Missouri Options 101 Practical Advice for New Teachers
Itinerary: <ul><li>Why We Do What We Do… </li></ul><ul><li>One Size Does Not Fit All… </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Started… <...
Why We Do What We Do… <ul><li>&quot;Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.&quo...
Missouri Options – One of Many Alternatives… <ul><li>In education, one size does not fit all! </li></ul><ul><li>Find the f...
Getting Started… <ul><li>Educate your district on the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-test candidates thoroughly. </li></ul...
So Now What… <ul><li>Be prepared to wear many hats… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coach </li></...
Program Styles <ul><li>Paper/Pencil – Winfield School District  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you stock your room with c...
Procedures… <ul><li>How will you run your day? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking attendance hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Timelines… <ul><li>Student Entry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically at the start of a semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) </li></...
Test Site Ins & Outs <ul><li>Where will your kids take the test? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research nearby testing sites and l...
“The Other 15 Hours”… <ul><li>It can look very different… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part-time jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Teacher Resources… <ul><li>Your Administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are your 1 st  line of support! </li></ul></ul><...
Celebrate Success… <ul><li>Celebrate achievements, and honor & acknowledge your kids… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your kids...
Questions?? <ul><li>What questions do you have?... </li></ul>
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Practical Advice For New Teachers

508 views

Published on

Published in: Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
508
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
3
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
10
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • Practical Advice For New Teachers

    1. 1. Missouri Options 101 Practical Advice for New Teachers
    2. 2. Itinerary: <ul><li>Why We Do What We Do… </li></ul><ul><li>One Size Does Not Fit All… </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Started… </li></ul><ul><li>So Now What?... </li></ul><ul><li>Program Styles… </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures… </li></ul><ul><li>Timelines… </li></ul><ul><li>Test Site Ins & Outs… </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Other 15 Hours”… </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Resources… </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate Success… </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why We Do What We Do… <ul><li>&quot;Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>– Benjamin Disraeli </li></ul><ul><li>According to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual Median Earnings in 2002: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over 25 without a High School Diploma or GED: $15,334 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over 25 with a High School Diploma or GED: $29,294 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2002: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>75% of all Missouri students graduated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>58% of all African-American students graduated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>63% of all Latino students graduated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>78% of all White students graduated </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Missouri Options – One of Many Alternatives… <ul><li>In education, one size does not fit all! </li></ul><ul><li>Find the fit… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MOP is not the answer for every at-risk student, but it IS a great safety net for some students… </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Getting Started… <ul><li>Educate your district on the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-test candidates thoroughly. </li></ul><ul><li>Go beyond the paper… </li></ul>
    6. 6. So Now What… <ul><li>Be prepared to wear many hats… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counselor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer Service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn your district’s policies and expectations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduation Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Admittance and Exit Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home School Event Policies </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Program Styles <ul><li>Paper/Pencil – Winfield School District </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you stock your room with current GED prep books and materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Steck-Vaughn </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>McGraw-Hill </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Computer-based – Parkway School District (last year) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GED Online (through Rockwood) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hybrid– Parkway School District (this year) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Procedures… <ul><li>How will you run your day? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking attendance hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing a master schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking work/volunteer/”other” hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building in enrichment activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What will your thresholds be? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Missed Class Hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Missed Work Hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall Eligibility in Program </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Timelines… <ul><li>Student Entry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically at the start of a semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certain circumstances cause this to vary (Ex.: 5 th year Seniors) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GED Testing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benchmarks: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 st test – late October to early November </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 nd test – March (allow enough time for students to participate in graduation activities) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 rd test – July (Summer Missouri Options) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Test Site Ins & Outs <ul><li>Where will your kids take the test? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research nearby testing sites and learn their practices. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ex.: Harris-Stowe vs. SLU </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become friendly with the coordinator!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What type of tests are offered? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One day vs. two day tests. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plusses and minuses for both… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How do students get accommodations? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If a student has an IEP, he/she may qualify for accommodations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is a LENGTHY paperwork process, and they should be filed very early. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure your test site is clear about your student’s accommodations! </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. “The Other 15 Hours”… <ul><li>It can look very different… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part-time jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elective classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be Practical… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You want to be able to manage this…Be wary of taking on too much too soon! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consult your administration… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are they comfortable with? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Think through your resources… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What businesses and/or non-profits operate in your area? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could you partner with them? </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Teacher Resources… <ul><li>Your Administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are your 1 st line of support! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State of MO Contacts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shawn Brice & Bill Poteet - Keep their email addresses handy!  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Test Site Coordinators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As mentioned, you want to be on their good side. It will help when deadlines are tight, or something unforeseen happens! </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Celebrate Success… <ul><li>Celebrate achievements, and honor & acknowledge your kids… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your kids’ birthdays and DO SOMETHING ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When students get a job or pass a test, PARTY! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledge diversity: GET TO KNOW YOUR KIDS AND CELEBRATE WHO THEY ARE!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find ways to add to the experience… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Field Trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career or Educational Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mock Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Shadowing </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Questions?? <ul><li>What questions do you have?... </li></ul>

    ×