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Friday, December 19, 2014

One More Time...

Everyone:

It's been some time since I've posted anything on here. As usual, it's due to sheer exhaustion. I've just been trying to keep up with papers and grades, and take care of all of my other responsibilities. I guess this thing falls into the "more fun than necessity" category of life.

Anyway, this will probably be the last post for a week or two, but it's a worthwhile one. I promise.

We've reached the end of the semester. It's our first semester on a "traditional" schedule, and it's only the second time I've ever taught the class on a schedule like this (I taught a Z-Block three years ago). Usually, about this time each year, I give out a teacher evaluation for my students. It's a chance for you to give me some feedback, and let me know, in a summative way, what worked for you and what didn't. The hope is that I can adjust some things over the break and make the class better when we come back. I'd like to make the experience you have in APWH and Modern World History worthwhile. I'd like it if you learned a lot... about writing, reading, reasoning, arguing, sourcing, and, well, yes, history too. BUT, WE'RE NOT DONE! So, in order to make sure this class is not a waste of time, I've decided to give out a short feedback form. This feedback is anonymous, since you and I will still interact over the next 6 months, and I don't want you to be afraid to give me your true opinion. All I ask is that you are honest in answering all of the questions, as they will indeed impact the direction of the class over the next semester.

I wish you all peace, joy and happiness.... enjoy the break, you (well, most of you) have truly earned it... if you know someone who is not here today, go ahead and forward the link to them (if they are in this class). I'll share the results with you when we get back from break.

Click here to give me some feedback.


Sincerely,
Batman

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Everyone

Good morning, everyone. 

Some good news. Remember about 3 months ago when I jammed/broke two of my fingers trying to make an Odell Beckam Jr. Jr. Catch? (If you don't know what I'm talking about then click here.) Well, I jammed the hell out of my fingers, dropped the ball, and couldn't wear my wedding ring until yesterday... It's finally back on. I'm so happy it's stupid.

Also, it's Christmas time.. almost... my wife loves Christmas. My kids love Christmas. My in-laws love Christmas.... you can see where this is going.... I don't so much love Christmas.

These photos show less than half of the boxes of Christmas stuff that will somehow decorate my house for the next month. We have an entire shed dedicated to Christmas... It's the North Pole Part Two.


Even though I hate Christmas, there's something special about coming home to 'The Chronic 2001' blasting from the stereo while my wife is decorating the house like the little elf that could. #memoriesforalifetime #sheisonthegoodlist

Modern World History


Quick-write #:

Fill out the "After Viewing" Questions on the Anticipation Guide for Crash Course World History.


Objectives:
  • Analyze the impact of the National Assembly on the French Revolution.

    AP World History


    Quick-write #:






    If you are looking for the structured note taking template, here it is!

    Bentley Book Chapters: Click Here


    Objectives:
    • Peer grade an essay and provide feedback to your classmates on their progress.
    • Use Evidence to develop and support a claim.

    Resources for you:

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014


    Everyone

    Good morning, everyone. 

    This is almost as cool as what Leti did to me last Friday. BUT, she DID NOT foul me. Her tackle was clean... I suck at this sport.


    Despite my being terrible at it, I think I've become slightly obsessed with soccer. 
    Evidence of this is as follows:
    1. I'm playing Fifa 15 like it's going out of style... on my phone.
    2. I'm trying to find soccer games to play in on the weekends.
    3. I challenged my cousins and other family members to a penalty kick shoot-out on Thanksgiving. Although it quickly devolved into kicking the ball at the goalie as hard as we could, it was still fun.
    4. I built a soccer goal (not full-size) in my back-yard so I can practice (see pic. below).
    5. I'm playing soccer with my son.
    6. I'm watching soccer matches on TV.
    7.  I ordered FIFA 13 for the PS3... it will be here today. Things are going to get real.

    To all of you.... this is your fault. 

    3' x 5.5'... looks like it's straight out of a stereotypical third world nation... which fits perfectly in my back-yard.

    We'll just call this place the Sand Lot.
    I challenge you to a shoot-out at 3:30, at the Sand Lot. Don't be late.
    To all my cousins, bring it on. #Illbreakyourotherthumb
    #dontcallmylandon
    #placementoverpower

    Modern World History
    • Analyze the causes of the French Revolution.

      AP World History

      The quizzes for chapters 19 and 20 are available to be taken until tonight at 11:55PM.

      Quick-write #:





      If you are looking for the structured note taking template, here it is!

      Bentley Book Chapters: Click Here


      Objectives:
      • Analyze your performance on the last DBQ.
      • Discuss the impact and causes of the Crusades.

      Resources for you:

      Friday, November 21, 2014

      Friday, November 21, 2014


      Everyone

      When you played games as a little kid did you ever pretend to be someone else? I used to play X-Men when I was young. Since I was the youngest, and had glasses, I was forced to be Cyclopes. That was, until one of my other, older, bigger friends got glasses. Then he got to be Cyclopes and I had to be Gambit... weakest character ever.

