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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This year for GCW I decided to do a trip where I would be able to give back to the Thai community. Having lived in Bangkok for almost my whole life, the Thai community and culture has become a very important part of my life. I thought that doing Painters with a Conscious would not only be a good way to give back to the rising generation of Thai children but also an important lesson for me to learn to appreciate all that I have.  In addition to this, Painters with a Conscience was the perfect option since I genuinely enjoy painting and it also consisted of helping re-paint a Thai school for young children.

This experience was definitely a learning experience for me as it was an activity which I was not familiar with in that I did not know how to prep or use many of the tools we used in order to re-paint the school. From this experience, I learned that I have actually lot of patience. While prepping the area we were going to paint, we had to use scrappers, sandpaper, and brushes to clean the walls so that when we painted over them, you would not be able to see the old oil stains or paint from before. This was a long process and took a lot of energy to do but I wanted to complete the task to the best of my abilities since I knew it would make someone else happy.

In addition to helping me learn something about myself, this activity also helped me learn something about the community we were re-painting this school for. Going into this trip, I expected to be only painting; however, this experience turned out to be much more than just picking up a paint brush every day and painting a wall. Every day when we would be working, the children who went to the school would always surround the building we were painting during their free time and watch us as we worked. They were always smiling and laughing and appeared to be very appreciative and thankful for what we were doing for them. Whenever they could, they would always approach us and shake our hands and say “I love you” or “What’s your name?” because those were probably some of the few phrases they knew in English.  Many of the kids who attended the school probably came from poor families; however, they never let that affect them as they always seemed so happy and thankful for what they have. Watching the kids watch us made me realize how doing something which many of us would probably never want to do because it takes a lot of time and hard work to do could make so many people so grateful and happy.  As a result, I have learned to become more appreciative of the things (little and big) that my friends, family, teachers, and community do for me because I know that they are taking time out of their day to help me, comfort me, and make me smile.

I admit that overall this experience was very tough and challenging because in addition to being patient, you also needed to be diligent, focused, and always ready to work. However, in the end, it was all worth it because not only accomplish our goal of re-painting the school to make it look better than it did before but we also gave a lot of children and teachers something to be proud and appreciative of.

 

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GCW Painters With a Conscience Reflection

 

For the past five days I have been working in a school in the Nonthaburi region. The teachers won’t really tell me where exactly is the school located but never mind that. This week has been a great life experience for me because painting a school is a great life skill that I can do anytime. The times I had to spend preparing the school and the time needed to apply the first second and (possibly) third coat of paint and don’t forget the clean up time. This week has also been a great experience in terms of what school life is outside the wall of ISB and how it looks like to be a student in a public school.

During the week we the painters have spent our times painting the school auditorium from what is seems like. It took a lot of sweat and lots of pain to prepare the auditorium for painting. Still is was fun thing because many of the students during lunch started to interact with us by either talking to us in their broken but understandable English or playing with us. The kids were curious as ever wandering close to the painted walls and looking at us painting their auditorium.

The next day it was nearly the same but the fact that we had to start painting the walls. This became the messy part of this course. The painting consisted of us working on the inside and outside of a non air conditioned building and in the blazing sun and scorching heat. This was another hardship most of us had to overcome. Still we all prevailed and continued to work. Then came the lunch, although this was food I have tasted before it looked pretty delicious. As we ate in the elevated stage and on this long table, the kids watched us wolf down into our meals and giggled at some of us because of our current condition (we were all dirty and looking a bit tired). Most of us could not stomach the food and only ate little and then continued to work on.

This happened for the 3 days that came except on Thursday were me and my friend got told to  clean the bathroom so we did for the rest of the day. On that same day the kids were feeling more attached to us and really playing with most of us. I was chased and tickled by most of them, other students shook hands with the other painters and me. Many asked us questions and giggled at our responses to them (possibly because they don’t understand the response).

Finally it was Friday and the last day of painting and cleaning the auditorium and the toilets for me and Sharwin. The day went by really fast because we all worked really hard. Finally I and Sharwin finished painting the bathroom. It was disgusting and putrid in there but it was worth it because we only had to paint 1 coat on. Middle of the day was coming and we had our lunch was the same new and delicious looking but I did not eat because I knew I would be home soon to eat something else. The kids were all happy and started swarming their newly painted auditorium and us in the process. They mingled with us and asked for our facebooks and gave us hugs, letters (of thanks and love), flowers and paraphernalia which most interested us all. At the end of it all they had an assembly to thank us for painting the auditorium and gave us gifts of thanks. This week has been fun and great learning experience not only for me but for everyone else.

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In truth my expectations for my Junior year GCW, painters, was different than i had expected, but overall i had fun. The course was in Bangkok, so it took us approximately 40 minutes to get to our destination, a local school where we would repaint one of their buildings. The very first day as we arrived to the school area, we had to relax at a place where the children ‘hang’ out during their free time, because they had their annual morning gathering and announcement before regular classes would begin. As soon as the children left for classes we were taken to the building that very much looked like an auditorium or a place where there would be performances made. That day was the hardest, and that’s what they had told us many times, since we had to scrub the layer of old paint before we put the new one. also it was the hardest because it was my first time doing what i did and the humidity was unbearable. But by the time lunch had come i was refreshed and gained more strength to go on with the work. Additionally my friends and I had fun with the children in the school, playing a game that they were playing and talking to a group of children about where we had come from. They were most fascinated to find out that we weren’t all from Thailand and wanted to know more about where our countries were. It was really nice to talk to the kids and hear their side of the story, with the help of one of my friends i was able to understand what the kids wanted to know since they could barely talk in english.  It was my first time helping to repaint the auditorium, and i expected it to be easier then it was. I thought that the place we were repainting would be much more larger and thought that we would finish in three days time but i was wrong and at the end i was happy that it was as it was since we finished at the exact time we were supposed to. During the week, I learned that it was a big help and brought lots of happiness because of what we did for the children and teachers in the school. Overall in my opinion i had gained experience from this course and in future if i were to take such course again i would be more prepared than i was this time.

 

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