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Book Group Reflection – 3rd Day May 20, 2012

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At our third meeting, the group had all completed the book.  This was the first time we could all discuss all of the events in the book. We helped each other understand any remaining confusion in the book. We continued our discussion of the characters and what we thought they looked like, and what we could infer that wasn’t literally spelled out about them. We also talked about how Cammie’s jealousies, and how she related to the other characters, were important to the story. Her jealousies created the motivation for her actions and that moved the story along.  Characters with feelings that seemed believable, made the story interesting.

 

 

 

We decided that the main purpose of the book was to entertain us. We thought an additional purpose was to relate to readers of a similar age with similar problems. By making the story enjoyable and easy to read, it was easier for the author to get her other purpose across.  A few of us would like to read other books with these characters or by this author. Others did not like this book that much. Most of us thought that reading a book with a book group was helpful.

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Book Group Reflection – 2nd Day

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At our second meeting, most of the group was ahead of our target page of the book, but some of the members were just on target.  This affected our discussion becuase some people wanted to talk about events upcoming in the book.  We discussed the tools that Cammie used in her missions. She used typical objects like a necklace in an unusual way. These kinds of details made the events more interesting and relatable. We discussed parts of the book that we thought were confusing, and made sure everyone was ready to move on.

 

 

Next week, all of us should be finished with the book.  We plan to talk about how more characters are brought in. These characters affect the story because Cammie’s jealousies affect her actions. We also will talk about how we picture the characters based on what we are told about them in the book. We will discuss the feelings of others towards Cammie. We will try to determine what is the meaning of the book.  What was it trying to teach us?

 

Book Group Reflection – 1 day May 8, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — prushton101 @ 7:33 pm

My group’s book discussion went very well. Our book that we chose to read was ” I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You”. The first thing we talked about was the theme and cover of the book. The group had some very interesting thoughts and point of views. We discussed Cammie, the main character, and what we thought her feelings and insecurities were. My group also pointed out what character best fit to their own personality. After going through all the topics and questions we played a game where you act like one of the characters, and then the rest of the group members to guess which one it is.

 

 

Next week we will try to all be at page 100, so we can continue on through the chapter and talk about the theme of the story so far. Next time we will talk about the new characters introduced and their  connections to the existing characters.  We will also discuss how the introduction of new characters helps the author move the plot along.  We will examine how the character’s relationships change.  We will talk about the supplies Cammie uses and how they affect the plot. We will see if we can determine if the author’s purpose was something other than just to entertain us.

 

AOW- Does Talent Matter- REVISED April 13, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 4:22 am

Do you ever wonder why someone is so much more successful than you?  Do you think they were born with a natural talent?  Although intelligence makes things easier, you cannot get anywhere without practice. The article,” Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters,” makes sense because as they say, practice does matter. Intelligence just matters too. Even the researchers who talk about practice being the most important, say IQ does not matter above 120. 120 is a high IQ since I have been told that average IQ is 85 to 115, so really, these two researchers are not that much in disagreement. IQ and practice both help you, so to be the very best you need to be lucky to be born smart and then work hard to use your intelligence to accomplish something. The main thing that divides people is hard workers and non-hard workers.

 

People that do not work very hard whether or not they are born smart and talented will not be very successful.  If a person is born with IQ below 120 and then does not work very hard,  he or she will not have very much success. They were not lucky to have above average IQ and they are not practicing at anything, so they probably will be average in school and in their jobs. They will have average success if they have average IQ and work a little. If their IQ is low and they don’t practice and work hard, they may have a hard time in life. The people who are born with IQ above 120 and don’t work very hard will do a little better but not as good as they could. They might have the potential to discover something new or invent something helpful but they are not putting enough effort into using their intelligence to do something great.

 

 

Instead of wasting what they were born with, people who have a lower IQ below 120 but work hard may be very successful because they have made up for their intelligence with hard work. The lower IQ is not as important as the hard work. These hard workers will probably be successful in life, but because they have average or below IQ, they probably will not be able to cure cancer or make the huge discovery. Just as you might expect, the people born with IQ over 120 and working very hard have the chance to really do great things. They are lucky to be born with a high IQ and they are putting all of their talents to good use. According to the research in the article, the people who do really great things have very high IQs. They must also work hard to benefit from the really high IQ.
 

 

 

The biggest difference will always be between the hard workers who practice, and the people, born talented or not, that do not work hard. The hard workers will always make the best use of their talents and those who do not practice and work hard will rarely reach their potential.  Hard work can make up for not being born with a ton of brains and talent. Like the article says, you maybe can get a PhD with average IQ, but it is going to be hard and the odds are definitely against you being the person to cure cancer. You might as well try to be the best you can be, because you may be the one to beat the odds. You cannot change what you are born with, but you can change how much you use your talents, and hard work really matters.

