Today Javier P. guided the morning meeting. Guy Fawkes was hanged in the streets of England, a long time ago, on a 5th of November and then this phrase was often used by the government to keep people calmed and under their control. Today, people in England still remember Guy and have and start a fire every 5th of November. Javier also shared with us some picture of his visit to Sumpango on Friday, the day of the “fiambre” and the kites. The kites were humongous, very cool, beautiful and colorful.
To do list:
– Add more to my documentation of Benjamin Franklin
– How to read a book chapters 6,7,8
– Taming the infinite chapters 7, 8
– Euclid’s Elements propositions 4, 5, 6
– Learn Greek in 30 minutes a day lessons 19-30
– Work on my autobiography
– Finish with the documentation of The Trivium and publish it.
– Documentation of The Well Educated Mind and Getting Real.
– Polish Website design (Documentation)
-Document some days that I’m missing
– Khan Academy (work more on this)
– Programming class: code academy and project Euler
-Last chapters of let your life speak
We worked in groups to fill our schedule of the new cycle that we are starting today! Bert gave us a schedule and as a group we filled some things out and organized our time in order to get everything done. Pablito, Grace and I discovered that during this cycle we will need to work more in our home, at least with the readings. We planned on using Fridays to finish with the documentation of the week and with the readings.
Then all of us had a brainstorm session about a presentation that we will be given to the people from the Business School on Thursday. Here is the link where you can see what we were doing today… https://docs.google.com/a/ufm.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuazmUwZUI41dDMwMGxBaGRCYWdZOWh0ZXlqeHNMMFE#gid=0,
My group (Grace, Pablito and I) is presenting the “process” part and my topics are: Project based learning, Self-evaluation and documentation. I hope that everything goes out fine.
We had our Epicycle on Plato’s “Euthyphro” where Socrates is going to a trial because he has been acused of inventing things of the gods. On his way to the trial, Socrates meets Euthyphro, who is going to prosecute against his dad for killing somebody who killed somebody else. Euthyphro explains that this act is impious, and that even if the killer is his father, he shall prosecute against him. They start discussing about values and piety. Socrates asked Euthyphro what piety meant and that is what their entire argument is about. Bert told us to note the elements that Socrates used in his dialogue. I thought that Socrates was very curious, inquisitive, and accurate. He tried to give real proof and his arguments where very complete. He explains himself very clearly and asks questions in order to make other people’s arguments clear. We have a lot to learn from Socrates! The main questions asked during this dialogue were: “How many definitions does Euthyphro give?” and “what is the pious?”. Personally, this made me wonder a lot about what Emerson also mentions in Self-Reliance, that people consider the “goodness” to be something different. There is not a concrete definition accepted by everyone about what is good, in Plato’s case: “what is pious?”, what do the gods appreciate? People have always looked for answers about what is alright, but these definitions are constantly changing and people never agree on these definitions. A good way to solve this problem would be to seek to understand everyone and to use Socrates method of asking questions to see why people are disagreeing. But even Euthyphro mentions that pious is what the gods like, but all the gods like different things. Some things that are valuable to one god may not be valuable for the rest of the gods.
We started singing our madrigals today! Mabe, Bert and Alejo helped to divide us in our singing tones. I was “diagnosed” an Alto. We were all supposed to sing to the tone of the piano that was playing from Alejo’s computer. Some people were told that they could not really sing and I was very nervous when my turn came. This is going to be cool, our voices together sound cool.
We read something about Socratic Practice, relating to the academic skills that all of us should have by the end of the program. We need to work hard in order to accomplish these standards:
1. Textual Understanding: Student is fully capable of understanding a text or, if a text is difficult, student is capable of specifying precisely which aspects of the text she or he does not understand. Can formulate questions, the answers to which would supply the student with complete understanding.
2. Speaking: Speaking clearly and articulately, even when expressing complex ideas. Student seems secure and confident even while speaking in front of strangers.
3. Listening: The student shows an accurate understanding of the complex ideas spoken by others. He or she truly comprehends what everyone is saying in the dialogue.
4. Knowing how to learn: Student knows how to learn without assistance. The student know when and how to do things in order to achieve his ultimate goal which is learning.
5. Critical Thinking: Making distinctions between assumptions and conclusions, evidence and arguments. The student notices when one argument is weak and when it is strong and reliable. Student is capable of distinguishing between his opinion and the one of the author.
6. Teamwork: Student’s comment are helpful to others in the group, and works to synthesize the comments of others in the group. Is extremely aware and cares about the dialogue.
7. Sensitivity/Good manners: Polite and respectful. Does not interrupt others, is sensitive towards the needs of others, is not sarcastic or aggressive. Is graceful.
8. Personal Skills: Straightforward with regard to comments and behaviors. Admits it when he is wrong. Acknowledges when claims made are guesses.
9. Willingness to accept criticism: Is never defensive when opinions or behavior are criticized, takes criticism constructively.
10. Responsibility and initiative: Responsible and shows initiative in all aspects and activities. Student is also punctual, gets work done, reads the assigned text, and makes an effort to contribute. Student holds him or herself responsible for the progress of the class as a whole.
For our programming class we decided to work individually in our Ruby lessons in codeacademy.com and to have finished the first two lessons on Ruby for the next week, and hopefully even more than that. As a group, we compromised to solve 5 Euler problems each and the pre Eucler programs that Kyle is going to create for us. I entirely worked on Ruby and I am writing a glossary on Ruby’s terms. We are supposed to work on phone apps at the end of this year, awesome!