Monday, November 23, 2009


In the article by David Warlick, “Qualities of an Effective Teacher,” what matters is that how students do reflects the effectiveness of a teacher, but that shouldn’t effect the pay check. I have good and bad teachers, teachers that I learn a lot from, and some I don’t learn anything from, some easy and some incredibly hard. There are also students that work really hard and always have and always will. Then there are other students that don’t care. That shouldn’t mean teachers get paid more or less. I believe that teachers need to challenge their students, and if they were getting paid depending on grades, I don’t know if teachers would do that. What would happen to education? Students wouldn’t be prepared for the huge world we get thrown into. Teachers might make tests and homework too easy in order to keep the grades in their class high. How would our world react to students that aren't prepared and not as intellectually advanced because teachers want to make a couple extra bucks. I think it would be easier and more fair to give schools bonus' if they are academically ahead. Then the school can decide to distribute to the teachers. Yes students grades reflect the teacher but money shouldn’t be involved.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


In the article by the Denver Post, “Pilot Injured In Plane Crash On Western Slope,” what matters is that technology isn’t perfect yet. Technology is dangerous and people still get hurt or killed because of it. This relates to my PLN 17 about how a man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Technology still has a long way to go until it is completely safe. For the most part technology is safe but everyone hears about or knows people that have been killed in car crashes. Technology is the best way to get around; airplanes, cars, and boats. None of those are perfect but they are the safest way at this time. That is not to say that we wont continue to improve and enhance those methods of transportation. Technology is incredible, but nothing is perfect.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


In Karl Fisch’s The Heritage School of Kabala,” what matters is that kids in Sierra Leone are going to get an education because of the work that Heritage did. Heritage raised $60,000 in three years and are now building a school in Sierra Leone, the Heritage school of Kabala. Arapahoe does wish week and toys for tots but we do nothing of this size. I have been told that nothing worth having is free. Whether it is money, time or hard work that went into it. Heritage worked hard, spent time, and raised money for these children in Sierra Leone. I think this is amazing because Heritage could have used that money for themselves and enhancing there own school but instead they are building a completely new school. Heritage worked hard and raised money, and therefore kids in another country can get a good education.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


In the article, “Put Forth our Best Writing selves,” by Douglas Hesse, what matters is that I use Facebook and the social networking sites but I think that it helps our writing because we are always writing, whether it be one sentence or four pages.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

PLN 21

In David Warlick’s, “This would be weird,” what matters is woman are about to outnumber males in Americas work force for the first time ever. Also women are losing jobs at much lower rate then men are in these tough economic times. In September women made up 49.83% of the work force. They are now expected to make up at least 50%. This matters to me because as women’s numbers go up that means male’s numbers are going down. This relates to the article we read about how women do better in college than males. Women are beginning to become a larger and larger part in the world. From the 1900’s when women couldn’t even vote and barely worked, to being the majority of the work force.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

PLN 20

In the article by the Denver Post, “Most Denverites Stressed, Survey Indicates,” what matters is that I believe I am one of approximately 25% that say they are not stressed out. A study was done in the metro area of 202 people from July 21 till Aug 4 and it showed that 75 percent of residents were stressed. Most people said their stress had gone up because of the last year; election, economy, and health care issues. I don’t get stressed very easily, when I am a little stressed I go outside and play basketball and feel better once I am done. Mostly homework and when I hurt myself doing something stupid is what stresses me out. My mom gets stressed extremely easily on the other hand. My dad and I are both laid back so it is not a good mix when my gets stressed. She gets intensely angry at us because we aren’t as stressed as she is. I don’t get stressed but when I am I know how to cope. I know what to do in order to not be stressed anymore. Although 75% of residents that were surveyed said they were stressed, I am not part of that large number and very happy because of it.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I agree with the article “ Don’t, Don’t, Don’t vs. Do, Do, Do” by Will Richardson because I like looking at “dos” and not “do nots.” If we were taught earlier what not to do on the computer then we would already know those restrict when we use computers more regularly. Rules that make you do something instead of restricting you from doing something seem to work better I think. “Do your homework first,” versus “You cant hang out with friends until your homework is finished.” If I heard the second example I wouldn’t do my homework and live with not being able to hang out with friends that day. On the other hand if I heard the first example I would get my homework done as quick as possible and go play. ‘Do nots” also make it seem like you can’t do anything on the computer while “dos” make you look forward to having a computer. “Dos” are much more fun to look at then “do nots” because they show the positives of having a computer.