An Extensive Word Bank

A collection of musings

Who is the ‘Our’ in Our Home and Native Land?

“In modern times a person cannot walk into a stranger’s home and claim ownership of the house and the furnishings without committing a crime. What European explorers did at the time of contact and after was tantamount to walking into a person’s home and taking possession of the house and the belongings.” -Tamara Starblanket from Treaties: Negotiations and Rights What constitutes the ownership of land?  Better yet, can land already occupied.. Read More

The ‘Gah Moment’ is Good

The mid-year transition from English classes to Social Studies classes can often be a disorienting one; however, I have already comfortably traded in my reading of Shakespeare for that of global issues and current events. The Globe and Mail newspaper has been finding its way into my lap considerably more often, and class discussions have turned their focus towards many aspects of what we like to call ‘Social Studies’: politics,.. Read More

First Victories!: In-Depth Week 7

I am very happy to say that my 3D printer is on track to be completed by this weekend! It’s pretty gratifying to have reached this milestone in my In-Depth, which will now opened up lots more opportunities for learning for the remainder of my project. It was a long, often complicated process, but has resulted in a (nearly) working machine as well as an increased level of knowledge on.. Read More

Being interesting: In-depth week 5

As my 3D printer has been steadily growing from the surface of my worktable, I have noticed more than a couple house-guests stopping and pondering the strange contraption that has sprouted in my basement. With the aluminium frame completed and the motors set in their place, my printer has gone from a box of nuts and bolts to something a whole lot closer to a working machine. At this point,.. Read More

Learning to Agree, Disagree, and Differ: In-Depth Week 3

Now that we’re three weeks into In-Depth 2015, my 3D printing study has kicked into full swing. By spending my last few weekends building my printer and meeting my mentor for the first time, I am beginning to pick up speed as more opportunities are springing up, and as more of my questions are being answered. Looking to Edward de Bono’s book, How to Have a Beautiful Mind, to put some.. Read More

360 Degree Leader: Leadership Challenges

Challenge 1: Tension 1. How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation? Personally, I find that when caught in a stressful situation, it is helpful to take a step away from the task at hand and reassess it from a more objective perspective. It sometimes becomes easy to get carried away in our emotions when experiencing stress, but often tension can be released simply by looking at.. Read More

360 Degree Leader: Leadership Myth Questions

Myth 1: 1. Discuss if people need to posses the top title to achieve results and help others become productive. I would say that it is not only someone with the most prominent title that can incite change within others, but instead anyone with the will to invest themselves in the needs and goals of a group. People are not only influenced by their superiors, but also from their peers, who can offer support and.. Read More

A Multi-Dimensional Experience: In-Depth 2015

For my In-Depth of 2014, I chose a field of study that was strongly geared towards the arts, through spoken-word poetry. As an emerging art form, I found it especially fascinating and validating, because in addition to conducting my own personal poetry journey, I also became part of a larger movement and community. When deciding on my In-Depth project topic for this year, I wanted to replicate this sense of.. Read More

Biblography of Frida Kahlo

Listed below are some sources that I have used throughout my study of Frida Kahlo, that have aided me in my research and leads for interviews. Frida: A Biography by Hayden Herrera This book is probably the best starting place for anyone who wants a very detailed, chronological account of Frida Kahlo’s life. It is said to be the best of the Frida Kahlo’s biographies in existence, and includes the events.. Read More

The ‘Collage Effect’ of Night of the Notables: A Reflection

My first and last Night of the Notables as a grade 10 has come and gone, but induced such of flurry of moments throughout the evening that I knew would become some of the most memorable of the entire study. From performing the Talons rite of passage of the in-character speeches, to creating and displaying my learning center, the night was replete with endless instances of overbearing nervousness, relief, surprise,.. Read More