Blog Post Week #5

The following is due via blog on Sep 30th.

*Write a short reflection of the week. Sum up your individual and group progress. (<250 words)

Example:

This week was incredibly satisfying. I had a great summer of adventure and family time, but getting back into work with my friends has been amazing. Brian has been a really thoughtful partner and I am constantly amazed at his passion and pursuit of what he cares about. We have only spent a few days working together, but I feel refreshed and re-invigorated about my work. We have invested most of our time working on the project details and ordering or purchasing materials and equipment. Brian has taken the lead with balsa wood rocket gear and I am working pretty hard on lining up reading, writing and social science work for our students. Along with the traditional humanities teacher jobs I have also been working on models of the wooden books the students will make and the types of writing they will be doing as well as building rocket motor molds on the steel mill and purchasing tools and equipment to replenish items that have been moved or removed over the summer. I think the year is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing what the students make happen.

*Embed assignments from the week. 

Allegory of the Cave + Eklund Writing

Modeled Prose and Poetry from Eklund Ch. 1

Pixar Storytelling Organizer

Drafts of Wooden Book Pages

 

Choose 3-5 “Habits of a Great Learner” and answer a selection of appropriate questions.

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Week #4 Blog Post

The following is due via blog on Sep 25th.

*Write a short reflection of the week. Sum up your individual and group progress. (<250 words)

Example:

This week was incredibly satisfying. I had a great summer of adventure and family time, but getting back into work with my friends has been amazing. Brian has been a really thoughtful partner and I am constantly amazed at his passion and pursuit of what he cares about. We have only spent a few days working together, but I feel refreshed and re-invigorated about my work. We have invested most of our time working on the project details and ordering or purchasing materials and equipment. Brian has taken the lead with balsa wood rocket gear and I am working pretty hard on lining up reading, writing and social science work for our students. Along with the traditional humanities teacher jobs I have also been working on models of the wooden books the students will make and the types of writing they will be doing as well as building rocket motor molds on the steel mill and purchasing tools and equipment to replenish items that have been moved or removed over the summer. I think the year is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing what the students make happen.

*Embed assignments from the week. 

3-5 Japanese Rengas modeled after Robert Eklund’s First Star I See Tonight Chapter One

What does the Allegory of the Cave teach us about “Natural Law”?

Choose 3-5 “Habits of a Great Learner” and answer a selection of appropriate questions.
HabitsofaGreatLearner

Week #3 Blog Post

The following is due via blog on Sep 16th.

*Write a short reflection of the week. Sum up your individual and group progress. (<250 words)

Example:

This week was incredibly satisfying. I had a great summer of adventure and family time, but getting back into work with my friends has been amazing. Brian has been a really thoughtful partner and I am constantly amazed at his passion and pursuit of what he cares about. We have only spent a few days working together, but I feel refreshed and re-invigorated about my work. We have invested most of our time working on the project details and ordering or purchasing materials and equipment. Brian has taken the lead with balsa wood rocket gear and I am working pretty hard on lining up reading, writing and social science work for our students. Along with the traditional humanities teacher jobs I have also been working on models of the wooden books the students will make and the types of writing they will be doing as well as building rocket motor molds on the steel mill and purchasing tools and equipment to replenish items that have been moved or removed over the summer. I think the year is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing what the students make happen.

*Embed assignments from the week. 

10 Rules of Photography w/examples

Allegory of the Cave w/annotations

Why Explore? (<350 words)

Choose 3-5 “Habits of a Great Learner” and answer a selection of appropriate questions.
HabitsofaGreatLearner

Week #2 Blog Post

The following is due via blog on Sep 9th.

*Write a short reflection of the week. Sum up your individual and group progress. (<250 words)

Example:

This week was incredibly satisfying. I had a great summer of adventure and family time, but getting back into work with my friends has been amazing. Brian has been a really thoughtful partner and I am constantly amazed at his passion and pursuit of what he cares about. We have only spent a few days working together, but I feel refreshed and re-invigorated about my work. We have invested most of our time working on the project details and ordering or purchasing materials and equipment. Brian has taken the lead with balsa wood rocket gear and I am working pretty hard on lining up reading, writing and social science work for our students. Along with the traditional humanities teacher jobs I have also been working on models of the wooden books the students will make and the types of writing they will be doing as well as building rocket motor molds on the steel mill and purchasing tools and equipment to replenish items that have been moved or removed over the summer. I think the year is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing what the students make happen.