      I also used to pretend to be different baseball players when we were playing in the front yard. Jeff Bagwell. Ken Griffey Jr. Randy Johnson. Ivan Rodriguez.

      Or, when we were wrestling. I always got to be the Ultimate Warrior. The list goes on and on. Those were the good ol' days.

      Today the SMHS staff team in playing against the Girls Varsity Soccer Team. Because of this, I think today I need to pretend to be a REALLY, REALLY good soccer player.

      Here are my choices. You help me decide who to be... and do it quickly!

      Zinedine Zidane

      Luis Suarez
      Alexi Lalas
      Modern World History


      Quick-write #:

      Geography Quiz #6.


      Objectives:


        AP World History


        Quick-write #:

        Discuss life, liberty, and the pursuit of Turkey.



        If you are looking for the structured note taking template, here it is!

        Bentley Book Chapters: Click Here


        Objectives:


        Resources for you:

        Thursday, November 20, 2014

        Thursday, November 20, 2014


        Everyone

        Things are a little weird this morning. MY family is going through a serious tragedy, which has caused  number of things to happen. It's difficult to pull much of a positive out of the situation, but poorly timed jokes are kind of my thing... Here's one of the things that did happen.

        I slept here:
        Pretty sweet, huh? I'm pretty sure my back is permanently destroyed due to sleeping directly on top Tinkerbell and Doc McStuffins.

        #itisnotasimmons 

        If I seem out of it today, it's because I laid down for two whole hours last night. #letsrage.

        Modern World History


        Quick-write #:





        Objectives:
        • Locate and Label the physical and political features of Central America and the Caribbean region on a map.
        • Use evidence to justify a claim.

          AP World History


          Quick-write #:
          No quick-write.... just write your DBQ.





          If you are looking for the structured note taking template, here it is!

          Bentley Book Chapters: Click Here


          Objectives:


          Resources for you:

          Monday, November 17, 2014

          Monday, November 17, 2014


          Everyone


          A couple things for you all to think about as we enter the last week before Thanksgiving break...

          1. I didn't grade a single essay this weekend.
          2. I did build a cabinet/shelf, cleaned out/up my daughter's toys (we sent three bags to the Goodwill).
          3. I cleaned the backyard.
          4. I cleaned the house... from the windows to the walls... 'till the sweat dripped down my... 
          5. I mounted my surround sound speakers on the wall (They look pretty killer).
          6. I went on a date with my wife.
          Seriously, though here are some things that relate to class.

          In Modern World History last week we were talking about voting, mostly how it relates to the colonists in the 13 colonies, but then I got sidetracked (just a little) and we delved into local elections and, eventually, we wound up discussing the exam you have to take to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. Well, if you take the entire exam and bring a picture of your screen showing your final score, I'll throw in some extra credit. No cheating on the exam, though. Just answer the questions to the best of your ability.... click here to take the test.

          AP kids, if you want to look at the digital chapters of Bentley then please click here and then choose the "AP STUDENT DOCUMENTS" folder. Inside it is a whole treasure trove of stuff I've compiled and developed just for you. It's kind of a big deal. Inside it is a folder titled "BENTLEY BOOK." Click it and the chapters are all yours.


          I got 6 incorrect... I'd complain about "unfair" questions, but I'm pretty sure no one would feel sorry for me.

          Modern World History


          Quick-write #4.6million:





          Objectives:
          • Locate and Label the physical and political features of Central America and the Caribbean region on a map.
          • Use evidence to justify a claim.

            AP World History


            Quick-write #29:








            If you are looking for the structured note taking template, here it is!

            Bentley Book Chapters: Click Here


            Objectives:


            Resources for you:

            Thursday, November 13, 2014

            Thursday, November 13, 2014


            Everyone


            So, it's been a while since this was update. #FAIL, on me.

            We'll fix that, though.

            I have a personal Twitter account, in addition to the one I use for class. I follow a good mix of sporting and education news, authors I like, and a few friends who cross-post things from Facebook, which I don't use. I know I'm following the right people, though, because nowhere in my personal Twitter feed did I get a picture of Kim Kardashian's ass. #breaktheinternetonyourowntime.. we'll my brother showed me the picture...
            On that note,... you and I may forget things, but the internet doesn't. What you post online will live there forever. That's a true story. Just ask Kim Kardashian how her kid going to feel about this incident, or her other escapades, when he hits Jr. High and has to endure a whole host of ridicule from his friends for a decision he never made. Or, that fact that now EVERYONE has seen the Kim Kardashian the same way as her husband has seen her. Some things are just not okay. This is one of them.


            Modern World History


            Quick-write #:




            Objectives:
            • Analyze the causes of the American Revolution.

              AP World History


              Quick-write #:
              The exception has come....







              If you are looking for the structured note taking template, here it is!

              Bentley Book Chapters: Click Here


              Objectives:
              • Evaluate your DBQ performance on the "Responses to Buddhism in China DBQ.
              • Identify POV in a range of documents.
              • Analyze the views of the Mongols in their conquered territories.

              Resources for you: