Thursday, January 21, 2016

Final Argumentative Piece: Sports Coaches


The first sporting event was created almost three thousand years ago. The first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. As time passed, more sports were invented, others were modified and some just failed. Now, sports have become the world’s most popular pastime, whether it be playing sports, watching them or participating in the various games that revolve around sports. Almost every aspect of each game has been perfected. The rules, the game style, and the right equipment needed. Every good part of the sports have been refined and every bad part has been weeded out. The one thing that proves to a the center of discussion for all sports is coaching. Before the preseason of a sports starts, a coach needs to be assigned to the team. The question is what is the thought process that is behind the selection of a certain coach. In this day in age where sports have become so wildly popular, are there even enough coaches out there to fill the needed positions. If there are not enough people qualified, then what type of people are filling the positions? This is need to know for every athlete and every parent of an athlete. Who is being put in charge of the growth of athletes? What attributes does a good coach have and which ones do bad coaches have?
At first, many might describe a good coach would be described as one who has an exceptional record. A “good coach” might have a significant amount of wins under their belt and a minuscule amount of losses. A “good coach” is simple defined as someone who has a first-rate win to loss ratio. Is this the only quality, however, that makes a good coach? Is the record the coach holds the most important attribute to that coach? Can this fact even give an individual the status of a good coach? Dr. Alan Goldberg would disagree with that statement. In fact Dr. Goldberg claims that is a coach places too much emphasis on winning, then that in turn, does not earn the title of a “good coach”. This society and atmosphere around sports has made it so that a coach appears to be successful only if the are able to “produce champions”. The true meaning of coaching gets lost in this blind craze to be “winners”. But in all honesty, who is being a “winner” more beneficial for, the player because they have the title of being a “winner” or the coach because they were able to solidify their position as a coach? With blinders on and all people focus on is winning, bad coaches are able to stick around. A “bad coach” is one who places winning above everything. According to former Sports Illustrated reporter, Merlisa Corbett, a bad coach disregards safety and health issues, meaning they pressure athletes to play injured. Obvious attributes to a bad coach also include they are rude and disrespectful to both players and parents. For example singling out a player to continuously criticize or being manipulative. It is possible for a coach to be demeaning towards their players or perhaps push them too hard that it results in injury or a mental break. Coaches like this may continue in their positions because of the personal on their team. They may have the world’s best athlete on their team who wins every game . This does not mean the athlete's coach is good, it means that the coach appears to be a good coach because of the record the team posses due to the players. There are people out there who coach sports they know nothing about which in turn does not help to athlete grow as a player in the sport. There are people out there who get so caught up in the politics of sports that the athletes lose the passion the once drove them to love a sport.  This occurs mostly in town recreational sports because the coaches tend to be parents and due this the sport revolves around the coaches child because the coach is trying to live through their kid. The main purpose of a coach is to empower and help the athlete. However, because of the cultural emphasis on winning, this important need seems to get lost sometimes. Now, not all coaches are bad, there are plenty of coaches out there who do right by the athletes. It is not that simple to say a “good coach” is one who wins games, because the coaches who focus so much on the end game and self image forget the importance of the growth of the athletes.


The definition of a coach is the person who “assists athletes in developing to their full potential”(Wood). A coach is not only a coach but they act as a mentor in life, and adviser or counselor or possibly a friend. The main job of a coach is to help an athlete come to enjoy a sport and find a way to indirectly or directly keep that athlete participating in that sport. In addition, a coach is tasked with the development of an athlete as well as a team. A good coach focuses on every individual and analyzes every performance of the players to deduce that particulars athletes strengths and weaknesses. The coach will then play off of every player’s strength in order to make a strong single unit team, in addition to developing the players weak points until they are no longer weak points (The Important). The correct way to do this is through encouragement and not bringing the player down. One possible way to do this is to point a something amazing that the player does, then mention something the player could work on and demonstrate a way to do said thing. It is important for a coach, like a teacher, to establish a positive learning experiences by creating an environment with the right conditions. A coach should try to build a player’s confidence rather than diminish it.  They do not ridicule, embarrass or harass players, knowing that it will only do harm to the player. A coach wants the player to believe in themselves, not be down on themselves or second guess their abilities and potential. A good coach can recognize they are dealing with human beings, not just an athlete and take that into consideration. They know everyone is different, everyone has good and bad days and a good coach should be know and expect this and be flexible. A good coach is engaging with the players. They interact with the players and are always switching things up to make sure no one loses interest in the drills.  A good coach has as much passion about the sport as the player does. A good coach, overall, has the best interests of the player at heart. They make sure to pay attention of safety/health issues, they are less focused on winning, they make sure the environment is a  healthy one for all involved, they can communicate and build bonds with the players, they are there for support and guidance and most of all a good coach is a positive and genuine people (SPECIAL).   


There are good coaches out there and there are bad coaches out there. It is very possible to distinguish between the two and every athlete knows what degree of coaching they are receiving. I myself have grown up around sports. I’ve been traveling from sporting game to sporting games since before I was able to walk. I grew up watching sports, then progressed to playing and finally I have been a coach myself for several years. My father coached for numerous years and took several classes on coaching and my sister has got certified to coach youth soccer. I have seen coaching done in various sports. I have come across good coaches and I have had my share of bad coaches. As an athlete, coach and someone who grew up around coaching, I know what works and what does not. I had a coach who I thought was the best to be had. She was high spirited, engaging supportive and truly had the well-being of her players in mind. I have had coaches who have made playing the sport I grew playing, the sport I love, unbearable, which as an athlete, is the worst feeling. I have been from one end of the spectrum where I would go as far as wanting to make a career out the playing sports to the other end where I would want to drop the sport and just quit. That outlook I had was influenced by the coach I had at that time. One cannot say that all coaches are good coaches nor can one say that all of them are bad. Some coaches just have different agendas. Some looks for better their own appearance and only have winning on their while others take into considerations the players they are dealing with and put the players above everything else. It also depends on the player. The player could want to be on a team where all they is win or they could really want to develop their skills and the outcome of the game is not necessarily the most important part. It is a matter of preferences but one cannot disagree with the fact that there are distinct characteristics that make a good coach and one that makes a bad one. Regardless, coaching is an important job due to simple fact that a coach is developing character in kids.

Work Cited
"The Importance of Coaches & Coaching." TrueSport. U.S Anti-Doping Agency, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.


Corbett, Merlissa Lawrence. "8 Warning Signs Your Kid Has a Bad Coach."Youthletic. Youthletic, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.


Wood, Robert. "The Role of the Sports Coach." The Role of the Coach in Sports. Topend Sports, 2010. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.


