Mathematics: Quadratic word problems, using the discriminant, quadratic inequalities, point-slope formula, modeling data, work with lines, dimensional analysis and conversion, math seminar, and review.
Occupations: Introduction to Chemistry, Nomenclature of ions and compounds. Seminar on the Science News article Units of Measure are Getting a Fundamental Upgrade.
Humanities: Model UN meeting and country research.
Language: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn reading discussion, constructing a thesis, outlining an academic paper, how to avoid run-on sentences, types of nouns, transitive and intransitive verbs, appositive phrases, spelling
Creative/physical expressions: Zen-tangles, Garden work
Micro-economy: Organized and planned the CMS Turkey Trot, Prep for Annual Apple Butter Sale
Community Service: St. Louis Area Food Bank
On Wednesday the Adolescents visited the Pure Mind Center, a Buddhist meditation place. We learned about the Buddhist religion and had a miniature meditation session. Our host, Mark, explained to us some key techniques for meditation and important life lessons the Buddhists live by, such as:
Origination. Meaning, every cause has an effect and nothing is there by chance. For example, if you had a table, a lumberjack would have cut down a tree for the wood, a carpenter then built it and other workers delivered it. Many different people have affected even one simple piece of furniture.
Then emptiness. You must empty yourself of all thoughts. The mind is not oneself. Essentially, what you think is not who you are and you are not what you think. Your thoughts are like a bucking bronco, you are not controlling them. Do not let your mind wander and it will be a short path to Nirvana.
Next, everything is neutral. Nothing is good or bad. Your perception is your reality. For example, when we look at, say, Carson, we don’t see him, we see ourselves. We see the image of him in our head and what memories we have created. Therefore everyone has a different image and opinion of him. Nothing means the same to you as it does to someone else.
Most importantly, relax. First we relaxed our head, moving down to our toes. Relaxed eyes are vital, if you are still seeing black you are not yet meditating.
Meditation is a way to escape the clouding of our thoughts and find a way to inner peace. Mark’s wife meditates every morning for 5-10 minutes, though some people prefer before bed, and others, anytime. Our meditating experience was relaxing and refreshing and we recommend you give this Buddhism relaxation practice a try.
Mathematics: Electoral College 101 and Presidential Probability, Graphing quadratic equations and project, Graphing cards (horizontal translations, vertex form, scaling factors), Line of best fit, Point-Slope form of equations
Humanities: Atlas of Faiths, Early Christian Art, St. Louis Cathedral Basilica tour, Meditation and Intro to Buddhism at the Pure Mind Center, Introduction to Hinduism and Islam, Personal Reflection Journals, International Film Festival (Olympic Pride, American Prejudice and Belle and Sebastian: the adventure continues)
Language: Selecting a research topic, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Reading Discussion
Micro-economy: Movie Night communication, Turkey-Trot, Apple Butter Prep
Mathematics: Introduction to quadratic equations, simplifying radicals, math seminar
Language: Descriptive writing vs analytical writing, tips for gathering textual evidence
Humanities: Introduction to the 5 major religions of the world, Ninian Smart’s 7 Dimensions of Religion, personal reflection journals
Occupations: Physics presentations (String Theory, Atmospheric Physics, Air Resistance of Falling Objects, Black Holes, G-force, and Roller Coasters)
Micro-economy: Amazing Adolescents Inc. monthly meeting, Turkey Trot Registration Forms
Creative/Physical Expression: Honeysuckle Removal Project, Student-led conferences