Overhand Knot Activity

31 01 2008

We did an activity today – the Human Overhand Knot.

Students were determined to meet the challenge and be the first to succeed in this (of my groups).

It was an excellent social skills challenge – perfect in bringing out the best and worst in many students.

Please reply below if you have any comment.


High School Is…

3 01 2008

Please leave a comment with your response to the above prompt.  Be thoughtful and detailed!


25 11 2007

If you get a chance, check this out.

Assets Checklist Results

13 11 2007

Both our 7th/8th grade and our 9th grade social skills classes completed the Developmental Assets Checklist last week, and I have published the results online in a Google Spreadsheet. You may notice some interesting differences in the age groups.

Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

Here is the spreadsheet

Free Rice dot Com

8 11 2007

I didn’t think it would suck me in like that…but here I just spent 15 minutes filling a rice bowl.

I guess it was more of a virtual filling of a real bowl…er, I virtually filled the bowl with rice…?

Anyway, http://freerice.com is the spot. My principal showed it to me today.

here’s a link to a screenshot:

Developing Assets in our Students

2 11 2007

With the beginning of a new quarter comes a new unit to study.  In this case, we are going to be working on a program from Lutheran Social Services called Asset-Building for young people.  Apparently, studies indicate that students who have more assets have more success in life.  Well, I’m hoping that a few months honing my students’ assets will do just that.

Sometimes this stuff seems kind of canned, but I’m hoping we can relate it to the kids’ lives enough that they get some immediate benefit from it.  I’m thinking it’ll be an easy segue from our “Extra-Curricular Documentary” unit that we are finishing Monday.

I would like to upload the videos that students created for the aforementioned project, but I did not get many permission forms for Internet publishing that I hoped…so we are limited to a local audience rather than seeing what the whole world thinks of our work.

Extra Curricular participation and Success in School

21 10 2007

Since I’ve chosen to take several weeks out of the school year to focus on an activty requiring students to look closely at an extra-curricular activity, I was wondering: is there any data out there that would suggest a correlation between increased participation in extra-curricular activities and success in academics?

Students are required to interview advisors and members of specific extra-curricular activities and then report on them.  The hope is that, given a little knowledge about activities that are out there, students may be more inclined to participate in them (and then maybe have a greater bond with school and subsequently more success).  Maybe it’s a stretch.

Any thoughts?

Here is the lesson plan: Extra-Curricular Documentary