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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Before this trip, I would have never thought that spending time to build a house would pass by so fast, and was rather surprised during the trip at how fast the days went by. Although this year’s G.C.W. trip passed by in  a flash for me, I’m sure that throughout the year there will be times when I’ll slow down during one of my work-filled days to remind myself about the many experiences that came from being a part of this trip. Prior to the habitat build, I simply expected a house-building experience, and not so much of a light or “fun-indulging” trip. However, I was completely taken by surprise at how much fun I had besides building houses and the new friends that I made. Though the work was not what you would call easy, the enthusiastic attitude from other students and the constant encouragements and praise given by my teachers never failed to raise my spirits and made our work that much more enjoyable.

Looking back now, I can’t help but to laugh at myself on the first day of the build. As it was with everyone else, I found myself trying to avoid contact with he cement and dust, and trying my best to keep my clothes clean (although we were warned by our teachers and it seemed inevitable that we were going to be covered in cement at the end of the day). After a while, however, I simply quit the thought of staying clean and became fully engaged in building the walls. We were given demonstrations by the workers of how to plaster the cement, how to keep the walls straight while building, and how to make cement, and it seemed (at the time) that these jobs were going to be a piece of cake… obviously, I was completely wrong. Being the crafted builders that they are, the workers managed to completely deceived us into thinking that these jobs are easy to do, and I was shocked at my first attempt in realizing how hard building a straight brick wall actually is. Not only did I spend more than double the amount of time that the builders took to make one layer of bricks, I wasted an obscenely ridiculous amount of cement in my many attempts to plaster it on to the bricks (in fact, with the same amount of cement, the builders could have made up to six layers of bricks!). Having that said, however, these skills were fascinating to learn about and very fun to carry out. After a while, building the walls became a simple repetitive process, and I even found myself working in a song-like rhythm, which was very enjoyable.

I’ve also come to realize and have a new understanding and appreciation for the builders. In today’s society, most (if not all) of us are caught up in the paradigm of education as being to have a decent build-up of basic reading and writing, math and science skills to finally choose a profession of higher education in college. I’ve now realized that there are other types of skills and forms of education out there that are crucially important to our society and it’s progress, and we would not be anywhere without people who possesses these skills (which are not taught in schools). The workers , I’ve learned, never obtained the form of schooling and education that we “require”. However, they are able to do things with the skills and precision that I would probably never have. There are many different types of education, and I’ve come to respect and admire those who are normally not recognized for their expertise. These workers also earn much less than the average working class person that I’ve been exposed to, and it astounds me at how these men are able to provide for their family with their income. It just goes to show that I should be appreciative of everything I have, because there are always people who are in a less fortunate situation.

Though the building process was enjoyable and unique in itself, it was not done without challenges. One of the most difficult things I had to do throughout the week was to work on building the brick walls from high up. The brick building was very fun in the beginning when they were done on the ground, but it became a whole different stories once I was take n up to the support stand with a heavy bucket of cement, heavy bricks, and not to mention standing up on a very high and unstable support stand. I became frightened, in fact, when I learned that we were going to build the rest of the wall while standing on the support stand. I have a deep fear of heights since childhood, and knowing this made me extremely nervous even before the build. For a moment, I thought that the trip was taking on a downhill spiral… and again, I was wrong. With the help of the builders and my friends and teachers, I was table to (literally) climb over this obstacle. My first attempts at climbing the support stand ended in a disaster. Not only did I not get any bricks built a lot of cement was wasted as a result of my shivering hands while trying to apply the mix (it felt like the first day of work again, only a lot more frightening!). However, I learned from one of the students later on to focus on the bricks and putting them on the wall instead of focusing on how high I’m standing above ground to get over the fear. This seemed impossible to do at first, but with practice I was able to completely concentrate on the bricks and where they needed to go. While my irrational fear of heights did not completely go away, I was able to distract myself long enough to build and finish the walls. This is an accomplishment in which I’m extremely proud of , and I would not have had a chance to go out of my comfiort zone and overcome my fear if it wasn’t’ for going on this trip.

My accomplishments with the height obstacles are of pride to me, but I also have to take into account the many new friends that have guided me and were apart of this whole journey with me. Before the start of the trip, I had a very “individualist” approach as to how I was going to go through the whole week. It was just a matter of working on the house without needing the help of other students and not paying attention to what they were doing. Throughout the week, however, we quickly got to know each other and began to help one another in the many difficult tasks that we had to do. I personally think that a part of this is because of the work it self. Building a house is a task that requires a high level of cooperation, and I’ve learned that it is impossible to try and go out with building a house without the help of others. From observations, I know that others began this trip with he same individualist approach, or simply just to stick to one or two friends to get things done. However, I think that we’ve all learned and realized that building a house requires everyone knowing and being friends with one another, and requires cooperation from everyone in the group, other wise it would not be possible. It still amazes me to see the amount of dedication and cooperation we had as a group, and the progress in which our bonds as workers and friends developed over the week. The cement mixing, for examples, requires us to work together, since it requires two people to mix and turn the cement. Through these activities and tasks, we were able to form new friends and this made the difficult task of building a whole house that much easier.

