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Post-School Planning

Objective:
Given a post-school goal, the student will identify at least two steps that should may be taken to prepare for that goal.

Comments:
Whether a student chooses to attend college, find a job, seek vocational training, or get married and keep a house, it is important to begin making plans to achieve those goals -- especially if they are related to high school performance. In this lesson, students are to complete paragraphs indicating plans for reaching a post-high school goal.

Introductory Activities:

  1. Ask students to write a possible/probable post-school goal for themselves.
  2. Have students indicate if their high school performance and records have any direct affect on attaining that goal.

Activity:
Answers: (examples) 1. information; 2. interested; 3. letter; 4. scholarship; 5. office; 6. appointment; 7. decision; 8. college; 9. information; 10. when/where; 11. well; 12. accepted
Discussion: Go over the answers on the worksheet and clarify any questions.

  1. When is a good time for students to start thinking and making plans for what they will do after high school? (during high school or even earlier)
  2. What are some other options for life after high school besides college or working? (getting married, raising a family, taking an extended vacation if you have the money!)
  3. Why do you think the prospect of leaving high school and entering the world of work is exciting for some people? (represents freedom, adulthood, a paycheck, application of learned skills, etc.)
  4. Why do you think some people are excited about going to college and facing more learning? (it will provide them with a more specific work goal, more directed studies, etc.)
  5. If someone is planning to go to college, why is it necessary to start planning early? (need time to take tests, must adhere to deadlines, complete applications, etc.)
  6. Why is it a good idea to visit colleges? (you can see what the campus is like, find out about programs offered, etc.)

Extension Activities:

  1. Have students select a college and write a letter requesting information about programs and an application. These can may be used later to form a class file if the student is not really interested in college. Find out what information is needed to attend the college, the cost per year, housing costs, and academic/entrance requirements.
  2. Arrange for the counselor to give a tour of school resources for students. Show students where to find material about schools and training, scholarship information, vertical files containing pertinent information, etc.
  3. Send away (or ask the counselor) for college entrance test information (SAT, ACT). Explain why this is required for certain colleges, how often it is given, and what the scores mean.

Evaluation:
List at least two steps that should may be taken in preparation for the following post-school goals:

  1. attending Harvard University
  2. working at a local factory
  3. taking classes through correspondence school

Teacher Notes:

Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major