Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
SHORT ACT DAY (23 minutes total)
First, Smith read off the schedule for the class (click here for today’s schedule).
Then two former TED Talk students (one of them from Moritz’s class and one from Smith’s) gave their tips. To listen to their tips (combined with Smith’s), click here (it’s 13:02 minutes long).
Smith then discussed the Shirky Summary Response, asking what the importance of our global-connectedness through technology is… She said (that Shirky said) that we can change the world, because collective intelligence is so huge that it can create results of great communal and civic value (citing Syria, Egypt, Kony 2012, and Ukraine as examples of where the collective information brought issues to light). Smith stressed that we go further in our response than just the speech of Shirky. She said that we keep limiting ourselves in our writing; she asked that, instead, we extend our thinking.
Smith then talked us through a 3 minute mental health check (the overall consensus was that everyone was STRESSED OUT).
Homework: TED Blog 4 due tomorrow, read Symphony
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Today was fishbowl .
HW: Blog 2 due tomorrow, Possibility is for a choice blog is Duckworth’s grit
You should have lots of comments on your first blog.
- you should have the link to the video in your blog
- think about verbs, using digital enhancements,
- don’t use because in topic sentences,
- link to sources, extend,
- focus on spacing
- look at the word color,
- analyze speaking style,
- don’t use personal words
- look at blog after you post it
we then looked at our schedule :
The first page should have the schedule that we desire next year for first and second semester with section and course numbers
Ex: open master schedule, find American Lit. Honors
If want Mrs. Ackerman 2nd hour
Amer. Lit. Honors ____I_______________________________________________________>
Tips on scheduling:
- Start with core classes then work with that
- Don’t do schedule in pen, do it in pencil
- Have enough alternate classes that if you don’t get what you want, then you can get another class that interests you.
- Be calm during arena schedule
- Get the teacher initials before the 28th
- Use the practice sheet, it’s not required, but it is smart
Tomorrow is going to be work time, and 15 min. of discussion time on design. .
a few Questions
Comment From Eliana
Would you buy something that is not good looking? Would you buy something that does not have a function?
Comment From Kira P
Does everyone have the capability to be a designer?
Comment From Paige Paulsen
Would it be fair to say that public schools try to offer a wide variety of subjects? Would it be better to have many specialized schools or maintain the current standard of teaching a little about a lot in one setting?
Comment From Steven Hindman
How much does this hammer cost?
Comment From Comment From Steven Hindman
How about this one?
A few answers:
Comment From Caroline McPhillips
Eliana: I think it depends on how well the product works. I think that company would have to market their product more and "harder" if that makes sense
Kira: I definitely think that we all have potential to be designers, and I think that our ability to comprehend things differently gives us more f a chance to do design. Just the fact that we all learn differently proves that we are all original
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sir Ken Robinsons’ “How Schools Kill Creativity”, expresses how the school system fails to conform to all types of genius. Robinson proves this point by displaying the traditional learning system and how it destroys unconventional subjects.
Sir Ken Robinsons’ How Schools Kill Creativity”, accurately portrays that the education system today is discouraging kids to have creative jobs. The system does this by creating a hierarchy of subjects, making how students learn the same for every subject, and depicting mistakes to be unacceptable. Ken says that current public schooling holds the “core” classes as more important than classes that incorporate creativeness (Robinson). Richard Florida explains the importance of creativity “The key to economic growth lies not just in the ability to attract the creative class, but to translate that underlying advantage into creative economic outcomes in the form of new ideas, new high-tech businesses and regional growth (Florida). This shows how important creativeness is to the economy and ultimately the future. How students learn is very important and affects how effective a learning environment is. Robinson states that almost every country learns in the same way and it demolishes creative urges (Robinson). General Psychology defines learning as “acquiring relatively permanent change in behavior through experience” (general-psychology.weebly.com). With the same experience we will never learn anything new. Proving that our public schooling system is distinguishing new ideas. What students learn in school today is how to be right and that being wrong is not acceptable. Robinson states that kids today are formed to think that being right nine times out of ten and all other mistakes are fatal flaws. Creativity is based on performing mistakes. James Joyce once said “mistakes are the portals of discovery” (James Joyce). This quote explains that without mistakes the human race would never advance. With these philosophies absent in schools society will never evolve from the industrial revolution. Creativity is the bridge to enlightenment and advancement. Without creativity society will always be stuck in the past.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Remember: Design chapter must be read and annotated by Thursday (for the fish bowel), the first TED Talk is due Wednesday. Here's the blogging expectations and here's the link for the 1st video.
Mrs. Brock came in to talk to the class about the personality exams we did. She first describes introverts and extroverts in order to help us understand our classmates and our learning needs. For example extroverts need to talk out their ideas and thoughts, while introverts want to think before they speak. She then spoke about sensing and intuitive types, thinking and feeling students, and judging and perceiving types.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Scribe April 10, 2014
- Mrs. Brock is coming in tomorrow so we need to take the personality type test on Naviance
- Results on Naviance personality test need to be printed and brought in by April 11 (reminder: it is just an online test, it is not an oracle).
- Next Fishbowl has moved to April 17 since the 16th is registration: Our discussion will not just focus on Design but also development, don’t limit yourself on those 18 pages before the portfolio. Remember to read the introduction to the 6 senses as well.
- Sentence due on April 11
We have 2 blogs due next week Free choice for Friday, And Sir Ken Robinson is due on wednesdayStart ahead and you might want to look a week ahead so you can make your life easier by starting during the weekend
Mrs. Lewallan then helped us set up an account on Naviance .
(You can find her in the Guidance Center)
To register you need a code. Everyone in class got one today, but if you lost yours or need one, you can obtain a Naviance code by contacting Mrs. Lewallan.
To register on Naviance: .
Begin at the Arapahoe Home Page
Click on the Student tab
click on Naviance Family Connection
click on “I need to register”’
enter the 6 character registration code
complete required information (email that you’ll most likely look at and password)
Remember login information
password: password you created
To take the test: .
Log into a Naviance account (You should get familiar with it)
Click “about me”
Click “my personality type”
Click “start assessment”
The Assesment will take about 15 minutes in total
Print out the graph page with a “narrative” of you.
when you are done, print it or take a screenshot immediately because it might not be accessible later on.
Read through it quickly
Choose the one that you are most like
You get better results if you choose the first gut feeling you have
Don’t ponder on the choices
We then talked about fishbowl: .
We talked about how there were lots of views and the difference between discussing nonfiction and fiction. We decided that this book was scary if you were left brained with strong opinionated views. As well, since it is so easy to debate, Smith gave us the advice to be careful to explain your thoughts without “poking people in the stomach”. Smith then gave us a few suggestions to help us in fishbowl, such as:
- questioning the things you know are true makes you stronger
- Discussions can be real fruitful if we have that open mind and bring in outside resources
We then took the type test, make sure to print it off (found on Naviance) .
2. we then took the brains test online, it isn’t 100% percent accurate (found on power point)
3. Then take the fun exam (found on power point)We then had our own time to either converse, write our summaries, read, annotate, etc.