8shininglights wrote:Just wondering what some of title your electives for high school. In particular, I am looking for what you have called your "SAT Prep" class. Do you call it that, or is there better name for it? Also, what category does it fall in on a transcript. Is it practical arts? fine arts? other?
What about the logic/thinking skills elective? What is the correct title and category for that course.
One other question....what do you "officially" call on a transcript when your child learns a skill and does the hours on the job and learning necessary for a practical skill?
Thanks for your help!
Interesting thread. So far, my son just did the 6 core classes and got 0.5 credit in phy ed, so I'm mostly just going to be joining the chat.
Most transcripts I've seen just have the 4 core categories and then electives. And so most of the things you mentioned would be electives. I don't add to the core categories unless I am very sure, because it looks a little questionable to have, say, two maths in one year (not impossible, but the student should look quite impressive in that case).
If we do the logic books (have them, haven't fit them in), then I planned to call it Introductory Logic, unless I feel at the end that he's done enough to call it just Logic.
We didn't do enough of the SAT book to give him credit, but I do accumulate things and if he does a lot of other things in the study skills/career prep type category, I'll give him credit and pick a name that most describes the body of work. Many schools do give that kind of credit, although sometimes it is for the kids who are not college prep, so I am just waiting on that decision. Some of my son's ps friends had to take some kind of "Study Skills 101" type of class but I don't think it received credit, I'll have to ask them. My son is in a sort-of SAT prep/math team every week, but I'm going to put that on his extra-curriculars rather than counting it towards credit.
Practical skills can go in a variety of directions. Some things I've seen:
(1) Work-study credit, where student is released to go work at a fast food site or such, especially used for struggling kids in junior high but also high school.
(2) Career exploration credit, taking aptitude tests, learning about careers, interviewing professionals, maybe trying some things.
(3) Credit for an in-depth career area, especially in the performing arts, or a mentorship. I went to high school eons ago, but during my last half year, I was in a childcare program where we ran a daycare in the school and then mentored out to a daycare center in the community.
Here is a current local course:
- Mentor Connection is a highly rigorous seminar based academic program offered for the purpose of preparing senior students for post high school work and experiences in a world that is ever changing. This occurs through immersion in a curriculum premised in 21st century work skills, leadership development, change management process and theory, and experiences in research or work environments. Students are mentored by a professional in the field of the student’s interest and will seek experiences that can connect and align with a May Term experience. Mentors guide students in a challenging individualized learning experience. Applications are available through the counseling office.
http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/teach/curric ... cfm?cn=334
And a list from our not-so-high-achieving local high school:
- BASIC ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING
ARCHITECTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES
ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL AND DESIGN
ENGINEERING DRAFTING BASICS
ENGINEERING DRAWING II
WOODWORKING I, II, III, IV
SMALL ENGINES I (Introduction to Mechanics)
SMALL ENGINES II (Skill Development in Mechanics)
BASIC BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN BLACK & WHITE & COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY (All Students)
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY INDEPENDENT STUDY
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION AIDE (Service Credit)
(4) Shop class or "family and consumer science" credits such as these offered locally:
And from the less advanced school:
- TEEN ISSUES
LIVING ON YOUR OWN
INTRODUCTION TO FOODS
The following courses are offered at Hennepin Technical College.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CAREERS CLUSTER (LEVEL I & II)
CULINARY ARTS FOOD SERVICE CLUSTER (LEVEL I & II)