Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This one will make you think twice...



                                Two Traveling Angels.


Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the
mansion's guest room.

Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied,

"Things aren't always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears.

Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel,

"How could you have let this happen?

The first man had everything, yet you helped him," she accused.

"The second family had little, but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die."

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied.

"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall.

Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it.

Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead.

Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until sometime later...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Safe Travels...

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots.
Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.
I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.
I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there.
I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump,
And I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go,
And I try not to visit there too often.
I've been in Flexible,
But only when it was very important to stand firm.
Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.
One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense!
It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart!
At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
And, sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life shows me I am not!
I have been in Deepshit many times; the older I get, the easier it to get there.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What is the PURPOSE OF SCHOOL?

The purpose of school is to provide students and teachers the opportunity to facilitate thinking - the interpretation, consumption, and production of ideas, which consist of both respected values and beliefs as well as innovative concepts and theories -  that ultimately results in the commencement of a new generation of independent thinkers and the preservation of civilization.



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving is coming, so I prepared a lesson to teach my students the true meaning of the holiday!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Monday, November 14, 2011

EVERY MOMENT COUNTS...

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life." -Charles Darwin

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die | Video on TED.com


R.I.P. Steve Jobs. Thank you for creating a world of opportunities for all of us through your passion, creativity, and innovation.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Project Exchange on Metaphor Machines



Driving Question: "How does change occur?"


 While reading about Metaphor Machines on the Project Exchange website, and the focus on change as an element within society and its impact on learning, I was reminded of one of my favorite films, HALF NELSON. Ryan Gosling plays a history teacher with some bad vices but still manages to be a good teacher (in the classroom, anyway). He spends much of his time teaching his class about history and the science of change. I thought you might enjoy this clip that I found. Check it out!





PLEASE VISIT PROJECT EXCHANGE AND READ UP ON METAPHOR MACHINES: http://www.envisionprojects.org/cs/envision/view/env_p/193

The Giving Back Foundation




 The Giving Back Foundation was established in 2010 by Meera Gandhi with the support of her husband Vikram Gandhi as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Its beneficiaries are carefully selected existing charities around the world, with special emphasis on women and children in need.

 Directly assisting education of women and children, addressing illness, poverty and suffering are the primary activities of the Giving Back Foundation, whose motto is, "We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it."
The Foundation also exists as a platform for debate and discussion, as philanthropic activities continue to evolve around the world.


THIS IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION IN SUPPORT OF A WORTHY CAUSE. PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AND CONTRIBUTE WHAT YOU CAN:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Teachers, these are your students... WELCOME TO THE 21st CENTURY!

This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it serves to motivate district level leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so.




This awesome video was produced by B. Nesbitt.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

CCTS PROS/PEERS Summer Leadership Academy, Week 1

FRIDAY (7/8)
VISITORS FROM THE U.N.
Mr. Wayne Jacoby and Ms. Ellen Firestone, representatives from the United Nations, came to visit us on Friday to teach us about the U.N., deliver a message about human rights, and prepare us for our trip to the U.N. Building in New York next Friday.





















THURSDAY (7/7)
LEADERSHIP FASHION SHOW
It's always important to dress for success, as we learned on Thursday during the 1st Annual Leadership Fashion Show, organized and presented by Tito and Ziajah.

APPROPRIATE.














 INAPPROPRIATE!








Friday, May 20, 2011

THINK DIFFERENT!



Field Trip Opportunity: Performance of "To Kill A Mockingbird"


I think that I am going to plan a field trip
to see one of the most important literary works of all time
at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey!

...AND IT'S NOT EVEN SHAKESPEARE!

Monday, May 2, 2011

GOD BLESS THE USA!

Ten years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the American people have been delivered long-awaited and much anticipated peace of mind in the news that Osama Bin Laden is DEAD.

This is justice. This is resolution. This is commencement.


Kill TERRORISM.


Live for PEACE.


GOD BLESS THE USA!



President Barrack Obama tells the American people that the leader of Al Quaeda and mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been killed:



LET US NEVER FORGET THE INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON 9/11/01 AND THE BRAVE SOULS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES THAT FOUGHT AND DIED IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM IN AFGHANISTAN TO BRING THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES PEACE OF MIND AND PROVIDE NECESSARY PRESERVATION OF OUR COUNTRY AND WHAT WE STAND FOR.


Friday, April 29, 2011

MOTIVATION

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? In my opinion, too many people are driven by things that are surface and materialistic. This is a problem. The extrinsic rewards will only take a person so far in life. The intrinsic rewards are what makes our heart beat. You can make your house look nice on the outside, but you need to furnish the inside with love and care to make it a home. We live in homes, not cardboard cutouts. People need to go beyond the surface to find substance and meaning, and therein lies true motivation and purpose for living. I feel that motivation that burns within the fire of passion and desire is what people should bask in. This motivation burns bright with flames of enlightenment.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination (13-Minute Version of Documentary)

 THE SCHOOL BELL HAS RUNG...AND IT IS ALARMING. IN 13 MINUTES, YOU CAN EXPERIENCE 4 YEARS (OR 2 MILLION MINUTES) IN THE LIFE AND LEARNING OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ACROSS THE GLOBE. LEARN ABOUT HOW AMERICAN STUDENTS COMPARE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD IN EDUCATION.

PART 1

PART 2

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Power of Words

“Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.” -Simone Weil


"There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication." -John Dewey

Friday, April 8, 2011

DIVERSITY ART & ESSAY CONTEST!


for high school and middle school students

The Interfaith Dialogue Center (IDC) is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Diversity Art & Essay Contest for students 9th to 12th grade in New Jersey. Students will be awarded more than $10,000. This year's theme is Who is My Neighbor? Visit the contest website for more information.

IDC's Art & Essay contest for middle school and high school students was held first time in 2010. We received over 750 entries from all over NJ. You can see last year's Award Ceremony and winners by visiting this link, and this link. You may watch the video of the award ceremony, just click here. There are important values that help keep societies afloat, with this in mind IDC has undertaken this important project. IDC organizes the DIVERSITY ART&ESSAY CONTEST to instill some of these values in our young and to give them a forum with various platforms in which they can express their understanding and analysis of these values. Contest will be held in two categories where students will be awarded generously. More information is available at our web site.