Goldberg, Alan. ""Coaching ABUSE: The Dirty, Not-so-little Secret in Sports""Competitive Advantage: Mental Toughness. Competitive Advantage, 31 Aug. 2007. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.


Goldberg, Alan. "SPECIAL: What Makes a GOOD COACH?" Competitive Advantage: Mental Toughness. Competitive Advantage, 01 July 2006. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Film Review

 
Chris Kyle, the "Legend"
      Director Clint Eastwood brought the tragic yet true story of Chris Kyle to the big screen on January 16, 2014 which would go on to win an Oscar as well as being nominated and winning various other awards. This emotional rollercoaster brings the audience into the life of America's ''most lethal sniper in U.S military history". Growing up, Chris Kyle wanted nothing more than to become a cowboy, but soon after witnessing a terrorist attack made the realization that he could be doing something with his life. Kyle trades in his cowboy boots and saddle for a uniform and a rifle. This soldiers decision to join the fight against terrorism would be one that would drastically change his life.
        At first glance, American Sniper may appear to be another military propaganda film trying to recruit people to join the military. It may seem like another movie that glorifies and romanticizes the war and makes it look like joining the war is a "cool" thing to do that will automatically make an individual this big hero. However, American Sniper is not like other war movies. It does not glorify the war, but rather shows what nightmares accompany being part of the war.
       In the film, Chris Kyle is played by actor and producer Bradley Cooper who does a superb job playing the part of  soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. After the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Kyle made it his new mission to protect the country and all the soldiers fighting alongside him. He abandoned his brother Jeff, played by Keir O'Donnell, and his dream of being a cowboy. He then joins the military and uses the hunting skills his father taught him to gain the nickname the "Legend' and obtaining one hundred and sixty confirmed kills, the most anyone has every obtained.  With each kill however, Kyle becomes more and more detached from his life back home. There is a scene in the film where the soldiers are patrolling the streets while Kyle is up on a roof providing cover for the ground soldiers. Kyle notices a woman and her young son exit a house that lines the street. They appeared to be carrying what looked like a bomb, most likely intended to kill the American soldiers. Kyle is given the go ahead and he shoots the woman and boy. He appeared to have no emotional reaction to what he just did. Kyle later made a statement that he had no feelings about killing all the people he did. He was there to do a job and there was nothing that would keep him from doing that job. He was dedicated to his cause, Although he may not have approved of war itself, he did believe in protecting his men at all costs. Later on in the film, another young approaches an RPG. If the young boy picked up the weapon and attempted to use it against the American convoy, Chris Kyle would have been forced to shoot the young boy. Luckily the boy did not utilize but rather dropped it and ran in the opposite direction. Still, the thought of having to kill another child made Kyle almost throw up.
    
   "The Legend" saw horrific events transpire while in Iraq but these only fueled Kyle's cause. He made it his mission to eliminate an Iraqi soldier who was nicknamed "the Butcher" who was responsible for the deaths of American soldiers as well as terrorizing the people of Iraq, as well as the an Iraqi sniper who was almost as deadly as Kyle himself. Although he had a wife and two kids at home, Kyle did not rest until his mission was complete. Kyle had so much involvement and impact in this war, a bounty was put on his
head. After serving four tours, Kyle made a phone call to his wife telling her he was finally ready to return home, although he was unsure if he would make there. The amount of things that Chris Kyle had seen and done took a large toll him and readjusting to life back in the United States proved to be harder than Kyle could ever imagine.

        The film portrays Chris Kyle as hero while still capturing the tragedy in his story. What Kyle accomplished while in Iraq epitomizes him a war hero, even if he just saw it as him doing his job. This is not what the movie focuses on though. It more looks into the effects of post traumatic stress disorder and the overall effect of war has on soldiers. There is a scene in the movie where Kyle is standing a car shop and flinches at the sound of a drill because he saw a child being tortured with a drill in Iraq. While in between tours, Kyle could barely leave his house because every sound reminded him of the horror occurring in Iraq. Cooper accurately portrays Kyle as the adrenaline junkie that he was, which was made worse by the war. In the end Chris Kyle was as much as tragic story as he was hero because of how much of a toll the war took on him.
        Cooper is joined by Sienna Miller who plays Kyle's wife Taya, Jake McDorman playing Biggles, a friend of Kyle's from Iraq, Sammy Sheik as Mustafa, the sniper who was almost as deadly as Kyle himself, Kyle's  and Mido Hamada who played the infamous butcher.
      The film includes little music but the emotional plot events is what drives the movie. Each of the one hundred and twenty-three minute movie plays at the audiences' emotions. The plot ranges from gritty war scenes to weddings. It calls into question whether morality plays a factor in the actions of soldiers. The slower moving plot makes it easier for the audience to digest the potential unbearable content. Overall, the movie is a great watch. I recommend the movie even if the war is not an interest of yours. This movie is not your typical propaganda but the telling of a true story of a 'legend'.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Restaurant Review


