My Mind My Power's Thinking Tasks

This week's topics include Eva Peron, Wayne Gretzky, Winnie the Pooh, and more. Find yourself deep in thought.

Weekly Activities

October 14, 2019 - October 18, 2019

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, October 14, 8:00am PST

Weekly Overview

Weekly Overview

October 14 - October 18, 2019

Directions for the learner:
1. Read the prompt
2. Think about a possible answer
3. Investigate the daily learning links
4. Finalize your answer
5. Write your answer
6. Count your words
7. Self/Peer evaluate and score

Monday, October 14

Monday, October 14

On this day in history...

In 1926, A. A. Milne publishes the first stories featuring the characters of Christopher Robin and Winne the Pooh. The characters in the story were based on the authors son, Christopher Robin, and a few of his son's stuffed animals. Examine today's sources, choose an activity, then complete today's thinking task.

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Tuesday,  October 15

Tuesday, October 15

On this day in history...

In 1989, hockey player Wayne Gretzky scores his 1,851st point (assist or goal) which broke the National Hockey League (NHL) record of 1,850. Gretzky eventually retired in 1999 and held or shared 61 NHL records including most goals, points, and assists. Gretzky is fondly remembered as 'The Great One.' Analyze today's sources then complete today's thinking task.

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Wednesday, October 16

Wednesday, October 16

On this day in history...

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy is presented with evidence proving that Soviet ballistic missiles had been set up on the island of Cuba. These missiles were capable of striking major US cities along the east coast prompting Kennedy to order military actions and engage in negotiations to avoid conflict. Study today's sources then complete today's thinking task.

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Thursday, October 17

Thursday, October 17

On this day in history...

In 1931, businessman and suspected mobster, Al Capone, is convicted of income tax evasion by federal authorities. Although Capone was viewed as an advocate for the poor by some people and a ruthless criminal by others, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison and sent to Alcatraz in California to serve his time. Scan through today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's task.

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Friday, October 18

Friday, October 18

On this day in history...

In 1945, Argentine actress Eva Duarte (nicknamed Evita) marries politically connected Colonel Juan Peron from the social elite shortly after he was freed from political arrest. Some historians cite Duarte's loyalty and devotion during his arrest as a major factor in affirming their mutual love. She would go on to serve as First Lady of Argentina during Juan Peron's presidency and serve as a cultural icon in and outside of Argentina. Scrutinize today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking task.

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Aspiration

To aspire is to have a reachable goal for your future. Aspirations can include lifetime accomplishments, yearly achievements, or meeting goals that help you to attain those things. To aspire is to have long term a system of beliefs about yourself that drive your choices, actions, and behaviors in the short term (days or weeks) and long term (months or years). Common aspirations include what you want to do during your next phase in life. For example, middle school students make aspiration statements about high school and high school students make aspiration statements about life after high school. Create three aspiration statements about your next phase in life. Personal - During my next phase in life I would like to be involved in..., Connections - During my next phase in life I would like to be connected with people who..., Occupational/Career - During my next phase in life, I would like more information about...

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About Thinking Tasks

A Brief Overview

Veteran educator Patrick Zuniga has two graduate degrees in education (MAT and MSE) and is a current Doctoral Student. He has developed, delivered, and assessed thinking tasks like these in his classroom for nearly 15 years. These activities are supported by aligned learning links and a free downloadable and reproducible daily interactive response journal (updated every week) and are designed to:

-Encourage enthusiastic learning through extraordinary topics and universal accessibility.
-Focus on reinforcing communication skills through careful alignment of learning links and writing prompts.
-Develop critical thinking skills by using dynamic questioning strategies.
-Promote personal achievement though self-reflection and peer accountability.

Please e-mail Patrick to schedule a collaboration-session to explore how to create high-yield learning activities for your classroom or school today.