High school is an extremely significant chapter in your life which you will never forget. You’ll never forget the school, but how will the school not forget you?
So for one of my novels I read in class, as an analysis we split ourselves into groups and answered questions that students made, and we would debate/ discuss the questions. We would present our group’s take on the question to the class and also respond to our opponents’ take on the question.
The BRAWL was both fun to participate in and watch as well. Some debates got extremely heated with about 8 students arguing over one question. It was almost like watching a UFC fight. There was so much heated tension and it was all so interesting to watch. It showed me how being more involved as a class makes it more interesting for everyone as a whole. I was fortunate to have a weird, loud class because for activities like this we’re more comfortable with speaking in front of the class and getting involved which enhances the learning experience. Rather then the teacher asking a question and the entire class waits for him or her to answer it.
For this particular assignment, I took part in answering some of the questions and also represented my team in BOTH BRAWLS. My group didn’t specifically assign certain questions to each other. We all got on the same google doc and just worked on the question. We edited each other’s question and it seem to work out for us. When I went up to BRAWL, I did my best to be understandable and to get my point across. I wanted to not drift from the question but answer it effectively with concrete examples. I did my best to give examples and I learned that examples help your peers relate to what you’re saying and can help them better understand your argument.
Overall, the BRAWL was a great experience because I got to observe my peers BRAWL and learn from them. Being up there and BRAWL-ing is a lot of pressure and you have to think quick. Whenever the other team came up with something, I would have to think of a way to deliver something else better than them and I was able to benefit from having experience in situations where I’m under pressure. It was also quite entertaining and engaging as well.
Since middle school I was cursed with having to start to write in more of a sophisticated and proper manner. It came along with the advanced English class. Something called MLA Format was introduced to me. Me trying to type MLA Format based off of a one page instructions outline my English teacher handed to me, was like a fish breathing out of water. Nothing made my head hurt more than having to write my research paper in MLA.
“You will write the paper specifically in Times New Roman in 12 pt. font. You entire report will be double spaced so your 20 page report is really just ten.”
“On the top right you will head the report with your full name, then under it my name, then the course you are taking, then the date which you wrote the paper. Each page will require numbering with your last name next to the page number. You will have a works cited page in which you’ll cite each and every single one of your resources. There is a different format of citing for different sources e.g. books, internet, encyclopedia, etc.”
While my teacher was rushing through his PowerPoint and spitting out all these rules of MLA format the gears in my brains were running at top speed. I was trying to keep up with all the rules to format the entire- my brain shut off… And I thought the 10 commandments alone were hard to remember. Try writing in MLA Format. Seems as if you can write a novel just on how to cite your resources. Anyways, those were the horrors of 8th grade and Freshman year.
Going into 10th grade I only expected for the English class to be the same old routine but possibly even harder which I couldn’t imagine.
Instead my teacher said, “Welcome. In my class we write blog posts.” -I almost did a double take while keeling over.
And that’s how I basically got started on blogging. I still consider myself new to this blogging community. I’ve only been blogging for about 7 months now with about one blog per week. It’s been a fun ride with many unique twists and turns and I’ve taken a lot from the entire experience. My teacher has our class make our own blog so this blog is essentially my child. My creation. I found it very interesting that instead of pulling out literature books and reading story after story, or studying 50 vocab words per week, my teacher allowed us to create blogs. We didn’t write essays but rather we wrote articles and created writing in which we expressed our own personality and quality. We joined the global conversation and integrated ourselves with the world. This is not your traditional English class. This is not reading and answering questions. This is not MLA format. This is not hundreds of flash cards inked with vocabulary.
This is innovation.
One of the things I could appreciate the most that my teacher assigned us were theses things called “Tune It Up Tuesdays.” Basically each week he would discuss one aspect of writing and we would focus, integrate, and improve that aspect into our weekly blog post. I found it extremely interesting and helpful. For example, he would have us focus on starting your blog and hooking your audience in with a story, or practicing sentence variety and teaching us how short sentences can be very effective, or using metaphors and similes to make memorable comparisons. He would show us how even the smallest things like quotations and ellipses and em dashes can cause an affect on our readers and go a long way in making our writing better.