       The first Bertucci's was opened in 1981 in Somerville, Massachusetts. The owner, Joey Curgnale was  inspired by his grandmother's home kitchen in There are eighty-seven Bertucci's along the spanning the east coast of the United States spanning from New Hampshire to Virginia and at the heart of every one is a brick oven. Items on the menu are supposedly made from the freshest ingredients. Over my holiday vacations break, I ventured to Mansfield, Massachusetts with several friends in tow to have dinner at the Bertucci's restaurant located in Mansfield Crossing.
        The restaurant is located in the back end of the one of the parking lots located in the plaza. The outside appears to be in decent shape. The outside of the building does not represent a restaurant of great elegance nor did it appear to be a fancy restaurant. When a restaurant goes enters the Bertucci's, there is a small seating are surrounded by glass window panels. This particular Bertucci's was quaint, meaning it did not posses a large interior. On one side of the restaurant were tables and booths. Located on the other side was a small bar with several televisions playing sporting games or the news. The restaurant was dimly light and darker than I would have expected it to have been. The restaurant, overall felt very cramped, like there was too many things stuffed into such a small space.
My friends and I entered the establishment at just the right time. The dinner rush had not taken off yet meaning the restaurant was virtually empty. We were met by a hostess and we were immediately seated us in a booth next to the bar. The booth was too close to the bar for my liking. It seemed as though I could reach out and touch it from my seat. The booth, however, comfortably fit two people on each side of it. The hostess and waitress both were friendly and seemed very nice. While we ate, our waitress checked in periodically to see if we were enjoying everything. We were quickly asked what we would like to drink. I ordered a regular lemonade, which was sweet but not too sweet. It took some time for our drinks to be brought to us. While we waited we looked at the menu. This was my first trip to Bertucci's as well as my first trip to an Italian restaurant, therefore I opted not get any appetizers mostly because I was did not know what anything on the menu was. While looking through the menu, I noticed the food seemed to be a little pricey but not the point where the prices were ridiculous. The restaurant was offering a deal offering three course for $19.99. I figured this would be my best route to go. While we waited for our meals, we were giving bread and oil with spices. This was a nice way to start off dinner. The bread was warm, and dipped in the oil gave it the perfect texture and taste. It seemed that there's was passable period between courses and the wait for food was not unbearable.
        Off the three course menu, I decided to start with a caesar salad over the soup. The salad was an ample size. Overall the salad was satisfying. It had the right amount of dressing making it so it was not too dry nor was it dripping in dressing. The ingredients all tasted fresh, nothing seemed to be old food. For my main course, I went with the shrimp scampi. This was a dish I had had at friend's house once so I was comfortable with ordering it because I knew what it was. When my plate was placed in front of me, I was slightly disappointed in the presentation of the meal. It looked messy and almost thrown together. The serving size was adequate. Although the presentation was sloppy, the meal itself was appetizing. There were too many tomato chunks for my liking but there was the right amount of shrimp. The shrimp was cooked to perfection. It was not too soft but it was also not overcooked. The pasta was not dry, it had the right texture.There was nothing to special about the meal that would set it aside from the scampi I had at my friend's house. One of my friend's ordered the four cheese ravioli and I sampled a ravioli. Again there's was nothing too special about it. The food was not bad at all it just was not anything out of the ordinary. Because I am a chocolate lover, I chose the triple chocolate brownie sundae. Again the presentation was not the best, but the dessert itself was divine. My brownie was warm. It was not gooey but it was also not too hard. The brownie melted away in my mouth. The contrast between the cold ice-cream and the warm brownie added to the dessert. I ate every last bit of that brownie. Overall, my experience at Bertucci's was an ordinary one. Nothing stood out and had a real wow factor that I look for when eating at new restaurant.










Sunday, December 13, 2015

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Research Project

Haley Elliott
Dr. Kefor
D Block Journalism
December 14, 2015
Research Project

Problem Statement:
        The holiday season can be considered “the most wonderful time of the year”. The end of the year is filled with joy and warmth. It is a time when families come together and spend quality time. It is a time of forgiveness, thanks and giving. On average the seventy-eight percent of people feel happiness during the holidays while sixty percent are often in high spirits(Greenberg). However, in the midst of the all celebration and happiness, stress levels are on the rise. Various sources provide tips to reduce stress during this particular. The Mayo Clinic lays out ten steps to help keep it our stress levels in check. A writer who works for Health.com provides a list of ways to prevent the almost inevitably stress. MedicineNet.com provides health related facts that go along with holiday stress including various risks that are associated with improper treatment for stress. What is leading to the increase in stress? Through research, I will deduce the possible cause of stress and the factors that go along with it.


Research Question:
        What factors play into an increase in stress level during the holiday season?

Data Collection:
        I will be administering a ten question survey created on Google Forms that I will open up to my classmates as well as several of my teachers.  The link to my survey is as followed:
https://docs.google.com/a/norton.k12.ma.us/forms/d/1PpQxAtgx3EJdRTQ9ueHTUL4MO31M3ZKWRt7WJNbCvL4/viewform

Data Analysis:
        After performing my research, I found that all of my survey takers celebrate Christmas. The majority of survey takers, 76.5% specifically, were in the age range of ten to twenty years old whereas only 17.6% were between thirty and fourth and 5.9% were in their forties to fifties. Out of all the survey takers, 100% of them participate in gift giving and 83.3% spend over seventy dollars. Only a combined total of 16.7% spend between ten dollars and forty dollars on gifts. 72.2% of the survey takers a range of four to six plus people living with them while 27.8% range between one to three person household. A majority of 61.1% range between four to five people living in their home. Although 100% of the survey takers witness the people around them become stressed, only 44.4% become stressed themselves. On Christmas day itself, some of the survey takers stay home while others travel to a relative’s house. With no surprise, each and everyone of the survey takers enjoy the holiday season, using phrases such as “love it” ,“appreciative of the time off spent with family” and “love spending time with family and great food!”. The link to view the results of my survey follows: https://docs.google.com/a/norton.k12.ma.us/spreadsheets/d/1TGYq3dKp6DdCJ6KQyyljvVOvRyEAHO_mSaTIXUhsfgk/htmlview#

Findings:
       Once I viewed the results to my survey, I could see there were correlations in my results. Those who became stressed during the holiday season had between four and five people living with them. In addition, each of the survey takers who said they become stressed during the holiday season spend over seventy dollars throughout the season. Out of the survey takers who were in the age range of above thirty, 100% of them said they become stressed during the holiday season. With this in mind, it can be concluded that an individual's environment may play a role in the increase of stress. Age factors into stress levels because the older you are, the more responsibilities you have.The larger number of people who live with you may lead to more chaotic situations. It may also lead to more difficulty in planning travel or holiday meals. It also means more people to buy gifts for, therefore people now hope everyone to worry about the amount of money they are spending on gifts. They have to be more conscious of spending. Holiday stress is caused by all the chaos that accompanies the holidays. This includes travel and the planning that goes into that and finding the right gifts at the right prices and the more people you have around you, the more stress you will face.

Discussion:
        Knowing that holiday stress only increases with age, is there truly a way to help avoid holiday related stress? We know that stress increases with the more money you spend. Can we limit ourselves on how much we spend during the holiday season or does that go against what we perceive as normal holiday standards? We also know that stress levels rise with the more family members we live with, but there is not much we can do to change that. It is possible that other things factor into the increase in stress levels. So the next question is, is holiday stress inevitable or can it truly be prevented?

Work Cited:
Carson, Candice. "Holiday-Related Stress Relax Your Way Out of Stress." Prince George's         Country Maryland. Prince George's Country Maryland, n.d. Web.

Greenberg, Anna, and Jennifer Berktold. "Managing Holiday Stress." PsycEXTRA Dataset (2012): n. pag. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 12 Dec. 2006. Web.


Holiday Depression, Anxiety, and Stress." MedicineNet.com. MedicineNet, Inc., 4 Dec. 2014. Web.

