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What Are We Doing in Discovery 8 This Week?

Week #9Thomas Edisonsaid,"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."What are you capable of?
Astound yourself...and others today!

Geography Stumper:

Rosario is a major commercial center on the lower Parana River in which South American country?
The city of Bangalore, located west of the Eastern Ghats, is a fast-growing technology hub in what country?
The Rastafarian movement began in what country that is the largest island in the Caribbean?
More than 85% of the population is Lutheran in what northern European country west of the Gulf of Bothnia?
What Saharan country bordering Mali and Chad has a population growth rate of more than 3.5 percent a year?

This week:
Check Progress Book and Edmodo for Updates and Missing Assignments
Presentations will begin 10 minutes after the bell to begin class.
Monday: Hannah; Sarah P.
Tuesday: Jeongwon, Hannah's Task 5, Sarah P.
Wednesday: Sarah B.; Ellie
Thursday: Humayra; Josi
Friday:David; Aidan

Missing assignments will result in an "I" or an incomplete in Discovery for the quarter. You can remove the "I" from your report card by turning in missing work.

Week #8
George S. Patton said, "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."
Do you have an example that demonstrates this idea?

Geography Stumper:
Foreign workers far outnumber citizens in which Persian Gulf country made up of a confederation of states?
The city of Trieste is located in a narrow Italian province bordered by the Adriatic Sea and what country?
The Negev is a desert region north of the Gulf of Aqaba in what country?
Amharic is a widely spoken language in what landlocked country bordering Eritrea?

This week:

  • Working on Final Presentation, Tasks #4 and #5
  • Last 15 minutes of class - extemporaneous speeches
  • Presentations begin Oct 22nd - 4 class work days left
  • Evaluate 2nd and 3rd speeches

Week #7Warren Bennis said,"Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult."What do you think he meant by this?

Geography Stumper:
  • What Empire had its capital at present-day Istanbul from 1453-1922?
  • What Syrian city located at an oasis fed by the Barada River is thought to be one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities?
  • Lake of the Ozarks provides electricity and recreational opportunities in what state located north of Arkansas?
  • Mono Lake is located east of Yosemite National Park in what state?
This week:
  • Extemporaneous speeches on Thursday
  • Working on Final Presentation, Tasks #4 and #5
  • Presentations begin Oct 22nd - 8 class work days left
  • Next week you will evaluate your 2nd and 3rd speeches

Week #6
John Gardner said,
"Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts."Have you brought out the best in someone else today?

Geography Stumper:

Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes, is located southwest of Syracuse in what state?
Lake Champlain is located on the western side of what state?
Lake Winnebago drains into Lake Michigan in what state located north of Illinois?
The Mekong River supports rice growing areas before emptying into what area of the Pacific Ocean?
Name the provincial capital at the southern end of the Vancouver Island.

Socratic Dialogue Today - Print your notes!

Socratic Dialogue Prep - You need facts, your opinions, sources and quotes for full credit on your notes.

Find two additional sources and propose questions for us to discuss in your notes.

Other items for this week:
Socratic Dialogue
Finishing Task #7
Working on Final Presentation
Presentations start the week of October 17th
Speech Self-Evaluation
Presentation Schedule

Discovery Rewards Opportunities This Week:
Geography Stumpers = 5
SAT Question & Word of the Day = 10
Brain Teaser = at least 1
Red and White on Friday! = 1
Sticker Bingo = ???
Extraordinary Performance = ???

Week #5
Al Gini said,
"The term 'power' comes from the Latin posse: to do, to be able, to change, to influence or effect. To have power is to possess the capacity to control or direct change. All forms of leadership must make use of power.
The central issue of power in leadership is not, 'Will it be used?'But rather, 'Will it be used wisely and well?'"
Use your own power wisely and well!

Geography Stumper:
  • What is the largest island in French Polynesia?
  • Ethnic Albanians make up more than 80 percent of the population of what country where the Prishtina is the capital?
  • The Orange River forms the border between South Africa and what country on the Atlantic Ocean?
  • The ports of Anchorage, Vancouver, and Acapulco are along which coast of North America?
  • A narrow strip of land (such as Panama) connecting two larger landmasses is called what?

Working on Task #7 -
Check edmodo for a source on consumer spending. The graphic version of the article is also on my desk.

This week:
  • Tuesday - Speeches
  • Wednesday - Working on our tasks
  • Friday - Socratic Dialogue Prep
  • A week from Tuesday - Socratic Dialogue
  • Plan for tasks #4 and #5 - was due last Friday
  • Check Grades - Do you need to turn in or revise an assignment?
  • Calendar Check - What's our timeline for the rest of the quarter?
  • Goal Meetings with Ms. Given - Review the goals you set last week
  • Preparing for Tuesday's speech - My Career
  • Working on Task #7

Discovery Rewards Opportunities This Week:
Geography Stumpers = 5
SAT Question & Word of the Day = 10
Brain Teaser = at least 1
Red and White on Friday! = 1
Sticker Bingo = ???
Extraordinary Performance = ???

Week #4

Thomas Edison said,
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Practice perseverance this week!

Geography Stumper:

  • What is the name of bowl-like features cut into mountains of hills where glaciers form?
  • Diverging winds have what effect on air pressure?
  • What term is used to describe crescent-shaped lakes, formed when a meander of a stream has been bypassed?
  • The North Pole is dark twenty-four hours a day during which season in the Northern Hemisphere?

  • Plan for tasks #4 and #5 - Due today
  • Preparing for Tuesday's speech
  • 2:10 - 2:35 - Free Time
Later this week:

Discovery Rewards Opportunities This Week:
Geography Stumpers = 5
SAT Question & Word of the Day = 10
Brain Teaser = at least 1
Red and White on Friday! = 1
Sticker Bingo = ???
Extraordinary Performance = ???

Week #3Steven Covey

said,"Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves."How can we do this for others on a daily basis?

What Are We Doing in Discovery 8?

Geography Stumper:

  • What is the name of the lowest layer of the atmosphere?
    What large U.S. lake is the remains of Pleistocene Lake Bonneville?
  • What is the name for a rocky desert?
  • The reflectivity of a surface, such as the ground or a cloud is known as what?

This Week's To Do List

Peter Druckersaid~
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
What do you think the difference is between a manager and a leader?

Week #2
What are we doing in Discovery 8?
Geography Stumpers:

  • Guadalajara has grown rapidly since the 1940s as a major industrial center in the state of Jalisco. Name the country in which it is located.
  • Baffin Bay and Davis Strait separate Baffin Island, in Canada, from which other island?
  • At what settlement were British forces defeated by American and French troops, ending the fighting during the Revolutionary War?
  • Name the capital city of Taiwan.
This week's to do list:

Week #1
Albert Einstein said:
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
What do you think that says about learning?

Geography Stumper:
  • Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre are the largest islands of a French overseas department in the Leeward Islands. Name this French overseas department.
  • Which country’s population does not include a large percentage of Hindus – Cambodia, India or Nepal?
  • Which U.S. state straddles the Tropic of Cancer?
  • Which state has the lowest average elevation?From 1910 until World War II’s end, the Korean Peninsula was controlled by which island to the east?

Today we have our Socratic Dialogue.

What is a Socratic Dialogue (read the three links here).Socratic Dialogue Prep

  • Read the questions posted at the bottom of the page.
  • Read two pro and two con articles.
  • Take notes in Word to help you with the discussion. Your notes should be no longer than one page (feel free to change font and margin size) and should include facts, quotes and your own opinions to answer the questions posted.
How should we treat one another? - Sign our agreements posted on the tan cabinet.
What is Leadership - Help clean up our list of leadership traits.

Tech Check -
Google Chrome - It's All You, Baby!
A Google a Day - How can we use this in class?

Getting to Know You (new students) Part II (returning students) - Turn in to the edmodo assignment
What is Leadership?Goals from last year are in edmodo. Choose three new ones.
Know Thyself
Brain Teaser - Flexibility of Thinking

Upcoming Assignments and Activities:
Project Examples - Tuesday
Socratic Dialogue - Friday

First Days of School:
Friday: Which Canadian provincial capital city is located in a region of marine west coast climate?
Thursday: What is the term for a part of an ocean or sea that cuts far into the bordering landmass and may contain one or more bays?

How should we treat one another?Brain Teaser - Flexibility of ThinkingIdeas for Socratic DialogueTeamwork Activities

General Info:
Here is our syllabus for our class.

This week we will be working on answering these questions:
How should our work in Discovery be evaluated?
How should we treat one another in this class?
What kinds of expectations and work will we have in this class?

Project Comparison - What project will be the best match for you?

Project Choices and Resources
What is leadership? What traits best define a leader?
How can we use collaboration to work smarter?
What tools & technologies help facilitate individual & collaborative work?

Our work this week will include:
Getting to Know You (new students) Part II (returning students)
Flexibility of Thinking
Sign up for Edmodo/log in - group code - 3lno53
Know Thyself
Goal Setting
WikiSpaces Discovery Link

  • How do we want to treat one another?
  • Log into Novell, Blackboard, Edmodo and Wikispaces. Set all passwords to the same word/phrase.
  • Finish Getting to Know You Part Deux. You can go to edmodo to get your last year's work.
  • Planning our class structure and activities
  • What is Leadership?Leadership/Team Work Activity Games: Make a Shape ; Blow Wind, Blow : Master Architecs