From June, 2015

Overall Learning Reflection

My strength as a writer is that I can imagine what I want to write and in mind it is really strong but my greatest weakness is that I can’t find the words to express my thoughts. What I found most helpful while writing in general is to focus on the writing, avoid distractions, and reread it after you’re done. I honestly know that I can’t write nearly as good as other people can, but I try my best to improve. One of the ways that I think helps me improve a lot is reading books and articles.

When reading, I really never have trouble with anything. The only problem with reading for me is that sometimes I don’t understand words and I have to search them up. One strategy that really helps me while reading is rereading. Sometimes I get lost while reading a paragraph. Instead of moving on, I go back and read it once more and if need be, I read it again. Before starting a book, it is always helpful for me to read the back of it.

My strength when interpreting media is that I have a lot of experience with many types of media and if given enough time, I can give a good interpretation of the media I’m given. I weakness is that I can’t work very well with a small time frame which I will need to improve because that is just how the world works right now. Doing a bit of research on the media type and on the text itself helps a lot while interpreting media and revisiting the text while interpreting it also helps make your facts and points more accurate.

My strengths when speaking or listening is that I’m usually fully focused when doing so. I make sure that I understand what I’m listening to or talking about. If I don’t I will ask for clarification and/or Google it. My weakness while listening is that sometimes I don’t hear or understand what a person is saying so I ask them to repeat their statement. My weakness while speaking is that I often (once or twice a day) stutter while talking which forces me to repeat myself to the listener. I help myself improve by speaking and listening more which strengthens my skills.

I really appreciate what you are trying to do Mr. Puley. I know that you are trying to prepare us for university and you really succeeded in doing so. I found this class really different from others. It is much harder with more work and that is why I struggled in it. I really believe that I learned a lot and became a better writer than I was at the beginning of the semester. Overall I enjoyed this class because it was really interactive and I tried a lot of new things. Although learned a lot, I still need to improve my writing going into grade 11.

Thanks for teaching me this semester and helping me improve Mr. Puley 🙂

Blogger of the Week Reflection

For my blogger of the week post, I participated every time anyone commented to my post. Exactly, I replied to people’s blogs and back to people 28 times as of right now. My overall contribution to the discussion is 3 because I replied to every comment and answered every question directed towards me but I couldn’t get to reading everybody’s blogger of the week. I gained deeper understanding of search engines and how they work through researching this topic. I commented to all the people the following post: http://mrpuley.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/2015/05/13/catching-up-on-the-bloggers-of-the-week/

All blogger of the week posts that I read were really clear, simple to understand, and never caused me any confusion. I answered the questions asked and, sometimes, I gave suggestions when needed. I don’t ask questions which is bad because it doesn’t start discussions. I don’t ask questions because I don’t know what to ask and I usually never have any questions. Without reading her post, I got really interested from only listening to her presentation. It was about celebrities getting treated different than regular people. The topic is sad but true and it started a conversation really quickly. Having a discussion online is very difficult because you have to wait for the other person to reply. It is usually very slow and boring. Having a discussion face-to-face is better. You can quickly reply to the other person and voice tone and facial expressions are easily sensed by the other person. I think that the blogger of the week assignment is very stressful and hard. Finding the topic itself is a problem. I personally don’t like it and I would much rather read published articles written by news stations or really good writers.

Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Comparison (revised)

There has been more than 30 film versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet made, but for this post I will only be comparing two of themthe 1968 and the 1996 movies. The 1968 and the 1996 film versions of Romeo and Juliet are very different. I will be focusing on specifically the balcony scene in both movies. The setting, atmosphere, and the place Romeo was hiding are different in both movies.

First of all, the setting is different in both movies. While the 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet takes place in Verona, Italy, the 1996 version takes place in Los Angeles, California, USA. In the 1968 version, the events were supposed to be taking place in accent times, when people used to fight with swords, but in the 1996 version the events are supposed to be taking place in the current time (1996) because there are gangs, guns, elevators, and security cameras.

