Retiro De Amabilidad

El viernes, 6 de enero, algunos estudiantes de Highland Park High School, incluyendome a mi, fuimos a un retiro de amabilidad, en la escuela elementaria de “Four Seasons”. Nosotros llegamos allí para ayudar en el retiro de amabilidad.

Cuando llegamos allí, hicimos algunos juegos para romper el hielo, para que nosotros como líderes, sintiéramos más cómodos en guiar a los estudiantes del cuarto grado. Obviamente nosotros jugamos antes de que los estudiantes del cuarto grado entraron al gimnasio. El punto de nosotros estando allí es ayudar a los 3 dirigentes, en calmar los estudiantes del cuarto grado. También tenemos que ayudar a los niños sentirse mejor en jugar y su estima.

La primera cosa que nosotros hicimos fue saludarlos en una manera muy festiva. Cuando estaban entrando del pasillo al gimnasio, les estábamos dando arriba cincos y diciéndoles “Hola”.

Nos pusieron en grupos asignados para que podamos hablar con los estudiantes y tengamos un tiempo en conocerlos bien y saber un poco más de ellos. Para que todos nosotros estuviéramos más cómodos en hablando con nuestros grupos, hicimos algunos juegos con ellos para que los estudiantes del cuarto grado se sintieran más cómodos con nosotros.
En los grupos pequeños, nosotros tuvimos unas hojas para llenar. En las hojas teníamos algunas preguntas para contestar nosotros como líderes de los grupos y los niños del cuarto año. Una de las preguntas que yo me acuerdo es “Que podemos hacer para mejorar la escuel para que no haga nada más de sufrimiento?”

Nosotros como los más grandes explicamos un poco sobre lo que nosotros pensábamos de como para el acoso, y luego los niños tuvieron la oportunidad de contestar sobre lo que ellos pensaban del tema, y como ellos pudieran parar el acoso y hasta prevenir la situación.

Todo el día nosotros estábamos haciendo amables para poner el ejemplo, para que ellos los estudiantes nos siguieran como los líderes del mini grupo. Al final del dia, me gusto mucho y lo haría otra vez.

For the non Spanish speakers:

On Friday, January 6th, some students at Highland Park High School, including me, went to a kindergarten retreat at Four Seasons Elementary. We arrived there to help in the Kindness Retreat.

When we got there, we did some icebreaker games, so that we as leaders would feel more comfortable guiding fourth graders. Obviously we played before the fourth grade students entered the gym. The point of us being there was to help the three leaders to calm the fourth grade students. We also needed to help the children feel better about playing and their esteem.

The first thing we did was greet them in a very festive way. When they were entering the hallway to the gym, we were giving them high fives and saying “Hi.”

They put us in assigned groups so we could talk to the students, and have some time to get to know them, and know a little more about them. In order for all of us to be more comfortable in talking to our groups, we played some games with them so that the fourth graders felt more comfortable with us.

In small groups, we had some sheets to fill out. On the sheets we had some questions to answer as group leaders and fourth grade children. One of the questions that I remember was “What can we do to improve the school so that it does nothing more than suffering?”

We, like the elders, explained a little about what we thought of as for harassment, and then the children had the opportunity to answer what they thought of the issue, and how they could stop the harassment and even prevent the situation.

All day we were doing nice things to set the example, so that the students would follow us as the leaders of the mini group. At the end of the day, I really liked it and would do it again.

Staying organaized

I don’t know that much about staying organized, and I hope that by writing this article I can be a little more organized.

Since school has already started, I think that by starting this new quarter, we should at least start with a clean and organized slate. Some of these tips are my personal favorite things to do.

Staying organized helps in many different ways, not just physically staying organized but also mentally. I think that by staying physically organized, you can have better hygiene and start new habits. Those habits can help you in your learning abilities and in being a better thinker – not making any bad decisions. So, basically, staying physically organized can also help you stay mentally organized, and vise versa.

One of the things that I’ll say that really has helped me, is having a planner. Even though it looks really lame to have a planner, and writing in it after class is over, it’s not, because when you write stuff down, you remember it more. So in my case, all I have to do when I get home is to get my planner out and read through all of my assignments that I had throughout the day.  I can then do them either right at that moment, or I could go do something and come back, like taking short breaks. It helps me because I can’t concentrate on doing one thing for a long period of time; I don’t know why.

Another thing that keeps me organized more, is having color coded things. For example, the first two classes that I have, the notebooks are black and white. I have the rest of the notebooks in different colors to keep me organized in my book bag. I didn’t think that color coding would help me be organized, but now I have the habit of putting my notebooks where they belong in my book bag without thinking about it twice.

Something I haven’t tried, but I’ve heard about is that it is helpful to work on only one thing at a time, and to have only one project/assignment out at a time. When I say I haven’t tried this it is because I have to get everything out of my book bag and see everything that I have to do or else I will get lazy and not do it. Because of this, I keep everything out and put it back in all at the end.

I hope that these tips have helped you in any way possible, have a great quarter and good grades!

Club de libros

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photo courtesy of Ms. Rahman

Bookclub? Qué es eso? Es cuando un grupo de amigos leen el mismo libro, se reúnen y hablan del libro. Por ejemplo hablan sobre de que les gusto, que no les gusto, etc. Nosotros tenemos este club and highland senior high!

Personalmente yo he estado en este club desde mi primer año aquí. El club de libros en highland básicamente trabaja así, solamente hay algunas diferencias, o ventajas de las que yo ya he mencionado.

La primera diferencia es que tenemos un líder, Ms. Rahman, ella es muy agradable. Ella es la que ordena nuestros libros. Cuando los ordena ella nos manda un correo electronico, avisandonos cual libro es y organiza la siguiente reunión. Ella le pregunta a todos los días que todos podemos ir a la junta, o la mayoria que puede asistir, para planear la siguiente reunión.

Cuando llega el libro, ella nos manda otro correo electrónico diciéndonos que vayamos a recoger el libro. Cuando llega el dia reunirse, Ms. Rahman ordena pizza! Una ventaja. Podemos hablar sobre el libro y comer al mismo tiempo.

Nos da unas semanas para que podamos leer el libro con calma, entonces no se tienen que preocupar en terminar el libro, porque solamente es para diversión.

Si quieren unirse al club, las reuniones son de las 2:15 a las 3:45, una hora y media, en la biblioteca. Solamente tienen que preguntarle a quien sea que esté detrás del mostrador, “Como puedo unirme al club de libros?”

If you don’t know how to speak Spanish, here is the English version:

Bookclub? What is that? It is when a group of friends read the same book, meet, and talk about the book. For example, they talk about what they like, what they do not like, etc. We have this club at Highland Senior High!

Personally, I have been a part of this club since my first year here. The book club at Highland basically works well, and there are only a few differences, or advantages from what I’ve already mentioned.

The first difference is that we have a leader, Ms. Rahman, who is very nice. She orders our books. When she orders the books, she sends us an email, letting us know which book is next, and then she organizes the next meeting. She asks for a day we can all attend, or most can attend, to plan the next meeting.

When she gets the book, she sends us another email telling us to go to pick up the book. Finally,  when the day comes for the meeting, Ms. Rahman orders pizza (which is an advantage)! We can talk about the book and eat at the same time.

She always gives us a few weeks, from when we get the book, to when she schedules the meeting, so we can read the book slowly, then not have to worry about finishing the book, because it’s just for fun.

If you want to join the club, meetings are from 2:15 to 3:45, for half an hour in the library. You only have to ask whoever is behind the counter, “Can I join the book club?”