Friday, February 10, 2017

Senior Seminar: Funky Week, Big Questions, Day to Catch Up, and a Survey

It's Friday and you are all taking the health survey as I write this.  I'm super appreciative of how serious you are taking that survey.  The information matters.

Once you finish the survey, I'm going to show you how to update the Senior Seminar Q3 Blog Tracker.  It's easy once you get the hang of it.  Getting the hang of it . . . ehhhhhh . . . a little trickier.

Next week,  you'll be choosing the best evidence from your blog posts for me to assess toward your grades.  Your best example of writing, of reading, of using media (creating/building), of your MUGS (grammar/spelling), and so on.  More on that next Tuesday, as well as how the grading system works in here. It's easy once you get the hang of it.  Getting the hang of it . . . ehhhhh . . . a little trickier.

We'll wrap up with an activity around big questions and "How might We/I's."  For your blog, I'm asking that you make a few list of the following:

LIST 1.  Your interests, hobbies, goals, passions, career goals, possibilities, wants, needs, etc.

For me:  teaching (seriously, I'm an education nerd), comics, comedy, movies, theater, technology, community development, entrepreneurship, marketing, storytelling, building a garage, building furniture

LIST 2.  Some big questions you'd like to be able to answer that relate to those interests, etc.

For me:  How do you write a screenplay?  How do you write a novel?  How do you start your own business?  How do you open a performance space?  What does it take to build a garage?  What does it take to hire someone to build a garage?  How do community organizers do their work?  What does it take to bring new businesses to a region?  Why do you people seem to spend more time looking for ways to save money than they do ways to make money?

LIST 3. Turn some of those questions into possibilities by writing "How might we . . .?" or "How might I . . .?" statements

How might I write a screenplay?
How might we open a performance space in downtown Farmington?
How might we bring new businesses to Franklin county?
How might we turn our schools into economic engines of opportunity for kids and community members alike?

These lists are important because they are going to guide your first inquiry & design challenge that's based on your interests and goals.


UPDATE.  Update the Blog Tracker and your blog.
Due:  Friday, Feb 10th.

BLOG.  Big Questions & How Might We's?
Due: Friday, Feb 10th.

Eng 9: Design Challenges: Marketing Wicked Focus & Personal Branding: Video Resources

Hi folks,

Quick review of the design challenges we've done in English 9 so far this year following the DEEP Design Thinking process.

DESIGN CHALLENGE How might we bring joy to another?
User: someone else in the classroom you don't know well
Creative Constraints: a manila folder, four paper clips, tape, markers, scissors, 20 minutes

DESIGN CHALLENGE How might we solve a problem for others or bring joy to others using two pieces of cardboard?
User: members of Mrs. Howatt's chemistry classes
Creative Constraints: two pieces of cardboard (2x3), decorating/design supplies
Standards: media, listening/speaking, writing (narrative reflection after challenge)

DESIGN CHALLENGE  How might we design a tiny house that meets the needs of others?
User: Characters from Of Mice & Men
Creative Constraints: built to scale, physical or digital prototype, choose one or more characters from novel, present your prototype
Standards: reading, media, listening/speaking

We are in the DISCOVERY Phase of our Wicked Marketing & Personal Brand design challenges.  We're trying to answer TWO How Might We's at the same time, which is a challenge all its own.

DESIGN CHALLENGE How might we develop our personal brands?
User: friends, family, teachers, strangers, foster tech, potential employers, colleges/universities
Creative Constraints: web presence of blog and/or site, self selected social media (if any), weekly content

DESIGN CHALLENGE How might we market Wicked Focus focus fidgets?
Creative Constraints: Must use knowledge of anxiety, stress, and/or attention disorders in the marketing strategy, other constraints to be determined

During DISCOVERY we are trying to learn all we can about the challenges.

One class met with Lorri Brown and received tips on developing one's personal brand.

Another class was able to Zoom conference with Mikhail and Sabba, two personal branding experts.

To help us understand marketing, I have found us these videos.

We have also taken a look at The Mighty and done some Notice/Wish/Wonder work with its videos.

And we also have these 15 TED Talks to consider as well organized on A Thing Called, a blog about anxiety. 
The 15 Best TED Talks On Anxiety, Stress, and Fear

Meanwhile, we are also trying to keep keep Roots going, starting up our classroom blogs, and getting back on the No Red Ink wagon.  Phew.  That's a lot.  And we can do it all!

Oh yeah, we're starting the novel, Speak, soon, too.


Complete the Personal Brand graphic organizer in the English 9 OUT Folder.
Due Monday, Feb 13.

Complete a Notice/Wish/Wonder graphic organizer over one of the TED Talk videos above.
Due Monday, Feb 13.

Blog Post.  List of all on the Blog Tracker available soon.

Roots Quiz 10.  Thursday/Friday, Feb 16/17.