The dreaded interview–some insightful advice.

I know I have a ways to go but I have been thinking about the interview process a lot and wondering what will make me stand out.  What better way to get advice then from people who have gone through the process and have been successful at it?  With this in mind, I asked my mom (a current 5th grade teacher), posted on the English Companion Ning, and watched some Youtube videos.

Let me start off with my mom’s advice.  She told me to interview at schools that I do not necessarily want to teach at to gain the experience.  With practice, interviewing become a lot easier and more comfortable.

The English Companion Ning was extremely helpful and I received 3 very insightful responses within minutes of posting my question.  I have included all 3 responses below.  Please take note of the last paragraph of the last response– I didn’t know I was actually on eharmony.com.

1. “Find out about the school ahead of time. Do they have an innovative program? A successful team or club? What is the school culture like? Check out their website and ask people in the community. Even if the program is not in your field, the fact that you know about it speaks volumes about your initiative. My school’s website talks a lot about our mission and vision. If I were interviewing here I would make sure it came up in the conversation.

What do you do besides teach? There are a lot of people looking for English jobs; what makes you unique? Can you coach? Advise Model UN? Direct a play? Chances are they are looking for someone who wants to be a member of the school community not just a teacher.

Have multiple fresh copies of your resume on hand, and this is a little trick taught to me by a friend who reads 250-300 resumes a year for her company, don’t print it in white paper and don’t use Times New Roman. A slightly colored piece of paper (not canary yellow, but a subtle gray or cream) and a slightly different font will make your resume stand out in a stack of plain white ones.

Dress appropriately. This may not mean a suit, but it does mean business attire, hair out of your face and appropriate shoes. I am always amazed when I go to job fairs and see women dressed in clothing appropriate to a night on the town.

Here’s the most important thing, don’t get so hung up on wanting a job that you forget that interviewing is a two-way process. Just as they are looking for the best fit for their school, you should be looking for a school that fits your style and personality. Ask what their turn-over rate is. A school that loses a ton of teachers every year loses them for a reason. Ask about the culture of the school. Do teachers work together, eat together, or do they eat in their classrooms? Ask about curriculum, about class size and what the principal thinks the biggest strengths and weaknesses of the school are.

Good luck!”

2. “Take lots of pictures of your kids during your student teaching experience and include them in your portfolio. This is especially effective when they’re working on a project. Include the assignment and a sample product. Take pictures of the kids smiling and showing their work proudly. Make sure your interviewers see this. Collect artifacts, like sample papers, evaluations, and projects.

Collect and include positive feedback from your students.

Bring LOTS of energy to the table. Your interviewers will have been interviewing for a couple of hours, probably, and they’ll be tired. I’ve sat in on interviews where the interviewee has sucked the energy out of the room, and sometimes it’s just nerves, but you want your interview committee to see who’s going to be in front of that room motivating the kids.

I dont know if there’s a way to tell you how to do this, but the best candidates I’ve interviewed bring an energy to the table that actually inspires me as a teacher–reminds me why I got into teaching in the first place. I’ve routinely borrowed ideas that candidates have talked about in the interviews. Show your enthusiasm for the profession and the kids, and it will make your committee enthusiastic about you.

Obviously you also have to know your stuff. You need to seem competent and professional. Just don’t let that get in the way of showing your enthusiasm.

It doesn’t hurt to wear a suit, or at least a skirt and jacket. A lot of candidates don’t do this. Wear something nicer than you would wear to teach.

This addresses a pet peeve of mine, having sat in a lot of interview committees: show, don’t tell. Candidates have told me, “I’m really energetic,” or “I really love the students,” or “My students love me,” or even, “I’m really wild and crazy in the classroom!” You can show how much you love your students by the way you talk about them, and you can show your energy by being energetic. I’m always suspect of people who just say flat-out how great they are without proving it.”

3. “Confidence! Be sure of where you stand on specific issues… avoid abstractions and deal with the concrete, local experience you have. Let it be known that students, not theories, are your priority, but that you are aware of current and traditional educational trends. Do your homework on the specific school and district. Be ready to defend your classroom management style by illustrating successes with your practice. Give examples of parent contacts and relationships built in prior situations. Take notes and ask questions about their specific approaches to discipline, lesson plans, etc. A good portfolio also goes a long way… don’t hesitate to show a few pages in support of your response to a question.

