Hello, salve (latin), guten tag (german) , こんにちは (japanese) , שלום (hebrew), hola (spanish) . Languages are such a big part of this world – they can transform you. Languages can help if you want a job: you can get more job offers if you fluent a second language. Some languages can also help your English. Latin is very good to learn, especially if you want to do well on the SAT. You can also learn more about other people’s culture. Lately, people look at the news and they believe everthing it says. They blame a whole culture based on a small group of people. If you learn another language it would help you understand that culture better. You can also study abroad if you want. and you would be able to communicate with others. Languages bring people together. People can be afraid of what is different, but why can’t you be friends with what’s different then you? If you take off your blinders and look at the world in a different way you can learn so much. You should not just rely on TV to tell you something. You should go out into the world and figure it out yourself. Learning different languages is a start, and it can help you on your journey to discovering the world.
Going to bed works! You may hate going to bed early, but you should know that a good night’s rest is all you need to help your body fight (and win against) germs!
Wash your hands…
We have all heard it. “Remember to always wash your hands!”, but we should really listen to it more often. Washing your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds can send the germs down the drain.
Ever thought about going outside in your pajamas when it was below freezing? Maybe you have, but staying warm is a key factor to staying healthy. So just remember that next time you wear your pajamas outside, you are really just waving a sign that says, “GERMS! I AM OVER HERE!”.
Don’t Share drinks or foods…
Other people might have yummy food and awesome drinks, but don’t give into to those temptations! A lot of sicknesses and illnesses are caused by sharing saliva of another person. Even if the person says that they are not sick, they might still have germs! Just because symptoms don’t show up for two days, doesn’t mean they aren’t sick!
Not only can a clean house or living space make awesome first impressions, but it can also keep you from getting sick! Germs can hide anywhere but more often than not, most of those times start outside of your home and then come into it. Germs can live in the dust under your couch or even just plain and dirty messes. It might be a pain to clean up, but make sure you and your homes are CLEAN!!
Stay away from people who are sick…
Ever have that repulsed feeling from that kid who snots all over your desk in class? I know I have. Besides the natural urge of moving away from them, it is important to know that having any physical touch with a person that is sick is putting you at a very high risk of being the snot-blowing-on-the-desk-kid.
Keep your hands away from your face…
Imagine all the bacteria that is invisible on your hands. This is bacteria that is prepared to fight a war with your body. It wants to win and makes you sick in the process. Well, you are actually helping this bad bacteria take control of your body when you are giving them a tour of all the ways to get inside of your body. Don’t put your hands on your face! These places are the grand doors for the bacteria to get inside your body.
Drink lots of liquids…
From drinking tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, or water all of these choices are good ones to keep you germ-free!
Meditate… It might be a little awkward at first, but once you get the hang of meditation it can be relaxing. It can keep you nice and healthy too. It is scientifically proven that meditation can make you happier and a healthier person.
So go ahead! Try anyone of these tricks and tips and see if they work for you! BE happy AND healthy during this winter!
I don’t know about you, but when I first learned not all kids have a chance to play youth sports I was furious. I know I’m lucky, my family has always been able to afford the registration fees for sports. Knowing that there are kids like me that don’t have the resources to play sports makes me feel bad. My time on the field and court with my friends make up some of my best memories. I believe all families should be able to send thir children to sport even if they are on a tight budget.
Charging families for youth sports is blocking kids from learning important things including sportsmanship and teamwork, preventing kids from building friendships, and the fees create barriers between kids.
The score was 2-1. We were losing as the whistle blew my teammates all wore frustrated faces. Having arrived at the soccer field at 8:00 that morning, tired but ready to play, this loss was very disappointing. We lined up to shake hands. Even though we were all angry, there was a silent agreement between the team to be good sports, like coach always says. So, we shook everyone’s hands and thanked the referees, because that’s what we were taught. Sports are an opportunity for children to learn important skills including sportsmanship and teamwork. All kids should have the opportunity to learn these skills because later in life you will need to be able to work well with other and show sportsmanship in your everyday life. Don’t you want all children to have the chance to learn these skills?
