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Eyes in the Sky

Eyes in the Sky Thursday 2/15/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Engage in active listening to identify main ideas and supporting information to achieve in-depth understanding Apply their understanding of the 30 human rights to a novel (new/interesting) situation Do Now -...

History and Human Rights

History and Human Rights Tuesday 2/13/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Engage in active listening to identify main ideas and supporting information to achieve in-depth understanding Apply their understanding of the 30 human rights to a novel (new/interesting) situation...

Finishing up our #1 Human Right

Finishing up our #1 Human Right Monday 2/12/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Prioritize the 30 HR by identifying the HR they think is most important (Unit LTO) Communicate ideas effectively (Course LTO) Support ideas based on sound reasoning (Course LTO) Do Now - 1...

Prioritizing Human Rights

Prioritizing Human Rights Thursday 2/8/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Prioritize the 30 HR by identifying the HR they think is most important (Unit LTO) Communicate ideas effectively (Course LTO) Support ideas based on sound reasoning (Course LTO) Do Now - 5 minutes...

Rights and Responsibilities

Rights and Responsibilities Wednesday 2/7/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Identify the 30 Universal HR Articulate their individual responsibilities related to protecting HR for everyone Do Now - 5 minutes Please open your notebooks to page 12, write the heading, "Human...

Notebook Setup Day

Notebook Setup Day Monday 2/5/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Maintain organization of their evidence of learning Do Now - 1 minute Completely clear your desk except for something to write with. LESSON - 40 minutes Today we will spend the entire period working as a...

Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression Thursday 2/1/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Continue to identify the 30 Universal HR Consider the limitations of our HR Communicate ideas effectively (LTO) Support ideas based on sound reasoning (LTO) Do Now - 10 minutes On a lined piece of...

Reviewing Human Rights GQs

Reviewing Human Rights GQs Wednesday 1/31/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Clearly define human rights Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights Connect one of today’s human rights to their own lives Do Now - 2 minutes Please take out the work you did on the...

Human Rights Quiz and Guiding Questions

Human Rights Quiz and Guiding Questions Tuesday 1/30/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Clearly define human rights Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights (1-11) Do Now - 5 minutes Review your notes in preparation for the quiz. LESSON - 50 minutes Quiz The first...

Mock Trial Performed

Mock Trial Performed Monday 1/29/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Clearly define human rights Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights Demonstrate the protections that existing laws provide related to our HR Do Now - 5 minutes Coordinate with your group and...

Human rights on trial

Human rights on trial Thursday 1/25 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Clearly define human rights Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights Demonstrate the protections that existing laws provide related to our HR Connect one of today’s HR (#6-11) to their own lives Do...

You are the problem solver

You are the problem solver Wednesday 1/24 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Clearly define human rights Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights Work together to develop solutions to HR violations Do Now - 2 minutes Clear your desks completely, and talk to your table...

Review the UDHR and human rights 1 through 5

Review the UDHR and human rights 1 through 5 Tuesday 1/23 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Clearly define human rights Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights Do Now - 2 minutes On a lined piece of paper, please write the definition for human rights that you see on...

The Human Rights Challenge

The Human Rights Challenge Thursday 1/18 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Clearly explain the Engage phase of the HR Challenge Brainstorm GQs that will help guide our investigation Do Now - 10 minutes Turn and talk - first to your partner, then to a group next to yours,...

What are Human Rights?

What are Human Rights? Wednesday 1/17 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Define human rights Generally describe how our human rights came to be Do Now - 10 minutes On a lined piece of paper, please take 1 minute to discuss with your neighbor, then 5 minutes to respond in...

Human Rights Learning Objectives

Human Rights Learning Objectives Tuesday 1/16 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Identify and make meaning of the unit 4 objectives Begin thinking generally about Human Rights Do Now - 10 minutes On a lined piece of paper, please take 5 minutes and respond to the following...

Completing the Circle

Completing the Circle Thursday 1/11 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Continue developing routines around the Daily Board Make connections between what we do in school and our hopes/plans for the future Do Now - 4 minutes Please arrange yourselves in seats in the order of...

A look ahead

A Look Ahead... Wednesday 1/10 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Develop routines around the Daily Board Set a clear academic goal for 2nd semester Articulate why that goal is worthwhile and how they plan to achieve that goal Do Now - 10 minutes For 1 minute, take turns (30...

2018 Begins…

2018 Begins... TUESDAY 1/8 Today's Objective(s): SWBAT Explain the different components to the Daily Board Reflect on their performance during Semester 1 Identify the things they did well in the first semester, and plan ways to build on them, as well as the things...

