Self-Regulation: American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids | New Republic

This article is definitely worth the read. Thanks to Bethany George for passing it along.

Of the possible child heroes for our times, young people with epic levels of the traits we valorize, the strongest contender has got to be the kid in the marshmallow study. Social scientists are so sick of the story that some threaten suicide if forced to read about him one more time. But to review: The child—or really, nearly one-third of the more than 600 children tested in the late ’60s at Bing Nursery School on the Stanford University campus—sits in a room with a marshmallow. Having been told that if he abstains for 15 minutes he’ll get two marshmallows later, he doesn’t eat it. This kid is a paragon of self-restraint, a savant of delayed gratification. He’ll go on, or so the psychologists say, to show the straight-and-narrow qualities required to secure life’s sweeter and more elusive prizes: high SAT scores, money, health.



Welcome Back to School!

Welcome Back To School! This is going to be an awesome year! I have lots of exciting changes in store for Computer Class. There are lots of great new technologies that we are going to use tis year. We will get into more of them as the weeks progress. 

In other exciting News we-are doing an all-school musical this year. JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. It is going to be an exciting opportunity for all of us. I am looking forward to meeting all the new students and parents and can't wait to get started on our learning adventure together!


Gamifying Computer Class

I have been taking a series of classes on Gamification of learning this summer. This has  caused me to rethink many of my projects. One major redesign will happen with my budget project. 

I use small projects that later combine into one big project. Everything leads to one final project incorporating all of the skills and work product already completed.  My 7th Grade does a budget project where they create a virtual life for themselves. They find jobs and apartments and must create a monthly budget based on their expenses. They do many projects all year where they track the cost of various items that get applied to their monthly budget. Once they have a balanced monthly budget we play out 12 months of problems to see how their budget would survive. 

There are some enhancements that game mechanics can add to this project (read as quest chain). First of all I think choice will make this work better. A reward for the completion of all the prerequisites can incentivize students to complete the project. Showing the progress towards that goal will also help them see what is left to complete. Perhaps even allowing for the choice of monthly problems could be an option. 

I think enhancing this project with web 2.0 tools is another possibility. Allowing for a social or even a collaborative aspect to the project could lead to a better sense of understanding. This could even give an opportunity for peer feedback. 

This will be a good first step towards this goal. The next step is finding a way to use a game to teach the same lessons that exist in the project. 

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For By Paul Shawcross

Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, issues the official White House response to a petition signed by over 25,000 US Citizens that the US Government build a planet destroying space station.

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Read the rest of the brilliant response here

Fall Play Tickets Available Now!

Tickets for Secret/Identity/Crisis are now available. Charlie has discovered that there is more going on in the city of Psychopolis than he reaalized. Come and Find out what next week.

Tickets are $10 each for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday  and $5for a limited seating preview for Wed. November 14th.

 Click the link below to purchase tickets online. or email to reserve your tickets and pick them up from Mr. Tennyson or will Call

According to Most Citizens of the Star Wars Galaxy are Probably Totally Illiterate

Not once in any Star Wars movie does someone pick up a book or newspaper, magazine, literary journal, or chapbook handmade by an aspiring Jawa poet. If something is read by someone in Star Wars, it’s almost certainly off of a screen (and even then, maybe being translated by a droid), and it’s definitely not for entertainment purposes. As early as the 1990s-era expanded Star Wars books and comic books, we’re introduced to ancient Jedi “texts” called holocrons, which are basically talking holographic video recordings. Just how long has the Star Wars universe been reliant on fancy technology to transfer information as opposed to the written word? Is it possible that a good number of people in Star Wars are completely illiterate? read more...

Welcome Back To School!

It's That time of Year again. This is the place to come to check out all that is happening with Mr. Tennyson

All of my activites and schedules are linked here. you can check the homework page to see what new assignments are up and you can link to the different resources we will be using in class this year. More on that later. For now here's a little video I made to welcome you back to school.

The Dear Edwina Jr.cast list posted on the Jr. Thespian page

Congratulations! Everyone did a great job. You should be very proud of your auditions. Mr. Gerhold and I were very pleased with your hard work. We are very excited about this years cast. It is going to be an exciting journey. We will meet on Thursday from 4:30 - 6:00 and Saturday from 9:00 - 12:00 for our first rehearsals for all. You can get your rehearsal schedule, permission forms and scripts then. If you have questions see me after school. This is the The cast list as it stands right now. There are still solos and parts that will be assigned as we continue so remember to keep putting your best foot forward.