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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For my junior year, I chose to go to Maekok for Global Citizenship Week. Maekok is a relatively remote area in the mountains on the border of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, thus we were able to experience a quieter and more serene lifestyle than the one we live in everyday in the city. This trip was primarily a community service trip, and it was particularly interesting for me because we were able to do a variety of service activities, which included teaching English to children, helping to build a multipurpose activity area for the school, and even painting a mural. A goal that I had for the trip was to make a meaningful contribution to the school at which we were visiting both in terms of the children’s English education and in continuing to expand their facilities and grounds. I felt that this goal of leaving a lasting contribution to the school was achieved because we as a group had completed what the students from last year’s GCW Maekok trip had begun. What is more, I had a wonderful time during the past week and was able to work with children and help to teach them a little bit of what I’ve learned, as I had never done a community service project that involved teaching children before this year’s GCW. However, it was not always a smooth ride and at times, trying to communicate to the children what I would have liked for them to do and what I was trying to teach them was difficult. This was because I was sometimes unclear and at times, they simply did not want to listen and were distracted. Planning the lessons and knowing what to expect were also challenges, as we assumed that they had minimal knowledge of English when the words and ideas we taught were, in fact, sometimes too easy; therefore, we had to improvise and teach them more than we had planned, which resulted in less structure of the roughly 20 minutes we were given to teach each lesson. I didn’t feel as if there was an overwhelming number of physical challenges during the trip, as most everything we did was straightforward. I did, however, feel as if I overcame the challenge of effectively teaching the children by improving and varying the lesson plans the second time we wrote them, as we had to improve and change our original topics to have something else for the same group of children the next day.

Both the teaching and building were extremely satisfying and gratifying for me towards the end of the week and especially the day before we left. I was able to stay for a while afterwards on the Friday afternoon of this past week to finish the mural on the common area wall entirely, and the quotes we wrote made me reflect on what I had done for the community over a period of several days. In addition to the community service component of the trip, we were able to experience the traditional culture of the many different tribes living in that area of Chiang Mai, which I had never been to before. On Wednesday, we took a break from community service and hiked up to a temple and hill tribe village in the morning and built a raft in the afternoon. I was able to have a first hand look at the lifestyle of those who lived in a village that lacked a traditional electricity and water system and had to walk quite a long way in all seasons. This showed me the diversity of the people living in the Northern and all other areas of Thailand.

In retrospect, had I known that we would be teaching the same group of children in some grades over several days, I would have prepared multiple lesson plans in advance in order to give the children the most of what I could have taught them in the time I had. However, I feel that I did the best that I could and that I had an unforgettable experience over the past week in all aspects of the trip. I had lots of fun with my friends and was able to interact with kids that I would not have had a chance to meet otherwise. I discovered a different, more harmonious way of life and was able to observe and be a part of that for a few days, even though I am now back with what I know. I learned that I could do and get through just about anything and that giving back to the community in whichever way possible deserves to be a priority in my life. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I had to go on GCW Maekok and it was a week that I will always cherish.

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The main lesson that I had learnt from spending my Global Citizenship Week at the Maekok Village would be that: Being born as a ‘member’ of the Thai society does not translate into being ‘exposed’ to all the aspects of the society that you are a part of. There are still many parts of the society that still needs help that you are unaware of, and we could be the ones to help them.

Despite the length of the trip being a short period of time, I have gained a lot from it; the amount of experiences that I had acquired, and the knowledge I had learned from this trip could not be characterized by the amount of time that I had spent there. I was exposed to another culture within the Thai society, something I was previously ignorant to; but more importantly, I have gained experiences, experiences that rarely presents itself, and I would not had have these experiences without this trip.

This activity made me realized that one of the main goals of a society, giving educational opportunities to all the people, could actually be accomplished in a short period of time if effort is put into doing so. This GCW trip had also given me the prospect of first-handedly experiencing how simply education can be provided to a group of children, and that professionals are not the only ones who can provide educational opportunities to these children; anyone could do it, even you and me. We do not have to teach them anything that extremely complex or hard; just by teaching them something that they did not know and skills that they could apply to their lives could also contribute to improving their lives.

This week had made me grow as an individual, as I played and spent time with these children, I realize that just a week of teaching English could have a positive impact on a community, and make a difference in many lives. Even if the children forget the words we had taught them, at least we had exposed the new ideas to them. They might not remember the specific words or subjects that we had taught them, but at the very least we might have provided them with an incentive to seek new educational opportunities in the near future, and had brought the children joy.

This group is only one group of children out of thousands that do not have access to a decent education, thus actions must be made to improve this flaw of our society. I know that one may think that we as individuals are not capable of making a difference in the society. We all want to see huge improvements and sudden changes, ones that advance the whole society; but if everyone thinks that their contribution would not make a difference, who would be the initiator of those ‘huge improvements’ and ‘sudden changes’? Hence, one should consider themselves as individuals who are doing good deeds that are essentially the smaller steps that contribute to the bigger goal.

 

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For this year’s GCW, I went to Maekok River Village Resort, in the north of Chiang Mai.

Over the course of the week, I learned about some issues of cultural diversities, and the importance of trying to interact and live with environment, not destroy them to make living convenient.

The region where the resort was placed at, north of Chiang Mai, consisted of tribes with different culture and ways of living. They were people from neighboring countries/regions such as Laos, Burma, and some other Asian countries such as China. They use their original languages to communicate, they have their own culture. And we visited one of the surrounding tribes during the week. One thing that surprised me was, the level of living condition. The village was located on top of a hill, where you have to hike abrupt and steep uphill for about 30 minutes (plus 30 minutes of bus ride from the nearest town), and there seemed to be almost no electricity. On our way to the village we saw a old woman going up the hill with a huge basket full of fruits in it, and we were amazed by her because most of us were complaining about the steepness and the bad condition about the road. Their houses were constructed by bamboo trees and other trees. Under such harsh condition, they were still making their livings. From this experience I learned how blessed and lucky I am to live in such a developed technology, and that these different types of living, interacting and fitting int0 the environment rather than changing it so that the environment fit the people, do exist.

I also got to interact with the people. The tasks we had to complete for our GCW was to build and to teach English at the local school. There, I tried to teach the kids from elementary school. The kids were from different tribes, and the guide told us that they speak their own languages back home, and they come to learn how to speak Thai and learn in Thai. I thought the attempt to interact kids from diverged cultural backgrounds is really important, because that will help them go out to cities closer to Bangkok and get a job, helping their parents financially back home. If they stayed in their villages, they might satisfy their parents minimum needs as a workforce, but not as much. This strategy of sending their kids into cities to work, has some weakness as well. And one biggest weakness is that because they are from different cultures, it will be difficult for them to fit into the society. This issue should be fixed while the kids are young, and that is why I felt that them interacting with us was such a good opportunity.

 

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