Freshmen students at Roberto Clemente Community Academy are learning more about possible career opportunities for after high school this week in their Algebra I course. Students started off the week completing a career interest inventory, which is designed to help students see what types of careers would best fit their interests. Many students were surprised to see the possible career options that they could have based on their personal interests. One student even stated that he never knew that becoming an accountant would fit his interests since he really enjoys computers. Through this activity, students were able to embody the IB learner profile of being reflective about their futures.
Students continued the week in class by analyzing their PSAT scores more in depth. Students linked their Khan Academy accounts to their PSAT scores and were able to see the specific skills that they need to improve and to achieve mastery level. Students worked through skill-specific activities in order to practice skills that will be on the PSAT in April. Many students worked diligently through the problems and gained confidence in being able to answer complex mathematical questions.
Freshmen wrapped up the week by reflecting on their possible career options, PSAT scores, and college requirements and opportunities. Students were able to identify the link between all three components and recognize what they need to do in order to get into the college of their choice. This week many students realized that, although they may not know exactly what they want to study in college, they should begin to prepare for it. One student stated that she wanted to work on increasing her PSAT score so that she can have more college options and scholarship opportunities when she begins to apply to colleges. The lessons in Algebra I and across the freshman curriculum helped set the tone for next week as our freshmen will be going on their third college visit!