Monday, August 20, 2012


What are the qualities of good teachers? of good students? of a good class?

Think about your answers before you post them. Make sure to proofread your response. Also, make sure to come back and comment upon one another's comments. Do you agree or disagree with what they are saying?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Zoey H.











Maddie M


Madison T




Emily M


Maddie D


Emily H



Zoe C.




Tuesday, May 15, 2012







Emily C




Alex B.


Alex D








Friday, May 11, 2012

Scribe 5th Hour May 11

Today was the last day of actual school for the '11-'12 school year. Woohoo! Next week is finals, and the time will go by fast and furious! So be sure you are prepared for the final effort! 5th hour today started with the perfunctory, "Hello class!" "Hello Smith!" Immediately following, our assignment notebooks were pulled out, and this weekend's homework was written down in them. This entails practicing our TED Talk over the course of the minuscule break. Work on it tonight (Friday) and  twice on Saturday. However, take Sunday OFF! We have all been working our tails off, so we all deserve this much needed break! Although it is only for one day, this short block of time will allow our minds to marinate in the information already absorbed. This will prove very beneficial come time to give our finals on Wednesday! After the weekend, practice a few times during the week before Wednesday. After writing this one simple, yet very crucial piece of preparation down, we moved on. Quickly we transitioned into our last work day until we give our TED Talk. Also, several people came up to Mrs. Smith’s computer to test out their slides to make sure that they worked. Our last time in English 9 Honors Period 5, Room C11 went pretty well, I’d say. Have a good weekend, and an awesome summer!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday, May 10 Scribe- Smith Period 5

"Hello class!" "Hello...Troy?" That's how class started today, with Troy leading us through our agenda and homework for the day. 

The rest of the class period, we had time to get work done on our TED Talks. Smith went around and answered any questions and looked over speeches, while everyone buckled down to finalize their slides and get to know their speech. 

Tomorrow is the last class of the year ;( so come in prepared with slides and be ready some more work done!


  • Don't forget, we are supposed to practice our slides tomorrow, so be sure to bring some in (even if its only 4 or 5). 
  • Presentations are next Wednesday, so keep rehearsing that speech!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Scribe, May 9th, Period 5

Class started with a jolly, "Hello Class!", and then we quickly jumped into our fishbowl discussing 'Meaning' for the rest of the class.
Our only homework is preparing for our TED Talk NEXT WEEK. Enjoy your evening and practice, practice, practice!

AWNM Meaning Period 5- Use this one

AWNM Meaning Period 5

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AWNM Meaning Period 3

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 8th Period 5 Scribe

After greeting the class with an enthusiastic, "Hello Class/What's poppin' ", Mrs. Smith gave us the last chapter we will read from Daniel Pink's book, Drive. She then introduced our homework:

  • Read “Meaning” from A Whole New Mind. Our fishbowl will be Tomorrow!
  • Read Meaning, Read "Type I and Type X"
  • Practice your TED Talk!!

It was a pretty simple class period! Good luck with your homework and have a good Tuesday night!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Scribe May 7, 2012

Today was a productive, but not stressful day in class. As always, period 5 started with a jolly, “Hello class!” “Hello Smith!”, of course a “what’s poppin?” was not forgotten either! After a quick greeting, homework was recorded in our assignment notebooks.
Here it is:

  • Read “Meaning” from A Whole New Mind. Our fishbowl will be on Wednesday.
  • Start putting together the slides for your TED Talk. Make sure they are ready for Friday, since we will be testing to see if they work then.
After homework was written down, everyone transitioned to today’s fishbowl on Play and Empathy. I would say it was very successful. There were multiple uproars of excitement, and it seemed everyone came prepared. The whole time, conversations were active- both in coveritlive and the inner circle. In fact, Smith actually had to redirect us to move on with our topics of discussion. Everyone had so much to say regardless of the topic!

That’s it, everyone! Until tomorrow, have a great evening! Try not to stress out, and get a good night’s rest for tomorrow!

AWNM Play/Empathy Period 5

AWNM Play/Empathy Period 3

Friday, May 4, 2012

Scribe Period 5 - Friday, May 4, 2012

Thank you, Mr. Pink!

