Sunday, June 1, 2014

MASTERPIECE ACADEMY ESSAY

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Jacob Fowler

Dr. David Preston

AP English Lit/Comp

1 June 2014

Masterpiece Academy Essay

Over fifty percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, that means many people fall in love only 

to fall out of it. This is true about learning too. Everyone is born with a passion and love of learning, only to 

have it drained by school and the strains placed on us by "education". This year (specifically in this course) I 

was able to fall back into my love affair with learning. For the first time in years I was able to be married to 
learning without worrying about it all falling apart.


In this class I was able to read fiction, write fiction, and analyze fiction. After rigorously being involved with 

fictional tales I can now confirm that fiction, does in fact, tell the truth more than most. This year's reading 

selection did not follow the traditional chronological order but was rather curated 


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in order that we could extract the most from each selection. Because of this we were able to analyze fiction 

instead of just going through the state mandated motions of reading and creating outlines. Edmond Yi and 

Connor Albright understood this fact and were able to create very true statements through the fiction that 

they wrote in the form of their novels. The truths that fiction told me this year were incredibly personal and 

real.


This year was a chiasmus in many ways but particularly in the form of passion. We began over the summer 

talking about passion in the form of our Big Questions and ended the year talking about passion in the form 

of our Masterpieces. So for me I never really had to get reconnected with my passions because I was 

always around my passion, which is teaching. I know the same is true for Kristen Crockett and Kendall 

Villa, who exemplified their love of teaching all year through either the Mentor Group or their Masterpiece 

presentations. This year I was able to teach and learn in the same setting and it was very valuable for me.


My favorite novel that I have ever read is Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. That book can truly make me 

laugh out loud with some of the main characters wit and sarcasm. Some elements of the book, however, are 

not intended to make me laugh (i.e the end scene with Holden at the school) but they do because they spark 

a memory. For the same reason I laughed at Miranda Nillo's video because it reminded me of so many great 

memories this year.


All in all, if this class was a story all of the memberss of the class would be characterized with bilgunsroman 

as very dynamic characters. Our passions changed, our learning styles adapted, and the way we 

communicated improved. This course (along with the Masterpiece Academy) has personified the perfect 

marriage with learning. And now I must be led to believe that college will be the honeymoon.




Thursday, May 29, 2014

Masterpiece Experience/Notes

The masterpieces in class (for the most part) have been outstanding and I for one have been impressed by everyone's work. I think we can all agree that today Erica knocked it out of the part with her demonstration/presentation/video about the campesinos in our community. I can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

MASTERPIECE VIDEO


I decided to take down the video because we used first and last names and I want to protect the privacy of those who were in it. If any one wants to view it you can email me and I'm sure we can arrange something.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Masterpiece Update

The video is complete! My partner and I cannot wait to present on Friday, we really think this project will help us find the differences between learning and education.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

AP Physics Hack #2

Final Project Proposal


For my project I will be attempting to create a coil launcher using disposable camera flashes. 

Materials Needed: copper wire, 4 disposable cameras (with their flashes detached), glass tube, 2.5 mm nail, 4 1.5 V batteries, and holders for the glass and the batteries

Concepts Demonstrated: Powering tools using electric forces and using a parallel circuit to facilitate charge

Basically this is something a lot of people build on the internet to different extents where they set the flashes from disposable cameras and set them in series with an alternate power source which creates a way to shoot things. I will be doing this at a very small scale and trying to shoot a small nail (which according to the internet can go up to 25 m/s).

Monday, May 12, 2014

Masterpiece Prep

As AP testing dwindles down (with this class' test being over) it's finally time to give the bulk of my attention to the video/presentation Kristen and I are curating, I am very excited for the final product.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Prose Preparation

   As I study all of the prompts under the prose section of the course blog I realized that most of the prompts are very similar and as long as you understand literary techniques and are able to talk intelligibly about the way authors use them to create tone, theme, and their message.
   This was the essay question I was most nervous about but after preparation I feel very confident.

Friday, May 2, 2014

POETRY BOOTCAMP

Discipline
by DH Lawrence 
IT is stormy, and raindrops cling like silver bees to the pane,
The thin sycamores in the playground are swinging with flattened leaves;
The heads of the boys move dimly through a yellow gloom that stains
The class; over them all the dark net of my discipline weaves.
 
It is no good, dear, gentleness and forbearance, I endured too long:        5
I have pushed my hands in the dark soil, under the flower of my soul
And the gentle leaves, and have felt where the roots are strong
Fixed in the darkness, grappling for the deep soil’s little control.
 
