Thursday, January 19, 2017

Starting to think about high school transition- Day 1-Talking about Values

Last week I had the opportunity to spend 3 class days with our 8th graders.  I wanted to combine career planning, goal setting, mindsets, and values all in with starting to think about high school.  In a few short months, I will be calling each 8th grader and his/her parents in to talk about future planning and high school course selection.  

DAY 1--Values

I started day 1 talking about values. I introduced the concept of values by holding up a $10 bill and a $100 (OK. . .so I used play money. . .).  I then asked them if they could choose one because I was giving them away, which would they choose.  

All of the students, except one, said "I'll take the $100."  When I asked why, the reasons were all the same.  It's worth more.  The one who said $50, had a great answer.  Because everyone else took the $100, she would be sure to get the $50, and that was $50 more than she started with.

I asked them why the $100 was worth more.  It was printed on the same paper, the same ink was used.  So, it had one more zero?!  

Value, we decided, was what something was worth to us.  What we determined to be important.  After defining value, we talked about how our choices and actions, and our really big plans, usually were decided upon because of our values.  I told them that we would be looking at these values because they will have some importance as we move forward with high school planning.  

Then, we held a values auction.  I gave them a list of values that we would be putting up for auction.  They needed to determine if it was something they would bid on and determine their maximum bid.  When they were set in determining what they were bidding on we started the auction.

I was interesting to see what each class valued.  There were a lot of trends, and even a few surprises.  

Here are a few pictures of what the kids had to bid on.

If you are interested in a copy of this lesson, you can find it on my TpT store here.  It really was a great lesson, and can be used for discussing transition, careers, or character education.  

What we talked about was how our values impacted our choices and decisions.  So if we valued education and going to college, then it might be important to keep taking a foreign language in high school because it was an admission requirement to many colleges.  We also talked about how our values could affect our career choices.  One of the highest selling values for every class was "a career I love" so trying to figure out what we wanted to do for a career is important.  

How do you talk about values?  When do you get students excited to think about what matters most to them?  Leave a comment below and let me know!


  1. How could this happen to an immense number of property holders in a nation as ensured and directed as our own? Great question and the appropriate response is the well established inspiring component of ravenousness. Ravenousness on a scale never observed or even envisioned. One marvels where the controllers were while this was going on. check cashing

    1. A transition program is the sequence of approaches or activities that a collection of schools decide to appliance to support student’s creation the transition from primary school to secondary school. As a dissertation tutor and cheap dissertation writing services UK provider at Quality Assignment UK, I appreciate your thought to combine career planning, goal setting, mindsets, and values all in with starting to high school. Thanks for discussing classroom lessons with us.

  2. Obtain available towards uncover some globe position pokemon tcgo codes generator can a lot plus fun would limitless.

  3. Should you ever confront the sad experience of documenting chapter 11 chances are that you will see another person who is recording insolvency for the second time or possibly the third time. check cashing

  4. Limiting your choices. Home purchasers ought to be adaptable and consider finding a home in a better place particularly on the off chance that it will be a purpose behind better choices to be profited. Finding a real estate agent that will help you with the hunt will be perfect so you can appreciate the likelihood of finding the home that can flawlessly suit you. cash advance

  5. This is a good resource, especially if you are going for an essay contest. They are great help to me when I took part in such a contest. I do not often refer to them, they often helped me 99papers. The quality of the essays were also at a high level, but the prices are much lower, so the choice was obvious.

  6. However, before you go out and search for that fantasy home you've generally needed, you'll have to take in a considerable measure about what's in store and the procedures you would definitely experience. Check Cashing

  7. Carol you are wonderful! Thanks for all you do for the parents, students and staff you serve AND especially for our school counseling community!

  8. Your installment history - Up to 35% of your financial assessment is made up from your installment history. On time installments are a critical component of your FICO assessment. This by itself is the thing that makes coordinate online payday credit loan specialists prevalent with individuals who experience difficulty making it to their next paycheck. Cash Advance San-diego

  9. That is really very interesting article and I can say absolutely true cuz I also passed all this way. I still remember all my sleepless nights...It was not the best period of my life but I remember how I asked for some help at top resume writing companies and it helped me to finish everything in time.