Equity: The final week

Equity: The final week... Week of 12/11/2017 OPENING - 30 minutes Today I'll be pointing you to the resources you're going to need to complete your challenge, which includes 2 new resources that we need to discuss as a group. Document 1: Introduction, Criteria and...

Equity Challenge, Explained…

Equity Challenge, Explained... Thursday  12/7/2017 OPENING - 30 minutes The moment you've all been waiting for. It's time to fully explain the challenge and get you moving toward completion. Explanation: We’ve explored the concept of Equity for a few weeks now, and we...

Telling Stories

Telling Stories Monday  12/4/2017 OPENING - 0 minutes We're going to just jump right into our lesson today, so hold onto your hats and let's get to it. LESSON - 45 minutes Today we're focused on answering another important question as we continue along the path toward...

GQ refinement and self interviews

GQ refinement and self interviews Tuesday  11/28/2017 - OPENING - 10 minutes We'll be reviewing the homework from yesterday in an effort to identify what a 4, in terms of effort, looks like. We'll see some examples, I'm sure, but we'll also see loads of non-examples,...

Review, and Explore Equity

Review, and Explore Equity Monday  11/27/2017 - OPENING - 15 minutes It seems like so long since we saw each other...I've missed you dearly. Let's spend some time getting reacquainted, shall we? LESSON - 30 minutes We'll spend today working together on a See, Think,...

What does Equity look like?

What does Equity look like? Tuesday  11/14/2017 - OPENING - 15 minutes Since today is the beginning of a new unit, we're going to start with something new. Specifically, we're going to begin with a free-write exercise. Please respond to the following: Think of a time...

UNSDG Presentations

UNSDG Presentations Monday  11/13/2017 - OPENING - 5 minutes No time to waste today folks. WIth a short day, we need to get right to our presentations. Let's get our UNSDG infographics out and ready to teach, and convince, our classmates. LESSON - 40 minutes UNSDG...

The UNSDG Challenge

The UNSDG Challenge Wednesday 11/8/2017 - OPENING - 10 minutes We'll begin the day by assigning you and your partner an SDG to focus on, and by reviewing a few additional resources that will help you complete your challenge. For learning about your SDG: Go HERE and...

Recap and Look Ahead

Recap and Look Ahead Monday 11/6/2017 - OPENING - 10 minutes We'll spend a few minutes discussing last week's challenge completion, as well as lessons learned. LESSON - 35 minutes To get us thinking about the road ahead, we'll work first in pairs, and then as a class,...

Your World…Mapped

Your World...Mapped Thursday 11/2/2017 - OPENING - 25 minutes We'll begin the day with some reflection activities. I'll pose some questions for you to consider and discuss in small groups, and then you'll have a chance to get up and move around a bit, and place your...

W7: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.2

W6: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.2 Opening Please remember to watch the "Introducing Unit 2: The Big Bang" video if you haven't already done so. It provides some important information that will help you throughout the unit. This Week's Plan The priorities for the week are...

Mid-Challenge Reflection

Mid-Challenge Reflection Monday 10/30/2017 - OPENING - 25 minutes An important part of any challenge - any learning, really - is reflection. Taking the time to think about what you did, how well it worked, or didn't, and what you might do again, or do differently, in...

Nano-Challenge and Guiding Questions

Nano-Challenge and Guiding Questions Wednesday 10/25/2017 - OPENING - 10 I just need to clarify a few things about the Guiding Questions. Please read the below VERY CAREFULLY. If you don't follow these instructions, success on this nano-challenge will be ever-more...

Nano-Challenge: Map Your World

Nano-Challenge: Map Your World Monday 10/23/2017 - OPENING - 10 minutes Our openings are on hold for a bit as we are beginning a 'Flex Week', during which you'll be working on a Nano-Challenge. Before we get to that, though, let's get clear on what this Flex Week...

Review, & Country Profiles

Review, & Country Profiles Monday 10/16/2017 - OPENING: 10 minutes Today's warm up is going to be, at best, a closing activity. With a short day and a strange week ahead, there are a couple things I need to be sure to cover, so today's 20 Questions will either happen...

W6: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.1

W6: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.1 Opening Please remember to watch the "Introducing Unit 2: The Big Bang" video if you haven't already done so. It provides some important information that will help you throughout the unit. This Week's Plan The priorities for the week are...

Comparing Continents

Comparing Continents Thursday 10/12/2017 - OPENING: 10 minutes Today's installment of 'Thinking about our thinking' (our Habits of Mind reflection) is going to be in the form of a written reflection. We'll be responding to the prompt found HERE after we discuss the...

