Looking Back

Well the school year is almost over and I feel like I have done so much. I have taken two AP classes, raised money for a charity, made it through chemistry (ugh!), and so much more. I had a lot of fun this year, but I have also had a ton of stress to deal with. In my English class this year I feel that I was able to refine my skills and that had I had a couple “Oh!” moments. Through my English class I was able to learn how to add my voice to a conversation. I feel that this will probably help me the most with my life in the future. I am a huge introvert but through technology and other resources I am able to talk to others and find out more than I would normally. I have also learned how to critically look at something and get more out of it than you would at a first glance. This will definitely help me in the future because not everything comes to us the first time we look over it. I know that I don’t necessarily like critically looking at everything, but I can see the purpose it serves and respect what it does for us.

Overall, this year has been pretty good… Now for summer!!!

-Navy Blue Dress

Summer!!!

Hello to all! Hope you are doing well.

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Well I officially have 12 days left to school and I am so excited! I can’t wait to get out and not have to stress about everything going on, every single day. It will be so nice to be able to sleep in the first day of summer, and the day after that, and the day after that… I have some big plans for this summer. I will be going to England to study at Oxford for a month. They have a program where you get to stay in the dorms and you take two classes of your choice there, and just basically get to live like a Briton for a month. I am taking creative writing and psychology. I can not wait to go!

What plans do you guys have for the summer? I bet their great!

-Navy Blue Dress

 

Everything Ends

Hello everybody!

We are coming to the end of the school year and with that, mine and Gold Glitter Pump’s project has ended. In total we raised $207! I had a lot of fun doing this project, and it was even better that I got to do it with my best friend. I learned that you really have to plan out when you are going to do things, and you have to stick those dates, or else nothing will ever get done. I also learned how to deal with other people in a polite way, even if they are extremely rude to you.

All in all I had a lot of fun with this project, and I might even continue doing it. I guess that is a really good plus to this project; that since these projects are supposed to help others and give our point of view on things, they don’t have to stop when the project is due.

Well I hope that all of you that are coming up to the end of the school year have a good time! Good luck on finals!

And I am going to put this photo in because it is from my all time favorite tv show, and it has something to do with this post. Hope you like it!

-Navy Blue Dress

What APs Really Mean

Hello everybody! I hope you are all doing well!

So AP exams are fast approaching, and I am scared out of my mind. I’ve spent all year preparing for these and all I can keep thinking is that I should have started studying sooner. As I am consumed with stress, I looked back at this year. When I signed up for my AP classes I knew they were going to be a lot of work, but I didn’t think I was signing up for THIS much. I mean there are good things that came with being in an AP class, but sometimes it is hard to see that through the piles of homework I have. I love learning these facts and other things and being able to use them and talk to others about them. I enjoy learning…to a degree. AP classes sometimes take learning over that degree. At the point where you are up until midnight doing homework because you have APs coming, homework from your AP classes, and homework form everything else, I can’t seem to see the light at the end of the AP tunnel. Aren’t AP classes supposed to teach us things more in depth so we can go out in the world and use them? Well with all of the work I have, I don’t see much of the world. I always looked at people who stay in all the time to do homework as weird and nerdy, but it looks like I have become one of those people.

With all that being said, I am still taking AP classes next more…I am even taking one more than this year. Sound masochistic? It probably is, but I am looking at all the benefits that I will get from taking these classes. I won’t have to take them college, so that frees my time there. And then there is the fact, that like I said before, I do like to learn. I also love the people in my AP classes. Sometimes people that are in regular classes don’t want to learn and it is distracting to those who do.

I can proudly say that I am an AP student. I like others being proud of me because of the things I am doing. Like anything, APs have their ups and downs, I guess it is just up to each person on what to do.

-Navy Blue Dress

Here We Go Again

Hello everyone! Hope you all had an amazing Easter and got to spend it with those you love.

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On Thursday in English class we are going to be writing an in-class essay. This essay is going to be a style analysis on The Grapes of Wrath, which we have just finished reading. My problem with this isn’t that we have to write an essay, its the whole in class part of it that I don’t like; and its not just this essay, I have always hated in-class essays. I don’t like them because they don’t give you as much time to think and develop your ideas. I am the type of person where I don’t see all of the writing style very easily, so writing this in class is a bit of a challenge. My teacher says that this is in part to prepare us for the AP exam, where we will have to write a style analysis essay in a limited amount of time. I completely get that part of it and am actually thankful that we are getting to practice before we take the exam, but it still scares me to do it.

What do you guys think about in-class essays? Have you ever had to write one?

-Navy Blue Dress

Just Keep Testing, Just Keep Testing!

Hello everyone. Hope its all well wherever you are.

This past week all the the juniors at my school to the Smarter Balance Assesment (the one that will replace the STAR test, because of common core). The testing was done over two days and we used chromebooks instead of the traditional pencil and paper. When the testing started, I wasn’t exactly excited. With all the other tests and other things being done for school at the moment, one more being added wasn’t happily accepted. I did like the testing being done on computers because writing long answers went faster. Though, they made us write long answers for math questions as well as English. Do we really need to explain how we got a certain answer to a math question? Either we know how to get the right answer and we got it or we don’t.

To say simply, I did not like the test, but if its in place of the STAR test I think I prefer one to the other. What I want to know is why the STAR testing was not good enough for common core?

Do any of you know? If so please do tell. And if you have an opinion on this please do tell.

-Navy Blue Dress

Another Day, Another Dollar

Hello everyone!!! How are you? Hope you are great!!

