Jazzing Up Costa Rica

This summer I spent two weeks in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. It was a once in a lifetime experience. We spent three days at the gorgeous Playa Hermosa. We learned how to surf and had the chance to watch sea turtles come to shore to lay eggs. We spent a full week in the gem of a town of Pozo Azul volunteering in their local school and experiencing Costa Rican life. We spent the next few days at the wonderful Rancho Margot, an eco-lodge at the base of the Volcán Arenal. I learned a lot about myself on this trip, and I now have a greater appreciation for the things I take for granted here at home. I highly recommend that everyone takes a trip to a different country and culture sometime. It is a truly rewarding experience. In Costa Rica, they use the phrase “Pura Vida”, which means “Pure Life”, as a greeting and a goodbye blessing. So my dear readers, Pura Vida!

Jazzing Up High School

My last post was almost two years ago! I am now a sophomore in high school, and I am returning to the blogosphere! I am still playing piano, and I am the accompanist for our school’s show choir. Check out our show from last year! I am planning to start 2013 by returning to this blog and share some of the things I’m learning from my adventure in high school.

If anyone still has my blog on your newsreader or happens upon me, let me know you’re here! Please comment!

Happy Holidays!

Abbey

What Makes Me Glow With Pride?

I have been tagged for this Student Challenge Meme by Vanessa at Mr. Miller’s Classroom Blog.

I glow with pride after I finally learn a piano piece that I’ve been working on.  After I’ve spent weeks learning the different parts of the music, the moment when I can play the whole piece start to finish is exciting.  It makes me feel good that I have accomplished that.

What makes YOU glow with pride?  People I’ve tagged:

Arwen, Jane, Orion, Jack, and Noah

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handwriting
by: Luz A. Villa
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Testing Time

It’s that time of year again!  The time when “No. 2 pencils” and “non-graphing calculators” are brought out to be used to fill in the little answer bubbles on standardized tests.  Where I live we take I-STEP and NWEA in eighth grade.  I-STEP is the state-wide test.  We take the short answer and essay portion in the March and the multiple choice portion on the computer in April.  In eighth grade, we only have to take Math and Language.  (We took Science and Social Studies in past years.)  NWEA is taken both in the fall and in the spring and entirely on the computer.  We take three tests: Math, Reading, and English.

Even though these tests can be tedious and seem like a waste of time, the scores on these tests are important because they are used to determine our school’s quality and moving into advanced classes.  We also do not have much homework the weeks of these tests!

What standardized tests do you take?  Do you think that they are a waste of time?

March 2011 Student Challenge #6
Original image: ‘Who needs Pythagoras’ theorem?
Who needs Pythagoras' theorem?
by: Ντάνκαν
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Original image: ‘Question
Question
by: Michael Donovan
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Original image: ‘You Cannot Argue With This
You Cannot Argue With This
by: Michael Donovan
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How to Embed a Wordle

1. Write your entire post except for your wordle.  Remember to link to http://wordle.net to give attribution!

2. Create your wordle and save it to the public gallery.

3.  Copy the code found at the bottom of the page.

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4.  Click the HTML tab in your post.

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5.  Paste the code where you would like your wordle to appear.

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6.  “De-tab” the lines of the code to make it one continuous paragraph of code.

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7.  Add tags and categories to your post.  Preview and publish!

Wordle: How to Embed a Wordle

If you want your wordle to be bigger, take a screencast (Windows; Mac) of your wordle and upload the picture to your post.

Puppies

March 2011 Student Challenge #5
Original image: ‘Through the eyes of a puppy
Through the eyes of a puppy
by: Sebastián Dario
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Original image: ‘Puppy
Puppy
by: Bogdan Suditu
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Original image: ‘Molly the cutiest
Molly the cutiest
by: Per Ola Wiberg
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Original image: ‘Balou (our new dog)
Balou (our new dog)
by: Ferdi
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Original image: ‘the rest of the family
the rest of the family
by: Paul Moody
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Original image: ‘Loki assists the gods, and sometimes causes problems for them.
Loki assists the gods, and sometimes causes problems for them.
by: Michael
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Original image: ‘Little One
Little One
by: Sukanto Debnath
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contemplative
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Phoebe
by: Natalia Romay
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Original image: ‘Superman!
Superman!
by: xan latta
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Original image: ‘SAD EYES
SAD EYES
by: Fabio Gismondi
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Original image: ‘This is either the most boring game of Chicken known to dog or the most improbable “staring game” ever played.
This is either the most boring game of Chicken known to dog or the most improbable "staring game" ever played.
by: Christopher
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Original image: ‘oh hai
oh hai
by: Jelene Morris
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Image Sentence- Can You Figure It Out?

thirdword

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fourth_word

March 2011 Student Challenge #5

Original image: ‘Eye See You
Eye See You
by: Paul Sapiano
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Original image: ‘Happy Valentine Day
Happy Valentine Day
by: Abdus Samad
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Lentil Soup (Recipe)
by: Ruthie Hansen
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Car For Sale
by: Travis
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The Secret Passageway to the Treasure
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Clouds over Stonehenge
by: Natalia Romay
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Zoom- The Feet

Whose feet are these?  Where is this person?  What is this person doing?

Rules:

  • Start with the picture shown above.
  • The first commenter writes about what would be seen “zoomed out” from the picture.
  • The next commenter includes what would be seen next.
  • Commenting continues until we can’t go any further!
  • Please read through all of the previous comments before you comment.
  • Have fun!
March 2011 Student Challenge #5
Original image: ‘Turn
Turn
by: Thomas Hawk
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Pretty in Pink

My favorite color is pink.

Pink flowers are pretty.

Pink is a girly color.

Pink is a "girly" color.

Pink is a color that represents love.

Pink is a color that represents love.

Pink naturally occurs in vibrant sunsets.

Pink naturally occurs in vibrant sunsets.

March 2011 Student Challenge #5
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Sunny Side Up
by: Jim
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Original image: ‘Buttons
Buttons
by: Kima
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Original image: ‘Life is Good
Life is Good
by: Robert Fornal
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Original image: ‘Caledonian Sunset…..
Caledonian Sunset.....
by: Keven Law
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