Lesson Plan

Common Sense Computing AKA Soft Skills

Soft Skills
Kara S.
Media specialist/librarian
Hermon High School
Hermon, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...save files, title files, create folders to save files, and then upload files as proof of the Maine Guiding Principles to their First Class Portfolios. All Freshman were taught this through the Library Media Specialist this fall.

The lesson asked them to both execute common sense by saving all work to folders with the subject name, so they can find their proof meeting a standard for graduation from a Maine High School.

The standards include:

A. A clear and effective communicator who:

Demonstrates organized and purposeful communication in English and at least one other language

Uses evidence and logic appropriately in communication

Adjusts communication based on the audience

Uses a variety of modes of expression (spoken, written and visual and performing including the use of technology to create and share the expressions)

B. A self-directed and lifelong learner who: 

Recognizes the need for information and locates and evaluates resources

Applies knowledge to set goals and make informed decisions

Applies knowledge in new contexts

Demonstrates initiative and independence

Demonstrates flexibility including the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn

Demonstrates reliability and concern for quality

Uses interpersonal skills to learn and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds

C. A creative and practical problem solver who:

Observes and evaluates situations to define problems

Frames questions, makes predictions and designs data/information collection and analysis strategies

Identifies patterns, trends and relationships that apply to solutions

Generates a variety of solutions, builds a case for a best response and critically evaluates the effectiveness of the response

Sees opportunities, finds resources and seeks results

Uses information and technology to solve problems

Perseveres in challenging situations

D. A responsible and involved citizen who:

Participates positively in the community and designs creative solutions to meet human needs and wants

Accepts responsibility for personal decisions and actions

Demonstrates ethical behavior and the moral courage to sustain it

Understands and respects diversity

Displays global awareness and economic and civic literacy

Demonstrates awareness of personal and community health and wellness

E. An integrative and informed thinker who:

Gains and applies knowledge across disciplines and learning contexts and to real-life situations with and without technology

Evaluates and synthesizes information from multiple sources

Applies ideas across disciplines

Applies systems thinking to understand the interaction and influence of related parts on each other and on outcomes


Social Studies
Grades 9 – 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Soft Skills Lesson to All freshman Social Studies Classes

I demonstrated how to download a file, title the file, save the file, and then upload the file. I asked the class what guiding principle does each file fall under.

Student Instructions

Students were asked to determine what principle each file fell under. Students were asked to demo in front of the class. I oversaw peer to peer training.