World History through the Arts
September 12, 2013
Palm Beach History:
know thyself requires a bit of research into how thy self got to be
thy self. Here's
an article from Discover Magazine
From the Big Bang to Martin Luther, hammer in hand, nailing 95 theses on that door in Wittenberg, Germany. That's our class. This week we're asking the question, "When did humans first appear on Earth?"
Students are asked, as part of their extended study, to visit the BecomingHuman.org website and view the video. The video will be referred to in class and you'll be asked to use information from the video in a J/S entry.
Students will listen and watch as Dr. Donald Johanson, the very same person featured on page 8 from Chapter 1, Section 1 of our textbook explains and leads an anthropological investigation into our earliest ancestors.
In class we'll be using our Journal/Sketchbooks (J/S) for the first time to begin recording our journey through two million years of human history.
are Essential Skills an integral part of this class?
Within this 21st century skill framework there are common strands, or learning skills, that will allow students to thrive in the world of work and to be productive entrepreneurial citizens. Tony Wagner, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a guest at an Oxbridge sponsored symposium held this past summer at the Palm Beach Convention Center, labels these "survival skills" as (1) critical thinking and problem solving; (2) collaboration and leadership; (3) agility and adaptability; (4) initiative and entrepreneurialism; (5) effective oral and written communication; (6) accessing and analyzing information; and (7) curiosity and imagination. Wagner proposes that schools use academic content to teach these skills at every grade level, and be accountable for a new standard of rigor. (Wagner, 2008.)
"Trust, but verify!"
"Where you stand
Paradigms are mental models that filter incoming data. So what? Our competing successfully in the coming years is dependent on our accepting, no, EMBRACING change. Our paradigms can prevent us from seeing and dealing with the one constant of our future: Change.
One problem: People generally don't like change. Why change if what you've always done has served you well in the past? Change is scary. Change can be, to misquote Martha Stewart, "A bad thing."
Our study of Paradigms begins with Thomas Kuhn and ends with Thomas Friedman. Along the way we'll see how using our understanding of Paradigms will equip us to compete in the 21st Century.
In class this week we will view a video from a fellow named Zig Ziglar. He'll give us the formula that successful people use to achieve great things. Here it is:
we graded in WHttA ?
It is expected that assignments will be submitted when due. It is understood that there are extenuating circumstances that may preclude this from happening. Students will conference with the teacher when this situation arises. A case by case review will be in effect. Otherwise, a grade reduction of 10% per day may be imposed.
Great Links of the week:
The link to ALL the TED Talks!
National History Day www.NHD.org
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to develop your Essential Skills personal skill set go here:
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