My dad always believed a strong handshake to be a good indication of character and willingness to engage someone… And if you smile at them the way you’re smiling in your picture, well… I have a sense your interview will go in a good direction.
Good luck!”

Lastly, I will include a Youtube video that I stumbled across from an “interview skills coach” ( I didn’t even know that job existed.)  Although the content in the video may seem simple and obvious, I think this is important.  I have a feeling people often forget about the little things like posture and eye contact.

After all these words of advice, I feel a little more at ease with the interview process.  I believe that confidence is key and a passion for teaching is vital.  I know I have a while until I need to worry about this, but its better to think ahead and gather some valuable tips!

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Add a comment April 28, 2010

My Lesson Plan

I recently finished my lesson plan based off of the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.  Highly suggest reading it: refer to my previous blog post to see why.  The title of my lesson plan is “Provoking Human Emotion through Fiction Literature” and I intend to do just that.  I decided to deal with human emotion in two different ways: one way is through having the students connect to the material in the novel.  The other way is more analytical and deals with the students taking a step back, and analyzing what factors produce emotion in a book.  Is it word choice?  Is it the way the book is structured?  Is it the content discussed?

I just want to throw it out there– I am extremely proud of my lesson plan.  Although we were encouraged to “borrow liberally” from outside sources, my lesson is 95% mine.  To be honest a large part of it was lack of resources on this book, but also my desire to create what I thought would be the most effective.  I actually really enjoyed crafting the plan and wish I had only that to think about in the midst of the April stress.   I believe I have thoroughly completed the task and will absolutely teach this to my future students.  I do have one concern…

…yes this looks great on paper, but will it actually work in practice?  We all went around in class to discuss our plans and although they all seemed well thought out, I couldn’t help but think that half of the ideas may not be effective during the delivery.  I guess I’ll just have to find out.

Its a frustrating thought to put so much time into creating something and not be certain of its outcome.  That is why you need to be able to change on the fly and go with the flow.

Hopefully, creating lesson plans in the future will not be so time-consuming.  If they are, goodbye personal life.

Add a comment April 28, 2010

My two career paths are strikingly similar…

Previously in my blog I talked about my concerns about losing sight of my “performing” career.  Its taken a little time, but I have finally realized that these two separate career paths may not be so “separate” after all.

This semester I have taken half theatre courses, half education courses.  I have come to realize that many concepts taught in my acting/theatre classes apply to the classroom.  A couple of weeks ago, my group presented a lesson on body image in LLED 480.  Aside from cementing the fact that I love to be in front of a classroom, the experience helped me develop this conclusion. Just as if I was in a show, I had to project, engage, and connect with the audience.  It was as though I was putting on a mini performance!

Jason’s theories are scarily similar to theories I learn in acting.  With this in mind, I began to take note of things he has said that relate to what I am learning in my theatre classes.  A couple of weeks ago before class, he was discussing Shakespeare with a student–I’m not a creep, but I had to eaves drop being it was so connected to my point–and said that teachers should approach Shakespeare by analyzing and picking apart “one soliloquy at a time.”  Just last semester in my Shakespeare acting class (a class that finally made me appreciate Shakespeare) we did just this.  We all got assigned a monologue/soliloquy and had to pick it apart to gain a better understanding of it. After all, you cannot be an effective actor if you don’t know/believe what you are saying.  We went through word by word until we knew the piece like the back of our hand.  Not only did doing this result in a great monologue, but made my understanding of the language so much clearer.  There is no doubt in my mind that I will use this technique in my classroom.

Jason also talked about having students create a “directorial vision.”  Weirdly enough, we just created one of these in my directing class.  Having students create a vision of how they would stage a play would be an awesome writing exercise.

He also stated that, “you can’t have a play without something to solve.”  This is one of the first things I have learned in acting class.  If there is no conflict, there are no stakes, and truly, what’s the point?  No matter what, establishing a conflict is crucial.

We learn in theatre that we need to create urgency.  Why do we need to do this now?  What will happen if we don’t achieve our objective?  Why is this important?  If we can make students ask these questions when reading and writing, I believe they will produce more effective work.

So now that I’ve covered some of the similarities, let me play devil’s advocate for a second.  There is one major difference that I often struggle with.  In english education we are told to analyze the words, come up with subtext, and read in between the lines.  However, in my script analysis course we are being taught quite the opposite.  In terms of analyzing a play we learn to look at the text for what it is.  There are thousands of essays on Hamlet and his “laziness/craziness” but is there actual any support of this in the text?  My teacher says, “if its not on the page, its not on the stage.”  I’ll leave that up for you to decide.

