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

 

Today’s Homework: May 10, 2019

  1.   Please send me, in a well written email, your perception of the brand of today’s guest, Claudia Cardozo.   Please make sure your description of Claudia’s brand has perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation, and short sentences by Tuesday, May 14, 2019.  Thank you.
  2. Please send me, in a well written email, Claudia’s perception of YOUR BRANDI realize her encounter with you was only during today’s class, for a few moments.  However, often times, our opportunities to influence someone about your brand, who might observe you with others, at an event, class, or just walking down a school corridor with others, is only for a few moments.  But, their observation COULD be impactful.  You never know who will make a decision about a future opportunity and who in their network they will reach out to ask questions about your brand.  This is why you always need to be aware of your actions in public.   PEOPLE FORM PERCEPTIONS ABOUT YOUR BRAND DURING BRIEF MOMENTS.  Please make sure your description of Claudia’s perception of your brand has perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation, and short sentences by Tuesday, May 14, 2019.  Thank you.  I look forward to this answer.  Your assessment will provide interesting insights into the present status of your personal development strategy.  I look forward to providing you with my assessment how Claudia perceived your brand TODAY.

Today’s Homework: May 3, 2019

  •  Thank you for the constructive criticism you gave me today on the power point presentation I will present to Hope High sophomores about next year’s Life Skills program on May 24th.   The mission of my presentation is to give sophomores realistic expectations about our class, i.e. what they can expect from me, their teacherexpectations about the guests they’ll meet in class;  expectations of our special events and field trips;  realistic expectations of the homework they will be expected to complete; expectations about attending class each week or a text or email to me when the student has a conflict which keeps them from attending; expectation to always tell the truth;  realization that the Life Skills class is a credit class which will be part of their overall GPA (grade point average).
    • PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR SUGGESTIONS for improving the power point presentation about the Life Skills program  –

 

  • Finally, I would appreciate your suggestions about creating an opportunity to meet with each student parent/guardian to share with them the mission of the Life Skills program.
    • PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR suggestions to achieve my goal of meeting each parent/guardian of each student in the Life Skills program.

 

Please send your suggestions to my email address by Tuesday, May 7th, 2019.  Thank you.

 

Today’s Homework: April 12, 2019

Please watch the following video and then, answer the following questions –

 

 

  1. please envision ONE more job which may be eliminated by artificial intelligent in the future.
  2. please name one of the 16 jobs mentioned in this video you think may not be eliminated by technology in the future and the reasons why this job may not be eliminated by technology.

PLEASE SEND YOUR WELL WRITTEN (PERFECT SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION, SHORT SENTENCES) ANSWERS TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS BY THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH.  THANK YOU.

Today’s Homework: March 29, 2019

CVS Jobs AND Career Day

1.  Please inform me – YES or NO – in an email if you will be attending the CVS Jobs AND Career Day on April 26.

2.   Please inform me from the CVS Jobs and Career Day form above (Buyers; Store Management; Pharmacy; Supply Chain; Forensics/Data Analytics;) which department you would like to speak with someone about their job.   If you wish me to attempt to find someone in a different department, please let me know the name of the department.  For example, David asked me if he could  speak with someone in graphic design at CVS.   Please send me an email with your answers by Wednesday, April 3rdI need to confirm with our friends and managers at CVS.   Thank you.

So far:     Pharmacy –  Lucy

StoreManagement –  Jeanlania

Data Analytics –   Jose

Graphic Design –  David

3.   Please send me an email with an attachment to your completed Neighborhood Analysis on an Excel Spreadsheet by Wednesday, April 12th.  Thank you.

Today’s Homework: March 15, 2019

1.Click on this link – NEIGHBORHOOD ANALYTICS    –  for the Excel spreadsheet for Activity 3 in “The TRUTH” textbook.  See page 56 and 57 in “The TRUTH” textbook for instructions.  You are expected to complete and BRING THIS EXCEL SPREADSHEET printed to class on March 29th showing your analysis of the 3 neighborhoods.    See Ms Nuri if you need additional copies of this EXCEL SPREADSHEET.  I gave her updated Excel spreadsheet copies on Monday, March 18.

THE TRUTH” textbook cover

Today’s Homework: March 8, 2019

This is a college level, challenging assignment.

