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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From this course, I’ve learn so many things from the students at Setsathian school and the most important thing I learn is that the sign language. However, sign language is hard for me to learn and try to communicate with other students at the Setsathian School. Overall was fun and I enjoyed it so much. The thing that I really like about the school is that the way they communicate and how they express their feeling by their face and their sign language is very powerful. The culture that I’m is so different from their culture and because they are deaf we see different things in different ways.  I’ve learn that if we look at things in different way, we can see more of the good things and bad things. In this course, I’ve grown so much from this GCW course because now I’ve seen that there are people that didn’t have an ability to hear or speak but we’re all have so we should be value ourselves more. The experience I had and the experience I thought before was completely different because first I thought that it would be very hard for us to communicate to them but when it comes, it wasn’t so hard and one thing that I notice is that you don’t need your ear or eyes to see or listen, you only need to use your heart to listen to what they’re trying to say. The most challenging part in this course was that, the first time we meet with the students at Setsathian school it was very confuse because we didn’t really know that much of the sign language and some of us cannot speak Thai so it was very hard to communicate with them and it was hard to understand what they are trying to tell us. Nevertheless, we still try to understand them and after a few days both ISB students and Setsathian students got together and the course went well. The things that I’m really proud of in this course is that I’ve learn lots of sign language and I actually know how to use it to the deaf people and it could be useful in the future too. The thing that I really enjoy in this GCW course was when we went to Siam Ocean World and Dream World. It was one of the best memories ever. When we went to Siam Ocean World one of my partner from Setsathian School taught we the sign language of the fish and other things such as trees, spiders, water and more. After that she asks me to show her those signs and I got them all right and she was very proud of me. Another good moment that I remembered is that when we went to Dream world and we get to play lots of things in the amusement park. My partner wants to play the rollercoaster but I was so scared so she drag me up to play and at first I thought it would be very scary but it actually not really scary so it was fun and really exciting. Overall, this GCW course was very fun and Ms.Goghar, Ms.Marina and Ms.Sucheera was very nice to all of us and thank you all of them for taking care all of use over the trip.

 

Buddy Thongrompo

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The first day we went to the Setsatian School for the Deaf, we learned a little bit of sign language, got our sign language “name”, and got to meet the people who we were going to spend the week with for the first time. The first day was exciting and surprising for me; exciting because I’ve never done anything like what I was about to do and surprising because the people who were deaf took me by surprise. I never expected the people to be so open and excited. Everyone quickly got along because of the exciting atmosphere that was in the room. Before coming to the school, I thought that the deaf people would be quiet and shy. It was surprising to know that they are the complete opposite of what I thought of them to be. Although they were a bit shy and quiet at the beginning, they quickly opened up to us and all the awkwardness disappeared.

As the week went by, we became good friends.  By making t-shirts and going to Siam Ocean World and Dream World together, we became even closer. The last day we were together was at Dream World. It was the perfect place to end the trip, but it was also a sad day for everyone. By riding and experience the rides together, we definitely got closer. From this, I also got to communicate with the students who I didn’t know very well during the week. On this day, I also realized something about the deaf people. I realized that although the people were deaf, from a distance, they just look like normal people. I wouldn’t have known that they were deaf unless I was told or was paying close attention to them. They totally looked like normal high school students having fun at an amusement park that day.  It was nice to know that the people are still enjoying their lives, even when they couldn’t hear.

The most challenging part of this course was definitely communication. Since our group had little or no experience in sign language, it was difficult to hold a conversation. On the first day, I had so many questions to ask them, but we couldn’t communicate with each other because either I didn’t know how to ask or they couldn’t understand what I was trying to ask them. In my opinion, we got better at communicating with each other as the week went by. The deaf students helped us by using body language and facial expressions to communicate with each other. We learned from what they were doing, so we also communicated with them by also using body language and facial expressions. By the end of the week, we could understand each other better than the first couple days. Although there were times where it was still difficult to comprehend what the deaf students were saying, in the end, we still understood what they wanted to want say.

For me, the most rewarding part of this course was the experience and friendship we built together. Since I have never come across a deaf person before in my life, it was a good experience for me. I got to know how they communicated with each other and how they live their lives. Throughout the week, we also “built” friendship. By going to Siam Ocean World and Dream World, we became really good friends. In Siam Ocean World, we shared the fascination of the different types of fishes and animals that were at the place. In Dream World, we shared the pain and laughter of the rides we ridden. I hope that sometime in the future, I will get to meet the students again. Although it was sad that we only had a week together, we all enjoyed and had fun together during the week.

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School for the Deaf (Dome)
Looking back on this GCW trip, I must admit that I was a little upset that I got School for the Deaf as my GCW trip. All of my other friends got to go someplace else. My initial attitude towards this trip was poor. I went to the meetings emotionless and often didn’t pay attention. None of my good friends were on this trip and I had originally thought that this trip was going to be the longest five days of my life. I thought communicating with my hands was going to be difficult, I thought the activities that we were going to do were boring and I had thought that the kids we’d be meeting would be weird. Now, I wish I could go back in time and punch my past self very hard in the face and scream at him for hours. I can honestly say that I am glad that I ended up in School for the Deaf, because it was an amazing experience.
The kids there were absolutely incredible and extroversive. From the minute we entered their school, they’d be outside beaming at us and frantically waving. It was as if we had fans. When we got down from the bus, they’d quickly rush to greet us, and even though we could barely understand each other, we all knew what a big smile and a gentle handshake meant.
At first, communications seemed to be a big roadblock. But soon, it became easy. We learned certain essential sign languages from our buddies and for the rest of the time; it was like a big game of charades. They’d giggle at our pathetic acting skills and the weird hand and face motions that would accompany them.
I also remember entering school for the deaf thinking the kids there would be small children for some reason. Again, I was entirely wrong. They were our age and their sense of humor matched ours. I remember being told a joke in sign language and laughing so hard, I thought I gained an 8 pack afterwards. Throughout the entire trip, we were constantly communicating easily with each other, telling jokes and making the other person laugh uncontrollably.
This entire trip was really an eye opener. Not to sound too cheesy, but this trip really did teach me numerous things. The first thing it taught me was that, language shouldn’t be a barrier between people. Even though we couldn’t speak to each other, we still understood each other perfectly. I barely knew any sign language, so I basically had to play charades. My message was able to get across, and my buddy had a great time trying to decipher my every movements. Finally, this trip taught me how to approach life. Even though these kids couldn’t hear the symphonies of the world, they still woke up every day with a good attitude and beam on their faces. They never seemed down, and they were always happy. They made the best of any situation, despite their disabilities. I think this is an extremely important lesson that will aid me in the future.

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