Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Contemplative Pause...

"The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes of all political and social life a mass illness. Without this housecleaning we cannot begin to see. Unless we see, we cannot think. Nothing can take the place of thoughts. If we do not think, we cannot act freely." -Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (New York: Image) 77 and 79.



Contemplative Pause...
 
Throughout this week... PAUSE.
 
TAKE A BREATH and LISTEN WITH YOUR HEART.
 
 
        What is one thing
that you can do
                      in this moment
to spring clean?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LET KIDS RULE THE SCHOOL

LET KIDS RULE THE SCHOOL

DIRECTIONS: Read the article via the link provided and respond to the following questions with your position on the topic. Write your answers in paragraph form (3-5 sentences each) in a Gdoc and submit the hyperlink to the comment box. 


1. Define: profound, impediment, flagged, critiqued, queries, inquiry, endeavor, transformative, thwarts





2. Why do you think so many students drop out of school?




3. If students had more responsibility for their own education, would they learn more? Would graduation rates improve? Explain.





4. Do you think the experiment discussed in the article will have a lasting impact on those students’ academic achievement? Why/why not?





5. Would the experiment work if it were implemented school-wide?





6. Do you think students designing their own curriculum would be motivated to challenge themselves, or would they just do the bare minimum? Explain.





7. Would you like the opportunity to design your own curriculum? Why/why not?





8. If you could design your own curriculum for one year, what would you choose to learn?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Digital Stories - One in Eight Million







YOU


ARE







ONE



IN


8 MILLION...





WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

DIRECTIONS: CREATE A DIGITAL STORY OF YOUR OWN LIFE
AND SUBMIT THE LINK IN THE COMMENT BOX.