My Mind My Power

My Mind My Power

Thinking Tasks

Oscar Romero, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Selma to Montgomery marches, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 13: March 23 - March 29, 2020

Note: Some video links may contain ads not endorsed by My Mind My Power, previewing is encouraged.

Instructions

Instructions

Directions to complete:

1. Listen to introduction
2. Read the prompt
3. Think about a possible answer
4. Explore the daily learning links
5. Ask Clarifying Questions (if needed)
6. Finalize your response
7. Write your answer
8. Count your words
9. Self/Peer evaluate and score

Monday,

Monday,

On this day in history...

In 1980, Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador, was assassinated during the early years of the Salvadoran Civil War, a tragically common event in developing nations during the Cold War. What can we learn about leadership and advocacy from Oscar Romero?

Click Here to Read More

Tuesday,

Tuesday,

On this day in history...

In 1882, Robert Koch, a German scientist and microbiologist, discovered the bacterium that caused the tuberculosis, a debilitating and often fatal disease. Koch's finding allowed for better and more successful treatments of the disease. What can we learn about sicknesses from tuberculosis?

Click Here to Read More

Wednesday,

Wednesday,

On this day in history...

In 1965, thousands of marchers complete the Selma to Montgomery march led by Dr. Martin Luther King. Although there were two previous attempts, both were turned back due to safety concerns. What can we learn about togetherness and determination from these marches?

Click Here to Read More

Thursday,

Thursday,

On this day in history...

In 1982, the groundbreaking for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial took place. The memorial was designed as a place to honor the service and sacrifices of the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War. What can we learn about ourselves from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial?

Click Here to Read More

Friday,

Friday,

On this day in history...

In 1999, during the Kosovo War, a Yugoslav air defense system shot down an F-117A Nighthawk, the first time the stealth fighter was shot out of the sky. The pilot of the jet, Dale Zelko, survived and later met the commander of the air defense system. What can we learn about war from this event?

Click Here to Read More

Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Inquisitiveness

Inquisitiveness simply means to be curious about the world around you. Being curious encourages us to ask question and explore for answers. It is common for people to be curious about all sorts of things. Questions like "why is the sky blue," "is water wet," or "does bigfoot exist" have driven humans to seek answers and devise theories to seek answers to their theories. Consider the story of Sir Isaac Newton who wondered why objects fell back to earth instead of moving in some other direction. From Newton's initial observation and question, a cornerstone of modern physics was created and has helped man reach space. Curiosity or inquisitiveness encourages us to ask difficult questions. A curious person tries to avoid asking "what color are leaves?" but they might ask "why do leaves change color with seasons?" A better question might be "is it possible to grow trees without leaves?" Engage with this week's sources about asking questions then complete this week's journal. For this week's journal, write down three to five difficult question and then choose one that you think is your best question. Write detailed paragraph explaining why you think this is your best question. #inquisitiveness #thinkingjournal #mymindmypower

Click Here to Read More

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.