Today’ Homework: November 17, 2017

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS WITH THIS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT.
1. After watching the following video, please explain how someone like Kayla finds the courage to persevere and, then, push out of her comfort zone to try a sport she had never done before.  Better yet, please tell me, in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short sentences, what steps you would take to get the courage to push out of your comfort zone to get the courage, like Kayla, to do something you’ve never done before. Thank you.  Please send your answer to my email address by Sunday, November 26th, before 11:59pm.  I look forward to reading your answer.

https://youtu.be/HVx7Uocfe5U

2.  Please read the article I distributed in class today.  After completing the read, go back to page 2.  On this page you learn MIT robot scientist, Daniela Rus,

designed a “dime size, origami robot made out of meat byproducts.  The robot is designed to be swallowed, then be guided through a patient’s stomach to repair internal wounds” inside a person’s body.

This assignment is now a challenge.  I challenge you to think of a job you would enjoying doing, 10 years from today, that takes advantage of artificial intelligence like a smart robot or super computer code.  Don’t let anyone tell you “it’s not possible”.  Use your imagination!!!!!  Don’t worry about how crazy it might be!  Imagine!!!!  Just think – who would ever have thought 10 years ago that someone would invent a “dime size, origami robot made out of meat byproducts…. designed to be swallowed, then guided through a patient’s stomach to repair internal wounds” inside a person’s body.  Be bold!  Be imaginative!   Please describe, in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short sentences, a job or a business you own, 10 years FROM TODAY, which uses a form of artificial intelligence like a smart robot or super computer codePlease send your answer to my email address by Sunday, November 26th, before 11:59pm. I can’t wait to see how imaginative you have been!!!!!Robot article - IMG_4382

Today’s Class: November 17, 2017

Today’s guest was Jeff Sparr, Founder of Peace Love,

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Jeff Sparr is greeted by today’s class host, Nayely Furtado, before the start of today’s class

a non-profit foundation whose mission is to help people dealing with the challenges of mental illness.   From depression and anxiety to obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD),

Peace Love helps those afflicted by some form of mental illness to create peace of mind through art

and storytelling.  “I’ve suffered from OCD and anxiety since I was in college.  It took a while before someone suggested I try painting to help me deal with it.  So I did” said Sparr.  “Despite having no artistic training,

painting made me feel better. 

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Nayely introduces Jeff Sparr to her classmates to start today’s class.

I thought this might help others suffering from mental illness too.”  So, Jeff started Peace Love.

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Ayo Onajide welcomes Jeff with a firm handshake, good eye contact and “thanks for coming to our class” following Nayely’s introduction.

Today’s Homework: December 3, 2017

1.  Read pages 61 through 67 in the “Brand” textbook, the ‘Story of Cesar Chavez’.

2.  Let’s use our imagination.   Make believe you have the opportunity to have dinner with Cesar Chavez at a restaurant called Forbes Mill Steakhouse at 206 North Santa Cruz Highway in Los Gatos, California.     You and Mr Chavez are seated when the waitress approaches you.  You notice her name tag says – Tara Cronin, Providence, Rhode Island.    Hmmmm…..Your mind starts wondering.  Could she be…..?   Please share with me one question you will ask Mr Chavez during dinner.   Then, please tell me something you will say to the waitress other than ‘how is the Australian Coldwater Lobster at this restaurant?’.    Please send your well written answers with perfect spelling and well constructed, short sentences to my email address by Sunday, November 12th before midnight!  Thank you.  I look forward to reading your responses.

3.  Today’s guest, Nan Quinlin, encouraged all of us to

set up our profile on LinkedIn,

a popular, employment networking web site (www.linkedin.com).  LinkedIn is used mainly for career networking;  i.e. (that is) people looking for jobs and companies looking for good job candidates.  LinkedIn will be another tactic for building your network of successful people who may one day help you get an internship, job or maybe acceptance into the University or College of your choice.

LinkedIn_Logo_2013.svgGo to the LinkedIn web site to set up your profile.   Check out my profile on LinkedIn.  You can also

check out the LinkedIn profiles of Hope Life Skills graduates Hafzat Akanni, Marta Aparicio, or Johnny Montanez.

Once you’ve finished setting up your profile,

connect with me on LinkedIn.

You can find my LinkedIn profile by  putting my name, Stephen Cronin, in the inquiry bar at the top of the site.  Make sure you read the Stephen Cronin profile to make sure it’s me.  There are many Stephen Cronins on LinkedIn.

Once my profile appears, click on the connect button.

This will send a message to me asking if I will connect with you which I will.   I look forward to connecting with you on linkedin.  Please do this as soon as possible.

4. What do you think about a “Meet Mr Cronin” night at Hope High School?    I would ask you to bring one or both of your parents to meet me.   I will have dinner for everyone;  we can talk about the menu during one of our classes.  We’ll start about 6:30pm.  I will have a few of my friends, like George Ortiz and Marta Aparicio, come to meet your parents too.  I will tell parents about what we’re doing and planning to do in the Hope Life Skills program.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?   WILL YOUR PARENTS BE INTERESTED AND ABLE TO COME?

