Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Intro to Buddhism, Went Over Test, Shout Out to J.L.

We had our introduction of Buddhism today...  Granted, it was a brief introduction because I asked the students what they knew about it, and their answers were generally, "Nothing," or "IDK."  They'll know more by tomorrow.

We went over the test.  There were a couple students who argued some points back from me...  We mainly focused on the essay questions.  (I gave 4 questions, and they had to answer 2.)  One question was, "How did the demand for natural resources lead to exploration, colonization, and the eventual exploitation of human life?  Trace the path back to the source making connections as you go.

After we discussed it, I had the kids draw a quick picture depicting the question.  They did this in less than five minutes.  Really, I think it answers the question pretty well.  I didn't collect them, but a couple found there way to my desk.  Here's one:

It might not be high art, but you get the point.

We actually spent the most time discussing the first essay question - whether or not nonviolent, noncooperation would work against the Capitol.  What do you think? 

To get the extra credit today, explain the picture to the adult you discussed the blog with, and then tell them whether you think nonviolence would work, or if the Districts would have to fight a war... or neither one.  Explain your reasoning.

Finally, write the following quote on a piece of paper and turn it in to get the extra credit: "We are what we think."  Then, have the adult you discussed the blog with sign the paper.  Make sure your name is on it.

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