Giving

Before I introduce you to one of the best advertisements I have seen (present perfect) in a long time, I want you to tell me what you think it will be about (practicing your future tense of course). In the first frame of the ad you can see a young Asian looking girl that appears to be reading something. What do you think she is reading? Where do you think she is? Based on the title I have given (present perfect again) the video, what do you think the video will be about?

Now, start the video but stop it at 0.55 seconds.

What sort of presumptions do you have about this clip?

Start the video again.

After watching the short ad, were your presumptions true?

What do you find interesting about this ad? Did you like it? What did it make you feel?

Who do you think the company TRUE MOVE is?

As a homework or extra writing assignment, tell me of a time someone did something for you that you will never forget, something you would like to repay at some point in your life. Keep in mind the rules of present perfect.

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Guy Claxton in Argentina

It is that time of year again and we are blessed to be able to receive the acclaimed professor Guy Claxton! Wait, let me guess, you have no idea who the guy is. Right? (Sorry, pun is totally intended) Well, Guy Claxton is one of my educational hero. He is better known for his bestseller, “What’s the Point of School,” where he basically criticizes the current standardized educational system and provides a new scientifically and psychologically based frame work to change the way we are teaching youth around the world and essentially change the world into a better place while doing so.

Now, in some counties, these changes are already taking place. And, while Argentina is surprisingly progressive in their methodology on a creative and intuitive level, they are lacking this framework that would allow them to work systematically through their creativity, providing a bit more organization. The good news is, there are dozens of schools eager to innovate their current methodology, and some that are even interested in Mr. Claxton’s theory of Building Learning Power.

One of the local schools here in Rosario is so interested in fact, they have sponsored the upcoming event and have plans in place to begin applying Building Learning Power, not only within the classroom, but rather as an overall innovation of their current framework.

This school is El Colegio Espanol de Rosario.  In fact, their goal is not only to begin changing the culture of their school, but to become the first BLP school in Argentina. THAT is what I call innovative!

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I am placing flyer here, in the case that any of you are teachers and are interested in attending! Which, I highly recommend you do!

The meaning of “pretty”

Pretty

Adjective: attractive in a delicate way without being beautiful.

ej: Will I be pretty when I grow up mommy?

Adverb: To a moderately high degree. (synonyms – quite, rather, enough, fairly, plenty, sufficiently)

ej: He looks pretty good for his age.

What defines our idea of “pretty?”

Are there specific characteristics that most all societies deem pretty? For example, big eyes?

Are there characteristics that, based on the society we live in, are considered ugly?

How are WE defined by the use of this word?

Watch the video below and see how one woman views this word. Do you agree?

http://www.upworthy.com/this-womans-beef-with-prettiness-will-leave-you-speechless?g=4

Coincidence??

Has anything ever happened to you that seems unbelievable, incredible and maybe even the work of a mystical magician?

Something that is so strange or so coincidental that there is no easy way to explain what happened?

Some people say, there is no such thing as coincidence, that we are all part of a bigger picture – destiny perhaps,

and others, more logically base their argument on probability.

Either way, I am leaving you here an episode of my favorite radio show:

This American Life is a weekly radio show airing a new topic each week.  This week’s topic: Coincidences.

While you listen to the show, take note of the coincidences that seem to be the most incredible.

Have you ever experienced anything similar?

Tell me about it!

Validation

This is one of the best shorts I have ever seen! It gives true meaning to the idea of a smile being contagious.

  • What are the two meanings for the word: validation?
  • What is the message of the video?
  • What happens to the man that works at the parking garage?
  • When is the last time you complimented someone you did not know?

A lost tradition?

When we talk about art. What is the first thing that comes to mind?

Well, you may not have thought about letter writing as an “art” but this woman has, and she couldn’t have possibly put my feelings into better words.

Something, thought to be misplaced by the coming of technology, has turned into something so much more profound – perhaps even a sacred, and yes, Art.