The Brainfuel Session

In my AP English 4class, at least 2 days out of the week are labeled as “Brainfuel.”  Brainfuel, simply put, is what fuels your brain’s need for inspiration, intelligence, and innovation.  Most of class time is granted to the students to read, write, or discover anything they’re interested in.  Almost anything. For Mr. Theriault’s class, our […]

Reality

How do we know our perception of reality is… real? I started thinking this after reading a blog post that my English teacher had written about anosognosia, the idea that we don’t know that we don’t know some things. As a realist, I like knowing that I have control over my life and that I […]

Value of Classical Literature…and Then Some.

Quite a few people cringe at the mere thought of cracking open a book and perusing its detailed pages. Many do not derive any enjoyment from reading, and most do not read because they do not find it an activity worthy of their time. The value of reading classics is great, not just for AP […]

The Book Count

When the year 2013 began, I made a set of New Year’s resolutions for fun–things that I would be able to accomplish, but it wouldn’t hurt if I didn’t succeed.  Number 1 on my list was to read more books this year. It makes me sad to say this, but over the last few years, […]

“Let’s Cut a Hole in Your Ceiling!”

In Mr. Theriault’s AP English 4 class last week, we did an activity called “Bad Idea Farming” where we came up with a bunch of bad ideas to help address needs in this world. Often times, people reject proposals that seem a little outlandish or seem impossible to carry out, disregarding them as “bad ideas.” […]

The First Step

Reach Out, a network of school clubs focused toward helping the underprivileged kids of Santa Ana, began with a dream. Since my AP English 4 class has been circulating around innovation ideas, I feel like this is something worth sharing.  As of last year, this has been my self-directed, self-motivated “innovation project.”  To give a […]

Iago – Taking Ideas to the Next Level

In our AP English 4 class, we are currently reading Shakespeare’s play, Othello. If you’ve ever read Othello, you probably know Iago, the villain and antagonist of the story, is the most focused on character in the whole book. To me (and probably to many others too), Iago, with his scheming tactics and clever manipulation, […]

Bad Idea Factory, What?

Bad Idea Factory. That seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Churning out bad ideas, one after the other. In the process of innovation (click Innovation, What is it? to learn more about it!), sometimes it can be extremely helpful to come up with “bad” ideas. It’s a creative way to get your brain thinking in the opposite […]

Innovation, What is it Exactly?

What is innovation exactly? My english teacher announced at the beginning of the school year, that we would be doing an innovation project, and starting the idea farming movement. At first, all the students were pretty flabbergasted. What? What… is idea farming? What… is an innovation project? What is innovation in the first place? It […]