Monday, April 8, 2013


I hate days where I only have time for a mediocre post.  Apologies to anyone out there reading this.

Bellwork took quite a chunk of time today.  Here was the question:

Think about Gandhi, and other lessons or examples from class to explain this cause and effect sequence.  Give examples of each cause and effect.
Demand for natural resources – exploration – colonization – human exploitation

Most of the students were able to answer it.  In some classes we reviewed and redefined "natural resources," or exploitation.  However, most classes were able to answer the question with few hints.

Even more encouraging was when students gave examples I hadn't thought of - though perhaps I should have.

For instance, one student's responded: "So, the British wanted indigo.  They were exploiting the Indians for the indigo, right?  Because the British were using them in order to get that natural resource."

Yes and yes.

Then we watched the first half of Crash Course #40.  You should check it out.  As always, it's very good.

Here it is:

John Green's a funny guy.

If you want the extra credit, read and discuss this post with an adult.  Then, to prove you read it and discussed it, write the following quote on a scrap of paper: "Life isn't fair.  It's just fairer than death.  That's all."  Have the adult you discussed the blog with sign it.  (Adult, please only sign the paper if you really did discuss the blog.)

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