Archive for August, 2009

Perception vs. Reality

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

The students were introduced to two concepts today – that Perception and Reality can be very different and that Western Civilization has two basic and opposing Worldviews on the nature of Reality itself (going back to Plato vs. Aristotle). Characters from the sci-fi movie, The Matrix, were used to illustrate the point.

After viewing material and discussion, questions were asked:

And now, simply for fun !:


Cognition, Perception and Worldviews Unit

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

The introductory unit ” Cognition, Perception and Worldviews” focuses on how people’s understanding of the world around them is affected by their culture, ideas and history; and, in turn, how their actions can create systemic changes that shape worldviews. The following are terms, concepts and individuals used for this unit of study ( If you don’t what some of these are, don’t panic – the whole point of education is to learn new things, not rehearse what you already know):


Perception, Perspective, Position, Philosophy, Values, Orientation, Cognition, Metacognition, Meme, Culture, Society, Rule-set, Worldview, Paradigm, Paradigm-Shift, Evolution, Cultural Evolution, Objective, Subjective, Bias, Social Contract, Empiricism, Scientific Method, Natural Law, Revolution, Humanism, Framing, Feedback, O.O.D.A


Prehistoric, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution


Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Francis Bacon, Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton, Montesquieu,

Charles Darwin, Thomas Kuhn, Richard Dawkins, George Lakoff, John Boyd

Follow the 8th Grade Social Studies Class on TWITTER!

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

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BACK TO SCHOOL! 2009-2010!

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Welcome back 8th graders! Hope that you had a great summer!

On to official business……

It is required that you have a notebook dedicated to Social Studies:

You will be filling it with……

  • Lecture Notes
  • Sketches
  • Questions
  • Diagrams
  • Quotations
  • Concept Maps
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Geographic Maps
  • Instructions

And much more!

Categories: curriculum

Test – Video Embed

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment
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Test # Infinity Photo

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Categories: Culture

Test# 6 Picture

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Categories: Culture