Real Talk Friday: The Importance of Community Service

Community Service is a fundamental part of a high school career! Plus, it is a requirement by the State of Michigan and the Board of Education that you have at least 200 clock hours of community service. Community Service will look good not only on your resume, but on your college portfolio. It shows colleges that you are willing to give back to the community.
Anyone can do community service if they put their mind to it. Simple things, like helping your elder around their house and participating in a cancer walk are all forms of community service. 
Examples of community service would be: 

  • Volunteering 
  • Organizing Food and Penny Drives
  • Organizing Charity Events
  • Assisting the Elderly 
  • Participating in Soup Kitchen 
  • Youth Outreach in Church
  • Summer Jobs 

It is best to do summer jobs because you would have accumulated more than 200 clock hours by the time you have reached senior year. Be a good Samaritan and volunteer!! 

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Teen Talk Fridays: Topic 1: Senioritis

Senioritis – an imposed affliction upon high school students caused by low performance near the end of the school year.

Rescind – when an admissions decision is taken back due to a conflicting event.

Senioritis Article

Read the article on senioritis. Many people who were achieving so high developed senioritis and caused many colleges to rescind their acceptance. In most cases, low grades in core class and student infractions of the code of conduct are grounds for rescinding.

 

Tips:

  • Keep grades as high as possible in 11th and 12th grade years. Colleges look primarily on 11th grade marks to see if the students are really ready for college.

 

  • Don’t slack off all semester and then turn in all the work at the end. Not only will this put tremendous stress on you, it puts a tremendous amount of stress on teachers to try to put in grades when they are due.

 

  • Continue good study habits!

 

Teen Talk Friday: Topic 2: SAT/ACT

**!!For Upcoming 11th Graders!!**

If you are an upcoming 11th grader, this message is for you! All 11th graders are required to take the SAT test!! The SAT is a college admission exam that colleges look at when making a decision on college acceptance. SAT-SAT-Score-Range-1-600x250.jpg

The above photo is the score scale for the new, redesigned SAT Test! It is now out a possible 1600 vs. the original 2400.

 

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Here is a comparison chart of the old SAT vs. the Redesigned SAT

 

It is mandated by the Board of Education that all 11th graders take this test. It will give you an insight on where your weaknesses and strengths are. The next topic will explain various ways to prep for the SAT Test!

Teen Talk Fridays: Topic 1: Being a moral Citizen

Moral Citizen – a person who live by rules of ethics.

Good citizenship – when a person successfully fulfills his/her roles as a citizen

How to be a Moral Citizen

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  1. Live by a standard – living by set of rules and goals for yourself is the first step in becoming a moral citizen.

2. Always be Truthful! – being truthful will help you out in the long run. It will also lead to a construction of trust.

3. Help Out! Volunteer! – God says give back. This can be volunteering at a soup kitchen to helping out the kids at your local school. There are many opportunities to volunteer everyday.

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This is crucial!! For example, if someone copies off your test or homework assignment, you might be tempted to tell on him. On the other hand, you don’t want to because it might compromise the friendship because of the code you established. This is tricky, so be careful with this one.

5. Live a healthy life – Exercise at least twice a week, Study when you’re supposed to. and do whatever else is necessary to maintain a healthy life.

 

Good moral values can help bring joy and happiness in your life. It will lead to life that is peaceful and stress free.

 

Teen Talk Fridays: Topic 3: Gang Avoidance

Gang – an organized group of criminals

Being a gang can be extremely dangerous. it can lead to dangerous criminal activities.

News Article

Read the following article above about gangs.

 

Gangs are formed mostly in prisons, but youth gangs are starting to form. As a result, more youth violence and crime has spiked sky high. Please don’t get into youth gangs, it is very difficult to get out of them.

A report by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice found that 37% of students surveyed in 1995 indicated that there was a gang presence in their schools, a rate nearly double that reported in 1989 (Chandler, Chapman, Rand, & Taylor, 1998). Unlike individual troubled students and sporadic fights, gangs are organized, predatory, and usually directed by older youth or adults outside of school.

