Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Information on Lonestar Kingwood College Classes @ AHS this spring

[COMPASS and ACCUPLACER are the two computerized college placement tests offered at LSC-Kingwood. Both tests cost $29.00 for the full battery and $10.00 per section.]

HOUSTON (Dec. 14, 2009) – High school students and community members interested in taking evening college credit courses in the spring at Atascocita High School will have an opportunity to register in early 2010.
Lone Star College-Kingwood, which began offering dual credit classes in 2006 and evening college credit courses in spring 2008 at Atascocita High School, will station its Mobile Go Van and its advisors at the school to help students and adults register for courses available in spring 2010. The van will be on campus Jan. 4 -7 from 3 to 7 p.m. All spring classes begin on Jan. 19th.
“We began offering courses at Atascocita High School because it is always a good idea to bring education closer to where people are. We will build a center that is going to open in September 2011, so this is just a start to a long commitment to the Atascocita area,” Professor Honora Diaz, chairman of Behavioral Sciences at LSC-Kingwood, said. “Our goal in offering courses at the high school is to continue our ability to make education accessible to the community because we are a community college. We are financially accessible and physically, we are accessible.”
To register for classes at the Mobile Go Van, new students must take a placement test at LSC-Kingwood to decide if they are college ready and which classes are appropriate for them. In addition to taking or having test results on file, people must also bring documents, for example a utility bill, that state whether they live in or out of the Lone Star College system. Diaz said that it is good idea for people to bring paper copies of their records such as their transcripts and diplomas.
Courses available for the spring semester at Atascocita High School are Composition and Rhetoric I, American Government II, General Psychology, U.S. History Since 1877, College Algebra and Public Speaking. In addition to those courses, the college will offer two new classes: Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to the Teaching Profession.

Criminal Justice, taught by Lt. Albert Johnson with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, will give students an introductory glance into what the broad topic is all about. According to Johnson, they will learn about the causes of crime, social aspects in regards to which environments cause it, what careers they can explore, and much more.

“I want to show them what law enforcement/Criminal Justice is all about. A lot of people believe that what they see on television is what really goes on but, that is not true. That is only a small portion of what goes on. The other part deals with things such as budgeting, communication, writing grants and other things students will also learn about,” Johnson said.

Road Trip Nation article about AHS in the Atascocita Tribune

Very nice article about our field trip to Deer Park for Road Trip Nation.  Very cool.
The article is written by Kim Melchor.  She is a great supporter of AVID (Her son is a senior in our AVID program).
Define your own road in life 
Monday, December 07, 2009
Kim Melchor
Humble students explore careers with Road Trip Nation

 Photo: Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner, Humble ISD instructor David Duez and Humble ISD AVID program sophomores explore the big green RV. Photo courtesy of David Duez
Define your own road in life. 
In 2001, four college friends took off on a four-month road trip in order to look for inspiration in their career paths. Equipped with a camera and an old, lime green RV, the group traveled the country in pursuit of people who do what they love for a living.  On  Nov. 2, more than 300 students from Humble ISD, Deer Park, Fort Bend and Pasadena had an opportunity to hear about the experiences of co-founder Mike Marriner at a special appearance of the Roadtrip Nation Experience. The program has evolved into a PBS reality show, several books, an online community, and sends students out on the road in order to talk with individuals who “chose to define their own road in life.”

Humble ISD sophomores in the AVID program were specifically chosen to attend the event. Last year, Roadtrip Nation created  a partnership with the national preparatory AVID program  in order to provide a classroom materials and instruction to disadvantaged and underachieving students. Atascocita High School Avid instructor David Duez called the program, “exactly what our sophomore students need.” He said that students who might otherwise get worn down are inspired by the program. “They are really connected to it.”

Students who attended the event at Deer Parks High School’s south campus had a chance explore the big green RV, as well as watch an live interview with a local businessman.  State rep. Wayne Smith was also in attendance.
Based on funding from PBS and AT&T, the Roadtrip Nation Experience provides workbooks and DVDs with supplemental videos and interviews based on certain themes. The program is described as an “interactive, multi-lesson curriculum designed to facilitate self-discovery and give students direction in exploring different passions in their lives.” Duez said that students explore topics such as risk, success, and failure, and what it has meant to successful people. He explained that many students had previously, “never looked at the idea that failure is not a bad thing to learn from. Some are so worried about mistakes that they don’t try things.”

Duez said that the program teaches students that there are many roads to success. “For those who don’t make it to college, there are other ways to succeed.”

Road Trip Nation in broadcast on Sundays at 12:30 a.m. KUHT-TV Channel 8. Interviews are available on the program’s Web site at http://www.roadtripnation.com.