Secondly, the atmosphere in both movies is different. In the 1968 version, its dark night and the atmosphere romantic. No security guard shows up and the scene was better acted in the 1968 version. In contrast, in the 1996 version, the atmosphere is tense. Romeo is trying really hard to stay undetected because the Capulet mansion had lights, security cameras, and a security guard. Consequently, the scene isn’t as romantic.

Finally, the place in which Romeo hid in both the 1968 and the 1996 film is different. In the 1968 version, Romeo hides in the bushes and trees. However, in the 1996 version, Romeo hides by standing still in front of the wall adjacent to the elevator.

Romeo hiding behind the bushes in the 1968 movie.

Romeo hiding behind the bushes in the 1968 movie

Romeo hiding in the 1996 movie

Romeo hiding in the 1996 movie

Overall, I think that the 1968 film version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is better than the 1996 version especially the balcony scene. The following video is the balcony scene of the 1968 Romeo and Juliet movie.

My Learning Motto

Inspirational learning quote from: http://www.apisanet.com/learns-quotes/notes-quotes-learning-with-davinci/

A motto is a short sentence that presents the ideals and/or the beliefs of a person, family, or organization. I have a couple of famous quotes that I always go by. Although it might not seem true all the time, I am very interested and passionate about learning and I snatch every learning opportunity I can. I like to try my best at everything so that even when I fail, I know that at least I tried. Also, Trying my best at something makes me feel less guilty if I fail.

Here are some of my favorite learning quotes that I go by:

  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin
  • “We learn from failure, not from success!”
    ― Bram Stoker, Dracula
  • “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
    ― Isaac Asimov
  • “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
    ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Those were my top 5 favorite learning quotes. They are the quotes that truly motivate me to learn. You should always want to learn more because as Kofi Annan says, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”

Sources:

“Quotes About Learning.” Good Reads. Web. 12 June 2015. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/learning.

“Kofi Annan Quote.” BrainyQuote. Xplore. Web. 12 June 2015. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/k/kofiannan389917.html?src=t_knowledge.

 

The Beautiful Eiffel Tower

Image from: https://www.fosi.org/events/fosi-2014-european-forum/ Taken on: May 28th, 2015

The image above is a picture of the beautiful Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower, made to last only 20 years, is a huge tourist attraction in Paris, France. The Eiffel Tower was named after Alexander Gustave Eiffel, an engineer whose company designed and built the tower. According to its official tour website, the tower was built to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. As mentioned before, it was built to last 20 years but it attracted scientific experiments that saved it. The most notable of experiments are the ones relating to radio transmissions. Finishing off, Paris is a very beautiful city with a lot of tourist attractions other than the Eiffel Tower. I long for the day that I can visit Paris and spend some time enjoying the beauty of the French city.

Source:

“The Eiffel Tower at a Glance.” LA TOUR EIFFEL. Web. 7 June 2015. http://www.toureiffel.paris/en/everything-about-the-tower/the-eiffel-tower-at-a-glance.html.

Athletes as Role Models (Re-crafted)

Although many athletes are educated, most soccer, football, and basketball players are not. Professional athletes are influential figures. They provide entertainment to the public and influence people of all ages to mirror them (i.e. get their haircut, wear their signature shoe or jersey, or act like them in real life.) Since athletes influence people so much, they should set good examples to them. In my opinion, all athletes should be educated because they will inspire children to stay in school. Moreover, being educated empowers a person to think beyond the obvious, and helps a person avoid being fooled or cheated.

Athletes should be educated because they will inspire children to stay in school. Athletes influence the lives of a lot of people. Looking at signature shoes, Forbes says referring to LeBron James, “The game’s most dominant player is also crushing the competition in stores, outselling his nearest rival’s signature sneakers 6-to-1.” They continue to say, “Nike generated $300 million in U.S. retail sales in 2012 for James’ signature shoes, according to research firm SportsOneSource.” That shows how much people are influenced by a certain athlete. All Nike had to do to get the people to buy the shoe is write his name on it. There is a huge number of kids that are inspired by their favorite athlete and want to be like them. In doing so, they do the exact same thing that the athlete did to become as successful as them. If athletes get an education, I think that the number of kids that drop out of school will decrease.