While some people could argue that kids can make friendships at school and that, sports aren’t required to make friends, I disagree. I have had many friends throughout my life and a majority of them I made through the many sports I play. Playing sports with people for hours builds a certain type of friendship. You understand each other better. You win and lose together and that makes your friendship stronger. I can remember times I would not want to play sport. Then I’d remembered that I would get to see all my friends, it wouldn’t matter the time or day, the thought of seeing them would make me excited for practices. The bonds you make of the through sports extend far off the field or court. The current system that is not allowing all kids to play sports and develop these friendships can cause kids to be more shy, less friendly and less outgoing, the system of fees should be abolished. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to build strong friendships. No matter if the family is struggling financially.
Lastly, I feel that the cost of youth sports has created a barrier between kids. One day I was talking to my mom about sports, and that was when I learned about the expensive fees in youth sports. I had asked my mom more about the sports fees, she told me that we were lucky, not everyone can afford to play sports. Anger boiled up inside of me, I couldn’t believe that some kids are not allowed to play sports because they are not doing well financially. The fees represent a barrier of who can and cannot afford to play sports. I feel like this barrier will cause children who cannot afford to play sports to not interact with children who do play sports. It is sending a message of financial inequality. Is that really the message and values you want to be sending to kids?
21% of parents spend more than $1,000 on child sports. Some people can afford that easily but for others with many children the price of sports add up quickly. I believe that the fees on youth sports act as a barrier that are separating kids, preventing children from learning important lessons, and restricting kids from forming friendships. Do you honestly think it’s fair that not all children can play sports?
The school bell rings. Freedom! Free from the stressful workloads during the weekdays. Freedom to spend time with family and friends… Everything is fine until I remember the homework. I puff out a long, frustrated sigh, and start to work. I bunch up in my room like a hibernating bear, surrounded by endless textbook pages, google classroom assignments, and essays to write.
When teachers assign homework on the weekends, it stresses out students. Like all the students that procrastinate, they’re gonna keep off the homework until the last day due to having a full schedule so that they have to stay awake much longer than they’re supposed to and scramble to finish the homework. Studies from the U.S. National Education Association says, “giving homework over the weekend leads to a buildup of stress during a time when students are meant to relax and unwind. The same is true for giving students homework over the holidays, such as winter break.” But doesn’t stress help you focus? Yes, it does. However, it also makes the outcome of your work much, worse than without stress. I recently watched a TED-Talk about procrastination about a man who had a 90 page thesis to write throughout a year and procrastinated until the last three days, having to write 90 pages in 72 hours and you can already guess the outcome. A study of stress in teenagers shows that 56% of students consider homework as a primary source of stress, while only one percent of the students report that homework was not a stressor. This analysis proves that homework is a major key role in creating stress among our students and children. 43% of the students put tests and good grades to add onto the stress so that it becomes a competition of whoever has the better grades. Schools in Finland have shorter school days and little to none homework, and instead of competition between the grades on the standardized tests (which don’t even exist) and grades, there’s cooperation from helping each other out with each other’s problems and struggles. This makes the students less stressful and that can help with memory, relationships, a healthier heart, a better outlook on life, and more benefits. A focus group of students reflected that a majority of them said that their homework load led to sleep deprivation, among other health problems. The researchers concluded that the massive amount of homework impacted the health of the teenagers through headaches, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight loss, and stomach problems. Weekends aren’t just for de-stressing, it’s also for relaxing and spending time with loved ones.