And there is the dark, my darling, where the roots are entangled and fight
Each one for its hold on the oblivious darkness, I know that there        10
In the night where we first have being, before we rise on the light,
We are not brothers, my darling, we fight and we do not spare.
 
And in the original dark the roots cannot keep, cannot know
Any communion whatever, but they bind themselves on to the dark,
And drawing the darkness together, crush from it a twilight, a slow        15
Burning that breaks at last into leaves and a flower’s bright spark.
 
I came to the boys with love, my dear, but they turned on me;
I came with gentleness, with my heart ’twixt my hands like a bowl,
Like a loving-cup, like a grail, but they spilt it triumphantly
And tried to break the vessel, and to violate my soul.        20
 
But what have I to do with the boys, deep down in my soul, my love?
I throw from out of the darkness my self like a flower into sight,
Like a flower from out of the night-time, I lift my face, and those
Who will may warm their hands at me, comfort this night.
 
But whosoever would pluck apart my flowering shall burn their hands,        25
So flowers are tender folk, and roots can only hide,
Yet my flowerings of love are a fire, and the scarlet brands
Of my love are roses to look at, but flames to chide.
 
But comfort me, my love, now the fires are low,
Now I am broken to earth like a winter destroyed, and all        30
Myself but a knowledge of roots, of roots in the dark that throw
A net on the undersoil, which lies passive beneath their thrall.
 
But comfort me, for henceforth my love is yours alone,
To you alone will I offer the bowl, to you will I give
My essence only, but love me, and I will atone        35
To you for my general loving, atone as long as I live.



Title- clearly discipline is a harsh word with a lot of implications
Paraphrase- to be disciplined you must be one with nature
Connotation- passive voice, a lot of imagery
Attitude/tone- nature is the only real teacher
Shift- line 22
Title revisited- makes a lot of sense how you have to discipline yourself to love nature and understand how everything works
Theme- NATURE

Monday, April 28, 2014

MASTERPIECE PREVIEW

Kristen and I are making a video so there isn't too much that we can show without giving it all away, the creative process has been exactly that, a process. But we've received a lot of help from people who know more about making videos than we do.



videoAnd here is something we can show you, a blooper from one of our interviews!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

SPRING BREAK ASSIGNMENT

I'm glad that I was tied with Sam Wellard for second place in the game on the last day before break, because of this I only had to comment on six literature analyses, the six I chose are:

1. Allyson Brown (To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf)
2. Edmond Yi (The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexadre Dumas)
3. Erica Marquez (Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia)
4. Hannah Savaso (A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway)
5. Kendall Villa (The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan)
6. Serena Nichols (Siddhartha by Herman Hesse)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

FIVE STEPS

1. Finish the interviews for the video that Kristen and I are curating for our Masterpiece.
2. Begin editing and creating the final version of the video
3. Talk intelligibly with people who have extensive knowledge of video editing
4. Go back and re edit the video
5. Start analyzing the video for content, quantity, quality, and theme

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MACBETH PRESENTATION

What are most people struggling to understand about Macbeth? 

  • Incorporating the "Fair is foul and foul is fair" theme to the entire play
  • Why Lady Macbeth seems to be "running the show"
  • How the Chain of Command fits into to all of this
  • Why Macbeth feels so guilty
  • Simply following along with the plot



How we can help
  • Review time! 
  • Ask questions 
  • Understand how monarchies worked back then
  • Using literary techniques to dive into the themes of the play


Tools to use
  • Last year's blog
  • Our literature book might help
  • There are a lot of good resources just a google search away
  • Each other

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MGOTM

Kristen and I are making really good progress on our video comparing the thought process of kids and their older counterparts.

We have all the recording we need, we just now need to curate a video.

The analysis of the tape is the most interesting, we are finding some interesting things about the way we all think...