© 2008 Ourtribune.com

Monday, December 14, 2009

Agenda: Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "Work is love made visible."  - Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese Poet

1.  Finish College video presentations
2.  Time to review for final exams in tutor groups.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Agenda: Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

Quote of the Day: "When you quit something it starts a habit. Don't ever quit." - Anon.

We will present College Video projects in the junior class and then have time to study for finals with classmates.

The sophomores will present their people/questions that they are targeting for the Road Trip Nation interviews that they will do this spring.

We also watched this video. A reminder that we should not quit until this semester is over!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Final Exam Schedule

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009
7:25 - 8:50 1st period exam
9:00 - 10:25 3rd period exam
10:35 -12:00 5th period exams

THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2009
7:25 – 8:50 2nd period exam
9:00 – 10:25 6th period exam

FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2009
7:25 – 8:50 4th period exam
9:00 – 10:25 7th period exam

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Agenda: Tuesday, Wed,, and Thur, December 7, 8, and 9, 2009

Quote of the Day:  “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be” - George Sheehan quotes

Tuesday - TUTORING

Wednesday (Sophomores) - Tutoring 1st half of the period. 
2nd half of the period, discuss possible Essay questions for the final.  Possible questions:

1)  College Application Essay (About the person in your life who has influenced you the most)
2)  Road Trip Nation (A lesson, interview, or the field trip that has influenced you)
3)  College Field Trip Reflection
4)  AVID Summer Institute Speech
Essay Prompts for the Students
Think about your experiences with the AVID program and how working with AVID students, tutors and peers may have helped you change and define your life. Answer at least two or three of the bulleted questions listed below.
  • How is being an AVID teacher different from being a content-area teacher?
  • How has AVID opened your eyes or empowered you?
  • How have your students changed your belief systems and the way you view your role as a teacher?
  • As an AVID teacher, what obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
  • What is the most rewarding part of being an AVID teacher?
  • How has participating in the AVID program enriched your life, whether because of your students, tutors or peers?
5)  Letter to a person at AHS that has influenced you thanking them for 3 specific things they have done to help you.

Students also worked in groups of 3 to prepare for their presentation to the class about Road Trip Nation.  They will describe the 3 people they are targeting for their interviews and what 3 general questions they would ask each of them.  We will present them on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Juniors on Thursday:
and then we will present their College Projects (Videos and Power points about the college of their choice)
We will also discuss Final Essay questions for AVID.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sophomore - Road Trip Nation - Interview Presentation

Next Monday and Tuesday in AVID Class, the sophomores will be presenting their interview groups of 3.  They will list the 3 people (or types of people) that they would like to interview for their own road trip.  And they will also list 3 questions that they thought would be great to ask.

It is my hope that by having the people/positions and questions presented that it will equip everyone with some options for their road trips that we will be planning in the spring semester.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Man Can Fly

Motivational Monday Video.
Whether or not you think this is crazy, these are people who enjoy life.  They don't take no for an answer.  And if someone said to them, "Hey!  Go jump off a cliff!"  They would say, "Ok."

Agenda: Monday, December 07, 2009

Two Quotes for today:  "A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child." - King Moonraiser

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  On Dec. 8th, 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed Congress:  "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

1.  Goal of the Week.  And a couple of "motivational Monday Messages & Videos."
2.  Juniors will present their college video projects.  And then we will brainstorm the essays for the final exam next week.
Sophomores will work to create their group of 3 for interviewing on Road Trip Nation.  We will also brainstorm ideas for the final exam next week.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Agenda: Wed/Thu Dec 2/3, 2009

Quote of the Day: "The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away." - David Viscott

First 1/2 of the period:  Tutoring
Second 1/2 of the period: 
   - Juniors:  We will discuss the student success stories that they read in groups on Monday.  They will share their 2 things they learned and their summary of the articles.
   - Sophomores:  Will group into 3 for the Road Trip Nation curriculum.  We are working towards preparing for our interviews this spring.  It is important for us to make some progress here.  This spring most of our AVID time will be spent preparing for AP and research & writing development.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Agenda: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009

Quote of the Day:  

More than two million AIDS related deaths reported globally in 2008 - two million children under the age of 15 now live with HIV

December 1st, is World Aids Day.  
You can make a difference.

Learning Targets:


Video from last spring 2009:
Aids in Africa - Period 5 from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.
Video that details the horrible disease of HIV and Aids in Africa.

Video from 2008 spring:
Aids in Africa - Michelle from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.
Aids in Africa is a terrible problem. Michelle does an excellent job of capturing the pain that the continent is in and inspiring all of us to help.

Your purchasing power is POWERFUL. Join Product(Red) to help:

USC Draws Inspiration from No. 1 Fan

Great story. Reminds us to be thankful for what we have. And we can all be inspired by each other.

