Young adults in today’s society face an enormous number of choices. Whether it is choosing colleges, jobs, credit cards or banks it is hard to know how to make the best decision. Math Concepts is a class designed to aid young adults in how to make future choices. Since mid-terms we have worked on building resumes and cover letters. We worked on format, what to put on a resume and what not to put, active word selection as well as making sure all content fits on one page. The second part of this unit is the interview process. After each student submitted her resume to a company for a job, she was called in to meet with the potential employer (Brenna and Sylvia) for an interview. To prep, the girls practiced how to speak during a formal interview; focusing on what words are acceptable and what filler words should be avoided (like, um, and then, ahhh) as well as nonverbal body language. The girls also learned how to dress appropriately. We videoed each of the girls and had them watch the replay, noticing how they spoke and what their body language said to the employer. In the next couple weeks we will be working with macro and micro economics and the World Trade Organization. Girls will work on presentations of the three main countries we travel in and the type of economic structure each one implements. We will also study how global economics affects them in the U.S.
|Class under a tree - Namibian desert|
Photos, photos, photos! The past couple weeks have been all about photos! The girls have worked hard at shooting different aspects for landscapes, portraits and action shots. The owner and marketing manager of the Orange River kayak company helped us develop a TJ competition for our four day float. On the trip the girls documented their day for a potential website travel article. The competition was two-fold – a promotional travel article and an eye capturing photograph. This was a great place for the girls to have a chance writing for a deadline. The students had their cameras and notepads out at every moment documenting the various aspects of the river trip. In the end it was Eleanor with the winning photo and Hannah with the winning article. The second half of the semester lends itself to some beautiful photography opportunities including Dune 45, deserted diamond mining towns, the Namibian desert and San villages. The final feature article will be tailored to each student’s individual experience in Africa and something she learned or felt passionate about during the semester. After returning home, this article will be submitted to various publications with three supporting photos. The last part of the semester is captivating as the girls are close to one another and are now comfortable talking to people they meet and traveling through different cultures. By the end of the semester the girls understand and know the importance of forming a relationship before taking a photo and what types of questions to ask to gather information. We expect to see some powerful articles in the end.