Klein, Sarah. "9 Signs You're Headed for a Holiday Meltdown." Health.com. Health Media Ventures Inc., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2015

Mayo Clinic Staff. "Stress Management." Stress, Depression and the Holidays: Tips for Coping. Mayo Clinic, n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2015.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Problem Statement



Problem Statement:
The holiday season can be considered “the most wonderful time of the year”. The end of the year is filled with joy and warmth. It is a time when families come together and spend quality time. It is a time of forgiveness, thanks and giving. On average the seventy-eight percent of people feel happiness during the holidays while sixty percent are often in high spirits(Greenberg). However, in the midst of the all celebration and happiness, stress levels are on the rise. Various sources provide tips to reduce stress during this particular. The Mayo Clinic lays out ten steps to help keep it our stress levels in check. A writer who works for Health.com provides a list of ways to prevent the almost inevitably stress. MedicineNet.com provides health related facts that go along with holiday stress including various risks that are associated with improper treatment for stress. What is leading to the increase in stress? Through research, I will deduce the possible cause of stress and the factors that go along with it.


Sources:
Carson, Candice. "Holiday-Related Stress Relax Your Way Out of Stress." Prince George's Country Maryland. Prince George's Country Maryland, n.d. Web.

Greenberg, Anna, and Jennifer Berktold. "Managing Holiday Stress." PsycEXTRA Dataset (2012): n. pag. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 12 Dec. 2006. Web.

Holiday Depression, Anxiety, and Stress." MedicineNet.com. MedicineNet, Inc., 4 Dec. 2014. Web.

Klein, Sarah. "9 Signs You're Headed for a Holiday Meltdown." Health.com. Health Media Ventures Inc., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2015

Mayo Clinic Staff. "Stress Management." Stress, Depression and the Holidays: Tips for Coping. Mayo Clinic, n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2015.

Research Question:
What about the holiday season leads to individuals becoming stressed?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Survey

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PpQxAtgx3EJdRTQ9ueHTUL4MO31M3ZKWRt7WJNbCvL4/viewform?usp=send_form

Monday, November 16, 2015

Student Research Review

Tony Cerce's Blog
Problem Statement: How hockey goalies reach their maximum potential
Research Question: After doing research, Tony was left with questions about goalies and their stress/anxiety levels. His research question is what makes the goaltenders of Norton High School become stressed before and during games leading to anxiety so important.
Data Collection: Tony collected qualitative data by interviewing goalies, teammates, coaches and fans.
Data Analysis: Tony found that the fans only go to supports specific players. Coaches and the players get nervous based on the opponent they are facing. They goalies get nervous if the game is important.
Findings: Tony found that goalies were more nervous during regular season games..

Friday, October 30, 2015

Intellectual Curiosity

What makes a person like a particular song?
Part One: Annotations
1.)Citation: Hein, Ethan. "What Makes Us like One Particular Song and Dislike a Different One?Frequently Asked in." What Makes Us like One Particular Song and Dislike a Different One? Quora, 13 Nov. 2011. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.
Distillation:  In the article, “What Makes US Like One Particular Song and Dislike a Different One?” author, Ethan Hein deduces one cannot pinpoint the exact reason why an individual favors a particular song. Hein develops this theory by stating that music is tied to emotion and memory and individuals have varying emotions and experiences making it hard to pinpoint why they may favor a particular song. Hein’s claim is that there is no specific reason as to why people like certain songs; however, there are generalities that can made in order to invoke a positive response from the listener. Hein has wrote this piece in response to a question that was asked and other audience members may be any one interested in the music world.
Author's Ethos & Credibility:  The author is a music education teacher as well as a music technology teacher.
Objectivity & Bias: Hein shows a bias toward there being no concrete evidence for why a particular song invokes a response from the listener. The article contains a clustering illusion proved when in his second paragraph, Hein lists examples of generalizations made about mesic listeners.
Sources & Support: Hein has no study cases or facts to back his argument. He relies on the knowledge of the reader about the generalizations he is making rather than facts.
Thesis: The reason why a person enjoys a certain song can not be pinpointed, however, generalizations can be made that may explain why a person likes a song.
Tone: The author has a matter-of-fact tone
Opinion: I found Hein’s viewpoint interesting. I feel as though he may right in some aspects, but since there is a lack of evidence, it is my opinion there may be a scientific reason as to why individuals favor certain songs. I think it does, in part, has to do with emotion and memory and historical culture. Overall, this piece gave me some insight into the topic .

2.)Citation:Suttie, Jill. "Why We Love Music." Greater Good. N.p., 12 Jan. 2015. Web. 30 Oct. 2015.
Distillation: In the article “Why We Love Music”, author Jill Suttie deduces that the reason people enjoy music is due to activity in the brain such as movement of neurons and the releasing of neurotransmitters. With the support of three experiments, Suttie develops this by including findings that dopamine is released and absorbed in the brain when a person listens to a song that sounds familiar or perhaps a favorite song, the speed of neurons and that human experience impacts brain activity. Suttie’s purpose is to incorporate multiple scientific studies in order to answer the question why a person may like a certain song or genre of music. Suttie’s intended audience is the music industry and those who enjoy music.
Author's Ethos & Credibility: Suttie is the review editor of Greater Good books along with being a singer-songwriter who has two of her own albums.
Objectivity & Bias: Suttie is a strong believer in the theory that the reason why people like certain songs is because of brain activity.
Sources and Support: Suttie includes three experiments done by psychologists and neuroscientists
Thesis: The reason behind why a person enjoys s genre of musical a particular song I
is because of personal experience and memories, and brain activity.
Tone: Suttie maintains a relaxed, didactic tone throughout in informational piece.
Opinion: I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. I found it very informational and it provided enough support to answer my questions. I found it interesting when it said that while at say a concert, the people in attendance are synced with each other o and the artist. It was a thought I had never heard before and as fascinated by this fact. Overall, this was a interesting article.

3.)Citation:Koerth-Baker, Maggie. "The Biology of Music: Why We like What We like." Boing Boing. N.p., 13 Dec. 2009. Web. 30 Oct. 2015
Distillation: In the article “The Biology of Music: Why we like what we like” the author Maggie Koerth-Baker explains a theory that explains why a person likes the kind of music that they do. The author includes a theory created by a professor neurobiology and a director of a neuroscience program, who claims that a person prefers a certain scale because it most closely resembles that of human vocals. Koerth-Baker’s purpose is to argue that the reason people enjoy music is because it sounds like human vocals. The intended audience of this piece are those interested in the music world.
Author's Ethos & Credibility: The author is a journalist, the author of several books including one science. She also writes for The New York Times and is the science editor of Boing Boing.
Objectivity & Bias: The author agrees with the theory created by Dales Purves and his colleagues.
Sources and Support: The subtle includes the support of Dale Purves, who is a professor of neurobiology at Duke University and the director of the Duke Neuroscience Program in Singapore. Purves and his colleagues claim that people like certain music because the scales closely match those of human voices and they take comfort in that.
Thesis: The frequencies in pitch and similarities in scales and human vocals is what elicits a favorable emotion toward a song.
Tone: The author develops a informational and relatable tone to make the reader feel involved.
Opinion: This is a theory I had not heard of. I thought it was quite different but also intriguing. I did not think the reason we enjoy music was because it matched the scales in a human’s voice. I think the incorporation of the professor another Ph.D made the argument more believable. This is an interesting theory and I enjoyed reading about it.

