‘Class Issues’ Category
The year is almost finished and you will soon be “big” 6th graders! The sad thing is that you will never be a 5th grader ever again in your life!
How has your paradigm shifted from the beginning of the year to now? Give specific examples.
What do you consider the highlights of this year?
If you look back at 5th grade one day, what would like to remember?
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Last week, our KES Ohana went to chapel. Kahu Kordell made some comments that confused many of our students. Paraphrasing what he said, he told us if anyone tells you that the missionaries were not good, don’t believe them. He also talked about our loving God and that the Hawaiian gods were not loving.
What did you personally feel about the comments?
People often ask me why I study philosophy. What can you do with philosophy besides teach?” My answer to that question is “You can think.” Part of philosophy is critical thinking which is the ability to question your (or anyone else’s) assumptions, discover and hopefully articulate good reasons for your position, no matter what your position is. Everyone has a position on every issue, even if it is, “I don’t know.” One can then ask this person, “Why do you not know? Should you have a view on this issue?” Even if your view is that some issue does not matter, you must defend that view against the person who does think that that issue matters. And defending your view requires the ability to use your reason (which of course is thinking) in order to discover what good or bad reasons are and the best support for your position.
Philosophy can be used to help convince people that you are right, and (sometimes, when it’s done correctly, and depending on your opponent’s view) that they are wrong.
As just one of its many specializations, philosophy contains the study of ethics, which is the study of happiness and how best to attain it (or indeed if and how that is possible). The main questions of ethics are “What is happiness?” and “How should I live?” There are, as you might guess, many and varied answers to these questions. I would guess that every single person is, and should be, interested in whether we can be happy, what happiness is, and how we can act so as to obtain happiness (assuming it exists).
What did you learn today that would be considered philosophy?
A profound shift in education is taking place, and the old rules no longer apply…21st century students want to be heard; they are authors, storytellers, documentarians, creators, problem solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators, and communicators…How do we meet the needs of a new generation of learners in a rapidly changing world? Please join in a conversation about education today.
“Those who have most at stake in the old culture, or are most rigid in their beliefs, try to summon people back to the old ideas.”
“Some people see things as they are and ask ‘why’? I see things as they have never been and ask ‘why not’?”
George Bernard Shaw
“Don’t try to innovate for the future. Innovate for the present.”
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It was a sincere pleasure meeting all of you at Open House. Your concern and love for your child touched my heart and reinforced my desire to do my best for the students.
While driving to school today, I was thinking of how much I love my job. I look forward to stepping into my classroom every morning, and during the day I never watch the clock to see if it is time to go home. In fact, I wish the day was longer. No matter how carefully I plan, I never know what to expect at the start of each day which makes my job very exciting.
I look forward to another fun week of learning. Personally, I get to relearn all the subjects that I daydreamed through when I was a student.
Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance.
Please watch this video with your parents.
What do you think? Parents are welcomed to comment.
At today’s all-school Convocation, President Chun’s message for the student body was Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem is a phrase from a Latin poem written by the famous Roman poet Horace. The phrase is commonly used to mean, make the most of current opportunities because life is short and time is fleeting.
How will you “seize the day” and make your life extraordinary?
In a recent survey, fifth-graders in Minnesota spent slightly more than four hours a week on homework–significantly less than the six hours in Sendai, Japan and a vastly smaller amount of time than the thirteen hours in Taipei.
Research in the last decade has begun to focus on the relationship between homework and student achievement and has greatly strengthened the case for homework. Although there are mixed findings about whether homework actually increases students’ academic achievement, many teachers and parents agree that homework develops students’ initiative and responsibility and fulfills the expectations of students, parents, and the public. Studies generally have found homework assignments to be most helpful if they are carefully planned by the teachers and have direct meaning to students.
But, according to Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, there is almost no evidence that homework helps elementary school students achieve academic success and that it helps older students. Yet the nightly burden is taking a serious toll on America’s families. It robs children of the sleep, play, and exercise time they need for proper physical, emotional, and neurological development. And it is a hidden cause of the childhood obesity epidemic, creating a nation of “homework potatoes.”
What do you think? I would also like to know what the parents think as well. There are no right or wrong answers.