Saturday, September 8, 2012

Extra Credit Projects - Or Just For Fun!!

                                                                                            FOR MANY OF THESE IDEAS)

For the following projects you must document them by creating a separate page on your website.  Post a one page synopsis (write-up) about what you did, how you did it, and why you did it.  Add pictures, videos or other information by posting them or linking to a video or song in your GDrive account.  If you want to make up your own "mission" that is not on this list, you must get written authorization to proceed from Mr. S.  To start a mission, fill out a Mission Proposal worksheet below:

Healing Thru Fitness
Organize a community-wide day of fitness for friends, family, and neighbors. Done right, you will have so much fun that you will hardly notice that you are also burning calories and building muscle. Make sure to post some fun fitness pictures.

Hike Around
Go on a hike somewhere.  Document (Pictures or Journal with drawings) at least five different organisms.  Post pictures or drawings and describe what role that organism has in the habitat you found it in.

Go Green Or Be Mean
For one week, you may not use a motor vehicle to commute to or from school. Document with photos or video.

Ride a bike to some historic destination.  Tell about the history of the destination and the path you took.

Dystopian Toy
Take a normal toy and using photography, paint, or other medium, make it look like it is the center of civilization or some type of out-worldly item.  Be creative and document it.

Movie Producer

Create a movie, any movie.  Write it, act it, record it.  Make sure it falls into School District guidelines regarding topic and presentation.

Teach the Teacher
Teach something to one of your teachers.  Describe what you taught and how you taught it.  Why did you do it?  How did you originally learn what you taught?

Crossroads Idol
Think you could be the next American Idol?  Let's here it!  Write and perform your own song.  You can use anything as a topic.

My Story
No matter where you live, there is a unique story about how you came to be there.  No matter where you are now, tell the story of how you got there.  You can use pictures, words, music, or any media you like.

Global Neighborhood
Create a map using Bing, Google, or Yahoo.  You must show at least three countries you would like to visit and then go into your own community and document some of the influences nearby that are similiar to the countries you listed.

Visit the produce section of the supermarket.  Take notes on at least 10 varieties of produce available.  Note the origin of each item.  Note the container type and try to briefly describe what it was like to be picked and shipped to the final resting place in the market from the point of view of the produce.

Wear, Oh Where?
Put together two outfits from your closet.  One made in America, the other made entirely from another country.  Take pictures of yourself in both outfits and describe them in detail.

Me Unplugged
Use no electrical or battery-driven devices for 24-hours.  Write a detailed diary of the experience.  Use a camera to document the day if you like.

Food Passport
Create an inventory of assets that exist in your zip code or neighborhood.  Illustrate each asset with a photo and place it on a map.  (Bing, Google, or Yahoo)

Don't Feed The Humanoid
Imagine a museum or zoo on a far away planet.  Show us what the Human Habitat might look like if they captured some of us and had us living in the zoo.

Folk Hop for Hip
Compose and perform an original song that illustrates your (or your community's) life and most pressing needs.  Share the song.

Modern Scavenger Hunt
Set up a modern scavenger hunt by sending people to specific websites, having them use clues to find the next spot, and recording their search.  Make sure the websites have a common theme that is only discernible when the hunt is over, or have some "prize" at the end.

Trespassing The Future
Visit a place that you think will not exist in the next 10 years.  Document the place and imagine what will replace it.

Our Heritage
Interview someone of a different generation.  What is something they could teach you about their life that you would not have known if you hadn't spent time with them.

Sign Of The Times
Create a sign about something and take a picture of yourself with it in a public place.  Try to go somewhere that would make your sign stand out.

Vital Arts
Gather a team of students to paint their ideas about how to improve the community on big boards or canvas.  Plan an art show of these panels.

Reading Is Fun-demental
Read a book to someone younger than you.  Tell what you read, why you picked the book, and how it was recieved.

