a couple of firsts…

“Show time, Synergy”
-Jem & The Holograms

Did you see this last night?

OK, holograms aside last night was a remarkable night.  I will tell me son we watched president elect Obama over cheerios at six in the morning one day – and it is my hope that last night will mark such a turning point that he will want to know where he was.  The message was loud and clear – change is needed; however  there is an incredulous amount of work to be done, in repair of previous damage caused.
If and how it is accomplished will be the great story of our generation.

This is fascinating as an international teacher How the World Would Vote.

Obama Victory Speech – wow this guy is truly an impressive speaker (speech classes – use this!)

McCain Concedes – A model of grace in defeat, extremely class.  I won’t comment on the crowd however.  Judging by the comments on the YouTube post, i don’t think i was the only moved by Sen. McCain’s speech.  (leadership classes – use this!)

I had a principal once who opened an athletic competition here by saying, “we are here because we love the game and we love competition, and because we love the game and competition we love our competitors”  Both Mr. McCain’s and Mr. Obama’s speeches I thought showed incredible respect for each other and that principal’s opening talk came running to the forefront of my mind.

Here is Mr. Obama’s in Wordle:

I will be honest, this is not at all what i expected when i entered the text…leave a comment tell me what you see in this image.

on the campaign trail…

The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself…The act of voting is in itself the defining moment.
– Jeff Melvoin

How do you get a class of Dominican’s (all of them seniors) interested and fired up about studying AP US Politics?  This was the challenge presented to one of the teacher’s here and over the last two years Tina Schuster has done exactly that.  This year her AP students will be traveling to California as part of an exchange to witness the election taking place.  In preparation for the trip students are sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions with their Californian counterparts through this wiki.

When Tina came to me looking for integration ideas a wiki seemed to be the obvious choice.  Neither teacher had used a wiki before and i am thankful for their willingness to leap into something entirely new.  We scratched out some ideas and came up with a rough structure that was shared with Mr. Chavez in California.  He added to it.  It was set-up and live in less then a week and after three weeks all three of us are astounded by the work that these students are coming up with.  After watching Obama speak in California i jumped on the wordle craze that was dominating my twits and added a page for discussion as extra credit.  The student knew this had nothing to do with their grade, but the ball is rolling now – it isn’t about grades any more.  Ms. Schuster and Mr. Chavez of ignited something bigger, something real and much more long lasting then grades…a real desire to know all that they can about the election and the candidates involved in it.  They jumped all over it and one of them “beat me to the punch” of posting a second wordle (from McCain).