Friday, May 13, 2016

Students Want to Know

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 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"


Famous Person
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! 

-Ms. Farrar


  1. Ms.Farrar-I think #3 is a lie


  2. Ms.Farrar I think that 1 and 2 are the truths and 3 is a lie because I know one is the truth because you told me that you always wanted to be a teacher and I know 2 is the truth because you also told me that you go all over the country and you have all the pictures you took when you went all over.


  3. Ms. Davis and class - thanks for the TED Talk recommendations. I will check them out when I have a chance.

    Brenna - "He's kind of a legend" is kind of an understatement. He's definitely a legend. If you go to Las Vegas you may even see him!

    Faith - wow, 8 siblings! I can't imagine. I have one brother and that is plenty.
    I'm glad that you don't have the same responsibilities now that your mom had when she was younger.

    Keep up the great work kiddos!

    Ms. Farrar


  4. Brenna- He is a big thing he is known as the king of rock and roll
    Ms. Farrar- I think #3 is a lie and also my family is from Italy.

  5. Ms. Davis- I really enjoyed TED talks! Thank you for introducing them to me! :)

    Brenna- I know who your famous person is, I really enjoy listening to .... with my great grandma.

    Faith- That is so cool that your mom is the eldest of eight, funny story I am the oldest of six!!!

    Ms. Farrar- I think number 3 is a lie. I really want to travel the world someday especially Italy!


  6. Brenna it is Elvis Presley
    I have 13 brothers and 6 sisters

  7. Students - #3 is not the lie! I really was a firefighter for 13 years.

    Ms. Farrar

  8. Ms.Davis- I really like those ted ed videos they're awesome. Awesome another field trip.

    Ms.Farrar- I think #2 is a lie.

    Brenna- It's Elvis Presley.

    Faith- Looks like your mom had to babysit a lot! I only have 2 brothers and 1 sister.


  9. Ms.Farrar I think three is a lie .



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