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Guidance and Competencies for Grades 6 - 8

The student competencies below describe by grade level what students need to know and be able to do as a result of participating in a developmental guidance program.

Guidance programs facilitate student development in three broad content areas.  These are identified as follows: Educational (E), Career (C), and Personal/Social Development (P/S).  Educational development is comprised of strategies and activities that support and maximize student learning.  Career development provides the foundation for acquiring the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enable students to make successful transitions from schools to post secondary choices.  Personal/social development provides the foundation for personal and social growth that contributes to educational and career success. These competencies are linked to the State Department of Education’s “List of Values and Character Education” (CE) as well as Gwinnett County’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS).

 

 

Sixth Grade Students will:

Career Knowledge and Skills

  1. Explore the relationship between interests and talents. (P/S/C)

Personal/Social Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how feelings affect behaviors. (P/S)  (CE.Respect for Self. Self Control. Virtue)
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of ways to deal with others who display bullying behaviors. (P/S) (6HE_G1998-12) (CE.Respect for Others. Altruism)
  1. Demonstrate respect for the diversity among people (ideas, cultures, abilities, religion, politics, age, health, opinions, etc.). (P/S) (CE.Citizenship.Tolerence)
  1. Explain how to get along better with others (parents, teachers, peers, members of the opposite sex, etc.). (P/S) (CE.Citz.Patriotism)
  1. Explain the importance of thinking for oneself and demonstrate an understanding of how one can be influenced by peers. (6HE_H1998-14)  (P/S) (CE.Respect for Self. Accountability. Commitment)
  1. Explore the relationship between interests and talents. (P/S/C)
  1. Identify skills needed for making and keeping friends. (P/S)
  1. Identify things that are helpful and harmful to mental health (i.e., coping with stress, dealing with conflict, using drugs, etc.)(6HE_1998-5) (P/S)
  1. Identify ways to say "NO" to risky behaviors, utilizing refusal skills. (P/S) (6HE_H1998-13)
  1. Recognize the importance of expressing feelings honestly and appropriately. (P/S) (CE. Respect for Others.Integrity.Truth)
  1. Recognize the rights and responsibilities students have as citizens within the community, state, and country. (P/S) (CE.Citizenship.All)

 


Seventh Grade Students will:

Career Knowledge and Skills

  1. Identify ways to make plans to develop abilities needed in career interest areas incorporating academic majors. (C)

Educational Knowledge and Skills

  1. Identify benefits of a positive work environment and how work ethics contribute to such an environment (include characteristics and responsibilities associated with a strong work ethic and/or a drug free work place). (E)(CE.Respect for Self
  1. Identify ways to evaluate their progress toward a goal. (E) (CE.Respect for Self.Work Ethic)
  1. identify ways to improve study skills (including time management, goal setting, and organizational skills) (E)
  1. Identify ways to take tests and how to control test anxiety. (E)

Personal/Social Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate ways to control emotions and behaviors (including ways to appropriately express anger and frustrations.) (PS)(CE.Respect for Self. Self Control)
  1. Demonstrate ways to mediate peacefully and settle conflicts (P/S)
  1. Describe the importance of family relationships. (PS)
  1. Identify the ways that verbal and nonverbal communication skills can help to solve problems and improve relationships. (PS) (7LA_A1998-2)
  1. Identify ways to be fair in how one treats others. (PS) (CE.Respect for Others. Accountability)
  1. Identify ways to develop self-confidence. (PS) (CE.Respect for Self.Self Esteem)
  1. Identify ways to improve decision-making skills. (PS) (CE.Respect for Others. Integrity. Patience)
  1. Identify ways to recognize and respond to harassment including sexual harassment, abuse, neglect, and enticements to use drugs from peers and advertisements. (P/S) (6HE_H1998-14)
  1. Recognize the importance of being responsible for one's actions. (PS) (CE.Citizenship.Honor.Responsiblity. Accountability)

Eighth Grade Students will:

Career Knowledge and Skills

  1. Describe what employers expect of workers (C)
  1. Develop a tentative schedule for ninth grade taking into consideration academic strengths, academic majors, and career interests and type of diploma sought. (C)
  1. Identify how their interests and talents relate to career choices. (P/S/C)
  1. Identify skills and behaviors which will help one be successful in the world of work. (C) (CE. Respect for Self.Work Ethic)
  1. Recognize the ways certain groups (men, women, minorities, elderly, etc.) are stereotyped. (C) (8SS_F1998-29) (CE.Citz.Tolerence.Patriotism)

Educational Knowledge and Skills

  1. Describe what is expected of students in high school. (E)
  1. Explain how choices made today affect the future. (E) (8HE_C1998-3) (CE.Citz.Patriotism)

Personal/Social Knowledge and Skills

  1. Identify how their interests and talents relate to career choices. (P/S/C)
  1. Identify skills necessary for dealing with life changes. (P/S)

10.    Identify ways to recognize and respond to harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse, and neglect. (PS) (8HE_B1998-2)