My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

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I think that the best part about grade 4 was that I was lucky to have a awesome teacher like Ms.Bellone. Ms.Bellone is so nice our class has special privelages like playing games getting homework passes. I think everybody in my class agrees.

I have made lots of friends in the time I have been here and I fit very well my class, I think that having friends is very important in life.

I think that being in 4th grade means quite a lot because next year we are 5th graders at the very top of elemantary school and the little kids look up to us like giants.

A very fun part was the 4th grade book awards we found out which books got voted the winner in there topic it is fun because we did not know who won so it was a surprise.

Bye till next year adam

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I think that some areas of the world are richer than others, because of what kind of people live there, and what kind of taxes they pay. In america, the government lives mostly of the taxes of the people. While in richer countries, there are less taxes, indicating that the governments in those areas are poorer. In short, the governments depend on the people to make themselves richer.

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My academic goals

  • To get an A or B on my grade.
  • Learn more about this subject to get good at this.
  • Get more skills to prove this subject. Like writing, spelling, and reading.

My social goal

  • To recognize how the world is going on and how the world will happen in the future.

My personal goal

  • To learn more vocabularies to get good of English. And especially don’t forget my homework.

 

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Sebastian J. Weir

GCW Cycling

While Biking and Kayaking in Kanchanaburi for GCW Cycling, I developed and used many skills and went through physical and mental struggles. These were quite challenging because I had kayaked and biked before but I disliked going up stream, against the current, or biking uphill because this put strain on my legs. The same happens to everyone, but I’m very whiney and like to complain.  On the second day because I had not drank enough water, used too much energy, and had a cold, I did not do very well and I had to stop biking at the rest stop and hop into the van while others biked. I felt once I hopped in the van I narrowly missed a bullet, because right after the rest stop was a long, steep, hill going down and I started thinking I should have kept biking. But soon after the long downhill, was a just as long uphill, which made me think, definitely not worth it. I was even told I looked quite pale, but I’m actually just a pale person. I may have been more pale than usual though.

On the before, biking was so much easier and less challenging, because we were biking on a flat road instead of a road that elevates and descends. This makes it easier because I only have to pedal faster or harder when I want to catch up to my friends. I also did not have to change gears, which I was not completely sure how to do at the time because I did not quite understand them yet. A quite interesting part was when the group was slightly separated in to friends instead of faster and slower guys, Me and Anders had heard barking coming from behind Jared and Scott. This coming from a very angry dog that decided to follow or attempt to bite them, or maybe try to play. We weren’t completely sure but the dog looked quite angry.

This was quite funny because it was quite fast and almost right behind them and none of us could run that fast and its quite strange to be on a bike and knowing that if anyone falls the dog will get us, because it is just that fast.

Kayaking was quite easy, because it was downstream on the first day, and we were flowing with the current. This means anyone in a kayak doesn’t have to paddle hard or fast to battle the current, because we are working with it. Several times, Anders and I had capsized the boat just to prove to ourselves that we were the fastest at capsizing and getting back in the boat and we did this several times throughout the trip. At one point Anders had decided to hop out of the boat and swim because he is really good at swimming and is even on the swim team, therefore, he was quite capable.  So I asked Jared and Scott if they wanted to buckle the Kayaks together. Fortunately they thought it would be easier for everyone while it was actually easier for me and harder for them. They did not mind and also we didn’t need to paddle being that we were going downstream.

The skills I had learned and developed from this trip are learning how to change and manipulate the gears so that I would be able to bike easier. On the second last day of Kayaking, Mr. Lewin explained how paddling could have been easier then the way Anders and I had been doing it. For the major part of the trip I had been paddling in opposition to Anders, so we were padding in opposite ways. This was slightly more challenging because out paddles kept bumping into each other which would cause us to slow down.

I felt this trip was overall, a very fun and good learning experience and may do it again next year.