Monday, April 14, 2014

ACT IV ACTIVE READING NOTES


  • Foreshadowing (something wicked this way comes) Ray Bradbury alludes to this later
  • Asks if Banquo's kids will rule and he is told to stop asking questions
  • Macduff is in England planning a rebellion
  • Macbeth acts like Lady Macbeth and decides to kill Macduff's whole family
  • Also he says he's gonna do whatever he wants to do
  • Macduff's wife is complaining that he is gone
  • They murder Macduff's son
  • Now Macduff wants to kill Macbeth after Ross tells him what happened

Saturday, April 12, 2014

THE CROSSROADS BETWEEN SHOULD AND MUST

   The similarities between life and roads been drawn upon for centuries. Robert Frost took the one less traveled, Vladamir and Estragon waited for Godot on the side of one, Jesus rode a donkey over a palm-covered one, and now we have another one, the crossroad of should and must. 
   Should. A poorly constructed command. My aunt (a well known psychiatrist in the North West) calls should a shame word. Saying "should" is the way that others shame us in to doing what they want. To take that a step further, it is the way that we shame ourselves for not acting in the way we perceive society wants us to behave. Acting off this word is detrimental to our own mental health and success in the real world. If we intend to live happy lives we not live by the Creed of Should, but rather the Calling of Must.
   Must. A succinct phrase that creates an ethos of determination. The word "must" behaves in a manner that leaves the listener of said word wanting to achieve something. However Elle Luna uses this word in her article The Crossroads Between Should and Must as a synonym for "calling" so to incorporate both meanings we will just refer to it as the Calling of Must.
   Deciding the difference between these two can be very difficult if you are unwilling to ask yourself the very real questions about what makes us who we are. As Mark Twain said, "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." What Samuel Clemens failed to point out is that finding out "why" is the hardest thing we have to do on this earth. And sometimes when we do, we are wrong. I firmly believe that Adolf Hitler's "why" was not to create a master race, but he did. And the truly frightening thing is that we might be wrong about our Calling of Must and not figure out that we were actually just calling the Creed of Should our entire lives. We aren't all as lucky as Miss Luna to have dreams or visions to tell us our Calling of Must and while no one reading this will be as far off as Hitler was (hopefully) we can only be certain that what we want is really our calling if it answers all the questions we ask ourselves at night.
   All in all, we may have our white rooms we have to chase or we'll have to settle for our own Mavericks, but whatever the case the moment you start shaming yourself because of what others pretend to want is when you stop living. Do not die to society but rather live by your own Calling of Must.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MACBETH ACTIVE READING NOTES


  • 3 witches (audience of one liked witches)
  • Presented by characters with one version of Macbeth
  • Shakespeare presents another (more somber) version
  • Banquo is more of a realist, slower to believe the words of the witches while Macbeth is a romantic but he is trying to be humble
  • Macbeth is constantly praised by everyone except Lady Macbeth
  • She enters reading a letter and is rude to the messenger 
  • Macbeth and lady are fighting?

Monday, March 31, 2014

MEET MACBETH

  We are led to believe that Macbeth is a soldier of great stature that will one day become king, we are directly told that he is a good man that should be respected. However, Shakespeare indirectly warns us to be wary of Macbeth's brutal capabilities.
   The witches tell us that "Fair is foul, foul is fair", that is some pretty blatant foreshadowing about how the rest of the play will be conducted.
   Macbeth is so far full of exposition where we learn who Macbeth is portrayed as (and indirectly who he really is) and how the supporting characters feel and act when they are around Macbeth or the three witches. 
   

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MACBETH RESOURCES

http://www.oracle.com/splash/thinkquest/down-189973.html
http://www.gradesaver.com/macbeth/
http://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/macbeth/
http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/html/mac.html
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/macbeth/macbethresources.html

Monday, March 24, 2014

IS THERE AN EXPERT IN THE HOUSE

I have two experts that I have convenient access to.

Sherry Grant: Children and Family Ministries  Leader at OPC- she is the one who helped me get into Sunday School teaching, she is a really good resource who is good at her job and has been doing it for over twenty years.

Mr. Horton (6th grader teacher at Alice Shaw)- One of the teachers I had the pleasure to meet while I was at Outdoor School, he is very good at his job and helped me a lot that week and offered to help me more if I need it and I intend to take him up on his offer.

IT'S ONLY A TEST

My goal for my masterpiece is to set me up for my future so test my masterpiece, there is really only one question to ask: "Is this setting me up for my future?"

Now this is question is actually very hard to answer (trust me I tried) so I broke it up into its basic components and answered those with those answers I was able to answer the big question.

How does this set me up for my future?

Who can help me set up my future?

Am I sure that I want this to be my future?

