Risk taking in my learning
Eating lots of free food
SHARP KNIVES AND BIG GUNS
Videos about perseverance
Ending the year on a high note
Getting to know everyone personally
Risk taking in my learning
Eating lots of free food
SHARP KNIVES AND BIG GUNS
Videos about perseverance
Ending the year on a high note
Books are a way to get away from all of your problems, and you know we all have them, and this book is a great one to get lost in. Personally, whenever we read in our little groups of five, I feel like I am Cole and I can feel the pains and emotions he feels.
Cole used to love to blame all his problems on the world, but he has grown past that. This is one major way I connected to Cole and the book. Since I can remember, I blamed all my problems on the world, saying that it's not my fault that I got a certain grade, or it's not my fault I am sitting alone without anyone to talk to. In Cole's case, he doesn't have anyone to talk to because they are all scared of him and no one has the courage to go up to him and try to make friends with him. I feel that if he had friends to talk to, hang out with, laugh with, share his secrets and problems with, he wouldn't have had the realization that life is beautiful at fifteen years old. I'm not saying people realize life is beautiful when they're three years old, but if he had friends he wouldn't have had to realize it while being alone.
Throughout the process of reading this book, as you probably know, we were put into a group with five people. I don't understand books well when others are reading and I just end up reading ahead and this makes others in my group a little upset, but I can't help it. Considering I don't understand books when other people read it for me, the author has done an amazing job because I can understand most of the book very well.
If you like a book with a lot of metaphors and life lessons, you should definitely read this book. My favourite metaphor/life lesson in the book, is when Edwin used the stick to show Cole that anger is a feeling never forgotten. If you have read the book, comment below what you favourite metaphor was. :)
P.S. For Mr. McDonald's class, I'm super excited to finish the book with you guys!
This is my spirit bear. I think this very accurately represents my state of mind for the past few weeks. All the random letters that are placed all around my bear represent how my brain had looked like for a few weeks now. My thoughts have been all over the place, although I have been trying to keep them happy, which is why I have the words "happy thoughts" across the bear. The colouring on the bear is based off of art by a guy named "Piet Mondrian". In Mondrian art, things need to be at a 90 degree angle, and it needs to be exact. For me, I need things to be exact and perfect, or I can't sleep at night. For example, I have a bookshelf in my room, and every night I take a book from the bookshelf and read for a bit. If the book isn't put back in the exact right place as it was before, I can't sleep at night. With Mondrian art, everything is neat and perfect, and when things are that way, it's really calming for me. Making this pattern on the bear was really fun for me, but for some other people, it could be hard to focus and make things exact, but like I said for me, it was really fun.
Today we had an Aboriginal speaker come into our classroom. He told us two stories, a scary one and a funny one. The scary one was one that I heard last year, because I was in Mr.Dorland's class last year and Dallas came last year too. The story has many variations but the one we got told was called "Qwalena". The version was heard last year was called "Dzunukwa". The story is about a woman with a crooked hand who always used to be bullied in school for it. When Qwalena was 13 years old, she decided she couldn't take the bullying anymore and she ran away to the woods. Kids still came after her to tease her, even in the woods. This made Qwalena angry. She decided that she would sleep during the day, and stay awake during the day, because there wasn't as much kids in the woods at night. But the kids still came back and teased her during the night time. This angered Qwalena even more. She found a hunter's cape one night that reached all the way from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. She used this cape every night, and when she did the kids that came to tease her couldn't see her anymore, but they could still hear her when she stepped on the sticks that laid on the floor of the forest. The kids kept coming, and Qwalena decided that to scare them off she would make a whistling sound so they would know she was coming. From that point on, everytime the kids got too close to her, they would never return home. The story goes on and there is a boy who is really cocky who is dared to go into the forest and doesn't come back because of course, Qwalena was there.
The other story was an altered version of "How the Raven Stole the Sun" Our student teacher, Ms.Bains, chose three people from the audience to be involved in telling the story. There was the Raven, of course, the princess and the chief who was the father of the princess. The lesson of the story was to not be greedy and not to steal what does not belong to you. I think this story was really funny and I'm glad Dallas told it to us. I hope that next years class gets to listen to these stories as well, because I really enjoyed it.
Dear Kalamak Indian Residential School,
My name is Alexia and I am a student at Clayton Elementary. Students that go to your school aren’t being treated fairly, and I have some suggestions for you to make school a better environment for children like me. For starters, I feel that the way you punish your students for “doing something wrong” should be less harsh. Nowadays, if kids misbehave, they receive a detention, or get some free time taken away from them. That’s another thing, I know that your school gives free time to students but the way they use their free time is forced like most of the things they do.
Students that go to elementary schools are sent home every day at around 2:30 to 3:00. But your students are obligated by law to stay in school from September to June. You take a child’s innocence when you tell them that they are going to be taken away from their family for 10 months and only let go for 2 months in the summer. Also taking away from a child is the lies that they are told. If they get up from bed past 5:00, the devils hiding under the bed will come out and drag them away to a place that you all know kids are afraid of. They are basically starved and I think that if they were let to go home every day, they would come back with healthy lunches instead of the mush that they get fed every day.
