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Independent reading Update after Chinese New Year

February, 2/23/21

Over the course of Chinese New Year and two weeks before that, I have read in total 3 books. All of which are in the Crazy Rich Asians series, Crazy Rich Asians, China rich girlfriend, and Rich people Rich problem. I first took interest in the series when I found one of the books lying on my bookshelf, so I started reading it and was immediately drawn in. I was interested in this series not just for its outlandish plot and drama rather its how it portrayed Asian and Chinese elites. More importantly, after reading this series of books I realized that it is like the Mcdonalds in reading, fun at first but don’t carry much weight. It does not allow you to come back and think about the content in the book, it’s like fast food you read it and forget about it.

Socratic Seminar Reflection (formative)

A few things that I felt I did well was being able to express and convey my own interpretation and ideas of the book by Sheman Alexie. I also believed that I had some very good and meaningful interpretation of the book’s literary techniques. I listen to others and did not cut off other people, while also having a good body position and posture when others were speaking.

I think my fellow members excelled at listening and adding on to other people’s ideas. We really had a productive conversation and were able to allow each other to build on top of our ideas.

However, something I think I lacked was building on top of others. I think I sometimes strong-armed my ideas and didn’t really consider other opinions as much as my own. That is one area I feel I need to work on.

Independent reading update (FAHRENHEIT 451 P50)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a book that can often inspire the reader to question and to think about the ideas and meaning of letters on a page. Though the world Montag lives in seems far-fetched, we can not help but fear the reality in which we live in now. Fahrenheit is a short yet thought-provoking book, the underlining meaning is really not that hard. It is simply asking us when is truth the truth?

Nov 9th Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics P250

From the paragraphs that I have read so far, I was able to draw many connections between my own personal life and the book. The book talked about the problem of self-control, which I think is something that I dearly lack. The book explores the correlation and importance of self-control, and more importantly the science of self-control from both an economic standpoint but also a physiological one as well.

Misbehaving by Richard H.Thaler Page#181

Misbehaving by Richard H.Thaler is a fascinating piece of writing. For me, this book blends economics, which can be really boring, with fun, trivial facts, social experiments, and jokes. The idea that humans are not all economists and don’t always make the logical decision really intrigues me. This book really exposed me to some ideas and theories that I would never have thought about. The contents of this story are also quite connectable to what I experience in life. Many of the interesting facts and social experiment this book talks about relate to what I see in everyday life. This is a book packed full of interesting concepts and ideas that is very much worth exploring from what I read.

PE Mental Health Summative

A) Describe how you feel and act when your mental health is thriving in the Green Zone. (Don’t just say ‘normal’ – what does that look like? What does it feel like?)

When a person or specifically me, is mentally in the green zone, it means that both physically and mentally I am in a calm and stable condition. Being in the green zone really means that a person like me feels positive, confident, empowered, and in control of their expression/feeling.

B) What are some tech habits and strategies that are keeping you thriving in the Green Zone? Describe them in detail. Also include people who help you with this. How else does using technology have a positive effect on your well-being?

Tech habits and strategies are essential at keeping a person inside one’s green zone, it is crucial at maintaining good overall mental health for the long term. Some strategies and habits that I employ are taking breaks every 45min, making sure I go outside every day, have sufficient exercise and have fun after work is finished. It could be hard maintaining these habits so I have my mom to watch and remind me to exercise these habits. Technology can lift up your spirits by giving you entertainment like video games, movies, communication with friends, shows, and E-book.

C) Think about your tech use and habits (social media and/or gaming and/or E-learning). What are the triggers/challenges that take you out of thriving in the Green Zone and into the unsettled/struggling feelings of the Yellow/Orange Zones? Use what you know about the brain, sleep and the effects of tech on mental health as you answer this question.

It could be quite stressful and hard to keep yourself inside the green zone, sometimes it’s just overwhelming and tips you off into the more unsettling and stressful orange zone. This usually happens to me when I am overwhelmed by schoolwork, or just generally having problems at home or school. A lack of good sleep and technology’s negative effect on my sleep could also just tip me over into the orange zone.

D) Describe how you feel and act when you are unsettled or struggling in the Yellow/Orange Zones.

The orange/yellow zone is often a measurement that you don’t want your mental health to fit in, but sometimes you sadly do tip over. What it feels like being in the orange/yellow zone is more aligned to taking a test, you will feel distressed, overwhelmed, irritable and impulsive. Being in the orange/yellow zone can also make someone more impatient and more prone to anger.

E) What are some strategies that you have used to help you get back to the Green Zone? Describe a time when you have used it. Or, if you currently don’t have any strategies, think about the Mindfulness strategies from the previous post. Describe a time when you could have used one of those strategies or habits and how it would have made you feel. Also include people who could help you with this.

It could be hard to get back to the Green zone at times. What I found useful for me to come back to the green zone might not work for you, but keep this as a suggestion. When I’m trying to leave the orange/yellow zone I will first take a break from everything and just rest for a few minutes, if this doesn’t really help I will watch a movie and just get my relax my mind.