Stuart's Spectacular Students

This is dedicated to my amazing students. The goal is for each and every one of them to feel unstoppable by the time they walk out of the classroom door for the final time in May. This chronicles their journey; their own Chronicles of Self-Actualization.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

IT'S NOT BRIDGET! When the school news asked for applicants for the TV show, I asked you all to raise your hands if you were afraid of applying; either because you were afraid you wouldn't be chosen, or you were afraid you would be.

When the ones who did raised your hands, I suggested you apply anyway. If you didn't "FACE YOUR FEARS" now, it would only get harder to do it as you grew up. I passed along learning I've gained from great people like Plato and Eleanor Roosevelt, and passed it along to you all in hopes of helping you become the greatness I see inside of you. Bridget, you said you would, but only wanted to work behind the camera.

You were chosen, and for the past three mornings have been ON the news, IN FRONT of the camera. I don't know where you got your courage from, but I'm glad you chose to focus on your courage versus fear.

Not only are you becoming more each day by doing this, you are HAVING FUN doing it. You can see it in your smile and your energy literally comes through the camera to everyone watching, making us want to hear what you have to say.


You reminded me of the importance of choosing to be happy, to just "go with it", even when you might be scared to death of what you are doing. Now I think of Plato, Roosevelt, and Frost when speaking on having courage.

Why do I get the strong feeling that Robert Frost, the poet and writer, won't be the only Frost people remember?

And that goes for ALL of you. You can't control your life if you don't control your thoughts.


Remember what the structure was that we came up with together this morning: In your comments include:

1. What you INTENDED to learn.
2. THE WAY you intended to learn it.
3. Have you constructed new learning because of this day and can honestly say, I AM MORE than when the day began? (some may even feel like half the globe is in, or on, their head)

Don't forget to include the resources you used throughout the day. Here Sandeep's Hammer and The Mighty Malcom have to move beyond the limits of their textbook and access resources outside the classroom via the internet. This is also reading, and expanding your mind.

"The size of your world is the size of your heart and mind." - Me. I said that! Yes. Me! (imitating King Julian from Madagascar)

Boys, and you know who you are, I want to know how you felt about me "barking" at you when I caught you playing but not learning. Work hard. Play Hard. There's time for both. There's a way to combine both. But you gotta be strong, man. You gotta be strong to do this, man! (I think I see why my mother said I should be training marines and not kids)

Now everybody be quiet. Shhhh! Who keeps making that noise? Oh, it's me again.

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23 Comments:

  • At 11:36 AM , Anonymous nikolas said...

    My intent is to learn and understand *being big* about angel falls, the life cycle of whales and the fact that I am doing this for prior knowledge is really fun and I learned so much about our planet earth.


    So far I learned that the fact that some chimpanzees live on edges of mountains and is practically a death wish to live there. Angel falls is extremely high place its were most of the fresh water comes from and its located in brazil and that camels can survive the most harsh sand storms ever!*about only 3 feet off the ground is sand of a sand storm the rest is dust*. I just learned that a part of the Nile that runs through Africa was put straight up angel falls would me taller.


    I know that after this day I will be more then ever because I am filled with knowledge. I know that I have improved extremely and since I am improving I am also being big


    Sources’: discovery channel.com/ planet earth, ocean .com , google/map , videos of planet earth.

     
  • At 11:40 AM , Anonymous haseeb said...

    My intent is to learn /understand what friction, velocity and what gravity is.My way to create this is knowledge is by playing science golf.I learned that gravity pulls down the ball (which I already know) but I did not know that gravity is a factor of creating frictions I also I learned that when the ball rolls on the carpet has more friction than the ball rolling on the carpet is more friction then the tile floor. My reference was Nick and the science book p. 414-415

     
  • At 12:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My Intent
    It’s my intent to learn more about killer whales and how they survive and a lot more. I would love to learn their ways of life; how and what they eat, how they communicate and how they mate. In math my intent is to fit in math problems when I make my presentation on killer whales. For instance how many whales swim in a pack or how many fish do killer whales eat a day if they eat 37 an hour.

    By: Amanda Jane

     
  • At 12:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nick - I like your idea of "Being Big". You are big, globe-head boy!

    Angels Falls is capitalized. Can you tell me why?

    You hit it on the head when you said you started with prior knowledge about your subject and then learned more about it. You "constructed" new learning in your head, much the way a house is constructed from the foundation prior to it.

    Great use of references, buddy. - Mr. Stuart

     
  • At 12:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ha$$eeb (Yo Money!) - Speak on! How is gravity a factor in affecting friction? Keep asking yourself questions and keep yourself growing.

    Kudos to being able to see a fellow student as a resource. Find out where others are smarter and learn from them. Remember how Jessica asked Serena questions and improved so much she scored as the best in the country?

    You are doing what she did, and you will get what she got. I await news of your great triumphs! - Mr. Stuart

     
  • At 1:05 PM , Anonymous Sandeep said...

    WHAT WE INTENT TO LEARN
    BY: SANDEEP SINGH AND MALCOLM PRUITT

    1. What Malcolm and I had intent to learn was is not using textbooks all the time just for facts. Also we intent about the Outer World like right now we are learning about how the Grand Canyon and how it formed and other things like it's location. Also I-Sandeep remebered that on my trip to the Grand Canyon my brother said it formed like ice cream and an ice cream in an ice cream cone.

    WHAT WE LEARNED:
    The grand Canyon formed by the Colorado river going into sediments of rock. Also since that happened parts of the Colorado river turned to rock which makes the river smaller than before. Also the river goes into Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado of course.

    Location of grand Canyon: Sedona, AZ
    Resources: Computer, Globe and textbook.