4.)Citation:.Mehta, Prabir. "Question Your World: Why Do We Like the Music We Like?" Question Your World: Why Do We Like the Music We Like? Community Idea Sations, 24 Apr. 2013. Web. 30 Oct. 2015.
Distillation: In the article “Question Your World: Why Do We Like the Music We Like?”, author Mehta Prabir addresses the connection between the auditory cortex and the accumbens nucleus. Through the support of an experiment conducted in Montreal and a whimsical tone, Mehta develops an agreement with the findings of the experiment, while touching upon the fact that this is a gray area to most people and no real answer has been developed. Mehta’s to present the topic and the concoct of incompletion to allow the reader to take the theory into consideration but also allow the reader to research the topic more. Mehta’s audience is anyone who is interested in the science behind music.
Author's Ethos & Credibility: The author is associated with the Science Museum of Virginia.
Objectivity & Bias: The author believes in the theory created by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. The author also understands that this is not the only theory and the understanding into why people have preferences in music is an incomplete topic.
Sources and Support: To support the claim, the author mentions the study done by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital which at looked at how one part of the brain, the auditory cortex, communicated with another part of the brain, the accumbens nucleus.
Thesis: Although there is no complete answer, one theory about why we like certain songs is because of what is stored in the auditory cortex, a part of the brain that holds every sound a person has ever heard.
Tone: Mehta maintains a whimsical yet informative tone throughout the piece by adding questions like the author knows that the audience is asking a question while providing eve dice to supportive claim being made.
Opinion: I like this theory. It makes sense that because of our experiences we have had and every sound we have heard might influence the sounds that we prefer to hear. I liked how the author engaged the reader by making it seem like they were asking questions but the author already knew that. I found that made the piece more enjoyable to read. I enjoyed this reading overall.

5.)Citation: Williamson, Dr. Vicky. "Why Do Certain Songs Give You Goosebumps? | NME.COM." NME.COM. NME Blog, n.d. Web. 31 Oct
Distillation: In article “Why Do Certain Sings Give You Goosebumps?” author Dr. Vicky Williamson affirms the theory that people enjoy music because of brain activity. Williamson uses the study done by Valarie Salimpoor and her colleagues in Canada finding that when listening to music that produces and sensation, the sensation is caused by the release of dopamine. Williamson includes the study in order to strengthen her argument so that the theory can be accepted by readers. The intended readers are people interested in the science of music.
Author’s Ethos & Credibility: Williamson is a lecturer on music psychology which is the study on how the brain processes music.
Objectivity & Bias: The author is in favor of the brain activity theory.
Sources and Support: Williamson utilizes the Canadian experiment done by Valarie Salimpoor and her colleagues finding that dopamine is released by the brain right before we get “musical chills”.
Thesis: “the ultimate natural music high, does so because it stimulates a very old brain reward system”.
Tone: Williamson develops a contradictory tone and an enthusiastic one as well.
Opinion: I find it interesting that more than one magazine used the same experiments and had the same theory. This article strengthened the theory that it the most prominent reason why people enjoy music is because of brain activity.

Part Two: Conclusion
Through research, it can be concluded that the reason why people favor certain songs or music genres is still being developed. There are a variety of theories proven by experiments that provide a step into finding the answer. Theories range from there is no exact reason why to it depends on personal experience and cultural background to activity in the brain. Personally, the theory that is most believable is the brain activity because there are the most studies to prove that theory. Also the findings, meaning the fact that dopamine is released while listening to familiar music proves why music makes people happy, dopamine. After, researching I am satisfied with my findings.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Photojournalism

Mrs. Mahoney is a spanish teacher at
Norton High School
Mrs. Mahoney has a colorful interactive room





Mrs. Mahoney is always beach ready and
looking forward to summer

You could say Mrs. Mahony struggles with staying neat and organized

She hangs the flags of every Spanish-speaking country to give her room life



Mrs. Mahoney as a love for llamas. She even has
a stuffed one that resembles the
one in the bottom right hand corner of the picture


To keep her students engaged and focused on learning, Mrs. Mahoney has her students
place there phones in trays located on the side
 of room for the remainder of class.


Mrs. Mahoney projcts the daily syllabus for the class to see what
is in store for that particular day

Mrs. Mahoney thinks of creative ways to teach her students, such as the puzzle to help with conjugation








Mrs. Mahoney is adored by many of her students
Mrs. Mahoney actively engages with all of her students to ensure that they are grasping the concept and understand the task giving to them

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cognitive Biases

1.)"Kristof, Nicholas. "The Asian Advantage." The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 Oct. 2015. Web. 20 Oct. 2015."
This article contains a stereotyping concerning Asian-Americans and how they are more successful in America. Stereotyping is when it is expected of an individual to certain characteristics of a group without having knowing the person. This acetic lettuces upon how Asian-Americans students gain stress over the stereotype that they are smart and more successful.quotes to support that are "It’s no secret that Asian-Americans are disproportionately stars in American schools, and even in American society as a whole." and "Among Asians, there’s sometimes concern that there’s too much focus on memorization, not enough on creativity."

2.)"Kuchuck, Steven. "Disaster-Zone Therapy." Opinionator Disaster Zone Therapy Comments. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2015. Web. 20 Oct. 2015."
This article contains mood-congruent memory bias. The article focuses on the effect Hurricane Sandy had on the author. Mood-congruent memory bias is when the author recalls on an time in which the mood mirrors the current time period. Here author touches upon the effect 9/11 had on Americans as well as comparing his experience with a patient who experienced vulnerability to the people affected by the storm. The quotes that support this bias are "In both cases, many people fled the area, and those who remained lived in a heightened state of anxiety, sadness and malaise. The aftermath of 9/11 was the first time many clinicians in this country simultaneously experienced the same fear and trauma as our patients" and "They are also a reminder to me that as valuable as theoretical knowledge and practical skills are, a shared vulnerability and humanity sometimes have the most power to bring about change"

3.)"Rosenberg, Tina. "Instead of Jail, Court Fines Cut to Fit the Wallet." Opinionator Instead of Jail Court Fines Cut to Fit the Wallet Comments. New York Times, 09 Oct. 2015. Web. 21 Oct. 2015."
This article contains contrast effect, which is "The enhancement or reduction of a certain perception stimuli when compared with a recently observed, contrasting object". This article focuses on excessive rates for bail. To enforce the idea that bail should depend on the person who is being jailed, the author contrast the United States' jail system to those of other countries. To support this the author writes, "Rather than a set dollar amount, it is a percentage or multiple of an offender’s daily income", the government of what was then West Germany adopted the practice because it wanted to reduce prison overcrowding, and because research had shown that low-level offenders jailed for short times emerged more violent and dangerous." and "Offenders were no longer given short sentences, but rather fines that were adjusted fo".

