Thursday, May 25, 2017

may 25

JOURNAL TOPIC:
Today's the day.  But... the day for what?  Explain your answer.

--or--

Choose your own topic.

AGENDA:
1. Journal
2. Masterpiece Academy:

may 25

JOURNAL TOPIC:

You find a scorpion in your shoe.  The hard way.  Describe the moment in vivid detail.

--or--

Choose your own topic.

AGENDA:
1. Journal
2. Masterpiece Academy

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

masterpiece academy day 5

Thanks to Marino for his presentation about the science and passion behind high performance.  I got such a kick out of thinking about soccer so hard that I said the same exact thing about practice and basketball that I did yesterday.  Here is Marino's presentation, and-- bonus!-- my favorite rant about basketball practice.







In case you're dreaming of getting better at your own life, check out this presentation from Luis:
[update: Huh. The next generation of Prezi seems to have hiccups with its embed code. To see more than the square below please click HERE.]



Alexis taught us about the American school system.  This was a powerful moment.  We learned that:

  • We spend $153,000 per student.
  • Teachers don't have adequate training and they don't get to know their students.
  • The schools prepare students for prison.
  • Since we spend a lot of money on our students, we're ranked highly by the OECD, but we don't show positive results for students. 
  • Asian cou
  • We always hear about Finland because their students work on hands-on projects and they perform much better on exams and in life.  They don't hate learning.
  • American parents also need to be more involved.  This is difficult because so many of our parents work hard and they're tired at the end of the day.  (Only five students out of 30+ raised their hands when Alexis asked how many people talk about school every day with their parents).
  • 80% of American high school students aren't ready for life after graduation.
Jeez. We can do better.


masterpiece academy day 4

may 24

JOURNAL TOPIC:
"Good luck."  What a bunch of crap.  We know better.  Since the 1600s we've had sayings like, "The harder I work, the better luck I have" and "Chance favors the prepared mind."  So why do so many of us ignore the obvious and just hope for the best without taking the right-minded action that will more likely create the results we desire?  Why leave your fate to... well, fate?  What can you do today to improve your luck?

AGENDA:
1. Journal
2. Masterpiece Academy: Jordan, Luis & Alexis

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

may 23

JOURNAL TOPIC:
Write a short story that includes the following ingredients: an alligator, a cafeteria worker, a magic lamp, and an allusion.

AGENDA:
1. Journal
2. Masterpiece Academy: Cesar & Eldrin

Monday, May 22, 2017

may 22

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "I Don't Like Mondays" by The Boomtown Rats]

Please reflect on the Masterpiece Academy presentations you've seen so far.  What have you learned?

--or--

Why do you like/hate Mondays?

AGENDA:
1. Journal
2. Masterpiece Academy Day 4: Lesley & Adriana