Jordan’s Mum, Barb, worked with Jordan’s grade 8 class to help them create one-page profiles for their first year of high school. Since this was a transition year when these pupils would enter secondary school and start preparing for their future, Barb used a visioning exercise to help the pupils develop a vision of the future to add to their profiles. Having the pupil’s vision of the future on the one-page profile was designed to help them maintain focus and direction while making academic and social decisions in high school (in Ontario Canada, this would be grades 9 to 12).
At the start of her grade 9 school year, Jordan and her Mum emailed Jordan’s one-page profile to the school principal, vice-principal, head of pupil services and each of Jordan’s teachers. Within the first month of starting school, one teacher approached her about her fear of public speaking and modified this process to help her feel better about public speaking. By the end of the semester she had to do a speaking component to each exam and was a bit nervous but able to speak in front of the whole class without feeling ill.
Jordan also struggles with maths and her teacher suggested that she take a basic (‘locally developed’) maths course in grade 10. The head of pupil services remembered her one-page profile vision statement and Jordan’s desire for a career in childcare services which requires an applied maths level. Together, they came up with a plan to help Jordan build her maths skills to ensure that she meets the requirements for the Early Childhood Education program at College when she graduates from high school.