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 Global Citizen Week trip to YWCA Daycare become a great conclusion of my experience for  my 4 years of community service related GCW trips dealing with the less fortunate children from KlongToey Kindergarden, Street boy, Setsatian School for the Deaf  and now, YWCA Daycare. With my 3 years of experience of community service inside and outside of the school, I’m able to know what to expect from them and how to handle the children. I have an advantage of being Thai and being able to speak Thai which help me communicated well with the children. Since I’m an emotional driven person, I get attract with people easily, This week has become a very memorable times for me since I was granted to opportunity to take care of the kids and make a differences in the kids’ life who their parent might not have enough time/financial supports to give the children enough love and warmth. We made a difference in the children’s life by making their day worthwhile and memorable and make them look forward for the next day. In addition, we take them to trips such as the zoo or the Ocean World in Central World where they might not have the opportunity to visit there due to their parent’s financial issue.

From participating in this community service, I learned about how difficult the task of taking care of the small children could be. I expected looking after and entertaining the YWCA children to be very simple task. From my experience this week, I realized how hard the task is and how different children and different age required different form of care, activity, game and attention.  The most challenging aspect o this trip was to maintain the children under control. Since the children have a very short attention span, we have to be actively entertaining the children and know their interests. During the activities we have with them, I was shocked to see how the children are very violent, they turned the golfing racket into a gun and start their own shooting game. Some of the kid also use the golf racket to destroy the bowling pin that other children has organized and some start to use golf racket to hit each other. Despite of their violent, during the Lego, clay and painting activity, each children shows their creativity and imagination and I really enjoyed listening to the children describing a weird shape of Lego, clay or picture into an airplane or a house.

These children taught me lots of stuff in life. Since these children came from a low-income family where their family does not have the ability to afford expensive toys, clothes, shoes, or enough time, love and warmth for the children, I realize how fortunate I am where I was born in a rich family where everything is all ready for me. At the Ocean World in Central World where my buddy’s shoes were tore and I tried to fix it with glue and tape, from this, I realized the condition these kid are born in. We cannot change how and where we are born, but as a more fortunate person, this community service granted me the opportunities to pursue my responsibility of making a difference in someone’s life and to give back to the society. They taught me that each children have their own needs and their concept of “fun” is completely different than ours. They considered playing matching game, Lego, clay or cutting paper is fun while we may find it boring and a waste of time. They make me realize the true meaning of life As we grow up, we lost our innocent and creativity and we start to lived our life according to the laws and schedule and forgot about the true meaning of life, of having passion, find enjoyment in the things we do in life. Since the society and the school had shaped us into a little box where studying and getting good grade is important and other things is secondary. These children saw the beauty and enjoyment in a typical object or scenery that we as highschooler might overlooked or find them boring. I realized that life will be fulfilled if we can pursue a creative mind and learn to appreciate things around us.

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 For this course, I learned that taking care of kids could be really hard work with.  YWCA is a youth center non-profit organization working towards women having an improvement and economic changes on the world.   In this course 20 of ISB’s students worked with kids at the age of one year old to three year olds.   The center provides a day care for kids whose parents do not have enough time to take care of their child due to their work.

 

We took care of the children for a week, it has taught me to be more patient with kids, have better communication and smile all the time.  If I did not smile, the kids would not want to be around me.  Smiling attracts all the kids to come and want to be around you.  I thought that it was great to have so many kids want to be with you rather than the other people.

 

Although this past week was mainly focusing on doing community service with YWCA, I felt more tired than I normally would if I went to school.  This is because the children were running around everywhere.  The ISB students had to run around to catch them and I thought that it was really tiring especially when we went to the Dusit zoo on Tuesday.   Even though I personally love going to the zoo I never thought I would be able to walk around the zoo in 30 minutes.  A girl I was taking care of wanted to see elephants, except we did not know where to go so we ended up walking around the whole zoo to find elephants.  I thought that it was a workout rather than walking around to look at the animals and having fun because the weather that day was hot and humid.

 

The girl I was taking care of was Green, she is a 3-year-old girl and this will be her last few months at YWCA because she will soon enroll in a kindergarten school in the next few months.  She is not only cute but also funny, every time I call her name she never turns but when I say “princess green” she turns around straight away.  Being more mature than others, she listens to me and respects me when I tell her to do something.  However, since she was one of the oldest kids in the group I gave her more freedom and took care of other kids since there were always more kids than ISB students to take care of.

 

I thought that one of the most challenging things in this course is to not get too attached to the kids.  It is better to change kids everyday because by the end of the week, the ISB students and the YWCA students will have to go separate ways.  It is always better to have a strong bond but allow the kids to have some freedom.  However, it is really rewarding when they know who you are and they actually want to be with you and want you to be the one to take them around.

 

Overall I thought this trip was a great experience for me.  I thought I became more responsible and more caring throughout the trip.

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GCW YWCA 2012 Reflection

Playing with toddlers and young children has never been my thing. From past experiences, I have this perception that children are demanding tiny people with unpredictable emotions. Because of this, I wasn’t at all excited when I was told that I would be spending five whole days with three years old.

In the past five days, all of my past opinions and perception were changed by the time that I spend with my buddies, Diamond. From the time he got off the bus in the morning, he would tightly wrap his delicate hands around my index finger; his hands were so small that they could not hold on to mine completely. Each morning, we would participate in different activities, and Diamond’s favorite was building with Lego bricks. His wild imagination enabled him to create different creatures and objects. Although to me the airplane he built did not look like the one we’ve all seen shooting through the skies, they were just like a jumbo-jet in his mind. , they were just like a jumbo-jet in his mind.

During break time, the children would all sit around the wooden table outside the cafeteria. On Wednesday, we let them decorate their own bread before eating it. Thick layers of Nutella chocolate spread topped the soft white bread, and on top of that were tiny colorful cake sprinkle, yellow, red, and blue. Since the children had to share the sprinkles, I was afraid that they would fight over it, but soon they proved me wrong; the children graciously handed the bottle of sprinkle over to their friends when asked. I was surprised by their etiquette and manners when they asked me for a cup of drinks and to take them to the bathroom. Although the children were no more than four years old, they all have the rich Thai culture deeply rooted in to them.

While I had a good experience with Diamond on most days, there were times when he did not want to do as told. While everyone was coloring in pictures, Diamond wanted to run around, hitting the balloons in the air. When told that he could not do so, Diamond got upset; he walked away with a sad face. In order to make him happy again, I told him that we could go and play outside when he’s don’t with his drawing. Still, the boy did not reply. He simply wanted to go outside and run, not sit around drawing pictures like the girls.

Children, like adults have their own needs, needs that are different from us high schoolers. They don’t want to sit down and watch movies like us, instead they want to go outside and run around the football field. Their concept of “fun” is completely different than that of ours. Most of us wake up in the morning to go to school, attend class, come home, eat and then sleep. But for these children, their days are not structured, they are able participate in activities spontaneously, and enjoy all the free time they have. Working with these children this week have made me realized that as we grow up, our lives become more structured, in a sense that our freedom is limited by the things we do.

Although I was initially doubtful that this GCW course would be one that I enjoy, all of that changed in the past five days. Getting to know a child, and seeing his face light up in the morning when he arrives at school, and knowing that he will have fun throughout the day, has been the highlight of this trip. While the five days may be over, the friendship that I have built this week is everlasting.

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