Whoo hoo - the start of school is almost here!
Summer vacation is a wonderful time for teachers (and students) to rest and rebuild the energy needed to make the first few weeks of school the best. But with the start of school around the corner, it's time to build momentum and get ready to start the year off with a bang. If you attended the MoEFACS Summer Inservice, then you got a great dose of enthusiasm from keynote speakers and workshop presenters - I know the wheels have been turning in your mind about what you will accomplish this year in your classes and FCCLA chapter.
How will you introduce FCCLA to your classes during the first few weeks of school? What activities will your chapter do to promote membership and activities? How will your FCCLA chapter help members "Discover the Magic of Leadership?" (Which by the way is the 2010 Missouri FCCLA State Leadership Conference theme).
Here are some suggestions from some past issues of Teen Times, FCCLA's national magazine and from the Be Part of It! membership kit:
1. Hold an introduction to FCCLA ice cream social.
2. Have a display at open house for students and parents.
3. Hide FCCLA emblems throughout the school and offer a prize for the people who find them and return them to the advisor. Invite them to be part of the next meeting.
4. Have classes choose a national FCCLA program to implement as a classroom project.
5. Promote your FCCLA chapter through your school's website, Facebook, or other social media.
Now it's your turn - and here's the contest part. I have five (count 'em 5) of the exclusive FCCLA Lesson Planners. These planners are exclusive to the FCCLA Adviser Academy program and are not available through the FCCLA store. (Ooh, that makes you want one, right?) The planners have monthly calendar pages, weekly lesson planning grids, helpful tips to a successful chapter, and other resources designed to help you guide your students and integrate FCCLA into your classes. Each month includes a strategically placed tip sheet featuring topics that will help at that time of the year.
If you'd like to be placed in a drawing to receive one of these exclusive planners, here's what you have to do (and it's really easy):
Comment on this blog post with 1 idea (or more) for introducing FCCLA to your students during the first few weeks of school.
(Told you it was easy.)
Since many schools begin in Missouri mid-August, we'll hold this contest through August 15. If you want to be included in the contest, just don't comment as "anonymous." It would be also helpful if you would put you first initial, last name and name of your chapter in your comment.
So what do you say? Leave an idea in your comment, help another advisor out (because we know we all get stuck in a rut sometimes) and you might just win a prize!