Now, looking back, I miss the music channel that me and my roommate would listen to in order to wake ourselves up every morning. I miss the lunches that our group had together every day at the work site, and the trips to the market every night for our free time. But most of all, I miss seeing the smiles and laughter of the house owners when they were presented with their new house. Knowing that they were a part of building the house with us, and knowing that I had been a part of changing their lives is something that will stay with me for a long time, and will surely be a source of motivation for me through tough times.

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The GCW trip to Udon Thani with Habitat for Humanity was very fun, I learned many things on this trip. Before I went on the trip, I thought that building houses wouldn’t be very difficult.  I also thought that the people would perhaps be different, as we were going to a more rural part of Thailand, and that maybe they would be poor.  My expectations were somewhat different though, building houses is very challenging. I also saw that it was important to help the family and engage in the community, as it was a place where people were not as well off as maybe Bangkok or ISB are.    I had great experience building houses with my fellow students. I realized that communication is very important in order to complete the building of the house.  Along with building, it was very good experience to be at the school for deaf Thai students, I gave them some ice cream and they were happy. They used sign language to give all of the ISB students a name based on their appearance.  Mine was related to my hair. I am deeply grateful to the Thai staff and people for their kindness because they always help me to build the house. Before this trip, I had not really thought about the idea of building houses, or the hard work that went into it, but after I can appreciate both how difficult it can be, and how thankful I am to have always had nice houses to live in.  I realize that I have taken things that seem so normal for granted.  When I arrived in Udon Thani, I was really excited and I couldn’t wait to build the house. When I saw the frame of the house for the first time, I was very surprised that house is really big. I also didn’t realize how much work it would be.  My task was to mix the cement with sand, and then mix it with water.  It was very difficult and heavy.  The trip taught me a lot about myself and how important it is to work well with others, by communicating with my fellow students, we were able to complete the task.  It also was a good learning experience because when we are in school often we just talk or read about things, but during the GCW we really had the chance to see a different type of life, and understand issues of poverty and what life is like in more rural parts of Thailand.  The trip helps me understand the bigger picture about what is important, and how we are all connected. The students and people in Udon Thani were exposed to students from ISB and could learn from us, but I think we could learn a lot from the local culture there.  We were able to be a part of their world for a short while, and can appreciate that there are many different ways to live life and be thankful for what we have. I liked this trip a lot, it was a good experience.

 

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Habitat for Humanity’s trip for GCW 2012 was a memorable, exciting experience for all who traveled along to ChaingMai. As well as the course being a fun, lasting adventure, we as students learned many new skills that we may never have even touched on. ‘100 million
people are homeless internationally,’ United Nations. The community service
aspect of this trip was to focus on families that did not own a ‘proper or
livable’ house to live in. Thai culture was a main influence in development of
the house, because it effected the working environment and work-site food
revolving around this ‘habitat.’ Learning from this experience, people in order
to cooperate need to work as a team to get anything done the right way.
Physically wise, the work was not as excruciating as everyone thought it was,
but different people have different views on things. Mentally wise, working on
a house was very new to everyone especially when it came to putting in the
effort into the building. Growing mentally stronger defiantly overpowered the
physical by learning life morals like being humble to everyone and knows that
eventually any work that was hard pays off. Before the trip, I expected the
trip to be so easy that I would not even have to exert much energy and the trip
would be nothing more than the experience building. After arriving in Chaing
Mai, the work was tiring and needed a lot of concentration to muster the hot
weather. After the hardship of each day, our group was able to look around the
towns and markets for a few hours until we were called back in for curfew.
Meeting new people, older and younger, was the funniest part, because I could
make new friends and get to know some new people when school started back up
again. I also expected this trip to be stricter with its rules and curfews,
because it was a school trip, but instead we got a lot of free time to try and
wonder around the markets. After exploring the market, I got to try some new
and different foods and could listen to many performances of Thai music and
dance. Later, after hours, my roommate and I got to hang out and procrastinate
before going to bed and waking up the next morning to after few hours of construction.
At the end of the week, everyone felt satisfaction, but sadness, of the week
for their hard work they had put in to building a house for someone and all the
long lasting memories made there. In this course, there were many challenges
and rewards that came out of this once in a lifetime trip. The far most
challenging part of this trip was seeing the many beggars with children on the
streets. Physical work on the house was not challenging physically, but
mentally, seeing people on the streets just waiting for people to pass up money
so they can get there next meal. The most common reason why most people are
beggars is because they spent it all in the long run and most rich people never
let a penny drop. As well as mental obstacles faced, there were many rewards
that arose from this adventure. The most rewarding of this trip was the chance
to meet some new people and strengthen others, but following the outing was a
greater reward. The real accomplishment was the chance to travel and work with
friends on a new project and fulfilling a task that could not be fulfilled by
anyone. GCW 12’ was a new experience and journey for everyone and will be
remembered and cherished in the years to follow.

 

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