• Bellwork 8/9/21

    There are two post-its on your desk.  On one I would like you to tell me what does it mean to be an American.  On the other, Please tell me how does it feel to be an American.

    Bellwork 8/10/21

    On your bw paper

    ◦    What are the dangers of trying to perfect our children/young people? Think in terms of physical, emotional, monetary, educationally, etc. 4-7 sentences.

    ◦    When you are finished, sit quietly and respectfully until we come back together. 

     Please write the following questions on the back of your half sheet 

    ◦  1) Where does Brown say that our source of vulnerability stems from?

    ◦   2) How does Brown define blame?

    ◦   3) What does she say we can do in order to live as happier, more compassionate people?

    Then watch :https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability?language=en and answer the questions.



    The ground is full of seeds that cannot rise into seedlings; the seedlings rob one another of air, light and water, the strongest robber winning the day, and extinguishing his competitors. Year after year, the wild animals with which  man never interferes are, on the average, neither more nor less numerous than they were; and yet we know that the annual produce of every pair is from one to perhaps a million young; so that it is mathematically certain that, on the average, as many are killed by natural causes as 10 are born every year, and those only escape which happen to be a little better fitted to resist destruction than those which die. The individuals of a species are like the crew of a foundered ship, and none but good swimmers have a chance of reaching the land. Adapted from an essay by T. H. Huxley 

    1. The “robber” in the first sentence is most like which of the following mentioned in the paragraph
    2. wild animals 
    1. produce of every pair 
    2. individuals of a species 
    3. crew of a foundered ship 
    4. good swimmers 


    1. The main point the author conveys is that 
    2. natural populations of animals in the wild increase in numbers exponentially
    3. all members of a species are in violent competition with one another 
    4. in the struggle to survive, the fittest survive 
    5. members of one generation of a population are all more or less alike 
    6. man‟s interference destroys the natural balance



    Compare and contrast the wordclouds 


    Today is National Serendipity Day!

    The word "Serendipity " was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. He took it from a Persian fairy tale "

    The Three Princes of Serendip". It was written over 1,000 years ago. According to the Miriam-Webster 

    Dictionary, Serendipity is: "the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not 

    sought for". Serendipity is not fate. It's similar to luck. Perhaps best of all, serendipity can occur each 

    and every day of your life!

    Tell me about a time when something good happened to you but you were not expecting it. 



    What constitutes a Museum? What is the purpose of a museum?



    Tell me about a time when you found yourself in strange circumstances and you had to work your way through them.  Were you able to achieve a positive outcome?  If so, how did you do it? If not, what did you learn?