4.)"Mifflin, Margot. "Learning to Die." Opinionator Learning to Die Comments. New York Times, 30 Sept. 2015. Web. 21 Oct. 2015."
This article contains optimism bias  which is when there is a tendency to be overly on your runs. The author recounts the passing of her mother and how peaceful it was and how calm she was with her mother's passing inviting hope into the author's life. To support this, the authors writes, "It was a peak experience, revelatory and meaningful — something I wouldn’t have traded for anything — except her life." and "I’m certain she had left, and seeing her go gave me the courage to think that I could do this myself, without fear".

5.)"Fleshler, Dan. "The End Isn't Near." Opinionator The End Isnt Near Comments. New York Times, 07 Oct. 2015. Web. 21 Oct. 2015."
This article contains attentional bias which is the tendency of perception to be affected by recurring thoughts. In this article the author focuses on his diabetes and how he continually believes he is living on borrowed time because of what he has heard numerous times. To support this bias he writes, "The terrible complications never came, but my mind-set has long been: Anything after age 35 is borrowed time." and "So part of me is inspired by my doctor’s optimistic announcement, and welcomes the news that there still might be enough time to accomplish something worthwhile".

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Photojournalism Review

1.) I viewed the "10 years after Hurricane Katrina" photo essay which is commemorating the anniversary of the natural disaster. The piece contains images of New Orleans before and after the devastating hurricane hit the city. Some of the photos compare the same area before and after while others focus on the area after the hurricane. Overall, this photojournalism piece is highly creative. The information is presented to the viewer in a unique way. Articles or stories are usually what people used to commemorate anniversaries of events: however, Lloyd Young, the creator of the piece, took a different approach by presenting the same information but in uncommon way. The piece engages the viewer as well as creates a lasting impact. The photos accurately depict the theme of devastation and lasting impact on the city created by Hurricane Katrina and the focus of each photo is on that theme. By viewing this photo essay, one can gain a better understanding of the true tragedy that occurred in the city of New Orleans because the viewer gets a stronger sense of what happened by viewing the pictures accompanied by rich captions, rather than just reading an article.  

2.) In addition, I viewed "70 years after the atomic bombs" which revisits the world's first nuclear attack and touches upon how the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima are today. This essay also contains before and after pictures along with some which focus on the ceremonies that took place to celebrate the anniversary. The context of the photo essay are original and creative. They do attract attention, but the after pictures take away from impact created on the viewer. The pictures that were taking during the crisis show the true devastation of the event and makes a statement, but upon viewing the pictures of what the area looks like today, that statement fades because the city has been rebuilt and little remains that emphasizes how devastating the event was. All the photos are clear and the captions give insight into the event. Overall, an interesting piece to view.

3.) Finally, I viewed "Flying over surf and sands on Cape Cod" which illustrates the shorelines of Cape Cod in the off season. The topic of this piece is a very original and creative one. The photos are generally clear and focus on the photographers on the topic. The piece is very brief and and the topic of fairly broad. The captions a very short and only provide a small amount of information into the topic. There is no lasting impact created by the piece but the pictures were nice to view.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Education Jourmalism

Part One
1.)Citation: Richmond, Emily. "Why School Should Start Later in the Morning." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 17 Aug. 2015. Web. 01 Oct. 2015.

Distillation: In the article, “Why School Should Start Later in the Morning”, Emily Richmond advocates for a later start time for schools to ensure students can thrive academically, mentally and physically. Richmond supports her claim by providing the detail that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics are urging schools to start later, as well as incorporating results of various scientific studies surrounding school start time.  The author’s purpose is to present the argument in order to invoke a spirit of change. The author is speaking to the school system, but particularly the administration.

Author Ethos and Credibility: Richmond is the public editor of the Education Writers Association as well as previously being the education reporter of the Las Vegas Sun giving her experience with school systems

Objectivity and Bias: Richmond has a bias that is in the direction of later school times.

Sources & Support: Richmond provides the fact the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics are urging for later start times. These businesses have found that lack of sleep puts children at a higher risk for things like obesity and depression. Richmond also includes various studies done by universities that revolved around school start times. Each study proved the idea that late school times resulted in students performing better academically and made better choices.  

Thesis: Schools should start later in the morning to improve students’ physical and mental state as well as decrease the risks of equated with lack of sleep.

Tone: The author has persuasive and factual tone. She utilizes case studies to try to persuade the reader to call for change in the school system because she has the opinion that there is a problem.  

Opinion: I am in agreement with Richmond’s argument. I have heard as well as been a part of discussions over the time school starts. I believe that schools, or at least high schools, should start later in the morning. Teenagers are at the age where they need the most sleep, yet they are the first kids in the district to be at school.  To improve academically and be at peace mentally, students should start later in the morning.

2.)Citation: Fallows, Deborah. "When High School Means a Build-It-Yourself Education." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 23 June 2015. Web. 07 Oct. 2015.

Distillation: In the article, “When High School Means a Built-It-Yourself Education”, Deborah Fallows enriches the reader with a unique form of schooling that was developed by John Bullock and a his fellow colleagues. Fallows traveled to the school and met with the head of the school as well as a tether to gain insight on the school that adapts to the students. Fallows purpose of this piece is to present a different form of schooling in order to provide the reader a wider horizon in what type of school is available. Fallows intended this piece to have the audience of school systems, including teachers, administrators and students and their families.

Author Ethos and Credibility: The author has traveled around the country to various areas and has been introduced to different type of schooling. The man to which she talked to about the Redmond Proficiency Academy, is named John Bullock. He grew up in the public school system and was involved in the administration and a teacher  in a public school system. Both speakers have had experience dealing with schooling.

Objectivity and Bias: The author unbiasedly presented this new unique type of schooling. The author wanted readers to be aware that there are different forms of schooling out there. She is presenting another possible option for school systems to adopt.

Sources & Support: The author visited the school as well as a production put on by the school. She met and talked with the man who started it all, John Bullock. She also talked to one of the teachers who worked for three years at the school and fifteen years elsewhere. She uses her perspective as well as what they have told her to build her story.

Thesis: There is unique form of schooling where the schools adapts the students in attendance in order to better their education.