Regardless of this one minor difference, I need to start viewing theatre and education as  companions, as co-existing bodies of knowledge, and as a way for me to combine by areas of study.  I think having this theatre background puts me ahead in the race and I need to start realizing that.  I think I have begun to.

Add a comment April 28, 2010

There ARE people out there!

I am not afraid to admit it. I have learned that in order to produce, I need guidelines and structure. I am not lazy by any means and always go above and beyond what is expected of me. HOWEVER, in the case of the PLN I felt like a stray animal. Because I did not know exactly what I was supposed to do, the PLN provided a constant stress in the back of my mind. It was kind of like a little man that was always there and I didn’t know what to do with him. The only way he would leave was if I came to this site and blogged about my thoughts: but even then there was stress. There were questions constantly running through my mind. “Am I blogging about the right things? Does Jason hate my blog? Are my classmates’ blogs better than mine? How often do I update my Twitter? Do I even need a Twitter? Ahhh why is Classroom 2.0 e-mailing me every five minutes? Isn’t Linkedin more of a business site? Am I doing this right? Is this right? Is this right?” ..wow that felt good.

But then one fine LLED infested day, some of my classmates were discussing a conversation they were part of on the English Companion Ning. It inspired me to get back on the website and start some conversations. Finally, everything clicked. I understood the purpose of the PLN, I realized that starting a discussion on this site was not as painful as I thought. I understood that there ARE people out there who are experienced and willing to share their accumulated knowledge.

I have now come to love the English Companion Ning and go on every once in a while to start/ respond to a discussion. I get excited when people reply and maintaining these conversations is so important. I would like to share a few valuable things that were told to me. When discussing the balance between “teacher” identity and “personal identity” Simone Ferguson wrote:

“Students want boundaries: I found that by having rules and routines students felt more comfortable. When students enter the room knowing what to expect and how things go, it empowers them. Especially if they come from a home where there are no boundaries.”

on this same topic, a long time teacher Carol wrote,

“When you get too close to kids, you may find out things that you are obligated to report, like alcohol use. Keep your distance, and you won’t find yourself in a difficult situation of having to “narc” on a “friend.”

this same woman also provided a quote which I thought to be extremely powerful…
“Be willing to usurp the days lesson to talk about and teach a life lesson.”

I thought that was amazingly inspiring.

Although I couldn’t wholly contribute to this discussion I shared that I too have concerns on how to separate my many identities.

Another conversation that I contributed to/began was about The Five People You Meet in Heaven (my book for my unit plan.)  I posed a question to see if anyone had ever taught it in their classes and received an interesting response.  A teacher replied that she was intrigued by the book choice and wanted to know if it would be appropriate for 10th graders.  “Wow” I thought.  This experienced teacher is taking advice from me.  How cool is that?

I have had great conversations on the Ning and can honestly say that my “conversations” portion of my PLN is significantly improving.  I see the purpose of the PLN now and am having fun with it!

Add a comment April 16, 2010

The Five People You Meet in Heaven..an epic tale.

I cannot stop thinking about the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.  I am using this book to create my unit plan for Jason’s class and couldn’t have asked for a better book. Prior to reading it, I was scrolling through the lists of age appropriate books and remembered Oprah having a special on the debut of the movie.  With Oprah in mind, I chose this book and feel so strongly about teaching it in my classroom or at least recommending it as a free read.  I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who reads this blog and is inspired to pick up this book-PLEASE DO- but let me just say that after reading it I had an epiphany: you cannot sparknote this stuff.  You cannot sparknote the emotion that comes from actually reading this story, you cannot learn the life lessons Albom sets out to teach by reading a summary, you cannot possibly experience Eddie’s journey without going on it with him.  Thinking of all this makes me optimistic about teaching.  If I can incorporate books such as this into my curriculum, I will hopefully spark a lot more interest and a lot less sparknote views.

Sparknotes version of this blog: READ THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN if you want to thoroughly enjoy a piece of literature from start to finish, and feel emotionally moved while doing so.

Add a comment April 7, 2010

So this is what it’s come to: where I stand in the PLN world.

Jason told us in class to “grade” ourselves and make a “PLN report”, if you will.  Now self-grading is always tricky.  Who doesn’t want to say they deserve an A?   Unfortunately (and fortunately) with this assignment I can compare my work to my fellow classmates to see where I stand.  I decided I am going to be as honest as possible in this assessment.  After all, this isn’t the be all end all.