Today’s Class: November 3, 2017

Today’s guest was Nan Quinlan,

a professional training and coaching consultant and contractor.  In other words,

Nan helps people find and get the jobs they aspire to.

Nan also helps companies find and keep the best employees in their companies.   Furthermore, Nan trains people to maximize their BRANDS to find and keep the jobs they like.

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Nelson Castillo (right) welcomes Nan Quinlan to today’s Hope Life Skills class.

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Nelson does a great job introducing Nan to his classmates at the start of today’s class.

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Walter Jimenez greets Nan following Nelson’s introduction.

Today’s Homework: October 27, 2017

1.  Read the Brand textbook entitled “The Development of the American Brand in the 20th Century posted on this web site.  Read pages 3 through 20.

2.  Then, complete the activity on page 21 by answering these two questions –

a) please describe how other people perceive your brand today.  In other words, please tell me what your teachers and other students who observe you in school say what kind of student and person you are today.  For example – will they say you are reliable or unreliable?  Respectful all the time or disrespectful some time?   Will they say you always work hard or just some of the time?  Honest or not?  On time all the time or sometimes late or absent?  Neat or not?  Prepared or unprepared for class, the team you play on or work?  will they say you are curious – always trying to learn new things to get better or you prefer to stay as you are now with no interest in changing?  Shy and introverted or someone who pushes out of their comfort zone to meet new people and try new things?   Hang around with a diverse group of people with different interests than yours or do you only hang around with people who are like you and have the same interests as you?  Do you ALWAYS hang around with people of good character – respectful, always reliable, and working hard people?    Please send the description of how people perceive your brand to my email address in a well written statement with good grammar, SHORT SENTENCES, perfect spelling and punctuation before 11:59pm, Tuesday night, October 31.

b)  please describe how you would like people to eventually perceive your brand later in your life.  Please tell me what you hope people you go to college with or work with at a job or work for you at your company will ultimately say about what kind of person and worker you are.   Please send the description of how you hope people will ultimately perceive your brand to my email address in a well written statement with good grammar, SHORT SENTENCES, perfect spelling and punctuation before 11:59pm, Tuesday night, October 31.

 

Today’ Class: October 27, 2017

Today’s guest,

Tino Chow, was arguably one of the most interesting guests

who have visited our Life Skills class.  Our interest in Tino was created not only his

passion for design and entrepreneurship

and his appreciation of the exceptional opportunities the United States of America extends to those who live here but also by Tino’s fascinating story of being

born in the fascinating Asian country of Singapore and educated in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

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Jonasia Brown (right) welcomes Tino Chow to Hope High and the Life Skills class and gives Tino her business card in the process before the start of today’s class.

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Jonasia introduces Tino to the rest of her classmates

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Following Jonasia’s introduction of Tino to the class, the class approaches Tino and individually welcomes him to the Life Skills class. Walter Jimenez welcomes Tino with a smile, great eye contact, a firm handshake and a ‘thanks for coming to our class today’ greeting.

Today’s Homework: October 20, 2017

1.  This assignment is an important preparation for our conversation with next week’s guest, Tino Chow.   This assignment is similar to what smart, successful people do when they prepare for a job interview or attending a networking opportunity like you will do on December 5th at our Future Forum, i.e being prepared to create an opportunity for success.  As a result, please read pages 1 through 46 in “The Story of Singapore and The Change Agent Who Created ItTHEN, answer the following questions and send them to my email address ANY TIME BEFORE Tuesday, October 24th, 11:59pm.   This is a lot of information to read and digest in a short period of time. Here’s a suggestion  which may be of benefit.  Skim each page from page 1 through 46.  In other words, when you are assigned a reading with lots of graphics (photos and maps) and breakout text (some words on each page printed in a larger, bolder font) like this textbook, skim or go through each page JUST looking at the graphics (maps and photos), reading the explanation beneath the graphics and only the breakout words in the bold, large fonts on each page.   After doing this, you’ll have a basic understanding of the textbook story.  After skimming, you can go back to read the entire text in greater detail.   This is just a suggestion.  Now, here are the questions to answer after you skim the entire reading or you read the entire text.

