Percy Jackson: How can Percy’s Self-Compassion Be Improved?

When you think of Percy Jackson, what do you think? I’m guessing the first thing that comes to mind is demi-god or the Olympians or Greek Mythology. You don’t usually think of his attitude towards himself, and how he’s not a big fan of himself. Percy Jackson is one type of kid that some people can relate with – maybe minus the whole being the son of Poseidon thing. He’s not confident in himself, he doesn’t understand why people can be happy with him or proud of him. To have self-compassion is to care for yourself and be kind to yourself. Percy tends to rarely practice these and instead he is very rude to himself and often scolds himself. Percy could be kind to himself, but he isn’t. Unfortunately, there isn’t a 100% clear reason but there’s still advice to give to young Percy Jackson.

 

Percy Jackson doesn’t believe in himself very much. He doesn’t think much of himself and he doesn’t think that he will ever do anything important in his life. “I’m just a nobody from a family of nobodies.” He doesn’t think that he will ever be something or do something helpful or big in the future. Maybe it’s because of how people treat him, maybe it’s because people don’t really allow him to have confidence in himself, but he always brings himself down and thinks that he’s pretty worthless and useless. “What was so great about me? A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time in six years.” This shows that Percy thinks of dyslexia and ADHD as something that holds him back and that they’re almost like a disability and he’s almost ashamed of himself. He’s not happy with what he’s done with his life and almost acts as if it’s a waste of 6 years. He’s bringing himself down and is so convinced that he’s not worth this and not good enough and a waste of other people’s energy. He’s criticizing himself and not caring for how that will hurt him.

According to Newsela article Try Being Kind To Yourself “From early childhood, we are taught that we must succeed at all costs. What most of us are not taught is how to fail successfully so we can change and grow.” Personally, this embodies Percy’s emotions and how he grew up and what he lives by – succeed at all costs. As a young “troubled” kid, he grew exceedingly frustrated with his ADHD and his dyslexia. Percy basically failed every grade (with being expelled in every grade), even though it isn’t exactly said it’s very much implied. Percy always thinks that when he fails, he fails because he’s useless. This is kind of why Percy needs to learn to improve his self-compassion and improve his mindset because he’s learnt to succeed and not learn how to successfully fail, which probably would help improve his mindset, learning to fail successfully. He is so focused on doing something perfectly, especially with his grades, but then he needs to learn its ok to fail and how to fail with a flourish and not a flop. How can Percy realise that he is not the only one who is imperfect? Percy has thought up in his mind this little fantasy that’s he’s the only person on earth that is struggling and the only person that thinks something is a waste and the only person who is upset with themselves when that’s not the case at all. “Common humanity involves recognizing that all humans are imperfect. We have to remember to connect our own flawed condition to the shared human condition so we can have a better understanding of our weaknesses.” We all need to remember that everyone has a flaw so we can get a better understanding of how something may be holding us back and how we will get through whatever we are going through. Furthermore, Percy isn’t very kind to himself. “Self-kindness involves being caring, understanding and supportive toward ourselves when we fail or make mistakes, rather than being harshly critical or judgmental.” Whenever he messes up, Percy’s critical and harsh and generally not a nice person to himself. When he felt the words “floated off the book” during his attempt to study, he threw the book across the room and then yelled at himself for doing so. He doesn’t get that it’s going to be ok, everything will eventually be ok, and it’s not the end of the world. I get it, sometimes it’s hard for people to practice self-compassion when they’re feeling under the weather or super stressed but it’s always important to try.

