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Shakespeare’s Othello and Cognitive Perseverance November 29, 2009

Posted by ammerahsaidi in Uncategorized.

I’ve completed checking everyone’s paper (everyone who has turned it in on time).  Only a handful of students earned beyond the 25 points.  The average grade, however, was 16 points out of 25.  Every student had a rubric which detailed exactly what was sought in this paper: greater detail, clearer thesis, topic sentences, etc.  But a vast majority decided to talk with friends in class for even 1 of the four days instead of work feverishly on their paper.  Sobeit and herein lies the consequence.

I write to you to tell you that you will be reading Shakespeare for the month of December.  I have purchased for you and you will pay me back so you can own a copy of a Shakespearean play for this reason: For you to again take my challenge of CHALLENGING yourselves literally.  Shakespeare is not an easy fellow to read and this unit will require you to demonstrate cognitive perseverance: the ability to withstand long stands of deep, critical thought. 

The greatest skill a teacher can teach his/her students is to not need a teacher–to be a self-learner.  If every one of you started focusing on the process of learning and not the final grade, the grade would follow. 

Video on racism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqSFqnUFOns

Watch the above video and be prepared to engage in a discussion in class tomorrow.



1. Shadi Hagazi (5th hr.) - December 3, 2009

Ms.saidi i just finished writing a page long paper (didn’t have enough time to add more) about renaissance contents and history and id like you to check it tomorrow to see how i did.

ammerahsaidi - December 3, 2009

Sure :-D!!!!

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