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10/30/2013

Jason Latimer is an AHS Graduate. Jason's Illusions Are Not Meant to Trick You; They Inspire Wonder.

Youtube "Jason Latimer" for a taste of his illusions. Very proud that Jason graduated from AHS around 15 years ago.


10/29/2013

Is the Oldest Child Smarter?

There is lots of research and statistical analysis in Sociology. Here's a quick summary of some personality traits of children within families which have been researched for years.

10/28/2013

Are you a Creative and Logical Problem Solver?

Engineering is a great career pathway using mathematics.

This video is from my home town in Bayonne, NJ. Bayonne has a a unique bridge but a huge problem. Bayonne has many ports with container ships importing and exporting product around the world. Since the advent of SUPER SIZE Container Ships, engineers have to use their minds to solve the real problem of this bridge being too low for clearance.

Since bridges are the life blood of connecting millions of people on a daily basis, it wasn't possible to tear down the old Bayonne bridge and then build a new one. So these engineers have decided to keep everyday traffic moving while RAISING the bridge. This video does a great job of explaining how this is possible. Cool stuff!

As a related side note, the history of the Panama Canal is amazing. It's a engineering masterpiece; however, when it was built it didn't account for Super Size Container Ships becoming too WIDE/large for the Panama Canal. Did you know they are currently building a new and WIDER Panama Canal?

Visually STUNNING. Must See!

Beautiful combination of design, geometry, technology and engineering.


10/20/2013

Is Perpetual Motion Possible?

Very cool connections between Invention, Mathematics, Physics, Power, Art and Creativity.





10/14/2013

How Do You Teach Motivation?

This is one of the most popular and fascinating Ted Talks on Motivation. Dan Pink shares some very interesting studies about the science of motivation.

This Ted Talk applies to all of us.

Enjoy

I Hope Ron's Passion Grows on You: Great Story

I can relate. In my family, we grow artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, squash, corn, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, lemons, and grapefruits.

I hope you enjoy the passion and motivation of Ron Finley. It's a great story.



10/11/2013

Service Learning Opportunity and GIVING

Many of you have already been instilled to give your time and passion to service organizations. AHS and several other high schools in the area have required Service Learning Hours as a graduation requirement.

Here's the link on AHS's website for opportunities which are updated all the time:
AHS Website Service Learning

I would like all of you to consider this event in a few weeks:
Trail Work Day

As you can see from the first link on the AHS page, the trail work day on October 19th is listed and approved by AHS.

Try to find the time and passion to give to the community throughout your entire life.

For example, I am riding my bike about 100 miles on October 26th for charity and another 100 miles on Novemeber 3rd for a different charity.

Enjoy

Have a safe Homecoming weekend

10/09/2013

Steve Jobs

If you don't know the name Steve Jobs, ask around. Changing the world doesn't quite capture his contributions. Most people use his products every day. Take some time to read about his life.

This commencement speech was in 2005.

Steve Job died 2 years ago this week.

Enjoy



10/08/2013

Is Wikipedia a Credible Source?

D-News, in my opinion, produces great videos for today's youth. Here's D-news talking about why Wikipedia is not considered a credible source in academia.

Enjoy

10/07/2013

2 Minute Brain Video

I would consider the source before you start rushing off to judgement.



TEST DAY PROTOCOL....Arrive Early


To help alleviate some of the stress of test days, please read the following:



Please place a quiz pad sheet of paper as a bookmark on the last page of your HW notebook if you are turning in ALL of your HW for the 5% extra bonus.

GEOMETRY READINESS TEST: Print and Self Access

ALL GEOMETRY Students:
Please find the link on the right which says "Geometry Readiness Test"

This was recently created due to the slow boil of realizing that the retention of Algebra skills from middle school are very weak. Solid Algebra 1 skills are essentially for all math classes at AHS.

Please challenge yourself
1) Go to the link and print the Geometry Readiness Test
2) Take the 20 question test
3) The answer key is at the bottom. Please self-grade/assess. Use Integrity.
4) I'm in the process of creating video solution explanations of the answers. Stay tuned for more video solutions.
5) Go to M-10 or support and get a refresher

Here's a sample of the video solution for problems #1-3. Only view/check if you have completed the Readiness Test.

Enjoy

10/05/2013

Amazing Mental and Physical Strength

ABC just featured this amazing woman.

She will be the first woman in the world to make this accomplishment.

The preparation and dedicated is inspirational.

Enjoy




One Of The Most Popular TED Talks Ever


Interesting talk on Body Language

Enjoy


10/04/2013

A True Leader


I hope you enjoy.

This young girl is driven and has no fear.

Geometry Readiness TEST: Link on right side

ALL GEOMETRY Students:
Please find the link on the right which says "Geometry Readiness Test"

This was recently created due to the slow boil of realizing that the retention of Algebra skills from middle school are very weak. Solid Algebra 1 skills are essentially for all math classes at AHS.

Please challenge yourself
1) Go to the link and print the Geometry Readiness Test
2) Take the 20 question test
3) The answer key is at the bottom. Please self-grade/assess. Use Integrity.
4) I'm in the process of creating video solution explanations of the answers. Stay tuned for more video solutions.
5) Go to M-10 or support and get a refresher

Here's a sample of the video solution for problems #1-3. Only view/check if you have completed the Readiness Test.

Enjoy

10/02/2013

VIDEO SOLUTION: Project "Think and See Outside the Box"

Being accurate is important but there were a few more valuable lessons to be learned from this project.

1) Seeing shapes from another perspective
2) Learning from your partner
3) Exploring various problem solving strategies
4) Learning from your mistakes
5) Communicating with your partner
6) Reflecting with your written word
7) Learning the universal MLA writing format
8) Following directions
9) Planning ahead with deadlines
10) Challenging yourself
11) Asking questions such as "Are we sure we are done?"
12) Analyzing the effects and dynamics of responsibility vs. leadership vs. age vs. family
13) Choosing to have fun with a challenge
14) Asking, "How would I teach this to another?"
15) Thinking through the details
16) Seeing the bigger picture
17) Keep an open mind
18) Being patient
19) Share ideas
20) ?????

I am so proud after reading your papers. Most of you got so much out of something relatively simple such as counting a bunch of squares.

For your entertainment, watch the following video to see a solution. Enjoy

Please e-mail what else you learned which is not listed above. I'm sure we can add a dozen more lessons from this project.


10/01/2013

Attention: GEOMETRY STUDENTS: Geometry Readiness Test

ALL GEOMETRY Students:

Please find the link on the right which says "Geometry Readiness Test"

This was recently created due to the slow boil of realizing that the retention of Algebra skills from middle school are very weak. Solid Algebra 1 skills are essentially for all math classes at AHS.

Please challenge yourself
1) Go to the link and print the Geometry Readiness Test
2) Take the 20 question test
3) The answer key is at the bottom. Please self-grade/assess. Use Integrity.
4) I'm in the process of creating video solution explanations of the answers. Stay tuned for more video solutions.
5) Go to M-10 or support and get a refresher

Here's a sample of the video solution for problems #1-3. Only view/check if you have completed the Readiness Test.

Enjoy