If you didn’t notice, I integrated all of the Tune It Up Tuesday topics that I just mentioned that I learned throughout the school year.
This really opened my eyes to creative writing. It is an art. Throughout the year my teacher really broke down multiple aspects of writing and I began to realize there is so much that goes into writing an article or a book. My teacher’s innovative method of teaching that implies real life type of work has probably taught me more things than any usual class. I’ve retained more by writing blogs than by reading books and answering questions and then taking a test. I would’ve forgotten 90% of the things I did while reading that book within a week after finishing it and it would’ve been a waste of time. That’s me with many classes in fact. It’s not information that is fun or memorable so if I’m not using it then I’ll forget it. However, in my class, instead of answering questions for each chapter and taking multiple tests, we show what we’ve learned from the book through a presentation or project in which we work together with a team to create it. This method, is less repetitive and more memorable.
I learned how important certain things like organization can affect the reader and make certain things memorable. This helps me with projects across all subjects. I learned to stand out and to be different so that people notice me as something unique rather than any other presentation or project that are basically all the same.
Next time I wish I could spend more time with the blogs and create multiple drafts. I wish all the students can show each other their own blogs and we could give each other pieces of advice on things to add or change. If I could I would spend more time on each blog in order to produce quality blogs where readers would read all the way to the end.
To sum up, my blogging experience was a great, new experience where I learned a lot about writing and real life applications. It’s always cool to try new things because you’re never going to know what you’re going to get out of it.
I came by this post and found it very intriguing. It’s interesting to see one’s own opinions on the news. He provides a good claim on the current police force and is an overall interesting read. I myself can agree and disagree on the position. On multiple occasions, the police have been shown to be militarized and brutal. Although I believe a police force is important to justice and safety in society, I don’t think that they should be so brutal and militarized as many instances were they display themselves as such. Maybe the system needs to be changed and fixed. Not all policemen are bas though. Many are very good policemen who care about the safety of others, but the ones which do commit these brutal acts towards citizens, should be punished. Many instances that this blog explains, shows how the police are using unnecessary weapons against protestors whom have the freedom of speech. It definitely isn’t fair and something needs to be done to prevent it.
Check the blog out, it’s a great read.
Lately, around the great nation of the United States, there have been numerous incidents where police have hurt and targeted many civilians which has led to many of their deaths. There was a time when the specific race of people would be targeted, now one specific race is not being targeted, it is the people as a whole. All people are being targeted by brutal police attacks, but one race of people is the easiest for police to target. Black communities around the nation have been traumatized by the pain and suffering that has been inflicted upon them by the men who have been sworn to protect us.
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To this date I’ve ran quite a number of marathons. At first I faced a ton of adversity and anxiety but over the months, they’ve become numb to me as I have become accustomed to them. It has almost become a routine for me every time I sign up for a half marathon. I haven’t done a full marathon yet, which is my ultimate goal. I’ve gone up to 20 miles but a full marathon is 26. But still, even the thought of a 20 mile run makes me shiver, let alone adding 6 more. However, 13 miles (half marathon) have become a bit easier and I can overcome them with little thought. If you are trying out running for the first time or are beginning and aiming for a 13 mile goal, there is a lot of preparing that needs to be done.
I’m a really easy going, light hearted guy. I like to lightly tease people and evoke a laugh and it honestly gives me a good time. It’s not like a put people down though and make them feel bad. That’s just mean. I like to bring out funny reactions out of people in order to make them and others and myself laugh. It’s great to find people who are a great sport about it but, some are just so uptight and serious they don’t seem to like the joke or gag.
I went around my school and filmed a comedy video of me messing with people. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iEUurgKgzw
Anyways, I bet you’re still wondering, “What’s this blog about?”
Here’s the thing: I don’t get cyber bullying. Apparently it’s a big situation going on causing somewhat of a distrust and caution against the internet. I understand people are affected by this and I definitely don’t support the people who are invoking it because any bullying is wrong. What I don’t get is, why is this even a thing??? Seriously… Just look away from the screen people!