 

The presence of gangs strongly increases the likelihood of violence, guns, and drugs on campus. A study shows that reports of victimization m o re than doubled for schools with a gang presence compared to schools without one (8% versus 3%) (Chandler., 1998). Students involved in gangs are more likely to be involved in criminal activities; have academic difficulties; drop out; be suspended, expelled, or arrested; and become victims of violence

Teen Talk Fridays: Topic 2: Teens vs. Electronics in School

I asked teachers around my school of what they think of cell phones in their classrooms and what action have they taken to reduce the problem. Below are what teachers had to say about the issue: 

 

Ms. Holloway – DAPCEP, Chemistry & Physics Educator

Electronics should be checked in at the start of class. They should be put in a box until class is over, which is what I used to do when taught in my other classes. Plus, it can be a nuisance to stop a lesson to redirect a kid from playing 8 ball in class.”

Ms. Williams – Basic Law, Civics & Economics Educator

“It all comes to how the student uses the electronic device. If they are using their cell phone for music to get through an assignment, I’d be okay with it. But if the cell phone causes a distraction, then they shouldn’t be in the classroom. It depends on the circumstance.”

Mr. Hernandez – Spanish Educator

“Regarding those diabolic inventions which tends to trap our student’s senses, I would be much happier if they just left them in the office, first thing in the morning!!! Students would only be allowed to use phones or tablets in class for educational purposes (e.g., Kahoot, Socrative, some research, etc.). What I mean is that a cell phone should be a tool helping students to achieve greater educational goals. From my experience, I can tell is just the opposite: many students tend to spend (waste??) a lot of time on those devices dealing with stuff not related AT ALL to what’s going on in the class. As a consequence, no educational goals achieved so grades go down. Besides, as teachers. we have to (TRY to) teach them that they cannot be on their cell phones at any time no matter what they are doing. What would you think if you knew a surgeon was performing a really serious heart surgery and he just stopped to text someone back in the middle of the whole thing? No way!!

Then, I asked some students on what they think about the same issue:

Audreanna Hardwell – High School Sophomore

“When kids use their cell phones, teachers don’t really know if they are actually using it for actual classwork. It disrupts the classroom routine and then kids will get mad when the teachers begin to take them.” I think they shouldn’t be allowed in the class. 

Christa Taylor – High School Junior

“How do you know if kids are actually working on classwork if they are texting and playing games?”

Tianna Lewis – High School Senior

“I think cellphone should be in school because any thing could happen. There can be a shooter in the building or a power outage. In the event of an emergency, you need to be able to reach home without the use of a school phone. Even though it can be a nuisance in the classroom, it’s only a nuisance if you start it first. With that being said, I’d say yes, cell phone should be in school.”

 

Survey Question:

If cellphones were a disturbance in the classroom, should be be allowed in the class? Have students participate in the survey via link

Kahoot Survey

Follow the Link! Have students participate so that I can get an insight on statistics. Their answer will be anonymous!!

 

 

To conclude, cell phones have a place in the classroom, but not all the time. Most of time, teens are caught texting and playing games while instruction is going on. This can take away from the kids who are trying to learn something. The teacher shouldn’t have to stop an entire lesson to debate with students over this. It can be addicting if it is not put under control

Teen Talk Fridays: Current Event

Brick thrown through car window, baby’s skull fractured

 

A 2 year old baby’s skull was fractured as a result of a thrown brick entering the car window.

The brick crashed through the rear passenger window and hit Robyn Rivers in the head, police said. She was taken to Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Another mother, Brandy Williams, said police would have found the brick thrower and his two friends if they had responded to her 911 call. She said the same man threw a brick at her car near the Service Drive and Canfield, narrowly missing her 2-year-old child.

 Click the link to read more! Full Story

 

Teen Talk Friday’s: Preview

Intro: Current Event

Topic 1: Being a Moral Citizen

  • How to possess good moral values

  • Difference between wrong vs. morally wrong

  • Video

Topic 2: Teens vs. Electronics in School

  • Teacher’s View on Cell Phones

  • Student’s View on Cell Phones

  • Yea or Nay? Kahoot Survey

Topic 3: Gang Avoidance 

  • How gangs are formed

  • Cause & Effect of being in a gang

  • Proper way to avoid gang acitivity

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