We all know adults who work usually get the weekends off to relax, but it’s not the same for students. Adults get time off to spend with their family only to find out that their kids are up in their rooms or at the library doing homework or studying. They may not be working in school, but they would be working in their rooms or at the library. I believe that weekends should be a time to relax and spend the time with friends and family. Kids should be kids, spending their time being filled with creativity and wonder, not moping with frustration around because of their homework. Alfie Kohn, author of “The Homework Myth”, told the Huffington Post, “It’s one thing to say we are wasting kids’ time and straining parent-kid relationships, but what’s unforgivable is if homework is damaging our kids’ interest in learning, undermining their curiosity.” The amount of homework schools give is too much, and our relationships with their own families are being damaged due to the lack of time spent together! The piles of homework distract students from their real lives – lives of creativity, fun, adventure. Homework sucks away all of that. Survey data shows that the students are “not meeting their developmental needs or cultivating other critical life skills,” according to the researchers. Due to the heaviness of the homework load, students are forced to drop activities like sports, time with friends or family, and pursue hobbies they enjoy. In high performing schools, too much homework can reduce their times to foster skills of personal responsibilities, the analysts concluded. “Young people are spending more time alone, which means less time for family and few opportunities to engage in their communities.” This says that their time focused on homework, can be turned and used to spend time with friends and family and their personal hobbies. Weekends are also to unwind and breathe a bit.
Weekends are not just for fun, it’s also to slow down and take a break from schoolwork and breathe. It gives us more time to sleep and that alone can influence our entire day or even the entire week. The time assures students that there’s time and no need to rush all the time. In my school, we have C.U.B. weekends which stands for Catch Up and Breathe, it happens every other week. As a student, I can tell you that I look forward to it. Every other Friday, I start to pack my backpack with binders, folders, books, and I complain about the homework, but I realize with a sense of relief, that it was a C.U.B. weekend and I happily put everything back. I could finally spend some time without schoolwork. I’m not saying schoolwork is bad, I’m just saying that to have an excessive amount is bad. Kids in Finland, the country with the best schools and education system, have NO homework, and they use their free time to use their imagination, to have a sense of wonder and creativity. With long breaks students are given time to relax and take in all the information given to them. In the US, we have class after class. Only sometimes do we go out for a break after lunch, and it’s usually not longer than 5 minutes. The schools in Finland don’t just care about the academics, they care about the entire well being. They care about what they do in their free time, about their habits etc. Of course, you can argue that homework is to remember what you learned in school that day, but it really doesn’t help. In Finland kids don’t have homework altogether and they still have the best education system in the world. Do you want to know why? Because they want their students to go out into the real world and explore without stress or anything like that. This makes them remember things a lot easier. Have you ever had to do something under stress and you couldn’t do it, but you could do it when you’re practicing or reciting? This is pretty much the same thing.
This goes the same for a lack of sleep. If teenagers sleep for less than 8.5 hours of sleep (the recommended amount of sleep for a teenager), they can have some major side effects in their heads throughout the day. Lightheadedness, tiredness, being unaware of the current situation, dizziness all results from sleep deprivation. Studies prove that sleep deprivation can influence your ability to pay attention, creativity, abstract thinking, decision making, remembering long term memories, and overall mood and motivation. All of these are required during school and without these, you wouldn’t be able to function the way humans are supposed to. Although sleep is one of the highest priorities for learning, it’s the thing that is most lacking in students. One study showed that less than 15% of the teenagers get at least 8.5 hours of sleep each night. To balance out the lack of sleep, teens sleep a lot more on the weekends which takes even less time from doing homework. A survey given to 1,000 k-12 teachers has shown that students are now spending upwards of up to 17.5 hours a week on homework if they typically have 5 classes with different teachers. This is around 3.5 hours a 5 day week for each teacher and 2.5 hours in a full week in high school, in middle school, it’s about 3.2 hours a 5 day week and 2.3 a full week, and in elementary school, 2.9 hours a 5 day week and a bit less than 2.1 hours a day in a full week. By comparison, a 2011 study from the National Center for Education Statistics found that in 1994, only 39% of 17 year olds said that they did at least an hour of homework each day. Also, the National PTA recommends that there should be 10-20 minutes of homework per night in the first grade, and add an additional 10 minutes per grade level. That means a senior in high school, should be doing roughly 120 minutes (2 hours) of homework a day, but may do more depending on certain courses they take.