I answered these questions at home and now I can clearly see that my masterpiece is the right course of action and I am on the right path to make it successful.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

AP ESSAY DRAFT

   Aldous Huxley created a character in John the Savage that was an extremely complex medley of passion, anger, and guilt. In John's eyes he was doing all that he could to live a normal life that could be considered "good". He found that it was more difficult to come across (and even more difficult to be) good in the World State and ultimately it was detrimental to his health that he decided to strive for a sense of goodness. The World State viewed him as an enemy that must be destroyed or banished, he was seen as evil and immoral to the characters whilst the readers viewed John as a relatable man of high moral standards, this juxtaposition is a unique blend that drove home Huxley's points effectively in Brave New World.
   John the Savage was full of passion, "he loved Lenina" a word that he did not take lightly or threw around casually. He passionately mourned his mother's death while other kids "pointed their chocolate..." and were sorry for the loss of phosphorus. Because of this passion we are able to relate to John more intimately because readers tend to view themselves as passionate rather than passive.
   We see the anger in John as he throws soma from the window, but the World State sees him as angry throughout the entire novel, because of this no one ( including Bernard) truly trusts him. We see this "immoral" behavior to be quite ironic because he is fighting drug abuse, a very noble fight in our society. But as readers we need to realize that anything against the World State is immoral therefore John is an angry and immoral person.
   John eventually kills himself because of his overwhelming guilt. Huxley magnificently crosses over the immorality of the World State and the immorality of our world in this act. Neither of our universes consider it acceptable to kill oneself, so when John the Savage's feet are hanging, we finally realize that John is actually immoral. Although he was our protagonist throughout the novel, we now see him as the World State did, wrong. We see him whip and kill others just before he turns the affliction on himself and John suddenly becomes immoral to us.
   Huxley created John the Savage to make us realize that our own views of immorality are warped and that we should not be so quick to pass judgement on to the World State. In Brave New World Huxley tears down walls that were never even thought about in his time period. When John the Savage was born, judgement had to die.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

AP Physics Course Hack

These two resources are really good

https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/electricity-and-magnetism/v/electric-potential-energy

This video is a little lengthy for Khan Academy at 13 minutes, but it does a good job explaining this stuff in a different way than Mr. Rodriguez did.

http://www.studyphysics.ca/2007/30/06_forces_fields/12_voltage.pdf

Only a three page pdf file but it does a good job explaining the relation between gravitational potential energy and electric potential energy but the diving into the main topic in a very succinct way. 


Sunday, March 9, 2014

BENCHMARK PROJECT

For my masterpiece I am collaborating with one of my classmates, Kristen Crockett, who has the same goals and interests as me when it comes to careers. For our masterpiece we are creating a video that answers the questions that we think are most pressing in the field of education. So far we have decided the questions we are going to ask, who we are going to ask, and have gathered our materials, and set dates for our interviews. All we need to do now is to conduct the interviews and edit the video (possibility for more collaboration?).

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Journals During Science Camp

During my week at The Outdoor School, I was able to take some time and reflect about my mentors, the qualities they had, which ones I wanted to emulate, those I wanted to discard, and most importantly, if I could teach for the rest of my life.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

BRAVE NEW WORLD ESSAY

     Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World is set in a dystopian future where the World State creates humans in a very inhumane way. Through this process, society is able to create people who are trapped in social classes for their entire lives. Free thinking is discouraged to say the least and individuality is suppressed to the fullest extent. Amidst this culture of conveyor belt worshiping and drug induced happiness we meet a character that transcends his cohorts. Bernard Marx is an extremely intelligent and aware person in a world that demands conformity and through this contrast we see Bernard as a complex character living a very simple world. Due to this we see Bernard in two different lights; his need to conform and his inward questioning.
     Bernard works for the Director of Hatching and Conditioning (DHC) and disagrees with the core principles that drive the Director to do what he does. It would be unwise for Bernard to openly disagree and disrespect the DHC and doing so would probably end with Bernard being sent to Iceland. Bernard blends quite well because he has to. He is inwardly torn but he still behaves (for the most part) as a functioning member of the society that has been created. Bernard partakes in very normal activities such as flying a personal helicopter, chanting “Orgy-Porgy” with a group of adolescents, and observing Savages in their natural habitats. Although Bernard is a free thinker and a non conformist, but by obtaining a doubleness of character he can maintain a certain image and stay alive in A.F. 632.
     Bernard Marx is different in many ways starting with his stature and complexion. He is a strange looking boy who is shorter than most of the others in his caste. Everyone blames extra alcohol in his blood for the way he appears, they say something went wrong on the assembly line which caused him to turn out odd in appearance. No matter how much he tries (although there is never any reason to believe that he does try) he will never change the way he looks. Another distinction that Bernard Marx cannot hide is his own last name. While it does not cause any problems in the novel Huxley purposefully names this inwardly thinking character after the most famous Communist mind of all time. However, the rest of his “undesirable” characteristics are much less objective and when they are on display Bernard is a shocking character. He does shocking things like have conversations, look at the ocean, and limit his sexual promiscuity. Bernard Marx is a radical when he is alone or with Lenina and he constantly questions why society has to be the way it is.

