November 4, 2017: Summer Experience Kickoff! | Urban

If you missed session...

Goals

  • Understand timeline, expectations, and next steps for the Junior Summer Experience
  • Use framework from Junior Summer Experience team to help guide our ideas

Trio Check-in (12:30 - 12:40pm)

  • How was the week!?
  • Weekly Goal Check-in
    • What work did we complete? What did we accomplish towards the goals we set?
    • What do we plan to do next week?

Summer Experience Intro (12:40 - 1:00pm)

Summer Experience Exercise (1:00 - 2:30pm)

  • Presentation
  • Make Some Lists!
    • Things you love to do
    • Things you are good at
    • Things you are not good at and find hard to do
    • Things you hate doing
    • What are the correlations between these lists?
  • Changing Goals & Career Paths: examples & experiences
  • What are some career options for various college majors?
  • At a high level, what do you want to study in college and what is your future career goal?
  • What might you be interested in as a summer project to help guide you in the direction of your interests and goals?

Reminders!

  • Mindsgiving Sign-Up
  • BUY A T-SHIRT!
  • Sign-up to lead close/deep read
    • Come ready to present it to the group and lead discussion
      • Comprehension questions: What do certain words mean in context?
        • Structural questions: What is the thesis or main point? How does the author craft the argument?
        • Discussion questions: Make it personal; do we agree with the author? Why?

October 28, 2017: College Information Session Checklist | St. Ignatius

If you missed session...

  • Complete the close read from your pod (see Close Read section below)
  • Reflect on what you are looking for in a university, your likes/dislikes of what you heard, and start to formulate your preferences
  • Read Junior Summer Experience Update (see below)
  • Sign-up for date for your trio to lead a close/deep read under the tab for your pod
  • BUY A T-SHIRT!

Goals

  • Reflect on College Fair and college decision criteria, preferences
  • Learn best practices for future college events or fairs

Trio Check-in (12:30 - 12:40pm)

  • How was the week!?
  • Weekly Goal Check-in
    • What work did we complete? What did we accomplish towards the goals we set?
    • What do we plan to do next week?

Close Read (12:40 - 1:30pm)

College Fair Review & Future Attendance (1:30 - 1:50pm)

  • Reflect on what you are looking for in a university
    • What are your top priorities / decision criteria?
    • What schools did you visit? What did you like/not like that you heard from each school?
    • How did the CSU, UC, private, and out-of-state schools differ?
    • What questions do you still have?
    • What resources can we provide this year to help you better decide on your college list for next year?

Junior Summer Experience Update (1:50 - 2:00pm)

  • Timeline
    • Nov 4: Introduction, career exploration, and Q&A
    • Nov 11: Q&A continued, identity exploration, JSE activity idea brainstorming
    • November - December: brainstorming
    • January: First proposal drafts
    • Late Feb or early March: Final proposals (and presentations)
    • Late March: Proposals reviewed and grants finalized by March
  • FAQ doc and proposal guidelines coming soon on the MMSF Portal!

Fun! (2:00 - 2:30pm)

  • Reminders
  • BUY A T-SHIRT!
  • Sign-up to lead close/deep read
    • Come ready to present it to the group and lead discussion
      • Comprehension questions: What do certain words mean in context?
        • Structural questions: What is the thesis or main point? How does the author craft the argument?
        • Discussion questions: Make it personal; do we agree with the author? Why?
  • TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY!

October 21, 2017: College Fair | St. Ignatius

Come to session prepared to...

  • Attend College fair, visit at least 5 schools, and prepare 3-4 questions to ask
  • Deliver your monologue during session (if you missed last week)
  • Sign-up for date for your trio to lead a close/deep read 
  • Continue brainstorming on summer experience ideas

Goals

  • Deliver monologues: focus on the delivery ('performance' and presentation aspects of public speaking)
  • Continue preparation for Summer Experience
  • Attend college fair to get a sense of types of schools you may be interested in

Trio Check-in (12:30 - 12:40pm)

  • How was the week!?
  • Weekly Goal Check-in
    • What work did we complete? What did we accomplish towards the goals we set?
    • What do we plan to do next week?
  • Practice/rehearse your monologue (if necessary)

Monologues--if necessary (12:40 - 1:15pm)

  • Deliver monologues (for those who weren't at session last week)
  • Give feedback to the speaker
    • What did they do well?
    • What are areas for improvement?
  • Discuss common challenges as a class
  • If this concludes early, move to flex time. If more time needed, skip flex time.

