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Nov 30

Staying Alert Through the Holiday Cheer

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Classes are now poised between the most exciting and the most difficult time of the year - they are poised between vacations.This is by far the favorite time of the year for most students. The anticipation of the upcoming New Year (and an upcoming respite from school) is palpable.More often than not, I see too many students lose sight of their academic aspirations in the anticipation of the holiday cheer.…

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Nov 16

[A/B] The Human Condition (Part II)

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

This week your children finished working on his/her dramatic/duo interpretation.These speeches are interpretive pieces of movies, literature, or poetry. Through these pieces, each child will communicate some aspect of the human condition, and in order to do this, every student will have to use his/her vocal variety and nonverbal communication to ensure the audience both understands and experiences the piece.​As we begin the speeches, children will now be introduced to the group dynamics of speech and debate.…

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Nov 16

[P.1] TEDx (Part II)

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

Students have continued to prepare their TEDx Talks, and last week was the beginning of presentations. So far, a handful of students have shared their speeches, which have covered a variety of topics from bullying to finding your identity.The class also continues to discuss Black. White. The importance of this film cannot be overstated in the wake of the current racial tensions occurring in Ferguson, Missouri.As we continue our discussion on the film, students will now begin to prepare for the debate portion of the class, and as they become more attune to each other in group discussions, they will have more effective debates against one another in the class.…

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Nov 08

[P.1] TEDx: Real World Context

By Patrick C. Ames | Classroom Updates

This week has been the ultimate "real world application" of all that your children have learned over the past eleven weeks.This is because each student is preparing a TEDx Talk for a contest sponsored by Simon Sinek. This especially significant because students were challenged to consider their purpose - their "Why" - the first week of school via Sinek's TED Talk.…

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