  1.  After reading pages 1 through 27 in the book entitled “The Truth“, tell me your process for finding consistently accurate, truthful, honest, reliable informationEmail me your answer by Sunday, March 24th.  Perfect spelling, grammar, and capitalization.  And, short sentences too.  Thank you.
  2.   Then, read pages 40 through 53 in “The Truth” textbook.  If you have any questions about anything you read or view on these pages, I encourage you to email me your questions for clarification.  I want to help.
  3.  Next, complete ACTIVITY 3 on page 56 – 57 of “The Truth” textbook. I am asking you to SET UP AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET where you will segment (organize) and rate data in specific categories on 3 hypothetical, separate neighborhoods.   Check the SPREADSHEET sample I created for you on page 57.  Your spreadsheet will enable you to easily analyze the data you have segmented to make a logical decision on which neighborhood you would like to live inIF YOU NEED HELP SETTING UP YOUR EXCEL SPREADSHEET, SEE MS. AVARISTA IN ROOM 222.   She told me she welcomes all of you for help setting up an Excel spreadsheet any Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.  Finally, you are expected to bring your printed Excel Spreadsheet to class on March 29th to show how you used the data you segmented and then analyzed to decide on ‘the best neighborhood to live in‘.  Email me any questions you have about this assignment.

Today’s Homework: February 15, 2019

  1.  Please imagine you have just finished a job interview at a real company you want to work for and a job position you are really interested in.    We spoke today about the importance of a ‘follow up’ email to the person in the company you interviewed with.  Please compose a ‘follow up’ email to the person you interviewed with.  You can make up a name for this person who interviewed you but reference the company by its real name in your email.   PLEASE REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF  PROPER GRAMMAR, PERFECT SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION IN THIS ‘FOLLOW UP’ CORRESPONDENCE.  Then, send this letter to my email address as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, February 20.
  2. For those of you who wish to ‘follow up’ with Nan Quinlan at any time to say ‘thank you’, or a request for advice or feedback, here is Nan’s email address –  quinln@verizon.net

Today’s Homework: February 1, 2019

1. Watch this video, please.  The rest of this assignment is meant to have you pause, think, reflect, hopefully, arouse your curiosity, stimulate creative thinking, maybe even cause you to collaborate with a smart person you know, in order to reinforce the lessons of our FUTURE FORUM, i.e. technology, specifically artificial intelligence (AI), will continue to have an increasing impact on the jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in our future. The challenge, hopefully the excitement, for us all will be how we exploit, take advantage of, the capabilities of technology for our exciting career and/or entrepreneurial opportunities.

2.  Please tell me if you could ever see your self working on a farm like the one in this video.   YES or NO.  Then, tell me why.

3.  Please tell me if you could imagine a company you start, or work for, where you would work closely with AI (artificial intelligent) technology: robots, androids, drones, computers, computer programs, on-line portals like Amazon, etc.   YES or NO.   If you answer “no“, please tell me why you would not like to work at a company which uses artificial intelligent technology.   If you answer “yes, please briefly describe the company you would like to start or work for which uses some form of AI.    Please send your WELL WRITTEN email answer to me with PERFECT SPELLING, SHORT SENTENCES, correct PUNCTUATION (periods, commas, etc) and grammar as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, February 6, 2019.     Please notethis assignment is not about identifying something which is probable.  It’s about identifying something which might be possible!!!!!   I look forward to reading your answer. Thank you.

 

THE NEXT VIDEO IS NOT PART OF THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT.  I’VE INCLUDED IT BECAUSE I thought some of you would be interested in watching this conversation between a human, named Carlos, and Sophia, the AI humanoid robot we observed at the FUTURE FORUM . Sophia is teaching Carlos how to meditate. After the ‘greet and meet‘ and the start of Sophia’s instruction, most of the video is silent as you observe Carlos and Sophia meditating. However, don’t miss the end of the video when Sophia brings Carlos out of his meditation. Interesting? Unnerving? Weird? Sad? Was Sophia disappointed Carlos had to leave? Human tendencies? What do you think?  BY THE WAY, the company which created Sophia, Hanson Robotics, has created 9 robot humanoid “siblings” of Sophia named Alice, Albert Einstein Hubo, BINA48, Han, Jules, Professor Einstein, Philip K. Dick Android, Zeno, and Joey Chaos.