Sunday, October 21, 2012

Life Is Beautiful

I have done a post on this movie before, so this is a whole different approach.  Every Homecoming I show a movie because the school goes all out!  I think it is my favorite week because almost every student participates, and you can feel the spirit and love!  But I don't show just any movie.  I show a movie that will expose them to something else, or different cultures.  One year I show a Film Noir, Kiss of Death (1947).  I loved showing that one for many reasons.  One Film Noir is a great genre of film, and I assume most students today have not seen one.  Most likely color films had not been invented yet.  The one I showed was a Black and White film.  When the students heard it was a black and white film they looked nervous.  They didn't know if they would like it?  Which is why I showed the film!  I want the kids to enjoy Homecoming Week, but at the same time do something worthwhile.  At the end of the week so many kids were surprised!  They liked a Black and White Film!

So this year I showed Life is Beautiful, an Italian film.  That is why I chose this film.  I played the film in it's language, and they had to read English Subtitles.  To watch this film dubbed in English is a crime - you will lose some of the magic of the film.  And I was not surprised the kids loved it!  When we finished watching it a student shouted out, "I hate you Ms.Haughey!" All I could say is why?  Then I looked down and saw she was crying.  She said, "You ruined my eye makeup!" 

I also have them complete an assignment to go along with the film.  As long as they watch the film - they can complete the assignment.  So here is some of the things students said about Life is Beautiful.  And the favorite scenes said over and over!

Reviews:
"I thought this was very touching. It makes me see how lucky I am to live in America."

"This Guido guy was very inspirational, and he was a really good guy. I kinda wanna be like him."

Every student loved it, and said nothing but great things!  One student said it should have won picture at the Oscars - not just Best Foreign Film.  You have to see acceptance speech!


The life lessons they got out of the film:
  1. Loyalty
  2. Always Have Fun
  3. Never Give Up
  4. Life is What you Make It
  5. Persistence
  6. Show Unconditional Love
  7. Have Courage - Take Risks in Life
  8. Always be Happy
  9. Look at the Positive
  10. Always Listen to Your Parents
  11. Cherish Every Moment
  12. Perseverance
  13. Think Before You Leap
  14. Live For the Moment
  15. Always Look On the Bright Side
  16. Never Take Life for Granted
  17. Stay Humble
  18. Always Stay Happy
  19. Family Comes First
  20. Challenge What Is Wrong
Favorite Scenes:


Dad protects his son by making the concentration camp a game.


Dad makes the ultimate sacrifice - and still makes his son laugh!

They won the game, and got the prize of a tank!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Argo

On the first night of Fall Break I went to go see the new movie, Argo.  It was the best movie I have seen all year.  It is about the 6 American who got out of the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran before it was stormed.  The CIA decides to rescue them, and sends in Tony Mendez to save them. You are on the edge of your seat the whole time.  We know they get out safely, but you doubt it as you watch the film.

It was a great historical film, and you really get an idea of what that time period feels like.  I love historical movies that allow you to feel the time period.  Water for Elephants was the same way.  You really get an idea of what the 1930s must have felt like!

The movie is Rated R for language - so get parental permission first, and it is well worth it!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Do you have school spirit?

This week I heard something powerful that I have to share.  I was discussing the idea of school spirit with a student.  And before I go any further, I have to say BTW has the most unreal school spirit!  I have been to many schools, and I have not yet seen a school that can compare to BTW.  In fact I think that is what makes BTW work - the school spirit!  Students love the school, and they take such pride in the school! At Pep Rallies the spirit brings me to tears!

But the student I was speaking to said there was another aspect of it.  If you see trash on the ground at school - pick it up and put it in the trash.  When this comment was said I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I think there is a lot of truth to it!  To have pride in your school it is more than wearing a shirt? 

I think this picture says it all in school spirit at BTW.  This was an optional Pep Rally at 7 am.  It was so impressive the attendance!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Here Comes The Boom

This weekend I saw this movie!  It was fantastic and inspirational.  My whole family thought it was the feel good movie of the year!  As a teacher it was inspiring to see a teacher give his all to his school, and his students. 

