Thursday, 24 November 2016

A New Friend



Gliding through the cool water.
Golden sand below.
Blue sky above.
The sun’s rays dance across the ocean floor.

A gentle tug.
I turn to look.
A playful seal,
Pulling on my flipper.

“Hello!”
He seems to say.
Body inverted.
Face to mask.

“Follow me!”
“Now!”
Down to the sand.
He rolls. I roll.

“Follow me!”
“Quick!”
Dashing through the sea.
He swims. I swim.

“Follow me!”
“Careful!”
Into the kelp.
He hides. I seek.

Just a few moments.
Forever a treasure.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Friendship


In the book Wonder, one theme is friends stand by each other through difficult times. Summer shows she is a loyal friend to Auggie by standing by him during the Plague. Auggie is upset because he realizes none of his classmates will touch him, and, if they do, they immediately wash their hands. For example, during science class Auggie accidentally bumps Tristan’s hand. Tristan panics, drops his materials, and rushes over to the lab sink to remove Auggie’s germs. This hurts Auggie’s feelings. Summer is true friend because she refuses to participate in the Plague. Instead, she continues to eat lunch with Auggie and play handball with him at recess. Summer helps Auggie get through a very difficult time when he is being isolated at school. Friendship is also shown later in the story when Jack, Amos, Henry and Miles stand up for Auggie on the class field trip. In particular, when Jack and Auggie encounter a group of seventh graders, they make fun of Auggie’s facial deformity. Jack, Amos, Henry and Miles stand up for Auggie telling the bullies to stop. The boys then work together to remove Auggie from the dangerous situation. Jack, Amos, Henry and Miles show that they are Auggie’s trusted friends because they willingly get between him and the bullies. They put their own safety at risk to protect Auggie. As a result of their courageous action, Auggie understands that Jack, Amos, Henry and Miles care about him and accept him. In summary, in the book Wonder, the actions of Summer, Jack, Amos, Henry and Miles towards Auggie reveal the theme of friendship as the characters support Auggie in challenging situations.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Preventing Bullying


We can prevent bullying in our community through our words and actions. We can prevent bullying through our words by telling a bully to stop his or her behavior. For example, if we see a bully pushing someone else, we can insist that the bully stop. By speaking up and demanding the bully stop, we prevent bullying, and our words inform the bully that we do not tolerate pushing others in our community. Also, we can prevent bullying through our actions by being an upstander. An upstander is a person who chooses to take positive action to help others and make the world a better place. For instance, if we see bullying, we can walk away. By being an upstander and removing ourselves from the bullying situation, we prevent bullying because we do not give the bully an audience. This halts bullying because bullies like to show others their power and strength. To conclude, we can eliminate bullying in our society by telling the bully to stop and by being an upstander.

Preventing Bullying


We can prevent bullying in our community through our words and actions. We can prevent bullying through our words by telling a bully to stop his or her behavior. For example, if we see a bully pushing someone else, we can insist that the bully stop. By speaking up and demanding the bully stop, we prevent bullying, and our words inform the bully that we do not tolerate pushing others in our community. Also, we can prevent bullying through our actions by being an upstander. An upstander is a person who chooses to take positive action to help others and make the world a better place. For instance, if we see bullying, we can stand between the bully and the victim. By being an upstander and putting ourselves between the bully and the victim ,we halt the bullying because we serve as barrier between the two, stopping the bully from touching the victim. To conclude, we can eliminate bullying in our society by telling the bully to stop and by being an upstander.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Depending On When You Met Me



For my first blogpost, I am take inspiration from the autobiography of Devon Gundry, Soulpancake author.

Depending on when you met me, I might have been: a surprised and undeserving spelling champion, the gangly kid who chipped her elbow tripping over a rock, a mildly competitive volleyball player, the Little Dutch Girl, a bubbly high school ASBer, an awkward brace face, 1/3 of a passionate mixed-gender congressional intern team, a sleeping graduate of USD, a sweaty, smelly movie theater concession stand worker, an idealistic gender-equity peer educator, or your Grade 6 Humanities teacher.