Today was a pretty low-key day for us. Near the beginning of class, we discussed homework and the Skyping with Pink. The conversations were very intuitive and appealing, it was a great day. Smith has a picture slideshow posted down the page on the events of today. After discussion, it was just a work day for our TED talks. Smith’s TED calendar states that students should consider organizing their intro through first point tonight, their intro through second point Saturday, and their intro through third point on Sunday. Smith wants us to get practicing by next week so our talks to be as good as possible. Other than that, we have a fishbowl on Monday for Empathy and Play, so get reading and writing!

Pink gave us a few tips on our TED talks during the Skyping:
1.     You need to prepare for speech without over preparing; it will end up sounding artificial if you have it memorized
2.     You need to say something meaningful – 1 BIG CENTRALIZED IDEA
3.     It has to come from YOU, it must be passionate and well prepared

For other information about today or to see next week’s agenda, visit:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dan Pink

Scribe Period 5 May 3 2012

Hello class! Today we started by taking out our schedules for next year and having Smith sign it for those of us who have chosen to continue along the path of what we know as HONORS


 Following that, we watched Celebrate What's Right in the World which is somewhat similar to a TED talk, made by a man who is a national Geographic photographer. His video is about how when you look at the world, focus on what's right, that will open up your mind to all sorts of new opportunities. The power of this video I myself cannot express through words, but you must see it. In the end, his lasting quote was, "You don't know what's going to happen or where it's going to go, you just have to go out and do it."


We finished with sharing our TED ideas with the class so if you haven't shared be sure you have the intent to meet with Smith, this is a ten point participation grade. following the 15 second awkward silence........we worked on our intro to our talks.

 TED Talk Order:
1 . Hunter (ME FIRST!!!)
2. Cassi
3. Sarah
4. Zoe C.
5. Nipski
6. Sam Reed
7. Andrew N.
8. Joey H.
9. Rachael B
10. Marco
11. Zoey H.
12. Sanjay P
13. Emily H
14. Amanda F.
15. Ellie Pebbles
16. Maddie Dorman
17. Taylor Duryea
18. Emily
19. Mackenzie
20. Brooke Engel
21. Coleslaw Weaselman
22. Lauren L
23. Madison Trujillo
24. Roy Golding
25. Colin B.
26. Megan
27. Jeremy
28. Maddie M
29. Brian

Homework: meet in Forum, Bring technology to fishbowl, Read Play, Read Special Circumstances, TED 8 due tomorrow, Empathy/Play fishbowl Monday

Scribe Period 3 - May 3, 2012

     Hello fellow students of Smith's period 3 class. Today we started by briefly discussing our homework and the plan for the TED talks. We also signed up for the order of the TED talks. This list is below:

1. Grant
2. Jacqueline
3. Delaney
4. Alison
5. Shannon
6. James
7. Amber
8. Jordan
9. Monica
10. Alex D.
11. Sean
12. Alex B.
13. Savannah
14. Bekah
15. Liz
16. Macy
17. Emily
18. Emma
19. Annabelle
20. Ruthie

(Make sure you know when you're going!)

-Emma also asked us to e-mail her our ideas about her mirror TED talks. We spent the rest of the period watching a film that was similar to a TED talk called Celebrating What is Right With Life. Don't forget to do your homework!

Homework: TED blog 8, read Play and Empathy in AWNM and the excerpt from Drive for fishbowl on Monday, and the organization and introduction of your TED talks.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Scribe Period Wed, 3 May 2

PLC day!!! Some extra much needed sleep was enjoyed by all. Today,we discussed the time frame and short-term goals we should have for our TED Talks.

May 1 and 2- Focus on solidifying and breaking down topic
May 3- Organize. Break it into a thesis and work on your intro. Especially your attention getter, or your "What Matters."
May 4- Organize. Intro through first point.
Weekend- Intro through third point.
May 7- Intro through end
May 8- Rehearse intro through one with slides
May 9- Through two with slides
May 10- Through 3 with slides
May 11- Mandatory rehearsal day of entire speech with slides
Weekend- Smith recommends practicing twice on Saturday and taking a break on Sunday
May 14- Practice once

Smith told us the best speeches she's seen were passionate and for the most part completely memorized. Try to have your speech mostly written by Monday so you have a whole week for memorization and slides. But her main advice was this: Don't look past each day's task. Decide the one thing you need to focus on each day.

For homework, read Empathy, Play, and the Special Circumstances excerpt from Drive. Also, the eighth and final TED blog is due Friday. 

Scribe Period 5 May 2nd

PLC DAY! Sleep in and short classes! 

