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Implementation Strategies for a Summer School Course

Depending on the time you have available and your course structure (classroom-based vs. distance learning), the course material can be adapted from a standard semester course to work in a shorter time frame.

As you make your plans, our Curriculum Support team is ready to strategize with you and answer your questions. Call us at (800) 967-8016.

Strategies for Hybrid Delivery of the Course

using the print textbook, the print workbook, and® Choose the pacing guide on The Teachers’ Lounge that matches the time you have available to cover the course content with your students.

Career Choices series pacing guides available on The Teachers’ Lounge include:
  • 45-hour lesson plan
  • 60-hour lesson plan
  • 90-hour lesson plan
  • 180-hour lesson plan

If your summer school program runs five days a week for four weeks, and you have three hours of class time each day, you’ll want to use the 45-hour or 60-hour lesson plan to start your planning.

Strategies for Online-Only Delivery of the Course

Distance Learning or Independent Study
This is an ideal learning opportunity for students who cannot be in class (either in person or remotely) because the Independent Study Course for Career Choices and Changes has everything a student needs for a rich, self-study experience that guides them through the process of discovering who they are, what they want, and how to get it.

Flipped Classroom
In a flipped classroom model, students use the Independent Study Course for Career Choices and Changes to complete the reading and work through the activities online prior to class. Then, when students arrive in class, they are ready to process the information they’ve discovered about themselves through instructor-led discussions, activities, and group projects.

Keep in mind that the structure of the online course is specifically designed to promote independent learning and make the homework productive and rewarding.

Study Hall Model
Within a computer lab, your time spent together can fluctuate between students working in a self-study mode on their online program and then coming back together for discussions as a class.

Teacher Tracking of Student Work
The program has been designed so an instructor can log in to a student’s® account at any time and review what that student is accomplishing (or not accomplishing). This means that remediation can happen quickly.

Study Group Model
Dividing the class into study group cohorts can be particularly useful when the classroom doesn’t include enough computers for all students.

Divide the class into two cohorts:
While one group of students works on the computer, the other meets with the instructor to discuss what they have just worked on. The groups rotate between working online and participating in instructor-led discussions.

Divide the class into three cohorts:
Student groups would rotate between computers and online work, instructor-led discussions, and small group assignments. While one group is doing their online activities using the computer, another group is meeting with the instructor, and the third group is meeting around a table to work on a group assignment or discussion.

You’ll want to review the Online Class Agendas for suggested group activities and discussions. All the planning has been done for you, so the study group model can be implemented without a lot of planning.
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