1) BLOG STATISTICS

Let me start off with some images of my stats


Above are three images of the viewership of my blog daily, weekly, and monthly.  Although these numbers aren’t the greatest, I am glad people are listening to what I have to say–whether I am reaching millions, or a select few.  Let me write my feelings for each stat picture.

Daily:  I must defend the lack of viewership of my blog in the beginning.  I unfortunately made a blog on blogspot.com (I know I am a traitor) and shared that site with my classmates and teacher.  After switching to wordpress, I forgot to update this information which resulted in Jason’s “slacker” view of me, as well as confused peers.  I believe this is the reason my stats are so low in the beginning and then sky rocket around the 24th of March.  In a perfect world (and I will get there) I will see 20 views per day at least.

Weekly:

My weekly views are all over the place.  There has been a steady decline in the past couple of weeks which makes me want to blog a lot more consistently to get these views back up.

Monthly:

Slow and steady, slow and steady, then boom downhill again.  My goal for the month of April is to get this Monthly graph evened out.  I am proud of the fact that I have been increasing in viewership up until this point.

Now onto my blog stat summary table:

Okay, so 134 total hits.  Not bad for a beginner- not good for my standards.  I would like to see this number increase significantly this month- something that is both in and out of my control.  As I cannot force feed my blog into the mouths of my fellow classmates, I can connect to them more to hopefully spark an interest.

OVERALL STAT GRADE: B+

2)Discipline/Consistency

Now onto my next topic: discipline and consistency.  Although I can certainly improve in this area, I do have a method for my madness. Throughout the day, random thoughts come to my mind that I find intriguing and blog worthy.  I tend to save up all these thoughts and ultimately produce one longer blog rather than 17 short ones.  Although I initially thought this was a good idea, I am a little stressed that I am not writing enough.  I have all of these thoughts, why not immediately jot them down in my blog?  I must admit, I am constantly thinking about my PLN, always forming new thoughts, and writing a decent amount down- yet there is always more to be said.

OVERALL DISCIPLINE GRADE: B

3) Quality of Posts

I rank myself very high in terms of the quality of my posts.  Although my blog covers a variety of topics- it is true to who I am.  I do not sit here and write about things that really are not of interest to me.  Instead I use this blog as a means of self-expression, a way to connect to others, and to essentially show the online world who I am and where I come from. Whether I write about my struggle with identity, my plans for student teaching, or my feelings on children, I believe I have meaningful blog posts.  We were never told exactly what to write about, so why not have free reign?  With that said, I would like to focus a post or two on the broader spectrum of teaching and not just where I stand in it.

OVERALL QUALITY GRADE: A-

4) Connecting

Okay so I am a fan of structure and expectation.  I was not aware that we were supposed to comment on other blogs, and post discussions on our Nings.  Now of course I assumed this was encouraged, but let’s be honest–we are college students with a lot of work thrown at us.  I was doing very poorly in terms of connecting, up until Jason’s class last week.  Sometimes all I need is a good kick in the butt to get things rolling.  I began by posting a discussion question on the English Companion Ning and was shocked at how fast I received a response.  I am now a little obsessed with posting and am doing a lot more browsing of blogs.  I am a late bloomer in this area, but will continue to connect. After all, its all about conversations.

OVERALL CONNECTION GRADE: B-

OVERALL PLN GRADE AS OF NOW: B

It is truly hard to sit here and give myself B’s on something that I have learned so much from already.  The knowledge and resources I have gained are not worth a letter grade, but for the purpose of this self-evaluation I would give myself a B.  I strive for As, so it breaks my heart to say that but there is always room for improvement-something I certainly plan on taking advantage of.

Add a comment April 7, 2010

England!

So I am going to England next year to student teach.  This whole thing has been nothing but a picture in my mind, an imaginary vision that isn’t real.  All of a sudden, its becoming real.. almost too real.  I have to fill out the abroad application, choose a part of the country I want to go, and give these people half of my savings account all before tomorrow, and I am not afraid to admit it: I am scared.  How can somebody pick a place they want to live and teach with no knowledge of the area?  I have narrowed my options down based on proximity to London (another place I am unfamiliar with) and have decided to either go to Oxfordshire or West Sussex.  The only background knowledge I have gained of these two places is Oxford looks cooler on Wikipedia, the English exchange student in my directing class thinks I say “Oxfordshire” funny, and West Sussex is by a beautiful place called Brighton.  I am very confused about where I go from here, but the one thing getting me through is my best friend Michele.  We are both going to England together, and stick us in a box in the middle of the road–we will find the fun in it.  Okay maybe not a box.

