March 14

Jewish Studies Term 2

In this term we learned about multiple things:

 

We learned about Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are when a Boy/Girl becomes a Jewish adult. During most Bar/Bat Mitzvahs you will see the Boy/Girl reading from the Torah. Some people also have big party’s to celebrate becoming a Jewish adult. Once you become a Jewish adult you have to fulfill certain commandments like going to shul or praying everyday. I find it interesting that you become a Jewish adult at only 12/13.

 

We also learned about Tefillin. Tefillin are two boxes with leather straps attached to them. You wrap the straps around your arm and head to hold the boxes in place. The boxes are important because they remind you that you need to remember G-d freeing us from Egypt and you need to educate your kids on the story, and you have one G-d and you will be rewarded if you follow the commandments. The box on your head reminds you that you serve G-d with your thoughts and the box on your arm reminds you that you serve G-d with your actions. I find it interesting that Tefillin is supposed to be worn everyday.

 

We also learned about Tallit. Tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl. Did you know that Tallit used to be worn everyday until the destruction of the second temple. After the destruction of the second temple it started only being worn for prayer. All Tallit have fringes hanging down because all pieces of clothing with four corners have to have fringes that remind you of the commandments. Some people wear Tallit Katan which is a shirt with four corners and fringes. They are usually worn under clothing. I find it interesting that you are not required to wear Tallit Katan but people still wear them.

 

That is all we learned this Semester in Jewish Studies

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February 17

The Exhilarating Reading Adventure Project

During English class we were introduced to a project called: The Exhilarating Reading Adventure Project. For this project we had to read a book of our choice, and then create an artifact on the book. We had multiple options but I felt that one spoke out to me and that was the podcast.

 

I chose a podcast because I love to listen. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to different types of music and different podcasts. My friends say I am a good listener when they have problems they want to talk about. I am also an auditory learner, and on top of all of that I love to explain things verbally, so I think the podcast was the best choice possible for me.

 

I decided to name my podcast COTEcast after my book. I chose the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth and I named my podcast COTE for Centre of the Earth. I also find that it’s a catchy name that people can remember.

 

My first podcast was a summary. I felt that a summary would teach everybody about my book before I spoke about it and it creates an understanding of my book, so it’s easier to explain later. Here is the COTEcast #1.

 

My second podcast involved sharing fun facts about the author of the book. There are also multiple fun facts about him because he lived so long ago. I felt that it was important to share information about the author so you can understand his perspective  on the book and so you can feel as if you know the book better by knowing the author. I also rated the book and talked about the literary devices used in the book. Here is COTEcast #2.

 

My third podcast was when I created a fun and modern version of the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I named it Journey to the Centre of the Earth 2.0. It was a remake of the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth but I used modern characters and they used modern equipment to try and reach the centre of the earth. Here is COTEcast #3

 

If I were to start my project over I would definitely try and read my book more quickly, so I could have more time to prepare the podcasts. I would also try to speak more freely during the podcast, without needing to type or write out my ideas first.  However this is challenging, as it requires quick thinking and a free flow of ideas.

 

I hope you enjoyed hearing my podcasts, and thank you for listening.

 

October 4

Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and reconciliation is a day of remembering all of the things the first nations went through. The residential schools were horrible places where they took kids from their family and they forced them to become Catholic Christians because that’s all they thought was right. They didn’t feed them much and they were in small places where diseases spread quickly and many died of measles, tuberculosis and many more. We celebrate Orange Shirt Day to remember Phyllis Webstad’s story. The meaning of truth and reconciliation is repairing broken bonds and fixing broken friendships, so you can tell that Canada made a big mistake and it’s our responsibility to repair the broken bond. I think it’s amazing that our school teaches about the First Nations. People should start to influence other schools to start teaching their children on this subject because it is extremely fascinating and I think it will start to improve Canada’s big mistake. The more kids that know about their story the bigger the influence will be to keep repairing our broken bonds.

File:Kamloops Indian Residential School classroom 1950.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

June 9

Caterpillar

 Have you ever wanted to go outside when it was raining but you couldn’t? Well this girl’s life feels like that all the time. Her name is Belle. She loves her house so much. (Because of the backyard). She lives on the street Caterpillar Road and on number 21. By now you’re probably thinking, She has a perfect life. Well she doesn’t. Her mom divorced her dad and she hasn’t seen her since the divorce. Her dad doesn’t let her outside because he hates all living things.