 

AOW- Environmental Awareness April 3, 2012

Filed under: Article of the Week — prushton101 @ 4:30 pm

How much do you recycle? Do you just recycle what is easy and convenient, or do you think about what you recycle and how to do more? Many adults think that older generations are more aware about the environment. I do not agree completely. Today’s generation is  in a habit of being environmentally friendly and more active at recycling day by day, but just their overall view of caring for the world is different.

 

The younger generation has grown up in  a world where recycling is the normal thing to do.  They recycle their paper and plastic as naturally as brushing their teeth. My parents taught me to recycle things like bottles and paper at home, so now I have a habit of recycling. I am in PALS, so we actually get the teachers recycling and take it out on certain days. These habits are automatic with my generation, but that does not mean that they are not important. An entire generation all actively recycling has made an impact.  Sometimes my generation has taken the habit home so that their whole family recycles.

 

The younger generation cares about the environment but they have not had the experiences of the older generation so they view the environment differently.  They have not spent as much time in the outdoors and they have not lived thought the experience of figuring out that the planet needs protecting.  Because they have not had these experiences, and because they are very busy, they do not have a habit of looking for new solutions.  To them, recycling is clearly what you do, so they do not always think what else can we do?  This may be what the researcher at Adelphi University, Beth Christensen, was talking about when she said data showed that the younger generation is not as civic minded.  This generation sees protection of the earth as a clear choice that does not need debate.  Instead, they are focused on new problems such as the challenges of social networking and the technological society that we live in. There are many examples of how the young generation gets involved in issues of the day, including helping others.  Students in my school raise money for individuals in need and for causes that they feel should be supported.

 

Older generations might have influenced being green by having  chores such as saving and reusing materials.  Our generation has not stopped doing these things they are just done in different ways. I think that there is nothing wrong with having a parent or adult influence you to do things like recycling, because you will just grow up in that habit and the cycle will continue. You will teach others and they will too! Most teens are caught up with school work and outside of school activities, so they have little time in their schedules. Through PALS and other similar groups, the young generation recycles every week. Yes, our teacher does remind us, but we take responsibility. Our job is simple but very effective. I know that students now are probably less active about the environment, but that does not mean they are not aware. Teens usually do not make this their first priority. I  disagree that school aged children are less environmentally aware than older generations. Although some people may say that it is proven differently, I think that if students are given a chance to help they will.

 

AOW- Textbooks Becoming Dust March 23, 2012

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Stop! Think right now how you are reading this. Is it on a computer or smart device? If so, then you are improving your literacy. EVERY time you read or write, you are improving. Many people chose not to read, but when they see a smart device it changes their perspective. I think that technology has gotten people interested in reading by allowing them to touch and hold these new devices. The smart devices are getting better and better. You can select almost any book. If you do not like a book, it is easy to try another one with little effort. Many people, who do not enjoy reading, think that holding an iPad is more fun and easy than a big book.

Some people prefer a book over an iPad and that is ok. Books are still around for them. The smart devices, like an iPad, are great for some people, especially for those people who might not pick up a regular book. This is a gain for the population’s literacy in general, because it not only allows book lovers to continue reading normally, it also encourages new groups of people to want to read. This is not a loss, it is a gain.

Another plus of electronic books on Kindles, Nooks, smart phones, tablets, etc is the advantages mentioned in the article, “Textbooks becoming history, vapor, dust…” is the ability to look up other information while reading. As the article pointed out, if you need to look up a definition or need an animated example or a tutorial, it is right there at the moment you need it. Textbooks are always up to date and so much cheaper, lighter and always with you. You can even highlight your electronic book and someone else can highlight something different in their copy on the same device. Even someone who likes to curl up with a paper book has to appreciate all that additional information.

 

Holocaust Questions March 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — prushton101 @ 5:37 am

Why should student learn about the Holocaust?

Students should learn about the Holocaust because if they do not know about this part of history, then they might repeat the actions of this tragedy.  Many of the people involved did not know how bad the actions were.  They just went along with the idea, thinking that people might lose some rights but did not know that they were being tortured and killed.  Little actions that do not respect the rights of people and discrimination and hatred can grow until terrible things are happening.  If students learn about the Holocaust then they can help stop the hate before it grows too large to control.

 

What contemporary issue would you be interested to learn more about and take action in?

I am interested in the issue of bullying and how to stop it.  Bullying is a current problem that is growing.  Like in the Holocaust, there are more people just standing by and tolerating it, than are really actively participating in it.  If all of the people, who are not bullies, would speak up and stop the bullies then I think the problem could be solved. Some people are just too busy or do not understand how serious this problem is.  I would like to know how to get all of the good people who are not involved to get involved and stop the bullies.