Agenda: Monday, November 30, 2009

Quote of the Day: "There is no medicine to cure hatred." ~ African Proverb

1.  Goal of the Week
2.  We'll watch the inspirational Story of a  homeless teen in LA.  (Embedded video on this blog on previous post)
3.  Juniors will do Socratic Seminar on two selections.  They will read each selection and summarize them and then come up with two collective points about it to share with the class.

A.  Newsweek Article:  Making the Right College Work for You:  "Passions, Friends, and Great Profs:  After you arrive on campus, the real decisions begin." http://www.newsweek.com/id/210895
excerpt from article:  For four years of high school, dreams of college life kept me persevering through what seemed like unbearable times of teenage torment. So when I got to college, I felt a lot of pressure to make sure it was the best four years of my life. Although I made an excellent choice in Washington University in St. Louis, it was really the decisions I made once I arrived that made my college experience what I hoped it would be.
B.  "Student Success Stories" from this website:  http://www.mycollegesuccessstory.com/success-stories/
The students will meet in their tutor groups and read the stories aloud and then discuss them.  They will circle things they don't understand and underline main points.  Then they will find at least "2 Things" from the success story to share with the class.
Sophomores will do a Socratic Discussion surrounding the inspirational story of Terry Fox.  We will discuss how he overcame his disadvantages and  how his message is one that we can learn from. 
Terry Fox Foundation

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Inspirational Story

NFL's $45 million man helps Skid Row teen's college dream link

Happy Thanksgiving

The History of Thanksgiving:

The Puritans, George Washington, FDR?  Nahhh, the real hero here is Sarah Hale.

1924 is the date of the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
1934 is the first Thanksgiving Day football game for the Lions.  (Of course, I'm not going to mention that other team that plays on Turkey Day.)

It is uniquely American.

But, of course, it's about family.  I'll be spending my Thanksgiving at home with my wife and son.  Yesterday we took a trip to Discovery Green in downtown Houston and had a nice picnic lunch and a special day together.  It's what Thanksgiving weekend is all about.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Agenda: Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quote of the Day:  “It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” - Annonymous

Juniors - We will tutor in the flex area for students who need it for tests today.  In the classroom students will work on finishing their Thankful Letter -or- Road Trip Nation Curriculum.  We will watch a couple of these interviews:

Andrew Steele - AstroBiologist
"Life is a gift. And your life is a gift. No one has the right to tell you how to use that gift. And no one has the right to try and place you into a mold or into a position that they see right for you. You have already got the biggest gift there is: you are made of stars." - Andrew Steele

Ann Telnaes, Puliter Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist, Humors Edge

"Just be ready to look at other doors. I had a lot of doors open to me that I never thought about when I was a student, and I took them. It worked out really well."  - Ann Telnaes

William Morris, Glassblower & Artist, William Morris Glass
"Would you rather have one year of utter vitality, or would you have ten years of just sort of ho-hum mediocrity? Either choice is fine. . . . Live the choice that you make." - William Morris

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Drummer, The Roots
Philadelphia, PA"I don't know if anyone who's truly successful feels a sense of completion. I think it's just a constant mission to stay ahead."

Sophomores will finish their Thankful Letters and Watch Road Trip Nation interviews.  They will be thinking up questions that they will ask the people that they interview this spring.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Agenda: Monday, November 23, 2009

Quote of the Day:  “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” - Joan of Arc


Both Soph & Juniors will write "Thank You" Letters to a tutor, teacher, counselor, or principal at school who has helped you this year.  Must be 3 paragraphs and must list at least 2 specific reasons why you appreciate them.  Be as detailed as possible.  Close with Happy Thanksgiving.  Date it and sign it. 

Juniors will then present college videos.

Sophomores will do Road Trip Nation lesson #12.

Agenda: Friday, November 20th, 2009

Jrs - present college video projects.  Watch RTN interview.
Sophs - RTN Lesson #10 and #11.

Monday - We are going to write "Thank You" letters for Thanksgiving to a teacher, tutor, counselor, principal or someone you are engaged with at school.  These will be handed in on Tuesday for a test grade.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Agenda: Wed & Thu Nov. 18/19, 2009

Quote of the Day:

1.  Tutoring for first 1/2 of the period.
2.  Juniors will present their Video Projects on the college of their choice.  If time remains we will watch RTN Lesson #7
Sophomores will watch Lesson #9 "Making it Work":

