Monday, March 12, 2012

MLK EXTRA CREDIT

Extra Credit

My favorite exploration that I wrote about is exploration 5. On exploration 5, I wrote about my favorite character in the Blood Diamond. My favorite character in this movie is Soloman Vandy. He is a loving husband and father. He sends his son Dia to school to learn English, so the boy will grow up to have a better life. But one day, Solomon’s family is ripped from rebels and he is sent to work the find diamonds. In this movie, unlike Archer, Solomon focus finds his wife, two daughters and his son, and he makes a deal with archer, for the diamond, he will help the man find his wife and children. One of quotes that most stood out to me was said by Solomon. When Dia point gun to Archer, Solomon said, “I know they made you do bad things, but you are not bad boy.” I feel like this quote is important, I learned Solomon was care about his son, and Solomon think whatever Dia did is not his fault. Solomon really want help Dia to go back his normal life.

http://youtu.be/hH5OABWoIfE
Extra Credit
My favorite exploration that i wrote about is Exploration 3 which was Murtin Luther King Junior's speech. it was response to Dr Kings speech the mountian top. This speech was full of informational and guardians. He tells the sanitation workers the way out of sruggle. Dr King particularly emphasis the idea of working as community or a group to achieve gradeness. This idea is very crucial in today's world wether is boycotting the government to distribute the wealth equally, to bring justice back or to improve the lives of the personals within the community. As we learn from history, the great change was brought by group of people with grade leader, not one particular person. The message gets through when it co-exists within group of people. in today's world we can apply this when we writing petitions to the government to have centain changes done. it requires group of people with the same stance. last but not least another way it works would be if the community gets together with common goal to achieve safe and secure neighborhood. they can build recreation center, parts and soccer fields to integrate the community.

Extra Credit

I choose to read exploration 3 about the Martin Luther King speech "Mountain Top". I read to you a paragraph that I have written in response to the speech, it says: A practical solution he gives his audience is that they need to march again. That it wasn’t an option; they have to march again in order to put the issue where it needed to be. They needed to force everyone to see the suffering. To reinforce his point he used a story that if everyone goes down the road asking what will happen to me, then nothing will be done. The question should not be what will happen to me, but what will happen to them. It at least for me, made me relate to the problem. Most people do not think about what will happen to the other person if they are scared of what will happen to them, but it was a good point. This idea should still be used today. Not with the black rights issue, but with other issues. You have to not only think about yourself, but everyone else.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

extra credit

This is my favorite essay so Im i posted just couple of paragraphs.

The first time I saw my mother I thought I was dreaming, it felt surreal. I tried to wake myself from what thought was a deep dream, but it was real. Until my mom spoke to me, I didn’t believe my own eyes. “Son are you okay”, were the first thing my mother said to me when she saw my stunted look, I still remember those four words she said to me, mother came up to me and hugged me so tight, It brought back memories of how she sang me songs of lullaby with her soft soothing voice, and how she told me bedtime stories until I fell asleep. Seeing her just for split second and receiving a hug from her felt like I was nine years old all over again. Just remembering my mother’s hugs makes me feel better after a long day.
After arriving at my destination, I collected my luggage and headed towards my mother, and then she began crying. It was really sad seeing her cry even thought that was tears of joy. Those tears made her eyes sparkle and more beautiful than what I remember them to be, I tried not to cry but I couldn’t hold it anymore, so I cried for the first time from the joy an blessing of seeing my mother once again, but actually it was not that bad at all, and crying made me feel better.





here a link to the video .im kind of having trouble uploading the video in to the blog.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eSie2J3myw

Extra Credit- Abdul Tiba


My favorite exploration that I wrote about is exploration 1. We did it on the very first day of class. On it I wrote about my strengths and weaknesses that I have in English class. Some of my strengths are I'm good at brainstorming and typing papers that mean the length requirement. My weaknesses are that I'm not great at using the correct grammar and its sometimes hard for me to write a perfect essay. Also in this exploration I talked about goals I would like to meet by the end of class. The goals I wrote down are that I wanted a B or higher, get more interested in reading books and learn to write better essays. I think I met all my goal and I had a great time in class. Thanks to everyone for a great time!!

