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

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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

21 Things that will be gone in our schools in the next 10 years

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First of all as always, how is everyone? Hope you are doing well. Are you all excited about Christmas? I know I am!

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2011/03/21-things-that-will-be-obsolete-by-2020/

Ok so I found this article and it is just so interesting. Some things I am ready to be out of school, others, well can we just hang on to them for a bit longer. Like how they say that paperback books will be gone and it will all be digital. Look I have nothing against using your little iPads for games and music and such but there is a reason that books have lasted in the form that they have for so long: they work. And another thing, I love the smell of books and being able to tell how far I am by how thick the pages are, not a little bar that tells me how much I have read. So to say in the least I will be fighting that one tooth and nail.

Also I do not agree with taking Algebra 1 out of high school, and this is coming from someone who took Geometry in freshman year, so I never took Algebra 1 in high school. Some kids just aren’t ready for Geometry in their freshman year, there’s nothing wrong with that, just let it be.

Yay for no homework! I have yet to meet a kid that says they like homework. This article says I should learn more of what I want to learn and have no homework? I am on board!

I am perfectly fine with having no AP tests and no SATs. Ugh, they are so stressful. I am taking 2 AP classes this year, and wow they are stressful, but I do like that if I pass, I don’t have to take that class in college. Digital portfolio it is.

No lockers?! Where am I supposed to put all my stuff? If it will all be on an iPad, well then I guess we don’t need lockers, but otherwise I hope they stay.

I really like the whole centralized institutions thing. If I don’t have to go to school everyday that would be awesome. It actually sounds fun to go out into the community to learn and not just be stuck behind a desk taking notes and then cramming the night before the test.

I am hoping so much that cafeteria food will be out the window. I mean, come on, some of that stuff is just plain disgusting. I never see the cafeteria workers eating it, so if they won’t eat it, why do we have to? Out with the old and in with the new and better tasting.

So go ahead and click on the link. There are other things on the link than what I  have mentioned on here. Look for the ones that you agree with or don’t. And feel free to post your opinions on any of the things they have stated, hey you can even disagree with me. =)

Hope you all have a good day! Merry early Christmas!

-Navy Blue Dress