Today we got the drive excerpt "...and the Special Circumstance When They Do" and introduced the TED Talk Outline:

5/1-5/2: Ted Topic (breaking down topic, subpoints, TED wish, TED challenge, feedback from class)
5/3 Organization of TED talk, break into outline format, work on intro (Attention getter and what matters)
5/4 Organize TED talk, intro through first point
5/5 Organize TED talk, intro-2nd
5/6 Organize TED, intro-3rd
5/7 Intro-4th, possibly conclusion, begin slideshow work
5/8 Intro-1st rehearsed w/slides
5/9 Intro-2nd w/slides
5/10 Intro-3rd w/slides
5/11 Entire Speech rehearsed w/slides, mandatory slide-practice (testing to make sure slids work on Smith's computer)
5/12 Rehearse twice
5/13 Practice once before finals
Slide shows should NOT text heavy, or change colors of KEY works.
After introducing the calender and TED plan, we continued the TED talk topic discussion to assist each other in shaping our ideas for the TED talk.

Good Luck and Stay Stress Free

Homework: TED 8 (Last one! Finish strong!), TED talk, Read Play (AWNM), and read drive excerpt "Special Circumstances..."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Scribe Period 5 Tuesday, May 1

After a hearty greeting, the class moved right into the next item on the agenda. The class gave feedback on each other’s ideas and many great concepts for the upcoming TED Talks were introduced.
Some of the ideas brought up were:
·         Making sure to get exercise
·         Inner beauty
·         The effects of sleep deprivation
·         Anxiety
Make sure to consider including some of these attributes to your speech!
·         Give background
·         Use outside sources to add validity
·         Try and keep the topic from becoming too broad
·         Attempt to have a topic that can relate to the audience
·         Incorporate the audience and possibly make it interactive
·         Use stories and specific examples
·         Make sure it is a topic you can relate to
·         Leave the audience with a challenge or a wish
·         Leave the audience with a lasting impression

  • Read Empathy and Play
  • Blog #6 due tomorrow (Dave Eggers)

Have a great night and get ready to sleep in tomorrow morning!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Scribe 4/27/12 Period 5

Well, It's Friday, so everyone was really happy to say "Hello Smith"! Sort of (cause it was creeping closer and closer to the assembly).

Since we had an assembly today, classes were shorter, so we got right to work.

We started off the class by going over all of the homework due on Monday, but I will mention that later at the end of my scribe.

Then, the class watched a video which is an example of a Pecha Kucha, with Daniel Pink. Here is the link. A summary of the video is that people all the time use empathy on signs on the sides of streets and in parks to make people obey them in a secret way.

After talking about the video, everyone in the class shared their examples of symphony. Here are a few of the things people brought in:

  • a rubik's cube
  • Where's Waldo book
  • pictures of images with negative space in them   
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • chocolate cake recipe
  • puzzles
  • and Shel Silverstein poems
Then, the class turned to pages 177 and 178 in A Whole New Mind and took the two quizzes: Empathy Quotient, and Spot the Fake Smile.

Finally, our Homework:

  • Post a question for Daniel Pink's Skype on the class blog as a comment on Mrs. Smith's post.
  • Blog #7 on your own TED Talk video is due Monday
  • Read Empathy and Play in AWNM by May 7th

Scribe Period 3 4/27/12

Happy Friday!
Today is the Spring Pep Assembly, so classes are a little shorter
Today was a pretty laid back day in English. We shared our symphony examples. Some were very interesting like:
-The show Chopped *James and Ruth

Question for Dan Pink

Please post at least one thoughtful and intriguing question you wish to ask Mr. Pink.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scribe 4-26-12 Period 5

We came to the room set up for our fish bowl today. Of course, we started with our usual "Hello Smith!" and Nick's "What's poppin'?" Then we went on to homework.

For Tomorrow - Have and example of Symphony
For Monday - Do Blog 7, your choice, (yes, I know Blog 6 is next) It is recommended that we do Blog 6
For May 7th - Read both Play and Empathy in A Whole New Mind

Then we talked about registration. Smith will not be there during arena scheduling, but there will be plenty of people to help us. Smith told us to be flexible with your schedule because you might not get what you want, but its ok if you don't. Also, on the yellow registration card, (the one we're turning in), it says that we are taking English 10. If you are going to continue in honors, Smith is going to sign the card saying that she is allowing you to go into American Lit. Honors, rather than going into English 10. After we talked about registration, we moved on to our fish bowl about Symphony. If you would like to see our blog conversation, its just below this post.

