Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I guess I'm the scribe today...

Hey everybody, I'm the scribe today. I'm quite horrible at taking notes, so be nice to me if I do a better job than the previous two. I do my best. First off, I would like to take the chance to thank Jackie and Emily for bringing those wonderful circles of sugary fried dough. Thanks. They were delicious.

Scribe time
  1. To start things off, Joe showed his new scrubs shirt to the class and made everyone, especially me, feel extremely jealous.
  2. I have a good hockey name-whatever that means.
  3. We handed in our essays about how our parents or others have affected us. There was some staple action going on.
  4. Mrs. Smith told us that the third essay, "Who Am I?", is to be the hardest essay we have ever written, yet the deadline is only Friday, which, personally, seems to be a relatively short time the write the hardest essay we have ever written. But that's just my unbiased opinion.
  5. There was the passing of the fried dough.
  6. Just so you know, Mrs. Smith and Brooks share the job of resident expert on yogurt butter, so if you have any questions on this particular concoction, go to them and not me because it sounds rather odd.
  7. We spent some time before reading O.K. (Oedipus the King) to discuss the different motifs and repetitive ideas of the reading assignment. Oedipus is rather cocky and self-assured and has taken the weight of the world upon his shoulders. It's a rather insightful play.
  8. And, finally, the final production. With Brooks as Oedipus, Jackie as Creon, Leigh as Priest, Mr. Birthday Boy Sam (it was yesterday) as Chorus, and Emily as Chorus Leader, O.K. was acted out from the desks with flawless speeches and exceptional projection. Seriously, is it just me or should Brooks be on a soap or what?
  9. Um, the bell rang, that's it.

For some reason, I couldn't remember if it was by 9 or 10 that I was supposed to post, so I decided to wait until 11:15, just to be on the safe side. Oops.

The End...WooHoo!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Today I'm The Scribe!

Well, I get to be the second scribe ever in this class so I’m amazingly excited. And we got a lot done today so this should be even more entertaining. I suppose I’ll also keep up the tradition of obeying Brooks, jk, and will also do this in outline format. So, if you read this and weren’t in class, hope it’s adequate and that I cover all the bases!

1.HW: Write a college essay, the subject? “Have you been impacted by your parents? By others?” (due Wednesday), get your books (Oedipus the King) if you weren’t in class, and bring donuts on Wednesday if it’s your job.

A. We started out class by discovering that we all need to proofread our stuff before we turn it in. Apparently some of our essays we turned in lacked in that area and we need to do better next time.
B. Ms. Smith also showed us the wonders of raising our hands to voice our opinions and ask questions. She’s amazingly good at it and can even us both hands! (If only we were all so lucky)
C. We then started off the serious part of class by going over terms in the blue packets that we didn’t understand. Actually we went over pretty much all of them. We then talked about the basic necessities of a tragedy and Ms. Smith gave us a rundown of the family tree in Oedipus.
D. We then proceeded to take the quiz over the reading material…and Ms. Smith said it was so easy that we should be kicked in the butt if we didn’t get an A. Which I completely agree with. (Bye the way, Gates of Heaven is an amazing invention of hers)
E. We were then issued our books, Oedipus the King, and they’re really new so we need to make sure we take care of them.
F. We then began to read the first part of the book. We were also instructed to make sure that we noted reoccurring motifs, themes, and tragic hero qualities in Oedipus’ character.
G. Oedipus Complex: all men want to marry their mothers and kill their fathers. This really has nothing to do with anything except that it came up in class and it really messed with my head.
H. A little thing that Ms. Smith pointed out at the Greeks used the props in the scene to illustrate truths of life during that time. For example, the alter was placed at the center of the attention and the direct center of the stage. This served as a way of showing how the gods dominated Greek life and all that the gods were at the center of all they did.

Well, I hope this is an adequate Scribing and that I didn’t do too shabby of a job. See you guys Wednesday!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Okay well I'm the first scriber ever for this class so don't get mad if i do something wrong. I'll do my best.
(I'll dedicate this one to Brookes because he so defiantly wants the outline to be in this way)

I. Friday, August 24, 2007

- Homework - scribe, Oedipus material (four Handouts) quiz monday on the handouts, parent email Mrs. smith if you haven't already.

  1. We first started out with going over what to do when you are posting your info as the scribe. First go to blogger, sign in, and click new post and you will be redirected to the posting page.
  2. Handouts on Oedipus - Tragedy, A study of Sophocles, The nature of Tragedy, Introduction - Oedipus Rex, study and read these for the quiz on monday.
  3. Collected Essays, class expectation sheets (signed by both the parent and the student), and the tips on how to write a fantabulous essay.
  4. We then discussed the tips that most stuck out to us on how to write our essays and how our views changed or stayed the same after reading the college essay handouts given on Wednesday.
  5. A future internet site for us to use that Mrs. Smith wished she had when she was in college, but due to the technological disadvantages of those years she didn't get to enjoy using it.
  6. Continued talking about tips, for example, prove what you are trying to say, write about a passion of yours, don't try to sound like you have already been through four years of college, be yourself!, sentence fluency, and all that jazz.
  7. Expectations of a scribe/what should the scribe be responsible for/ what should the scribe include in the notes - Notes for the day, a neat outline (brookes gave a phenomenal example), should include all homework assignments/quizzes and tests, personal info about teacher for future extra credit opportunities, personalized to you, make it clear to everyone, the scribe should act as if he/she were in the absent persons shoes and think about what it would be that they would want the scribe to write, posts must be completed by 9:00 pm on that same day, for weekends it should be by 9:00 pm on saturday (correct me if this is incorrect), She also stated that she would hunt you down if you missed a post, o ya and the posts are worth 20 pts.
  8. We ended the class talking about what we expected out of the class this year, what we wanted, what we expected, etc. It was quite the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious class period, if you were sick then i hope you feel right as rain tomorrow.

I hope this is sufficient enough and pretty enough for all you critics out there (cough, cough, brookes, jk). See you all next time.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Scribe for the Day

Do you know what scribing is? What is the purpose behind scribing? Look at the following class examples and tell me what you think:

We are going to be scribing our class sessions. You will sign up for at least one scribe day per semester. What do you want our scribes to look like? to sound like? What requirements should be in place? How do we assess good scribes?

I'm Listening...

Guess what? You are seniors! Because you are so learned in your ways and I can't teach you anything you don't already know ( I am being facetious- look up this word if you don't know what it means), I want you to think about what you want your last year of high school to look like. THINK BIG!

What do you hope to get out of this class?
What do you want to learn?
What do grades mean to you?How do you learn best?
What activities have you previously done in other classes that have been meaningful or interesting to you?