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Homework? No thanks. :)

Hello my dear Followers!

The school year is well underway by now and definitely running full force this week. This means lots of homework, sports, learning and lack of sleep… I’d like to very honestly say I enjoy school, I love learning. At the same time, I don’t look forward to the school year. Why? Because of everything that comes with it. The late nights, followed by early mornings. The added workload after school that takes away from family time and just plain old chill time. That all disappears when school starts (hence why I rarely post during the school year). It’s the aspect of school that follows me home I don’t like, not school it self. I spend from 8:15 – 3:15 at school, then go to practice (for my school team). I get home around 6 have dinner and then do at least 2 more hours worth of school work. And that 6 pm home time is on practice days, if we have a game I end up getting home sometimes as late as 8 pm. So yeah, I’m not a fan of homework… can you tell?

Don’t get me wrong while homework is not my favorite I can see the need for it. Certain things are beneficial, like say, reading a story before class so as not to spend class time on it, that I have no issue with. Though, when it’s just work for the sake of work, or repetition in excess, that frustrates me to no end. I’m talking about when you stay up late reading or doing an assignment only to find out you’re not actually working with it until later or sometimes even not at all — or worse  — when you get to class and go over the entire homework and relearn what you did the night before. Homework like that creates stress, and stress doesn’t allow you to learn no matter how you slice it.

So I wonder, why is it that I’m at school? To stress, memorize a few things for a test, take notes and not sleep? Or to learn thinking skills and writing skills and things that will help me in life and in the real world? Because I think it should be the latter. Math can help to create  critical thinkers, people who see multiple ways to get one solution. History shows you about culture, and teaches mistakes of the past so we do better in the future. Science teaches  you to observe and question the world around you, what it is made of and how it all works. English teaches you how to speak and write and act and analyze in the real world so people will listen, hear and understand you. I see the benefit to all of that and that kind of stuff. I’m lucky enough to go to a school where most teachers are of the same mind set, and even with that I still stay up late and stress about homework. I can’t imagine what it’s like for those who don’t. But hey, I’m sure that has nothing to do with why depression is the number one mental health issue for teens in America, or why 2.8 million youth between the ages 12-17 had at least one major depressive incident in 2014 alone, or why 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of depression. Definitely no connection…

Thanks for reading my lil rant here! And please don’t take it the wrong way, I do love (most) of my teachers and enjoy learning, I just think there’re some issues with the system (actually there’s a lot — don’t even get me started).

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Chains by Lauren Halse Anderson book review

Ok, I lied. So I said my next book review would be for The Book Thief. But I had to write a blog post about Chains for my school blog (http://7thgraders.edublogs.org/). So I combined the two. The Book Thief review will come shortly, be patient!

 

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, is about a girl named Isabel who is a slave during the revolutionary war. Her master died and set her and her sister Ruth free. Though the lawyer that has her old master’s will is missing. Her word means nothing, so she and Ruth are sold to a tory ( loyalist) family. Isabel knows what she deserves, she saw the will and read it to. How will she get her self and Ruth to safety? Will she get them to safety? What about the new boy she met at the docks? What will happen to him and his patriot master? Find out the answer to all these questions and more, in Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Chains

I have mixed feelings about Chains by Lauren Halse Anderson. I didn’t love the story but I also didn’t hate it. I didn’t love her writing style but I again didn’t hate it.  It wasn’t my favorite but at some points I couldn’t put it down. I think for me it was a little bit predictable. Which kind of ruins a book. If you like  historical fictions I would definitely suggest it as a great book for you to read. Though if you’re like me and on the edge about historical fictions, I don’t suggest it. I enjoyed it but wouldn’t read it again. It was told from Isabel’s point of view which was interesting, but she wrote in half old English which was annoying. But if you like that kind of stuff I would definitely read it. On my scale of 1-10 (1 being bad and 10 being fantabulous) I would give it a 4.5.  It’s not on my hate list but not on my faves list! So basically, I have mixed feels about Chains by Lauren Halse Anderson.

 

For more Chains posts and other post go to– http://7thgraders.edublogs.org/

 

 

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Life is an improvisation

“Everyone is an improv actor, and we’re in a play called Life. And sorry to tell you but there’s no intermission.” – Hannah

I came up with this quote while getting off the bus yesterday! It’s basically saying life is like an improv and you just gotta roll with the punches, and there’s no  break. Your on, the whole show!

Sorry for not posting lately my show’s been running over-time with homework and softball! But I have a post that should be ready by Friday and one for hopefully Monday! I see more book reviews in this blog’s future!

P.S.

I had a birthday since I lasted posted and am now a teenager! Just thought you might like to know!

 

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