Other Missions In Your Mind:  Think about it and fill out the Mission Proposal (See Form).  If you can dream it and then do it, we can find a way to get you credit for it.!

Mr. S

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Integrity (13 Characteristics)

13 Characteristics of People Who Have Integrity

1. They Value Other People's Time: They value their own time so they also value the time of other people. They know you have plenty of other places you need to be and won’t hold you up. If you spend time with them, it is likely they will thank you for that as well.

2. They Give Credit Where It Is Due: They do not take credit for things they did not do. They will always credit those who deserve it. If you help this person with a project he or she will likely mention your name so you can take credit for your work.

3. They Are Authentic: They are their truest forms. You won’t catch them in a lie or being fake.

4. They Are Always Honest: They are honest people that feel no need to lie as it is important for them to get to where they need to get in life honestly.

5. They Never Take Advantage Of Others: They are not the kind of people who will take advantage of someone else. They love to build people up and help them get where they need to be. Taking too much from someone else will never be an issue with someone who has a lot of integrity.

6. The Do Not Argue Over Disagreements: They will talk through things in a civil manner or not talk at all. You cannot and will not force this person into arguing over something completely ridiculous. I find this to be a very respectable trait.

7. They Give Most People The Benefit Of The Doubt: They try to see the good in everyone. I think this is because they feel like maybe there are more people in this world that also have integrity. That being said, if you take advantage of them too much they will get rid of you.

8. They Know When Something Is Bothering Someone: They have a great intuition that lets them know when something is going on. If someone is down in the dumps they will notice. Chances are they will actually do what they can to cheer you up.

9. They Believe In Others: They accept your word as truth until it is dis-proven. That being said, they do not take lying well. And once you lie to them, it is unlikely that they will ever take your word again.

10. They Apologize First: If they have done something wrong they will come to you and apologize. This is just how they are. They own up to their mistake and try to make things right.

11. They Are Humble: They do not quite know their own worth. While they are very important and do so much good they don’t quite see it. You should remind them of it.

12. They Do Good When They Can: They are always helping other people. They love to know that they have improved someone’s life. It gives their lives meaning.

13. They Are Always Kind To Those Who Need It: Giving kindness can go a long way. When someone looks like they need a little pick me up these people deliver. They can brighten up almost anyone’s day.

If you are someone who has true integrity, thank you for being who you are and thank you for all that you do. You really do actually make a difference in society, please keep up the good work. If you feel no one else is proud of you, know that I am.

Journal Entries 2012-2013

1. Introduction (9/10/12 - Weebly Journal)
2. 9/11 Reflection (9/11/12 - Email Instructor)
3. Internet Safety (9/19/12 - Weebly Journal)
4. Violence (9/20/12 - Weebly Journal)
5. Taylor Mali Conviction (9/25/12 Email Instructor)
6. 12x12x12 (10/1/12 - Weebly Journal)
7. Habit #1 Reflection (10-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
8. Habit #2 Reflection (10-24-12 - Weebly Journal)
9. Habit #3 Reflection (11-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
10. Interview a Veteran (11-12-12 - Email Instructor)
11. Digital Photography Reflection (11-19-12 Weebly)
12. Habit #4 Reflection (11-27-12 - Weebly Journal)
13. New Years Resolutions (01-03-12 - Weebly Journal)
14. Habit #5 Reflection (1-9-13 - Weebly Journal)
15. College Inquiry Project Reflection (1-14-13 - Weebly)
16. Habit #6 Reflection (2-6-13 - Weebly)
17. Habit #7 Reflection (2-11-13 - Weebly)
18. Indian Talking Stick (Covey) (2-20-13 Weebly)
19. Historical Figure Reflection (3-4-13 Weebly)
20. Investing vs Gambling Reflection (4-8-13 Weebly)
21. Poverty On My Block (4-15-13 Weebly)
22. Apartment Utility Cost Summary (5-13-13 Weebly)
23. Memorial Day Reflection (5-24-13 Weebly)

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