Due to this abundance of stress and lack of sleep, socializing, exercising and extra curricular activities. Homework is the number one priority in students’ minds and can really mess up the body and habits. Teachers can relieve the students and ease their studies by giving time in class to do work, give less homework and stick to the recommended amount, or not to give homework on the weekends. Although students are only 20% of our population, they are 100% of our future.
In 2010, the NCAA(National Collegiate Athletic Association) and Turner/CBS Sports agreed to a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal for the broadcast rights to March Madness, the Division I men’s basketball tournament. Today, the NCAA makes nearly a billion dollars per year from the TV agreement, ticket sales, and other sources like donations. According to NCAA’s official website, more than 90% of this money is distributed to “support NCAA schools, conferences and nearly half a million student-athletes.” The word ‘support’ is used very vaguely here, because really, a lot of that 90% is used for staff salaries. And what about the other 10%? Shouldn’t the remaining $90,000,000 go to the student-athletes who make the industry possible?
It’s about time college student-athletes get paid. They spend countless hours working out and striving to perfect their game, all while keeping up with their classes and social life. Paying them would also teach them how to manage money and prepare them for when they get a job. Their coaches get paid millions. The colleges that they play for earn tons and tons of revenue from ticket sales, selling merchandise, vending at games, and sponsors. The athletes are the heart of the NCAA and the NCAA would be nothing without them. But what do they get out of the billion dollars the NCAA makes a year? Nothing. It’s about time they get paid.
Playing a sport while juggling classes is exhausting. The typical day of a student-athlete goes a little something like this; You wake up at 5:30, only getting about 5 hours of sleep, feeling a bit tired. Then you rush off to an early morning practice at 6:30. After that, it’s time for classes. You can barely keep yourself from falling asleep in class. Now, after 4 hours of classes, it’s time for an afternoon workout. After that workout, you’re exhausted. Now you have to get cracking on your pile of homework. Now you’re absolutely whupped and fall asleep right when you hit your pillow at around midnight. Playing a sport takes up so much time of a student-athlete’s day, it’s like they are working a full-time job. A job of 40 hours a week is considered a full-time job. College football players can spend 70-80 hours a week practicing in August, and about 50 hours a week when the season and classes start up. Some people would say that the college athletes chose to play a sport and they knew the commitments that come with it. But those commitments take effort and that effort deserves to be paid. College athletes are spending more time for their sport than adults at a full-time job, yet college athletes get paid nothing compared to their thousands/millions.
In the future, you have to be able to manage your money. Paying college athletes would give them experience in having a substantial amount of money, and that experience would help them immensely when they get a job or a spot on a professional team after college. Take Johnny Manziel for example; he won the Heisman Award in 2012, the annual award given to the most outstanding player in college football. His future was looking very bright and was drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft. Soon after he was drafted, Manziel started doing drugs and partying a lot. He got in a lot of trouble and was later indicted for hitting his girlfriend in the ear, rupturing her eardrum. The Cleveland Browns released him from the team, and his agent even dropped him as a client. If he was paid in college, he would have been more prepared for life after college. Sure, some would say that if Manziel was paid in college he would just do the same and get in trouble in college. Maybe that’s true and he would have gotten in trouble in college, but he would have learned from his mistakes, and he wouldn’t make those mistakes during his professional career. Now, his career is basically over, but I feel that he could have perhaps learned his lesson in college and been more prepared and mentally ready for his life after college.
College coaches have one of the highest-paying jobs. According to Business Insider, Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of the University of Michigan Division I men’s football team, makes $9,000,000 a year. In fact, the highest paid public employee in 40 of the 50 U.S. states is the state university’s head football or basketball coach. Colleges pay coaches like professional teams pay athletes; the better they are, the more they are paid. But the coaches’ skill level depends a lot on how the players perform. The coach and the players work together to become as good as they can. The coaches even get bonuses according to how well the team does. But the players are also a large factor in how well the team does, it’s not just the coach. Yet, the players get paid nothing for playing an arguably larger role than the coach does in how well their team performs, while the coaches get paid millions for merely directing players on the sidelines. Yeah, some people would say that coaches are super important and could turn a whole team around by his/herself, but that has rarely happened.