2 comments March 31, 2010

I have an unhealthy obsession with iMovie.

I am literally addicted to imovie.  It is becoming a problem.  I just bought the flip camera (best purchase I have ever made) to make an audition tape for a reality show on MTV (i’ll let you know how that goes) and decided to edit the tape throught iMovie.  Knowing nothing more than the iMovie basics, I began to create what I thought would be an epic failure.  To my surprise, it began to turn out really well!  Hours upon hours went by beyond my knowledge because I became so engrossed in editing the thing.  I originally was going to return the flip camera (hopefully the man at Best Buy isn’t reading this–if you are: don’t worry, I didnt) but loved the simplicity of it too much.  I ended up bringing the camera with me to Disney World and came home, immediately uploaded all of the footage, and proceeded to feed my iMovie editing addiction.  This project consumed me, but I just couldn’t stop.  My friends knew they couldn’t speak to me until I was finished, my other school work was put on hold, and I anxiously awaited for class to be over so I could continue editing.

I take the Flip out with me every night and make iMovies of the pointless, yet humorous footage.  My friends think its my calling and I wonder if it is.  I rarely get this excited about things.

Okay, so my GPA may or may not be affected by my addiction but at at least I have some awesome iMovies to show for it!

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Kids Kids Kids

So after being in Disney World for a week and being surrounded by tourists under the age of 10 (and over the age of 60) I have truly been emotionally affected by children.  Seeing them interact with their parents and grandparents made me think back to my childhood and made me wish I were in that time of my life.  This makes me confident that I am choosing the right profession.  It also makes me wonder if junior high and high school students will have the same affect on me.  Besides kids being cute and pretty, they know more than we do about stinkin technology!!

My roommate and fellow education major Michele, told me that when she was teaching the other day, her fifth grade student was teaching her about features on her own computer!  These kids are growing up with all this technology, and know more about it then we do sometimes.  As I am writing this blog, I am in a dance studio lobby and two things are happening:

1) a 3 year old boy and his 5 year old sister are playing an interactive Dora the Explorer game on my friend’s laptop.  Just for the record, five minutes ago these same children couldn’t sit still for more than 30 seconds.  With the introduction of this interactive game, the brother and sister are not only bonding, but more importantly they are allowing me to write this blog without a headache.

2) a 7 year old boy is eying my computer down and keeps casually coming over and looking at the screen (hopefully he won’t notice that I am writing about him.)  He begins to tell me that he has apple computers in his school and that they play K2 games all the time.  He asks me if I have these games, and not knowing what the heck he is talking about, I stare at him blankly.  This 7 year old child starts navigating through, as his mom pulls him away saying “he is always very curious about computers.”  I didn’t even know what a computer was when I was seven.  And lets be honest.  If I didn’t have this machine on my lap I would mean nothing to this child. Kids are interesting.

Add a comment March 23, 2010

Stream of Consciousness

I am back!! I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, and decided to blog about a bunch of different things instead of posting a bunch of short snippits (is that a word?) This may seem like one big stream of consciousness. I am okay with that. My first and most important issue: my computer.

My Computer: This may seem like a rant, but hey I need to vent to someone, or something in this case.  Last semester I owned an HP Pavilion laptop.  Although it ran a little slower than I would have liked, it caused me hardly any trouble.  I knew how to copy and paste, how to x something out, and how to use the basic word processor.  One day I turned my 2 year old computer on, and to my surprise a blue flashing screen appeared that read “WARNING CRASH DUMP DELETING ALL FILES WARNING.”  “This can’t be good,” I thought to myself.  After taking the computer to rescom and receiving an abundance of false hope, I discovered that my hard drive “failed.”  I received no explanation as to what this meant or what I did wrong, but was told to buy a new hard drive.  To make a long story short, I spent about 200$ fixing my HP (of my own money) only to find that everything I once owned was somewhere in the technological atmosphere: a place I could never get to.  Moral of this story: BACKUP YOUR FILES.  So so far, not so bad.  My computer is functioning and I am a happy (and 200$ poorer) camper.

