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Self-Study Guide for a Quick Start

Your Guide to Efficient, Productive, and Enjoyable Self-paced Capacity Building


Module 1: What is a Freshman Transition Initiative and Why is it Important?

Time required:  1 to 1.5 hours

Understanding the “big picture” is helpful to any effort. In this case, that means having a vision of the course, its goals, and the potential results.

Visit www.whatworkscareerchoices.com/method.html and follow the steps outlined there. You may have seen some of the videos in our workshops, but we suggest that you watch them again. As you are starting your planning, this overview refresher will be helpful. If time is short, be sure to watch at least videos number 1, 2, and 4.

Bookmark www.whatworkscareerchoices.com and, as you have time, peruse the resources found here. There are a variety of Best Practice resources along with videos of educators providing insights into their Career Choices programs’ success.

If interested, you might want to watch:
Why the Career Choices Curriculum was Developed

Module 2: Curriculum Overview

Time required:  1.5 hours

Watch these five videos in this order. They provide a quick tour through the curriculum. You’ll want to have your Career Choices textbook next to you as you watch. Each video is between 10 and 15 minutes long.


Module 3: Course Planning

A. Time required: 45 minutes to 1 hour


B. Time required: 2 to 4 hours (depending on how deep you read)

Now read through Section 4 of the Instructor’s and Administrator’s Guide for Career Choices and My10yearPlan.com®.

Once finished, you’ll have a thorough understanding of the scope and sequence of the course and you’ll be ready to start your own course planning. Remember it is imperative each student develops a 10-year Plan. This step is key to having students who are not only college and career ready but are also motivated to complete their education.

As you read through this section, highlight the lesson ideas you find most helpful.

Module 4: Customizing Your Pacing Guide

Time required: 1 to 3 hours (depending on your adjustments to the template)

Having your own pacing guide ready for the first day of class is critical to success. For details, visit Section 10 of the Instructor’s Guide. Sample pacing guides for courses varying in structure and total hours available can also be found in The Teachers’ Lounge Resource Cupboard.

Sample Pacing guides in EXCEL can easily be edited.

As you work to customize your pacing guide, remember that the Career Choices pages bearing a graduation cap logo have activities that make up the online 10-year Plan. These activities should not be skipped.


Module 5: Instructional Strategies

Time required:  1 hour

Watch the videos below (in order) for ideas on how to make this type of course engaging and enjoyable for you and your students.