• “Write a short essay using research on a famous teacher on a famous teacher from another time such as Annie Sullivan or Socrates.”

maria_montessori.jpgThe famous teacher I chose was Maria Montessori as I thought she was a very influential person and that she lived an interesting life. I especially enjoyed reading about her many different approaches to education in the classroom and how she put an emphasis on discipline and rote learning. I found this approach to teaching intriguing as many others of that time focused on a more open style of learning. Because of this innovative style of teaching and her development of it, Montessori’s name has become used throughout the world as an emblem of this type of education which is still prominently used today.

Montessori was born in Italy in 1870 and she lived an exceptional from the beginning. Montessori was the only female attendee of an all-boys school and she excelled at her studies. She eventually earned a degree and this made her  one of Italy’s first female doctors. Later, she became interested in education and in 1907, opened a child-care center in Rome called Casa del Bambini (Children’s House). This allowed her to put her educational theories to use.

Montessori had many theories and one of these included the idea that children essentially teach themselves and that the teacher’s primary responsibility is to create the appropriate environment for learning and provide the spark that allows children to develop naturally. She felt that if children were given the ability to be mobile and learn from their surroundings rather than being forced to sit still and lectured, the children would flourish. This was in fact true and  most children, even rough inner-city kids, did considerably well under this system.

What came to be called the Montessori Method was a great success in Italy and soon spread to the rest of the world. Montessori subsequently developed materials geared to the process of “discovery learning” that she had set in motion. Montessori devoted her life to developing her method, and she thrived as a lecturer and teacher trainer. She also became interested in peace education and incorporated it into her work. She had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the third time when she passed away in 1952, at the age 81


  • Choose another culture, past or present , and research how they view death.”

download (1).jpgThe culture and time era I chose was Ancient Greece as I felt they had a very interesting view on death.The Greeks believed that the moment of death was when your spirit or psyche left the body as a little breath or puff of wind. They buried their dead under the earth like various other nations as they believed that the after-life continued existing below the ground. The ancient Greeks made sure that their dead were not forgotten and were treated with respect as they  provided  their deceased with intricately carved stones to remind the living of their dead. Remembrance of the Greeks dead was a huge part of their society  and it was seen as not just personal concern but a civic and religious duty too. This was all dictated according to the concept of eusebia (piety)  and this imposed how one should interact with one’s social superiors.

After historians looked into the Ancient Greeks views on death, they observed that though different communities had various burial rites, one aspect never changed. They all  made sure that they had a continuous remembrance of their deceased and especially, their names. The Greeks buried their dead in various ways from an elaborate tomb to a simple grave, however, they always maintained that the dead must continually be remembered and respected in order for their souls to continue to exist in the afterlife.anc greeks.png



  • “Mitch wanted to talk to Morrie about; death, ageing, society, family, fear, forgiveness,greed and a meaningful life. Choose 3 and and talk about what they mean to you.”


My family are very  important to me and without them I would not be who I am today. However, my family are not necessarily my blood relations but those around that have made a good difference to my life. They are the people who stand by you, give you love and help you when you are in need. They are that constant force, who will never leave you and always stand at your side. My family mean the world to me and I love them dearly.image-20160523-9543-d5wi71.jpg


A society is a group of people or community that have something in common. We are all part of numerous societies from ones to do with ages, races, religions and genders. These societies are forever changing and are evolving for better or for worse.Personally, I feel this eras society is profusely different to those of different time periods as I think ours is particularly prone to technology. I especially feel that technology has had a great influence on the younger generations and I think this will have a great effect on the future generations.



Many people are afraid of ageing, however, I feel in order to live you have to age. I think you get many different opportunities in life and in order to receive these opportunities you must get older. For example, if you didn’t get older, you wouldn’t be to drive, marry or go to school. Effectively, you wouldn’t be able to  experience life and that’s why it is important to live life to the fullest as otherwise you will regret it!human-aging-process-male


  • “Morrie loved to dance the lindy and the tango. Research both dances and give information and pictures on both.”

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The Lindy is an American dance that originated in Harlem, New York during the 1920’s and 1930’s  and primitively evolved with the jazz music of that era. The Lindy was a combination of many dances and it contained aspects of jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family. During it’s creation, the Lindy  used a mixture of elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of different dances. They used different count structures such as the formal eight which was a European dance. The formal eight shows us the Lindy basic step or the swingout as it is commonly referred to. The Lindy is still widely popular today and is great fun.


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The tango is a partner dance which originated along the River Plate during the 1800’s. There are many different types of the dance including the ballroom tango, Canyengue tango and nueva tango. The nuevea tango or “new tango”  has only recently been popularized and this is because the younger generations of  musicians and dancers have only now taken an interest to put a modern twist on the original tango. The dance is quite open and can contain many complex figures. The ballroom tango descended from the original dance and it can be split into two groups, the “international” and “European” tango. It developed as they needed a simpler tango and it is most commonly used in ballroom dance competitions. The Canyengue tango was first danced in the early 1900’s and it is still popular today. It contains many similar elements to the traditional tango and it is said to be incisive, exciting and provocative.


•”Find out about one website for ALS and evaluate it.”

hThe website I chose was http://www.alsa.org   and it contained lots of useful information.

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and it is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons send messages from the brain to the spinal cord and then from the spinal cord to the muscles around your body. During ALS, the motor neurons progressively degenerate until finally they meet their demise. When these neurons are terminated, the brain loses its ability to initiate and control muscle movement. This progressive degeneration in muscle mobility can mean that the people who have ALS may slowly lose their ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. Effectively, ALS can lead to the patients death as there has yet to be a medication developed to cure it.

ALS can be categorized into two different types and these include  sporadic and familial. Sporadic ALS is the most common form of the disease and between 90-95 percent of people who have ALS have this type. Sporadic ALS can affect anyone at anytime and it is not genetically transferred. Familial ALS accounts for only 5 to 10 percent of all cases in the world. Familial ALS means the disease is inherited genetically. In those families, there is a 50% chance each offspring will inherit the gene mutation and may develop the disease.

As you can see, ALS is a horrible disease and we should do everything in our abilities to try and find a cure.ALS-banner.jpg

  • “Morrie quoted the poet Auden, “We must love one another or die”. Describe the poem and where it came from.”d.jpg

“We must love one another or die” is quoted from W.H. Auden’s poem “September 1, 1939″. Though Auden is not proud of this piece it is one of the most oft-quoted poems of the last few decades. The poem was set in New York during the “low dishonest” 1930’s.  The poem begins with Auden in a dive bar on 52nd Street and he talks of how the recent events have consumed people’s private lives.

The poem includes a stanza from of W.B. Yeats poem “Easter, 1916”, which is another poem about an important historical event. Auden’s poem was similar to  Yeats’ poem as he moves from a description of historical failures and frustrations to a possible transformation in the present or future.Auden describes the historical developments in Germany “from Luther until now” and he then, moves on to the  internal conflicts in every individual person that correspond to the external conflicts of the war.

In the last two stanzas, there is a dramatic shift in tone and content, turning to the truth that the poet can tell, “We must love one another or die”. This gives the reader hope as there may be a  “an affirming flame” in the midst of the disaster.

As you can see, Auden was an incredible and he truly write ” handwoven verbal tweeds”.