P.S. Just something to keep in mind, our Skype with Daniel Pink is next FRIDAY, May 4th. Be sure to let your  2nd hour teachers know that you will be gone.

AWNM Symphony Period 5

AWNM Symphony Period 3

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Scribe- Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Period 5

This period was spent in the forum where we recieved our 2 packets for arena scheduling for Sophmore year. We were given:
  • Master Schedule Course List
  • Registration Form for First and Second Semesters
  • Alternate Course List
  • Practice Sheet for Scheduling
  • Transcript
  • Locker Partner Request Form
Friday, May 4-have first two pages of yellow packet filled out and turned in along with Locker Partner Request Form to the Guidence Center by 2:30 PM
Friday, May 18-Arena Scheduling for Sophmore Year!

Don't forget to put these dates in your calendar! And get any questions cleared up in the Guidence Center!

Scribe Period 3 Wednesday 4/25/12

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today was an informational day regarding scheduling for our sophomore year classes.

Important Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Scribe 5th Hour on Tuesday April 24

Happy Tuesday! Hope you guys enjoyed sleeping in! The fast 23 minute period day began with the usual greeting of, "Hello everybody!" with a reply of, "Hello Smith!" Since today was ACT Testing for all Juniors, school did not start until 11:30 making each class period only 23 minutes long. We still managed to have a very productive day with Ms. Smith though because two sophomores from last year came in to talk about their experiences with TED Talks. Even though they were going to come in tomorrow (Wednesday), Freshmen Registration Advice for us is tomorrow so they came today! The main advice they gave everybody was,

  • Be confident and passionate about our topic.
  • Dress appropriately to what fits your topic (Example- If your talking about fitness it is okay to come in yoga pants, but if your talking about the homeless do not come in with a diamond or glitzy dress).
  • Connect to the audience by asking them questions as well as making eye contact.
  • You CAN have a note card so try righting your whole speech first and then put down on the note card your main points.
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Do not say you will never find a topic because no matter what there is always something you believe in.
  • Be open withe audience!
Sooner then we thought possible the bell rang and it was time to go!

  • Read Symphony by Thursday
  • Example of Symphony due Friday
  • Blog 5 moved to be due Thursday (Remember this video is your choice)
Have a great Tuesday night!

Period 3 Scribe 4/24/12

Today Olivia King, who was one of Smith's honors students last year, came in and talked about her TED talk and gave us advice for our TED talks.  Here are some notes from what she talked about:

-practice, especially in front of other people
-pick something that you can connect with, not what you think Smith would like
-TED talks show that it is possible to change the world
-watch lots of other TED talks
-its okay if your topic changes
-go with what you are going to benefit from the most
-time yourself, especially your slides
-it's not going to be perfect
-be satisfied with what you have
-write out your TED talk first (about 2 pages single spaced)
-impactful: changes your mind on what you are capable of
-work on it early and get the writing done as soon as possible, so you have time to practice
-if you have a topic but don't know where it will go, just work on it and it will lead you
-know what you are going to be saying and be comfortable with it, not memorized word for word
-use slides as background
-progression with slides
-talk to the audience, not the screen
-know where you are at with your slides, so you don't have to continually look back
-dress appropriate to your topic
-make sure that everything you are doing is relating back to your topic
-she just started to write, and didn't use a lot of structure at first
-hardest part of project was finding outside resources
-timing was also really hard

Olivia was very helpful and if you want more advice about your TED talk, Smith can give you some names of former students that you might be able to talk to.  The topic for your TED talk is due next Tuesday, May 1st.  Smith also linked former students' TED talks on the TED wiki, so if you would like to see Olivia's or other students' TED talks, look there.

Homework: Blog 5 is now due Thursday (this one should be on your own), read Symphony in AWNM for Thursday fishbowl, bring in an example of symphony for Friday, and there are only 19 MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Scribe 4/23/12 Period 5

Today we had a sub as Ms. Smith was out celebrating without us!(:
The agenda consisted of writing down homework in our planners, and then fishbowling Story. Great discussion today!! 

