I watched a striking TED Talk (shown below)
from Sir Ken Robinson called "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"
Then I had a conversation with my students about how they have so much information available on the internet that they can use to educate themselves. "What do you want to know about?" I asked. I directed students to TED.com where they could watch TED Talks or visit TED Ed videos.
They watched videos that interested them and wrote persuasive paragraphs so I would choose their selection.
Below are the winners! Enjoy.
Which one is your favorite? Keep learning from TED. They are "Ideas Worth Spreading"
The famous person that I am thinking of is long gone and past. He was born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He moved to Memphis. He got his first guitar when he was eleven years old. He was called a king because of the work he had done in music. He sang a song called Heartbreak Hotel. He sadly died August 16, 1977. Most people these days do not remember or even care about him but other people (like my grandma) still very much like him and still listen to his songs. He was one of most talked about people in the music industry. He’s kind of a legend.
Question of the Week
I asked my mom what it was like growing up with 8 younger siblings and her being the oldest. My mom replied, “There was always trouble and never a quiet moment. I was like second mom to the younger ones. I cooked, cleaned and did laundry. I always had to babysit and did not have free time like you. We always had to share everything.”
Unlike my mom I am the only child but I still do those things but for my little cousins. Knowing my aunts and uncle it’s not very surprising seeing that they got in trouble. My aunt Pag, Cindy, Yer, and Mailee tell me a lot about when they were growing up and a bunch of stories and occasionally my mom will tell me a few, like how one time she burned her arm. Other than that I feel bad for my mom since she was the oldest. Maybe you should ask your parents how it was for them growing up, too.
2 Truths and a Lie
1. I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I can remember. When I was little I used to play “School” with my friends. I always got to be the teacher. When I went to college, I studied to be a teacher. Once I graduated, I got a teaching job here at Palermo teaching 6th grade. I taught 6th grade for one year and 7th grade for about 12 years before I became the Vice Principal.
2. I love to travel. I have been to fourteen countries in Europe (Spain and Italy were my favorites). I have been on four cruises to the Caribbean and one to Alaska. In the United States, I love to visit National Parks and historic monuments. A few of my favorite places are Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks, the Oregon Coast and New York City. This summer I am going to Glacier National Park in Montana and then driving to Banff National Park in Canada.
3. I worked as a firefighter for Cal Fire for thirteen seasons. I worked on a fire engine and went to wildland fires, structure fires (fires in buildings), car accidents, and medical calls (if someone was having a heart attack, etc.). I fought fires all over California and was always ready to respond to emergencies. It was an exciting job!