March Madness. The name is very fitting. Every March, the NCAA holds the Division I men’s basketball championship, or, more commonly known as the March Madness tournament. The NCAA recently agreed to a $10.8 billion, 14 year deal with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting for TV rights to the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. 10.8 BILLION dollars. Colleges also make around $120 million a year from ticket sales, vending at games, and selling merchandise. The players are the ones playing in the games that make all of this money. They make the NCAA work, and without the athletes, they wouldn’t make any money. The student-athletes are the heart of the industry, and debatably the most important people in it. They definitely deserve to get paid at least some of that money. According to the NCAA, some of the money actually goes to athlete scholarships and school improvements, but a lot of the money still goes to paying staff and employees.
At the end of the day, college athletes just want to play sports for their love of the game. They don’t think too much about getting paid, they’re just trying to do the best they can in school and doing what they love to do. But should they care about getting paid? The colleges that these student-athletes play for and represent make millions off of them. Nearly all of the people involved in the team are paid except for the athletes themselves. This isn’t right. Let’s change this and finally reward the student-athletes that are the heart of the NCAA and the ones that make it all possible.
Vile Victoria’s Secret: Why This Company is Tearing Down Our Society
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: one of the most popular fashion shows in the nation. Millions of people throughout the country flick on their T.V. and wait intently for the different angels wearing fluorescent wings and stilleto kitten pumps to strut down the glamorized runway. Excitement pours out of people like sunshine through fine white linen. Every fiber in their bodies vibrates with anticipation to view the variety of outfits and models. Unfortunately, they aren’t going to be seeing much diversity within those models. Of all 14 angels, 12 are white, 14 are tall, 14 are skinny, and 14 have a “perfect” hourglass figure. Thousands of girls’ faces droop, filled with dismay, desolation and despondency. The giddiness they once had has managed to slip through every piece of them, and has been replaced with pure disappointment. Victoria’s Secret only glamorizes one type of body, making girls insecure about themselves, creates offensive campaigns, all making it a bad influence.
Victoria’s Secret only carries one type of model: your typical gorgeously tall, ultra lean woman with a busty physique. The majority of them don’t weigh over 95 pounds, The average 14 year old girl weighs 105 pounds. When a late teen/mid twenty model weighs less than you do, it doesn’t make you feel so great about yourself. This makes girls look down at the flashing numbers on their scale and fill with disappointment and sadness.Victoria’s Secret only makes one type of body seem “beautiful”, and totally ignores the fact that other body types exist and that all body types are beautiful. Although Victoria’s Secret models and angels all have the same figure, some people can see this as a good thing. A recent survey from She Knows found that women were, unsurprisingly, more likely to buy a product if they liked how women were portrayed in its advertisements. The company knows this, which is why they keep their ‘perfect’ models to appeal to the most females as they can. This does make sense, but don’t you think they will appeal to a wider audience if they widen the types of bodies they support? Besides, it’s the 21st century, when are we going to acknowledge that there is more than one “beautiful” body type?
When you walk into the wide glass doors of a VS store, you are immediately bombarded by wall-size photos of those reed thin, top heavy, beautiful models. And when you don’t exactly look like them, it can make you feel pretty bad about yourself. Women and girls-teenagers in particular- will see these bodies and wonder, “Why can’t I look like that, and what can I do to look like that?” The answer is clear. You cannot look like that because those bodies because they are physically unobtainable without a trustworthy plastic surgeon and some solid photoshopping software. I remember one time I went into the store with my friend. She had been self-conscious about her body, and seeing that the company only supported one body type made her feel even worse. It was hard for her to learn how to love herself and be proud of her body when these models all had the same “perfect” body that she didn’t have. These models make girls feel insecure about themselves, and make girls who are already insecure about themselves even MORE dissatisfied with their bodies.
