Friday, May 24, 2013

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Scribe 5-17-13

Think that the class will be with you and not against you.
Rehearse rehearse rehearse and YOU WILL DO GREAT!!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Scribe Pd3: May 13th 2013

                        Today in English  we started by watching  the video " I Will Not Let An Exam Grade Decide My Fate" It helped the class to remember that our grade on the final does not matter as much the point we get across. Then we had work time for our Ted Talk.  Smith also reminded us that the room is avalible MWF 6th  to practice your speech.
Work on your Ted Talk and practice speaking

Thursday, May 9, 2013

AWNM Meaning p5

AWNM Meaning Period 3

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Scribe 5-8-13 Period 3

Today we started and completed our MAPS testing.  If you missed this talk to Smith about when to take it.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dan Pink 2013

Dan Pink Discussion

Monday, May 6, 2013

AWNM Empathy/Play Period 5

AWNM Empathy/Play Period 3

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Scribe Period 5 5/2/13

Scribe Thursday 2, 2013

Due today:

  • Make sure you have your topic for your TED talk finalized

We started the class off today discussing due dates and time tables for upcoming events:

  • TED Blog Post 6 due Tomorrow-Do a really good job!!!
  • In order to be prepared, have an outline prepared tomorrow for your TED talk
  • Have a more detailed outline with attention getter, thesis, and any other information for Monday
  • Submit Daniel Pink questions to blog tomorrow
    • Ask questions that haven't been asked before
  • There is a fishbowl on Monday on Empathy AND Play

The rest of the period was work time:
  • Work on TED Blog Post 6
  • Work on outline on your TED talk
  • Mrs. Smith came around and helped with TED talk
That's it! Yay English!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1st,2013:Scribe Period 5

Hello Everyone!!!

Today TED blog 5 (free choice) was due today.

In class we watched TED talk 6 "Once Upon a School" by Dave Eggers.  This talk is an example of a TED wish/challenge. Also 3 of Smith's former students that answered questions about the TED talk.
Advise: Practice, practice, practice

One thing everyone should know: Don't stress  pick a topic your passionate about, don't wait until the last minute.

Smith also has provided a schedule for the next few weeks to help schedule what to work on in your TED talk.

5/2- TED idea done,
5/3- TED outline (OUTLINE BELOW)
5/4-5- AG, thesis, visual

5/6-1 topic, Empathy/play fishbowl
5/7- 2 topic, Dan Pink day (second hour)
5/8- 3 topic, Map testing
5/9- TED wish/challenge (MAKE IT SPECIFIC)
5/10- Full speech done
5/11-12-Practice intro
5/13-Practice 1
5/14-Practice 2
5/15-Practice 3
5/16 Practice 4
5/17-Practice 5
5/18-19- Practice Twice
5/20- Practice Twice

Outline for TED Talk

TED Wish/Challenge


Dan Pink Question

Please post your thoughtful and articulate question that you would like to ask Dan Pink live on May 7

Scribe: April 30th, 5th Period

Hello Everybody,
Today we had two sophomores come in from Mrs. Moritz's class last year. They gave us ideas and tips on how to do our TED Talk at the end of the year.
Some of these tips were:

  • Practice, Practice Practice
  • When speaking, try to keep yourself from rushing through
  • When picking a topic, try to pick something you are passionate about
Smith then went over the differences between the Ignite presentation style and Pecha Kucha presentation style. Ignite is a slide show controlled by you. You decide when to go on to the next slide. This gives you a chance to speak at your own pace. Pecha Kucha is a timed, 20 slide presentation. This allows you to not have to worry about clicking to the next slide. 
Smith also went over the ideal outline for the TED Talk. It is not required you follow the outline, but Smith does need to know what you are talking about by Thursday.
Smith handed out a packet called "and the Special Circumstances When They Do". This is a follow up to the packet we had a few days ago called "Reasons Carrots and Sticks Don't (Often) Work". Both of these packets are by Dan Pink.

HOMEWORK: TED PLN 5-Due Wednesday. This one is free choice, so it can be on ANYTHING

Read "Empathy" in A Whole New Mind by Thursday
Read "and the Special Circumstances When They Do"
Come up with your TED Talk Topic by Thursday

For more info see Smith's webpage here.