Flex Time! (1:15 - 1:45pm)

  • Announcements
  • T-SHIRT DESIGN VOTE!
  • Options include:
    • Come up with a plan/questions for the College Fair
    • Work in your trios to keep brainstorming around summer programs
      • What do you want to pursue?
    • Close/deep read topic brainstorming / article searching

College Fair (1:45 - 2:30pm)

  • Speak with at least 5 schools (at least 1 UC, 1 CSU, 1 private school, 1 out-of-state)
  • Ask your prepared questions to get a better sense of what the school is like
  • Post-College Fair Reflection
    • Reflect on what you are looking for in a university, your likes/dislikes of what you heard, and start to formulate your preferences
    • Be prepared to share/discuss best takeaways from College Fair as a pod next week

October 14, 2017: Monologues | Urban

If you missed session...

  • Review the slides from session
  • Be prepared to give your monologue during session next week after the college fair
  • Review the Announcements below, or in the slides!
    • Come prepared with 3-4 questions to ask during the college fair
    • Sign up for date to lead a close/deep read 
    • Continue brainstorming on summer experience ideas
    • (Optional) Work on the Minds Matter 25th Anniversary & Media Award Submission
    • (Optional) Submit a t-shirt design to Class Council!

Goals

  • Deliver monologues: focus on the 'performance' and presentation aspects of public speaking
  • Prepare for the college fair

Trio Check-in (12:30 - 12:40pm)

  • How was the week!?
  • Weekly Goal Check-in
    • What work did we complete? What did we accomplish towards the goals we set?
    • What do we plan to do next week?

Monologues (12:40 - 2:00pm)

  • Deliver monologues
  • Give feedback to the speaker
    • What did they do well?
    • What are areas for improvement?
  • Discuss common challenges as a class

Announcements (2:00 - 2:10pm)

  • Sessions for next two weeks at St. Ignatius!
  • Trio-led close/deep reads
    • We're going to start having trios sign up and lead close reads on an article of their choice starting soon!
  • College Fair next week
    • Work with mentors to come up with 3-4 questions you would like to ask to some college representatives next week!
  • Submit your t-shirt designs to Class Council by 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 17

Flex Time! (2:10 - 2:30pm)

  • Options include:
    • Work in your trios to keep brainstorming around summer programs
      • What do you want to pursue?
    • College fair questions
    • Close/deep read topic brainstorming / article searching
    • T-shirt design
    • Writing Contest

September 30, 2017: Intro to Public Speaking | Urban

If you missed session...

Goals

  • Practice close/deep reading and reflective discussions.
  • Introduce public speaking--specifically the 'performance' and presentation aspects

Trio Check-in (12:30 - 12:40pm)

  • How was the week!?
  • Weekly Goal Check-in
    • What work did we complete? What did we accomplish towards the goals we set?
    • What do we plan to do next week?

Close Read & Discussion (12:40 - 1:15pm)

  • Take 10-15 minutes to read the article on politics & protests in sports
    • Mentors and mentees spend additional minutes writing down their thoughts
  • What is the main point you think the author is trying to make?
    • What evidence does the author use to support his main point?
  • What are the opposing points of view discussed in the article?
  • What resonates with you?
  • What do you disagree with?
  • Do you think the author approaches this topic with a balanced & fair perspective? Why?
  • What do you think of politics in sports?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • Take 10-15 minutes to discuss first in small groups and then full group the opinions and perspectives of the room.

Introduction to Public Speaking (1:15 - 2:00pm)

Flex Time! (2:00 - 2:30pm)

  • Options include:
    • Begin working on your public speaking exercise
    • Work in your trios to keep brainstorming around summer programs.
      • What do you want to pursue?
  • Closing: Logistics and Announcements

September 23, 2017: What are colleges looking for? | St. Ignatius

If you missed session...

Goals

  • Practice close/deep reading and reflective discussions.
  • Learn more about what it takes to get into college, and how that should affect our priorities and work this year.

Trio Check-in (12:30 - 12:40pm)

  • How was the week!?
  • Weekly Goal Check-in
    • What work did we complete? What did we accomplish towards the goals we set?
    • What do we plan to do next week?