We will read this from the RTN.org Website:
    Making it work is about putting all of the other Axles together.  By now, you have been exposed to a lot of insights from the road and hopefully you have a better grasp of the common themes that bind the Leaders’ stories together.  What is important to remember as you continue on your journey is that these themes will forever weave themselves into your own life.  Now that you are familiar with them, you’ll be able to recognize that the role each of these themes plays in your life constantly evolves as your circumstances change and you continue to refine your road.  Allowing this evolution is not easy – there will be compromises and decisions you have to make along the way, you will have to maintain focus and balance, and you must continually be an active participant in order to make it all work.
    While ”making it work” includes finding creative solutions so that you can continue paying the bills while doing what you love, it also includes the ability to recognize when things need to change, knowing when circumstances are out of your control, and not being hard on yourself when things don’t work out the way that you planned.  All of these things require persistence, dedication, stamina, tenacity, and the ability to find a balance between dreams and reality.  While the ability to bring all of these qualities into your life on a daily basis seems like a tall order, the cost of the alternative – living a life that does not align with who you are – far outweighs the constant practice of making it work.
     As you begin defining life for yourself, there are going to have to be a lot of compromises you make.  For example, if you’re like most people, you may have to work to support yourself while in pursuit of what it is you are passionate about.  You might have to take a low-paying internship, or even work for free just to be a part of something you are interested in – and that’s OK.  It’s this hard work and dedication that will enable you to continue building a life around what you love, and eventually you will be able to get to a place where you do not have to make these compromises.  Just like many Leaders have done, the more dedicated you are to incorporating your passions into your daily life, the more you will set yourself up for opportunities that align with what you want to do.
Students will discuss these questions when the video ends. (We will use the RTN books to help us)

1.  Using what you have learned from the Axles of The Roadtrip Nation Experience, now how are you going to respond to the question, “So what do you want to do with your life?” 
2.  Think back to your response when you first answered this question in Lesson 1.  Now that you have had a chance to absorb the Leaders’ common themes, which, if any, of the Axles shaped your response above the most?

Agenda: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quote of the Day: "To have a second language is to possess a second soul." - Charlemagne

Tutoring! Bring a good question. Lots of tests in the next week.

Things to do:
If you are signing up for the ACT/SAT see your counselor for waiver forms.
Do not sign up without one.

Also, be thinking of a teacher, counselor, or principal that you would like to thank. We will be writing "Thank You" letters for thanksgiving next week. I'll be putting the letters in the teacher's boxes.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Agenda: Monday, November 16, 2009

Quote of the Day:

Both classes will write their Goal of the Week.  We will correct them in class - peer edit.

Juniors will present their video projects on the college of their choice. Then we will watch:

Lesson 8 : Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is an Axle that touches all others. Without it, you are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel and less likely to take risks; with it, you’ll be able to define your life’s work and have the self-assurance necessary to continually work hard defining a path for yourself. Self-Confidence can be inconsistent – some days it may feel like you can do anything and then the very next day you might feel hopeless, confused, and unsure. While this may be frustrating, this is normal, and is part of the process of taking an active role in building your own self-confidence.

Developing your confidence is a continual process of learning to trust yourself in making decisions that are consistent with who you are. Living a life that is consistent with your core is empowering and will become its own self-fulfilling prophecy; the more steps you take to align your life in the right direction, the more positive thinking will consume you. The real challenge, however, is that often the good feelings of being on your own path lag behind the actual point of action; in other words, feelings of hesitation, self-doubt, and nervousness are often felt before the good feelings, which makes it hard sometimes to take action or envision the outcome of that action.
Sophomores will watch lesson 8 - Self Confidence and also an additional interview and we will discuss self-confidence.

Agenda: Friday, November 13th, 2009

Computer Lab Time for both Juniors and Sophomores.

The Juniors are working on finishing their college videos. We will start presenting on Monday.

The Sophomores will be working on the Road Trip Nation dot org website to answer feedback questions and assignments.

On Monday both groups will do lesson #8 of Road Trip Nation - Self Confidence.

Be prepared for a binder check next Tuesday. Take Cornell Notes!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Agenda: Wed & Thu Nov. 11/12, 2009

Agenda: Tutoring and then AVID class for...

Sophomores - Road Trip Nation Lesson 7
Juniors - ACT prep and discuss the College Video Project

Friday we will be in the computer lab.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Agenda: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Quote of the Day: "Veni, Vidi, Vici!" I came, I saw, I conquered - Julius Caesar, 47 BC

Agenda:  Tutoring today.  Bring a great question.  Get some help.  First tutoring session of the new six week's period!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Agenda: Monday, November 9, 09

Quote of the Day:  "Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails... Explore, Dream, Discover."  -- Mark Twain


Juniors 4th period --
1.  Goal of the Week
2.  Road Trip Nation interview - The inspirational story of Damon Dash
Damon Dash claims he still doesn’t know what he’s going to be, yet he has always been sure of one thing: he's going to be successful. Growing up in Harlem, he acquired the entrepreneurial skills he would need to capitalize on those opportunities when they did arise. Instead of hanging out on a stoop in Harlem, as he once did, he now hangs out at his plush office in downtown Manhattan and gets paid handsomely for being there. As Dash recounts, personal tragedy also shaped his rise to the top. A turning-point occurred after his mother died. Only a teenager, he lost his sense of security and knew he had to take care of himself. Obliterated by the loss, he became fearless. At the same time, he tried to follow the Golden Rule by treating others as he wanted them to treat him. For someone who was the class clown and to his high-school peers probably the most unlikely to succeed, Dash has come a long way—without formally studying music, fashion, business, film, or any of the other enterprises with which he has been engaged. He combines an unflagging belief in himself with a strong work ethic.

