Since I started eleventh grade in August, the Innovation Academy has pretty much become one of our conversation subjects at the family dinner table. I have become so obsessed with it, that I can literally speak alone for 10 minutes nonstop until one of my family members has to bring desert so I can shut up. I guess that my constant monologues payed off, because last week my sister send me a link to a ted talk. I immediately hesitated about watching it , quite frankly I didn't really consider entertaining watching something school oriented in my own free time.
Any way, for some reason I decided to give it a try.
1. The tittle was super catchy..
2. My sister mentioned that it was relevant to the IA
She was totally right!
To begin with I really recommend this video to anyone in the IA and for those who aren't then you'll be jealous of not being part of the best program.
Any way to all of you who are really lazy and don't really want to watch it, it's worth knowing about.
Who is Ken Robinson?
Ken Robinson calls himself a "creativity expert" who analyzes child behavior and the distinct learning methods.
What is this Video about?
In the Ted Talk, Ken Robinson shares with us his preoccupation with the learning systems that are currently being used. Why ?
He beliefs that children are being trained for technical jobs that already exist. Though these children will start working in later years. We are unable to predict what the future is going to bring and the new jobs and needs that are going to appear later on."All kids have tremendous talents, but we squander them" he says.
He mentions that schools are focusing on only one type of learning and are creating a stereotype for one type of intelligence,
killing other children's sensibility and strengths in other areas.
He says: " Creativity now in education is as important as literacy and we should treat it with the same statues".
He shares, that children have the most sense of creativity and if it is not nurtured, and given the statues that it deserves then we are killing it.
Kids are the ones who are more capable of finding solutions because they carry more confidence, thats why schools need to learn to embrace and enrich creativity.
I have never been able to be as happy and feel as lucky to be able to form in a program like the IA. I am constantly graceful that I am not stuck in a classroom "listening" to constant lectures about things that I will clearly not remember in a an hour.
The IA is a perfect example of a school program that is not only thinking of the present but rather, of the future.
I feel lucky to be part of this necessary change.
" Im not saying that being wrong is being creative, but if your not ready to be wrong then you won't be able to create anything"
“Life was good
for a little while”
-Ellen Hopkins (Crank pg. 5)
If you have read my tittle, you are probably confused. No, I am not the one addicted to the monster and yes, the monster is scary. Its mysterious, too powerful for it's size and it really doesn't have life. But yet; it changes you, and its number one objective? To bring your darkest side to light.
I am talking about crank. Which happens to be the tittle for Ellen Hopkins bestselling book.
Crank is also known as crystal meth.
To be completely honest, I am more of the type of girl who enjoys reading a Nicholas Sparks novel rather than a book about a teenager who becomes addicted to crank and creates an alter ego called Bree.
Either way, I do have to admit that Ellen Hopkins makes you as addicted to her novel as the main character becomes addicted to the drug Crank.
When this novel was recommended to me over a year ago , I immediately turned it down. Why did I want to read a tale about a drug addict? I thought that the book would be awful, and too tragic to withhold. Being as hard headed as I am, it wasn't until a week ago when I finally decided to start reading the book.
Once I opened it, I couldn't put it down. Literally.
So what is crank about?
It's about the summer before Kristina started Junior year. It's about the summer that turned Kristina into Bree. Kristina used to be a pacific teenager, who was good to her parents, got straight A's and had sleepover with her friends.
This is until Kristina visits her dads house in Albuquerque and she meets Adam. Adam, presents her to crank. It's not too long before she becomes addicted, and her life is turned upside down. I don't want to tell you more, rather than its one of the best books I have ever read.
You live, the fears , the adventures and the heartbreak that this young addict goes through in the most thrilling storyline. The depth of the way Hopkins narrates and uses quotes like:
“The monster likes to talk; he jumps into your head and opens your mouth, making it spout your deepest darkest deceptions. Making you say all the things you'd rather not say, at least not in mixed company.
leaves you shattered.
I truly recommend this to anybody who is looking for a good read. I can assure you that you won't regret and you won't be able to put the book down.
This week has been filled with a whirlwind of mixed emotions. I hadn't really realized that the time would finally come when my older brother Jose would be leaving my side and going to follow his dreams in college.
Jose 18 ( almost 19) got accepted into Stanford university early decision in December 2013. For the past eight months I was filled with admiration , happiness and excitement for him knowing that the entrance rate for Stanford is of 5.1 % . I finally understood the meaning of being proud .
I don't really care which university he got accepted into or where he ended up because I am proud enough to have a brother like him.
I hate to brag, but he is the most well rounded and the sweetest person in the world. He is the most loyal companion and he is able to give the wisest tips when I am lost. I like to think of him as a genius in disguise. He is incredibly intelligent, and well read. He dominates everything that he desires and is able to overcome any obstacle that crosses or challenges his path. The best part is that if you met Jose you wouldn't really think that he maintained a 7.0 grade average since he was in the eighth grade or that he is the coach for the national Peruvian Debate Association. You would see a regular teenager who enjoys being with his friends .
It is really no surprise that Stanford accepted him. Since he was in second grade I have seen my brother push himself and fix everything that didn't seem right in his eyes. He is the hardest worker and extremely persistent. Getting into his dream college was just something that we all new would happen because he deserves Stanford and so much more.
So when I saw him with his suitcases walking out the door from my home I realized that I wasn't only losing my brother but a best friend, inspiration and a mentor. I know that he will continue being the best at everything he does, and I will continue being the proudest sister in the whole world for having the best brother I could have asked for,
I am incredibly jealous that Stanford stole the best from me. I look forward to see him follow his dreams in Palo Alto and continue loving to learn.
This week grades 9-12, in Roosevelt participated in a school tradition named ICC (inter class competition). During this week grade levels fight for beating each other in a range of distinct activities. From cheers, to soccer to battle of the bands. There are different activities for everybody's abilities.
This year, as a grade level we were Juniors. Being eleventh graders and almost the eldest in the high school, we are expected to place second. This year, things have been a little bit different. Our grade started strong but failed to succeed in some of our weaknesses. This affected the scores placing us third, below the seniors and the sophomores. Though there are still more activities left to be completed, and we do not know the official placing yet, we already won.
No, we didn't win the ICC competition. We won the moments, and the memories together as JUNIORS 2016. As a grade level , through out the week we have been supportive of each other in different activities and we have learned that losing is something that happens and that accepting it in the calmest and humblest manner is the only way to go. We have learned not only to be supportive of one another but to acknowledge other grade levels and support them in their times of glory or weakness.
This is something new, to us since through out the previous years of this rigorous competition we dedicated our cheers to bringing the competition down .
Never would I have imagined my grade, never the less myself cheering for the freshmen, when they were being defeated by the sophomores. Or clapping for the other grades when they made exceptional skits in Theater Sports, or Just a Minute.
I believe that we have managed to understand the difference between winning and winning a moment. Coming together and enjoying one of our last years in this school, in this competition. Recognizing and being empathetic towards the freshmen in their first years and being able to recall when someone wins because of their well deserved effort. Accepting one another, and being able to have fun and not letting a competition create animosity between grade levels.
In the end, a few years from now, we won't recall the points only the memories that stick.