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Week of 9/30

September 30, 2013 Leave a comment

All of the Lecture slides so far this year can now be found in the 8th grade filing cabinet along with the homework assignments

Monday –  Finish Lecture on Revolutions in Worldviews, reading on Isaac Newton, continue Newton film and notes.                                                                                                                                                          LJHS, Slang and Nationality boxes of Worldview builder assigned for homework for Tuesday.

Tuesday – Newton  Question Assignment for homework due Thursday.  Intro to Worldview Project

Wednesday – Worldview Project

Thursday – Newton questions collected. Worldview Project

Friday – Worldview Project

Videos seen in Class Week of 9/11

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson “Changing Educational Paradigms”

“The Divided Brain”

TED “The Adolescent Brain” 

Week of 9/11

September 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Monday –  Mini video – split brain and culture. Continue Lecture on Perception Cognition Worldviews.  Find Brain Article homework for Wednesday

Tuesday – mini-video adolescent brain. Read two articles in class.

Wednesday – Classroom activity on brain articles. homework for Thursday: Brain article Q&A

Thursday – Review homework  answers.  Creative thinking, critical thinking and education.

Friday – Irons Oaks field trip

Unit Vocabulary for Perception, Cognition and Worldviews

September 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Concepts/Terms:

Perception   Perspective   Position   Cognition   Metacognition   Bias

Orientation   Objective   Subjective   Philosophy  Meme  Values   Worldview

Paradigm  Paradigm-shift   Schema   Culture   Society   Cultural Evolution

Empiricism   Scientific Method    Natural Law   Revolution   Humanism

Social Contract  Framing    Feedback     O.O.D.A Loop   Metaphysics

Epistemology

Worldviews:

Prehistoric   Ancient    Medieval   Renaissance   Reformation   Enlightenment

Scientific Revolution   Modern

Thinkers:

Socrates   Plato   Aristotle    Cicero   Francis Bacon   Rene Descartes

Isaac Newton   Thomas Hobbes    John Locke

Charles Darwin   Thomas Kuhn   Richard Dawkins    George Lakoff    John Boyd

ADDENDUM:

Mr. Little has put up a nice example of  Cornell Two Column Notes here for anyone who needs a refresher.

Catching Up: Where we are in the Government & Politics Unit

January 11, 2013 Leave a comment

 

We have been in a unit on the forms of government and the philosophies of the modern political spectrum and modern American politics.  Below is our key unit vocabulary by category and the lecture notes we have had so far:

1. UNIT VOCABULARY

Forms of Government & Related Terms:

Anarchy, Tyranny, Monarchy, Aristocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, Republic, Dictatorship, State of Nature, Social Contract, Natural Law, Revolution, Right of Revolution, Sovereign, Popular Sovereignty, State, Nation, Rule-Set

Political Spectrum & Related Terms:

Anarchist, Radical, Liberal, Moderate, Conservative, Reactionary, Authoritarian, Totalitarian, Libertarian, Populist

Philosophers & Thinkers:

Aristotle,  Plato, Polybius, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke,   Edmund Burke,  Socrates,  Ibn Khaldun,  Confucius

 

2. LECTURES:

Our most recent lectures in this unit. for the origin of society and for forms of government.

Origin of civilization.

Lecture slides on origin of Western Civ political concepts

Lecture slides political spectrum

Unit Concept Review Assignments

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are two of the assignments covering major concepts in our first unit that were collected recently:

Teen-age Brains

September 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Students have begun reading about the amazing capacity of the human – this includes teen-agers – brain. Some classes have already begun reading assignments, the rest will start on Monday. More to come!