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November 22, 2013

Night of the Notables, live on 105 the Hive!

November 20, 2013

Notable class of 2012

Tonight the TALONS classes will be presenting their Eminent Person Study at the annual Night of the Notables. A tradition in our program, as well as in our district going back to the early nineteen eighties, Night of the Notables is a one of a kind rite of passage for TALONS grade tens, and – in addition to the Fall Retreats – a welcoming initiation for our grade nines.

Tonight, the TALONS classes Perform.

And we hope to be able to share as much of it as we can with you, out there, on the Internet! If you haven’t already, you can check in with TALONS progress on the Eminent Person Study collected in previous posts on Defying Normality, as well as the Twitter hashtag we have been using this year: #Eminent2013.

We would love to hear from you! Your questions, encouragement, and other participation are appreciated, always – if you’d like to share a message with the TALONS this evening, send @talonsblog a Tweet, or send your message to the #Eminent2013 tag.

You will also be able to tune in to live proceedings from the event, as well, via K12 Student Web Radio Station 105 the Hive. TALONS alumni Zoe will be reprising her role as Notable Host this evening, and sharing our Notable Addresses from Gleneagle’s Broken Wing Theatre beginning at 7pm (PST), followed by our Learning Center gallery walk from 8pm to approximately 9:30pm.

To listen to 105 the Hive, press Play on any of the media players on this page:

As the speeches will be delivered in two sets of interwoven dramatic monologues, each speaker will not be individually introduced. To help you listen, here are the notables in the order they will appear:

AM TALONS Notables

Steve Jobs
Nicola Tesla
Leonardo DaVinci
Fawzia Koofi
Jim Henson
Ching Shih
Josephine Baker
Jimi Hendrix
Glenn Gould
Anne Frank
Maria Mozart
Salvador Dali
Beryl Markham
Annie Oakley
Evel Knievel

PM TALONS Notables

Alexander Graham BellSir William Samuel Stevenson
Charles Darwin
Heath Ledger
Agatha Christie
George Lucas
George RR Martin
Joni Eareckson Tada
Lubna al-Hussein
Alice Stokes Paul
Elizabeth Taylor
Cecil B. Demille

Revised TALONS RSS Blog Bundles

November 11, 2013

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After having realized that a few blogs from each grade weren’t syndicating with their classmates’ blogs, I started four new RSS feeds in Yahoo Pipes which now seem to have every TALONS blog coming through. I’m not sure if this was a problem with maximum capacity of Yahoo Pipes or another breakdown in the chain, but it seems to be remedied with the new configuration.

If you have been subscribing to the RSS feeds formally posted on this site, you will need to change your subscription to these new feeds, groups by grade and cohort. To subscribe, copy the ‘link location’ from each of the links below, and subscribe by adding to your content in a feed reader such as Feedly, or Flipboard.


PM Grade Ten Blogs

PM Grade Nine Blogs 


AM Grade Ten Blogs

AM Grade Nine Blogs 


As of now, the comment bundle for the grade tens seems to be functioning correctly. Here is the address once again, however: Grade Ten Comment Bundle.

The grade nine comment feeds had to be separated, unfortunately, for them all to come through. Here are those links:

PM Grade Nine Comments

AM Grade Nine Comments

TALONS in the City

October 31, 2013

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Click the above image to enjoy the blogged narrative learning of the TALONS research adventure in downtown Vancouver, as we visited MacLeod’s Books and the Vancouver Public Library in pursuit of Eminent Person research materials.

Collected Blogged Learning Centers 2009 – 2012

October 31, 2013

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As we begin to move from researching Eminent People to presenting significant aspects of their lives on Night of the Notables, current TALONS and other visitors to this blog may enjoy a trip through the last few years’ documented Learning Centers at Night of the Notables, collected in the Storify linked in the above image.

Eminent Introductory Posts

October 21, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 1.28.01 PMNow in – almost – their entirety you can view the collected TALONS Eminent Person Introductions in the Storify linked in the above image (click to view the whole thing). Our focus in the coming days will be to solicit feedback on the project’s starting point by posing questions to eminent researchers as comments on their blogs.

Some of the questions that might further help us explore our studies are the following, but don’t feel limited! Feel free to complement or encourage, question or provoke the thinking of the TALONS if you have time and a few kind words; we are always appreciative to receive comments!

A few questions that might deepen our eminent thinking could be:

  • How will your Eminent Person be remembered in fifty years? What about one hundred years from now?
  • How is the world different now that your Eminent Person has lived?
  • What goals do you have for yourself that you hope the Eminent Person Study may help you realize?
  • What personal connection do you feel to your Eminent Person?
  • Gender Question: Is / are there women who have worked in and contributed to the same field as the male you have chosen? (If not, why do you think this is?) If so, how do you feel about the life and accomplishments?

Stay tuned for more updates from the TALONS Eminent Person Study!

TALONS “Word” Resolutions: Collected!

October 16, 2013

Click the image below to view the collected class blog posts on our “Word” Resolutions for the year.

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