What would you do if you had a program that could predict what you thought and decisions you would make?
In fact because millions of teenagers have left their mark, we (It’s My Life) think that we have a good idea of where you are trying to go.
It’s My Life is a program that can and will influence students to rethink how they want to handle their life
It’s My Life is a process which encourages action, opens the mind to new possibilities such as revising old habits, making decisions, solving problems, and getting the facts
It’s My Life asks them (the student to be honest with themselves, listen first, think before reacting, demonstrating patience, following their intuition, and remain conscious with a conscientious conscience
It’s My Life is an understanding that all people are unique and everyone has a “ticket” to go somehwere, be somebody, and do something
Its My Life encourages each person to appreciate self and others allowing for different opinions, life rhytms, personal circumstances, and individual situations and that we all are citizens of the universe, here for a certain unknown duration.
So we need to find the beauty, rapport, and meaning, involving, revolving, and evolving.
For the grantors:
Its My Life provides information and easy-to-understand directions on just how to “construct” yourself from the inside out; offers a framework, a guide to that confusing journey known as adulthood.
We, the adult community has always been concerned about our children. The corporate world and the work environment has little faith in the interests, motivation, skill, and the intelligence of young people. Society in general, thinks our youth are lazy, unprepared, and apathetic.
Those who work daily with our teenagers see the fear, restlessness, lack of confidence, and uncertainty. Frequently it is masqueraded by drugs.
Its My Life will help the students grow through and navigate the difficult times, the overwhelming economic depression, the rapid technological advancement, and a world that is dizzying and out of balance.
It’s My Life (IML) is a daily life skills program that can be offered as a stand-alone course or as a supplemental program. The purpose of IML is to prepare students for the non-academic “rigor” of adult life and post-secondary education, the essence of which is the ability to understand the complexities of life, think about various options, and follow through on a well-reasoned plan of action. The structure of IML follows a basic problem solving model which includes units on each personal potential, asking questions, understanding problems, identifying solutions, creating a plan, and evaluating the process.
Predicated on a series of units which examine, discuss, review, engage, and summarily change behavior, direction, and ultimately individual life; It’s My Life is a “living” program & process designed to effect students who take the course.
To provide every student with the tools, skills, and confidence to connect with the adult world of business, society, and academics during and after their high school education.
To help students reach their goals by introducing them to a problem solving process that can serve as a decision-making model and a guide for lifelong learning.
Increase student confidence through discovering each one’s potential, values, attitudes, and unique attributes.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively during collaborative and individual projects, research, and presentations.
Develop student critical thinking skills through structured collaboration and application of the problem solving process.
The curriculum is divided into seven units with multiple daily lesson plans within each unit. Each unit has an accompanying rubric, progress assessments and a unit assessment.
Unit I: The Confident Life: Knowing Your Own Potential
Unit II: The Inquisitive Life: Asking the Right Questions
Unit III: The Conscious Life: Understanding the Problem
Unit IV: The Dialogical Life: Exploring Potential Solutions
Unit V: The Practical Life: Creating a Plan
Unit VI: The Reflective Life: Evaluating the Process
Unit VII: The Engaged Life: Completing the Final Project
The Problem Solving Process
The process of identifying part of a situation that you want to change and planning out steps to cause change is called problem solving. Below is the process of problem solving used in IML to approach a new situation and think through a solution to be implemented.
Step 1: Understand the situation.
Read and ask questions about the situation. Identify the issues in the situation that you want to explore further. Focus your questions on the issues that you have chosen to study. Research any answers that are available from common resources (encyclopedia, internet, people).
Step 2: Identify the “problem.”
Decide what issue presents a situation that you think should be changed. Make assumptions and write down the issues that you will ignore at first. List the key features of the problem that will be resolved. Some of the possible features to include are:
Who or what is affected?
Why is this issue a problem?
Where does the issue take place?
When does the issue occur?
Step 3: Model potential solutions to the problem.
List potential solutions that might resolve the issue. For each potential solution discuss whether it would solve each of the features of the problem identified in step 2.
Step 4: Create a plan
Choose one of the solutions that resolves all or most of the key features of the problem. Create a list of steps to carry out the solution that you have chosen.
Step 5: Evaluate and revise the solution
When possible, follow the plan and evaluate its effectiveness. Was each feature of the problem resolved? What additional problems does the solution include?