- Teacher/Mentor: Gail K Efting
- Type of Class: Discussion and online Class – SENIORS ONLY
- Class Fee: $80 per month per person – by check or Zelle
- tuition and fees payable directly to: Gail Efting
- Online Program Fee: $20.00 per student
- Questions: Contact Gail Efting at BALMInstitute@gmail.com
- Minimum & Maximum Class size: minimum – 5 maximum – 25 students
- Credit: Life Skills, Study Skills, Bible, College Prep
- Shelter-in-Place: Same fees apply
Other classes available for distance learning on other day as there is interest. Please go to www.balm.pathwright.com for course choices. Arrangements for timing will be made based on demand and availability.
For students which have taken BALM, this class will feel like “BALM on steroids” (one student’s description). ☺
For students who have NOT taken a BALM class before, this discussion group will be a venue for specific practical help in preparing for ON campus life and OFF campus life, after high school. This class is strongly recommended for students who will be going straight from high school to college – even community college, or into a work environment away from home.
All life skills necessary to navigate college and life from a Biblical perspective will be covered. Additionally, students will have opportunities to discuss any aspect of college life or life AFTER college (or instead of college). These discussions will cover all the skills and concerns required for success in college and in life (from a Biblical perspective); the roommate, professor, and TA communication and negotiation skills not covered in “Interpersonal Communications 101”, the campus politics and personal economics not covered in previous AP Econ/Gov classes; the social and academic skills not covered in Psychology or Study Skills 101; the time management and decision making not covered anywhere else, etc.
After each topic is covered, students will be asked to keep track of their observations and give written feedback, to practice clarifying their thinking, and to build reference material for future use. Additionally, projects may be suggested, to practice certain skills or build confidence in certain areas.
All students registered for 2020-2021 classes with Gail Efting will have the opportunity to benefit from online videos and other presentations, commentary, and discussions, as well as student sharing, online. Instructions for accessing online group access will be made available to students upon confirmation of registration and student email.
Course Content: Students will be able to discuss ANY question about campus life or any other life processes experienced after high school. They will also have opportunities to practice various useful skills which will make the college experience easier and more productive. Some of the areas of study may include; mental models and professorial bias, decision making skills, course planning and goal setting skills, perseverance and effective follow through, course selection and planning, campus people skills, money management, critical thinking and discernment skills, including research and rhetorical writing, leadership skills (both on campus and off), and much more.
Assessment: I will be available to students as needed to answer questions or simply to be a sounding board for discussion. Please talk with me as often as you like. Parents are welcome to sit in on the class on a regular basis, even all year if you like. I want to do everything I can to assist you in this important process of training students to think Biblically and use effective skills in all aspects of their lives. The purpose of this class is to help students prepare for REAL LIFE, of which class room experiences and academic endeavors are only a very small part!
Parent involvement in students’ work for this class is NOT a priority. But, if the student chooses to observe, ask questions, do interviews, and bounce ideas off of you, as their Godly counsel, RUN with it! ☺ . They may need to be able to ‘think out loud’ with you and express their observations and opinions about a lot of things. They need to be allowed to fail, and learn from their failure.
Performance in the group will not be evaluated like a “regular” class! This is not just academic coursework (although they will learn a tremendous amount of material which will not be covered in college classes) and no written evaluation will be given. If you choose to use some of the material covered for transcript (academic) records please contact Gail Efting. Information can be gleaned from the required weekly commentaries; on class participation, work submitted, and completion of projects. You will be able to give them a grade at the end of the year, if you choose, and this class does provide opportunities to fulfill academic requirements.
Course Requirements: My commitment is to provide opportunities, instruction and encouragement in observation, discernment and critical thinking, communication, both written and verbal, life management skills, and discovery and application of God’s truths in every-day college and life situations. I will provide material and training which will be beneficial long term and practically useful.