The company raised online rage only a few months ago with their “The Perfect Body” campaign. The images that they used for this “Perfect Body” campaign were 10 models that all had that same body figure as explained above. No attempts at body diversity were made in the image. Even worse, these images suggested that these were what “perfect” bodies were supposed to be. Given that those models’ bodies are basically unobtainable, it seemed a little insulting to imply that women who didn’t share their exact measurements somehow have ‘imperfect’ bodies. This campaign made thousands of young girls look in the mirror each morning and feel dissatisfied with themselves. An online petition was made, requesting that the brand apologize and take responsibility for the unhealthy damaging message that their ‘Perfect Body’ campaign sends out about women’s boies. More than 33,000 signatures were gathered, but Victoria’s Secret only took minimal action. They changed the campaign name to “A Body For Every Body” (which still didn’t make a lot of sense given the narrow range of bodies depicted in the advertisement remained.) Even after this petition, they still did not add any different body types to this campaign.
Victoria’s Secret has mentioned that they are going to try to add more angels and models of different ethnicities, but if they are serious about diversifying their models, they might want to add different body types as well. Adding different body types will help all women feel better about themselves, make the modeling shows more interesting to watch, and help the company widen its audience. Imagine a new generation where young girls can open up a magazine and instead of pinching their stomach with disappointment, stare into a mirror and think “Wow, I am beautiful.” Imagine a society where everyone believes that they are beautiful and are proud to be in their own skin. But until Victoria’s Secret starts to take action and add different types of models, I refuse to watch their shows or buy their products, and maybe if we all do, we can convince them to make the change.
We’ve all had that moment…
“Wait…It’s already 10:30? How?” You glare at your phone in shock. “But I was only on Youtube for, like, twenty minutes…Uh oh…” You look back at your unfinished project, your heart dropping like a boulder to the bottom of your stomach. Scrambling, you snatch the glue and Sharpies off of your desk and submerge yourself in the clouds of paper and ink that trashes the room. The next morning, you shamefully drag yourself into your class, eyes barely open and project in hand.
But how do I overcome this tragedy? I hear you asking. Well, I am here to help you out! Here are some weird ways to stop procrastinating.
Set up your materials five minutes BEFORE you want to get started. Now, if you’re anything like me, you’re already groaning, but please hear me out. You are going to be more likely to actually get started when there is a constant reminder of your obligations. I am one to write things on my hand because it’s kinda hard to forget something when it is physically on your body, and in a place where you can always see it. If your textbooks are practically staring you in the face, it’s kinda hard to hold off studying.
Use a reward-based system. Do ten math problems, have a cookie. Finish your essay, spend some time on Instagram or texting with a friend. If you look forward to your project’s completion, you will obviously want to finish it faster. Plus, everything is way more rewarding when you work for it! (It’s like how if I see a pack of stickers in a store, I don’t even bother looking twice. But, if a teacher gives me a sticker after a test or something, I protect it like Gollum and the Ring of Power. MY STICKER!)
Tell someone else about what you need to do and when it needs to get done. You will feel more accountable if other people know what you need to do, too. A great way to do this could be to start a group chat with some friends and post when you start and finish your work. With this, you stay responsible and on task. The only flaw with this plan is that group chats may get side tracked…but not yours?
This next one applies if you absolutely must procrastinate. While your goal is looming over your head, think of some ideas for what you want to do. Say you have to write a story based on Mesopotamian life in Social Studies. While you are drawing all over your hand, think about what you want your main character’s name to be, how s/he should behave, what their motives are, etc. You won’t feel like you are doing any hard work, but you are actually creating the bare bones of your assignment. To motivate you more, think about the exciting parts of your project so you want to start!
Force yourself to start on right after school, work, or after you have just done something else. The reasoning is just like Newton’s law: Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, objects at rest tend to stay at rest. I was very interested when I found this technique because it seems so obvious but it’s so brilliant. It takes a familiar concept and flips it upside down so it can apply to our daily lives. Anyway, this rule does apply. You will be more willing to do work after you have just done work. Why stop when you’ve already made so much progress? It’ll be easier to work if you save the couch-potatoing for later.
