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Friday 5 for July 31: Fresh Catch

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  1. What were your feelings the last time you stood on a scale?
  2. In what ways are you old schoool, and in what ways are you new school?
  3. What big event is coming down the pike for you?
  4. In which social situations do you thrive, and in which do you flounder?
  5. When was the last time a fad hooked you?

Thanks for participating, and may your anemones have terrible weekends!

Friday 5 for July 24: Expected Student Learning Results

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A trend in education for the past several years has been to identify the central, target outcomes a school sets its sights on for its graduates. They’re kind of a pain sometimes, but the primary aim is admirable, and institutions who use them well can get a lot out of them. I’ve taught at two schools who defined their outcomes this way, so I thought it would be fun to use one set of them here. There were five, you see.

  1. In what way were you a concerned citizen this past week?
  2. In what way were you a clear communicator this past week?
  3. In what way were you an insightful learner this past week?
  4. In what way were you an effective advocate this past week?
  5. In what way were you a responsible risk-taker this past week?

Thank you for participating, and may you have an educational weekend!

Friday 5 for July 17: Looking for Alaska

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  1. Alaska’s motto is “North to the future.” Where’s somewhere north you’ll be traveling some time in the future?
  2. Alaska is the westernmost of the United States. What’s the farthest west you’ve been in your country?
  3. Alaska’s state flower is the forget-me-not. What’s something you really need to remember to take care of before the weekend’s up?
  4. Alaska has cities named Chicken, Beaver, Pelican, Eagle, Badger, and Bear Creek. What place names near where you live are named after animals?
  5. What’s something interesting you know about Alaska?

Thanks for participating, and have a cooooool weekend!

Friday 5 for July 10: Hard Time

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Forgot to mention it last week and the week before, but the final Friday in June marked the end of nine years of doing this! We are now three weeks into year ten.

  1. What’s the story of someone you know who has spent time in prison?
  2. What is the most official trouble you’ve ever been in?
  3. What’s the last program you binge-watched?
  4. What would be good prison nicknames for a few people you know?
  5. Of the usual prison jobs (library, electrical shop, laundry, cafeteria, gardener, clerical, etc.), which would you ask to be assigned to? Feel free to be creative!

Thanks for participating, and have a lovely weekend!

Friday 5 for July 3: Under

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  1. What goes under grape jelly?
  2. What goes under your car?
  3. What gets under your skin?
  4. What’s the underlying cause of your latest figurative headache?
  5. What do your underlings generally think of you?

Thanks for participating, and have an overwhelmingly terrific weekend!

Friday 5 for June 26: So Rank

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  1. What memories do you have of an old-fashioned general store?
  2. What’s something people think incorrectly of your home state (or country) but still contains a kernel of truth?
  3. What are the major differences between you and your best (non-romantic) friend?
  4. What’s something you were the captain of?
  5. What’s the story of your first private moment with a high-school romantic interest?

Thanks for participating, and have a chiefly fantastic weekend!

Friday 5 for June 20: Scattergories, Part 5!

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It’s the third Friday in June, which means it’s time for our annual Scattergories Five! My favorite Five of the year!

We first did them in 2009, and revisited them in 2012, in 2013, and last year on this same weekend. If you never did those, and if these five questions seem not to be enough, feel free to add those questions to this week’s.

This week’s 5 is inspired by the party game Scattergories, in which players have to think of items, all beginning with the same letter, in several categories. For example, if the die is rolled and shows the letter T, players might have to name a soft drink, a farm animal, a river, and a U.S. President, all beginning with T. Valid answers might be Tab, turkey, Tennessee, and Tyler.

First, go to this nifty online random-letter generator. Set the “number of random letter sequences to generate” to 1. Set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 1. Leave the “letters to choose from” how it is and click the button. You’ll get a rather non-dramatic one letter. Use that letter to begin all your answers to the 5 questions below.

Alternately, if you find that boring, you could set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 5, thereby giving you five letters, a different one for each question.

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator (this doesn’t really count as one of your five questions)?

  1. What’s a refreshing beverage whose name begins with the letter?
  2. What ailment whose name begins with the letter have you suffered from?
  3. What horrible creature whose name begins with the letter do you resemble in your foulest mood?
  4. What emotion whose name begins with the letter have you experienced in the past week?
  5. What’s an item in your purse, wallet, or backpack whose name begins with the letter?

Thanks for participating, and have a qrqvqohy* weekend!

*generated by the random-letter generator!

Friday 5 for June 12: Alt

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  1. A sandwich is usually some kind of ingredients between slices of bread, but what’s a great sandwich that has no bread at all?
  2. A salad is generally thought of as a mixture of fresh greens, but what’s a great salad whose main ingredients are not veggies?
  3. Juice is usually the liquid squeezed from a fruit or vegetable. What’s a juice you enjoy that isn’t?
  4. Milk is usually the food that a mammal produces for its young. How do you feel about milk alternatives that aren’t animal-produced?
  5. A staple is usually some food that forms the basic constituent of a cultural diet. What’s a staple in your diet that doesn’t exactly fit that definition?

Thanks for participating, and have a fantastic weekend!

Friday 5 for June 5: Blithering Idiom

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  1. On what topic did you last offer your uninvited two cents?
  2. What situation this past week most resembled a three-ring circus?
  3. When did you recently give someone the four-one-one?
  4. What were you in the middle of the last time you took five, and how did you spend the time?
  5. To what did you last give the deep six?

Thanks for participating, and may this weekend be a seventh heaven!

Friday 5 for May 29: Hectic

Aarrgh! Hello! And! Welcome! To this week’s Friday 5! More than 24 hours later than usual! Please copy these questions to your website. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

  1. How do you keep your cool when forces beyond your control mess up stuff that’s usually within your control?
  2. When working with others, what’s one thing about someone else’s working style that might drive you bananas?
  3. In what kind of situations do you find it not so challenging to remain at peace even when most others are being driven mad?
  4. When you come home at the end of a long work week, which of your basic needs are you most likely to attend to first?
  5. What would be a good theme song to describe your week so far, and what song best summarizes your expectations for the weekend?

Thanks for participating, and have a placid weekend!

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