 

Belle’s dad didn’t let her go in her backyard because he was scared she would fall in love with nature. So Belle stared out of her window all day. She imagined frogs and awesome bugs and fish.  After looking out of the window she usually saw animals flying throughout her head, but good things always came to an end and she had to go down for dinner. She ate chopped liver for dinner. She got used to eating chopped liver but on the inside she puked every time.

 

Then one day her and her dad got in a fight about Belle’s mom. Belle asked “where’s mom”? Her dad didn’t want to tell her so she got mad and she screamed and ran up to her room and threw herself on the bed and started crying. 

 

Later she started thinking of a plan. She started planning to find a way to sneak out of her house and to finally meet the wildlife. She noticed duct tape in her room and thought, what if I cover the cameras with this. Then she started to try and figure out how to get the codes for the locks. With a blink of an eye she thought of paper clips, she ran down and asked her dad to buy some for a “school project”. She actually came up with a plan. The excitement made her feel like she was flying, but she knew she still had to pull it off.

 

The next day when her dad was buying “The freshest chopped liver” at the store she started to duct tape the cameras. Then she opened the locks (which took a while). Then she ran to the forest and hid. When she got to the forest she thought, What to do now? Then she remembered that the only reason to go out there was to meet the wildlife. What reminded her was the birds that were chirping beautiful sounds from the sky. 

 

She started searching everywhere. She searched in the mud, she searched in the pond, she searched in the trees and all she could find were caterpillars and frogs. First she tried to catch the frogs because she wanted to save the best for last. It was hard but she figured out a trick. The trick was to quickly snatch it with your hand. By accident she squeezed it too hard because this was her first ever time touching a frog and its guts came flying out of its mouth. At that moment she knew frogs were definitely not her thing. She still had hope because she might be a caterpillar professional. I mean it’s meant to be, that’s the name of her street.

 

She went to catch the caterpillar and she enjoyed it instantly by feeling the warm and fluffy coating. Then she got worried because she saw her dad in the window. But earlier she made sure to clean up her tracks so she was fine. 

All day she made caterpillar races and she played with them. She even was tempted to stay with them all night because they are “so cozy”. She noticed it was getting closer to dinner and she didn’t know what to eat. Time passed, she saw her dad looking at her with a mad face. Her dad came out and dragged her inside. At that moment she knew it was the end she had to go in. 

“She knew it was time to send them back. The caterpillars softly wiggled in her hand, spelling out “goodbye.” At that moment she knew it was the end.

 

June 9

Public Speaking 2021

  Judges, Teachers, and fellow friends

 

           Let me paint a picture for you. Fifteen college students participate in a psychology thought experiment. They sit in a large circle with one student in the middle. Everyone takes turns sharing their first impression of the person in the middle, and how it has changed over time. At first, everyone is kind but once they have done the exercise multiple times and arrived at the last students, everyone is so tired that they admit the truth.  Sometimes they are so honest they are mean. How would you like this experiment? Would you rather be at the beginning and hear only great things said about you, or would you rather be at the end and have to face the truth?   This experiment led me to think about my topic: “What do other people think of me?”.      Should I use others’ opinions to put my life in perspective and work on my faults? Do I need a personal brand? Or does it not matter what other people think?  These are the issues we will be discussing during this speech.

 

          For some people, others’ opinion of them is of critical importance…To change what other people think of them they change their personal brand. A personal brand is how someone is judged or perceived by others. Some companies rely on people who care about their personal brand. The makeup industry depends on people who want their personal brand to be mainly about physical appearance. Even the social media industry is all about establishing a relatable personal brand and showing off your proud moments.  That’s why most influencers spend their whole life trying to be popular on social media – so they can attract followers, and so they can have a better personal brand. But sometimes changing your personal brand can lead you in a bad direction, especially if you’re hypocritical. Just like social media influencer, Dominique Baker, did when she took an all-expenses paid trip to Jamaica during lockdown despite working at Public Health Canada.

 

 

 

Sometimes listening to others’ opinions can create positive change, because you can analyze your low points, and make an effort to correct these flaws. Changing for the good is an important step because it helps to regain self-confidence and to make yourself stronger. Sometimes changing for the good is necessary, people even have jobs to help others change for the good, like book editors and fitness trainers. Editors will take a novel, or an article that is inaccurate or poorly written, and make corrections that improve the quality of your writing.  Fitness trainers motivate you to change your body through exercise, lifting weights, and changes in diet.  Once we’ve decided that we can use others’ opinions in a positive way, we need to think of how to actually gather those opinions. You can use many methods.  For instance, you can just ask. You can watch others’ body language towards you.  You can hire a personal coach. Or you could just think deeply about it. So, the next time you feel down about yourself and believe you can change, always be open to others’ opinions and “Change For The Good ”.

