Monday, October 26, 2009

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.

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