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You belong here and you can be successful

2015 Honor Council Student Conference presentation by Ashlee Simmons & Mr. Mahaffey

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You belong here and you can be successful

  1. 1. You Belong Here and You Can Be Successful Ashlee Simmons and Mr. Mahaffey
  2. 2. The Seminar Description Changing school environments can be a challenge for anyone. If your previous school was very different from MICDS, there are many resources on campus to support your transition. A 12th grade student and a faculty member will share their experiences and offer suggestions for navigating the Upper School culture. Topics will include: why there is no shame in getting a tutor, developing a positive mental attitude for studying, and previewing the ways it gets easier. A question and answer opportunity will conclude the session. 10 minutes for activity 10 minutes for content 5 minutes for questions
  3. 3. Why are you here? What struck you in the session description? What insights can you offer the others around the table?
  4. 4. Opening Activity List Your Classes • Rate Your Level of Comfort in the Class • Rate the Level of Challenge in the Assessment On a scale of 1 to 10 1 is flat tire when you are late to school 10 is a triple snow day
  5. 5. You belong here and you can be successful  If you are enrolled, you are full-fledge member of this school  If you are enrolled, we saw in you the abilities and aptitudes to graduate
  6. 6. Dealing with changes between school environments Assimilation vs. Acclimation Code Switching All members of this school bring their individual talents to make a dynamic community
  7. 7. You have permission to make use of resources on campus Advisors and Deans Student Services School counselor (dhotaling@micds.org) Learning specialist (kdepung@micds.org) College Counseling
  8. 8. There is no shame in getting a tutor Khan Academy Students at local colleges
  9. 9. Developing a positive mental attitude for studying and exams Look back at the rating scales How can you shift your cognitive model? Have you scheduled a conference with your teacher? Are you actively engaged in collaborative work?
  10. 10. What are your Action Items? How are you going to raise your level of comfort in each class? How are you going to adjust the level of challenge for each assessment?
  11. 11. Previewing how it gets easier I Glo’d up
  12. 12. Questions