To Infinity and Beyond!

 

Okay, so I have the perfect idea for what Navy Blue Dress and I should do next for our banana bread project.  The requirement for whatever our project could have been was that you are supposed to make a positive difference in your community.  To add to what we are doing already, making and selling homemade banana bread from door to door on weekends, I had a thought that we could make something easy like cookies or muffins and tell people at school what we’re doing and ask them if they would like to preorder some.  For instance, we could give them a flier explaining what we’re doing so that they can read that on their own and give to other people and we can ask them if they would like to pay for whatever amount of cookies or muffins and then tell them that they will have it brought to them at school on a certain day.  Get it?  I might not be explaining myself very clear but I want this to work and am excited but hope that this doesn’t overtake Navy Blue Dress and I like the picture of Woody above.

So far, as far as the food options go for people to “pre-order”, we have thought of cookies and muffins.  We don’t want something that is hard to carry and keep nice like cupcakes and we figured that if we tried to sell banana bread that people may not know what it is and if they do they probably don’t want a whole loaf of it, even if it is a mini one.  If you have any other ideas besides these two then we would greatly appreciate it and will respond back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope I am not geting myself too excited over nothing because Navy Blue Dress and I are still just talking about this as a total up in the air idea.  However eager and enthusiastic I am about this idea, I only want to do it if Navy Blue Dress wants to do it honestly and not only because I want to do it.  Because otherwise it wouldn’t be as enjoyable.  We would also have to be able to really work together because if one of use doesn’t have time to make it with the other person for some reason before the date to give the “customers” their goodies then we would just need to make sure that we are staying in constant communication and working together.  Which that should really be no problem for us since we’re best friends and see each other every day for at least 5 hours.

Whether or not this idea of mine will go through or even if it does if it’ll be successful, Navy Blue Dress and I will still have tons of fun together making the banana bread and maybe even giving some to my mom to sell at her work.  The picture below is me dancing with Navy Blue Dress  when we make banana bread!

Go have some delicious food and dance.  Be good humans.

– Gold Glitter Pumps

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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

Grapes of Irony

Grapes of Irony, well it’s really Grapes of Wrath but the first one is better since it serves a point for this post.  As we are reading The Grapes of Wrath for class right now I am realizing how ironic everything is, not to mention twisted, miserable, and desperate.  For instance, the big businesses, created by the people outside of the South, push the Southerners out of their land to make more money.  Well, they don’t realize that those people they just took over was their money that they were taking as well.  Obviously the “Oakies” had to move somewhere else to survive and make money so they went to the West and other areas that had pushed them out in the first place.  However the oakies were viewed as vermin and bugs that needed to be pushed away and rid of.  To sum up, the North and West pushed out the South and took the South’s money so the South moved North and (mostly) West to make money but it was somehow wrong for the South to share profits in the North and South even though they had liked the Oakies completely out.  It’s also very hypocritical and selfish because everyone was feeling the pains of the Great Depression during this time period and for the N and W to do this to someone else and then be appalled when the S tried to move.  Where did the N and W expect or think that the people would go.  What, they would just stay home and volunteer to slowly die from dehydration and starvation?  Talk about being naive or so self-centered and closed-viewed as to not think that something drastic would happen after they did something drastic.  I’m going to be all sciencey and say that with every action causes an equal and opposite reaction.

Just think about this and remember to be good humans

– Gold Glitter Pumps

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

Just Around the Corner

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I know that this doesn’t seem like it’ll be about banana bread or anything happy for that matter but just trust me for a moment.  Recently I have been more quiet, exhausted, and anxiety ridden because my schedule is so busy that I have to try to figure out how to fit sleep in.  So I am naturally enjoying the things I wouldn’t get excited about and they are what get me from day to day.  I have had a few people ask me if anything was wrong or if I was mad at them and I assured them that they were not the problem.  But!  I cannot wait for this weekend because me and Navy Blue Dress are going to make banana bread again this weekend and even though I enjoyed it a lot before, I am incredibly excited about it and am looking forward to doing it with my best friend.  Especially since it will be her birthday in 12 days!  I would also really like to tell every single one of you that even though it sounds redundant and cliché, I believe in you and more importantly, believe in yourself because I know you can do it and when you believe you can do it you’re already half way there.  I am also glad to say that I will have my bestie there to also make sure I don’t eat all of the banana bread before we even sell it!

Have an amazing day and got do something you love with someone you love. ❤

 

– Gold Glitter Pumps

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

Teachers and Passing Notes

No, no, I did not get in trouble in class recently for passing notes or anything like that.  For once, it was the teacher who gave me a note and it wasn’t to be sent up to the office or another form of punishment.  It was an odd but considerate and thoughtful note.  It’s also a bit mysterious because I don’t quite understand my English teacher and I am not quite sure on what he meant.

I put this particular picture up because first of all it is incredibly worth of an “awww” and was too adorable to resist and the note that I received from my teacher had a little sticker on it that had the letter ‘Mm’ and a tiny mouse.  I think I might even put a picture of the note up here for you guys to see.  Yes, I think I will.

It was nice to get this because lately things have been kind of dreary and stressful and I am very glad that for whatever reason that my teacher decided to give me it, he did.  Interesting quirks in a day make you feel like you are not just going through the motions of life and they revive you and wake you back up a little bit too in the sense of changing from robot to human once again.

The note also did have a funky looking crown thing on it with a smiley face and on a side note the picture above has made me want a tiny mouse pet but only the ones online are always this cute.

Here is the note from my teacher.

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– Gold Glitter Pumps

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

No More Homework

This really is a terrible subject to talk about but let’s do it anyways.

The topic of senior year was what we were talking and reading about recently and the goods and bars of making it optional or getting rid of it.  I think this would not only be interesting to try but to se what happens and if it is worth it or not.  I think people, especially teachers and administrations, should rethink giving kids homework, especially before high school.  For so long it had just been the social norm and acceptable for kids to have several hours of homework a night, even kindergarteners.  I don’t want to nit pick on times because that isn’t the main problem.  I understand that the point of homework for teachers is to help kids further understand and learn.  However if children are trying to get homework merely so that it is done and out of the way then why aren’t teachers realizing that this isn’t a “normal” kid problem and they are just overreacting.  To stop and think, “Hey, there might be a logical reason that these two things may have a connection to each other; homework isn’t helping them and they hate it.”  Even if the child is not crying over homework or drowning in misery, they still do not like it but it has always been viewed as the teacher’s job to give homework and collect it and grade it.

I think this social norm should be changed or at least experienced because there isn’t one study proving that homework gives any of the benefits it claims to for kids below high school.

If you want to hear more about this and laugh a little too, then go look at some of these videos or just search for “Alfie Kohn” on Youtube.  Links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npZ4dkt4e4U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS3m1ocWhhw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt-ZI58wpw

– Gold Glitter Pumps