  • Read Symphony for fishbowl on Thursday
  • Blog 5 (your own choice) due Wednesday 
* On our class blog there is an opportunity that was set up by Alison in period 3 to continue on with Story. Make sure to check it out. Note that it is not required, just a fun extra to enhance the idea of Story. 

Create a Mini-Saga

As we finished Story, Pink offers us the opportunity to write our own mini-saga's. What if Smith's honors classes all contributed to this post and made an awesome collection of mini-saga's? This isn't a requirement, so have some fun writing. Here are few tips:

  1. Must be 50 words exactly
  2. Tell a story, a real one, or make one up.
  3. Post however many you would like!


Phone Call
He dialed the number again. It was wrong number. That’s three times in a row!  Something was wrong. The number seemed OK. Just when he was about to give up, he figured out, he found that the last two digits were interchanged in his phone book. That explained it all!
-Rajesh Setty

    The Sale
Jack didn’t want to miss those “early bird specials” on Friday. Doors opened at 5 in the morning. Jack had to be there at least by midnight to save $50. After some thought, Jack decided to drop this shopping adventure – his time was worth more than $10 an hour.
-Rajesh Setty

For a full list. (Scroll Down)

Have fun!

AWNM Story Period 5

AWNM Story Period 3

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scribe April 20 Period 5

The class, as always started off with a "hello Smith", but today, it was somewhat dismal because it's Friday. What else can you expect from students on a Friday?

Then immediately we went around the room and shared our examples of a story. Some were creative, some were odd, and others were original. Here are what kids brought in:

    Chipotle cups and bags        
    German Stollen
    Campbell's Soup
    cooking magazines
    Tom's shoes
    cave drawings
    body lotion
    Old Spice deodorant
    birthday cards
    granola bars
                     Coca Cola stories
                     Van's shoes
                     Ranch dressing powder
                       Mr. Booth's story
                       Clif Bars
                     music books
                     Dr. Drey Headphones

    Before we did anything, Mrs. Smith had everyone google a man named Clay Shirky. We found that he is a good friend with Cory Doctrow, he has a blog, and that he is focused on how the internet is a social and economic force that people need to use to make a difference and change the world.

    Then we watched his TED Talk.
    Like we did in class you might need to watch it twice.

    1. The Blog for Clay Shirky's TED Talk is due Monday with all of the regular requirements.
    2. Read "Story" in AWNM by Monday and be prepared for fishbowl on Monday, too.
    3. Read "Seven Reasons Why Carrots and Sticks (Often) Don't Work" by Monday. (Annotation is optional)

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Period 3 Scribe, April 18

    Today we went over homework and went straight into the fishbowl over the Design chapter.

    - Blog 3 on Daniel Pink RSA Animate ( - tomorrow
    - Example of Story - Friday 
    - Have Story read for the fishbowl - Monday 

    Keep in mind that our next blog entry will be due on Monday, so get a head start if you want less homework over the weekend. 

    Scribe 4/18/12 Period 5


    • bring in an example of story due friday
    • read story and prepare for fishbowl due monday
    • read "Seven Reasons Carrots and Sticks (Often) Don't Work" due monday 
    • Blog 3 due TOMORROW
             After going over homework we continued on with our fishbowl which was a very interesting conversation! Nice work everyone. 

    *To find the TED Talk of Daniel Pink again to reference for your blog go to this website...
    *Also for help on the blog make sure to check out the AWNM Wiki page at...

    Have a great night!!

    AWNM Design Period 5

    AWNM Design Period 3

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Period 5 Monday, April 16

    Bring in a good example of design
    Ted Talk Blog #2
    Read Design
    Read The Rise and Fall of Motivation 2.0 Handout

    Link to
    This insightful period began with the sharing of all our sentences from Daniel Pink's What's Your Sentence! All of our creative(and sometimes colorful) sentences were posted along the back wall for everyone to display. Feel free to stop by and peruse the gallery.

    For the rest of the class period we started working on the reading the new packet The Rise and Fall of Motivation 2.0 or beginning the blog post for the second Ted Talk. This one is your choice! A reccomended list is on Mrs. Smith's webpage and many more can be accessed on The grades for the first blog post will be put in as soon as Smith can get around to it, so be sure to check Infinate Campus. If you feel you deserve more points on your post or want to disuss anything about it meet up with Smith to come to a consensus. The other big point of the day is for anyone who has a vision or something to help the school should aply for the LPS comittee board.

    Get ready for another great day is period 5 English!