Free Write/ Try it

Last saturday I spent three hours of my life watching a horror movie called “Quarantine”. To say the least, I was scared out of my mind. I have a weird relationship with horror movies in that way. I love them, but as soon as I watch one I have to sleep with the lights on for a month. Still, there’s something exhilarating about being completley terrified like that.

So, during this spring break, I say that you should try watching a horror movie. Grab the easter bunny, a chocolate egg, and your candy and settle down for a night of fright. Even though horror movies can be, well, horrifying, they are still strangely entertaining. My recommendations are “6th Sense”, “Silence of the Lambs” and “The Shinning”. So, what are you waiting for? Be brave, be adventurous, and let your inner girl scream. Make it your goal to try to watch a horror flick this spring break!

Free Write Friday

Have you ever done or said anything really embarrassing and wished that you could go back in time to change it? Or, have you had that moment where you just kick yourself for being so stupid? I know that I’ve had more than my fair share of these moments in my life. And on this cold, brisk, Friday, I can’t seem to stop thinking about my many embarrassments. And what better way to cope with these than to put them on the internet?

One mistake that I am still having trouble dealing with happened about a year and a half ago. I was babysitting a little boy who had diabetes. His mother spent about 15 minutes describing his routine and when he needs to check his blood sugar. I wrote everything down and tried hard to treat him just like every other kid. About three hours in, he decided he wanted to play kickball. I agreed and we started a two-person game. I tried to make conversation with, talking about his interests and favorite holidays. He mentioned that Halloween was coming up and I asked him what he was dressing up as. He said that he didn’t like that holiday and he just stayed home. I was immediately shocked, how could a kid not love Halloween? And before thinking I blurted out, “you just stay home? Don’t you want to get some free candy?”

Casually he replied, “I can’t eat candy, I have diabetes.” Oh, how my brain loves to fail me.

Another embarrassing blunder I made happened at one of my favorite restaurants. The workers all know my name and my favorite dishes because of how often I eat there. One day as I was sitting at one of the tables waiting for my food I couldn’t help notice how empty it was. There was just me and a older man a few tables over. Then the manager put the food out on a counter and called my name “Sarah!”. I walked up and looked down not seeing the food that I ordered. I looked back at the manager and he repeated my name. I replied “Sarah?”. To my left I saw the old gentleman standing beside me. “Not Sarah…” the manager said laughing, “I said Sir”. With my face turning red I walked back to my table as the two men had a good hearty laugh. Needless to say, I waited until I was sure he was saying my name when my food came out.

 

 

One Thing I Have to Try Before I Die (Try It Thursday)

Death is inevitable. It’s going to happen to all of us at some point. We don’t know when we are going to expire, so that’s why we should live every moment to the fullest. Before I kick the bucket, there is one thing that I absolutely must do. And that, is to try surfing. I know it may seem lame to some people, including those who live in Hawaii, but to me this would be an ultimate achievement. Surfing is an art and a sport combined into one. I’m fascinated with every aspect of it. The way people can so easily manipulate the waves, is fascinating to me. I would love to be a part of this amazing sport, except I live in Pennsylvania. There is no open ocean in Pennsylvania. None. So, I can’t exactly buy a surfboard and hit the waves anytime I want too. Therefore, it’s easy to see why I want to try surfing. Whatever you can’t have, makes you want it more, right?

Social Issue Children’s Book

Five Helpful Tips to Remember for Writing a Children’s Book:
1. Use a lot of non complex adjectives

2. Make sure you clearly state the morale

3. Do not make it gruesome or too sad

4. Make sure no character gets critically injured or dies

5. Everything must end happily ever after

Links to Children’s Book and for Help:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/writing-childrens-books-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html

http://www.patmora.com/tips/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399214577/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0XA3TBTMK5DEPARG8WCE&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846

http://www.amazon.com/The-Lion-Mouse-Jerry-Pinkney/dp/0316013560/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

 

Dear Student

Dear student who wrote “For Individuals not Groups”,

I strongly disagree with what you have written. You are stating that iPads in the classroom push students apart and do not bring them together. I feel like this is a false statement. iPads are helping to bring the students together and engage them in activities. In my own experience I have found that book work, or work on paper, made the class boring and did not help bring students together. Rather, everyone was doing their individual work and not interested in the material they were learning. iPads make it possible for kids to interact with their classmates and have fun learning new things. These iPads do not disengage students from each other. They are making it possible for students to interact more. This is shown by the fact that they are collaborating on projects and sharing ideas online. Therefore, you are wrong by saying that iPads are driving students apart. I believe that they are making it easier for kids to interact.

Free Write Friday: Healthy Schools?

Schools are always pushing for it’s students to practice healthy living. They want us to get our sixty minutes of exercise per day, to eat well, and to take educational health classes. But, if student health is so important to our schools…. then why are they supplying junk food in the vending machines? Isn’t that contradicting the message their trying to convey to students?

By having unhealthy snacks in vending machines their stating that it’s okay to eat a bunch of worthless calories. Go ahead, eat a Tasty Cake! No. If schools are really serious about promoting healthy living, then they wouldn’t have bad food so accessible for it’s students. Instead, schools should be placing better foods in the vending machine. This means snacks that will actually be good for people.

Now, it’s understood that most healthy foods include things that will spoil, but there are a few foods out there that would be perfect to place in a vending machine. For example, replacing the Cheetos and chips, with raisins and peanuts would be a perfect way to substitute bad foods, for good ones. This will encourage students to make a better choice when they go to buy food from the vending machine. And, this shouldn’t affect the vending machine sales because, let’s face it, when teenagers are hungry they’ll eat whatever they can get a hold of.

By giving student’s only healthy options, it helps them live a better lifestyle. After all, my mom always said “if you have only healthy food to eat, then you’ll only eat healthy things!”

 

Try it Thursday

I’ve been watching a lot of Public Service Announcement videos on YouTube. Most of them are very well done and do a great job getting their message out there. However, the best ones are the videos that I can’t stop thinking about. They have affected me in a way that I have found myself acting differently towards people. The “end bullying” videos bring tears to my eyes as I listen to cases in which victims killed themselves because they were so hurt. Therefore, I have decided that I want to do my part in helping these victims. And it’s simpler than you think. All you have to do, is smile. Yes, it’s that easy. By giving someone a genuine smile in the hallway, or in class, you could make a big difference in a person’s day.

Look at it like this. Imagine you are having a terrible day. You missed your bus, failed a math test, dropped all of your books in the hallway… and it’s only lunchtime. You’re upset and frustrated. One more bad thing could be enough to send you over the edge into a break down. But, as you’re walking to your next class, somebody passing you in the hall and smiles in your direction. You glance around thinking their smiling at someone else, but then you realize. They were smiling at you. Suddenly, your anger seems to melt away, and your day doesn’t seem as bleak. You walk into your next class and ace the pop quiz and later you do amazing at track practice. That one smile made an entire difference in your day.

See how much affect a smile can have? It can even help a victim of bullying. They may be distraught and contemplate killing them self, when they see you smile at them. Then they feel like they are worth something and that they are a real human being. A smile is just one small step in ending hate and spreading goodness. It may not be the key to stopping bullying, but it can be the thing that changes someone’s day. So, why not give it a shot? After all, it’s just one more reason to smile!