Writing in a college essay that you had difficulty with a certain class and that you had to work hard to adjust and do the best that you could given the situation. . . .


Appropriate or inappropriate2
Appropriate or Inappropriate?

Asking your teacher to write you a letter of recommendation for a college application 3 weeks in advance. . . .



Telling your teacher you need a letter of recommendation for college…tomorrow. . .


Managing your time
Managing Your Time

  • Know what tasks need to be done and when. Make a “To-Do” list.

  • Prioritize these tasks.

  • Estimate how much time it will take to accomplish everything.

  • Work at the time and place that suits you best.

  • Know when to ask for help.

Manage your time

Use your agenda!

OR find a system that works for you!

Manage your time

Looking ahead
Looking Ahead

  • "A vision is a clearly articulated, results-oriented picture of a future you intend to create...it's a dream with a direction!" ~Jesse S. Zemel

A look into the future
A look into the future. . .http://www.burrellesluce.com/freshideas/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SMART_Goals.jpg

  • What kind of career do you want someday?

  • What kind of education will you need for that career?

  • Where will you go when you finish high school?

    **You will be turning in college applications in 1 ½ years!

Setting goals for the future
Setting Goals for the Futurehttp://www.burrellesluce.com/freshideas/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SMART_Goals.jpg

What is your long-term goal?

  • Have a successful career.

  • Be accepted to a college.

  • Win a scholarship.

  • Earn an apprenticeship.

  • Be accepted into the military.

Managing long term goals
Managing Long-Term Goalshttp://www.burrellesluce.com/freshideas/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SMART_Goals.jpg

What short-terms goals will help you meet your long-term goals?

  • Studying more to improve grades and increase chances of college acceptance.

  • Taking courses in high school to improve knowledge/skills for a career.

  • Finishing diploma requirements to gain acceptance into the military.

Where to go for help the pieces of the puzzle
Where to go for help. . .http://www.burrellesluce.com/freshideas/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SMART_Goals.jpgThe pieces of the puzzle

  • Teachers, Counselors, Parents

  • Career Center, Virginia Wizard

  • Family Connection, Bridges

  • College Board for SAT prep

Electronic resources
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Family Connection:

From the Battlefield homepage under “For Students”





Closing activity pair and share
Closing Activity: Pair and Sharehttp://www.burrellesluce.com/freshideas/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SMART_Goals.jpg

  • Flowchart Activity – What in the world should I do with my life?

  • Pair up and go through flowchart with your partner. Use “No’s” as guidelines for discussing your next step in the career exploration process.

  • Provide feedback to the overall group.