     All in all, Aldous Huxley created a character in Bernard Marx that combines the conformity of the time with a sense of curiosity and desire for change. As a perfect example of “streaky bacon”, Bernard is an extremely relatable character that shows the reader the loss of self that can occur due to conformity. Huxley creates a doubleness of character while also creating a sense of irony through the moral standards of the novel and showing Bernard's reactions to these. In a very inhumane society, we see Bernard as an extremely human character. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

BOB 1


Lindsey Wong- the best blog I've seen,  amazing work
Kylie Sagisi- all posts, plus a lot of extra personal stuff
Javi Solis- music player, all posts, extra, plus a lot of effort on every assignment
Sam Wellard - music player, all posts done with good effort
Kevin Lake- simple, understandable design
Izamar Diaz- not all posts, but the ones there are very good
Miranda Gomez- music player, all posts but a little unprofessional  
Erica Marquez- most posts done pretty well
10 Ricky Luna- few posts done well but blog conveys his personality well
11 Kendall Villa- boring design and no features, but posts are very good
12 Amanda Cagle- most posts done with good effort
13 Kristen Crockett- most posts done with good effort but way too unprofessional 
14 Lissette Villabolos- a lot of missing posts, extremely unprofessional
15 Maria Luna- a lot of missing posts, somewhat boring design and layout 
16 Nakesha Willis- no posts this semester 


I AM HERE

My masterpiece is going very well, I have decided to collaborate with my classmate Kristen Crockett to make a very insightful video that will connect and compare our goals, dreams, and aspirations.
I think my writing is improving, at least I really hope it is.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

INTERDISCIPLINARITY

Football: the study of physics, psychology, biology, collaboration, the art of movement and most importantly communication

This course: the study of collaboration, communication, relationships, social media, mass media, technology

My masterpiece: the study of psychology, communication, collaboration, child development, ageism, growth, change, nurture vs. nature


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

HAFTA/WANNA

   The undeniable truth is that students don't change their outlook on life or their perspective about the future when they are handed the diploma. However, this does not mean that a "slacker" in high school will be sure to fail at a university or in the work force. This being said, we need to use our high school careers to provide us with the most information possible.
   High school provides everyone with the opportunity to learn, excluding AP classes and electives, at the same level and for all intensive purposes, the same content. Because of this, some people like Teddy Wayne, find high school boring and instead of striving for success, they are content with apathy. The idea of a student not giving their all is a familiar concept and this is because we fear failure and in most people's minds it is better to not care than to fail. We need to utilize our gift of public education to learn as much as we can.
   In other cases such as Haley Berg, high school seems to be pointless since she already has a position at a major university locked up. This is also a rather sad situation to be in, to find any sort of learning undesirable is ridiculous and she should use her peace of mind to focus on the academic side of the high school experience.
   Life is finding the balance between not caring enough and becoming obsessed, between exhausting yourself and forgetting to try, and between learning and indulging. As a graduating senior, the only advice I can really give with any certainty is that you need to utilize your resources but don't let them consume you.


Monday, February 10, 2014

LAUNCH/DRAFT

1. I am passionate about helping kids and anyone else who needs help.

2. I can utilize readings and documents that I find online to further my knowledge and teaching techniques.

3. To "feel the awesomeness with no regrets" I will need to feel that I have helped everyone I had the opportunity to help, to do this I must act.

4. I don't worry about impressing others, but to convince people that I really do care, I must be actively involved in the community.

5. These answers to these questions are all so similar, to move past "What if?", you need to stop asking questions and starting finding the answers.