The Global Family

The Global Family Wednesday 10/11/2017 - OPENING: 10 minutes Time for a little practice identifying Big Ideas. We'll make it quick, watching a short video and then going lightning-round-style around the room to hear your ideas about the big ideas you noticed. LESSON -...

100 People

Tuesday 10/10/2017 - OPENING: 15 minutes Today's warmup has us looking at source credibility. I'll be dishing out a link via Basecamp and you'll work in your table groups to figure out whether the source is credible (believable) and, most importantly, WHY you think...

Intro to Globalizaiton

Monday 10/09/2017 - OPENING: 15 minutes A quick game of 20 questions to get things moving. And to continue to work on asking better questions, of course. LESSON - 40 minutes QUIZ: As we begin to dig into globalization, let's start by taking a Global Citizen Quiz....

CBL: Engage, part 4

Thursday 10/05/2017 - OPENING: 15 minutes Time to practice those empowering Habits of Mind once again. Not all of them, of course, just 1 for today. And the good news is, it's the same as last week. Thinking about your thinking Each table will have  a different...

CBL: Engage, part 3

Wednesday 10/04/2017 - OPENING: 15 minutes Back by popular demand, that's right folks, it's time for another game of "What's the Big Idea?". Today's game has us reading an article from Seth Godin, specifically, "Fear of Bad Ideas". We'll dig in as a class, and each...

CBL: Engage, part 2

Tuesday 10/03/2017 - OPENING: 15 minutes It's Tuesday, and that means that our warmup is related to Source Citation. Well, sort of. As I mentioned last week, that topic wasn't quite right, but it was hinting at something important, and I finally figured it out....

CBL: Engage, part 1

Monday 10/02/2017 - OPENING: 15 minutes It's Monday, and that means it's time for 20 Questions. Only change this time around is the person with the answer is NOT going to be Mr. D. LESSON - 30 minutes We've briefly touched on the Challenge Based Learning framework,...

W4: BHP Unit 1, Lesson 1.4

Opening If you're keeping pace with the weekly agendas, this week will have you finishing Unit 1. That's pretty exciting...especially since it means that you have your first assessment. Yay you. This Week's Plan The priorities for the week are explained below. Please...

Circles of thinking

Thursday 9/28/2017 - OPENING: 40 minutes "There is nothing more practical than sound thinking. No matter what your circumstance or goals, no matter where you are, or what problems you face, you are better off if your thinking is skilled. As a manager, leader,...

Big Ideas

Wednesday 9/27/2017 - OPENING: 30 minutes It's Hump-Day folks, and that means it's time for 'What's The Big Idea?'. What? You didn't know that? Of course not, it's our first time playing, but as with '20 Questions' and 'Cite that Source', it will be a weekly warm up...

Citing Sources and Talking Challenge

Tuesday 9/26/2017 - OPENING: 10 minutes Today we'll get warmed up with a game of "Cite the Source". Perhaps not as exciting as our game of 20 questions yesterday, but still it gives us a chance to work on a vital skill that every single one of you will need in the...

Starting to dig…

Monday 9/25/2017 - OPENING: 20 minutes Today we'll get warmed up with a game of 20 Questions. Since it's our first time, I'll play the role of the 'Answerer', but in future games, you all will fill this role. Rules: The Answerer thinks up something, and says, “I’m...

Unit 2 Begins

Monday 9/25/2017 - OPENING: 20 minutes Today we'll get warmed up with a game of 20 Questions. Since it's our first time, I'll play the role of the 'Answerer', but in future games, you all will fill this role. Rules: The Answerer thinks up something, and says, “I’m...

W3: BHP Unit 1, Lesson 1.3

Opening Please get in the habit of checking your email daily. I'll be providing feedback on your work that way, and it's important to read that in order to continue to improve your work. Reminders: Notebooks are very important to your overall grade, so they must be...

Basecamp and Reflection

Friday 9/22/2017 - OPENING: 20 minutes We'll begin today by getting everyone set up for Basecamp - a fantastic tool used around the world to improve communication and collaboration among teams of people doing important work. We'll walk through this as a class to...

QFT Continued

Thursday 9/21/2017 - OPENING: 10 minutes Let's start off by reviewing the list of questions we came up with yesterday. It's not everything, but it's a sampling from most of your lists. Review of the QFT: There are 6 key components of the QFT process. We've already...

Contracts and Process

Thursday 9/21/2017 - OPENING: 10 minutes We'll begin today by reviewing our official, hot off the press, Mountain House Contract. You all helped to craft it, and vote on it, and now, as members of the Mountain House, we all make the commitment to live by it. We'll...