*Embed assignments from the week. 

(Photos and videos of rocket progress and launch, I Sit and Look out, I Sit and Look Out Homage)

Choose 3-5 “Habits of a Great Learner” and answer a selection of appropriate questions.
HabitsofaGreatLearner

Week #1 Blog Post

The following is due via blog on Sep 2nd.

*Write a short reflection of the week. Sum up your individual and group progress. (<250 words)

Example:

This week was incredibly satisfying. I had a great summer of adventure and family time, but getting back into work with my friends has been amazing. Brian has been a really thoughtful partner and I am constantly amazed at his passion and pursuit of what he cares about. We have only spent a few days working together, but I feel refreshed and re-invigorated about my work. We have invested most of our time working on the project details and ordering or purchasing materials and equipment. Brian has taken the lead with balsa wood rocket gear and I am working pretty hard on lining up reading, writing and social science work for our students. Along with the traditional humanities teacher jobs I have also been working on models of the wooden books the students will make and the types of writing they will be doing as well as building rocket motor molds on the steel mill and purchasing tools and equipment to replenish items that have been moved or removed over the summer. I think the year is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing what the students make happen.

*Embed assignments from the week. 

(Photos and videos of rocket progress and launch, Logo Tutorial , Personal Introductions)

*Choose 3-5 “Habits of a Great Learner” and answer a selection of appropriate questions.
HabitsofaGreatLearner

Endersession 2016: Delta Trade Co.

“If you’re creating something that has some sort of cultural currency – if the idea is getting out there – then that will probably yield money in some form, whether it’s through selling art or selling books or being asked to give a lecture.” -Shepard Fairey

My students have started a business.

A few months ago I received a grant to buy some equipment for printing onto t-shirts and other garments. The idea was to diy shirts for sports teams, clubs and other organizations while making a little cash for my class. It exploded. Within a few weeks the business had more orders than we could fill and we were setting up an edcorp.

Currently four seniors are spending their Endersession (six weeks at the end of 12th grade) helping setup the company for the future. They are filling orders, learning new equipment and techniques and teaching younger students how to run things.

Yes.

Check out their work at Delta Trade Co.

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Drowning the Puppies

“She slang her pups last night,” said Slim. “Nine of ‘em. I drowned four of ‘em right off. She couldn’t feed that many.” -Of Mice and Men 

Every year its one of the most difficult and exciting days in my classroom. My students have been reading and wresting with John Steinbeck for weeks and have finally arrived at the dark and foreshadowing moment that turns our ongoing conversation into an argument.

Slim drowned the puppies.

Utility is a new and rich theme for high school freshman to consider. In my class we often use Socratic Seminars as a means of organizing our conversations. My protocol looks like this:

  • Students are given a specific selection of reading to cover and annotate (1-3 days)
  • Students are asked to prepare a “launchpad”, a question or comment meant to accelerate or redirect the conversation
  • Students are paired with a partner that is going to observe their participation during the seminar
  • We create a large table in the center of the classroom
  • One partner sits at the table and the other sits in an outer circle
  • The conversation begins with a volunteer sharing their launchpad
  • Once the conversation has slowed we switch partners and repeat

Our seminar for this section of Of Mice and Men was deep. Students politely argued the value of animals as companions and as free/living creatures and we discussed at length the rights of a person to take the life of another creature because of perceived value. The conversations eventually led to humanity.

Steinbeck uses the dirty, sickly and seemingly useless dogs as a tool to show us how insignificant we can sometimes make other people. This scene from the film adaptation of the novella shows the same struggle with Candy’s dog:

 

The utter frailty and simplicity of his characters’ lives are what make Steinbeck my favorite. They all come from a mess, are living a mess or are headed for a mess. They aren’t villains or heroes. They are real, and sometimes real people might not have utility; might not have a whole lot of “worth” beyond their human rights, but we can’t simply say they have no value.

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