25 4 / 2013
As I read through this story, I can imagine a teacher who wants to stand still next to the students and watch them with a warm heart. In this story, there was a boy named Kyle, who was in need of help. He used to scream, say bad words, and spit when he got angry. After his anger waned, he ran away. I am sure that it might be really hard for many teachers to teach and guide him. One day, Kyle start running away again. Rachel, one of his school’s teacher, began to run after him because she couldn’t just stand there and watch him running away. She ran after him to keep him in her sight and wanted to know he was fine. Suddenly he stopped running, he stood up and watched his teacher. She did not say a word or do something, but she kept walking toward him. Then the police officer and the school principal came, but she kept her eyes on him. After this event, Kyle started to follow her instructions and stick with her side. It was an amazing thing to experiece because she knew this is not a common event. Rachel’s little time and effort made Kyle to open his mind and show his love on his teacher. I think this story gives us a point that when the teacher stands by the student’s side with love, it can change his or her attitude completely different. Some people might think it was not a big deal to do such things, but it is obvious that the concept of being present has a great power. As time goes by, I realized that it is not easy for many people to share their time and mind to be with someone who needs help. This story is not only about Rachel and Kyle’s experience but can be also about us. We are easy to be obsessed with our own matters so that we cannot think of others. However, I noticed that just a mere presence and time can change the whole situations! We can stand by our friends and other people who in need, and listen to their story. Maybe I cannot give them a certain answer or solution, but it does help them and makes them feel much more comfortable. Why don’t we starting this effort first? If we have a little bit of those supportings, it will give them big encouragement.
26 3 / 2013
This story is about neighbors who faced violent storm who were in danger, but they can ride out it because their neighbor helped them. A man named Jack Buzzi saw his neighbor’s house was floating by on a surge of water that flooded the area. The house was caved in, and it was in shambles. Concurrently, he was on the phone with his friend Jack Ward, whose sister Kathey Ward, owned the house. They worried about her, so Buzzi hung up the phone and waded through the water to rescue her. Fortunately, Kathey was trapped but uninjured, so Buzzi bravely headed to the house and found her.He gave her a life jacket and escorted her through the water to his house. The next day, Buzzi and Kathey went out to rescue Kathey’s sister Mary and Mary’s boyfriend Dave. Buzzi also spotted Nick, who spent the night on his neighbor’s roof. Buzzi let all of them to stay in his house until they evacuated later. This story really impressed me because the thing that he have done was not an easy thing! If I were in that situation, I might be filled with fear so that I couldn’t even think to do such a thing to save my neighbors. However, he did his best to rescue his neighbors and let them stay in his house for five days! Also, he said it is human nature, so it was natural things to do. These days, as you already have seen, it is easy to hear a lot of news about people who are in discord with their neighbors. They fight with each other for their selfish purposes, and they even harm each other, too. When I heard that kind of news, it makes me to think about “How could they did such things to their neighbor?” and ”What is the good neighborship for?”. Through this story, I can learn from the case of Buzzi’s helps to his neighbors, and good example of neighborship when they were in danger of natural disaster. I am going to get along well with my neighbors more, and try to help them more when they are in need.
18 3 / 2013
The content of the story in the magazine that I read tonight is about a therapy animal named Buttercup. He is a pig which helps a speech pathologist, Lois Brady. He is very calm and friendly so that even if the children(special-needs kids) do some childish pranks, he does not fight back or harm them. He carries out his duties faithfully. As I read through this story, it was interesting that a pig can help autistic children! I think he is a well-trained animal. He offers comfort and makes children to have a better attitude toward others. There are a lot of pigs which live totally different lives from Buttercup. However, this story shows me that pigs can be worth more than I thought before. This pig is awesome!
28 11 / 2012
My classmates - Chloe, Daniel, Jamie, Kelly, and I took a movie about a family. Jamie played a role of a father, Kelly was a mother, and I was their daughter. Chloe played a double role as my friend and a professor, and Daniel was a doctor in this movie. The movie is about a family who didn’t have much time together and didn’t care each others. Then one day, the father was diagnosed that he has lung cancer. The family was shocked and has changed. They live their life to the full and care each others more. At the end, the father is got better and the family lives happily ever after!
As we were making our movie, there were several challenging aspects. It was hard to adjust the time because we had lack of free time. Also, it was hard to find the suitable place to take the movie. Nonetheless, we took the video in our spare time and we could find good places. Although we were so busy and had a lot of other things to do, we wrote the script together, taking film together, and discuss about our movie. Actually, during this project, I was almost like a director. I decided who does what, gave advices about acting, set the time, and so on. I could learn a lot from this project.
Not only taking the film, also editing the film was took time. None of our team members know how to edit the film, so I had to do it. However, I had so many tests and assignment during that week, I couldn’t do it. Someone said he could help us, so we asked him to edit it. Thanks to him, we could present on Monday, but we noticed that the edited film has some problems. I don’t know why, but I felt strong sense of responsibility about our movie. So I decided to edit the film again! I asked about it to our team and they agreed with me. Thanks to their encouragement, I could finish the editing.
Taking a movie is really a hard work. However, it was also a very interesting thing at the same time. There were some funny bloopers while we filming. Although we were tired, I could laugh a lot during this time, too. Thanks to our team members, they were all really good actors!
We will not have Practical English class next year. I think I am going to miss Practical English class then. I could learn a lot during this class this year. It gave me many good memorieds. I will never forget this semester and last semester’s movie projects!
21 11 / 2012