About a week later I remembered that I needed a Macbook to continue on my English teacher journey.  Of course my parents were not having it and didn’t believe me when I told them it was a requirement.  Regardless of their beliefs, the bottom line was that I needed a new computer and I needed it soon.  Although it was a struggle, I decided to buy the computer myself.  I made amends with the fact that I would have 2 perfectly usable computers because one day I might “forget my computer at school and need one for home.” (It’s not like we own 2 more computers at home or anything.)  Anyway, I bought the laptop over Christmas break and was feeling really excited to enter the modern, yet intimidating Mac world.  I was congratulated when I left the Apple store and was super excited about this new awesome machine.  After going Ebay crazy and buying a race car mouse, a keyboard cover, and a computer cover, I was really starting to love my new computer.  It was so fast, so white, and just so efficient…or so I thought.

About a week ago my basically brand new macbook started to freeze for hours at a time.  All I saw was the stupid pinwheel spinning and spinning and spinning.  I would watch it and think “okay at least something is moving” but my experience would only end in frustration.  I took it to rescom again (the same people that told me “you should really get a mac.. they never have problems”) and pretty much cried to them.  I am still having the freezing issues but it comes and goes.  My computer memory is about 90% empty, and I have no illegal downloading programs.  Right now it is working great but I will bet money that by the time I am half way through this post, the pinwheel will come out to play.  If anyone has read this far: I NEED YOUR HELP!! Why is my computer doing this??  I am just so sick of my bad luck with technology.  I told my Grandpa that he’s lucky he’s never owned a computer.  It really does cause so many headaches (and dizziness from watching the spinning pinwheel.)

I am hoping I figure this problem out soon.  I am feeling technologically incompetent and I need some help.

My Alternate Identity: So I have this alternate identity.  Aside from being an aspiring teacher, I am an aspiring performer.  Teaching is very much like performing, but by performing I mean singing, dancing, and acting.  I am a double major studying both theatre (acting emphasis) and education and sometimes in the teaching atmosphere, my alternate identity (lets name it Sasha Fierce–huge Beyonce fan) gets lost.  No one in my LLED block really gets to see this side of me (besides Befriending Ben who came to my a cappella concert–thanks Ben) and it worries me that once I enter the teaching profession my dreams of performing will be put on the back burner.  There are times when I feel like I am destined to teach and other times where I feel like I don’t want to forget about Sasha.  When I feel this way I remember these two things:

1) I can incorporate my passion into my classroom

2) Teachers have the summers off : I can use this time to audition and pursue my other dream!

I think having all of my performance background will really help me in the classroom.  I study how to get up in front of an audience and do my thing.  Although a classroom is wayyy more interactive, it has its similarities.  Studying theatre has also given me a great passion for drama.  I will undoubtedly incorporate drama into my curriculum, and I feel especially confident in this area.

..Here is when I throw in a little plug.  That’s what blogs are for right?  I am going to post some music videos that I was featured in this summer.  Sasha Fierce says she hopes you enjoy them.

Feed Update: As I continue to fly by “Feed” I have an interesting thought.  The reason I read and process this book so quickly is not only because its an “easy read.”  It is because this type of language comes natural to our generation.  Like inserting “like” every like five like seconds links up with how we like totally speak today.  I find it intriguing that we have such a difficult time interpreting Shakespeare yet this “Feed” language just flows, to me at least.  A side note: I think the idea of Quendy’s lesions is a social commentary on the obsession with plastic surgery in this country.  We will pretty much tear ourselves up to reach an “ideal” appearance.  Weird.

Movies Movies Movies: So we have been watching some inspiring movies in Elsie Olan’s class and I just loved every single one.  We are being taught to view things with a more analytical eye, so let me say a little more than “I loved it.”

So far we have watched “Dangerous Minds” “The Dead Poets Society” and “Freedom Writers.”  They are all essentially about one teacher defying the norms of an institution and motivating a group of students in some way or another.  Out of all the movies, “Freedom Writers” was the most inspiring.  I don’t know if its that the movie is based on a true story, or that I was particularly emotional that day, but I was teary eyed for most of it.  It is simply beautiful to see students with extremely tough lives, lives that I could never relate to, open up through writing and eventually become vulnerable.  Yes, this movie is brilliant, but it gives me anxiety.  What if I am placed in a situation similar to the one portrayed in the movie?  What if I just cannot take it?  I will strive to be as engaging and inspirational as Hilary Swank, but it just seems so tough.  I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

Disney: I am going to Disney in one week. Too excited to not add that in.

Thats all for now! Wow it feels good to write.

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