  1. Go to page 51 in The Story of Singapore and The Change Agent Who Created Ittext book.  Read the characteristics of COUNTRY #1 and COUNTRY #2.  Then, tell me which country you’d rather live in.
  2. If George Washington is arguably the most important person in the history of the United States, name the person who is the most important person in the history of Singapore.
  3. The cost of an average automobile is $25,000 and the cost of a government driver’s license is $70 in the state of Rhode Island; the state of Rhode Island is one (1) of fifty (50) states in the country of the United States of America.  These two fees – $25,000 and $70 – make the combined cost for buying a car and paying for a driver’s license in Rhode Island is $25,070.  Let’s assume the cost of a typical automobile in Singapore is the same as Rhode Island, $25,000. (Tino will let us know on Friday.)  There is, however, a different cost for getting a driver’s license in Singapore.  What is the combined cost of a person’s $25,000 car and a government driver’s license in Singapore?  (The information to make this calculation is found by reading page 35.)
  4. The ANNUAL cost of tuition at the University of Rhode Island is approximately $14,000 for a Rhode Island resident.  What is the tuition cost of one of Singapore’s government universities for a Singaporean citizen?  (The information to answer this question is found by reading page 37.)
  5. The President of the United States is paid a salary of $400,000 a year.  Please state the annual salary of Singapore’s Prime Minister (a title similar to America’s President). (The information to answer this question is found by reading pages 27 and 28.)
  6. What is the official language of Singapore?
  7. Which country, Singapore or the United States, do you think has less graffiti on buildings, bridges and other structures?  AND, explain why you think your answer is correct.  (The information to answer this question is found by reading pages 31, 32, 33.)
  8.  What does the Singaporean holiday, National Harmony Day, celebrate?  (The information to answer this question is found by reading page 16, 17, 26, and 27.)
  9.  In which country, Singapore or the United States of America, does the average person make more money, live a healthier and longer life, and experience less crime?  (The information to answer this question is found by reading pages 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, and 33.)
  10. Which country, Singapore or the United States of America, would you rather live in?  AND, explain why you feel this way.
  11. Please send me ONE question you would like to ask next week’s guest, Tino Chow, a Singaporean, about his country of Singapore.
  12. Like the United States of America, Singapore has many different ethnic groups of people living in the country.   The three (3) major Singaporean ethnic groups are Chinese, Indigenous Malays (like the USA’s American Indians) and Asian Indians (from the country of India). The three (3) main ethnic groups in America are Caucasian (white), African American, and Latino (Hispanic).  America has had only one African American President in the 200+ year history of the country and no Latino Presidents, yet.  No Native American (Indian) Presidents, yet.  Please give me the reason why there is a better chance of Singapore having a Prime Minister from each of their three (3) main ethnic groups before their 200th anniversary as a country.  (The information to answer this question is found by reading page 17.  Read this page carefully and you can determine the answer.)

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    Tino Chow (right in photo) networking with Hope Life Skills student, Travis Barbour, after sharing his personal story during a Life Skills class in 2014.

Today’s Class: October 20, 2017

U.S. Marine. Entrepreneur. Business owner with over 400 employees. Business consultant. New York Yankee fan.  Committed networker.  Non-Profit Founder and President of the Elisha Project.

A servant to those in need.

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Walter Jimenez (right) greets and welcomes George Ortiz, Founder and President of the Elisha Project, to today’s Hope Life Skills class in the corridor before the start of class.

 George Ortiz was today’s guest of the Hope Life Skills class.

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Walter leads George Ortiz into the Life Skills classroom and introduces George to his Life Skills classmates.

From feeding the needy on Providence’s street each Saturday morning to a future vision of a restaurant offering free meals,

the Elisha Project has become of community of giving volunteers addressing the needs of the less fortunate among us.

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Laisha Mendez welcomes George Ortiz to Hope Life Skills following Walter Jimenez’s introduction. Catherine Vosono waits to do the same.

Today’s Homework: October 13, 2017

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Here’s a photo of the first page of the article I distributed in class today. My question asks you to reflect on a comment I wrote on page 3 of this article.

1.  After finishing the article I distributed in class today, reflect on a reference I made on page 3.  I wrote several comments on the side of the page made by Google‘s former Senior Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, about several important skills for lifetime success.    Please indicate which one of these skills you feel you are best at and why.  As always, please send your well written, grammatically correct statement with perfect spelling and good sentence structure to my email address by Tuesday, October 17, before midnight.  Thank you. I look forward to reading your response.

2.  Next, please indicate one of these skills you need to improve upon.  As always, please send your well written, grammatically correct statement with perfect spelling and good sentence structure to my email address by Tuesday, October 17, before midnight.  Thank you. I look forward to reading your response.

Today’s Class: October 13, 2017

Today’s class began with a challenge.

Students were asked to determine our guest’s job by asking questions which he could only respond with a ‘yes‘ or ‘no‘ answer.

Today’s class was

a follow up exercise to our reading of the Life Skills textbook, “Questions“.

In other words, this class offered students an opportunity to extend themselves ‘out of their comfort zone’ to ask questions to a successful business person in front of their peers and teachers.   Not an easy proposition.   However, the student response was impressive.

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Rosa Rodriguez Ortiz escorts Sean Larkin into today’s Life Skills classroom while Rosa’s fellow students stand as a sign of respect to our guest.

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Rosa introduces Sean to her classmates

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Shakira Figueroa leads the class in an individual greeting and welcome.  Sean’s reaction was interesting.  “Your students made me feel welcome.  Good firm handshakes.  Great eye contact and smiles.  This was good.  Helped me relax.”