    2. What we intent to learn next is about the Niagara Falls and how it formed.

    WHAT WE LEARNED
    The name Niagara Falls was originated from a Leage of Peace and Power word Onguiaahra meaing
    " The Strait ". It formed 460 million years ago. Also it formed by wind, water, and ice sculpturing the land of Niagara meaing it formed the land by making it look like it was carved like a piece of art.

    Location: 16 miles away from the U.S city of Buffalo and 43 miles from the Canadian city of Toronto.
    Resources: Computer

    Malcolm and I is more because I gained more knowledge. Also I with all the work I did really big. Bye! I have to go to car riders.

     
  • At 1:25 PM , Blogger Adam Stuart said...

    Amanda Jane - I like the way you write; very clear. I also like your idea of combining subjects. I too believe subjects can be integrated and that by doing this more real learning can be done through their connectedness than when trying to study them alone.

    So what did you learn? Oh, REALLY liked your powerpoint on the ABC's of Science. VERY GOOD! Bring your book first thing 2morrow so I can sign it first thing.

     
  • At 1:34 PM , Blogger Adam Stuart said...

    Wonder twins powers activate between Sandeep and Malcolm, in the form of The Mighty Hammer!

    460 million years ago? Wow! That's almost as old as I am. Who else did you do this project with Sandeep? You Say "Malcolm and I is more..." So Malcolm is more, and I is more. Who's this "I" person?

     
  • At 2:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey From: Wintwin 2day we learned , and g did everything we had hoped to.
    In reading we applyied the amazing comprehention skills we've been devoloping all year to politics and made a campaign powerpoint, and devoloped the voting ballod, 4 math we played hidden treasure which is a game that helped us improve our graphing and quardenace skills (we got skills dats right), and in scienge we created a cells power point that informed us on everything about cells we did not know before. our refrences were:
    science text book pages 33-49,
    Bridgets presidential newsletter,
    and microsoft powerpoint.
    we definitially became more today

     
  • At 2:56 PM , Blogger Adam Stuart said...

    Brilliant! Really. It seems the only thing we haven't mastered is spelling (curses to spell check on the computer. Too bad they don't have one when making comments).

    See if you can find the misspelled words and correct them. It involves the lowest level of thinking, which is knowledge, and u expressed your ideas clearly, which is the point. Unfortunately, misspelled words take away from the message your trying to convey for many readers.....And You Gotta Care About the Reader!!!!!

    Winter, you are the Summer of my content, so happy to have you in my class. Look up "Winter of My Discontent" by John Steinbeck to appreciate the reference to you.

     
  • At 2:59 PM , Blogger Adam Stuart said...

    I misspelled a word. Sand Lake money to the first person who finds it. That's why it's important to preview your work before submitting it.

    But it's time for Date Night With Daddy and I'm in a hurry. Gotta race to the ones I love. It's time to have lots of fun. 2nite it's going to Brosden's baseball game!
    I'll see you all 2morrow where the learning and fun will be more of the same.

    Peace Out!

     
  • At 6:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Mr. Stuart, someone told me that you were posting homework up. Is that true?
    Interested student

     
  • At 8:17 PM , Anonymous Spider Girl said...

    Briana and mine intent is to learn more about owls. We already got some facts done but we need to learn more about others.
    We became sucessful by looking up webs that'll help our research.
    Then we did a powerpoint.

     
  • At 8:55 PM , Anonymous zack said...

    intent: My intent today was to learn science and it's forces by playing science golf.

    The way I am: I played science golf and looked it up in the science book. I also found answers from Nick.


    What I learned: I learned today was push and pull by hitting the ball,also circular motion by hitting the side. I learned variable motion by hitting the ball in a certain spot and a certain way with power included. A big lesson that I learned was gravity helped the friction of the ball push against the carpet or rug.

     
  • At 10:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I learned that I should respect other peoples things. I also learned that everything isn't about winning.

    Ha$eeb

     
  • At 6:51 AM , Anonymous Mark said...

    Intent- My intent was to get better in writing. The way- I got a prompt from Jessica and Bridget and I did it and they told me it was a good story. Am I more?-Yes I am more because I was not that good at writing but I felt like I got better in writing.Resources- Bridget and Jessica.

     
  • At 7:59 AM , Anonymous haseeb said...

    tonight or 2night

     
  • At 8:00 AM , Anonymous haseeb said...

    im going to brosdens game

     
  • At 8:13 AM , Anonymous Esha said...

    I learned from science & math.Since i did a game with belle!!!
    Esha

     
  • At 8:18 AM , Anonymous skyler said...

    My Intent (learn/understand) is to use the internet to find out about the animals in the wild, such as spider monkeys, spiders, lizards, camels, and lions. Also Ancient Hurricanes, Unique in the deep, Omega Planet Ocean, Sharks of Rangiroa, and The rain Forest.

    * REFENCES
    1.Planet-earth.com
    2.Animalplanet.com
    3.Google.com

     
  • At 11:39 AM , Anonymous NIKOLAS said...

    My intent is to learn and understand *being big* about angel falls, the life cycle of whales and the fact that I am doing this for prior knowledge is really fun and I learned so much about our planet earth.


    So far I learned that the fact that some chimpanzees live on edges of mountains and is practically a death wish to live there. Angel falls is extremely high place its were most of the fresh water comes from and its located in brazil and that camels can survive the most harsh sand storms ever!*about only 3 feet off the ground is sand of a sand storm the rest is dust*. I just learned that a part of the Nile that runs through Africa was put straight up angel falls would me taller.


    I know that after this day I will be more then ever because I am filled with knowledge. I know that I have improved extremely and since I am improving I am also being big


    Sources’: discovery channel.com/ planet earth, ocean .com , google/map , videos of planet earth.

     
  • At 1:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    not me

     
  • At 1:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    not me

     

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