Salutations pt. 2
this is the second part to a unnecessarily large first part. For the nonexistent amount of people who read the second part first, you monsters, I just wrapped up talking about a step in yet another worldview projects, Its The End of The World As We Know It. The driving question was, and still is, how has the transition between elementary and secondary school challenged your worldview.
the fourth step that I took in this project was to create a Triple Venn diagram displaying both our view on how the transition has affected our worldview, how our peers feel about the matter, and the opinion of the professionals. My favourite part of this step was noticing the difference in worldview between me and my friends. Even though we are going through the same situation, little details make our expeirience that much different. I also enjoyed laughing at then opinions of the professionals, as the fact that they are graduated children really shows. Apparently we should all be printing the syllabi of the teacher to study. Learn from the professionals kids, learn from the professionals.
Numero cinq. The fifth step to be completed when it came to ITEOTWAWKI was a MindNode diagram. As you guys know from previous posts, me and the MindNode app are somewhat well acquainted. We had to base the MindNode on events that shifted our worldview during the transition between elementary and secondary school. For example, for those of us who had never taken the bus before attending Seycove, that would have been an event that taught us a lifelong skill, and possibly changed our view on taking public transit. I am not completely sure as to why this milestone was put after the Venn diagram, as this could have been a good exercise to brainstorm for the Venn Diagram. Possibly it was because the Venn diagram was the brainstorm for the MindNode? I personally felt like the diagram was more stressed to be proffessional when it came to comparison.
And finally. Ladies and gentlemen. Drum roll please. We have the final product! It took many drafts and many long nights to get here, it even took a large twist. But here I am, in one piece. To make a long story short, we began by studying the song closely, and dissecting sound and rhythm. We spent an entire day in class just underlining nouns, which now seemed slightly unnecessary, because we ended up changing every aspect, not just the nouns. After drafting our first round of lyrics, we went through the twenty minute critique process, where I was given feedback to ensure the lyrics answered the driving question. I had focused more on the way the lyrics fit the rhythm, and the meter, than I had the driving question! So because of these large imperfections, I made a second draft. This second draft definitely showed improvement, but I still lacked an answer to the driving question. What I mean when I say ‘answer the driving question, is my song must display all seven aspects of worldview, and just by listening to my song you should be able to pick up on my answer. What I wonder is, did REM have a driving question? Their song is quite abstract and slightly absurd. So what code of conduct did they follow?
It was at about this point that Ms Willemse thought it would be funny if she sprung a surprise on us. We had to turn our individual songs into a group song, and we had to create a photo album to go with it! With T-minus one week until the due date of this project, Angelo, Anders, Liam and I combined our lyrics into quite the mess. Ms Willemse, why spring the challenge on us? Not only do we have to sing, but we have to agree with three other people on our high school esxpeirience, which was again exercised in the Venn Diagram. Even the grade 11s who critiqued our songs agreed that was a little much.
Because of the contrasting personalities in my group, we especially struggled when it came to being off task. How we dealt with it was we did a lot of the work at home, increasing our workload. In the future, In might want to attempt to be a little bit less afaraid of speaking up, as I believe the reason that I was afraid was because I did not really know these kids, and I was worried about being seen as bossy. But if it comes down to taking charge or getting a good grade, I choose the A’s.
To please the masses, what I leaned from this expeirience was when the world changes, tension is inevitable. In cultural exchange, this tension can be seen through people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.
This is an important concept throughout history to understand – one that applies even today, to me and to everyone around me. Change is constantly happening everywhere around the world, and it is even happening within me, even if I don’t notice it. That and Ms Willemse loves giving my class lovely suprises (smell the sarcasm)
”Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night” – The Truman Show