Saturday, June 29, 2013

world record book domino chain

This. Is. Awesome.  What a beautiful library, what a great way to promote community and reading, and what a clutch catch/presentation by the girl at the end.  (Thanks Cory & boingboing!)

Monday, June 24, 2013

applied mindfulness

We've all had the feeling of sitting down in front of the computer-- and, half an hour later, wondering why we still haven't done what we sat down to do.  Learning how to focus our attention in an "always on" world is an essential skill and something we'll be focusing on together when we start meeting in August.  In the meantime, for anyone who still thinks that meditation and concentration are just words for cooler-than-coffeehouse hippies, read this article and prepare to get your mind right.

Wouldn't it be a better world if all of the people who told you to pay attention could help you understand HOW?  :)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

reasons, purposes and experiences of peer pressure

What are your thoughts on this recent article from the Wall Street Journal?  Do you take pleasure in social acceptance?  To what extent do you think this drives your decision-making process?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

the class of 2013 left you a little something

Sometime before school starts I'll post a "Summer Checklist" page so you can keep track of your work and start the school year without breaking a sweat. In the meantime, if you haven't seen it yet here is the Prezi from last year's seniors:

be a rudy

After seeing this clip from the movie "Rudy" I started using the word Rudy to describe anyone who goes hard all the time. 

I am inspired by Rudys-- you never catch them slouching around campus complaining about how many days of school are left.  They're always energetic and interesting, and they push everyone around them to be their best.  

All of the students who have posted their blogs and gotten started are Rudys, and the most recent has the cool claim of actually being named Rudy. Check out his blog here.

no one said "have a cool summer" quite like thoreau

Monday, June 3, 2013

get your head in the cloud

Schools are considering how to move forward in the digital world.  Think it's time you learned what all this means for you?