Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fishing Project

Your assignment is to go fishing! Find a rod, a reel, some bait, and a fishing hole and attempt to catch the big one!  Seriously, that's your assignment....

You will create the presentation style of your choice (video, slideshow, etc) to share these facts about your trip:

  • The equipment you used (what type of rod, type of bait, etc)
  • Where did you go?
  • All the details about your fishing trip....every good fishing trip has a story
  • Pictures, pictures, pictures, pictures, pictures (or videos)
  • The type of fish you caught (common name, and scientific name)
  • Details about the characteristics of the fish (habitat, etc)
You can only make a 100 if you catch a fish.  You can earn 10 bonus points for kissing your fish

You can go fishing wherever you want, fresh or salt water...Your project is due April 7.

Have fun and good luck!

Monday, March 2, 2015

From One Thing to Another

There is a saying that life is just one thing after another, implying that things just keep piling up, keep happening, and never slows down to let you catch your breath.  This may be true to some extent, but what you do with yourself as those things occur is what makes the difference in how you handle life.  
Are you going to let it overrun you? Just let life keep going while you complain about the pace and the growing complexity of things as all of it passes you by?

Or are you going to be the change? Be the person that evolves into something that has adapted to their surroundings and has the capability to thrive in a variety of systems?  

There is more opportunity available today than ever before to become whatever you want to be.  If you are not taking that opportunity, then you are the organism that felt this whole walking thing and breathing air thing was just a passing fad.  You are an unevolved life-form that is destined to lose its viability and become an afterthought of time.

You can study whatever you want today, whether you go to college or not.  If you don't or can't attend college, so what? Go online and learn for free from a MOOC, teach yourself how to code, just do something to keep yourself learning, to keep yourself changing, and evolve into your next existence.  

I get questions all the time from students who snicker and ask about the TweetChats I participate in and the one I created.  This is something that I do to keep learning from a community of people who I have a shared experience of teaching and coaching.  I am learning something new by reading their thoughts and interacting with them to understand what they do that makes their existence and their contribution to this world amazing.  And by taking in what they say and applying the ideas that I feel will be rewarding to you and to me I am evolving.  I am becoming the teacher, the coach, and the person I want to be.  I am becoming more than what I was.

That is the definition of evolution.  Going from one thing to another.