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​​Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to school success and lifelong learning. ​

Improve academic self-concept

  • Understand the importance of individual effort, hard work, and persistence    
  • Accept mistakes as part of the learning process

Develop the skills and attitudes for improving effectiveness as a learner

  • Organize materials, supplies, and belongings independently  
  • Evaluate study skills and test-taking abilities  
  • Articulate and apply strategies to improve self-performance  
  • Describe and demonstrate improvement in study skills and test-taking strategies  
  • Behave responsibly by following class and school expectations​
Students will acquire the self knowledge necessary to investigate the world of work and make informed career decisions.  

Develop self-knowledge through experience and exploration

  • Complete an interest assessment that matches results to career clusters    
  • Examine skills and identify areas for improvement  
  • Integrate personal growth and change into career decision making

Understand self in the world of work

  • Connect outside interests to school experiences  
  • Describe how behaviors such as punctuality, courtesy, proper dress and language, and hard work are essential to success in the job market    
  • Describe skills needed to be successful in school and the workplace

Understand the relationship between work, society, and the economy

  • Describe the importance of work to society  
  • Give examples of how technology has changed the workplace  
  • Describe economic contributions workers make to society    
  • Understand the global economy and how it affects career decision making​
Students will use strategies for career and education planning. ​

Learn to analyze factors that impact career decision-making and education plans

  • Identify the relationship of course content, educational achievement, and career choice   
  • Identify personal preferences, skills, and interests that influence career choices and success   
  • Understand the effect of career choices on quality of life    
  • Demonstrate understanding of the education and training needed to achieve career goals  
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact parents or guardians/family may have on career decision making
    Identify economic conditions that may affect career plans   
  • Describe supply and demand as related to workers and occupations and how that may impact job availability

Develop skills to locate, evaluate, and interpret career information

  • Identify and use career exploration sources of labor market information such as Florida CHOICES, the Internet, newspapers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, and other media   
  • Identify that the information used for career decision making is from valid sources and up-to-date    
  • Identify various ways that occupations can be classified, such as clusters, pathways, and interest areas    
  • Describe the various ways in which occupations can be classified

Experience the world of work

  • Practice using technology to solve problems related to home, school, community, and workplace  
  • Demonstrate skills and qualities in school that are used in the workplace, such as critical thinking, problem solving, technology literacy, interpersonal skills, honesty, dependability, work-related communication, customer service skills, adaptability, punctuality, and managing conflict    
  • Conduct interviews with school and community workers​
Students will develop the skills to understand and appreciate themselves and others.​

​Acquire self-awareness and self-acceptance

  • Demonstrate self-advocacy skills, such as resiliency, responsibility, caring, and trustworthiness  
  • Identify personal challenges  
  • Demonstrate strategies for responding to challenges    
  • Understand how growth and change may influence self-concept  

Demonstrate positive interpersonal and communication skills

  • Communicate feelings through written and oral expression  
  • Demonstrate awareness that people may react differently to the same situation    
  • Use effective listening strategies in collaborative situations  
  • Demonstrate awareness of the dynamics of group membership  
  • Communicate as advocate for self and others  
  • Demonstrate appropriate skills for interactions with adults  
  • Develop and maintain positive peer relationships  
  • Understand and practice self control

Demonstrate skills for personal safety and self-care

  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal information (i.e., telephone number, home address, emergency contact)  
  • Identify the differences between appropriate and inappropriate physical contact  
  • Demonstrate behavior that follows school rules and safety procedures  
  • Utilize coping strategies in middle school adjustment  
  • Identify and manage sources of stress    
  • Explain the effects of positive and negative peer pressure  
  • Access support groups in middle school
Students will identify and utilize processes to set and achieve goals, make decisions, and solve problems. 

Acquire skills for goal setting, decision making, and problem solving

  • Distinguish between short-, intermediate-, and long-term goals  
  • Identify the decision-making steps to make a personal decision  
  • Demonstrate ability to set priorities    
  • Identify factors that might interfere with achieving goals

Demonstrate the ability to use skills for goal setting, decision making, and problem solving

  • Set realistic short-term and long- term goals  
  • Apply self information in setting goals, making decisions, and solving problems  
  • Demonstrate understanding of personal strategies for goal setting, decision making, and problem solving   
  • Identify a personal or school-related problem and explore alternative solutions    
  • Evaluate possible consequences of each solution​
Students will develop the knowledge and skills to become contributing citizens in a multicultural society and global community.

Develop and volunteer in community service projects

  • Investigate opportunities for volunteer work in school and community  
  • State opportunities for service projects in school and community    
  • Demonstrate leadership in middle school activities    
  • Demonstrate acceptance and respect for cultural and ethnic diversity

Demonstrate awareness of cultural uniqueness

  • Define the importance of interdependence and cooperation for living in a society  
  • Accept others as individuals and as members of a culture  
  • Analyze similarities/differences among various cultural groups  
  • Analyze conflicts resulting from culture-related beliefs and biases  
  • Evaluate how stereotyping affects self and relationships with others


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