Mrs Oakes


Hinsdale Middle School

Instructor: Mrs. Nika Oakes





Course purpose & goals: In this class, you will embark on an exploration of self. Together, we will explore your interests and dreams for life during and after middle/high school. We will then make a plan for how you can accomplish your goals.

 Course Content: In this course, students will:

  • Create and maintain their own website

  • Research and identify various career paths

  • Define career goals and learn how to achieve them

  • Learn to budget and plan financially for life after high school

  • Learn the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace

  • Build confidence in themselves

  • Determine what happiness means to them

  • Research alcohol and other drugs

  • Learn to prevent conflicts and violence

  • Learn how to prevent teenage pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  • Respect others

  • Talk about friendships

  • Learn skills for getting along with parents

  • Enhance their self-esteem

  • Talk about pressures and emotions

  • Reflect on relationships both past and present

 Class Expectations:

Attendance: Please see the Hinsdale policy in the student handbook.


Behavior and Class participation: Students must treat each other and their instructor with respect. All students must participate in class discussions and complete assignments on time.


Student Questions: Any questions pertaining to assignments should be kindly directed to your instructor in person or via email before the assignment due date.


Class and Homework Assignments: Assignments will be provided by the instructor and may be posted online. Assignments will consist of homework, journals, presentations, and project-based learning.


Timeliness: Students are expected to be on time for class. Please let me know if there is something going on in your life that will affect your attendance or participation in class.


*I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the course expectations.

Student Signature:                                                                                     Date:



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*I give my consent for my student to participate in all aspects/units of this course.

Parent Signature:                                  Date:



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If you would like to discuss any part of the curriculum for this course, please feel free to call me at (603) 336-5984 ext.7809 . Your student can be part of all or some of the instruction.


Assignment: Career Powerpoint

Create a powerpoint with 15 slides

(5 for each of your 3 careers)

Include the following info for each career:

1. Description of the job with pictures

2. Salary

3. Where do you want to do this job? (location, company?)

4. Why are you interested in this job?

5. What education do you need to obtain this job?


College and Career Presentation Rubric:

College and Career Rubric snipping tool College and Career snipping toolk page 2


TED Talk Journal Response Questions:

  1.  Have you ever experienced anxiety? If not, do you know someone who has? What do you think anxiety looks like in middle school?
  2. Have you ever experienced depression? If not, do you know someone who has? What do you think depression looks like in middle school?
  3. How is the experience of an African man different from a white man when it relates to depression?
  4. How does limited access to mental health professionals in Africa affect African people?
  5. What can be done to change the stigma that affects African men and women in regards to mental health?
  6. What can you do to support your peers who may be experiencing depression and/or anxiety?


Final Essay- 5 paragraphs

12pt font

Times New Roman

Double Spaced

 Paragraph 1:

What did you think you would do in counseling class? Did you learn what you expected to learn?

Paragraph 2:

What was your 1st favorite topic? What did you learn? Why did you like it?

Paragraph 3:

What was your 2nd favorite topic? What did you learn? Why did you like it?

Paragraph 4:

What was your 3rd favorite topic? What did you learn? Why did you like it?

Paragraph 5:

What recommendations do you have for future students in this class? What suggestions do you have for me? How will this class affect how you make decisions in the future?

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