The Hobart Shakesperians

Overall I thought the documentary was really good and inspiring. What I really liked about Rafe's teaching style the money system I thought that was really cool idea. The whole money system was really cool because he taught his children the sense of financial responsibility. His children learned the value of a dollar. Another thing I liked was how he taught the children music because he knew statistically children who play music usually play get good grades as well. One last thing I like was the field trips that he took the kids too. The reason I liked is because of his choice location and types and foods he gave the children. What I mean by this is he took him to 5 star hotels and restaurants because according to him “I want to show the children what they are working for” and I completely agree with him. What can be learned about his habits is that the way Rafe taught he showed the children to think for themselves and to be independent. One specific goal I have for next year is I want to start studying more and the way I want to do it is to set aside some time to study and to not procrastinate.


Extra Credit

The essay I choose to extract my paragraph from was an academic essay by Virginia Postrel called The Truth About Beauty. In this exploration, we had to intepret an essay, and then ask insightful questions to other classmates to mull over that corresponded with the issue dealt in the essays. I chose to pick this essay to read from, because it really dealt with a subject I dwell upon frequently. The following excerpt I am reading from include questions that I ask to myself regularly.
"Our eyes and brains pretty consistently like some human forms better than
others." I found this essay extremely insightful, and it provided me with the
background on a question that I have always mulled over. Is it fair to tell
every woman she is beautiful just the way she is? Does this not give her false
hope, and stir away from the reality of her situation? Are people just evoking
the message that every woman CAN be beautiful to be politically correct?
In case the embedding doesn't work, feel free to use the link!



Unfortunately, the video somehow cut off after 2:00, and what I say at the end is "a lot of the times, we may have a friend or relative that constantly complains how they're overweight or ugly, and although this may be true, we're forced to convince them they're not, which is political correctness. And the fact that they want to be reassured that they are attractive brings about the question: are they truly doubtful of their appearance, or do they just want attention?"

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Extra Credit Assignment


I chose my paragraph from Refugees United’s essay. For this assignment, we had to write about one experience where we had to make decision that changed our lives. Also, talk about of life in college. I chose this particular assignment because this is a self realization paper.  I grew up very simple community where I never had to worry about anything and could enjoy my life. My family is always very supportive and protective about me. My parents take care of all my needs.  I had preferred that life be different. I felt that I was not having my freedom because I felt I was dependent on them. This is the reason why I blamed my parents for raising me in a simple neighborhood. I wanted adventures, but I didn’t realize how lucky I was. After watching the movie, the only thing that came to my mind was my childhood. The kids this movie struggle to find food to survive. Whereas, I took advantage of the love my parents showered on me. That’s the reason I chose this paragraph.


I said, “I have never been through anything like Byrahanga did. I always thought I had a boring life and I blamed my parents for raising me in such a simple neighborhood. Now, I have realized how arrogant I was because there are people in this world who would do anything to be in my place. I guess I could call my life boring, but I would prefer this boring life over Byrahanga’s Life.”
                



Friday, March 9, 2012

The Hobart Shakespeareans (Final Post for Class)

I thought the video we watched in class was very interesting. The teacher Rafe was an amazing guy and great teacher. I don't think I ever had a teacher in school that cared that much for their kids. Every student in his class learned a lot from him and will remember it for the rest of their lives. The books he had them read weren't easy books to understand. They were reading the same books I read when I was in my junior year in high school. These kids were in the 5th grade AND English isn't their first language. Rafe not only taught these kids well but he also like to engage them in physical activities, his favorite was baseball. He liked having his students play baseball because everybody gets to bat and get involved. Young kids that live in bad places need teachers like Rafe because he believes that all students can get good grades and get into college. Kids in bad places don't have the best chance in getting far in life. With the right people helping and good role models any kid from a bad neighborhood can be as successful as a kid from a rich family.

The Hobart Shakespearean review

My general reaction to the documentary was that I was so surprised that the teacher actually manage to make those kids succeed when every other teacher that they had said that they could not succeed in school, which I thought was rude. I was also amazed about him taking the children to see many historical places to make them realize that they were not the only people who were struggling to make a difference. His disciplinary actions also surprised me as well. Instead of yelling across the room at the kids, he asked if he could speak to him in a corner to speak with them about what they did wrong. It was great seeing a teacher like that because not many teachers are like that in today's world. It is also sad that the kids will never have a teacher like that again in their lifetime because he had done so much for them.

