Today’s Homework: November 1, 2019

  1.   Please write a ‘succinct’ statement sharing your perception of one LaSalle Academy student brand you encountered yesterday that impressed you.   Describe the brand using adjectives which describe the brand of one of the many LaSalle students you observed yesterday.  Please, send your ‘succinct’ statement to my email address no later than Tuesday, November 5th, 11:59pm.  By sending me your homework before Tuesday, November 5th, 11:59pm, it will give me an opportunity to read, reflect, and respond to your statement.  Thank you.
  2. Establish your personal LinkedIn site.  After doing this, send a “CONNECT” request to my LinkedIn site.  I spoke about the value of LinkedIn yesterday to you and the LaSalle students.   Please keep in mind the importance of the ‘information’ you share on your LINKEDIN site.  Information like your extracurricular activities, your after school jobs, your enrollment in the Hope Life Skills program, your attendance in the FUTURE FORUM, and your career aspirations are important to encouraging successful people with their LINKEDIN sites to send a “CONNECT” request to you to join their network.  This is one way for you to build your valuable networks for lifetime success.   For example:   describe your enrollment in Hope Life Skills as “an elective, credited course introducing and developing life skills and attitudes for success. The program’s foundation rests upon the importance of personal brand and the development of specific skills using one’s personal brand to build a network of successful, reputable professionals for career opportunities and mentorship for life.  You might also acknowledge your attendance in THE FUTURE FORUM # 4 as “an annual event bringing national corporate futurists (e.g. Bank of America, Data Robot, Accenture, Working Planet, Brown University, etc) together with a diverse group of high school students for a collaboration using design thinking and creativity to solve a social problem or create an entrepreneurial opportunity with AI (artificial intelligence).   And, don’t forget the teams you’re part of AND the part time jobs you hold. Hope High School soccer team or Subway Sandwich Shop, shift manager

TODAY’S HOMEWORK: OCTOBER 25, 2019

  1.   Please look up the definition of “succinct” in the dictionary.
  2.    THEN, after reading pages 52, 53, 54, 55, and 56, in your “The FUTURE” book, send me an email expressing your reaction to what you read on these pages in a way that REFLECTS THE DEFINITION OF “SUCCINCT”.   Send your answer to my email address before Tuesday, 11:59pm, October 29th.  Please don’t forgetyour statement expressing your reaction to what you read needs to be SUCCINCT“.   Thank you.   If you don’t have “The FUTURE” book, click on “THE FUTURE” book cover on this web site.

Today’s Homework: October 18, 2019

  1.  Bring to class next week your time management worksheet that shows:
    1. a personal goal you write on the bottom of the sheet under the GOALS box;  a life goal you have this moment in your life.
    2. WEEKLY objectives you write on the bottom of the sheet under the OBJECTIVES box;  the objectives you are focusing on this week.  These objectives are activities which help you achieve your goals.  These objectives could be coming to school each day on time, adding successful, reputable, conscientious people to your personal network while, at the same time, ending relationships with people who do not share the same values you have, who may not be responsible or focused on doing the things they need to do to be successful, or who are not respectful of all people.   An objective may be always doing Mr Cronin’s homework you are assigned during the week.  Because Sara reminded us how important reading is in COLLEGE and LIFE, you read 10 pages in Mr Cronin’s FUTURE BOOK.
    3. WEEKLY priorities you write on the bottom of the sheet under the PRIORITIES box;  priorities are SPECIFIC activities that help you accomplish the objectives you set.
    4. On your time management worksheet, write in TWO specific PRIORITIES or activities YOU COMPLETE EACH DAY in the daily boxes that help you accomplish the objectives you identified at the bottom of the page.  Those priorities could be getting Mr Cronin’s homework completed on Tuesday evening at 9pm OR sending an email to Sara Jackson on Monday at 6pm thanking her for coming to our class on Friday, October 18 OR reading at least 5 pages in MR Cronin’s FUTURE BOOK on Sunday evening from 7 to 8pm.  Remember, two activities you completed EACH DAY during the week that help you accomplish your objectives.
  2. PRIORITIES help you accomplish OBJECTIVES.  OBJECTIVES help you accomplish your GOALS.  They are all connected.   Managing your time to accomplish priorities, objectives, and goals will help you become the successful person you aspire to become.
  3. Remember:   COURAGE, DISCIPLINE, and FOCUS on doing the right things when you need to do them.

