Monday, September 18, 2017

"What's In Your Toolbox?" Notes from Career Searching (thank you Ms. Crane!)

College is expensive.  You need to be pro-active in making sure that what you are doing makes sense.  Data suggests that KRHS 30% will transfer colleges 2-4 times, 40% will graduate (both align with national averages).  Highest success rate is UNH, followed by SNHU.  Silver or gold scholars complete college at a 99% rate. Whether you make it through or not, you will have debt that needs to be paid off.  How will you do it? Having a good plan to help you "fill your toolbox" with classes, experiences, and skills is a great start. And this begins with questions: Which are the “hot” careers?  Which are not? What am I interested in? What do I need to do in order to get there?

Some very helpful resources to get you started:
Choose from any major to gain major insights to help you find your perfect fit

Future planning by career (actuarial mathematics, anyone?)

Possible govt jobs (pensions, benefits, steady)

Salary structure, job title, search terms, whether or not this career makes sense for me

Also Linkedin, Monster, etc. can help refine what to put in your resume

Also consider researching the bios of the people in your field/department to see what they did (and what you might need to be working on!) 

Play on these sites now, not after you graduate!

Why read job descriptions and sample resumes?
  • Use the buzzwords from the job description in your resume!!
  • Use industry employment opportunities job descriptions to help plan for a future career.
  • Use job descriptions to help decide which courses would help you “fill your tool box” and add the right skills.
  • Choose the right internships and volunteer work

Why hire a newbie: you are cheaper, coachable, and have current “best practices”

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HW 9/13: TEWWG: Double Entry/Dialectical Journal

Assignment: Create a double entry/dialectical reading response journal for each reading section in Their Eyes Were Watching God.  You may use my simple template, or create or modify one of your own.  If you prefer handwriting, that is fine too--but I do advise using a ruler to draw the vertical lines to keep things somewhat neat and tidy :)  

The quote goes on the left, and your insightful comments go on the right.  The page number goes in the middle, or if you prefer you may eliminate that column and add the page number to the quote (use parentheses).  In your quote selection, focus on what impresses or confuses you.  Use this journal as place to clarify your "What/How/SoWhat?" thinking en route to a deeper understanding of the MOWAAW.  I recommend that you try to include a mix of quotation types, including dialogue, setting, descriptive, and thematic passages.  Similarly, try to vary the types of comments and analysis you provide: connections you are making to the real world, your own life, or other texts one time, and questions or predictions the next.  Be sure to sprinkle in ample amounts of insightful analysis as well.  

9/11 Ch. 1, 2
9/13 Ch 3-5
9/14 Ch 6, 7
9/15 Ch 8-10
9/18 Ch. 11-13
9/19 Ch. 14-17
9/20 Ch. 18-20

Monday, September 11, 2017

HW 9/11: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Assignment: Read Ch. 1 &2 in TEWWG.  Also, please bring me a copy of your Underground Railroad "Essential Literary Synopsis" if you have not already done so.  Thanks!  --AG

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Underground Railroad Essential Literary Synopsis

Thank you for a great opening week!  I hope that our discussions on the WSJ author's interview--including his use of historical runaway slave ads, connections to contemporary events and artistic movements, and his opinions on human nature--have been as instructive and enlightening for you as they have been for me.  In addition, I hope that our time spent unpacking some of the "What? / How? / So what?" elements of the ending has helped bring the novel's theme into sharper focus for you.

Also, I know it may seem early to mention this, as we have only just begun, but if you get the sense at any point that this class or my instruction is not meeting your needs in any way, please let me know.  :)

One more task for this week remains, which is to get our final thoughts on this novel into a compact form for later study and use.  For this task, I am proposing that we use the "Essential Literary Synopsis" form shared with me by veteran English AP Lit instructor Rob Brown this summer.  We will be completing one of these for each major work we study--probably a dozen or so overall.

Note: the box labeled "MOWAAW" on the "ELS" form stands for "Meaning of [the] Work as a Whole."

Please bring a printout or photocopy of your completed "ELS" form and your copy of the novel to turn back in on Monday.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

HW 9/5: The Underground Railroad WSJ Podcast

Welcome Seniors!  My first teacher mentor Susie Carlisle began her letter to seniors with the line, "Welcome to your Senior selves ... " and although I don't want to just steal Susie's line, I love the thought behind it and would like to extend the sentiment to you.  You are yourself always, of course, in the broad sense of the tremendous idea encompassing the vast experiences of a human life.  But let's remember that we are at a particularly poignant place as seniors--quite literally standing on the threshold to adulthood, ready to take the accumulated experiences and joys and hardships and lessons and triumphs of childhood and translate them into a productive and positive adult life.  You possess, in a sense, what Susie would call the "promise of a seed," an amazing potential that needs only a little nourishing and time to self-actualize.  Thank you in advance for trusting me to help you along the way.  I am excited and humbled to get to be part of your senior experience, and I am looking forward to this year very much.  Yours, Mr. G :)

Now, here's your first HW assignment (because I love you):

Assignment for 9/5:
1. Listen to Colson Whitehead's Wall Street Journal interview podcast from a year ago.  Prepare a synopsis of no more than 1 typed page, double-spaced in which you track the general flow of the interview with specific examples and short quotations as needed.  It is not necessary to analyze the interview or to respond to it at this point; instead, focus on what is discussed ... and maybe a little of how it is presented.  Be prepared to discuss the interview in class tomorrow and to share a little of how hearing the author's ideas affect your understanding of the novel as a whole.