An Impressive Perspective on Life – EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY

A Professor at Carnegie Mellon University,Dr. Randy Pausch knows he is dying. This video will leave you thinking when it’s over. Take 10 minutes of your time to watch it. It would do us all some good.

For up to 15 points extra credit, write a 250 word response to this video. How did it make you feel? What should life be about – work or enjoyment (or both)? What mark do you leave on others? Are you proud of how you have lived your life so far? What about your dreams? What are your dreams? How will you pursue those dreams in life? 20 years from now – what will you be most proud of? This is due in person by Friday morning, 2/28, or via e-mail by 5:00 pm on Monday evening, 3/3.

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Extra Credit Reminder…

This is a repost from a few weeks ago. With all of our new snow, I thought it may be useful for students to be reminded that civic helpfulness gets you extra credit in my class.

As much of our time in Social Studies this half of the year will be spent discussing true citizenship, why not start now? I want you all to go help your neighbors tonight and tomorrow, no matter who they are. If you can do 5 homes (that includes driveways, sidewalks, and walkways to the front door), and get the signatures of those living there, I’ll reward your good citizenship with 20 points extra credit. Want to team up and do it with a friend? Good teamwork and friendship can be rewarded as well: I’ll give you 20 points when the 2 of you get 8 driveways done together. Simply print this post and have them sign it.

When you do things for other people, you do far more than just relieve them of a task on their to-do list. The feeling of gratefulness that a neighbor (like you!) went out of their way to help them out is something special. Especially for your generation, when you have far more tempting, preventing, and distracting you from helping others. So log off AIM, MySpace, turn off the TV, put aside the Wii, and just unplug yourself in general… and go help a neighbor. Be a good citizen, and make your community a better place. You’ll never know when they’ll return the favor!

Just imagine… 150 7th graders X 5 driveways each… every home in our district can be shoveled because of your good citizenship!

Parents – if students can’t get someone’s signature, your signature and note will be a suitable replacement.