Now that you’re done reading this list, go get some work done! The world is your oyster! Go off, my child!
Weird Ways To Procrastinate:
Okay, if you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t actually go through with any of the strategies listed. So, instead, here are a few ideas of how you can procrastinate…(reverse psychology at its finest)
Draw on your hand. There’s a reason why I can’t be trusted with ink. Too many happy faces to make out of freckles!
Try to pick up a new useless skill. A Brittany Spears impression would be a great one to try. Also singing with your mouth closed is a new possibility. Hey, who says you won’t go into ventriloquism when you’re older?
Find your alter ego. In other words, put together a stupidly awesome outfit that you’ll never wear again, add a cape to it, and there you have it! Your other self has appeared.
Plan your idea for a restaurant based on your OTP or another amazing theme. I won’t judge! Unleash your ideas!
Don’t just watch anime, BECOME ANIME! Reenact your favorite scenes from the anime you’re binge watching right now or simply go looking for a Death Note. Maybe one of the other Shinigami dropped one, too. Just be careful not to attempt to become the god of a new world.
Read more lists on how not to procrastinate, or write your own! This is self explanatory.
Start here when you need an A. If you are like us you know how much we all want A’s even if it means slowing down and taking more time. You will be able to get your grades up and learn different techniques at the same time to focus on your goal of an A. The number one rule is to Live, Sleep and BREATHE by these rules!
- Suck up to those teachers that you CANNOT stand! Get them on your good side, and we’ll see who’s getting the A this term. But on a more serious note, breathe. Just breathe. These classes might seem to last for hours more than they should, but all you can do is breathe and try.
- Studying hard is one of the most important ways to get an A. Don’t be lazy when studying for a test or doing homework. Learn your work and use your resources.
- One thing at a time! Focus on one subject before you move on. It will be really hard if you go back and forth from one subject to another.
- Don’t rush, spend your time on homework and things you don’t understand. Instead of misunderstanding, take a few extra minutes to learn and succeed, rather than failing because you didn’t take the time.
- Ask for Help! Do not be afraid to ask questions; you might worry that people look stupid when they ask questions, but it actually makes you look smarter to ask questions and you learn a lot more than students who don’t ask questions.
- Revise. Make sure to go back to redo writing essays, and any type of school work. Revise and edit constantly especially when you have a project that could really effect your grade. Resources can be helpful and are more available than you may realize. Ask your friends, family, parents, etc.. There are also online sources of help. Google offers spelling and other resource tools too.
- Collaborate and share ideas with others. When getting stuck make sure you take a break. But also, make sure you talk to other people about it. If it is over Facetime or face to face, it is good to talk out a problem and work as a team to solve it.
- Participate and stay ahead. In class raise your hand. At home, make sure to catch up on homework and your lessons. I am not saying that as soon as you get home you should start studying for hours. I am just saying learning some new vocab words and math problems every day is a good idea. Soon you will be on top of your game and getting an A!
- Be yourself, be a good and reliable student for other students, teachers, friends, family, etc.. When taking on personal and group responsibilities you are actually becoming a better student and person. You are learning how to deal with stress and how much responsibility and stress you can take. This can make you a better student because from learning from these responsibilities, you are also learning how to deal with them better. When school has got you on an overload, just remember that you will be prepared.
- It is okay to be SMART. I know a lot of other peers of mine that think it is cool to be the dumb. People act stereotypically like the dumb blonde, or the jock with no brain just to be “cool”. Smart people rule the world this century. Look at Bill Gates! He may be the richest man alive and he is nothing less than smart! Smart is the new cool. So don’t be afraid to be yourself, be SMART!
What are the most popular books we read? The classics, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare, Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, Lord of the Flies, William Golding, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne. And we have today’s bestsellers, The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, Me Before You, JoJo Moyes, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins, Paper Towns, John Green. What’s up with this? Many people are facing this problem, while few publishers are doing anything to change it.