Tone: The author creates a revealing and thorough tone throughout the piece. Her constant flow of information makes the piece wholesome provides the reader some insight into the school.

Opinion: I thought this piece was interesting. I had not heard of a school that did allowed students to really make their own decisions when if comes the their education. I am intrigued by this idea and would be interested in seeing what it would be like to go to a school like that. I think it might help students achieve academically because their schooling is designed by he sleeves and what works best for them.


3.)Citation:Heller, Steven. "The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 09 July 2015. Web. 01 Oct. 2015.

Distillation: In his article, "The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling", author Stephen Heller declares that doodling is a vital tool for humans because it allows them to grasp concepts and expression emotion. Heller backs his argument by providing studies as proof as well as utilizes a strong, declaration tone of voice. The purpose of behind his piece was Heller is trying to persuade more people to adopt the concept of doodling and for it not to be condemned in schools. Heller's main audience would be students and teachers in the country.

Author Ethos and Credibility: Heller is a writer for The Atlantic as well as the co-chair for MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts and co-founder of MFA Design Criticism program.

Objectivity and Bias: Due to his background with art, Heller is slightly biased toward the concept of doodling.

Sources & Support: Heller provides support from Sunni Brown who is an author of a book called The Doodle Revolution. She utilizes a study from Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology and quote from John Hendrix, author of Drawing is Magic.

Thesis: The act of drawing in a vital part in the expression of concepts and emotions.

Tone: Heller embodies a calm and vibrant toners his piece.

Opinion: This piece was interesting. I am not much of a doodler but I can see how doodling can help some people. It allows people to express feelings in a way they may have been able to do any other way. Sometimes illustrations help me remember certain concepts I'm learning in school, so I agree with the fact doodling is an important tool.


4.)Citation: Lahey, Jessica. "When Success Leads to Failure." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 11 Aug. 2015. Web. 08 Oct. 2015.

Distillation: In her article, "When Success Leads to Failure", Jessica Lahey examines that the at of failure is destroying students' desire and passion to learn. Lahey justifies her claim by discussing a personal experience she endured with a parent of one her students, who was worried about her daughter's lack of enthusiasm for learning. The point Lahey is trying to get across is that all students are being taught the wrong thing, they are being primed to get good grades at all costs causing them to fear the risk of failure. Lahey intended this piece for teacher, students and parents .

Author Ethos and Credibility: Lahey is an English teacher as well as an editor for The Atlantic. For the New York Times, Lahey write bi-weekly articles for the column, "Parent-Teacher Conference". She is a commentator for a public radio in Vermont and the author of an upcoming book.

Objectivity and Bias: Lahey exhibits a biased against the way teaching pressures students and kills their drive to learn. Although she takes part and blame for this, she feels guilty for what is happening to students.

Sources & Support: Lahey utilities her personal experience only. She does not cite outside sources.

Thesis: Students are primed to achieve academically and to achieve the highest possible standard; however, this makes them lose desire to to learn.

Tone: Lahey creates a passionate and sympathetic tone.

Opinion:  I found to be intriguing. I think the topic was relatable to most readers. I think that schools are more focused on the grades of students rather than their attitudes toward learning.


5.)Citation: Khazan, Olga. "Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 16 June 2015. Web. 01 Oct. 2015.

Distillation: In the article, "Green Spaces Make Kids Smarter", author Olga Khazan outlines that the greater the amount of plant life, the better a person's overall health is. Khazan's purpose is to inform readers the effect plant life has on humans and possibly persuade them to increase the plant life in their environment. Khazan utilizes studies in order to strengthen her piece and provide concrete evidence for her readers. Most likely, Khazan's audience is anyone involved with schools systems.

Author Ethos and Credibility: Khazan writes health articles  for The Atlantic and as a reporter in L.A.

Objectivity and Bias: Khazan appears to be unbiased but she may lean more the side in which green school environments are invoked.

Sources & Support: Khazan use a study done by researches in Barcelona, a study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a study concerning asthma.

Thesis:  Students who are placed in an environment with excess plant life can boost a student's attentiveness as well as their mental health.

Tone: Khazan creates a calm, informative tone in her piece.

Opinion: Khazan's piece was very informative. I found it interesting there is a connection between the amount of plant life surrounding us and our performance of tasks. I think this should be taking into consideration all over the country whether it be in classrooms or neighborhoods. If plants better mental health, then it should be a priority to ensure better mental health in any way possible.

Part Two
Through my readings, I found that there are various opinions on schooling. As time goes on, schools are adapting new and innovative ways to entice students. Teachers are finding that some ways of teaching are putting too much stress on the less important thing rather than what truly matters. School is about experience just as it is learning. Whatever works for a student that allows them to thrive, should not be condemned. For example, it can be proving that doodling helps students retain certain concepts. Certain environments should be provided for students. As society progressives forward and new researches evolve, the ways of schooling are changing to help students in life.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Should Fighting be Banned in the NHL?



Should Fighting be Banned in the NHL?


In this past weekend the NHL was shaken. Todd Ewen, a former NHL “tough guy” and an alumni to the St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadians, died from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Ewen, know for his tough guy persona and fight history, had a different side to him off the ice. In his free time, Ewen wrote and illustrated children's’ books. It shocked his formers teammates hearing of Ewen’s death, it was something they did not see coming.


Scientists are now questioning whether Ewen’s history in fighting may have played a role in his death. The director of Canadian Sports Concussion Project at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre in Toronto, Charles Tator “has asked the Ewen family to donate his brain to be studied”(Allen). Ewen’s gunshot wound is reportedly to the head, but “so long as the brain is preserved properly and removed properly”(Allen), Tator will be able to examine it which will be important to case that fighting in hockey may lead to traumatic brain injuries. Tator "studied the brains of two deceased NHL players and 16 Canadian Football League players and discovered evidence of CTE in half of them"(Tator).


Studies have shown that players most active in the physical part of the game such as receiving and giving hits along with fighting, have sustained brain injuries. In 2013, a player was hospitalized after being knocked unconscious during a fight. Many players known for the physicality or fighting died prematurely. Bob Probert was one of the toughest fighters in NHL history. Probert died in 2010 at age 45 of a heart attack. Researchers from the Boston University, “studied Probert’s brain and found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease"(Borreli). There is a list of tough guys who died prematurely and were found to have CTE, including Derek Boogaard, age 28 and Steve Montador age 35. On top of that, these athletes struggles with depression which is what lead a few of them to take their own lives. Will Todd Ewen be added to this list? Will he be the next NHL player to be part of a studied that proves that the fighters in hockey are at risk?