Also, Wednesday is a PLC Day.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Scribe 5th period 4/29

Homework: Read empathy, TED blog #5 due Wednesday BEFORE CLASS.

Today we had a fishbowl on Symphony.
 The inner circle talked about how it seems like that there aren't any right-brained people and jobs in Asia, if purpose is interior or exterior motivation, and what symphony means to us.

Have a great Monday! :)

AWNM Symphony Period 5

AWNM Symphony Period 3

Friday, April 26, 2013

Scribe 4-26 Period 3

Today we had a shortened class period. Smith signed our schedules if we planned to continue on in honors, also if we decided to continue on in honors we got a summer reading schedule for the books we HAVE TO read for American Lit Honors. Smith also talked about planning your ted talks.
1. Write out you speech
2. Break down to an outline
3. Break down to key words or phrases

Also start thinking about your visuals. On your visuals don't have a large amount of text, think about using one word to emphasize your point. Smith posted an outline of what to do each day leading up to finals week. Smith also recommends practicing our speech in one minute chances. So practice one minute, then two, then three.

A possible outline for your ted talk could be something like as follows:

-An Attention Getter
-Point 1 and a story that emphasizes your point
-Point 2 and a story that emphasizes your point
-Point 3 and a story that emphasizes your point
A wish, solution or problem solver

We then watched a TED talk by Clay Shirky on cognitive surplus. Watch the video here. Our response is due on our blog before class on Monday.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Scribe for April 25th - Period 3

In class today, we completed a fishbowl regarding the chapter "Story" in A Whole New Mind, and also turned in Ted 2 before class. Before hand, we also received a tasty treat for winning the fundraiser.

Our Homework included
  • Read "Symphony"  in A Whole New Mind due Monday
  • Also read the docs Smith has given the class to expand your learning
  • Ted 4 due Monday
  • The big speech (still a little bit away)
  • Ted 3 due tomorrow
  • "RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us" by Daniel Pink

    On Mrs. Smith's power point she recommends you follow these guidelines to produce a well written blog post.
    • hyperlinks to original sources
    • refer to author by last name
    • punctuate titles correctly
    • extensions: need more than just a link, explain and connect
    • Response: react don't summarize
    • overuse of author's name
    • personal words!!!! I, you, me, my, our, we us
    • don't quote in summary- summary is meant to put author's words in your own words to show your understanding not the author's
    • two separate paragraphs
    • posted before class
    • because in response topic sentence
    • lead-in's to quotes
    The video
    Check Agenda for further help or check Mrs. Smith web page.

    Hope this helps,
    David Merkel

Scribe for April 25th - Block 5

Scribe for April 25th - Block 5
The first thing we did in class was we ran over Smith's suggestions for how to get better grades on your TED Talk blog posts. Then, she talked about our TED Talk final and tips on how to succeed. Lastly, we had our fishbowl over Story.

Improvement for TED Blogs:
-Hyperlink to original sources
-Refer to author by last name
-Punctuate titles correctly
-PROOFREAD: don’t post without proofreading
-Extensions: links are great but explain and connect to
-Response: react, don’t summarize (Smith said Sarah M’s response really good)
-Overuse of author’s name (instead use she, he, they)
-Personal words!!! You can get past them
-Don’t quote in summary: summary is meant to put author’s words in your own words to show your understanding, not the author’s
-Two separate paragraphs (One for Summary, one for Response)
-Put a because in response topic sentence
-Lead-in’s to quotes

People Smith linked to as great examples:

TED Talk Tips
-Smith encourages: Get TED Talk idea/topic done!
-Smith mentioned a day-by-day list of how she recommends your time schedule for the project goes. Here is a link to the document.

Smith’s layout of TED Talk:

AG - Attention getter (story, quote, poem)
Conclusion (sum everything up, call to action)

-Practice in front of family/parents, get feedback - As Smith says, “Practice like the dickens.”
-Take every chance you have - The more you can say it, the more it is going through your head, the better it is
-Do it in car, on the way to work/school, record it and listen to over and over
-Find out what works for you!

What was due today:
-Read Story in AWNM, fish bowl/CoverItLive
-People who got extensions, TED Talk #2 Blog due today (if not posted by now it is a 0)

-TED #3 due tomorrow, on Daniel Pink’s “The Surprising Truth on What Motivates Us”
-Read Symphony in AWNM, Fishbowl Monday

Link to the daily agenda: Week 15

Tomorrow is Friday!

