January 30th – February 3rd

Microsoft Certification – You should log in to GMETRIX and work on your modules with any “down time” you have in class. Modules 1 – 3 are due by Friday, February 8th – Formative Grade

Spelling Words: Business, Entrepreneurship, Restaurant, References, Activities

Week 4 FOCUS: Teamwork, Time Management, Microsoft Word

Monday: Teamwork – New seating chart, Teamwork Scenario/Journal Entry, Teamwork Activities (Let’s have some fun!) Human Knot, Scramble Numbers, and Sentence Structure, SmartArt Word Lesson, Modules 1, 2, 3 are due Friday

Tuesday: Teamwork – Teamwork Vocabulary and Microsoft Certification Module 2 & 3

Wednesday: Teamwork – Synergy, What does it mean? Scenarios – Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development including Forming/Norming/Storming and Performing – Graphic Organizer and Lecture with Video Clips from Remember the Titans

Thursday: Time Management – The Art of Procrastination – PowerPoint and Guided Notes – SmartArt Lesson – Time and Money Management Handouts

Time Management PP

Friday: Time Management and Restaurant Simulation – LOGO Work with the Graphics Art Department, Time Management Lists and Priorities (Group Activity) – Creating a Venn Diagram (Time and Money), Microsoft Word Lessons

January 23 – January 27

Attitude Quotes – Memorize by Monday  – Be ready to present to class

Microsoft Certification – You should log in to GMETRIX and work on your modules with any “down time” you have in class. Module 1 is due by Friday, January 27

Spelling Words: Business, Entrepreneurship, Restaurant, References, Activities

Monday: Job Applications – Pair/Share, Find the mistakes in the application, Complete a job application, add notes to your graphic organizer, write down your requirements for three references that you MUST have by Wednesday.

Tuesday: Cover Letters – Attitude Quotes today, Prepare a cover letter for simulated job opening – formatting for personal business letters, if time, SMART ART lesson

Wednesday: Resume and Reference Sheets – Prepare a career resume and reference sheet. GMETRIX

Thursday: Diversity and Teamwork  – Diversity in the Workplace, Powerpoint and notes, teamwork quotes and activities, LOGO Mini Lesson


Friday: Restaurant Simulation –  We will meet with the graphics art students to create your LOGOS for your restaurant

January 16th – 20th

Hoya Block: You will choose your Hoya Block this week – Choose wisely! Remember that I have a Microsoft Certification Hoya Block that will give you extra time to work on your certifications!

Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. HOLIDAY

Tuesday – Employability Skills and Attitudes in the Workplace – Rules of Classroom and Student Introductions, Graphic Organizer for Unit, Graphic Organizer for Employability Skills

Wednesday – Communication in the Workplace – Bellringer: My Skills Handout, Communication Activities, Telephone Skills PowerPoint and Worksheet, Attitude Quote

Telephone Techniques and Etiquette

Thursday – Professional Dress/Image in the Workplace AND Manners in the Workplace – Bellringer: My Skills Handout, Soft Skills, Movie: Rudy (clips), Group Work for Professional Dress

Friday – Diversity in the Workplace – Microsoft Word Lessons – Telephone Etiquette QUIZ, Diversity in the Workplace – PowerPoint and Guided Notes, GMETRIX for Word Specialists

Diversity in the Workplace

January 9 – 13

Business – Level I

Monday –  Teamwork and Employability Skills:  Please return your signed Syllabus if you have not already done so. Reminder that your restaurant information is due by Friday. You should know the name of your restaurant, the theme, color scheme, location and signature dish. Let’s play a team building game (Ping Pong Tower OR Notepad Activity). Handout – Advancing Attitudes and Self Awareness (formative). Keyboard practice.

Tuesday – Teamwork and Employability Skills: What kind of skills do employers want from you? What kind of skills would you like to have in your employees? Let’s create a graphic organizer for job skills and attributes. In groups of 3, we will identify some quality and value cards for specific careers (I can, I am, I believe in……..).  TOTD: My Skills: Matching your qualities to an employer attributes.

Wednesday –  Teamwork and Employability Skills: Bellringer Questions: Open a blank MS Word document and type the following questions and answers. When finished, save to your network drive, File Name: Employability Skills and then print to the LEX644 printer. Leave the document on the printer and I will retrieve it.

Bellringer Questions:

  1. What are employability skills? 2. What is the difference between a skill and an attribute?  3. Why are employability skills so important to my future? How do we develop employability skills while still in school? What skills and attributes do employers want?

Con’t from Wednesday…… 1st Block:

4th Block: Complete Hard and Soft Skills Handout and turn into the pink basket before you leave today. This is a formative grade. If you do not finish during class, it is homework and due at the beginning of class on Thursday.

Thursday: Communication Skills: How do we communicate with one another? What are the various ways people communicate in the business world? How are you developing your communication skills at school? Communication Chain Activity. Setting up our MOS and GMETRIX Accounts today. 

Friday: Restaurant Simulation: Let’s begin our restaurant simulation today. We will learn how to produce a business memo. You will complete a memo requesting approval from me to open a restaurant. Memo will be due by the end of class today.

January 5 – January 6

Welcome Back!

Guess what? You made a good choice! Do you realize that of the 1,869,814 bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2013 – 2014, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of business (358,079)  (per the National Center for Education Statistics). Business and Technology is a class that will benefit you in so many ways…… no matter your choice of college major or career field.  70% of high school students say they want to own their own business and 73% of new jobs in the next five years will require technology skills. 91% of hiring managers consider employee certification as a criterion for hiring! You are going to leave this class with Microsoft Certification! 

This blog will be used for both my 1st level and 2nd level Business students.

1st Level Students: Your information will be posted DIRECTLY onto this page.

2nd Level Students:  You will want to click in the main menu bar (upper right side of screen) on Business II to access information for your class

For all business students, you should check the BLOG at the beginning of the week. I try and post my plans for the week by Monday morning. I will use this blog to post PowerPoints from class notes and to remind you of upcoming projects and assessments.