The NHL has created rules that try to ensure player safety during fights. They implemented “Rule 48” whose purpose is to “regulate body checking to the head by prohibiting lateral and blindside hits to and opponent targeting the head”(Borreli). This new rule, however, has not changed the brain injury rate. There are just as many concussions as before. The NHL penalizes players from fighting, but the penalty is fairly minimal. After being involved in a fight, a player receives a five minute penalty in which they are unable to play for five minutes and their team goes down a man on the ice. With such a minimal punishments, players are not afraid to fight. To lower the risk of brain injury, Dr. Michael Stuart “a director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and the chief medical officer for USA Hockey proposed automatic ejections and suspensions” (Dailymail.com) rather than have the five minute penalties. It has also been implemented that helmets are not to be taken off during fights. More referees have been more active in limiting the amount of fight. Fighting has become a part of the game and a part of the game fans enjoy. The NHL franchise is facing lawsuits from former players. These players feel as though the league did not do enough to protect them and in the end the obtained traumatic brain injuries. The total of brain injuries has gotten too high. It comes down to the question should fighting be banned in the NHL. The sport is exciting enough without the fights and the well being of the players to continue allow the fighting to go on.


Citations


Dailymail.com, Hannah Parry For. "Former National Hockey League Star Todd Ewen Found Dead in Apparent Suicide Aged 49 after Long Battle with Depression." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 21 Sept. 2015. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.


Allen, Kevin, and Erik Brady Sports. "Todd Ewen's Death Spurs More Questions about Fighting in the NHL." USA Today. Gannett, 23 Sept. 2015. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.
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Borreli, Lizette. "Should NHL Ban Hockey Fights To Prevent Severe Brain Damage?" Medical Daily. N.p., 06 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.

Pet Peeves


I find that I have many pet peeves, some include:

1. Texting my mom: My mother sends cryptic messages. She abbreviates and uses symbols to convey what she is trying to say. It takes me at least five minutes to try and figure out what she is saying. I do not understand why she can’t straight out say the thing she is trying to say. I just want her to use correct spelling of the words and not to use symbols and slang that way I can understand.

2.Being interrupted: I listen and pay attention when other people are talking. I add my input when the other person is done with their train of thought: therefore I expect people to do the same for me. I want them to listen to what I have to say and allow me to finish my train of thought. What makes very irritated is when people interrupt you and change the subject. For example, I will be telling a story and someone will start talking to someone else about something in the middle of my story. Soon everyone joins and no one is listening to my story, but later on they come back to you and asked what you were saying, “Like no, I’m done with my story now”. 


3.People walking in the hallway: People in school always say that freshmen don’t know how to walk in the hallway, but in reality people from every grade do not know how to walk. There are people who walk in packs in the hall and when walking in the packs they walk really slow. Since they are walking in the pack no one can pass them. I am trying to get to class and I end up behind this pack. I just want to tell them to move out of my way. Then you have the people who stop in the middle of the hallway and you end up running into them or you have to slow down in order to pass them. I do not want to be stalled on my way to class but the other people walking stop my progress.

4.When teachers spell my name wrong: Teachers have a class list with all of their students’ names on it. Teachers, I think, should not spell my name wrong if they have the correct spelling of it available to them. If you see my name spelled out not only on your class roster but on every paper I hand in, I think that, as a teacher, it is your job to spell it right. It is as simple as writing one more “t” in my last name of dropping the “i” in my first name. It bugs me more when teachers spell it a certain way once and then a completely different way another time. You are my teacher, know my name.

5.People who find excuses/blame others for their wrongdoings: In my opinion, if you do something wrong then you need to own up to it. Don't try to blame someone else or try to find an excuse. It is rude to place the blame on someone else and I think disrespectful to do that. It shows that this person has not enough respect for you that they are willing to blame you for something they did. People make mistakes and sometimes do the wrong thing. It happens to everyone because no one is perfect. I will have more respect for you if you own up and take responsibility rather than put the blame elsewhere. It is more annoying to me that a person goes and complains, finds excuses or blames others, than the fact that you messed up.

6.Holding the door for someone: When I hold the door for someone, I expect them to say thank you. I would like that you show some appreciation. I did not need to hold the door open for you, I could've let it shut in your face. I didn't though. I took time out out of my forward progress to hold the door. It is the polite thing to say thank you. That is all I ask.

7.Loud Chewers: Keep your mouth shut when you are a chewing. No one wants to see the chewed up food in your mouth. It is just a gross image that no ones want to see. Additionally, no one to hear you chew. Hearing the food move in your mouth makes me not want to eat my food. I understand that you are eating your food, you do not need to make it more obvious that you are eating. Enjoy you food in peace and quiet that way I can continue on with what I'm doing undisturbed.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Peer Profile


Norton native, Hayley Kipnes, is sixteen year old student at Norton High School. In just two short weeks, Hayley will be turning seventeen on September 28. Hayley has two younger sisters and a dog named Max. She does not participate in any sports and “is unsure about any hobbies”. She started wearing glasses in fifth grade but made the transition to contacts in tenth grade. Although Hayley would want to be in 21 Jump Street if she could, she says her favorite movie is the Goonies. Regarding a superpower, “I would want to be invisible” says Hayley,“So I could be places without people knowing”. The best place Hayley has traveled is to the one and only place where dreams come true, Disney World. Another vacation Hayley has taken is to the town of Hyannis located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Going to Hyannis was Hayley’s favorite thing she did this summer. Even though she has been to these places, Hayley says the one place she would go to is Italy for about two weeks. Hayley is a family oriented girl. Hayley’s favorite memory from her childhood is Christmas, which shows she enjoys family because Christmas is a holiday season spent with family. Her and her family have a strong bond and when asked what the one thing that is important her and the one thing she could not live without, Hayley responded quickly with: “ It is important to me that I will always have my friends and I could never live without my family”. Hayley proved her personality to be very practical with a smart answer to a question. She was asked “If allowed three things while stranded on an island, what would they be?”. Hayley’s response was not a superficial one. She responded she would have “a blanket for when it gets cold, food (watermelon to be exact), and a flashlight so she can navigate in the dark”. This is not a typical response to this question, but Hayley’s answer proved her to be practical. Her favorite subject in school is English because it is her best subject. Her favorite teacher, however, was not an English teacher. It is her eighth grade science teacher, Mrs. Havier. Summer and winter prove to be her favorite seasons for the obvious reasons, one season has no school and one season has Christmas embedded within it. Her pet peeve is returning to school when summer draws to an end. She would prefer to visit the past, more specifically the time period of the 80’s, rather than the future. Hayley seeks thrill in her life saying she would go skydiving if given the chance. Hayley’s life showed to be an interesting one with more adventures to come throughout her journey.