I think that the biggest influence on Percy’s self-compassion is his environment. The people around him made him feel worthless. Gabe treated him like junk, Nancy Bobofit and her friends were horrible to him and his teachers (aside from Mr Brunner) didn’t do anything to help him. And Percy took it straight from them and how they treated him which made him feel worthless. I think that if he hadn’t of let them get to him and instead listened to people like his mother or Grover, he would’ve thought more of himself, and would care for himself a lot more. My advice to Percy is to practice being kind to himself. When he fails or messes up he should take a breath and start again instead of yelling at himself to do better and be better and be someone he isn’t. He shouldn’t get and that he has dyslexia and ADHD and instead try harder to achieve his goal and think of ADHD and dyslexia as hurdles instead of boundaries. Percy should also think of the little things that make him happy about himself and the things that make him proud to be himself, instead of thinking of the things that people say about him being worthless. He should live up to himself instead of living up to what people want him to be.

 

 

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Our Mini Habitat Forest ThingLink

This is my science ThingLink. For this project, we had to research habitats, pick one for our project then choose four animals that lived in that habitat. I picked the forest habitat, focusing on the amazon rainforest, and my four organisms chosen were Blue and Yellow Macaws, Jaguars, Poison Dart Frogs and Sloths. I then researched all the animals and found facts, adaptations, their population, tropic level and endangerment status. After, I created this ThingLink and added some information we had learnt about: symbiosis, predation, competition, what happens if a species in the food web becomes extinct, what are biotic and abiotic factors to the habitat, why there are more producers than consumers and finally, an explanation about the flow of energy in a food web. We then made a Venn diagram and a food web. The Venn diagram was of two organisms chosen and the food web was one that included at least one of the chosen organisms.

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CYORA Final Project – Comic Strip

For my Humanities final project for this unit (Choose Your Own Reading Adventure) I am focusing on Character Development/Character Relationships Developments. It made the most sense for this particular story which is 5 Feet Apart by Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott, and Tobias Iaconis. I chose to do a comic strip of how the character’s relationships grew throughout the story and I did two, one for Stella and one for Will, who are the main characters in the story. I wrote a lot in each box in really small handwriting so I’ll try to put in the maximum amount of photos so it can be read 🙂 . Pro tip: If you don’t know who’s comics are who’s look at the left-hand corner of the comic to see a W or S and if you don’t see a new letter yet it means it hasn’t changed so stay alert!

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Our Stories Make History Final and Reflection

Graded Entry: March 16, 2020

Our Stories Make History: Reflection

Our unit, Our Stories Make History, pushed us to create primary sources about our lives, experiences, feelings, and thoughts during the time of COVID-19. During this unit, I learned how to find reliable sources, document our findings, write fluidly about my experiences, and show my audience my thoughts without many words. I organized my project chronologically and emotionally, meaning pieces with alike emotion are put together in the binder. I organized it this way because organizing it chronologically felt right, you don’t find a historical portfolio of sorts not in order. I decided to organize it emotionally because, again, it made sense to me. It made sense to have moments from around the same time pieced together. If you read something sad and then read something happy, I don’t usually get it. You want to piece things that make you smile together. Piece the ups with the ups and downs with the downs.

This would be useful for a historian because it kind of captures how bad things happen, hundreds of thousands of people are getting sick and infected and die and yet, life goes on. I feel like the project itself captures life going on. It doesn’t just end because others’ lives are. It goes on. Historians may also find this useful for what keeps people going and how that varies and changes. Between people but also over time. In 1918, when there was a huge flu outbreak, what kept people going was probably family and people sick now, especially adults, are probably feeling the same. They’re trying for their family, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, their kin. I feel like if you turn and look at millennials and kids, they’re probably thinking about their friends. Going for their friends, going for the chance to see them at school and not over FaceTime or Skype. Of course, this means that they look at others’ projects and sources. The other thing that historians would find useful about this is, and I don’t know if others may have included this, when there was the flu outbreak in 1918, the world was in a panic, in shock. Everyone didn’t want to be the one to spread it or pass it on – or get it. Historians can look at the world then, the emotions and fright, and then they look at the world now, in COVID-19 and what would they see? No changes. Fright, shock fear, panic. Well, it’s not exactly nice to hear the world hasn’t really changed over 100 years or so but it’s a turning point. Next time this happens we can know how to react differently.

