The topic for this socratic seminar was analysis on first half of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part‑Time Indian. Our group had nine questions, so I wrote notes for all of those questions, and put some notes on specific parts that I thought would be mention during the seminar. I think one thing that I did well was I made sure that everyone is participating, and my use of language was comparatively better than before, even though my skills are still bad and need improvement. What other students did well was using textual evidences, which was one of biggest thing that I did not do well. Also, there speaking was clear, and their sentences were well organized. I think I can still improve on using text evidences, as I mentioned and also develop in analyzing the text in more depth, which is one of vital thing that I have to improve in order to fully participate. One problem was our group actually had too much questions, so I did not have enough time to write notes more in depth, because I did not even have time to make note for all of questions. Also, another problem was that I thought too much during the seminar. This problem is actually caused because of the first problem. As I participate in seminar, I kept being conscious of time, because I thought we should go over every questions that we prepared. This led to I participating way less than what I prepared or planned. The last problem was my speaking was not clear enough. This point was actually mentioned in feedback that I got from classmate, so I need to practice on my speaking skills in English.
Recently, I read a book named Sal to the Sea, written by Ruta Sepetys. I did not read a lot yet; I read about 20 pages and had some questions about the book.
I noticed she used many repetition in the book, for example, for first few chapters, she started with something is a hunter and ended the chapter with “Bang“, so the first question is What is the purpose of this repetition? and why she chose bang from many other onomatopoeias of gun fire?
Second question is about the title. The title is salt to the sea, but I did not find the connection between the story and the title yet, so what the title salt to the sea represents?
Also, this book is formed with many different perspectives such as Joana and Florian, and perspective is switched to other frequently. What was the reason why she organized the book in this way?
These are the questions that I have, and answers of these questions may be what I am going to write about in future writing.
Date: November 10th
I am recently reading Divergent, written by Veronica Roth and read about 35 pages. I had some questions and predictions as I read.
First question is, why did the government in the story built the system of 4 different groups?
I had this question, because I thought that these groups can lead to division between people, and there was one prediction came from this question, that there must be huge conflict between the divisions. I know that this book is the series, so I think maybe other books of this series may focus on the conflict.
Second question is what was reason why author chose selflessness, peacefulness, honesty, braveness, intellection as five categories of grouping people. There are many ways we can group people, but what would be the reason why author chose these five as the groups?
What is Design?
In my opinion, design is converting something that I want to say into something else than just words.
What inspires me about design?
Actually, I have less experience with getting inspired from other things, so I can not specify some things that often inspires me, but one thing that I can mention about inspiration is that the source of the inspiration changes every time, according to type of project I am doing.
What’s my most memorable experience designing (or creating) something? Why?
My most memorable experience designing is when I was creating my portrait of what other people can not see from me, which I did in grade 7. The memory is not very positive, because I have memory of having hard time on getting inspirations. The reason why I mention this moment is because I want to get over this memory during this class.
What would I like to get better at doing as a designer?
I would like to get better at digital designing and presenting, especially presenting, because these skills can be useful for other subjects. Also, I saw many people designing something digitally, and I wanted to learn about digital design, even if I won’t be good at it. Another thing that I want to get better is getting inspiration. As I mentioned, I do not have positive memory about getting inspiration, so I want to get better at this.
What do already do pretty well?
I think I am comparatively good at explaining my ideas and the process of who I designed and made something.
What are my favorite examples of design?
I added pictures of my favorite examples on this post.
Who are my favorite designers?
I do not have certain favorite designers but I like designers of Hypergryph or Studio Montagne, who designed characters of Arknights.
This is card game that James and I made during the MS activities day today.
Below is link to James’ Blog for explanation, picture, and rule of this game.
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?)
I feel in different emotions, mostly positive, and I can face and handle challenges that I face and participate in work and contribute to group that I belong to.
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?
Try to not to use tech for too long time, because that can break my normal habit of doing needed work and sleeping for enough time. Also, I do things that I like to do using techs, such as video game or watching youtube, because doing what I like to do helps me to stay in the Green Zone
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.
As many photos are uploaded on social media, you have access to those uploaded media, then, you may see what your friends are doing and what you are not doing. You may feel pressure that you have to do what your friends do or feel stressed because of reason that you are not doing what you are friends are all doing. Also, as you compare your friend’s best aspect to your bad aspect, you may lose your confidence and feel unsettled.
D) Describe how you feel and act when you are unsettled or struggling in the Yellow/Orange Zones.
I cannot face appropriately to new challenges, I cannot contribute to the group that I belong to, and I don’t feel emotion that has problem – extreme emotion that makes me hard to live normal life and there may be unsettle emotion.
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.