 Damon Dash's Quote:  "You have to work hard - Always work hard. Don’t expect anyone to give you anything. If you really believe in something, then fight for it... Don’t let anybody tell you anything different."

3.  We'll pass out the ACT practice test books and work through those for the final part of the period.  We need to start setting our dates for when we want to take the ACT and SAT this spring.

 Sophomores - 
1.  Goal of the Week
2.  We'll catch up on some examples of Road Trip Nation lesson interviews.  Over the past week of working with Road Trip Nation our conversations have gone longer than expected and we have not gotten to a few of the video examples Mr. Duez was hoping for.   Jeff Adams, Olympic Wheelchair racer, is one of those interviews.  We'll take Cornell Notes.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

District Football Champs!

Way to go Eagle Football!  31-7 win over Kingwood.
The Eagles finish the regular season 9-1 overall, 5-1 in district and will be the top seed in the Class 5A, Division II bi-district playoffs next week. They open against Chavez at 7 p.m. Thursday at North Shore.
See the Chronicle Game article here.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Agenda: Friday November 6, 2009

Quote of the Day:


Sophomores 7th Period:

Lesson 6: Hard Work Versus Luck
     What is more important, hard work or luck? It’s no secret that luck can often play a big part in positioning you for success – being at the right place at the right time, making connections with people, stumbling across something randomly that interests you. However, it’s your hard work and talent that keep you there and allow you to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way. As world-renowned film editor Walter Murch says in this lesson video, “The world is full of people who are talented, who were not lucky and did not work hard, and washed out.” In other words, there are people all around you that may have found themselves in situations where luck may or may not have played a role; but either way, they did not have the necessary foundations in place to sustain their talent in order to take advantage of opportunities and thus could not make anything of themselves.
     In order to understand the concept of how hard work can actually position you to take advantage of luck, we must first explain what working hard means. It is easy to label things that are tedious, laborious, difficult or even boring as “hard work.” But the real question is working hard for what? If you’re working hard at something that doesn’t matter to you, there’s little value in how your time is spent. The goal is to find ways to put hard work in the larger context so that you can see the big picture of where that commitment is taking you. You want to be working hard for something that you believe in.
We will watch the video that goes with the lesson and also see this video:

Walter Murch, Film Editor and Sound Designer; Apocalypse Now, Ghost, Julia, House of Cards

Fortunately for Walter, he discovered at an early age that he had a gift for sound recording, even though he didn't take his youthful experiments seriously until after he had explored other paths, including architecture and oceanography. Always eager to push things and see what happens, he found himself in good company at USC film school, where he met George Lucas, another graduate student whom instructors identified as a troublemaker for daring to challenge cinematic conventions. Impressed by Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal, a film Walter saw while at USC, he had the revelation that maybe he could create something equally moving and monumental and at the same time earn a living. He had his chance as the sound designer for Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, one of many award-winning productions with which Walter has been involved during a long and fruitful career. Known for taking risks and breaking the rules, he attributes his success to three main factors: luck, talent, and hard work. Each factor, he explains, functions like a leg of a tripod. The trick is to keep the tripod balanced, a skill he has mastered.
Junior AVID Students will be getting 3 materials:
1)  Road Map to College
2)  Financial Aid Information Packet
3)  The practice test for ACT
We'll spend the first 1/2 of the period working on Road Map and Financial Aid information in groups.  The second 1/2 will be working silently on ACT practice test.
On Monday we'll work on the first group of ACT practice test questions in our tutor groups.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Agenda: Wed/Thu November 4 & 5, 2009

Quote of the Day:

First 45 minutes - Tutoring (Any reassessments of binders/cornell notes - See Mr. Duez)
Second 45 minutes -  In Class Timed Writing Essay for Test Grade

Sophomores will write about a Road Trip Nation interview, lesson, or the RTN field trip this week.
Juniors will be writing the MLK "Friendly Letter."

Each essay will need to include:
1)  Paragraph Form
2)  Thesis underlined
3)  At least 3 paragraphs
4)  Name, Date, Period

The Road Trip Nation essay will give specific examples of what you learned and how you related to the interview, lesson or field trip.