I’m proud of being able to put up this. I’m proud of being able to create the project and present it (post it). I’m also proud of my poem. I knew exactly what I wanted to say and what I wanted to bring through the poem and I’m proud I was able to find words for my wordless thoughts. I think what I found the most challenging was getting into the habit of writing a journal. I just forgot most of the time. Or I rushed it. First to days were absolutely no problem I’d sit down at 11 am and write but then it got messy. I started, got distracted stopped finished school and couldn’t finish my train of thought on the lined paper of my journal. It was hard. Eventually, I got into the habit of doing it but, I repeat, eventually. So, yeah.

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Make/Perform Project

This is my make/perform project that I did for Humanities. It is a poem that suppresses my feelings towards COVID-19 and e-learning. This is my free verse poem:

Make

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Early Humans and Us Thinglink Project – Community

This is my Early Humans and Us thinglink project about how inequalities among gender have changed (in communities) throughout history

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Cup Insulator Design Challenge

This project was to try to create an insulator that keeps hot drinks warm. We used an ISB staff coffee cup to measure for reference. The challenge was to try and create an insulator that will keep in the warmth and try not to let the temperature of the drink drop over 31˚C. During this project, we were learning about heat transfer and heat transfer terms such as convection, conduction, conductor and insulator. We were also in the middle of our Penguin Project.

What are you proud of?

I am proud of the final outcome. In the end, we only lost 11.4˚C so I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the final design, I personally think that it looks pretty nice and that it is something interesting and useful to use.

What was the hardest thing about this project?

I think the hardest thing was to get the lid right. Originally, we wanted to create a wall of hot glue around the edge of the cardboard circle, making a seal that would seal in the hot steam. We had a few attempts but in the end, we hard to scratch it and go with the small lid, it would’ve been better with the seal but I think that it worked fine.

What are some new skills you learnt in this project?

One of the skills I learnt in this project was using an object and fitting something around that. In the past, the other design challenge we did was the water filter for dirty water. In that project, you needed to create a filter but mine didn’t go on the cup, it was a separate thing. In this project, we had to measure out the cp so we could make something to go around it. Another skill was to use everyday materials and see what was the best material to use. That was very helpful, it allowed us to think about the materials a lot and use the uses of the materials to give us a basic understanding of the material’s insulating “skill”.

 

Final Result:

Paper Prototype:

Planning Paper:

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I Am From Poem

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Water Filter Design Challenge

Why is engineering important?

Engineering is important because engineering helps us answer questions.

What was your challenge?

I think my challenge was that it was really hard to get just the right number of things. I think that it was challenging to also to try to get the best possible way to get close enough to filter the water.

Why did you choose that design?

I’d seen it before and so had Valentina and I’d tested something like that before as well but with more materials and not quite the same water, so we thought that if you were on a deserted island you’d most likely be able to find all of those materials.

How does it work?

You pour the water through the plastic bottle and hold the cup underneath, ideally there would be something to connect the cup and the bottle but that would much warder to create that this.

Was your design successful?

After a couple of tries, yes it was. It cleaned the water well and the water looked much less murky after that.

How might you change your apparatus if had the opportunity? (If no redesign)

I would’ve changed it by adding something to connect the cup to the bottle of else you need a really flat surface or an extra pair of hands…

(If redesign) Was your redesign successful?

Yes, our redesign was very effective, it made the water less murky and the sand didn’t help so we had to get rid of it, the other this that helped was the added cotton, they helped the filtering tremendously.

First prototype

After redesign

Result

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Welcome to Your New Blog!

When you blog you create posts and posts are categorised according to your subject. Some categories have already been set up for you. If you need more categories you can add them as needed. It’s important that your posts have the following:

  • An engaging title – this should not include the name of the subject since this is referenced in the category.
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