Thursday, December 15, 2016

Motivate, MENTOR, and Inspire... Sounds Great but what does it mean?

Chief Pascoe says the the inherent role of upperclassmen cadets is to motivate, mentor, and inspire. Let us take a look at the concept of mentoring...being a mentor to other cadets.

What does the word mentor mean?  What is mentorship? 

Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but she or he must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.[1] Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the "amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the protégés and mentors engaged."

Lets take a look at the concept of peer mentoring in high school:

Here is another look:

Do not confuse peer mentoring with peer mediation. Mediation is a skill a mentor will use with a mentee and others, but it is usually focused on a disagreement or conflict resolution. 

Let us take a look at how mentoring can have an impact on a particular area of concern: Teen Suicide .  (Click on the hyper link link in the word to watch a video.)

The focus of this class is not on teen suicide but merely using an example of how peer mentoring can have a positive impact on a serious topic like this. 

Class Activity:

Step One: Form into small groups and as a group discuss and develop some areas that Cadets can form into peer mentoring relationships. Have one person in each group be the leaders and take notes and turn them into the teacher

Step Two: Come back together as a class and discuss and share responses as a larger group on examples of how a cadet can establish a mentoring relationship and what are the benefits of doing so?

Here is a picture of a former cadet overseas in Spain studying abroad...mentoring is a lifelong skill once you learn it. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

President Elect Trump and the Peaceful Transition of Power - Hallmark of Democracy

We have been studying the Presidential Election for 2016, and it is finally over. The votes are in and the American people through the electoral process elected Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. 

Class Room Task
1. View each video and then discuss the content of the video.
2.  After you watch all of the videos break up into small groups. Pretend each group is part of the Trump Transition team, and develop some key transition focus points (areas of focus: Diplomatic, Domestic, Information, Legal and Justice, Military, and Economic) for President Trump to successfully take over power.   

Now, Lets look at how this this transition will take place. 

Lets take a look at Hillary Clinton's Concession speech.

Here is President Elect Trump's acceptance speech.

The present President needs to recognize the President Elect as his replacement regardless of the political differences. Here is what President Obama said about candidate Donald Trump during the campaign. 

For background, remember when Trump attended the White  House Correspondent's Dinner in 2015. It was believed that President Obama humiliated Donald Trump so much he chose to run for President. Imagine the irony when President Elect Trump and takes over the country from President Obama....?

Important for President Obama to publicly and positively to accept the newly elected President.

Trump Impact on World Order?

Impact on Supreme Court

Analyze each and synthesize your transition focus points for Trump Team.

Good Luck,

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Period 2 on November 2: Uniform Day and Debate Prep


I will not be in class for Block Two today but here is plan of the Day for your class period:

1. Accountability for Uniform Wear by each Cadet. Teacher will take By Name review of who has their uniform and who does not, regardless of excuses.

2. Watching Presidential Debate Highlights. Watch these debate highlights. our debate is more structured and is not as "Question and Answer" as the Presidential Debates. Here are the highlights from the First, Second, and Third Presidential Debates. Each is 34 minutes long. Take notes of what debating techniques each candidate uses AND do thy personally attack each other or talk about the issues.

3.  Drill Knock Out. In the back of the classroom. Can you lead yourselves or do you need an adult to monitor you to accomplish this...?

4. Your Own Debate Prep. Make sure you load all of your individual debate data on your teams Google Doc. Next class period you will rehearse your Debate portion as a team, checking on the time,quality of speaking parts, and evidence or facts included in YOUR portion of the debate.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

2016 First Day of Physical Fitness and Health Management

Our BMHS Navy JROTC Physical Fitness and Health Management modules are typically held on Fridays on the rotating Block Schedule. Our focus is on you learning about getting yourself in the best shape you can, developing healthy lifestyle choices, and learning how to manage stress in your life. 

Above are videos from one of our past Presidents (President John F. Kennedy) who thought youth physical fitness was (and is) a national priority. This movement generated the President's Council on Physical Fitness which is the basis of our NJROTC Physical Training program. The last video is from Harvard which speaks to four considerations for a healthy lifestyle. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

School Year 2016

Success in life is about setting goals, making smart decisions, forming good habits that become positive behaviors, associating with people who bring out the best in you, and working effectively with groups (form teams). Life is about teams: family, friends, class periods, work shifts, sports teams, and your neighborhood community. Those groups need followers and strong leaders in order to be effective.

The BMHS Navy JROTC program can help you with all of the above if you have the right attitude, think of others, and put forth effort and work at it.

Monday, June 6, 2016

2016 Senior JROTC Final Exam

2016 Senior JROTC Final EXAM: Setting Yourself Up for Next Year College / Work Force


Failing to Plan is Planning To Fail.

Purpose: The purpose of this final examination is for Senior Cadets is to create a financial planning product that will help them plan their post high school plan for this upcoming fall. They should be able to use what you learn from this examination during the summer as you plan for the fall.

Pre-Exam Preparation: Spend time prior to the exam analyzing your future financial situation in the fall, consider the below expense factors (feel free to add any more you feel are relevant) and develop (synthesize) your financial plan.

Financial Expenses Factors for Fall 2016
  • Living Arrangements
    • Living at Home
    • Rent
  • Food
    • Make meals / cook
    • Eat Out / Fast Food
  • School
    • Tuition
    • Books
    • Room and Board
  • Transportation
    • Car
      • Insurance
      • Gas
    • Bus / Subway
      • Pass
  • Phone
    • Data Plan
  • Other Expenses
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Prescription
  • Income Plan:
    • How will you earn money?
    • How will you pay for these expenses?

Your Final Exam: Based upon your pre-exam analysis and preparation above, you are required to conduct two graded tasks (one written task prior to the exam and one verbal task during the exam):
  • Pre-Exam Task: Complete a detailed two to three page Fall 2016 Personal Financial Expense Plan which include each category of expenses (Living Arrangements, Food, School, Transportation, Phone, Other: Medical & Dental) and how you plan on paying for these expenses. Turn this plan into the SNSI on your last JROTC class period before your Final Exam.
    • You need to develop a spreadsheet which lists the expenses and your plan to pay those expenses as well.
  • Exam Task: Using your Fall 2016 Personal Financial Expense Plan, and associated spreadsheet to brief the SNSI on your personal financial plan for the fall. Ensure you address not only the specific expenses by category but how you plan on paying for each expense based on your required income as you will be assessed based on your ability to articulate your plan. This briefing will be conducted during your Final Exam period.


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