August 7th – 11th – Great First Week!

Welcome to Business Education!

 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.

Monday: Employability Skills – Spelling Words (Business, Restaurant, Entrepreneurship, Activities, References) – Attitude Quotes – Graphic Organizer for Employability Skills, Dress for Success, Job Applications, Cover Letters and Resumes – Telephone Communication – PowerPoint and Guided Notes – Soft Skills Lesson: Shaking Hands – GMETRIX and Certiport Setup for Microsoft Certification.

Telephone Techniques and Etiquette

Tuesday: Manners and Attitude in the Workplace and Diversity in the Workplace – Take positive attitudes to work – Using Good Manners PowerPoint and Guided Notes – Diversity in the Workplace – U.S. Laws that address discrimination in the workplace

Wednesday: Dress and Appearance in the Workplace – Employability Skills Real World Scenarios – Dress for Success Handout – Slideshare – Update Graphic Organizer from Monday – Mini-Posters that Address Business Wear

Thursday: SMART Goals – Setting short-term, medium-term and long-term goals for yourself that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely – Goals Graphic Organizer – Lecture and Guided Notes – Explanation of References for our Resumes next week – Directions for your PowerPoint assignment tomorrow.

Friday : PowerPoint – Sports Authority – Creating Business Documents that are used in the workplace.

July 31st – August 4th Welcome Back!

Welcome to Business Education!

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.

Monday: Welcome and Introductions The Great Discovery – You will be opening a new restaurant during this semester. Go ahead and begin thinking about the name of your restaurant, theme and color scheme, location and a description of your “signature dish” that will be served.

Tuesday: Syllabus Review and Microsoft Introduction – Class rules and expectations – Show off your Microsoft Skills – Increasing your Self Awareness and Work Readiness Traits

Wednesday: Employability Skills – Skills, Qualities and Values in the Workplace – Employability Skills Framework

Thursday: Communication Skills – Worksheet Checklist – Communication Chain – Developing Good Communication Skills in the Classroom

Friday : Microsoft Word Lesson – Creating Business Documents – Professional Memos – Designing your Restaurant’s Identity

March 6th – 10th

Good job on your GMETRIX modules moving towards Microsoft Certification!!!!!!!!


Microsoft Certification – You should log in to GMETRIX and work on your modules with any “down time” you have in class. Modules 4-6 are due by Friday, March 17th



Specialty Topics Presentation
 Monday: Presentations – Soft Skills Lesson: Is Just the Name Enough? Remainder of the one minute impromptu speeches, Specialty Topics PowerPoint and Rubric due next Monday, March 13th, Visualize Your Future Activity, Part 1 of your personal vision statement – PowerPoint, Prezi and PowToon
Tuesday: Personal Vision Statements – Soft Skills Lesson: Critical Thinking, How to create a personal vision statement for yourself, Part 3 of personal vision statement, Businesses and their vision and mission statements, Specialty Topic Presentation
Wednesday: Microsoft Word –  Icon Name and Function Handout, Microsoft Word Certification 
Thursday: Business Concepts – Bellringer: Pair/Share Where in the World?, Business Concepts PowerPoint and Guided Notes with Lecture and Discussion

Business Concepts

Friday: Restaurant Simulation – What is a press release? Let’s look at some recent press releases and then create one for our restaurant grand opening, let’s go over all the requirements for the restaurant simulation, finish your specialty topics presentation which is due Monday. 

February 27th – March 3rd

Good job on your GMETRIX modules moving towards Microsoft Certification!!!!!!!!


Microsoft Certification – You should log in to GMETRIX and work on your modules with any “down time” you have in class. Modules 4-6 are due by Friday, March 17th


Leadership Interview Project will be due Tuesday, February 28th

Leadership Interview Assignment-14w129d


Monday: Leadership – Bellringer: Take 15 minutes to finish up your Help Wanted Posters – Print to Color Printer, Soft Skills Lesson on Elevator Etiquette, Four Types of Leadership Styles – PowerPoint and Guided Notes/Questions, Leadership Vocabulary Table due on Thursday. Projects are due tomorrow, so if you have any extra time today, you can work on the project

Leadership Styles

Tuesday: Presentations/PowerPoint Guidelines – Bellringer: Ticket in the Door – Public Speaking – Class discussion – Do’s and Don’ts of Public Speaking – Everyone in class will give a two minute impromptu presentation – you may use one notecard and I will give you a list of topics from which you can choose. PowerPoint Design Guidelines and Guided Notes

PowerPoint Design Guidelines

Wednesday: MOS Certification – Soft Skills Lesson – Answering in complete sentences – MOS Work today in GMETRIX

Thursday: Public Speaking – Describe in as much detail as possible what you believe it takes to make a good public speaker. Nolan Ryan speech with rubric, MLK speech with rubric (critique) – 10 greatest movie speeches – students evaluation – Specialty Presentation Handout an d Rubric

Friday: Restaurant Simulation – Let’s review/make a list of project requirements, Employee memo, Press Releases

February 13 – 17


Good job on your GMETRIX modules moving towards Microsoft Certification!!!!!!!!


Microsoft Certification – You should log in to GMETRIX and work on your modules with any “down time” you have in class. Modules 4-6 are due by Friday, March 17th


Leadership Interview Project will be due Monday, February 27th


Focus:  Leadership, Motivation, Microsoft Word Lessons, Restaurant Simulation

Monday: Leadership – Bellringer: Who is someone you believe to be a strong leader? What is one STRONG leadership quality they possess? – Leadership vocabulary (create a table in MS Word) – Leading On and Off the Court (Coach Carter), Finish your Letterhead from Friday, Discussion about Leadership Interview

Tuesday: Leadership – Bellringer: gcflearnfree.org – lesson on bulleted lists, leadership quotes, Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership with Guided Notes – You and a partner will create a mini poster (handout given in class), work on your leadership vocabulary

Handout-FivePractices

Wednesday: MOS Certification – Leadership quotes, Soft skills Lesson – Character, GMETRIX

Thursday: Leadership – Microsoft Word Ribbon Location Scavenger Hunt, Four Types of Leadership Styles in Business with Questions, work on your leadership vocabulary

Leadership Styles

Friday: Restaurant Simulation – Soft skills Lesson – Elevator Etiquette, Restaurant Help Wanted Flyers, Mini Lesson on creating tables and forms in Microsoft Word

February 6th – February 10th

UNIT 1 ASSESSMENT ON THURSDAY – Covers: employability skills, professional image,  teamwork, time management and goal setting


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 5 Focus: SMART Goals, Microsoft Word Lessons: Ribbon Location and Shapes, Restaurant Simulation

Monday – SMART Goals – Video on Inserting Shapes into documents, creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals lesson and lecture, Goal Setting Worksheet (Table), begin review for Unit 1 Assessment on Thursday

Tuesday – Microsoft Word Lessons and GMETRIX – Ribbon Location Scavenger Hunt, Microsoft Word Modules 1,2,3

Wednesday – Review for Unit 1 Assessment and Leadership – Paddle board review, Leadership quote for memorization, journal/scenario on leadership, leadership interview assignment (due next Thursday, February 16th)

Thursday – Unit One Assessment 

Friday – Restaurant Simulation – Letterhead for our restaurants – using our LOGOS – GMETRIX

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

DIVERSITY

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.