The Hobart Shakespeareans

What struck me most about the Hobart Shakespeareans was how much Rafe cared for all of his students. He wanted them all to stay in school, away from drugs, learn as much as they could, and go to college. He tells the kids that hard work and character count. As they panned around the room we saw the results of this saying. He had students that went on to go to Yale, Harvard, Tulane, and Wisconsin just to name a few. Another thing that stood out to me was the banner on the wall "There are no shortcuts". This is very true in life. You may think you have found a shortcut but in the long run your shortcut could come back to bite you in the butt. His teaching style is very different from other teachers who teach the same grade. He has the children play music in class, they students read what most consider to be high school and college level novels, they go on class trips, have a money system, and baseball. He blends all of these together to make learning easier and more fun for his students. I kinda wish I would have had him as my teacher. My favorite quote was when Rafe said everyone has problems and we need to solve them. It was a very interesting movie about a very interesting man that more people should try and emulate.
The Hobart Shakespearians are uniquely inspiring. I never would've thought that the a group a 5th graders and their teacher would encourage me to success and excellence. I think Rafe Esquith is a monumental teacher who takes teaching to another level. His ideas that turned a classroom to a family are genius and really set these 5th graders up for the rest of their lives. I think his use of literature is my favorite pedagogy because I believe that analyzing the english language is the best foundation to being comfortable with open discussions. From being in our english class, I have come quick to realize that open discussions are extremely helpful. I really liked it when Rafe said, "be nice. work hard." I think this is a great motto for young kids and nonetheless adults. I think this story of the Hobart Shakespearians has really encouraged me to go in depth of Shakespeare's work. If it's the foundation to this awesome group of kids, the it's obviously important. Overall, I think Rafe is a genius. For my goal after taking English 110 with this a great class, is to read 15 books before summer. I think reading is too important to being intellectual and will help anyone become more intelligent. Although I've never been a fan of reading, it's necessary for my progression.

The Hobart Shakespearians

The thing that struck me most in this film was almost all of those young students in Rafe's class are few speak English as a first language, and many are from poor or troubled families. I was really impressed that the book they read in the class I can't read right now. I read one book, and couple essay in English class this quarter, and because my vocabulary are few, so I spent lots of time on it. But the English is not their first language either, and they can understand these books at fifth grade. So as a college student, I think I must improve my English skill immediately. My favorite quote in this film was “ there is no shortcut to study." I agree this idea, because those children already succeed in learning. The goal that I set for myself is I need to stop my bad reading habits, and try to read 2 or 3 books next quarter, and keep in mind that there is no shortcut to study.

The Hobart Shakespearians

The flim was really interesting. I was amazed to see fifth grades reading at such a high level and understanding what they are reading. Yet none of the children speak English as their first language and they speak a different language at home. For example Hamlet, which I read in my senior year in high school, they are reading it in fifth grade. I remember I did understand a lot of it and I had my teacher explain it to me. I also used sparknotes for it too, just to understand what it is saying. These kids are reading Hamlet and understanding what Shakespear is talking about. I was also impressed with that they are name all the Shakepear's plays and know what the plays are about. I can't even name five plays of Shakespear.
One pedagogy the Rafe Esquith uses is the money system. I never heard of the money system before this flim. I remember having the sticker system where if we filled up our sticker chart, we would get a pencil and a piece of candy. However, the money system is really interesting as Esquith states it: "if I don’t come to work I don’t get paid, and if they don’t do their homework they don’t get paid." Not only does this encouge the kids to do homework but it also teaches them how to handle money, which they don't teach in school. Also, in the money system, the kids keep track of everything they spent their money on and how much they have left. Which is super important in the real world because not many people do this, they just have credit cards which they just have to swipe to buy whatever they are buying and don't write down what they are spending and soon they go into debt without realizing it.
One thing that have I have learned from these students is that even if your not from a English speaking country and English it not your first language doesn't mean that you will never suceed, all you have to do it keep trying you best and want to learn new and different things, which is what the students are doing.
One goal that I want to set for myself is that I need to stop procrastinating my homework or project or anthing. I going to start the day they are given and work on it a little everyday and not save it up until the last moments where I am pulling a all nighter and the next day I not able to concentrate in any of my classes.
The Hobart Shakespeareans

