Monday, November 26, 2007

Emerson Aphorisms

Please cite the aphorism that struck you the most in "Self Reliance". An aphorism is a short statment that expresses wise or clever observations about life. Please elaborate on its meaning and the overall significance and connection to you.
Was there anything you disagreed with regarding Emerson's insights? Explain.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Franklin Virtues

Everyone must answer ALL the following questions:
  • What is your favorite Franklin quotation from his "Autobiography"? (Please cite the quotation in the text and comment on it).
  • What character traits did Franklin possess that made him a successful man? Make sure to elaborate. What makes others (maybe you, perhaps) admire him?
  • Why do we work to better ourselves? Is moral perfection attainable?
  • Which virtue on Franklin's list do you think is most important? Why?
  • Which virtue do you think we need more of? Explain.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Salem Interactive Game

After playing the interactive game to find out what it was like to be accused of witchcraft in Salem, please answer the following questions with thoughtful responses:

a. Which of the trial questions struck you as the most ridiculous? Explain.

b. Did you confess? Why or why not?

c. How could this relate to a modern situation?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

21rst Century Skills

Please answer all the following questions. You must read at least five other people's responses and comment or question on at least one other student in your own reflection.

Seeing that you, as a whole group, are considered the "Net-Generation", what real world skills do you need in order to succeed in the global scheme of life? If public education must prepare you for the "real world", what should we help to prepare you to do? When you think about the inevitable future, what concerns you regarding your place in a vast, competitive, innovative global market?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Your Learning

Please repsond to ALL of the following questions/statements-make sure to label your answers accordingly: (Please make sure to proofread and use complete sentences)

1) What is the value of learning?

2) What is your role as a learner?

3) List two qualities of an effective student

4) List two qualities of an effective teacher

5) List one expectation you have of this class (what will make this a great class?)

6) What type of environment will help us learn, thrive and have fun?