The MLK "Friendly Letter" needs to answer the prompt:

Prompt: Your chosen leader - Martin Luther King, Jr. - had major concerns about problems, issues, or events that occurred during the period in which he lived. After studying one of these and the leader’s life, prepare a friendly letter, written as if it were from the leader to a specific audience, in which he or she discusses the problem related to an issue or event and some of the possible causes and suggests a solution. Both the problem and the solution must be consistent with the leader’s views, actions, and goals—and the historical period.

You may use the two packets given to you in class as a resource.  They contain "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and also the "I Have a Dream Speech."

Agenda: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Quote of the Day:

& Binder Check

Monday, November 2, 2009

Agenda: Monday, November 2, 2009

Quote of the Day: "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare." - Japanese Proverb

Learning Target:  
* Create a definition of "failure"
* Understand Road Trip Nation's definition of failure and how it can actually be turned into a learning experience and an opportunity.

Lesson 5:  Road Trip Nation "Success, Risk, and Failure."

Think for a minute about writing an essay.  In school, you are asked to rewrite and rework drafts before you make your final submission.  There is a tangible end, and if you don’t make revisions or follow specific directions, you won’t receive a passing grade.  Life really works that way.  In life, you are constantly rewriting, redrafting, evolving, and adjusting where you want to go and who you want to be.  You never turn in a final draft; you’re just living with a working copy that you keep revising as you change and grow.  Once you get into your head that there is no definite endpoint, that there are no wrong answers on your path to success, it is much easier to shed the fear of failing.  Roadtrip Nation has defined failure as one of the greatest opportunities to learn and improve ourselves, or an acknowledgment that you’re pushing yourself outside your comfort zone.  It is that push outside your comfort zone in which you are making your life happen, not waiting for it to happen to you – that will always be a success regardless of the little failures that occur along the way.

Students will answer these two questions in class:
1.  Read Roadtrip Nation’s definition of failure above.  Now, redefine failure for yourself.  Through this new lens, what does the word “failure” now mean to you? 
2.  Think of a situation when you made something happen for yourself, and it didn’t work out the way you had hoped. What did you learn from that experience? Did the fact that you “failed” really matter in the long run? Explain.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

AHS Pep Rally

Glad to hear AHS is winning tonight. Watched the Pep Rally here
Go Eagles!

Agenda: Friday, Oct. 30, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "What we do in life echoes through eternity."  - Roman General Maximus from the movie Gladiator (pictured to the left, played by Russell Crowe)

 Today we will look at Lesson 3 "No Roadmap" for Road Trip Nation.
We will also see video interview examples from this lesson. 
The students answered these two questions:

It is important to remember that creativity does not necessarily have to do with art.  Creativity can be applied to thoughts and ideas in many aspects of your life.  What are three ways you could be more creative with the choices you make so that the road you are traveling on is really yours?

Think of yourself (your likes, dislikes, passions, innermost thoughts, and dreams) like a diamond.  What makes you valuable? Unique? Amazing?

Your assignment - due Monday, November 9th:
Interview a teacher.  Ask that teacher 3 questions:

1)  What was your major in college?
2)  Did you always want to become a teacher?
3)  What was your road like to becoming a teacher? 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Agenda: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quote of the Day:  Quote of the Day: "Time the devourer of everything." - Ovid, Roman Poet (pictured to the right source)

Agenda -

1)  Tutoring.  First 45 min.
2)  Sophomores (wed) - We'll look at Lesson 3:  "There is no Roadmap" of Road Trip Nation.  The assignment is to interview 3 of your teachers.  Ask these questions: 
What was your favorite class in high school?
What was your major in college?  Why did you choose that major?
Since graduating from college, what jobs have you held?
Why did you ultimately decide to become a ____________ teacher?
Take notes on what the teacher says.  
The first students to return this to me will have the chance to be our spokesperson with AT&T which will be asking for our feedback on the Road Trip Nation program.

Our field trip to Deer Park ISD to visit the RTN RV is on Monday, November 2, 2009.  Please get your permission slip to me as soon as possible.

If time permits we will watch the RTN.com interview by Pat Croce. 