AWNM Story Period 5

AWNM Story Period 3

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Scribe April 24, 2013 P5

Scribe Wednesday 24, 2013 (Link to Agenda)

1. Blog Post 2 was due before class today on YOUR PERSONAL BLOG, so make sure you finished and posted it
2. We reviewed homework which is as follows:


  • Read and prepare for Fishbowl Friday on Story. Remember that the READING PACKETS from Pink’s drive are also included.
  • Submit  Blog Post 3 due Friday BEFORE class on Pink’s “The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”
  • Blog Post 4 due Monday before class-use your time WISELY because Monday is a busy day
  • Read and prepare for Fishbowl Monday on Symphony
  • Read “Seven Reasons Carrots and Sticks (Often) Don’t Work”

4. Mrs. Smith gave us time to work

Other Information

  • We will be making up MAP testing on May 8th, so don’t forget!
  • If for some reason, you cannot complete a Blog Post by a due date, you can ask for an extension, but IT MUST BE THE DAY BEFORE IT’S DUE!
  • You can use the RSA Animate format used in “The Surprising Truth...” in your own TED talk

Scribe Period 3 April 24

Hello Class,
So here's what happened in class today:

  • Incase you forgot, TED Blog 2 (which was on a TED talk of your choice) was due today! Make sure it is done and posted on YOUR PERSONAL BLOG!
  • Some announcements that Smith made today:
    • We will be making up our MAP test on May 8th so be there and be prepared!
    • Monday is going to be a BIG DAY! We will have our fourth fishbowl for A Whole New Mind on the chapter about Symphony and TED talk 4 is also due
      • Keep in mind, if you are drowning in stress and homework, you can talk to Smith about getting an extension but keep in mind, all things come with a price and the price of an extension is doubling up on blog posts
  • In class today we watched the RSA Animate video (the video for TED blog 3) titled "The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Dan Pink (<- thats a link to the video) 
    • A RSA Animate video is like a TED talk but the presentation is a constant drawing describing what the speaker is saying
    • Keep in mind that you can use this style for your TED talk 
  • After the video we had work time to do whatever we needed to do!
  • Smith also passed out another reading packet from Dan Pink's Drive which you should be reading even though Smith is not checking to make sure you read it 
Well, thats about all we did today! Hope this was helpful! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday April 23rd- Period 5


Today Smith gave the class TED blog suggestions for the next TED blogs, as well as examples that exceeded expectations.  In class we were given time to either work on TED video 2 or read "The Rise and Fall of Motivation".

Smith also put forward the option of having an extension on one of the TED talk responses.

1.TED Blog 2-With the options If I should have a daughter..." and "The power of vulnerability", or there is the option to choose your own TED talk

2. Read "The Rise and Fall of Motivation 2.0".

3. Be sure that you are caught up on "A Whole New Mind" (read through Story) for the fish bowl Thursday

Period 3 Scribe - Tuesday, April 23

Hello everyone!

Today we started off by talking about TED Blog 1 grades. The grades were in as of this morning. Some went beyond the expectations, and others met the "Gentleman's C".

Here are some suggestions for future TED blogs:

  • Summary void of reaction
  • Topic sentence in response needs a why, needs a because
  • Don't summarize in response; react
  • Don't quote in summary; summarize in your own words
  • things: be specific
  • keep summary to summarizing text, video; don't analyze speaking style
  • refer to people by last name not first name
  • eliminate personal words
  • lead-ins to quotes
  • explain and analyze speaking style; comparisons

-Sarah M

The rest of the day was a work day.

The homework for tomorrow is TED Blog 2, and be reading A Whole New Mind.
"If I should have a daughter..." and "The power of vulnerability" are options for TED Blog 2, but you can choose any TED video.

When you get a chance read "The Rise and Fall of Motivation 2.0".

Design: Period 3

Monday, April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013 - Period 3 Scribe

Smith was not here today so Mr. Rosenberg was the substitute.
We took the entire class time to fishbowl over the chapter Design from A Whole New Mind.
TED Blog 1 was due today before the start of class.

- Fishbowl over Story on Thursday
- TED Blog 2 is due on Wednesday (We watched "The Power of Vulnerability" and "If I Should Have a Daughter" in class but you can do it on any TED talk you want.)

Design: Period 5