Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 8

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "Reflections (I Remember) by Mary J. Blige; "Memories Are That Way" by Bill Withers]

So much of the final exam experience is about memory-- describe your memory in general. How accurate is it? What is your earliest memory? What makes you more/less able to remember something?

AGENDA:
1. Journal
2. Strategic planning for Brain/200 legs
3. Essay exam

HW:
1. Skim the William Gibson interview
2. Comment to this post with a recommendation for how we should go about this: Should we all start in the same section, or should we bite off pieces as groups/individuals? Should some of us have specific roles (like focusing on vocab, authors, titles, or serving as reviewers to make sure we're not missing anything?)

41 comments:

  1. I believe that we should all go at this in a giant group. We should begin to go at this at slow pace where everyone is on the same page. Once we are all on the same page we should designate specific groups to tackle vocab, authors, and even titles. This speciation will help us a students understand the entire meaning of it
    Chad Foster
    Per.2

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  2. Being a long interview, I believe we should split up into small groups or even individually examine each question and answer separately. Every group or person is assigned a different question in the interview. They, then, must research the different elements to the answer. Mostly, we would search for the vocabulary we do not understand or more background on certain subjects the answer contains. Once all of the info was gathered, we would discuss the article as a whole with the knowledge we have. If we had any other questions about the research, we could then go back and edit each other's work if needed. It would be an individual effort ultimately grouped together as a team in the end.

    -Kelly Brickey, Period 3

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  3. I believe since this interview was long, and since we have a big group of students we should split up into smaller groups and answer the questions on our own. There should be 3 to 4 students to a question. We all should look up vocab words and other stuff we do not know. Once everyone has finished their question, we could gather into one big group and discuss our answers.

    Patrick Sims P.3

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  4. I agree with kelly. Because of the length of this interview I think if we broke off into small groups and really focused on each question asked we will get better results. Having each group focus and research a specific question will be a lot more successful then doing it as a whole class . If it was set up in groups we could really break down our assigned question, and research the vocabulary uses, underlying messages, and other facts that may support the answer. All in all I think the most successful results in working with this interview is to break up into groups and then come together once everyone hs gathered all of their information we can share our results as a class.

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  5. I think that we should split off into subgroups and have everyone in those groups work together on one section. That way we are all working together in a way but getting much more done in a smaller amount of time. I think that would be efficient. Then at the end we would all come together (every group) and explain everything we came up with as a TEAM.

    -Period 4 Cody Kiniry

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  6. I think that we should go about this in small groups that are assigned to a certain piece of the article. These groups may be very small so that there will be more groups and not as much work. Once everyone masters their part they can then post a comment to the blog, so that they could try to teach the rest of the students that part. This would make it faster to understand the article and less strenuous on the individual.

    Hunter Walker
    Period 3

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  7. I agree with the previous people, that we should go about this in portions. Maybe split off in groups and extensively focus on a certain section then all come together after and teach each other. We could teach each other either in class discussion or through our blogs, but if we did it this way each group would have to know "their part" very well so that the other people in other groups aren't missing out on anything.

    Shannon Murray
    Period 3

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  8. I think we should definetley go about this in small groups, preferably of our own choosing that way wel enjoy working together, and research the answer to the interview question on our own. We have all these people it just seems more logical to go about it this way. I agree with the majority above.

    Jojo Relyea
    Period 3

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  9. I agree with the previous comments about working in subgroups. I feel like our research will be more thorough if we only have to focus on small sections rather than the entire piece. As Shannon mentioned, we will then be able to come together and teach the class what we have learned. Subgroups seem to be the most effective route.
    Kelli Carrillo p.3

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  10. Everyone else said it all. I agree with the previous comments.

    Nathan Seidenberg
    P.3

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  11. I believe that we should split into small groups because then we could accomplish a lot more a lot quicker. If we all focused on the same thing, sure we could gather a lot of different opinions, but it would take a lot longer.

    Nancy Rubio
    period 2

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  12. I've never been one to lead, so I'll just go with the consensus on this one. Based the overall length of the article, seventy-one questions and answers all together, I think it would be best to split into groups and divide the questions among the different groups in order to get a conglomerated idea for the article itself as a whole.

    Nicholas Joshua Lycan
    Period 4

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  13. Groups seems like the best way to go about this. Splitting up the work is almost always faster than everyone working on the same thing together.

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  14. I believe we should tackle this as a whole in order for all of us to have a sense of what is being discussed rather than one person knows something and the other knows something else. It keeps us toghether on what we know.
    Carlos Cruz per.3

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  15. So far whats been said sounds fair. I agree that groups are probably the best way to handle this, but I also think that everyone should still skim for unknowns. That way, when we share our findings, no stone is left unturned.
    Emily Martinez p3

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  16. Yes. Groups. Perhaps two sets of partners per some number of questions. Since there are so many questions maybe they will be split across all periods? Brain with 200 legs.

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  17. I believe we should work in groups. That way, we will be able to cover more ground quicker, and share with each other what we have learned. Also, yes, some groups that feel up to it should also have a specific role.

