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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During this week without walls trip I was exposed to a lot of new information and ideas that i had not perviously been aware of. Such as, there being a large lake in the south of Thailand that was a natural park and created by a man made dam many years ago. It was interesting also to meet some Thai people from a different are of Thailand, who speak different dialects and live a very different life to most of the Thai people in Bangkok. One of the most interesting aspects of this trips was the exposure to a new environment that I didn’t know existed in Thailand.

I went on this trip with only 3 of my usual friends and I ended up meeting many people I never thought that I would have hung out with, even though now I am good friends with a few of them. So I did learn that about myself, that I am more open to new people than i thought I was and it was a good learning experience for me to meet new people. I also got to hang out with some of the people from the trip and talk to some of the staff about their previous experiences with other groups that had been there, and even talk to them about previous students from ISB who had been there. I was interesting to hear their opinions about them because they were quite accurate which shows how much someone is exposed in a new environment such as the Reefs Trip.

The community service aspect of the trip was very engaging. While planting mangroves I though about the fact that some people had to plant the trees for a living to help the environment and earn there money. It is tiring working out in son for a few hours, a day would be even worse. While planting we learnt about the effect that the mangroves have on the surrounding environment and the necessity of mangroves. Also that mangroves are one of the most biodiverse environments in the world.

As a result of this course, I think I grew in the sense that now I know more about the country I live in, which makes me feel more at home. This was what I expected, however not to the extent that it actually was. I was expecting less of a culture shock and I was expecting the south of Thailand to be more similar to around Bangkok however it wasn’t. I really liked the accommodation that we stayed in because it was a floating resort with rooms made of bamboo. I didn’t mind staying in a room with such low standard because it makes the trip seem more adventurous. For myself, the most rewarding part of the trip was to come back with a newer and larger group of friends and a whole new perspective of the country that I live in.

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Reefs to rainforests; the name says it all. I travelled from the shoreline to the to the depth of caves in the jungle and I don’t have a single negative thing to say about it. Initially, going into this course I wasn’t too sure about it and I was quite skeptical about it all. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and what I would be doing exactly. But me being me, I didn’t put much effort into reading the entire itinerary when we were still in the choosing phase before the actual trip. I left it all to surprise really… And I was without a doubt immensely rewarded. I have always had a respect for nature, and I’ve always been keen to learn more about it, bit by bit. I’m quite fond of being able to get out in the mud and learn all about it from all angles under the sun as a pose to from a book, inside the classroom. I was pleased to realize that Reefs to Rainforests was all about that. We were introduced to many different ecosystems and well as organisms in these ecosystems. We visited mangroves, coral reefs, shorelines, wetlands and caves ranging from up in the mountains to underwater caves in the ocean. Each ecosystem was indisputably even more interesting than the next. One such ecosystem that stood out from the rest was the mangroves. Not only is it amazing that these trees can live in salt water, it’s remarkable how important they are to the ecosystem. Firstly mangroves act as a filter system in bodies of water, purifying the salt water for a more sustainable habitat for organisms such as mudskippers, crabs and even lemon sharks. Secondly, mangroves act as a very strong barrier against storms like tsunamis and cyclones. Their roots are very deep into the ground and can protect the mainland from big destructive waves. Lastly, the mangrove forest is basically a nursery for organisms to lay their eggs in or provide shelter. Hence, therefore it is very important that we protect these mangroves in every possible way that we can. I myself was part of these efforts in protecting and conserving the mangrove forest in Thailand. Not only was I educated on the matter (which is always a very important first step), I was able to get out to a shore line and plant over a thousand mangrove trees in hope that one day that bare plot of land will regrow into a formidable forest. With that being said I would like to highlight another problem that I became aware about, and this is the whole issue regarding Thai shrimp farming. At first glance these farms seem quite harmless, perhaps even positive in some ways but unfortunately that is not true at all. If we disregard the rapid positive economic benefits (which in reality are only decent in short term) of shrimp farming, we can truly see that it is having a horrible effect on the Thai environment in many ways. In conclusion, I would notably say that I would highly recommend this trip to anyone in and outside of school. I really did enjoy myself, it seemed like the trip was a perfect equation of fun and learning put together. I will always remember the time I went to Surathani with my friends and had a great last GCW trip. Finally, I hope you as the reader will further your knowledge on these pressing matters, and one day be able to say that you were part in helping Thailand to be a better place.

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Eight-day trip to Krabi Province made me realize keenly how we, human beings, rely on a host of invisible services that different sorts of ecosystems provide. It was an excellent opportunity for me to get away from technology and experience different types of ecological communities including tropical evergreen forests and wildlife, karsts and cave ecosystems, fresh water ecosystems, waterfalls and montane area, intertidal communities and mangrove estuaries.

First two days of the trip were spent on fresh water area where impressive limestone outcrops and mysterious caves are found. When you imagine Krabi, you may first come up with translucent green seas ending in white sandy beaches. This is not always true that Krabi consists spectacular ecosystems from the caves to the montane, as well as tropical rain forests. We explored four caves and specifically the one in which we walked for two hours and found cave ecosystems was the most memorable for me.

On the third day of the trip, we planted mangroves, which provide a range of significant ecosystem services such as coastal stabilization, primary production and provision of nursery habitat for marine fish. Not only this community service project helped ecosystems they surround, but also people living near the mangrove forests because a mangrove swamp is beneficial that its presence slows the rate of incoming flood waters, protecting human development further inland. It also tends to increase the yield of fish or shrimp caught in an area for human consumption.

As a result of this course, I raised awareness about the significance of nature and how it relates to our lives. Also, throughout the course I had a good chance to get to know each other, which would have never happened in school.

The experience I got from this trip was similar to what I expected because my friends from last year told me that this trip would be the best trip to go in senior year. However, sleeping in the bungalow and fresh water kayaking were unexpected that I did not know I would be acquiring a lot of new experiences.

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