Wednesday, December 12, 2012



(Today' Blog:  Your post must include a response to both questions and an additional question of your own based on the topic.  You must respond to, two posts and respond to their thinking question.)

The first industrial revolution began in Britain in the late 18th century, with the mechanisation of the textile industry.  The second industrial revolution came in the early 20th century, when Henry Ford mastered the moving assembly line, thus the start of mass production. 

 If there is a third industrial revolution, what do you see as the factory of the future?  How will these changes affect the job market that you will be facing in the next 5-10 years?

Monday, December 10, 2012

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by:  Charles Dickens

Industrial Revolution in England:  The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century made possible the manufacture of cheaper toys and goods for people to exchange with each other.  It created a class of poor factory workers who lived in miserable, crowded conditions, and it also created a class of wealthy business owners.  In A Christmas Carol, Dickens urged these wealthy citizens to give to the poor at Christmas, helping to establish the tradition of charity during this holiday season.

In Scene I Scrooge is quoted as saying, ".. if they would rather die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population."  

What does Scrooge mean by this quote?  Do you feel that our society today has the same attitude towards the poor and destitute as did the businessmen of the Victorian Era?


Friday, November 9, 2012

How important is money? Does it really make the world go round? Does it buy happiness? 

Money makes everything go round on the traditional "Black Friday" and Cyber Monday madness. Did you feel like Thanksgiving was an after thought?  With stores opening on Thanksgiving Day, some all day, I felt the need to "gobble" down my aunt's chicken and noodles and forebode the date pudding. 

Social Media  was the biggest outlet for "Black Friday" frenzy. It was the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and November 23 marked the busiest day of the entire holiday season and marked a substantial increase from last year's data. Were you part of the frenzy? 

 Look at just a few of the statistics from this year alone: 

*  Early promotions this holiday season provided a 17.4 percent increase in online sales Thanksgiving Day. 

*  The increase set the stage for a 20.7 percent growth on Black Friday. 

*  Mobile consumers provided the biggest growth, with sales reaching 16.3 percent, led by the iPad. 

*  The iPad generated more traffic than any other tablet or smartphone, reaching nearly 10 percent of online shopping.  WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THE iPAD WAS THE LEADER IN ON-LINE SHOPPING?

*  Shoppers referred from Social Networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube generated .34 percent of all online sales on Black Friday, a decrease of more than 35 percent from 2011.  WHY DO YOU THINK THIS HAPPENED?  INTERESTING!
Were you a part of the "Black Friday" frenzy or "Cyber Monday" shopping? As you look at the statistics above, what thoughts do you have about money and the role social media and technology plays in the whole "Black Friday" mystique?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

21st Century Skills


Although 21st century skills may sound like knowing how to download pod-casts, search Google, or find free apps on your I-Phone, business leaders and educators know the skills people in the post-industrial economy will need in order to thrive and be successful.  Do you have what it takes to thrive in the 21st century?

*  Collaboration- Do You?
- take responsibility for the quality and timeliness of your work
- accept shared responsibility for group work
- apply or encourage strategies for discussion and decision-making
- identify and prioritize goals and tasks
- respect ideas, opinions, values, and feelings of group members
- work well with diverse group members

*  Critical Thinking and Problem Solving- Do You?
- recognize and define problems accurately
- gather information from a variety of sources and evaluate the information
- organize, analyze, and synthesize information to develop well-reasoned conclusions and solutions
- consider alternatives; recognize implications and practical consequences

*  Presentation/Communication- Do You? 
- use effective oral presentation skills
- create media/visual aids that enhance content delivery
- gauge audience reaction and adjust presentation
- respond to questions appropriately

Do you have what it takes to thrive in the 21st century?

Monday, October 15, 2012



Stop Bullying!

“When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.”
Chris Colfer

Bullying is a problem in which we can't control. What really is bullying? I believe that bullying is a huge problem in the school, the state, and the Nation (and of course the world).
This year 827,161 kids are bullied every day! So how do we prevent bullying? We work together and try to fight these bullies with our voices!  Speak up to your bully and stand up for yourself; the problem will never get fixed unless you do something about it.

Bullying is just plain being mean. What is bullying to you?  I have been verbally bullied throughout my school career, and it stinks! When I am bullied, I feel like no one appreciates me, and I feel plain dumb. Verbal bullies are the WORST and make me feel like an outsider.

What type of bulling affects you the most, and how does it make you feel?

Here is a quick video on bullying.  Listen closely before posting your response.


Monday, October 8, 2012

"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

As I read this poem, I wondered what connection Frost was making between nature and youth in the line, "Nothing Gold Can Stay."  Why do you suppose Ponyboy refers to this poem while sitting on the steps of the church, gazing over the mist of the valley?  Is he thinking about his own life, his youth, conformity, peer pressure, ...........? What part of Ponyboy's character do you mirror yourself?  After all, isn't there a little Ponyboy in all of us?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Watch this video before responding to the Blog

 The concept of Digital and Web Literacy is new to most of my generation and generations before me.  In fact, my mom, who just turned 78, bought her first computer just four years ago.  Mom has yet to create her own website or write an award-winning weekly blog, but she has taught herself to e-mail, create folders, scan, print, conduct web searches, and use the word processor, which is amazing.  

I'm a digital immigrant as well.  I laugh when I remember that my big senior gift before going into college was an electric typewriter; I was the envy of all my friends.  My only educational preparation for the literacy world I live in today, was a Fortran Computer Programming class I took my senior year in college.  I knew nothing about computers; but I did learn how to program one! I haven't programmed a computer since then........

Today, I'm a member of a tech-enabled world, which allows me to participate in and critique a vast array of information on a minute-to-minute basis.  My real challenge is to prepare my students for the rapidly changing world they live in.  What should Digital Literacy look like in the classroom today?  

*  Students need to UNDERSTAND technology and how it operates- the BIG picture

*  Students need to CREATE using new technologies- the ability to voice through creative technology venues

*  Students need to CRITIQUE incoming information - analyze and synthesize from a multitude of perspectives

As you think about your future and look at the changing world around you, what role do you see Digital Literacy playing in your life?  In your career? Are you prepared?  What changes in Digital Literacy do you see in your future?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Last week we read an enlightening article titled, "Life of Reilly," which explored stereotyping in high school sports.  After our Socratic discussion, it was apparent, that most of us are guilty of labeling others on a daily basis, both in and outside of school.   So the question arises, when and where does all of the labeling and stereotyping start?  What has programmed us to make judgements about other people?  I pondered these questions myself.  Interestingly, I found the photo above in a news article this weekend.  It is a classic pictorial of stereotyping.  What message do you think this photo is screaming to its readers?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


THE OUTSIDERS.............  9/19/12 

Reading a novel can sometimes be intimidating.  Just the thought of reading a "novel" can deter many of us from even starting a book.  The number of pages can inhibit many of us from tackling our first novel as well.  Place all of your anxiety aside and gear up for the exciting "Coming of Age" novel titled, The Outsiders, by H.E. Hinton.  

As we delve into the world of stereotyping, cliques, and gangs, through the eyes of S.E. Hinton and the "Socs" and the "Greasers," ponder the essential question, -How can we combat student and social inequalities at Lincoln Junior High?

...... Let me back up.....  Do we have student and social inequalities at Lincoln Junior High?