 

 

 

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Have you ever been covered in mud from head to toe or biked 55 kilometers in the vast farmland of rural thailand, throught the mountains and over the woods. Well I have and I enjoy every moment of this crazy, and eye opening experience. We as a group of 18 boys grew closer togther becuase of the mountains we over came and paddling up a river in a kayak. During this trip I became more experienced in biking and kayaking. I was able to bike 30 kilometers before I even began breathing hard. All thought the kayaking was a difficult thing to due at some points we all seemed to manage just fine.  This trip was so much more than just 18 guys biking and kayaking, we we able to meet new smiling faces every day and we were able to give back to the enviroment by planting mongrove trees and donating money to a school we visited that had a new way of growing vegtables. This school would cover their vegtables in nets so as to were bugs can not reach them. These vegtables also were what the 78 children that went to the school ate. Coming into this trip I thought I new what thailand looked like and felt like but I never new what is actually was like. Beautiful landscapes and towering mountains were what filled my eyes early in the morning. I came to realize what the people of thailand are really like and how they welcome you with there arms open wide and bring you into their fishing village and into their resturants.

On the last full day of GCW we went out to a fishing village that sat up high on stilts so when the tide rose it would not flood and then we were able to take a short boat ride to a mud field. This is something that I would have called you crazy if you did it but swimming and rolling around in the mud was one of the most thrilling things we did that day. When I say head to toe I really mean it you would just sink right in and have to pull your self out only to be tackled right back into the mud by one of you friends. In all of this controlled hype I realized something, that after this day we go back to a nice warm bed and plenty of food but the people that lived there, this was their life. This was what they did day in and day out and after all that work they didn’t have a nice big house with a warm bed to go back to, they went back to their four by four shack on stilts. The worst thing is after all that hard work during the day they only make a houndred baht or maybe two houndred baht. So after have to experience all this I was able to truly understand the people that lived out there and I gained a new found respect for them and the hard work they do for so little. So after this crazy experience I came to ejoy the simple thinds in life so much more and I would take this trip a houndred times again.

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During my GCW trip I learned a lot of new techniques of cycling and my personal physical and mental abilities. Because the trip was a cycling trip, we mainly cycled of the day. We would wake up in the morning and cycle for a few hours from distances from 20km to 55km. These distances were extremely tiresome and challenging both physically and mentally. The first day I wasn’t sure I could go on several times, but I pushed on with the help of my teachers who taught me ways to improve my cycling techniques making the distances easier to accomplish. Some of the others days there were steep hills we had to cycle up, which really showed me the strength I had. I felt like giving up because my thighs were burning up with pain. When I got to the top of the hill without having gotten of my bike I always felt extremely proud of myself, and it seemed like the world was proud of me too because it would often reward us with a downhill slope afterwards allowing us to go fast and not have to pedal. All these biking accomplishments helped me realize how strong I was mentally; because I normally would never have thought I could bike that long and bike up such hills.

My GCW cycling trip also taught me a lot about the country of Thailand, in both the geographical aspects and the ways of life for many Thai people. We seemed to cycle from forests to flatland, to farmlands and even intro mountain ranges. It really gave me a new perspective of Thailand because since I’m new to the country and hadn’t seen much of the land. Arriving here I thought it was mostly all tropical forest but this trip taught me I was wrong. In all these different types of land I also saw many different ways of life. The local Thai citizens with less money really showed me what hard work and dedication was. One day we went on a boat onto the Gulf of Thailand, where I discovered a way of living I had never seen or thought about before. They built houses on poles above the water, and they fished clams all day. I found this extremely unique and breathtaking. These people then showed us how they fished for clams, which amazed me because they’d have to stand in muddy water all and just pick up clams from the sea. When I first tried this I found it extremely uncomfortable and weird but over time we all got used to it and began to play around with it.

All these things I learned, experienced and witnessed helped me create a new view of Thailand and even myself. I also became better friends with a lot of people on the trip, which is always great. A little misunderstanding at the end of the trip also taught me how I should always think about my actions, because even though you mean to do something and not direct it with to anyone, something may go wrong and you may hurt someone extremely bad. Over all, the GCW Cycling trip was really fun, social and physically challenging.

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