Make learning things fun for the kids, because not every kid enjoys being taught things that no one explains to them. Teachers should be trained to deal with kids, maybe going to school for a certain amount of time the way that is needed to be a teacher nowadays. Fun in learning is what makes students come back every day; students come to school to be with their friends; boys and girls. The wall in between the cafeteria separating boys and girls should be knocked down. Let boys and girls sit together because when people are told not to do things, it makes them want to do them even more, but at your school, the punishments are what keep students in line.
I do believe that a student should be punished if they have done something wrong, but not by whipping or strapping them. If I had to strap someone, I would feel heartless, I mean, they’re just kids. Their childhood should be remembered in a happy way, it’s what they look back on and tell their future kids about. I am proud to say that my childhood is one that I will remember forever and in a very, very good way. I remember my first Christmas, it was with my mom and dad and I remember the smell of the fake tree and the one present that I got. Since I was not even one, I didn’t even care that I only got one present I was just happy that I had received something to play with, you know how kids are, always wanting something or someone to play with. I remember living in my hometown in Romania, because I wasn’t born here in Canada. But I am proud of my heritage and I had an amazing three and a half years there. These kids should be able to feel emotions, happiness, sadness, and forgiveness. Without being able to feel, what is there to enjoy.
So again, I ask of you to give these children the childhood that they deserve. Treat them with love; treat them like your own. In a way, a school should be like a family, we should be able to walk down the hallway holding hands with a friend, then they are happy and when kids are happy, they take in the information that you’re teaching them way better and they understand the concept better. If you would like the kids in your school to succeed and be joyful, listen to my advice.
This term, I am most proud of all the work I have done, such as the science biomes project, the "One for the Murphys" song project, and so much more. I have worked very hard this term and it has paid off so far because I am better friends with people in my class, I have learned many new things, even if we were reviewing things from last year. I worked my very hardest on everything so far, I can't pick one thing because I do the best I can on all my work and put my all in everything I do.
My behaviour this term has been pretty silly, although I think it helped in my learning. By being silly, I was told to focus and it's better to learn that as soon as possible and stick with the behaviour that benefits you, rather than learning it now and still being silly no matter what.
My favourite thing that I have learned so far this year is to believe in myself, follow my passions, never let anything or anyone get to me, and I learned about courage as well, and that perseverance is harder than most people think it is.
On a whole, I have been coming to class prepared everyday, never needing to borrow anything from anyone unless I was too lazy to go and get something, but hey that happens to all of us. 3 things I need to start doing better to improve my academics are to change my behaviour in class, because as I said above, I been quite silly and I think if I wasn't, I could improve on my study habits and work habits. Another thing would be to study more, instead of putting it off to the last minute. I tend to do that very often and even though it works, I want to try to change my ways and see how it is. One last thing, is to change my homework schedule because my schedule this term isn't working for me very well. Usually afterschool, I get home, un-pack my backpack, clean up around my room and then watch TV or a movie or play video games until about 8 pm. Of course I have dinner somewhere in between, but after 8, I am stuck on my homework. Once I am done, I brush my teeth and go to bed. This isn't working for me, so I feel like I should start doing my homework before any electronics.
This term, I feel I have been a very good classmate with some exceptions, such as when I don't listen when people are talking to me. I feel like I have been very energetic most of the time and that may have derailed other peoples working habits and if I have done that to you, I am sorry.
For this project, I will be writing a song with Rachelle. We won't be writing our own song, because we will be changing the lyrics to "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore, as you can tell by the title. We really like this song, and we will be trying our hardest to include the main points, and I think this could be a valuable learning experience.
1) What goals have you set for yourself in the past?
One goal I have set for myself in the past is to be a babysitter around my neighbourhood. I love watching younger kids and playing with them, so babysitting is ideal for me. I especially love watching 1-5 year olds, because they are so full of energy and they always brighten my day, even when I'm feeling like I want to cry. Whenever I babysit, I usually bring toys to play with, and depending on the age of the child/ children, I bring some board games. I am a babysitter at the moment - I have put up posters around my neighbourhood and I have recieved a few calls every now and then. The next goal I set for myself is to split the money I earn into two different sections - one for spending, and one for saving. This way, if I want to buy something big that is a bit expensive, I can just use the money from my savings jar.
2) Did I achieve these goals?
I achieved my goal when I got my first job babysitting my little sister. We had a really fun time - we played on my Wii, we watched a movie, had lunch, and when my mom got home she asked how our day was, and me and Chelsea (my sister) both said, "Great!" After my mom paid me I put half the money in my purse, and the other half in my savings jar.
3) How do you know when you had achieved your goal?
I knew that I had achieved my goal was when I looked at my savings jar and saw that it was half full! I had realized that ever time I got money, I split it up into two, like I said in my goal. I was extremely happy when I saw that I had followed and was participating in finishing my goal. I did have some difficulties splitting up the money evenly, but in the end, I think it worked out very well.
Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me. My brain is pretty simple to understand. I love working with my friends that I am close with and that I know I can trust, and I know they trust me. But on the same note, we work separately. We ask each other the questions that we don't understand, and when we want to have a discussion, we do and we learn from what everyone else brings to the table. Another way to reach me is to let me write while you are explaining something. When I have my pencil in my hand while you are explaining something, it helps me learn better. The last way, is to let us put in requests for what music we want. When I listen to the kind of music that I want, it's like I'm being transported into a world where I understand everything. So... if you want to reach me, try to link these three points into your teaching.