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3 Wise Nuggs – Practice Interview

I was lucky enough to get 2 different interviews with kindergarten teachers from my old elementary school, one of them being my kindergarten teacher. From these 2 interview here are 3 wise nuggs that I feel were important parts of our discussion: Put yourself out there volunteering for the job that you want to do is important to make sure you are truly interested and care for it Don’t be.. Read More

Eminent Speech Outline

Speeches were my favourite part of eminent last year and I am excited to have the chance to share mine with the NotN crowd this year! So far this is my speech outline but I am still shifting a few things here and there because of the time restrictions being so short this year. Exposition: Sitting down to write her biography Diving into a specific moment in Julie Andrew’s childhood.. Read More

Eminent is already here! – Introductory post

  “It’s not enough to reach for the brass ring. You must also enjoy the merry go round.” Heyo towards eminent we go! This year for my eminent project I have chosen Julie Andrews. She is famous for the numerous amounts of musicals she has been in (Mary Poppins, Sound of Music), as well as many movies (Princess Diaries). She also writes children’s books alongside her daughter, Emma Hamilton. Not.. Read More

Blog response #3 – Harrison Bergeron

In my opinion, the film 2081 was a more effective way of telling the narrative “Harrison Bergeron”. The film creates a sort of realism in the story because it has to be realistic enough that people can act it out, it also it gives me better visuals for what the handicaps look like. In the story “Harrison Bergeron” written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Harrison is a 7 foot tall 14 year.. Read More

Blog Response 1 and 2 – “The Metaphor” and “Racism”

What might you ‘take away’ from our discussions of Stuart Mclean’s “Emil” or “Safe Places,” Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story,” or Budge Wilson’s “The Metaphor” this week? How might you apply this ‘take away’ to your life or passions, learning you have done in other classes, or significant events or ideas taking place in the world as a whole? A major theme I noticed throughout all.. Read More

Emil – Theme response

When we think of the word ‘homeless’ we may think of angry people who could never be happy with their living situations. Have we ever stopped to think that it is possible for them to be happy too? In Stuart McLean’s “Emil”, Morley realizes that privilege shouldn’t be the yardstick in which social hierarchy is measured. She is brought to understand that life is not just materialistic things such as how much money we have in our.. Read More

Reader Response 1 – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

In this scene, Greg finds out that one of the people he used to be friends with has been diagnosed with cancer, and his mom forces him to call her. I am surprised that Greg gave into his mom and is trying to phone Rachel. (He had tried phoning her a few times already but Rachel didn’t want to talk.) Thus creating the main external conflict in this scene. Rachel.. Read More

Looking Into the Eye of the Storm – Show Not Tell Writing

Original telling sentence – My friend was so mad. Steam pours out of my friend’s ears as she stands in front of me, glaring at my cowering being with disgust, a look so icy it could freeze the entirety of the sun in seconds. Every vein and artery and every muscle in my body tenses, feeling as though they could explode at any time. A chilling shudder runs down my.. Read More

TED Talk: How Stress Impacts our Bodies and Brains

My TED talk is on how stress impacts our bodies and brains. My main focus questions are “What happens to our bodies and in our brains when we are stressed?”, “What causes us to be stressed?”, and, “How can we relax?”. Throughout this ted talk we also explore a bit about what it feels like to have a panic  attack. It all starts with a tremble… TED Talk notes (they are not in.. Read More

Sight reading week/Concepts & Alternatives – In Depth post #6

This past week or so I have been really focusing my efforts on sight reading. This is something that a piano accompanist needs to be good at doing and something that I am very bad at doing. Throughout this week I got more comfortable with playing both chords and melodies. One thing that I found helpful to do is I would choose a song that I know the tune of.. Read More