Furthermore, all athletes should be educated because education empowers a person to think beyond the obvious, to make the right choices in life. Athletes often face important issues and end up making the wrong decisions. One of soccer’s most elaborate events is in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final when Zinedine Zidane headbutts Marco Materazzi. It cost France the cup, because shortly after Zidane got a red card, they lost to Italy 5-3 on penalties. Moreover, it was the final game in Zidane’s legendary career. That was a bad decision. Although he doesn’t regret it, it was a very bad choice, costing his team the world cup. He had an issue with two ways to deal with it: get physical or ignore him. Being educated helps generate the right decision. Zidane was one of France’s most important players. They would have won the 2006 FIFA World Cup if not for a poor decision by Zidane.

Lastly, athletes should be educated because being educated helps a person, specially a professional athlete, avoid getting deceived or cheated. This is a very important to an professional athlete because professional athletes deal with ridiculous amounts of money, very powerful people and companies, and deceptive women. Mike Tyson, the legendary former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, was arrested for the rape of Desiree Washington and spent three years in prison. No one really knows if he raped her or not. She claimed he did, and he claimed that she chose to have sex with him. Tyson dropped out of high school when he was a junior and therefore he is not educated. It is a huge possibility that he got tricked and framed by Desiree. I believe that if he was educated he would have made a wiser choice and maybe avoided going prison and losing millions of dollars in endorsements.

In conclusion, lots of athletes are educated but in my opinion, all athletes should be educated because they will inspire children to stay in school, being educated empowers a person think beyond the obvious, and being educated helps a person avoid being fooled or cheated. For the most part, athletes are good role models, demonstrating the ability to inspire people, setting clear goals, and overcoming obstacles.(Price-Mitchell) The only thing that a lot of professional soccer, football, and basketball players are missing is a proper education.

Sources:

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. “What Is a Role Model? Five Qualities That Matter.” Roots of Action. 13 July 2011. Web. 4 Apr. 2015.<http://www.rootsofaction.com/what-is-a-role-model-five-qualities-that-matter-for-role-models/>.

Badenhausen, Kurt. “LeBron James Is The NBA’s Leading Shoe Salesman.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 22 May 2013. Web. 7 June 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2013/05/22/lebron-james-is-the-nbas-leading-shoe-salesmen/.

Kidwai, Anam. “Top 15 Reasons Why Education Is Extremely Important – Listovative.” Listovative. 31 July 2014. Web. 7 June 2015. http://listovative.com/top-15-reasons-why-education-is-important/.

“Do We Need Education.” Do We Need Education? Web. 7 June 2015. https://www.debate.org/opinions/do-we-need-education.

Reynolds, Aidan. “Dumbest Decisions in Sports History.” Bleacher Report. 28 Mar. 2012. Web. 7 June 2015. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1102295-the-30-dumbest-decisions-ever-made-by-professional-athletes/page/5.

Carson, Frank. “10 Most Controversial Professional Athletes of All Time.” The Cheat Sheet. 20 May 2015. Web. 7 June 2015. http://www.cheatsheet.com/sports/10-hugely-controversial-professional-athletes-of-all-time.html/?a=viewall.

Roberts, Daniel, and Benjamin Snyder. “Ray Rice and 11 Other Athletes Who Lost Their endorsements.” Fortune Ray Rice and 11 Other Athletes Who Lost Theirendorsements Comments. 20 Sept. 2014. Web. 7 June 2015. http://fortune.com/2014/09/20/ray-rice-adrian-peterson-tiger-woods-athletes-dropped-endorsements/.

Shipp, E. “Tyson Gets 6-Year Prison Term For Rape Conviction in Indiana.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 26 Mar. 1992. Web. 7 June 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/27/sports/tyson-gets-6-year-prison-term-for-rape-conviction-in-indiana.html.