What does it mean to understand?

What does it mean to understand? Throughout the school year, each of our projects and assignments helps us further learn what it means to understand. To the average person who you may ask what it means to understand, they would probably say it’s when you know what something about when you know what it means. But how do you know when you know what something means? By doing research and writing research reports, we start to realize that understanding something means to know what all aspects mean. To look at one topic, one issue from several different perspectives, each perspective having multiple backings for it. For example, in order understand a political issue and topic, it’s necessary to recognize both sides of the argument, liberal or conservative, republican or democrat. One must know what both sides are arguing for, the reasons why they think the way they think. To understand is to look at something from multiple perspectives, looking at the different layers of the same topic.

Johari Window Blog Post

When Mr. Germain first introduced the Johari window, I was really confused about what we were actually supposed to do. But after we started doing the activity, I began to get the hang of it. At first, I expected that my facade would be near empty because I look at myself the same way others do. For example, if somebody says that I look like Shrek, I would believe that I look like Shrek. After looking at the end result, I wasn’t too surprised that my facade was completely empty and my arena was pretty full. In the next class, we found out about a nohari window, which I found more interesting because I am a pessimist.

Ignite Make It Reflection 2017-2018

For this Ignite week, we chose communication and collaboration for our L21 skills. We chose to choose Make a Moment for this year’s ignite week. Make a Moment is when we create a video about other projects. We take short clips of them, and stuff it into our own video. On the first day of the week, I came with just a camera and nothing else. I was not very prepared on the first day. By the second day, I came with everything I needed for our project. I brought my camera, my tripod and the questions for interviews. For the entire week, Koo and I had all sorts of minor conflicts. We misunderstood each other’s many times, but then tried to compromise. This week taught me a lot on how to communicate with others and solve problems between people. Our video turned out pretty well, and I was pretty satisfied. I thought that the best part of the video was actually just the music. It was challenging for us to cooperate with the other people from the other projects. Koo and I learned many things related to filmmaking. I learned how to edit and do B-rolls. I also learned a more diverse way of filming such as angling the camera and where to put the subject in the frame. Mr. Moniz also taught me about how to use different filming equipment. Throughout this week, I also got more interested in filmmaking and photography.

Denali National Park

 

Denali National Park

 

 

Never had I ever seen one, but today, I did, my favorite animal.

 

Are we there yet, It’s been 3 hours on a truck, where are we even going?

It almost seemed like my mom knew what I was thinking. She asked, “Do you even know where we are driving to? If not, here’s a clue, it’s somewhere where there are things you really like.”

“Is it a museum?”

“Nope!” she said.

“A zoo?”

“Really close.”

“I don’t know, just tell me!” I demanded.

“The place is called Denali National Park. Since its only 7 o-clock n the morning we’ll be there by 8,” my mom explained.

“What! One more hour? You’re joking right?” I exclaimed.

“I am not joking.” Mom replied calmly.

“Darn it! Daddy, tell me a joke.” I muttered.

“No, read your book, I’m driving on a mountain, you don’t want me to drive the RV off the cliff, do you?

“Okay fine!” I sighed.

I picked up my book and then flipped to the page I stopped on last time.

I read and read until my mom said, “Aiden, we’re here!”

“Yes, finally!” I bellowed.

I was so exited I grabbed to my shoe and stuffed them on my feet. My hand was ready to open the door at any moment. Who knows what we are going to see, deer, moose, goats, bears? I felt like I could see what was inside! The park was endless.

My mom and dad stepped out of the car while I just kicked the door open and ran out side with my lunch and my water bottle. My mom said that we were going to a daylong bus tour around Denali National Park. I suddenly felt a bit disappointed that it was a tour, but that was because I thought that it was one of the boring times where you just follow someone and listen to them talk. Then my dad reminded me that it was no ordinary tour, it was a bus tour.

I asked my dad “Will we have breaks in between the bus tour?

“Of course! It’s 9 hours long, why do you think we made sandwiches for lunch silly?” He laughed.

“Oh.” I said to myself.

We dragged our bags to the bus stop and waited. A few minutes later, a huge bus came with the words Denali national Park written on the side.

Once we got in the bus we found a seat where there is a good view of what might be outside.

Next, the driver of the bus introduced himself to everyone. It turns out that his name was Dale. His job is to drive people all around Denali National Park and he has been working at the park for 21 years!

Dale started the bus and drove past our RV and into the mountain. Just then, the bus jolted to a halt and I looked out the windows and, there it was, a mother moose, with a calf by her side. I quickly whipped out the camera and took a picture of it. I was so exited about it. I have never seen a moose in my whole entire life!

As we moved on, Dale told us all about mountain McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. Dale also asked us to keep a look out for bears or caribou. Suddenly, a woman shouted “A deer!” I scrambled out of my seat and looked at it trough the other window. That was not a normal deer, that’s a caribou! Denali is just perfect!

Dale drove for a little more and then stopped at the perfect place to take pictures of mountain McKinley. A few hours later Dale reminded us that he will stop at the visitor center for lunch, then we will keep going.

Around 40 minutes later, Dale announced that it was time to get back on the bus. We carried on and then for the past few hours we’ve seen more caribou and two golden eagles. One animal in specific was the best though.