The teacher had lost his way, and was even teacher of the year!  There was a part when he talked about looking forward to the beginning of the school year, and decorating his classroom.  He compared it to college and moving into a dorm room.  I totally related to that.  I love decorating my classroom.  I look forward to it every summer!

This movie also shows the importance of education.  As a society we have to make education a priority!  Go see this movie - it won't disappoint!


My classroom - It took a week to decorate!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mummies

In my World History classes, we just finished studying Ancient Egypt.  The aspect of Ancient Egypt that seems to capture the world is mummies and the pyramids.  All of this involves their idea of the afterlife.  Mummification helped with the process.  They believed that when they died they took all of their belongings with them, and they went as they looked when they died.  Mummification preserved their body, and the pyramids held all of their belongings.  In the tombs of Pharaohs they have found clothes, jewelry, boats, food, pottery, dinner ware, and etc.

So in class we made a mommy and Sargophagus (the case that held the mummy).


The materials needed to make the mummy.  The bowl is a glue water to wrap your mummy.


Wrapping the mummy

Decorating the Sargophagus:






Finished Mummies:






Saturday, October 6, 2012

"Where The Sting Began" - BTW Homecoming 2012

I just love Homecoming at BTW!  It is a fun filled and spirited week!  The BEST part is such a large percentage of the student body participates.  My mom came and ate lunch with me, and she was amazed at the school.  The doors and halls were decorated, and every student she saw was dressed up!  I feel so lucky that I teach at BTW!  This is my favorite week at school!  And we won the football game against the Stillwater Pioneers!  It can't get even better!

2nd Hours decorate their doors.  It is a contest and Mrs. Ramsey's class won, and besides my door this was my 2nd favorite door!


My door that my second hour did.  I'm so proud of them!  It turned out great, and I had so many students come up to me saying we should have won!


The COOLEST Hornet hat I have ever seen!  A student in my 4th Hour sister made it out of paper mache.



I had to try on the hat!  This was outrageous orange and black day.  That is why I'm wearing the tie!


Me on Retro day!  I went for the 80s look.  I was alive for most of the 80s, but I was a little girl so I don't remember most of it.  My mom always says that is a good thing!  She likes to forget the 80s!  I can see why!


Me on Mix Match Day!  I would only dress like this and leave the house for BTW!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Troubled Relationship


President Abraham Lincoln 1861 - 1865

I love the study of the American Civil War.  Shelby Foote, a Civil War historian, says "It is the cross road of our being!"  When I teach American History I love to offer extra credit to have the students write why Foote thinks that.  I cannot imagine having the country torn apart, brother against  brother, friend against friend.  When one thinks about it - it is amazing to think our country survived that.  The Civil War changed everything!  America will never be the same - especially the relationship of the ordinary citizen and the government.  After the government is going to take on a much bigger role in the lives of the citizens.

But today I want to discuss the relationship of President Lincoln and General George B. McClellan.  Lincoln is going to have many Generals during the war till he settles on General  Grant.  McClellan is going to be so interesting.  McClellan on the surface and on paper looked perfect.  He was a graduate of West Point, brought discipline to the military, and was loved by all.  He had the love and respect of the the men!  That is hard to do - so in the beginning McClellan made Lincoln very happy!

General George McClellan

But there was a problem.  McClellan lacked the moral courage to send men into battle. As he was loved, he loved the men back.  McClellan loved them a lot!  So the idea to send the men to fight was too much.  Often what this created was inaction.  This frustrated Lincoln to no end!  Lincoln was quoted  to sum up his feelings nicely:
"If General McClellan isn't going to use his army, I'd like to borrow it for a time." (Commenting on General McClellan's lack of aggression, 1862)

Lincoln came out himself to check McClellan out on the battlefield!


To be a fly on the wall of that TENT!  I would love to know how that conversation went down.  Was it calm and patient, or angry and frustrated?  I cannot imagine Lincoln getting angry, but it will be after this moment Lincoln gives McClellan one more shot.  He might have run out of patience?

In the end McClellan was fired, and actually ran against Lincoln in the Presidential Race of 1864.  But as we all know Lincoln wins a second term!

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