2)  Juniors on Thursday -- We will be looking at lesson 1 "The MLK Friendly Letter."  You wrote those last Friday for the sub and they were "subpar."  So we'll be working on improving them in class.  You will re-write them according to the actual prompt.  When this is understood and completed we'll move on to looking at redoing the last activity on MLK's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."  We'll get in the same groups and look for actual sources of information and why you chose the characteristics that you did from Campbell.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inspiration - Elena's "Notes Left Behind"

Girl's Notes "Left Behind" Help Parents Grieve

Girl's 'Notes Left Behind' Help Grieving Parents Help Others

POSTED: 3:24 pm EDT October 26, 2009
UPDATED: 12:38 pm EDT October 27, 2009

Brooke and Keith Desserich say they never intended to write a book about their daughter.
It started as a parent's personal journal to their younger daughter Gracie, so she would be able to remember her 6-year-old sister, Elena, who was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer.
Elena Desserich
"They told us at the very beginning that she had 135 days to live," Keith Desserich said.Though her parents didn't want her to know the severity of her cancer, they feel that she must have known what was happening. The tumor slowly took away her ability to talk.But Elena was still able to write."That was her way to letting us know everything would be OK," Brooke Desserich said.After Elena passed away, her parents discovered that their daughter had left a message behind for them -- a lot of messages, actually."We started to pull out notes and they would be in between CDs or between books on our bookshelf," Keith Desserich said.Then the couple started finding them everywhere."We started to collect them and they would all say 'I love you Mom, Dad and Grace.' We kept finding them, and still to this day, we keep finding them," Keith Desserich said. "Literally, there are hundreds of notes that we found."Elena’s parents each hold onto a sealed note they've never opened."We always want to know that there’s one more note that we haven't read yet," Keith Desserich said.The Desserich family initially didn’t want the story published, but in the end, they decided they would if all the money went to their cancer foundation, The Cure Starts Now, dedicated to finding "home run" cures for all cancers.The book, Notes Left Behind, goes on sale Tuesday. The family will appear at the Joseph-Beth Bookstore on Tuesday and at Barnes and Noble in Kenwood on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. both days.

You can watch the video on the website link above.  

Agenda: Tue, 27, Oct 2009

Quote of the Day: 

“Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action.” - William Shakespeare

Today we will be tutoring.

Bring a great question and be ready to help others.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Great Field Trip to Texas A&M

Thanks everyone for making Friday's trip to Texas A&M so wonderful.  Best field trip I've been on yet.

Agenda: Monday, October 26, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire

1.  Goal of the Week - 2 sentences (1st - what is your goal, 2nd - how will you attain your goal).  Also a paragraph about last week's goal.
2.  For Juniors 4th Period -- We will read "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" in class in groups.  Each group will determine which of Campbell's 6 Characteristics of a Leader that section displays the most.
Read Campbell's 6 Characteristics from "Great Leaders Grow Deep Roots." here.
We divided into 7 groups.  One group for each page of MLK's Letter.  The students in each group read the page together, highlighted important passages, and then discussed which of the 6 characteristics were most important.  The six characteristics are:
1.  Integrity
2.  Vision
3.  Concern
4.  Creativity
5.  Results-Orientation
6.  Courage 

We are preparing to write the Essay for Assignment #2 (An in class Timed Essay):
Which personal characteristics mentioned by Campbell are central for understanding the leader you are studying (MLK)?  Why were these characteristics important when the leader lived?  How did they aid him/her to be a catalyst for change?

3.  For Sophomores Period 7- We will debrief on the Texas A&M trip and discuss the campus, our meeting with Lauren Clifford and Jarrod Johnson.  We will also take a look at this Sports Illustrated article about Jarrod:  "Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson's story is the best you've never heard." 
Jerrod and A&M beat Tech this weekend 52-30!  

Then we will watch Lesson 3 of Road Trip Nation.  

Lesson 3 : There Is No Roadmap 
It’s human nature to want to know how things will turn out.  Answers give us comfort and a feeling of security that things are going to be okay.  As a society, we tend to look at life through a very narrow lens and down a linear path of what life should look like – go to school, get a job, start a family, and the list goes on.  It’s easy to accept that there is one path to happiness, and it’s easy to find comfort in following a prescribed sequence as opposed to setting out on your own.
But the truth is that there isn’t one path, as much as many of us would like there to be.  As many of the Leaders we’ve interviewed can attest to, you never really know exactly how things are going to turn out.  We can’t control the deck of cards life deals us; we can only control our reactions.  More often than not, we make choices in life based on what feels comfortable, safe, and secure; but those are not necessarily the paths that will make us the happiest.  Many people are too afraid to make changes in their life simply because there is no assurance that things will turn out the way they want them to – but they find comfort in being like everyone else.  (From RoadTripNation)
We'll answer these two questions:
It is important to remember that creativity does not necessarily have to do with art.  Creativity can be applied to thoughts and ideas in many aspects of your life.  What are three ways you could be more creative with the choices you make so that the road you are traveling on is really yours? 

Think of yourself (your likes, dislikes, passions, innermost thoughts, and dreams) like a diamond.  What makes you valuable? Unique? Amazing? 

A great RTN inteview that can match this lesson is the Pat Croce one.  Watch the Pat Croce interview here.