 

 

 

 

That one animal I mentioned was a grizzly bear.  Grizzly bears are one of the subspecies of the brown bear. Grizzlies are also one of the biggest carnivores in the world. I remember thinking What would happen if I went off the bus? Would it stay there and stare at us, or charge at us and try to break the window? I can almost see its claws ripping into someone’s body. I thought. I wonder what would happen if I put a deer beside the bear and also put me beside the bear? Would the bear chase the deer or me? I did not even want to think about it. I was shivering even thinking about it.

 

After nine hours on the bus we finally got back. I really liked the bus tour because I got to see really cool animals, especially the grizzly bear because I’ve never seen one before but today I did. When I was on the tour, I learned more about animals and Denali National Park. After all, animals are my passion.

 

Denali National Park

 

Denali National Park

 

 

Never have I ever seen one, but today, I did.

 

Are we there yet, It’s been 3 hours on a truck, where are we even going? I thought.

It almost seems like my mom knew what I was thinking; she asked, “ Do you even know where we are driving to? If not, here’s a clue, it’s somewhere where there are things you really like.”

“ Is it a museum?”

“ Nope!” she said

“A zoo?”

“ Really close.”

“I don’t know, just tell me!” I demanded.

“The place is called Denali National Park. Since its only 7 o-clock n the morning we’ll be there by 8.” my mom explained.

“What! One more hour? You’re joking right?” I exclaimed

“ I am not joking.” My mom replied calmly.

“ Darn it! Daddy, tell me a joke.” I muttered

“No, read your book, I’m driving on a mountain, you don’t want me to drive the RV off the cliff, do you?

“ Okay fine!” I sighed.

I picked up by book and then flipped to the page I stopped on last time.

I read and read until my mom said, “ Aiden, we’re here!”

“Yes, finally!” I bellowed.

I was so exited I ran to my shoe and stuffed it on my feet. My hand was ready to open the door at any moment. Who knows what we are going to see, deer, moose, goats, bears? I felt like I could see what was inside the park!

My mom and dad stepped out of the car while I just kicked the door open and ran out side with my lunch and my water bottle. My mom said that we were going to a daylong bus tour around Denali national park. I suddenly felt a bit disappointed that it was a tour, but that was because I thought that it was one of the boring times where you just follow someone and listen to them talk. Then my dad reminded me that it was no ordinary tour, it was a bus tour.

I asked my dad “ Will we have breaks in between the bus tour?

“ Of course! It’s 9 hours long, why do you think we made sandwiches for lunch silly? ” He laughed.

“Oh.” I said to myself.

We dragged our bags to the bus stop and waited. A few minutes later, a huge bus came with the words Denali national Park written on the side.

Once we got in the bus we found a seat where there is a good view of what might be outside.

Next, the driver of the bus introduced himself to everyone. It turns out that his name was Dale. His job is to drive people all around Denali National Park and he has been working at the park for 21 years!

Dale started the bus and drove past our RV and into the mountain. Just then, the bus jolted to a halt and I looked out the windows and, there it was, a mother moose, with a calf by her side. I quickly whipped out the camera and took a picture of it. I was so exited about it. I have never seen a moose in my whole entire life!

As we moved on, Dale told us all about mountain McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. Dale also asked us to keep a look out for bears or caribou. Suddenly, a woman shouted “A deer!” I scrambled out of my seat and looked at it trough the other window. That was not a normal deer, that’s a caribou! Denali is just perfect!

Dale drove for a little more and then stopped at the perfect place to take pictures of mountain McKinley. A few hours later Dale reminded us that he will stop at the visitor center for lunch, then we will keep going.

Around 40 minutes later, Dale announced that it was time to get back on the bus. We carried on and then for the past few hours we’ve seen more caribou and two golden eagles. One animal in specific was the best though.

 

 

 

 

That one animal was a grizzly bear. Grizzly bears are one of the subspecies of the brown bear. Grizzlies are also one of the biggest carnivores in the world. What would happen if I went off the bus? Would it stay there and stare at us, or charge at us and try to break the window? I can almost see its claws ripping into someone’s body. I thought. I wonder what would happen if I put a deer beside the bear and also put me beside the bear? Would the bear chase the deer or me? I did not even want to think about it. I was shivering even thinking about it.

 

After 9 hours on the bus we finally got back. I really liked the bus tour because I got to see really cool animals, and when I was on the tour, I learned more about animals and Denali National Park.

 

Leaders Are Not Born But Developed Over Time

 

I strongly disagree that leaders are born not developed over time.  First, no one is born to be some kind of person. For example Jane Goodall did not know about chimpanzees when she was just born or when she was little. She learned about them for a long time and became a leader in animal rights. Secondly, everyone needs practice to be good at something. For example I practice swimming and I would be really bad at it if I did not practice, but I did practice, so I am quite good at it. Lastly, person has to want to be a leader.  Even if you are born with leadership qualities, you have to do something with the qualities.  For example, Salva was not born to lead 1500 people, he was motivated and encouraged become a leader of all those people.Therefore, A leader has to be prepared, and not born.

 

Disclaimer: This writing piece has only been written in the context of studying a book entitled Long Walk To Water about the 21 year old civil war in Sudan and the refugee crisis that accompanied it.