Time Management Worksheet to be turned in next class with YOUR NAME ON TOP.

 

Today’s homework: October 11, 2019

  1.  Send me your BUSINESS CARD information before Sunday night, 11:59pm.
  2.    click here for the Business card template showing the information you will send me.       Business Card template-
  3.  Fill in YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHEET and bring to class next week WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
    1. the day you’ll be sending me your business card information.
    2. THEN, FILL IN ONE activity each day  THAT IS something HELPING YOU ACCOMPLISH YOUR LIFETIME GOAL OR A WEEKLY OBJECTIVE.  (i.e. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).   All I need to see is ONE ACTIVITY EACH DAY on your worksheet but that one activity must an activity that helps you become a successful student and person.   Bring this worksheet to next week’s class and give it to me.  Make sure your name is on your worksheet.  PLEASE MAKE SURE I CAN READ YOUR WRITING!!!!!!!  PLEASE.
    3. Fill in the FAMILY CONTACT sheet so I can contact your parent, guardian, or mentor TO introduce myself and the LIFE SKILLS Program.  I want your parent, guardian, or mentor to know and understand what we do in this class.  TURN THIS SHEET IN TO ME AT NEXT WEEK’S CLASS.   THANK YOU.  

Today’s Homework: October 4, 2019

  1.  Complete the TIME MANAGEMENT worksheet I passed out in class today.   Read the second page FIRST before answering the questions on the first page.   Bring your worksheets to class next week.  MAKE SURE YOUR PENMANSHIP IS NEAT, please, SO I CAN READ YOUR INTERESTING ANSWERS.   SECONDLY, PLEASE WRITE SHORT SENTENCES WITH GOOD PUNCTUATION (COMMAS AND PERIODS) AND PERFECT SPELLING.  If you get confused completing this assignment, please feel free to email me any questions you have.   REMEMBER, your questions will always be viewed as good questions.  If a question is important to you, it’s important to me.

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  2.  HERE’S A NEW TERM FOR SOME OF YOU – SKIMPlease skim the entire THE FUTURE BOOK;  in other words, just read the words in red or highlighted in yellow accompanying each photo or image.  THEN, after skimming the entire book, identifyONE TOPIC connected to a photo or photos that made you ‘think‘, possibly ‘concerned‘, ‘afraid‘ or ‘angry‘, maybe ‘confused‘, or even ‘curious‘ for more information.  THEN, after identifying the topic that made you ‘think’, tell me ‘what’ your favorite topic/photos made you think about  Please, short sentences.  Perfect spelling.   Good punctuation, i.e. periods, commas, etc.   SEND YOUR ANSWER TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 11:59PM.   Thank you.  I look forward to reading your answers.  

Today’s Homework: September 27, 2019

  1.  Please describe, in well written sentences, your perception of Arnell Milhouse’s personal brand.   Short sentences.  Perfect spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.  And, of course, you read your description before sending it to my email address to ensure my perception of your brand will be an impressive one.  Please make sure I receive your response by and not later than Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, 11:59pm.   Thank you.

    Arnell Milhouse meeting, greeting, observing, and formulating a perception of each student’s personal brand he met in today’s class.  The same process will occur with each class guest you meet this year, each person I introduce you to, each person you introduce yourself to at the FUTURE FORUM in December and at our field trips.   And, your personal brand can change this year and throughout your life according to the importance you place on how you present yourself.  Your personal brand and the network of successful people you create by how others perceive your personal brand either opens doors of great opportunity OR shuts you out quickly.  We’ll keep working on developing your personal brand and the network of successful people who are impressed by it so you’re always creating opportunities for great success.