The commitment requested of each student is to be there, ready to start on time for every session, to write up commentaries, to be prepared to observe, listen, learn, think, participate, and contribute at his/her best “as unto the Lord”. Students will get out of these discussions what they put in, no less, no more.
Every week, students are requested to submit a commentary. This commentary includes;
9.What happened in the class,
10.what the student learned in class,
11.how the student felt or what the student thought about what s/he learned or experienced in class, and
12.an overview of the assignments for the coming week.
This commentary will also function as a communication device, to clarify the weekly work process and help students focus on some of the issues we are discussing. This commentary is designed to provide your student with an opportunity for review and reflection, which are important aspects of conversion from transactional learning to transformational learning. If completed correctly, it will also provide the parent, as teacher of record, with the information necessary to complete any accomplishment descriptions throughout the year. I strongly recommend that you request your students to retain copies of the weekly commentaries they are sup-posed to be sending to me, for your records.
Attendance: If you have scheduled to miss a session for any reason, please let me know as soon as YOU know, so that I can adjust as necessary, to make the learning process easier. Courtesy mandates communication.
Classroom Expectations: Real learning is exciting, stimulating and tremendously interesting. It has intrinsic rewards of discovery, growth and realization. Every student should feel free, and safe, to embrace the joy of learning without distraction. In this class, students are encouraged to put in the effort to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ, ready to give an answer with gentleness and respect, considering one another ahead of themselves. Nothing will be permitted in the classroom which distracts students from the thrilling process of learning. All students should come to class and/or post online; attentive, courteous, interactive, and teachable.
Assignment Criteria: Activity or interview oriented “assignments” may be made, but these will all simply be suggestions.. Student questions and comments are encouraged, and I will respond respectfully and thoughtfully to any question asked. Basically, you get the benefit of availability of a skilled Biblical counselor, on any topic, throughout the time you are in the group. Please make sure you send the email to BALMInstitute@gmail.com and put “HEART CAP2” in the subject line. Additionally, I am available for questions, additional discussion or assistance in Biblical research or other projects, at the BALM Library at Silicon Valley Christian Assembly in Santa Clara, by appointment.
CAP2 NOTE BOOK (please bring every week)
Workload: All classes taught by Gail Efting are student and family centered. You will be working at honors level. There are several ways to determine workload, based on how you plan to evaluate course credit. Determination before the class begins, of the method to be used, makes the workload planning and record keeping process much easier. Two common methods of valuation are by time (based on the number of hours of coursework completed in the year) and by competency (based on the actual performance of the student in the area of study).
Time based methods (often called Carnegie hours) are used by most school systems, as the time spent is easy to track. But I recommend the competency method, because this method is actually more student centered. Competency measurements allow the student to interact with the content and process as long (or as little) as is necessary for acceptable performance in each area of study. This gives the student the opportunity to learn how to become a self-directed, life-long learner. Competency based measures are more effective in allowing students to work to mastery in areas of interest, by stimulating learning autonomy (a very important capacity, when you intend to go to college or get a job). Honors work requires more time and effort, of course, but in an area of passion, it is well worth while to allow time and energy for work to this level. The online system can keep track of assignments and commentaries completed, records of posts, and any other project materials the student chooses to store there. Please contact Gail Efting if you would like to discuss any of this further.
About Your Instructor: see the end of the document
Contacting the Teacher: If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to send Gail Efting an e-mail at BALMInstitute@gmail.com. Please make sure you put, “HEART CAP2”, your name, and your topic in the subject line of your note.
Assignments before classes begin: Send Gail Efting an e-mail at BALMInstitute@gmail.com. In the subject line enter “HEART CAP2” and your name. As soon as confirmation of your registration for this class has been received, you will receive a student ID and password by email, from BALMpathwright. (Make sure you check you spam folder, in case your system rejects it.) Please go online, to the URL given, and begin the intro process for this course. You will be asked to complete sign up and answer several questions before classes begin. Please make sure you have set up your student account online no later than Aug. 25th, 2020.