    Cayla Salazar Period 2

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  18. I also agree that it would be more efficient to tackle this in groups. For everyone to reach the same level of understanding, we could all come together at the end to share what each group has done.

    Arianna Farmer
    Period 2

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  19. I think that it is best that we start off working on this as one big group. This way it assures that everyone is at the same level with the text. After we have worked on it together for some time, we can then split off into smaller groups. Then all the groups can get together and share their information.

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  20. I think everyone would benefit from dividing the work up into groups. Maybe we should have groups of around 5 students and each group elect a leader. The leader's blog will contain the knowledge and information their group has acquired. Then all the students will use the blogs to share information.

    Patrick Fraire
    Period 3

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  21. I think that we shoul all start off as a class to get a feel of what we are looking for and so we all start off on the same page. Then after we start getting the hang of everything we can all be split into groups I our choosing. If we get to choose our groups we'll be able to join a group we feel confident in & actually contribute to the discussions that take place. Then once we start forming our mindmap we can all come together and share what we learned & find beneficial to teach to the rest.

    -Marie Alvarado
    Period 3

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  22. We should do this in small groups, I mean we already have our partners supporting us and if we just make the sub groups our partners, we will be able to get a lot done in not that much time. This article is huge and I really recommend using the subgroup method.

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  24. We should start this in small groups and then have those groups teach other kids in the class. That way people can work on social teaching skills as well as the core material. I think we should all focus on all parts not just some on vocabulary, etc. that way we all get a dose of something and do not just focus on our strengths that we will all get to do something in our strengths and weaknesses.

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  25. I believe we need to be assigned different tasks to maximize time efficiency. Sure, we can all study the same material and master it, but it would be much more time consuming. I have always been attracted to the idea of a "Jack of All Trades", and this can only be accomplished if people work as individuals or in small groups. Then after we have become masters in a particular topic, we can collaborate and share our newly developed ideas to be apart of something greater than ourselves.

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  26. Creating collaborative but separate teams composed of different roles/ or roles handed out and changed as need be.

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  27. I agree with the previous comments. I think it would be more time efficient if we all broke off into small groups and each did a certain section. Then we could all come back together in one big group and share our knowledge and information we found. That way everyone is getting all the information, but in a shorter period of time.

    Nicole Anderson
    Period 2

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  28. I believe we should start off as one big group where we know we are all in comprehension of the purpose of the of what we are reading. Then as we feel more confident, can go to the liberty of splitting into groups where we figure things for ourselves but still have our group members to reference on so we don't lose that confidence.

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  29. I think having multiple groups with different focuses will be the most efficient and effective way to get this. Not only will we be able to get through the whole article this way, but we will see a lot of different angles. I think one of the main purposes of a mind map is bringing information together and if we all have certain information we need to bring, then it will work properly.

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  30. Like Annais said, I believe we should start out as one big group so that we can all be on the same page and then split off into separate groups. That will be the most efficient and prosperous way to go about this.

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  31. I think that it'd be best to divide everything such as the vocab, to individuals so that we are able to focus on one main idea and share what we learned. If we have one person focusing on the text as a whole key concept will be missed. The only downfall that I can see is that some people wouldn't be able to easily teach or learn the material that other students present. In that case the groups may work best, just to assure that they begin to understand the interview itself.

    Betzy Bras
    Per:6

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  32. I think that working in groups would be the most effective way to complete tasks as a whole. By colorabating, we would see different perspectives, and be able to accomplish more as a whole.

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  33. I agree with those who who say start in small small groups and then working together as a class. I think it would be more effective for each group to be able to focus and really learn their material before sharing with the class. With each group focusing solely on their topic, we will be more efficient in learning more material thoroughly then sharing with a class into a large, complete mind map.

    Shannon Fahey
    Period 4

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  34. I believe we should all start on the same page and come to an understanding of what we believe this topic is about and then be split up into the topics that interest us the most.

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  35. I think groups would be best at first so we can all understand it very well. We can ask our colleagues for any questions or misunderstandings for help and be able to work on the same page. Then maybe at the end before we move on we can get other groups perspectives and think/discuss about it as a class. The small groups could go either way with the group discussion or each individual having a specific role.

    Alaysia Navarro
    Period 4

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  36. I believe we should work as a large group because it gives everyone a fair chance at learning the material. It keeps our large group on the same page. If we break into groups, then we all wouldn't be strong in the material, only exceptional in one aspect.

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  37. I think, at first we should start off as a big group to make sure everybody knows what to do.
    Then when people get familair, branch off into specific groups.

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  38. I agree exactly with what Nicole just said. A big group to me sounds like a great idea until we get a lot more familiar with everything. Then after that I think that smaller groups are going to be more effective.

    Sarah Rayburn
    Period 3

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  39. Nicole makes a great point. We should start out a a single big group so we all can get on the same page. Then separate into several smaller groups.

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  40. I believe that we should divide up the workload by creating subgroups like most people said in the previous comments because in that way, we can all be productive and save some time. Everyone starting in the same place would be time consuming and people would start to get lazy.

    Samuel Moon
    Period 6

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