This past weekend, Gold Glitter Pumps and I sold more banana bread! Though, we learned something new this time around. Make sure you have everything you need to make it before you start making it. We got through mixing most of the stuff, when we realized that we didn’t have baking powder. We had to go to the store and get some before we could continue making banana bread. We eventually finished the loafs and were able to sell them.

We went out into the neighborhood and we were really excited. When we started either people weren’t home or didn’t want any. This went on for the first about 15 houses. Then we came to one house and we asked them if they wanted banana bread. She said that she actually was baking tonight, so no she didn’t need any. We started leaving the house, but then she asked how much they were. We told her the price, and she asked us if they would poison the teenage boys she was sending them with tomorrow. Of course, we said no. Excitedly she went to go get the money to pay for two loafs. As we gave her the two loafs of bread her two kids came down. She gave one loaf to her son to try, and she said she might buy more from us if her son liked them. Her son ended up taking it and eating most of it. Her daughter also came and grabbed one for herself to eat. In the end the mother bought 6 loafs of banana bread! We started going to more houses, and again people weren’t home or weren’t interested. We ended up going home and agreed that Gold Glitter Pump’s mom would take them to work to sell. With lasts weekends sales we have raised over $200! We are so excited that we have been able to raise this much and that the money will go to help those who need it.

Have you ever done anything to raise money for those in need? If so, do tell.

-Navy Blue Dress

A Map of…Writing?

Hola everyone! How are you? I hope you are doing amazingly well.

Recently in English we have been doing these argument maps. What you do is for each paragraph of a piece of writing (argumentative) that you are reading and find the transition word. The transition word can be ones like : instead, too, this is not to say (it can be a phrase), even, unlike, of course, etc. You then explain what this word does to the paragraph or what the speaker is saying. You then explain the claims of each paragraph and what the transition word(s) of that paragraph does to the claim.

We have been doing this because we are prepping for writing our own argumentative essay in our class. It’s a really interesting and new way to look at a argumentative essay. I am writing my essay on if kids are given too many trophies. My stance is that yes, they definitely are. They become meaningless to the kids.

Here are what the maps look like. The first is one that I filled out and the second is a blank one.

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Anybody else have new ideas of how to look at argumentative essays? Or have an opinion on if children are given too many trophies? If so please do tell, I would love to hear.

-Navy Blue Dress

Check That Off the List

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Hello everybody! I hope your weekend was amazing! Mine was, I just wish it was longer.

Recently, I have had so much to do. I barely have any free time because I have so much to do. This all makes me stress out a lot and I don’t like to feel stressed out. And if I take a break one day then I am just going to feel more stressed out the next day because I didn’t do anything. Now no, this isn’t just a post to rant about all the stress in my life, its about how I know have one fewer thing to do.

Every week in English class for the past 21 weeks(not including breaks) we have been doing something called morphemes. They are basically a part of a word (i.e. lud, ad, uni, etc.) and when they are in words it can help you figure out the definitions of these words. Every week we would have ten of these and we would have to find a word with one of the morphemes in it and give the definition to that word (you did one of these for each morph). Then you would write ten sentences, one for each word you just looked up. Or later in this whole process we started writing paragraphs, and you had to use at least six of the words. Every three weeks we had a quest (no worth as much as a test, but more than a quiz), so each one would be on thirty morphs; but sometimes old morphs would come up in the quiz.

Like I said, we have done this for the past 21 weeks, and we are finally finished with them and I am so excited about that. Its not that these were hard or anything, but on top of everything else that I have to do, it was just one more thing for me to stress about. It probably doesn’t help that I left all the stuff to do for each of them and studying up until the day before it was due; but most of that wasn’t on purpose. I would either forget about them, or be extremely busy with other stuff that I just had no time. Now this doesn’t mean that I suddenly have a ton of spare time-I wish- but it was nice to hear that we aren’t doing them anymore and it was one less thing for me to stress over.

I’m not sure if teachers, especially AP teachers, understand that we can’t just work all the time. One, its not healthy and two, most kids (and for the most part adults too) don’t want to have to work that long. When teachers go home, they might have to grade some papers or due a few lesson plans, but even those aren’t everyday things. Why do they think that we must have a ton of homework and no free time when they get a ton of free time? Can someone please explain this to me?

-Navy Blue Dress

Why so many tests?

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Hello everyone! How are you all? Right now I am drowning in homework and stress and all these tests aren’t making it any easier.

My  school, for the first time in a very long time, is not taking the STAR tests. Just as I was getting excited about this, I found out that all juniors have to take at least part of it anyway. We have to do the EAP (Early Assessment Program) that is at the end of it. It consists of some English questions, an essay, and some math questions. Basically the purpose of this, is so kids going to certain colleges don’t have to take the entrance exam to determine what English and what math class they will go into. Honestly, I don’t get the point of having every junior take it. Why not just let the kids who are going to the colleges where it is required take it when the colleges serve it, instead of having all the students take it?

Then there is this other test that we are taking that I am sure has a math part and it might have a English part; I am not sure exactly what it’s name is, though I do know it is part of this whole common core thing (which I hate). This is the first year that they are having juniors take it, and we even did a practice one in math. Yeah, that sounds great, but really it just made everyone feel really dumb. Luckily though they are using this test to compare  scores by different years and since this is the first year that it is being administered they have nothing to compare us to. Sorry the juniors of next year.

Then there is the SATs (did you hear about all the changes they are doing to that test), the ACTs, APs, and college applications. To sum it all up: Junior year is not fun. When did I agree to this?

If you wanted to read about all the SAT changes here is the link: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/living/sat-test-changes-schools/index.html (to get to the specifics of how the tests will change you have to scroll down a bit)

-Navy Blue Dress