Today’s Homework: September 20, 2019

  •  Please, watch these 2 videos featuring, Sophia, the first Android to be awarded ‘citizenship’ status in a modern day country (Saudi Arabia).  THEN, answer the following questions.  Remember,  I am convinced you are an intelligent, creative, push out of your comfort zone person who is more than willing to work hard and network to be successful.  YES YOU ARE!!!  Imagine…..
    1.  you are the owner of a company.   Please tell me –
      1. the name of your company,
      2. describe the services or products your company sells
      3. does the service or product you make bought by people (B to C) or companies (B to B)
      4. describe the person or company that would buy your services or products; for example –
        1. if your customers are people, is the person who buys your products or services male, female, or both;  what is the typical age of the person who buys your product or service (adults or kids)  OR do all ages of people have an interest in buying your product or service; are they rich or middle class OR is anyone able to afford to buy you products and services; do they live in a specific city, country or part of the world or is any person in any city or country interested in buying your products or services; is there are specific ethnicity or race more interested in your services or products or does every ethnicity or race of people interested in buying your products or services;
        2. if your customers are companies, describe the typical company interested in the service or product you sell.  Explain how your product or service helps the company that buys your product or service.
      5. describe the job you would program Sophia to do.  (Remember, Sophia is a ROBOT.  Don’t let her lipstick and voice limit your creativity and imagination for the job(s) you would program Sophia to do for your company.)
  • Please send your answers to my email address before but no later than Wednesday, September 25th, before 11:59pm.  Don’t forget our tenants for acceptable written communication: perfect spelling, good grammar, correct capitalization and punctuation, and short sentences. Read your answers before sending them to me.  Thank  you.  I look forward to receiving your answers.

 

Today’s Homework: September 13, 2019

  1.  Create your Name Card, by indicating your FIRST NAME ONLY, in big, bold letters and bring it to the next class.
  2.  Indicate the ‘business card’ design you prefer, i.e.   #1.  the business cards we have used for several years     OR    #2. the new design I circulated in class today. click on this link for the business card template of the Hope Life Skills card we’ve used for the past few yearsBusiness Card template–         OR     – Press on this link for the different design: Business Card HOPE LIFE SKILLS2
  3.  Read the article I distributed in class today or click on this link to the article “THE BRAND CALLED YOU” by Tom Peters  (https://www.fastcompany.com/28905/brand-called-you).  After reading this article – #1.   give me the name of a person you think has a great personal brand and describe your perception of this person’s personal brand.     #2.  what do you think is the best thing others perceive in your personal brand.  LET ME Be CLEAR;  I WANT TO KNOW ‘WHAT OTHERS ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT YOU’  NOT WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT YOU.     #3.  If I were to offer you a well paid position working in my company,  please identify ONE of your QUALITIES that would bring value to my company; in other words, this quality of yours would definitely help my company be successful.   #4. if you could change one thing about the way others perceive you, i.e. your personal brand, what would that one thing be.      #5YES OR NO – do you use social media – Instagram, Facebook, TWITTER, etc?     #6.  If you do, if people only knew you from what you posted on social media, what would their perception be of the personal brand you have created on social media?  LET ME BE CLEAR;  I WANT TO KNOW ‘WHAT OTHERS ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT YOU’ NOT WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT YOU.      #7.   Yes OR No – are you happy with the perception people have of the personal brand you’ve created by your social media postings?
  4. Send your answers to my email address no later than Wednesday, September 18, 11:59pm.   Please – perfect spelling.  Use short sentences with proper punctuation (capitalization, periods, commas, exclamation points, questions marks,  etc.    I look forward to reading your answers.  Thank you.

Today’s Homework: May 31, 2019

  1.  There are two questions for this week’s homework, the last Life Skills homework of this school year.
    1.   Tell me the grade you think you deserve based on the criteria we have spoken about and what I have written below to show the sophomores I will speak to in the library in June.
    2.   I would ALSO appreciate your feedback on the following grading information I plan on distributing to Hope sophomores who are considering enrolling in the Life Skills class next year.   Please tell me what you think about this explanation for grading in the Life Skills class.
    3. Please send me your answers to both questions by Wednesday, June 5th.  Thank you.

Presentation to Sophomores: Grade Criteria –Hope Life Skills

Your Life Skills grade will be based only on your ‘effort’.    Specifically,

  • if you come to class each week. For those classes you cannot come because of unforeseen circumstances, ALWAYS send me a text or email informing me of your absence or tardiness.
  • If you attend our special events and field trips.
  • If you always have your business cards when you come to class, on field trips, and special events and exchange them with people you meet.
  • If you do your homework each week. For the homework you cannot send me ‘on time’ because of unforeseen circumstances, send me a text or email informing me of your inability to send your homework to me when due and then you identify a date when you will send me the homework.
  • If you welcome our guests to class with a friendly greeting, a firm handshake, good eye contact, and a smile.
  • If you always show respect to our guests in class by your attentiveness and your body language, i.e. how you sit, if you pay attention while they speak, etc.
  • If you always do what you say you will do.
  • If you establish and maintain a LinkedIn site and you “Connect” through LinkedIn with the guests you meet during the year.

If you do all of this, you will always get an ‘A’ in this class.

