My big accomplishment this week was finishing The Kite Runner. That was my goal, and I managed to reach it. Go me. I also started with the picture notes, and I am going to try to finish them up today. I think the picture notes are a super cool idea, and I wish that more teachers had you take notes on books like that. It provides you with the page number and the context of whatever you’re citing. It adds to the explanation on each of the slides, and really shows the whole point of taking notes in the first place. We also did some elevator talks. At first I didn’t really like them, but now I definitely understand the point of them and can get behind them.
As the writer of my group, I’m a little anxious about the due date of this project. I am about to be gone three days next week for early spring break, and I won’t be back until the Tuesday after break. This freaks me out a little bit because it basically leaves my group to do most of the work, and that’s not fair to them. I also like to be somewhat in control of the things that are happening, and it will be just a little challenging to do that from Florida.
I stumbled across this little article a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty cool. It’s not super relevant to anything we did in class this week, but it’s a little relevant at least to my role in this project. I might reference it as I write, I might not. We shall see I suppose.
This week was really weird. We only had a teacher one day, and I kind of felt a little lost because of it. I am not a fan of missing school, or of having my teachers miss school either. It throws me, and the whole class, off our game. On Monday, the only thing we really did was pick our groups and the book we were reading. I also griped about having to do another group project, but I know that this will most likely benefit me in the end. Anyway, my group appears to be pretty solid, although I feel like Erica and I will take control of the whole thing. Which is fine with me. We did the few things that we were supposed to write this week, and now we’re focused on getting our book read.
My group chose to read The Kite Runner, and I know that it is a fantastic book. The first book I read in class this year, A Thousand Splendid Suns, has the same author and it is now one of my favorite books. I am about halfway into The Kite Runner as of this moment, and I am totally invested in the story. When I am not reading it, I find myself thinking about it, and I love when I read a book and that happens. Khaled Hosseini is a phenomenal author in my opinion. His stories could be true, even though the are fiction.
I am the writer for my group, and I am happy that I was able to obtain that position. I think that my group has more strength in writing in total than it does in the digital/technology aspect of this project, but I’m not worried and I’m sure we will make it work.
This entire week has been stressful for me. I’m still behind in three of my classes, and I haven’t finished reading The Jungle yet. Yesterday I searched for outside sources for my Pecha Kucha presentation, and it was actually a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I haven’t even started to actually write the paper, and the presentation is totally nonexistent at this point. I’m a little panicked about this, but I think I’ll be alright; I have Sunday to do a bunch of work, and most things aren’t due in my other classes until the end of the trimester. I’ll have a few extra days at least.
My week has been consumed by writing scholarship application essays. I have been so stressed about them, because they were extra on top of what I already had for school. I’ve been up late the past few nights trying to finish them up, and last night I finished all but one. I feel good about this, even though they are due today. I’ll finish the last one in my third hour. The amount of stress relief I felt when I realized that I had finished nine of the ten I am applying for was insane. I’m already in a better mood today than I have been all week. It also helps that it’s Friday.
I learned this week that procrastination is really NOT a good idea. It was also reinforced how bad of an idea it is to miss school. I learned also that being poor in America in the 1920s was totally horrible. The parts of The Jungle that I have read make me incredibly glad that this country has come as far as it has. I am looking forward to diving deeper into my topic this weekend.