 

In the end, however, it might not matter what others think. Has someone ever pointed out one of your traits that you dislike and you took it to heart? Well, I think this has happened to most of you. Just like when someone said my ears are long and I took it to heart.  In the end, it doesn’t matter what other people think. You should be whoever you want to be. You should have friends that you enjoy being with and should surround yourself with kind people. If you wrote a book and someone called you a bad writer, most people would start to lose self-confidence. But who cares. Sure, one human out of the 8 Billion humans that stand on our earth thinks your book is poorly written. Have self-confidence! Maybe 7.999 billion people love your book. How does the restaurant industry respond when they receive a bad review? Do they immediately shut down the restaurant and never serve another meal? By now I hope you’re starting to realize that people aren’t as judgmental as they seem.  Next time you feel judged and out of place don’t forget “It doesn’t Matter What Others Think”.

 

In today’s speech, I taught you how to take in others’ opinions,  how to take others’ opinions and establish a relatable personal brand, how to take opinions and change for the good, and most importantly how to be confident in yourself despite others opinions. Honestly, the way I came up with this speech is from thinking of the question constantly “What Do Others Think Of Me”. I also wonder if other people think of what other people think of them. All joking aside, in the world we live in today social media has become a part of life. To help students understand and navigate the psychology behind social media, one place to start would be for all of us to ask ourselves “What do others think of me?”

 

June 9

Earthquakes

Earthquakes can destroy human habitats like houses and apartments. Earthquakes can also bury animals that burrow underground. Earthquakes can also can cause a tsunami which can flood cities. It also destroys animal habitats.

Earthquakes can also let gases from deep down in the earth.

 

Most likely it affected every person with a job because you can’t drive to work and if there are possible roots they are most likely jam packed. Earthquakes can also break factories and job sites which stops work. Earthquakes can also injure workers which can put them out of their jobs for many months.

Earthquakes can do a lot of damage to man-made structures. Also the tsunamis that earthquakes can create can deal even more damage with its giant floods.

Bibliography

https://www.polygongroup.com/en-CA/ 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/science/earthquakes-carbon-dioxide.html#:~:text=During%20earthquakes%2C%20spider%20webs%20of,release%20of%20carbon%20dioxide%20gas

 

April 6

Matter Blog Post

For my matter final project I made an email train. An email train is when you send an email to a couple of people and those people send it to a couple of people and it goes on and on. Also I sent it to my MP to try and make a law in Canada that would be if you kill an alive tree you would have to plant 2 trees instead to make up for the trees you cut down. I felt that was a great way to get news out. Something that I didn’t notice before is how much trees humans have been cutting down lately. That really surprised me. So that is the reason that I chose an idea that can get around quickly, so I could end the problem. I am proud that I was able to finish writing my email because writing is one of my weak points. I enjoyed trying to invent a fair law. One thing I did wrong is that I told people to share it but I should have encouraged it more in class. Mostly I hope that my MP will respond.

January 13

Snowflake

For art class this week we got to chose our activity. I chose making a snowflake. We got to go on this app where you can design your own snowflake. I think mine is pretty cool see for your self.

If you want to make your own snowflake go to: http://weavesilk.com

January 12

Quotes

One of my favourite quotes is by Albert Einstein who said: ”STRIVE NOT TO BE A SUCCESS, BUT RATHER TO BE OF VALUE”. Isn’t that inspirational!! I think that quote means try your best not to be special but to be important in peoples lives and impact them with greatness. I find that quote is like Michelle Obama’s quote that says: “SUCCESS ISN’T ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MAKE ITS ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE IN PEOPLES LIVES”. Arn’t they simular. I find that everybody should run by those quotes because everybody is important. Stop thinking money and fame and success will get you anywhere its if you know in your heart that you’re special.

Another one of my favourite quotes is by the Dalai Lama. ”BE KIND WHENEVER POSSIBLE. IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE”. I love this quote because it tells you be kind, not to show off or to seem nice but do it to encourage and inspire. I think he also means theres no limit to being nice. It’s a bit like one of our schools north stars that says: “THERE IS A FLOOR HERE BUT NO CEILING”. This quote makes me want to get up and start doing good deeds this second. If you start do a good deed don’t tell me because it does not matter it only matters to the person you did the deed too.