Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Do you have control over your fate??

— How much control do you think you have over your fate?
I feel that I have a lot of control over my own fate, because of how I grew up.  The way I grew up was all over the map, so I feel it has made me more independent and self sufficient.

— Do you feel your fate is already predetermined by your lineage — your parents and ancestors? Or do you feel you are in the driver’s seat in determining your own success?
I am in control of my success and life.  I've grown up always learning how to be more independent and take care of myself.

— Do you think you will be better or worse off than your parents? In what ways? Why?
I feel more similar to my mother than my father. My mother is a very strong and independent person and I really admire that in her. No matter how hard things get she always makes things work out.  I feel like I will end up being like her, because we are already very similar.
I've learned more hands on practical life skills from my father.  I feel like he has a very weak character and has a hard time doing what is good for himself. I am not, and will not end up like my father.

— The author makes the argument that “the compulsion to strive, the talent to prosper and the ability to overcome failure are strongly inherited.” Do you think you inherited these qualities? Or do you think you had to develop them on your own?
I feel like it's been 50/50. I have had to make things work for myself out of necessity. My mother has been a strong influence on my strength and determination to always make life better.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pulitzer Prize Winning Editorials

Step 1:  Opening Activity: What is a Pulitzer Prize? With your group, read the link, and come up with a 1-2 sentence working definition.
Year-long process where a panel of judges try to figure out who is the best journalist is. 

Step 2: In your groups discuss the following questions.  You should record your answers on your individual blog.
  1. Who was the writer/writers and for which publication? Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for The Dallas Morning News.
  2. What was the PURPOSE of their editorials? (See "citation" tab)  The purpose of their editorials is clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion.
  3. After reading a few of the articles, describe what types of resources they used and approximately how many in any given editorial. For the article "planning for success". Sources they used car Maps, statistics, Interviewed people, The Dallas morning news. "10 Drops in the Bucket" is also from the Dallas morning news. They interviewed the town and people that have a lot of information about the 10 Drops in the Bucket. 
  4. Did you detect any bias? Explain.  Cite specific passages. "Allen has successfully steered his company, The Allen Group, around all but one of these challenges. One remains: a proposed 230,000-acre master plan for the port and surrounding communities that could create new development rules, environmental stipulations and other regulations scaring away investors." Yes I did detect bias. I think he should of let us decide if his company was successful. "For months, several of southern Dallas' ugliest eyesores have been winding their way through the legal processes that precede a demolition. Meanwhile, neighbors have waited and watched. Will today be the day that the bulldozers finally clear these blots on the landscape?" I detect bias again because some people may not think they're all  ugly some people might think they're fine. 
  5. How does the format, tone, and length of an editorial differ from a feature article? I find these articles to have a lot more depth than a future article. I feel the format is the same also is the length. The tone is not as personal as a future article. It's more of a news not someone. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The different than someone else

WHAT is your opinion: Is everyone creative, and can everyone learn to be more so? WHY or WHY not? 

I feel that if you have the right activities I feel that anyone can be created. Yes, You can as long you are not afraid to fall. Anyone can be as creative as they want. But you have to accept failure. 

.–What problems on these students’ lists also annoy you?  
Confusing parking signs and people that takes selfie. Poeple that Skype until four in the morning.
–What problems at your school or in your home or neighborhood can you identify? Having falcon. And flex. In the middle of the day. Find it to be a huge waste of time for our school day.
–How could you solve at least one of them?
Solution have the whole school do something for an hour such as a play and you will practice that played for a month and then you can show it to the whole school. Then start with something different for the next month.
–Do you wish you could take a class in creative studies? Why or why not?

Yes do you wish I could take a class like that. I think it would be a lot different than all of the generic classes. It was open up a different section in your mind. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Art of the interview

Don't ask yes or no questions, make it short and don't charge your words 
What are Sawatzki's rules of interviewing?
Don't ask yes or no questions,
make it short 
and don't charge your words 

What are things not to do when interviewing?

Try not to make your questions more import then the answer. 
and try not to make the person feel like they are less then the questions.
Don't make it about yourself. 

What troubles or challenges have you encountered when conducting interviews?
I have trouble coming up with good follow-up questions and trying not to just get yes or no. Finding the right people to interview is hard too. 

What can you do in future interviews to elicit more detailed and informative responses?

Ask more open ended questions and find people that are more knowledge about the questions. And I think the interviews will go better.