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All 7th Grade Students Must Have Proof Of TDap Shot To Begin School on August 10, 2016.
CURRENT 6th Grade Students Must Have Proof Of Whooping Cough Immunization. Please submit proof of shot to school office by March 27, 2017
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New immunization requirements for the 2016-2017 school year/SB 277:áAll incoming Kindergarten and 7thágrade students must have current immunizations on record to begin school on August 10, 2016.áCalifornia law SB 277 no longer allows personal or religious beliefs exemptions. Clickáhere for more information.
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Blog EntryBlog: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Taking Responsibility for Our Actions

One value that many Americans have is “personal responsibility.”  This basically means that when we do something we are willing to admit that we did it, whether it is good or bad, and then accept the consequences of that action.   There are a wide variety of different things that happen every day in which we may have to accept personal responsibility.  These can range from something as simple as admitting that we said something bad about another person to admitting that we were the person who ate all of those cookies. 

 

Personal responsibility is seen as very important because it reveals how honest a person is and therefore how much we can trust them.   There are many other more complete descriptions of personal responsibility that go into more detail as to what we should expect from ourselves and others in the area of personal responsibility.  

 

Personal responsibility is important because it helps our society function more effectively.  Some of the basic things that we expect each person in our society to take responsibility for include taking care of one’s health, supporting your family financially, following the laws of our communities and our country, and helping to take care of those that are in need.   There is a great deal of debate on the issue of how far a society should go in making sure that every person takes care of his/her personal responsibilities.

 

Another type of personal responsibility is called “civic responsibility.”  This is a person’s duty to help out their community and their country.  Examples of civic responsibility would include such things as the duty to vote, serving on a jury when called to do so, and some people would even say volunteering to help out in the community. 

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge in accepting personal responsibility?   How would you rate your level of personal responsibility and why? What do you think happens if people do not meet their civic responsibility?  Why do some people avoid civic responsibility but are very good with personal responsibility in other areas of their lives?  What are some of the largest benefits of all citizens engaging in personal responsibility?

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Blog EntryBlog: Monday, September 14, 2009

Let's Talk About It

Conflict is inevitable.  Because we are all human beings, and all human beings are different, human beings will at times conflict with one another.  What is important, is to learn to handle that conflict in a healthy way.

 

One area of conflict that may arise is between students and their teachers.  Probably the most common conflict is about grades; the student feels that he/she was graded unfairly.  Perhaps the concern is over a single homework or test grade, or perhaps it is over an entire quarter or semester grade.  Whatever the situation, it should be addressed by the student.

 

The goal should be to have both parties feel as if they were listened to and treated with respect regardless of the outcome.  There are many unhealthy ways that the students could address this problem, most of which will be unproductive toward the goal.  There are also many healthy and productive ways to approach the problem.

 

Why is it important for a student to address the teacher if they have a concern about a grade?  What are some unhealthy/unproductive ways that this conflict could be addressed?  What are some healthy/productive ways?  Discuss a time that you were in this situation.  How did you handle it?  What was the outcome?

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Blog EntryBlog: Monday, September 7, 2009

Settling Our Differences

In a world where there are limited amounts of resources, lands, money, and even power- disagreements and conflict are common.  Frequently there is competition between groups over ideas, resource, power, and status.  Groups can come into conflict over an idea when there is a major disagreement over which idea is “right” or “correct.”  This happens in the political arena all of the time when you have very heated debates over topics such as immigration policy, stem cell research, or abortion. In these types of issues and conflicts there are frequently only a couple of options and that leads to an increase in tensions. Due to the fact that these are very strongly held beliefs the conflict can become quite heated. 

 

In the public arena a society will often find itself faced with having to make a decision as to which course of action to take.  At the same time it becomes clear that there are a great number of people that support each side.  Frequently the only course of action to resolve the differences is to resort to a vote.  This is the case where the result will be “majority rule.”  While majority rule may sound like a good idea there are many arguments against using majority rule such as protection or minorities and the bullying factor. Unfortunately when the vote is very close the side that loses the vote may not completely give up.  Instead they will often accept the result for now and work to change the results at some future time.  When majority rule is used it is a case where there is conflict but groups use cooperation to help resolve the issue.

 

There are also other ways of trying to resolve the conflict such as taking the conflict to court, working with a mediator, of finding some sort of middle ground and working on conciliation.  There are times when these types of strategies work and other times when the conflict wears on because the issue or resource is simply too important for either party to let go.  These are other strategies that require both parties to agree to the terms and cooperate with each so the problem can be resolved.

 

What do you believe is the best way for two groups to go about resolving differences?  One of the largest conflicts that occurs is when nations come into conflict over land and/or resources. Frequently they go to war over these situations.  Are there any other ways to resolve these issues effectively?  How should “losers’ in elections or war be treated?

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Blog EntryBlog: Monday, August 31, 2009

Just Do It

At some point in your life, you will be faced with peer pressure.  In the midst of that pressure you will have to make a choice:  give in… or don’t. 

 

There are many situations where you may not want to partake, but feel pressured to do so.  Following are some of those possible situations:

 

  • Being asked to smoke a cigarette
  • Being asked to drink alcohol
  • Being asked to do drugs
  • Being asked to participate in sexual activities
  • Being asked to cheat on a test
  • Being asked to steal something
  • Being asked to lie to someone
  • Being asked to be mean to someone

 

It can be difficult to say “no” in these situations if you are feeling pressured by those around you.  Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that much of the experience of pressure comes from within you.  Think about why you would succumb to your peers.  Are you concerned about them liking you?  Do you want them to think your cool?  Are you worried about what they might say about you?

 

There are many ways to communicate your disinterest in participating in certain activities.  The clearest way is simply to be direct.  For example, if you are feeling pressured to drink alcohol at a party you might say “No thanks.  I don’t want to.”  However, there are other, more indirect things you could say like “it makes me sick,”  “my parents would kill me,” “I’m taking cold medicine right now,” “I have an important test in the morning.”  The possibilities are endless.

 

Sometimes, it is more comfortable for people to lie than to be direct.  Why do you think that is?  Do you think it is OK to lie in situations like those presented above?  What do you think would be the best way to stand up to peer pressure?  Why does peer pressure exist anyway?

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