What are the perks of having books by diverse authors?
For starters, children (or anyone for that matter) is more likely to feel more understood, and when they feel more understood, they become more empathetic. When you have someone you can relate to, you are more likely to turn to them when you are in need of help. Many excellent readers don’t realize this, but when upset, they turn to reading, to someone who understands what they are going through.
In 2014, there were 393 books published about people of color, of which 225 (57%) were by people who were not from the group in which they wrote about. This can be quite problematic, in some cases. Authors can often abuse or carry out stereotypes with the culture. For example, I read a book by a white author about a young latina girl growing up in a small town in southern California. Her parents are poor, illegal immigrants who are illiterate and own a taco restaurant. Oh, and her brother was arrested for dealing marijuana. Every Mexican stereotype right there people. It was a little insulting, honestly. I have a few friends who are latina, and yes, their parents do make delicious tacos, but they are not poor, illegal, illiterate immigrants. They are very nice, kind people who have worked hard and live in a nice neighborhood and are genuinely caring. I do not think for a millisecond that my friends brother would try to sell me pot (he works as a therapist at a rehab center, so the chances are extremely low).
Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Books
I was babysitting my cousins, and they asked me to read them a bedtime story (which I was more than happy to do, of course). They chose the book “I’m Glad I’m a Boy, I’m Glad I’m a Girl”, by Wendy Darrow. It was chock-full of stereotypes like “Boys are doctors, Girls are nurses”, “Girls can cook, Boys can eat”, “Boys invent things, Girls use things that the boys invent”. As a feminist myself, I was extremely insulted. I come from a family of hardworking women and won’t dumb myself down to “just” be a nurse, instead of a doctor. I’m afraid that if little girls read this book, they will only think that they have to be the cook, and the boys will think that a) they don’t have to learn to cook; girls will do it for them, or b) that cooking isn’t “manly” enough.
After all, we are promoting empathy and respect for all people, but why aren’t we putting that into books?
Statistics from http://blog.leeandlow.com/2015/03/05/the-diversity-gap-in-childrens-publishing-2015/
Of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, only one structure, the oldest, remains standing. Although it was built long before any modern breakthroughs, it faces right toward the magnetic North Pole, and has many numerical coincidences. This famous architectural achievement, the “Great Pyramid”, holds centuries of information, begging to be learned.
Word To The Wise
Before anyone goes wandering off to their deaths, it should be made clear that the “Great Pyramid” is not a recommended tourist site. Even over 4 millennia ago, primitive traps had already been invented. The devices were simple, but effective. The entryways were sometimes plugged with heavy slabs, blocking everyone out. If burglars did ignore the obvious warning and chipped away at the obstacle, they would be in for a nasty surprise.
Ancient Egypt owned the finest alchemists of their time, who discovered fatal powders. These powders were often released when the outer coffin was opened. Occasionally, stones were balanced so that when doors opened, the movement would drive the boulder off, onto the victim’s head, or perhaps backwards to seal off the tunnel, in both directions. There were hidden pits, with strategically placed boards which would collapse at the lightest touch. There were even barbs, placed at neck height, which could impale victims in the darkness. There are even rumors of secret passageways, since many others were found camouflaged behind statues, and Pharaoh Khufu’s sarcophagus was never found.
Did You Know?
Many scientists have been intrigued by all the special numbers and ratios the “Great Pyramid” conceals. As years pass, nature has taken its toll, but it is believed that prior to erosion, the pyramid extended to nearly 150 meters into the sky. Records even confirm that the “Great Pyramid” was the tallest structure for 3800 years, until the Lincoln Cathedral was constructed. Often times, weathering is blamed for slight inaccuracy, but overall, there are many precise proportions and numerals. For example, the width divided by the height is approximately half of π, and and the length of a slope divided by half the width is nearly exactly equal to the Golden Ratio.
The “Great Pyramid” was probably built by Egyptians.