Creativity in the Classroom

I don’t feel like I have given enough credit to one of my teachers. I always seem to be complaining about how terrible homework is and how teachers don’t understand the meaning of a break or no sleep and all that. But in class we have been sorrydoing assignments that I haven’t even realized are useful and actually fun until now. I guess I didn’t even realize it was the work for the book we are reading…if that makes sense. Currently we are finishing up the book 1984 and we did two activities for this book that really stuck with me.

First we did this thing where we made groups of three and analyzed a section or paragraph of the book. Then each group would look for any interesting analytics or pieces within the paragraph that relate to the book as a whole or draw outside references that relate to the book. It was a fun and interactive way to get the whole class involved with the book, and it was kind of like AP test prep because it showed how much each group could analyze and talk about in one small paragraph. Which made me feel better knowing that there should be so much I will be able to write about on my three AP test essays

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The Stress Monster and College

Recently I have been feeling more stressed out than usual. I don’t know if this has anything to do with the horrible month of March, but I am slowly falling apart under the amount of work and decisions I have to make for the future. I am going to start college next year so I have been receiving and awaiting acceptances and rejections from schools. As I have been getting acceptances I am realizing that I don’t know where I want to go to college. I haven’t been getting excited about the acceptances I receive because I am so worried that I  didn’t apply to schools that I actually want to go to. I know I applied to schools that have my major but looking back, I should have put more consideration into where I applied. I envy the people who know where they want to go for college. I don’t want to regret the decision I make about where I go to college, what I choose to study, and whether or not I choose to run track in college. I’m second guessing every decision I have made about college and I feel so overwhelmed by the thought of leaving everything I know now to go somewhere and study something that I don’t even know I will like. I thought I knew what I wanted to study but now I’m wondering if its actually what I want to do, or if I just chose to do that because there was no better option. I also thought I knew that I wanted to run track in college, but sometimes I wonder if I was just put on that path and never had the sense to take myself off.

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Frozen: The Movie

I added The Movie to the title because it looked incomplete being called just Frozen. Yes I am going to review the movie Frozen. I am probably one of the last people to see this movie, and I feel that because I saw it so late that it ruined the effect the movie had on me. Before going to the movie my friends hyped it a lot; telling me that it was amazing, they sang all of the Frozen soundtrack songs, and some girl in my math class blurted out a big plot twist from the movie. I went in expecting a lot from the movie and I believe that it delivered everything I thought it would, but part of me feels like because I already heard so much about the movie before I saw it, I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I could have. I didn’t leave the theater completely overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the movie, which I was a little disappointed about.

November 1st, 2013 @ 20:51:56

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Frankenstein

I recently finished reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and it was better than I expected it to be. Since it was a school assigned book I thought it would be boring and each chapter the struggle to read it would become greater and greater. But I was wrong. Sure some parts of it were a little dry and lengthy, and I got kind of sick of Victor Frankenstein complaining about his life, but overall the book was pretty good.

Throughout the book we follow Victor Frankenstein (who is not the monster, just a little heads up for anyone who didn’t know) and see how his life collapses after he creates the monster. Frankenstein goes a little crazy after creating the monster; he thinks it is an absolute abomination and regrets making it once he gives it life.

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The Body Clock

I was reading an article on lifehacker yesterday, and I found an article that was really interesting. At first I thought it was going to be about tips on how to work more efficiently, since that is what I was looking for, but it wasn’t. The article explained that our body works on its own schedule, and it expressed how we could work with our natural body clock to help work efficiently.

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Sleep Deprivation

Recently I read an article (which I have linked below) about how long a person can stay awake. The answer is 11 days, a world record set by none other than a high school student. The article then goes into some information about sleep diseases and how those can effect how a person lives. I didn’t pay much attention to those but it was some interesting information. But the article also stated that when we get a lack of sleep, after so long our bodies will shut down into a kind of awake-asleep, or “microsleep”. We are conscious but we can’t function as well as if we had slept. After a long while, sleep deprivation makes it harder to concentrate, motivate oneself, and perform higher mental activities.

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Spark any ideas?

So this week I saw some really interesting videos that I liked and wanted to share!

The first puts life into perspective and may be one you have seen before.

The second is for anyone who loves Harry Potter. It was a really cute way to reenact the popular and series and bring it to life. It’s just another example of innovation that can put a smile on peoples faces!

This last video shows us how ridiculous our society can be. Don’t be a robot follower, or try not to be.