Resting or having a time without doing any work may help me because time can heal all wounds after all. Also, doing things that I like to do, such as playing video games, watching YouTube or Netflix, and baking. Meditation may help, but I do not usually do meditation, because for me, sleeping for a while made me feel more settled than meditation.
(I added the paragraph to Flipsnack)
Cuban Revolution happened in 1950s, in Cuba. Cuba used to be a colony of Spain, and after they got independence, they had period of time when there was no one certain power in government. Later, Batista came in power and started dictatorship. At that time, there was many problems in Cuba, such as, economy was a lot dependent on sugar production, and there was huge gap between rich and poor, so that they are living in big difference. Fidel Castro first tried to revolt by attacking a barrack, but the plan failed badly. Fidel Castro was jailed but released one year later. Then, he moved to Mexico and meet some revolutionists, including Che Guevara. They established M-26-7, and returned to Cuba. Their first trial of revolution was general strike, which failed because of lack of support. With failure of general strike, Batista regime started operation to destroy M-26-7, and M-26-7 faced crisis. However, they won the operation by Guerrilla Tactic, and they started winning against Batista Regime. After US stopped support to Batista Regime, many military groups stated to not to fight against M-26-7, and Batista was forced to leave Cuba; Fidel Castro was in power after.
There was a Russian worker, in the period of time when Tsar Nicholas, the last Tsar of Russia, was in power. He lost his family members in Bloody Sunday, and he went to war for Russia during World War I, and had severe leg injure by grenade, that he need cane to walk for rest of his life. Because of this, he could not involve in revolutions even though he hoped so, but later, when Stalin’s dictatorship got worse, he formed a group to fight against. However, one of his friends noticed that and killed him to not to be involved. At that time, he was recording video for survival report, and then he drank the tea that his friend gave, and was killed. The video below is his last survival report.
(This is a fictional story)
George Orwell believes that Russian Revolution failed in conclusion. George Orwell believes that even though Russian Revolution itself was successful, since it changed the government from autocracy to socialism, but it failed the actual goal of revolution, which was making an society where everyone is equal, and everyone works according to their ability, and get reward according to their need. This can be found in quotes from Animal Farm. In the book, Napoleon state Snowball to be the one who destroyed the windmill. Then, he killed every animal who confessed that they intrigued with Snowball: “The three hens who had been the ringleaders in the attempted rebellion over the eggs now came forward and stated that Snowball had appeared to them in a dream and incited them to disobey Napoleon’s orders. They, too, were slaughtered.”(Orwell, 32). In my opinion, this demonstrated about how Stalin killed everyone who opposed him, since in the book Napoleon represents Stalin in Russia. The reason why Animals revolt against their owners was not to see a situation where an animal slaughters other animals, whatever the reason for is. Same thing happened in the Russia. After Lenin died in Russia, Stalin came in power and he killed everyone opposing him, and the Animal Farm shows this by showing how Napoleon kills animals. In another part, George Orwell shows why Russian Revolution failed. In both Russian Revolution and Revolution in Animal Farm, their final goal was to create a society where everyone or every animal is equal. However, this does not happen in Animal Farm: “There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It ran: ‘ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHER’” (Orwell, 51). One of seven commandment that animal set at the beginning included the rule that every animal must be equal, but at the last part of the book, the pigs, change that rule, meaning hat now pigs are superior than other animals. This also happen in Russia. People dreamed society where everyone is equal, but at the end, there was a dictator, called Stalin, who suppressed people badly; they failed forming the society they wanted. This also showed why George Orwell believes that Russian Revolution failed. There was another part in the Animal Farm, where it shows why George Orwell believes in that way. At the end of the book, people and pigs have party inside the farm house, which was never even imagined by animals just after there was the revolution: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which” (Orwell, 54). In Animal Farm, people were always animals’ enemies, and until the end of the book, other animals still have hostility against people, however, only pigs gets close to the people, and they were also the ones who said the enemy of animal is people. This showed how Russian Revolution failed, since Stalin was not that different with the Nicholas II, who were the last Czar of Russia, just before the Russia Revolution, because Stalin also suppressed people, like how Nicholas II did. This also showed why George Orwell believes why Russian Revolution failed, because it shows that the new leader came to power after the revolution became just like how original leader was.
For me, I agree with George Orwell, that Russian Revolution was failure. Stalin was worse than Nicholas II. Stalin killed a lot of people who is opposing him, and suppressed many human rights, including freedom of speech. Even though Russian Revolution succeeded to change their leader, who promised to form a society of equality, but that caused another problem of dictatorship, and Stalin did not form society that everyone hoped for before, so I agree with George Orwell, that Russian Revolution failed in their goal.