Sunday, January 24, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
We will be supporting the Aeropostale Teens for Jeans program again this year! We will be collecting jeans (teen size to adult) from January 19th until February 11th. The advisor with the most jeans donated will win a dress down day!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The marshmallow experiment is a famous test of this concept conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University and discussed by Daniel Goleman in his popular work. In the 1960s, a group of four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined via surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
- What do you think of the results of the study?
- How do you think self control can help you in school? How does it make you a better student?
- Why would someone with self control be a more dependable person?
- What are some things that you have difficulty controlling in your life?
- Design your own marshmallow test...what items could you use to "tempt" other students in your advisor group?
NPR has great current even resources here. They also have an incredible multimedia page that has video and podcast articles about what is going on in the world today as well as in the arts. You can even listen to podcasts of the news on an hourly basis.
Friday, January 1, 2010
We are what we do is a small way to get your students thinking about doing things to help make the world a better place.
Here are 5 ways to use it in your advisory.
You will need to register yourself. I plan on using it to track my advisor's actions as a group. You can even have your advisor come up with a simple action and launch a campaign! Here are some sample actions that students are doing right now!
The questions below can be done individually or as a group, but if they are done in a group, make students feel comfortable knowing that they don't have to answer every question. You can have fun with this and have students take their own self portraits with a camera and post them in your room.
- What did I learn last year?
- What was my greatest accomplishment over the past year?
- Which moment from last year was the most memorable and why?
- What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this year?
- What can I do right now to make this year less stressful?
- What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming year?
- What was last year’s biggest time sink? – Steer clear of this in the future. Setup physical barriers against distractions if you have to.
- Am I carrying any excess baggage into the year that can be dropped? – Physical clutter, mental clutter… eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may shine bright.
- What have I been avoiding that needs to get done?
- What opportunities are still on the table?
- Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to?
- Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘Thank You’?
- How can I help someone else this coming year?
- What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years?
- Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals?
- What’s the next step for each goal?
- What am I looking forward to during the upcoming year?
- What are my fears?
- What am I most grateful for?
- If I knew I only had one year to live, who would I spend my time with?
Know the news is part of Link tv, where it give viewers a perspective on world news that might not be typically seen in the United States.
One is a Remixer activity where students can edit news clips of the same event from different countries or networks, add their own commentary, and post it online. Teachers need to register in order for their classes to participate.
It also has a News Challenge game that can be played without registering. Two different short news clips are shown, and then questions are asked about them.
Finally, in its Watch and Rate exercise, viewers rate different clips on journalistic qualities.