Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Uh, Can I Get Some Extra Credit": Extra Credit - - - A Student's "Venus Fly Trap"

Dear Students:

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend!  Was I missed on Friday?


;)

RIIIIGHT.

I would like to discuss the following topic with you:  extra credit.  I go "back and forth" about this topic.  I was a student who benefited from extra credit; however, by the time that I entered college, EC was a thing of the past.  Granted, there were professors who gave me a break; however, I worked for that "break."  In regards to my education, nothing was given to me.

Many high school instructors refuse to give extra credit opportunities.  They believe that EC promotes "vanity grades."  By vanity grades, I mean grades that "look good" and serve as a "conversation piece."

Examples:

:Parents at a dinner party:"  Why, yes, my son attends ______ High School.  He has a 3.75."

: Students at lunch:"  "I have a 3.75.  I am so smart."

Questions to consider:

* Was the GPA in both situations due to grade inflation (i.e. extra credit), or were the students denied EC and earned their grades?
* Does EC have a place in school's curriculum?

Seniors, how is Life is So Good?  

I look forward to reading your comments!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Stirring the Pot: The Dangers of Putting all of Your BIZNESS on the Internet

Dear Parents and Students:

Please review the following video.

Questions to consider:

1. Parents, are you monitoring your child's Facebook account?  Twitter?
2. Students, are you telling too much of your bizness with so-called friends?

Students, it is mandatory that you respond to this post.  This will count as a homework assignment.

Go Thunder!

Dr. Cee

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tic Toc: How to Effectively Take Essay Exams

Dear Students:

Please review the following link:   http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/essay_exam.shtml

How do you prepare for essay exams?  Once you receive the exam, how do you begin answering the questions?

You may find this information resourceful:  http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/essay_exam.shtml

Please review tonight's video.

Go Thunder!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Why Read Books When You Have Sparknotes? : Sparknotes Equals Quicksand

Dear Seniors:

Based on today's lecture, I sense that a significant number of you are reading Sparknotes.com rather than The Canterbury Tales.  Please realize that I am an exceptionally intelligent woman.  If you think that you can squeak through the next week or so by going to sparknotes.com, think again.  As a reminder, I was once a student.  You cannot con the Con Artist.

You will:

1. Not score well on your quizzes or exams if you cheat yourself by solely reading sparknotes.com  Your exams will reflect questions that will require you to read the literary work.  Specific quotations will be needed to support your statements.  In short, plot summary will not work.
2. Not score well on your essay

Recognize that I recognize that you are not reading the text!  :)  Spread the WORD!!!!!!

Go Thunder!


Monday, September 10, 2012

To Strike or Not to Strike. That is the Question: Chicago Schoolteacher's Strike

Dear Students:

Please review the following web link:  http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/b-cs-chicago-teacher-strike-evaluation-system-looms-201903517.html

Questions to consider:

1. Are these instructors' actions justfied?
2. Should teachers be paid a significant amount of money, or are educators overpaid?
3. How should Mayor Emanuel resolve this issue?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Wax On. Wax Off": You need to FOCUS, Daniel-Son/Danielle-Daughter

Dear Students:

Please review today's video.  It's LONG, yet the message is extremely important.

Yesterday, I saw The Words.  I highly recommend the film.  For those students under 17, see if your parents will take you to see it.  Do NOT inform them that it is mandatory.  The film deals with plagiarism, and I would love to know your sentiments about Rory and his actions.  I haven't been that engrossed in a movie since The Help.  If you have not read The Help, do so.  I will never view chocolate pie the same way.  Hee!  Hee!

Please leave comments regarding the video.  I am interested in reading your thoughts.  My Seniors - - - I want to hear from YOU.

Go Thunder!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The IMPORTANCE of reading

Reading is important.  If you do not read, your writing will remain stagnant.  Daily, I see students struggle with their writing.  When I ask, "Do you read outside of school?," the answer is typically, "NO."

Read the following sentence carefully:  You. Need. To. Read. Period.  Technology has made children lazy.  I will admit it.  Rather than reading books, many students are on Facebook or texting their friends.  I have to point the finger at our society's parents.  We want our children to be on the same page as our international counterparts; however, we are not encouraging our children to read outside of the classroom.    If a child is living in your house, you need to ensure that they are reading.  This should be a daily activity.  Children should not have the option to say, "I don't want to do it."  

I would like to share this article with you:


http://bigbookcase.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/the-importance-of-reading/

This weekend, review the following book lists. Please take some time, find a book that interests you, and READ it.  Try to read something aside from paranormal romance (gag).  :)

GO THUNDER!

PS:  I am looking forward to the Ahwatukee Bowl.  I hope to see you THERE!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Can Daddy's Money Get Me Out of THIS Debacle?!": The Harvard Cheating Scandal

Dear Students:

Recently, 125 Harvard students were cited for cheating.  It is the largest cheating scandal that has hit a major university.  Please review the following link:  http://ideas.time.com/2012/09/04/harvard-cheating-scandal-is-academic-dishonesty-on-the-rise/

Is academic cheating on the rise, or has it always been present?  How has the Internet led to the alleged rise?

Go Thunder!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Dear Students:

Happy Labor Day!  I hope that you are not spending the entire day laboring away on your homework.  Go outside and ENJOY. YOUR. DAY.

Dr. Cee