Developing Questions

Wednesday 9/20/2017 - OPENING: 10 minutes Good morning. Today we'll start off with a graphic organizer that provides us an opportunity to practice asking questions. In the center of the small circle are the words 'My Day', and you job is to fill the bigger circle with...

The Question Formulation Technique

OPENING - 20 minutes Today begins with a picture. You'll all be given a different picture, and you'll be asked to figure out what it is, and what it's used for. But the thing we're focusing on today is process. Figuring out exactly what the picture depicts is great,...

Basecamp Setup

Tuesday 9/19/2017 - OPENING: We're going to start the day with 3 minutes of mindfulness. LESSON: Okay, today's work is mostly just a housekeeping item. As part of how we'll operate in this class, we're going to use a tool called Basecamp. In order to do so, we need to...

Asking Questions

OPENING - 10 minutes Good morning. Today we'll start off with a graphic organizer that provides us an opportunity to practice asking questions. In the center of the small circle are the words 'My Day', and you job is to fill the bigger circle with as many questions as...

W2: BHP Unit 1, Lessons 1.1 and 1.2

Opening Quick reminder...part of the goal of being on the independent track is that you are able to pace yourself. It’s not about doing exactly what I ask the moment I ask it. Rather, it’s about knowing what you’re responsible for, and completing those...

CBL: Debrief and Reflect

OPENING - 10 minutes Let's start today with a discussion about the work we did on Friday. As you may recall, we had 6 web pages to read and take notes on. Not too much to ask, especially when you consider we don't have a text-book. So let's review by talking about...

Finalizing Our Class Contract

Monday 9/18/2017 - OPENING: What better way to start the day than to reflect on process? Let's do this. LESSON: As we've done a few times already this year, we've collected the work that all 4 of our classes did on our collective Class Contract. The idea generation...

Continuing with CBL

OPENING - 5 minutes Just a quick heads up about the plan for today... We're going to start with the final presentation from Alondra's group since we didn't get to that yesterday. Soon as we're done with that, I'm going to be working with students on the independent...

Presentations – What is CBL?

OPENING - 10 minutes Before we dig in this afternoon, let's talk a bit about how yesterday went. I know I put a lot on you, leaving you alone (together, but alone) to figure some stuff out on your own. I hope you had a lot of questions...they're almost always the...

Creating a class contract

OPENING: Before we get going, I wanted to show everyone the new Mountain House Logo. :) That's right, results are in and there was a clear winner. The below logo got over 54% of the votes, and the next closest got a bit over 13%. I'm still working on the Mission...

Time to Vote

OPENING: We're going to start the day with a circle. LESSON: With the last 15 minutes of class, we'll be doing a gallery walk to see all the mission statements and the logos. Each are numbered. When you have done this, quietly click on this link to cast your votes....

Introducing CBL

OPENING - 10 minutes I need to spend some time with the folks on the Independent Track for the first half of class, so you all have to work together to get some things done (described below). Before we get to that, though, you'll find the class contract we created...

MH Logo – Final Drafts

OPENING: The day has come. Final drafts of our Mountain House Logo are being done today. Please take out your previous drafts and something to write with, I'll provide the paper for your 3rd and final draft. LESSON: No time to waste my friends. You only have part of...

W1: Getting started with Big History

Opening Big History is new to you, and my hope is that it provides an alternative path to success for you. You have every opportunity to get an A in this course having chosen the independent option, but what's true for our class more generally is still true for you -...

Class Contract

OPENING: Before we dig in to our new way of being in this class, we need to talk about expectations. I read through the survey responses from those of you who took the time complete it, and a few things really stood out. Almost all of you care deeply about your family...

Logo Revisions

OPENING: Welcome back. Please take out your Mountain House logo drafts from last week, as well as a blank, white (no lines) piece of paper. We'll briefly discuss the week ahead as a class. LESSON: We have a short period today, but some important work to do, so please...

Where to from here?

OPENING: We're going to start with a quick review of your timelines from yesterday. I'll ask you your thoughts about them, and then I'll offer you mine. An honest, whole class conversation would be good for all of us. LESSON: In my humble opinion, we're in need of a...

The Mountain House Logo

OPENING: Quick check-in. And a review of the week so far... We generated lots of ideas in response to 3 prompts about Powerful Learning Communities - How they look, how members act, and what members believe. We began crafting Mission Statements - brief, clear...

Developing Our Mission Statement

OPENING: We’ve spent some time exploring who we are and how we identify or see or describe ourselves. And we’ve talked about how when individuals come together, they aren’t automatically a community. They might just be a group. They might just be people who happen to...

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