what struck me the most about this film was how discipline the young kids become dispute the hardship in there neighborhood, most of them manage to cope the highly dimands of Mr Rafe Esquith. I was impressed of the novels they were reading in elementary school. All of the books were high school level or behind. for example To Kill a Mockingbird is required sophmore novel in most schools. One Pedagogy that I liked the most was the money system. according mr Rafe he said " if we don't go to work we don't get pay, so if you don't do your homewoke you don't get pay". i believe that was good strategy. it gives an idea of how the real world works and what their parents are dealing with. I was also an advocate of the washington trip reading from a book is one thing, but going there and visiting the white house has different feeling. its more memoriable and it asuresss that the kids were first class citizens. One specific personal goal that i have for next years is to be aware of the issues around the world. I believe that best way is to reading books writing by first person point of view like the one we read in class " A Long way Gone"

The Hobart Shakespeareans

I thought that was a very powerful and inspiring film. Throughout the film I just kept thinking over and over about how impressive it was that these little kids were reading books that I didn't even read until I was in high school. I was in honors and AP English in high school, and I know that the other kids who I went to school with that weren't in these courses didn't even read these books. I really don't think that I would have been able to understand these books at such a young age, so Rafe really must have done an incredible job explaining these books to his students, since they're so complex.
I had never heard of the money system before I watched this film and I found it to be a really smart teaching style. I had to write my first check this year and I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and I remember in the film it said that the students had to record things, write checks, balance check books, pay rent, and just do a variety of things that I would have loved to learn how to do earlier. These young kids are doing things that may not seem necessary to them now, but knowing how to do them in the future will be so beneficial.
These students are truly inspirational and so much can be learned from them. These kids have such high goals for themselves and I really think we can benefit from them thinking this way and think the same way ourselves. Rafe made a comment at one point in the film when he was discussing his students going on to the higher grade levels after they leave his class that went, "My greatest fear is they become ordinary." I think this is such an incredible quote, because I really do feel like people just try so hard to be live everyone else and don't even know who they truly are. I love Rafe's teaching and I love how he made his students create goals, so I created two myself. The first is to keep a diary, so I can continue to write, even when I don't have to write English papers anymore. The second is to keep a gpa of 3.7 or higher in college.
What struck me the most was how they spoke in big vocabulary even though English was mot their first language. It was really amazing seeing these children perform and act upon Shakespeare books. Some of the books they read I didn’t read later till I became a junior. It was kind of shocking to me when the school was locked down because of a running suspect none of the children seemed to be frightened. To me, I think they all lived in a violent neighborhoods, because when the lock down drill went off they acted normal like its nothing is dangerous is happening also think violent is part of their daily life is not because they choose that way is because of where they live at. The reason why these children are behaving better than the most of children that we see every day is that they have a good inspirational teacher.mr. Rafe was encouraging teacher. I wish I had that teacher when I was in grade school. One of my favorite pedagogy was the MONEY SYSTEM. I was interested how effective it was! I encourage teachers in any kind of school; grade school to high school should follow his strategies. One of the quotes I liked was when he said, “if I don’t come to work I don’t get paid, and if they don’t do their home woks they don’t get points, and they also lose fifty points”. The most important thing I have learned from the film has to be , no taking short-cuts, because these short-cuts will make you lazy and it won’t get you anywhere, but instead it will bite you back in the future, and that’s not a chance I want to take. These kids really inspired me well enough to change my life around. The goals that I need to achieve is, to make time for everything and plan ahead things that are important, and I want to visit y mother in Africa. I want to make few changes to my life and focus on school.

