English Language Program for Teens

Can we use videos in this class and make it an active class?
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Click on the work for today:   
Week 1:   Mon.         Tues.        Weds.       Thurs.      Friday           Sat./Sun.                 Portfolios    <<< Projects
      TECH GOALS:  Set up the DIGITAL PORTFOLIO, get the first video.  
Week 2:   Mon.         Tues.        Weds.       Thurs.      Friday           Sat./Sun.                EXAMPLE Student 45
       TECH GOALS:  complete the 500 videos book, tell other Boca Student:  "Click on This Please!"  (visit classrooms)
Week 3:   Mon.         Tues.        Weds.       Thurs.      Friday           Sat./Sun.                More Posters       More Projects
       TECH GOALS:  Find a U.S. History project, try the "Big Test"   -- (visit classrooms)        QUOTES
Week 4:   Mon.         Tues.        Weds.       Thurs.      Friday           Sat./Sun.               EXTRA
       TECHGOALS:  make short videos (learn about editing), create a "confusing words list"  -- (visit classrooms)
Week 5:   Mon.         Tues.        Weds.       Thurs.      Friday           Sat./Sun.         Let's find topics to talk about
       TECH GOALS:  make a collection of our favorite songs -- (visit classrooms)
Articles about the methods in this class (see bottom)              Seminar about Facebook and social media
Welcome to my class.  It's also your class.
1.  Students learn more when they are active.
2.  When I lecture, somebody in the room starts to fall asleep. Let's lecture less.
3.  The goal is to transfer responsibility for your learning to you.
4.  If I video record my message to you and you watch the video before class, then we can discuss the video during the class.
5.  If an expert visits the class to speak, someone will be bored.  PUT THE EXPERT ON VIDEO.  DISCUSS the expert in class.
6.  There are 8 Important skills.  

Rules                  John Corlette's Rules
1.  Bring in something to class (an idea, a photo, a question).  Make every day different.
2.  Ask, "Does this activity take me closer to my goals?"  
3.  Put your Facebook, Youtube, Gmail and email programs into ENGLISH.   
4.  Think about the rules that John Corlette created.
5.  Use colors and pictures.  Keep a design notebook.

A Group Project
If you can't find the group, click here

Your Individual Project

Your Individual Education Plan

"What is the letter?"  (narrative)

Learn about the Guide on the Side system
Steve's "octopus"

Quotes (selected by Dennis Yuzenas)

Knowing is not enough; 
we must apply. 
Willing is not enough; 
we must do. - Goethe


You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself. - Galileo Galilei


For learning to take place with any kind of efficiency students must be motivated. To be motivated, they must become interested. And they become interested when they are actively working on projects which they can relate to their values and goals in life. - Gus Tuberville, President, William Penn College

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. - Albert Einstein


It takes two to speak the truth,--one to speak, and another to hear. - Henry David Thoreau


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. - Marcel Proust, French novelist


To know yet to think that one does not know is best; 
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty. 
- Lao-Tzu (6th century B.C.), Legendary Chinese philosopher.


When you know something, say what you know. When you don't know something, say that you don't know. That is knowledge. - Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius)


What I hear, I forget. 
What I see, I remember. 
What I do, I understand. 
- Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius)

There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul. - Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), British novelist. The Journals of Arnold Bennett(1932), entry for 18 March 1897.
  Pro__bl__m s__lv__ngPro__bl__m s__lv__ngPro__bl__m s__lv__ng

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. . . . If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. - Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder of the People's Republic of China. Speech, July 1937,
Yenan, China.

More quotes

Here are some photos to fill in the space in this lefthand column

Suggestion:  develop skills with your non-dominant side.

Use your other hand to hold a spoon...

What are the 8 important skills?



CR__T___Cal   Th____nk___ng    and PR__BL__M S___LV__NG

CR____Tivity and IM__G__N___TION

INIT_____IVE, Entr__pr___n____ring


Ag____L__ty  and AD___PT____ITY


Get the answers

THis photo appeared in Mirage, a 1965 movie with Gregory Peck.

Ah, ha... is it true?  In what way is the future here now?

Write comments about these photos.  What is the author or the photographer say with these photos?

More Posters                  POSTERS

Let's read one article         Extra Articles

Curriculum and Syllabus ideas

a.  Every student will have a youtube account to store presentations that they make  (can they be public?  Or "need link to find it" privacy setting?)
b.  Written work will go on a blog that each student creates
c.  Discussions will go on the CLOSED Facebook group that I created.  
d. A central google site page (this page) will hold all links.
I'll maintain this central website with links to all students.   

If a student doesn't bring in a laptop, there will be accommodations to allow use of another laptop.  Teamwork will be encouraged.

If there is a concern about privacy, I will make sure students do not put personal information on the accounts -- using a fictitious name, no real birthdates, no photos or info about geography....

Math Preparation

English Language Links

Work on one project for four weeks
I propose a unifying individual project that each student will work on that involves all aspects of the classes that the students will take:

EXAMPLE  --  If it is a powerpoint presentation about George Washington >>> compare him to Simon Bolivar or tracing the influences of Washington.  The student will design some panels in art class and photograph or scan them, in US History the work can be researched and presented orally,  and in technology class the framework can be built (websites, etc.)


Make a digital portfolio

Let's Lecture Less
I will lecture little, preferring to assign lectures to the students who will build presentations off their interests in the curriculum.

Let's recommend videos to each other
To fill in gaps in a survey of US History, I will identify videos that they can watch at their leisure with questions...  If they choose to watch them later, that's okay.   The main focus for five weeks is to COMPLETE A PROJECT.

WORK TOGETHER (this is an office)
I also have a proposed group project that involves identifying educational and inspiring videos that can be downloaded.  We compile the videos and burn a DVD ... materials that students in China can't get (based on youtube blockage).  I have a friend who teaches in China and I'll send him the DVD for distribution to his classes.

I have a DVD duplicator so my plan is to put the videos from class on DVD and distribute materials to all students.   I want them to learn from each other's projects.  Knowing that their project will be "published" on DVD (in addition to the easily editable blog or website) puts pressure of "there is a deadline.  Your project will have a fixed form by 31 January."

The youtube videos will be private -- only I and the students themselves can see them.  If the students want to share their videos with others, there is a way to do so in youtube (by sharing the links).

The videos of my lectures will be on public video use (allowing the students' parents to see what happens in class.)

For record keeping, I will give points for homework submitted, class participation, presentations.  Those points will be awarded weekly so that students can see where they stand.  If they want to raise their grade, they have plenty of extra credit activities that they can do.

They get a possible 20 points a day, 100 points per week.   If they dip below 80 points they will be encouraged to do extra credit activities.  If they get more than 100 points, can I let them give those extra points to one of their classmates?  (Collaboration?   As long as the other classmates are not buying the points...)

To give a grade at the end of the 5 weeks, it's simply a matter of adding up the points earned over the 5 weeks and dividing by 500.

Points are won by students when they complete selected activities Monday through Thrusday.   The FRIDAY is usually a "FedEx Day."  They must deliver something that they value to their classmates before the end of Friday.

I will also add a comment after the second week and on their end report (a narrative, as Dennis Littky describes it).   See the description of Narratives vs. Grades in the end of this email.

OPTION:  one article (the Gr_d_s vs. N__rr__tives) 

I'd also like the students to have a common article that we all inspect.  I propose the Teen Brain issue in the National Geographic.

Here are some of the links for that article

Please click on this movie

Distance Education Day 3 March

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