Wednesday, May 5, 2010


In the article "Transparent Algebra: In-Class Part 2 of TBD (When are we ever going to use this Wednesdays)" Karl Fisch explains that as a teacher in the past he often received the question "when are we ever going to have to use this?". Mr. Fisch explained that he never really knew why but he knew that it was important. I have often asked this same question. The important part is that I have also learned that everything that is taught to me is truly important. Not only do they open up opportunities for a good career, but they also prepare you for higher level courses, and for life. Do you think everything you learn has importance, even if it is not apparent at the moment?


In the article "Ainge: Towel antic was 'unprofessional'" ESPN explains that during the Boston Celtics game two of the eastern conference finals, Celtics president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, threw a towel in the air during a free throw shot by the opponents near the end of the game. This article proves that even the best and most elegant of us have a competitive edge that shows. This article is important to me because it shows me that even if I am pumped and excited about a game, or about anything, I need to control my actions and stay under control and exhibit good sportsmanship. Do you think it is important for people to control their competitive edge?


In the article "2txt? Or Nt2txt?" Garrison Keillor explains that he travels a lot and during his many travels he has discovered that young men seriously lack social skills. He explained that young women are much easier to talk to as strangers and young women are much more welcoming than young men. He explained that this may be because of the effect that texting has on the youth. He claims that 75 percent of people from ages 12-17 own a cell phone and more than half of these kids use it for texting. This number proves that valuable conversations are being taking away and texting is teaching no social skills to young men. This article is important to me because I believe that I am one of these young men who are lacking social skills. This article proves to me that I should not text so much and just physically interact with the people that I want to talk to. Although I do believe texting is resourceful for when you cannot talk to someone face to face and either have a great desire or just wish to talk to that person. Do you believe it is important to have interactions with people instead of just simply texting them?


In the article "Our Boys Are Falling Behind in Education" Dottie Lamm explains that it is proven by recent studies that 60 percent of students at an average co-educational college are women. She also explains that even the men that do make it to college are doing far worse than most of the women in college. Dottie makes a very good point by saying is what we really want to have a female dominate world. This article is very important and proves that I truly do need to work very hard in school. My English teacher Mrs. Smith has claimed many times, since we are an all boys English class, that boys need to get it together in school. This article proves that we really are falling behind women. Also it shows that we need to get it together and start to work harder in the classroom. Do you think it is important to work hard in the classroom?


In the article "Sources: Evans deal worth $56.7M" ESPN explains that Jahri Evans of the New Orleans Saints football team is now the highest paid lineman in pro football. ESPN describes that his contract is worth $56.7 million and that he will receive $19 million in the first year of his contract. This article proves that professional athletes are paid in very large margins. This article is important to me because it proves to me that these men who work hard in what they do receive the rewards they deserve. It gives me the determination and the examples that will help me work hard in everything I do. This article is also important to me because it shows that work is not about just making money, but it should also be about doing what you love while making money and experiencing the rewards. Do you believe it is important to work hard in everything you do?


In the article "The End of Books? (For Me, At Least?)" Will Richardson explained that he loved books, but he had recently discovered an application on his new ipad that may have changed everything for him. He used an app by the name of kindle which allows you to read digital books on your itouch, iphone, or ipad. He was at first skeptical because he loved to make notes and mark up the books he read. The issue was that he could not figure out how to make digital notes. He then made a twitter post looking for some help and discovered that there is a way to mark up your books digitally using an Amazon account. This matters to me because I am not a huge reader and with all these new advancements, reading may become more entertaining. This is important to my school because this can help save them time and money and also paper by using these new technologies. Do you think these advancements will help our world improve?


In the article "Rethinking How Students Learn" Will Richardson explains that he had recently written a chapter in a book by the name of "21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn". He explained that in the chapter he had written, he had covered the fact that even if schools do not realize it, students, and the way students learn is forever changing. He also covered the fact that throughout life, people change rolls from teacher to student at some point. For me, this is important because I know I must adjust to what my role is, whether I am teaching, or being taught. This applies to my school and other schools because it shows that students and their learning styles are absolutely changing as we speak, and while many schools are very good at adjusting with students, also, there are some schools that could work on this. Do you believe it is important for a school to adjust with its students?