6. Everyone that wants to be!

Monday, January 27, 2014

TALE OF TWO CITIES LECTURE NOTES


  • Manchester is the third city
  • Dickens had a certain reason to write they novel, making it more personal
  • Self Sacrifice theme came from a play based on a true story that Dickens saw
  • Lucie is based on a woman named Ellen whom Dickens fell in love with
  • The initials mattered in the book, DC/CD
  • "Greatest Reader of the Greatest Writer of the age"
  • He tries to show us that the streets of London and Paris are very similar to each other
  • "Everyone has the same fate and it is hard to come to terms with that"
  • Dickens (like most Victorians) feared riots and mob rule
  • Started off as monthly editions with a few chapters and illustrations which explains the cliffhangers and the "creative flow" of the novel
  • Because of the popularity a volume edition appeared (Dicken's illustrator thought that he was above Dickens
  • Very widespread publishing (numbers in the hundreds of thousands)
  • Dickens' personal life played a large impact in this novel
  • Carlye was his best friend
  • Dickens called A Tale of Two Cities the "greatest story he had ever told"
  • Sacrificing one's life was seen as the ultimate sign of love by Dickens (clearly)
  • Dr. Tony Williams is very passionate about A Tale of Two Cities and Charles Darwin as a man and an author


WHAT'S THE STORY

Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cites to make social commentaries on the French Revolution, to speak on love, how it affects people and the way others interact with each other.

1. The easiest example of literary techniques is on the very first page, Dickens starts the novel with anaphora and repetition. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." and so on exemplifies this idea of repeating words or phrases by an author.

2. Dickens also uses pathos and imagery throughout the novel. One great example of his combining religion and descriptive writing is: "Thus, the rustling of an Angel's wings got blended with the other echoes..."

3/ One of the most important elements of this novel is allusion, he alludes to the Bible, historical events and even his own life.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

LIT TERM REMIX

Dialect- Different idiomas para ansluta the audience en un speisialta way.

Comedy- Satire that comments on social justice and also poop jokes.

Euphemism- I would say what a euphemism is but it might be too harsh for some in the audience so instead I'll just flirt with the idea by saying something that seems unrelated but totally explains a very adult theme.

Conflict- A serious disagreement that can be expressed through screaming, turned backs, silent treatment, physical confrontation, passive aggressive actions, heavy breathing, and war



Epigram

Thursday, January 9, 2014

AP PREP SIDDHARTHA

What is the importance of Siddhartha's name?
 http://docsfiles.com/pdf_siddhartha_study_questions_part_one.html

What purpose does self-denial play in Siddhartha? Self-indulgence?
http://www.shmoop.com/siddhartha/questions.html

Look at the reasons for Siddhartha's discontentment. How do other religions answer these questions?http://mrsvernonsapclass.blogspot.com/2011/09/siddhartha.html

Briefly describe Siddhartha.
http://www.studymode.com/essays/Siddhartha-Reading-Questions-641015.html

How is the "rebirth" presented in Siddhartha?
http://www.enotes.com/siddhartha/q-and-a/how-rebirth-represented-story-different-from-377988

Questions 1, 4, and 5 cannot be answered by the passage but with a little thorough reading and a better understanding of Siddhartha and the Buddhist religion, you could easily answer all of these questions.

2. Siddhartha is denying himself two main things that people have a very tough time denying themselves. He first denied himself regret, by not going back to his hometown he can not regret the decisions he made in the past and is now ready to make a journey forward. Secondly, he denied himself comfort, there is nothing more comfortable than resting on the past and living there, to deny your former self is to allow your new self to grow and that is amazing.

3. Siddhartha is discontent because he knows that he can no longer keep being this illusion of a man and needs to start growing up and become the man he is really supposed  to be. All religions (and cultures for that matter) have these ideas of manhood, that there is a threshold that must be crossed to obtain oneness whether circumcision, baptism, or attending the mosque for the first time.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

HACKING MY EDUCATION

What do I want to know in June that I don't know today?
I want learn how to engage others and be a better listener so that I can communicate better and develop my teaching skills.
What skills do I want to be able to demonstrate through my blog or online media?
I want to demonstrate my evaluating, planning, teaching, and learning skills. I want people to see me as the careful, thoughtful, and passionate person I am and I hope that my online work conveys that about me.
What experiences do I want to have as a result?
I want my experiences to be productive and beneficial, I don't need negative energy or people who only criticize, I need an environment where I can sharpen my skills and become the best teacher and communicator I can be.
Who do I need in my network?
Peers: I need peers who are willing to criticize me (constructively) and keep me goal oriented so I can achieve the things I want to. 
Public: I need people to evaluate my blog and myself and those who I interact with to be willing to give me feedback on the way I handle certain situations or dilemmas.
Experts: I need people in my life who know more about teaching and interacting with the world so they can give me helpful advice to as I pursue my teaching career.