Pat Croce has been working since he was eleven years old. His childhood paper route in his hometown of Philadelphia gave him a strong sense of work ethic, and the disciplinary and organizational skills he learned stayed with him throughout his life. During his college years he played on the football team, hoping it would lead to a professional career; but soon it became clear that playing pro football was not in his future, so he decided to take some time off college. He worked various odd jobs around Philadelphia. Still not knowing what he wanted to do with his life, he began volunteering at the hospital where he was introduced to the world of sports medicine: the perfect fusion of two of his passions, sports and health. He immediately began to plan his future in the field, and by 1979, he had opened the first sports medicine center in the US. Fifteen years later, he owned 40 centers across the country. Pat partially attributes his success to his paperboy values of customer service; in therapy, he works to ensure both the physical and mental well-being of his patients. His entrepreneurial spirit has enabled him to accomplish a wide variety of feats throughout his career, from owning the Philadelphia 76ers to being a best-selling self-help author.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Texas A&M Trip for the Sophomores

Reminder to the sophomores that we'll be heading to Texas A&M on Friday.  Bus rolls out at 6:30am.  We'll return at 4pm.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.  A&M has the largest campus in the nation... and we'll be doing a lot of walking.  It's 5,200 acre campus is huge!


Wed/Thu October 21/22, 2009

Quote of the Day: "A true friend is one soul in two bodies." - Aristotle

Sophomores on Wednesday
1.  Tutoring
2.  Road Trip Nation:  Lesson 2 ~ "Lesson 2 : Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel"
We will watch the lesson on DVD and then write our answers to these two questions and discuss:
  1. Imagine your life if you could follow your dreams.  What would it look like?  What would you be doing? How would you be contributing to the world?  In the space below, describe what your life would be like if you could do anything.
  2. How have you actively engaged in your life today?  When have you felt most alive and in line with your true self?  Describe a time when it felt like you were living the dream. 
Remember Baron Wolman, the Rolling Stone Photographer?  He is a perfect example of "Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel."  He has taken advantage of those moments in his life when he's had his chances.  Whether it was "being where the action was" in college with politics and being class president.  Or "being where the action was" by joining a special forces group to become a military spy.  Or "being where the action was" by taking photographs of the Berlin Wall.  Or taking advantage of his opportunities by becoming a Rolling Stone photographer.  Check out his story here (especially if you were absent and missed class):  Baron Wolman Interview from 2008 Road Trip Nation

Juniors on Thursday

1.  Tutoring.  
2.  "Watch "I have a dream" speech by Martin Luther King.  Follow along with the words of the speech.  Annotate & mark the text.  Write questions in the margin that you are needing answered.  Discuss after wards parts that you may not have understood or want to emphasize.
3.  Using the ACR Curriculum (AVID College Readiness Curriculum) we will do the first assignment that was given last period - the "Friendly Letter" assignment.  Instead of writing it out of class we will write it on Friday in class.  
Prompt: Your chosen leader (MLK) had major concerns about problems, issues, or events that occurred during the period in which he or she lived. After studying one of these and the leader’s life, prepare a friendly letter, written as if it were from the leader to a specific audience, in which he or she discusses the problem related to an issue or event and some of the possible causes and suggests a solution. Both the problem and the solution must be consistent with the leader’s views, actions, and goals—and the historical period.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Agenda: Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 2009

Tutoring today.  Come with a great question, leave as an improved student.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Agenda: Monday, October 19, 2009

Quote of the Day:  "One man with courage is a majority." - Andrew Jackson

1.  Goal of the Week is due:  1 sentence that describes the goal.  1 sentence that explains how the student will accomplish the goal.  Also a paragraph about last week's goal at the bottom.
2.  Juniors - Will see video clip on MLA Formatting and Plagerism.
YouTube.com Video:  Your Writing Not Someone Else's 
Sophomores - Will go to the computer lab to sign up for Road Trip Nation.
3.  Juniors will also look at Martin Luther King, Jr. as our subject of our ACR- AVID College Readiness writing assignment.

We will look at the "I have a Dream" speech and look at Campbell's Six Characteristics of Exceptional Leaders to find evidence of each characteristic.
We are working towards an in class writing assignment that will be a "Friendly Letter" from MLK written by the AVID student.

Watch the MLK "I have a Dream" Speech here
1.  Goal of the Week
2.  Plagiarism videos
3.  First writing assignment, pass it out. Discuss Campbell and MLK and the assignment
4.  Show the I have a dream speech video clip and then read out loud the I have a Dream Speech in class.

Use campbell and the i have a dream speech to determine which parts are showing which characteristic.
Write a sample friendly letter

Fri w/sub
1. Watch the I have a Dream speech
2. Have the students write quietly in class their "Friendly Letter from MLK."