Hobart Shakesperians

What struck me most about this film was how Esquith was so
involved in his students’ lives, even outside of the classroom, and he
genuinely cared about making an impact in his students’ lives. Most teach, in
my opinion, feel content knowing that their students succeeded in their class,
but disregard what happens outside of their class, as they figure that’s not
their problem. Esquith, however, takes on a role much greater than that of a
teacher, which I found to be very inspiring. He says “If these kids go on to
Middle School, and get involved in drugs, and gangs, then that means I failed,
as a teacher.”
The
pedagogy style I really liked was the use of drama and elements of theater in
the classroom. I really thought this was a great teaching style because not
only does it teach these children to act well, and with good emotion, it also
help them to have an accurate understanding of what they’re reading, which can
be seen in the scene where all the children are crying at the end of
Huckleberry Finn. They understand and take to heart what they are reading, and
that is what a good piece of literature ought to do.
Next year, I have a very specific goal that I am determined
to meet. I feel I am a good student, and that I take my work seriously, and
study hard. However, I still wish to partake in some kind of extracurricular
activity. I really want to join Buckeye Fusion next year which is a
Bollywood/Hip-Hop dance team. Because of my accident, I couldn’t this year, but
I will surely try out next year! It's been a great quarter with you all!

The Hobart Shakespearians


What struck me the most is that these children were all see the violence that go on in their neighborhood, but are used it. I was shocked to see that these when in lock down were carrying on their conversations. They didn’t fear that the suspect was free and that someone had died in their neighborhood. The whole scenario was so shocking to me. Nevertheless, the pedagogy I liked the most is music. I believe that this is very effective method because it was for me. I used to have trouble focusing me class as a kid. I stress a lot when I am preparing for my exams.  For example, when I was a kid I used to study sit myself in my room but, my mind would be thinking “what if I failed” Music really helped me calm down and focus more on what am I doing. I still use this method when I fell I am in stress or if I have been working for hours. Not only music I have many pedagogy’s of Mr. Esquith that I were interesting. One particular example might be the money system. He explains, “I don’t come to work, I don’t get paid and if they do their homework they lose fifty points.” This is a very innovative method. I believe so because this way the children will learn the real world. The school will teach the children knowledge required surviving in this world but, things like this will always come in handy. This will also teach the importance of money which I think children should learn first.
Many things can be learned from the habits and accomplishments of these students. These children’s vocabulary is very impressive. Also, the books that they read, I haven’t read them until I came to high school. It was even more impressive when, they were able to name all the books of Shakespeare. These children are definitely going make wise decision because they take their education serious. They habits will also definitely will guide to make good decisions as well. One goal I have is to start writing my diary. I used to have this habit of writing my diary which even helped my writing skills. I have made up my mind to start writing my diary again.  Moreover, I want also read at least 4 books by the end of next quarter and write a paper on each one of them. This way I improve both my vocabulary and as well as my writing skills.

Hobart Shakespearians

Hobart Shakespearians

What stood out to me was that most the of the children by ninety percent were Asian or Latino. The teacher Rafe Esquith pedagogy way of teaching strategies and way he used them to teach. Mr. Esquith would use tactic shown early in the film like gain fifth teen points or lose thirty points to get the students to participate. Way literature was used in his teaching was to help the students with a non-English as there first language; to learn by having them read Shakespeare which is very hard to read even for English as someone’s main language. He used sports as a way to show how if you don’t follow the rules you can’t play such as playing baseball. He uses music to help increase reading and math skills. Other methods of teaching by Rafe was social functions, conversation style, money system paying rent, visits from famous people and travel. What can be learned from these students is that there are some good and nice ways teachers will teach their students. Rafe’s philosophy “Is to have three groups, the first who like you, second the ones in between, and ones who don’t like you and don’t like the rules.” My personal goal is to take more responsibility by getting a job sometime during the summer before next year.

Hobart Shakespearians

Hobart Shakespearians

What stood out to me was that most the of the children by ninety percent were Asian or Latino. The teacher Rafe Esquith pedagogy way of teaching strategies and way he used them to teach. Mr. Esquith would use tactic shown early in the film like gain fifth teen points or lose thirty points to get the students to participate. Way literature was used in his teaching was to help the students with a non-English as there first language; to learn by having them read Shakespeare which is very hard to read even for English as someone’s main language. He used sports as a way to show how if you don’t follow the rules you can’t play such as playing baseball. He uses music to help increase reading and math skills. Other methods of teaching by Rafe was social functions, conversation style, money system paying rent, visits from famous people and travel. What can be learned from these students is that there are some good and nice ways teachers will teach their students. Rafe’s philosophy “Is to have three groups, the first who like you, second the ones in between, and ones who don’t like you and don’t like the rules.” My personal goal is to take more responsibility by getting a job sometime during the summer before next year.