Deep Read & Discussion (12:40 - 1:15pm)

  • Take 10-15 minutes to read the article on Making High School more like Kindergarten
    • Mentors and mentees spend additional minutes writing down their thoughts
    • What do you think is the main argument the author is making?
    • Did anything surprise you?
    • Do you feel like your school has (had) any kindergarten in it?
    • Do you have any questions?
  • Take 10-15 minutes to discuss first in small groups and then full group the opinions and perspectives of the room.

What are Colleges looking for? (1:15 - 2:00pm)

Trio Planning & Brainstorming for Summer Programs! (2:00 - 2:30pm)

  • Work in your trios to keep brainstorming around summer programs.
    • What do you want to pursue?
  • Closing: Logistics and Announcements
 

September 16, 2017: #goals | Urban

If you missed session...

  • Reflect on your summer program (ideally with your mentors).  Use some of the questions in the Summer Program Reflection section below to guide you.
  • Review the presentation to learn more about the goal for this year's Junior Summer Experience.
  • Set 3 academic and 3 personal goals for the year using the S.M.A.R.T. goal framework.
    • Start planning a trio outing--consider one that may help you accomplish one of your personal goals!
  • Use a combination of all these exercises to start brainstorming ideas for what you want to do this coming summer for the Junior Summer Experience

Goals

  • Reflect on Summer Programs and how it worked for you
  • Looking ahead to this year’s summer programs
  • Planning effectively for Junior Year to meet your goals

Trio Check-in (12:30 - 12:45pm)

  • How are things going?
  • What did you learn in your instruction?

Summer Program Reflection (12:45 - 1:15pm)

  • In trios, have a discussion of the high’s and low’s of your program.
    • What were the best parts of your program this summer? Why?
    • What were the most challenging aspects?
    • What are you most excited about? What did you learn?
  • In small groups (discretion of the pod leader how large/small) take turns having mentees share their thoughts.
    • What themes do we see? 
    • What advice would we give to the sophomores?

Junior Summer Experience Intro (1:15 - 1:45pm)

  • Pod Leaders explain the new summer programs model for next year (see Presentation)
    • What is our vision for this summer?
    • What is the role of the mentor and the mentee in making this happen?
    • What does the timeline look like?
  • Q & A / Discussion
    • Trios talk and discuss ideas - brainstorm a preliminary list, and use these questions as prompts:
    • What are you most interested in learning more about this year?
    • If you could study anything this year, what would it be?

Goal Setting & Planning (1:45pm - 2:30pm)

  • Pod Leaders re-introduce S.M.A.R.T goals to mentors and mentees
    • Specific (simple, sensible, significant)
    • Measurable (meaningful, motivational)
    • Achievable (agreed, attainable)
    • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based)
    • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).
  • Mentees set goals for the year in their trios
    • (At least) 3 'academic' or school related & 3 personal goals
    • Review goals to make sure they are SMART goals
  • Group Discussion
    • Share out some of the goals you set!
    • What do we need to do this year in MMSF to help you accomplish this goals?


 

 

September 9, 2017: Welcome Back! | Urban

If you missed session...

  • Review our Syllabus
  • Review this Presentation to understand the new leadership team & structure
    • Think about these questions in your trios:
    • What did you absolutely love about Minds Matter last year?
    • What would you want to see changed?
    • What will you have to do this year to be successful in school? What can MMSF do to help with this?
  • Fill out this survey for us so we can use your feedback to inform our work this semester/year!

Goals

  • Reconnect with everyone, and introduce the new mentors and pod leaders!
  • Understand our goals for the year and how we plan to get there.
  • Introduce what we plan to cover and how session will be organized.
  • Leave today looking forward to this year at Minds Matter.

Reconnect! (12:30 - 1:00pm)

  • Trio Catch-up
  • Icebreaker

Where are we going? (1:00 - 1:45pm)

  • Review our Syllabus
    • What are your initial reactions?
    • What is here that you like?
    • What would you want to see included?
  • Presentation on Junior Year

Looking forward! (1:45 - 2:30pm)

  • Trio Pair-up Conversations
    • What did you absolutely love about Minds Matter last year?
    • What would you want to see changed?
    • What will you have to do this year to be successful in school? What can MMSF do to help with this?
    • Share whole group - what did you discuss? What themes are we hearing?
  • Closing: Please record your thoughts in a survey for us so we can use your feedback to inform our work this semester and this year!