Monday, April 26, 2010
See the TAKS Week Schedule here.
Quote of the Day: "Science has made us Gods even before we are worthy of being human beings." - Jean Rostand
This week we will focus on team building and poetry. AVID Students will complete their "I Am" poems on Monday in class. We will perform them in class on Monday and on the other day we meet.
We will also be working on completing the "Three Ball Toss" in record time. More on that later.
The only other thing on the agenda is finishing our student Road Trip Nation videos and viewing those. They have been great so far!
Monday, April 19, 2010
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Monday - Watch class interviews of Road Trip Nation.
Tuesday - Tutoring
Wed/Thu - Tutoring first 1/2 of period; then we will finish watching Road Trip Nation interviews from class (or the original RTN documentary - we are about 1/2 finished with it)
Friday - Socratic Seminar over this text: http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/envelope-bose-5/?pagemode=print "Mom, We Did It!" An article from "The Choice" from NYTimes.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
I have been looking forward to this day for over 3 years. Today I officially became a national AVID Staff Developer. Now I can give back to teachers just like I was supported these past few years.
Very excited about this whole new world of opportunity and I can't thank everyone enough.
My students, parents, principals, colleagues, and district have always believed in me. But mostly the thanks goes to my best friend and most supportive force in my life - my beautiful wife. Thank you honey. Can't wait to see you and Aidan.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
The bus will leave from Maplebrook Elementary at 7:20 Saturday morning.
There are three elementary teachers riding the bus. Ms. Isbell, Mr. Jeffery, and asst. principal April Maldonado. Please give these teachers your names and cell phone numbers. If your parents decided to pick you up early, they must locate one of these teachers to let them know. The busses will depart immediately after the awards ceremony.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
"People are in a rush to start their lives, and it's sad...the rest of their lives, they're working at something they don't enjoy." - Al Merrick, Founder of Channel Islands Surfboards.
First we'll write our Goal of the Week and we'll do it in our Road Trip Nation groups. This will give groups a chance to touch base on where they are at in terms of RTN interviews. Then we will read a blog posting by Anne Paik about the college application process:
APRIL 4, 2010, 7:30 AM A Sheaf of Rejections, But Still ‘Fabulous’ By ANNE PAIK
After reading and discussing her blog posting, we'll watch a tv interview with the writer that created "The Choice" on New York Times.
Tutoring and Road Trip Nation Interviews. We'll watch the Road Trip Nation interviews that have been completed so far. Great job everyone!
If we have a gap in them, or finish them all, we will
watch a finished Road Trip interview from the RTN Youtube site from Hoover High.
About the video: Hoover High School AOIT students embark on their own Roadtrip Nation projects. Roadtrip Nation has evolved into a PBS series, three books, an online community, and a student movement. We send people on the road who are interested in exploring the world outside their comfort zone, talking with individuals who chose to define their own road in life, and sharing their experiences with our generation.
We will spend the period writing our Life Goal rough drafts. If there is any time at the end of the period, we'll see a portion of a group's Road Trip Nation video.