Friday, February 27, 2009

Seduction poem/ Persuasive poem

This is a poem where you are trying to convince somebody of something they don’t want to be convinced of. The poem is an argument, an attempt to persuade. Think about all the situations where you are trying to convince somebody of something: getting out of a ticket, getting mom or dad to not ground you for breaking curfew, getting a date with your dream girl/boy, getting mom or dad to give you more money, getting a teacher to let you turn in late work.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Homonym poem

Brenda Hillman wrote a brilliant poem called"Cleave and Cleave" which examines these words that sound and can be spelled the same but have opposite meanings. I'd like you to think of two words that are homonyms but mean different things. , e.g. lie and lie, stone and stone, bear and bear, write and right. Here is a complete list.Think of an emotional situation in memory that these homonyms might speak to, then imagine yourself "encountering" each of these words separately, in concrete examples- e.g. you are writing your name on a blackboard as a child, over and over; the sun is spilling in the window, fading the slate as you write. you start to think about your "right" to be yourself, and you look at your self, the clothes you are wearing, your hands, etc...Then bring both words together at the poem's conclusion, like Hillman, who dramaticized the words' opposite meanings by ending with two strong sentences: You might say, e.g." I will write my name over and over on the glass." Then, "I will disappear: my right."This poem is taken from The Practice of Poetry by Behn and Twichell.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oprah Winfrey poem

I am going to collect all of your secrets and redistribute them. With another person's secret, write a poem telling the story of that secret as if it were your own and addressing what you think about it. You could even look back at the secret as if you were older and wiser.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Table of Contents poem

I was searching through The Practice of Poetry looking for some fun new ways to approach kids writing their own works and came across an assignment called "Index/ Table of Contents Exercise" by Lee Upton. I liked the idea of their life being a listing of where they came from and where else they can go from here. When finalized, the assignment came out as, "List ten significant people events in your life. Think of your life as a book; these are the chapters. Group together what can be compiled. Make sure to create a creative title for each chapter using a poetic term. Also the numbers of pages in a chapter should be reflective of their importance. "

Here is a link to previous examples, but beware, do you want to be influenced or create your own piece of you?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What is poetry?

Without going to Wikipedia,, or any other website, tell me what poetry is to you? Do you like writing poetry? Why or why not? What kinds of poetry have you written before? What kinds of poetry do you NOT want to write?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Questions for Mr. Pink- The List

Nicole S.
In light of America’s current economic crisis and where you see it headed, how would you like to see America’s youth take action?

My class watched a video about wisdom the other day with many different meanings and thoughts about it for many different people, old and young. What is your personal definition of wisdom? Do you believe it relates to any or all of the six senses you included in A Whole New Mind? How might wisdom effect and/or relate to the Conceptual Age?

Kelsey C.
Have you found these qualities/senses important to your own personal success? Would you define yourself as successful?

This year, I walked into this school and began it like every other year. When I walked into my English class, our class was told "Change the World". In your mind, what is it to "Change the World"?

Kelsey W.
If only one of the senses existed, which one would it be and could it create the other senses?

Mariah F.
While we know that A Whole New Mind is a business book, how do you see these senses being used in life beyond work and jobs? Do we need to re-learn these senses or are they a basic human trait that we need to just be aware of?

Kailyn (Brooke)
I have always thought that creativity is a luxury, are you saying that perhaps it is not any more?
Is empathy a trait to be obtained or a universal habit that must be uncovered? In other words, do humans learn to be empathetic or have they always possessed empathy?

Emma W.
When we first started reading your book, many of our classmates were turned off by the cover which reads “why right brainers will rule the world.” Now that we have finished the book, we don’t really think that subtitle fits. Do you feel like it really envelops what your book is really about?

Kyle L.
You explain these senses you have in the right brain, but you never explain the left-brained people's role in this new conceptual age. What will become of the left-brained people in the future?

Allie C.
Do you think the education systems in the world today and in the past should be blamed, specifically, for the fact that humans are generally more L-directed and not R-directed in their thinking?

Lisa (Megg)
How do you want to see the education system change? What problems in it do you think need to be fixed so that when your kids go to school they will be able to get the best education possible?

Emma L.
What sense do you think will be most beneficial to master in the coming Conceptual Age?

Stephanie L
Those of us in the generation being raised in the Conceptual age that find our strengths in one or two of the senses, are we less likely to thrive in the coming years than those of us who were able to master the idea of creating a whole new mind incorporating all senses?

Justin P
Technological advancement has helped our world in countless ways, and in the Conceptual Age, it is supposed to get better. However, could this have some down sides to this? For example, since the TV came out, information was easier to broadcast, but it also has gotten people lazier. Could the Conceptual Age also have its down sides?