Here’s the reason why your grade is based on your “effort”.    Studies have shown that ‘success in life’ is primarily influenced by ‘hard work’.  The reason young people in countries like Finland, Singapore, South Korea, and Poland do much better on international tests than Americans is ‘hard work’.   The students from these foreign countries and their families do not have some genetic advantage making them more intelligent; data has proven these foreign students simply have worked harder on their school work over a longer period of time than most American students(1).  By the same token, the reason American students from affluent families who attend private schools do better on standardized tests than students from less affluence attending inner city public schools is the same reason, i.e. these students also have focused and worked harder for a longer period of time on school work and academics.  We can catch up, by being more focused and working harder!!  We can even surpass those who have had a head start.  You’ll meet people this year in class who have……..

  • the information above on “success” comes from “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way”, Amanda Ripley, Simon & Schuster

If you work hard and practice the skills and techniques of this Hope Life Skills class by 

  • attending class each week,
  • going on field trips and attending our special events,
  • pushing out of your ‘comfort zone‘ to extend a friendly greeting to our guests,
  • exchanging your business cards with guests
  • doing your weekly homework,
  • asking questions in class,
  • creating a LinkedIn site and connect with successful people during the school year
  • following up with the successful, honorable people you meet

YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE  For sure!!!

Here are the Skills and Techniques you will be taught in the Hope Life Skills class:

  • interpersonal skills’ which always leave a positive impression when you meet, greet, interact, and present to other people. Things like:
    • how to greet successful people you meet for the first time and create a positive ‘first impression’
      • a firm handshake,
      • a smile,
      • eye contact,
      • a friendly greeting
      • body language to impress and exhibit confidence
      • asking questions
    • the benefits of and how to stay in touch
      • follow up emails, text messages, or a card sayingthank youorit was nice to meet you’.
  • Creating, developing, and protecting a great personal brand which others admire and respect, thus creating opportunities for success throughout your life.
    • A brand that represents ‘responsibility’, ‘dependability’, ‘humility’, ‘conscientiousness’, ‘interest in learning’, and ‘kindness.
  • Building a network of successful, honorable, diverse people, many of whom come from different backgrounds and have different interests than you;
    • AND, always nurturing your network by staying in touch with people through LinkedIn or by sending an occasional email, text, or greeting card to ensure people in your network won’t forget your brand and will support you throughout your entire life.
    • AND, avoid adding people to your network who DO NOT HAVE the SAME VALUES as you.
  • Telling YOUR personal story
    • in your spoken word (e.g. during a job interview or when meeting someone)
    • written word (e.g. resume, emails, LinkedIn postings)
    • through your body language (e.g. how you stand, sit, etc)

to create an impressive brand which helps

  • build a great network of successful, honorable people
  • realize ‘success’ is often about WHO you know rather than WHAT you know
  • get a recommendation for a job or internship
  • get the job or internship you want,
  • get accepted into the college of your choice,
  • get you the scholarship you need
  • establish a relationship with someone you are interested in.
  • learn about jobs you didn’t know existed, some
  • may not exist yet, and what it takes to get the jobs you have an interest in.

 

  • Understanding “change” is important and beneficial during life
  • Understanding ‘mistakes’ or personal ‘failure’ can make you stronger, wiser, and more prepared to take advantage of your next opportunity.
  • Saying ‘thank you’ to those who help you along the way.

Here’s a famous saying from United States President Theodore Roosevelt about the value of hard work, trying hard, and perseverance.  I hope you find it as inspiring and thought provoking as I do –

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

Today’s Homework: May 24, 2019

1.   Please list ONE adjective or descriptive phrase which describes your reaction to Arnell’s conversation with our class.  AND, DON’T TELL ME  “INTERESTING” OR “GREAT” OR “MUNDANE!”   COME ONyou’re better than this.  As Arnell challenged us today, “use your brain!!  The brain is like any muscle in your body.  If you push yourself and exercise it, it grows; it develops.  If you don’t push yourself to work harder, your brain will atrophy and, thus, you become the prey in the predator pyramid“.    Send your adjective or descriptive phrase to my email address by Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.

2.  Send a “CONNECT” request to Arnell Claude Milhouse’s LinkedIn site. 

3.  If you’re a curious person and want to exercise your brain muscle, check out Arnell’s TED TALK.

TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=silWG2dDRg0

AND  Talk at Google: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYv_tQDG3H4