Cup of Joe

Cup of Joe

Each morning as I pulled into the parking lot of school, I was greeted by the same internal monologue that clouded my mind with doubt, anxiety and fear. I don’t know if I can do this. What was I thinking?…

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The Free Enterprise System

The FES Unit Plan

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Objectives  Students will become informed of the basic economic freedoms in the free enterprise system.

SWBAT: 80% of students will demonstrate competencies using a variety of assessment with an overall portfolio score of 80% or higher.…

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Career Education and Work

Career Acquisition 101

Objectives – 80% of students will complete the objectives with a minimum of 80% competency.


  1. Create a career portfolio — an individualized collection of material — to be used for mock job interviews and DECA competition
  2. Create a resume, a cover letter and a follow-up thank you letter according to current industry standards
  3. Demonstrate appropriate interview behaviors in a simulated job interview according to teacher criteria
  4. Structure answers to job interview questions using STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result)


Examples of EQ's used throughout the unit.

Examples of EQ’s used throughout the unit.

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Post Lesson/Unit Reflection Communication

Notes from Communication Lesson/Unit Plan

  1. Team building activity
  2. Webquest
  3. Webquest individual, peer and group evaluations
  4. Animoto commercial – Malaysian
  5. Animoto commerical – American
  6. Animoto commercial – Peer evaluations
  7. YouTube video Product placement
  8. Michelle Obama speech
  9. Michelle Obama speech graphic organizer
  10. Michelle Obama speech quiz via Schoology
  11. Textbook packet – chapter 8.1
  12. Textbook packet – chapter 8.2
  13. Textbook – chapter outlines with vocabulary
  14. The Frayer Model – vocabulary

Reflection piece
Next opportunity to execute lesson:

  1. Team building activity – took place in the boardroom.
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Post Lesson/Unit Reflection Channels of Distribution

Notes from Channels of Distribution Unit Plan

  1. Graphic organizer – used to visually compare Consumer and Industrial channels
  2. Distribution activity– demonstrated how products are shipped through interstate, over bridges, through mountains and across the ocean. Team activity was conducted in the boardroom as well as outside.
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Feedback is Bi-directional

Grading the Teacher

According to the ACSD, feedback is not necessarily what you think it is. Confused? Try this: There are Seven Keys to Effective Feedback:

  1. Goal Oriented
  2. Tangible and transparent
  3. Actionable
  4. User-friendly
  5. Timely
  6. Ongoing
  7. Consistent

Based on the aforementioned article, “Technology is one powerful tool—part of the power of computer-assisted learning is unlimited, timely feedback and opportunities to use it.”…

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Eye of the Tiger

A Purposeful Gait

I am subbing for an English class over the course of the next few weeks. I have a few sessions under my belt, which is just as many as the students have. After reading the results of the first few essays I felt perhaps I was doing the students and school a disservice by taking on the teaching assignment.…

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Sample Interview Question for Teaching Candidates

Q: What is the last book you read?

The last book I read was Ameila Bedelia by Peggy Parish. It is a children’s story about a maid whose character, in my opinion, parallels The Golden GirlsRose Nyland played by Betty White.

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Changing the Culture of Subbing

Smart Elephants


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I stood at the doorway of Tuesday’s #PATUE Twitter chat waiting for the proper time to enter. If I had a circus peanut for every time I maxed 140 characters but did not press the enter key I’d be one happy elephant – an elephant not in the room.…

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A Weakness is a Strength

Self Assessment

As a Soft Skills instructor, I spend several hours with each cohort presenting them with career advice and how to prepare for a job interview. My platform stems from several credible sources that I have mentioned in a previous blog entry.…

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