Now that your book has been out for a couple of years, is there any advice that you would add, take out, or change a little bit in your book?

Daniel Pink Video Conference

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Question for Mr. Pink

Please post a thoughtful and intriguing question for Mr. Pink to answer at our live blogging session on Friday. Mrs. Moritz and myself will select 10 questions and if selected, you will be able to read your question to Daniel Pink.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

AWNM 5 Meaning

Ben Wilkoff: Ben is currently the Online L earning and Technology Resource Specialist for Douglas County Schools. He has transitioned into this role after having taught 7th/8th grade language arts for the past four years. He has researched and implemented best practices for educational technology since he started blogging with his students in 2004. He was recently named the Totally Wired Teacher of 2007 by the George Lucas Education Foundation. In early 2007, he researched, designed and implemented a school 2.0 within a school model called The Academy of Discovery.

Christian Long (current classes, other): Christian is a high school English teacher and coach working at a college-prep, preK-12, independent school in Ft. Worth, TX. In addition to working in schools as a teacher and coach for over ten years (prior to his return in the fall of 07), he spent several years working with architects/planners, educational and technology leaders, policy makers, and communities to design and build schools from pre-K through the university level. This work took place throughout the United States and around the world.

Judy O'Connell: Judy writes, speaks, and consults on school technology and library issues. She is an teacher and information professional, and is the Head of Library and Information Services at St. Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

AWNM 2 Meaning

Kristin Hokanson: Kristin is a blogger who's day job is Classrooms for the Future Technology Coach in King of Prussia, PA. Kristin is a PA Keystone Technology Integrator, STAR Discovery Educator, and Google Certified Teacher as well as Teachnology Leader through PAECT. Kristin is committing her time and efforts to creating a constructivist learning experience for students to prepare them for life in the 21st Century. She participated in this event last year and is thrilled to be invited back.

Julie Lindsay: Julie is the head of Information Technology at Qatar Academy in Doha.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Help please? Thanks!

Hello everyone! Tristan here... I need help too, haha!

Here's my paper:

I need help with my first body paragraph. I see the problems, and I'd like guidance (I don't want to be told exactly how to do it, so... yea...) on how to fix them. Thank you! I really appreciate it!

Also, if anyone could look at what I have so far on my second body paragraph (begins with survey), that would be great! Thanks!

Kaylin's not the Only One

Hi Everybody

I need some serious help. As I've been writing my paper, I have been told (many times) that my attention getter does not get attention. This is true, and I need some serious help.

My Topic is How Story and Symphony are big parts of each other
Here's a link to my Wiki:

Just go to the Rough Draft to see what I have so far.



Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WRP help wanted!

Hey, sorry I definitely did write all the information down I just am a very un - techie person, sorry, and I really appreciate any help!

that is is, and my paper is about specialization; knowing a lot about a little being much more vital then knowing a little about a lot.

Thanks again, and sorry about that.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

AWNM 5 Play

Lucy Gray: Lucy Gray is the Lead Technology Coach at the Center for Urban School Improvement at the University of Chicago. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of a technology professional development program on three University of Chicago Charter School campuses. Lucy also supports technology integration efforts at the North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Eric Grant: Eric is the Program Manager for KnowledgeWorks Foundation's Map of Future Forces Affecting Education. In that role, he searches for examples ofinnovation in learning and teaching, explores technology and social trends, and loves bringing the voice of the Foundation to the global conversation.

Lori Soifer: Lori is a School Board Trustee from Birmingham, MI.

Stephanie Sandifer: Stephanie describes herself as “an educator with a background in visual art and design.” She is currently employed at a Houston, Texas area high school in an administrative position focused on school improvement, and her personal interest areas related to that include: school size and structure, leadership (including distributed and teacher-leadership), technology integration, experiential learning, and the elimination (or radical revision) of No Child Left Behind.

AWNM 2 Play

Lucy Gray: Lucy Gray is the Lead Technology Coach at the Center for Urban School Improvement at the University of Chicago. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of a technology professional development program on three University of Chicago Charter School campuses. Lucy also supports technology integration efforts at the North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Jeff Whipple: Moving from his role as a lead teacher in Nashwaaksis Middle's 1:1 lapop program, Jeff is now a Technology Learning Mentor at Nashwaaksis Middle School, where he works with teachers and students to help them leverage the power of connectivity into their learning. He also is a part-time instructor at the University of New Brunswick, where he facilitates two undergraduate courses for pre-service teachers in using web-based learning tools.