World History through the Arts
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 all the way to yesterday's lead story reported on the NBC Nightly News. That's our class. We begin our study of World History with the Big Bang and the period before humans even existed.
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 13.7 billion years of history and 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 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 we will view a video from an old fellow named Zig Ziglar. He's a guy that made a lot of money motivating people to do the incredible things we're all capable of achieving. Over the years everyone from NFL teams to Fortune 500 companies have employed him. If you've ever heard of Tony Robbins then you have an idea of what Zig is all about.
He'll give explain the formula that successful people use to achieve great things. Here's the not so secret formula:
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:
National History Day http://www.NHD.org
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