Below are two videos that may help you with what we are doing in AVID and in US History class. Both are our ideals and social contract hearings that we are all working towards. I hope the videos help you in your pursuits to be a philosopher king. You might add them to your notes. Best Wishes.
So many of the students have learned to use the social contract. Many are learning the CLIC—Content, Literacy, Inquiry and Citizenship—as helpful markers to why we are studying these historical events. We have talked about this California framework idea and how each topic relates to a larger picture of American history. The idea that equality in our lives helps us to promote an environment that we all can learn in is KEY! There are still, however, a few that have not tried to implement the ideas and are getting behavior cards and journals frequently. These students are not making the grade and so are seeing fewer improvements. These students are having the hardest time achieving, because they are still trying to grow their prefrontal cortex, and in some cases refuse to positively add to our class culture for all students' success. So the year has begun to take its toll on how our students acting out negatively school wide. Get all your friends to follow the social contract. Are you trying? Really trying?
Executive function—being able to regulate ourselves—is our goal to be ready for college and high school. The majority of students have tried to create the elements of the interactive personal notebook to meet the rubric score they want, A,B,C.... It is not enough to want a grade, but use the techniques in class to make that grade come to fruition. Do the work get the grade! Many students in every period are utilizing these tasks and are making great strides of becoming scholars of history. We have talked about using other's ideas or taking info from the internet. Work being cited is important to know so you are not plagiarizing someone else ideas. We have talked about the 7 Things that Hold Americans Together from UCLA Prof. Robert Dallek. We have worked on SHEG and primary sources [Wayback Wednesdays]. We've worked on focused notes for the chapters. Our class has worked on space, place, and time for our course. The important connections we make to current events from notes on CNN 10, for example, will help you later in high school and college. The tool of laptops and website access has helped you get to information more quickly into your IPNBs. But your attitudes towards your learning to become philosopher kings is what is most important. Do you want your society to be just and fair while you become a philosopher king? Do you want to be a philosopher king? Are you up to the challenge of learning?
Suggestions to ask yourself:
•Does the left side [output] clearly show my thinking or restate what I already worked on?
•Can the left summarize all my thinking and it shows my new thinking?
•The output shows my best effort.
•I have synthesized all the info on the right before I created the left side.
•I have highlighted or annotated the right and I have shown that to the reader.
•I have worked with the textbook and went over my notes a second or third time.
•I have highlighted areas I am unclear about.
•I have asked for help when stuck.
•Areas I am not clear about I will bring to the class and discuss.
•I have used all my time well in class.
•I have really tried my best on the notebook....
Students not making the grade:
I have spent 15mins a night?
I have used the class time given to me to clear up confusion or instructions?
I am trying my best?
I am sleeping 8 hrs?
I am not breaking the social contract everywhere I go?
Why am I getting journals and behavior cards?
Why am I not trying my best?
Should I ask for help and try more?
These are the thoughts you should try to answer. Many of you who are worried about your lower grades ask for extra credit. Answer these questions on an output for extra credit in the new notebook. Write the questions on an input and you can get extra points. Honesty in your answer is the key to getting points added. Please remember to add to new notebook's Table of Contents.
Philosophie: Salon Center
Everyone of us is living history. We all have a story to tell and the ancestors that came before us that carved a way for us to become a new member of civilization. We also are learning that we are all related genetically and culturally in the family of humanity. All people’s past becomes part of all of us, and will always be completely intertwined with the entire world community.
From time to time we will have some ideas from words that give us wisdom about our world. Writers are some of the most insightful people that understand our modern and ancient world quite well. Feel free to read, think, comment on these ideas. It seems that some of the students would like to debate issues of government, economics, and history. This can be a forum for this idea. Also if you would like to do formal debates in class we need to prepare debate rule and procedures. This can be a start and then we can decide if we will proceed to bring the debates in class on topics we study. Please follow our classroom rules if you decided to write on the blog. Make sure that you ask questions, and be helpful, and mature in all your interactions. This can be a helpful way for you to share what you have learned and what you want to learn, or just share ideas. Also just submit an idea through an email, or web contact, and we can maybe add the idea. Send a picture with the suggestion for the classes. Thank you.
Photos above left to right: The Solon, by Raphael was a depiction of the place where ideas were discussed and debated. Greek democracy in the public sphere. Here is the philosopher Seneca talking to Nero-Claudius Cesar Drusus Germanicus [Roman Emperor 54-68 BCE]- about society,law, politics, ethics and morality. Anthem for the doomed!
Students can also decide to add a topic that can be approved and monitored by Mr.C. Please be responsible and follow the social contract. You can share ideas and questions on your now topics about our class. Friends can help each other study with their devices. Please only students, but fell free to share the forum communications with your family. This can be a source for all students.