2 Review What is Ramp-Up to Readiness? What are the 5 pillars of readiness?Why should you start preparing for college now?What are some of the things we’ll do this year to help you prepare?
3 All students meet Ramp-Up Standards Today’s FocusPlanFoundation: Belief that all students need to be prepared for postsecondary educationGoal:All students meet Ramp-Up StandardsAcademicAdmissionsCareerFinancialPersonal/SocialPillars of ReadinessToday we’ll talk more about academic readiness and personal/social readiness
4 Objectives Today’s objectives are to: Learn about the academic college knowledge required for success in collegeUnderstand Soft SkillsUnderstand the connection between the Readiness Rubric and College Knowledge
5 Pre-testHow many years of Math and English courses should you take in high school?What is one measure of academic readiness (or entrance exam) that you may have to take before starting college?What is one soft skill you need to be successful in college?
6 Watch Tube Girl Video Watch the Tube Girl video Click on the Tube Girl link to play the videoYou can stop the video after 2 minutes and 15 seconds because the rest of the video is mostly for high school students
7 Video DiscussionWhat did Lindsay find out about her readiness for college?Does graduating from high school guarantee that you’re ready for college level classes?What can you do now and in high school to help you get ready?Make sure students understand that they have to take entrance exams for college and that those determine the courses they take.Some places like community colleges offer remedial courses to help you get caught up, but these cost money and are not worth creditHigh school graduation does not ensure college readiness, but there are ways to get ready in middle and high schoolExample answers to the last question:Take 4 years of math and EnglishDevelop soft skillsPrepare for entrance examsLet’s talk more about how you can prepare now!
8 What You Can Do:Take the required core courses to help you gain the academic knowledge and skills you needPrepare for entrance examsKnow your level of academic readiness and set goals to close readiness gapsDevelop Soft SkillsHere are some things students can do to prepare for college. We’ll discuss each of these separately
9 1. Take Core CoursesTo graduate from high school you may be required to take fewer years of core courses than you need for college. Don’t quit now! Take these courses this year and in your senior year:EnglishMathScienceSocial StudiesColleges also want you to have at least 2 years of a world language, so start now if you haven’t!By preparing now, you save yourself time and money. If you graduate without the skills you need, you’ll have to take remedial courses and learn the same material again in college (like Lindsay). Take them for free in high school! And take them seriously!
10 2. Prep for Entrance Exams Before you enroll in college, you need to take entrance exams that test your academic knowledge and skills.For four-year colleges:ACTSATFor two-year colleges:ACCUPLACER
11 ACT Common entrance exam for Midwest colleges Taken in 11th and/or 12th gradeEnglish, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing215 questionsScores range from 1-36You get a score for each test and a composite (average score)ACT benchmarks: English = 18, Math = 22, Reading = 21, Science = 24MN Average composite = 22.9You’ve already begun preparing by taking the EXPLORE and PLAN testsIn a few lessons we’ll discuss how to prepare for the ACT
12 SATVideo about the SATRequired by many 4 year colleges outside of the MidwestTests reading, math, writingScores range fromMN average = 1778You can take the PSAT in high school to practice.SAT Practice:Click on link to watch video
13 PSAT Provides practice for the SAT Taken in 10th or 11th grade May qualify you for National Merit Scholarship in 11th gr.Measures:Critical reading skillsMath problem-solving skillsWriting skillsScores range from 20 to 80The 2011 average was 48 in reading, 49 in math, and 46 in writingSee the following website for test prep. information:
14 ACCUPLACER Required by most 2-year colleges Tests academic skills in math, English, and reading89 multiple choice questions and an essayTells you if you are ready for college-level courses or if you need to take remedial coursework (classes to learn the skills that you need to be ready for college-level work)Practice tests are available
15 3. Know Your Level of Readiness How do you find out how academically ready you are?Take the EXPLORE test and pay attention to your results!Try your best on MCA tests and see how you do.If you are meeting standards, you are likely on track to be college ready.Check how you’re doing in your core courses. You should be passing all of your core courses with at least a C.Complete the Readiness Rubric!
16 Readiness Rubric: Academic Readiness The academic readiness sections of the Readiness Rubric encourage you to look at your grades, MCA/GRAD test results, and PLAN and ACT (12th gr. rubric) test resultsAfter completing the rubric, you set goals for yourself to improve your academic readinessWe’ll talk more about goal setting next class.
17 4. Develop Soft SkillsJust because you have the academic knowledge and skills (“hard skills”) doesn’t mean you’ll succeed.Being successful in high school, college, and in your future career requires “soft skills”Provide the following example: You could have all the math formulas in the world memorized, but if you don’t go to class, don’t participate in class, or don’t do your homework, you won’t be successful in math class.
18 Soft SkillsSoft Skills = Personal and social skills and habits that help individuals to be successfulWhat are the soft skills they discussed in the video?
19 Soft Skills for College Examples from the video:Class attendancePunctualityParticipationDeveloping good study habitsDoing quality assignmentsTurning in homework on timeDiscuss:Which of these are important for success in high school?What are some other soft skills you need for success in high school?Probe for examples: What people skills do you need? What is on the PREP that we’ve talked about? What are some examples of good study habits we’ve talked about?
20 Readiness Rubric & PREP: Soft Skills The personal/social readiness sections of the Readiness Rubric and the PREP both measure:Academic beliefSelf-management skillsEffort and persistenceAfter completing the rubric and/or PREP, you set goals to improve your “soft skills”They’ll complete the PREP again at the beginning of 12th grade
21 Activity: Soft vs. Hard Skills Form groups of 2-3 peopleEach group has been given an envelope with slips of paper inside. The slips each have a different habit, skill, or piece of knowledge needed to succeed in high school, college, and career.Divide the slips into “Soft Skills” and “Hard Skills”Walk around and help groups when they get stuck
22 Activity DiscussionCompare your categorization with the group next to you.Do you have the same categorization?Were there any slips that were difficult to categorize? Which ones? Why?Which slips have skills or knowledge you already know?Which ones were new to you?Which ones were related to science? English? Math?Explain that these are examples of the knowledge and skills they will be expected to have mastered by the end of high school in order to be ready for college-level work
23 Post-TestHow many years of Math and English courses should you take in high school?What is one measure of academic readiness (or entrance exam) that you may have to take before starting college?What is one soft skill you need to be successful in college?
24 ReviewWe learned about hard skills and soft skills that are important for success in high school, college, and career.What are some of the hard skills you’ll need to learn?What are some of the soft skills?Next class we’ll talk more about academic readiness for college and focus in on college-level writing.
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