Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 5

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "Chidori No Kyoku" by Satomi Saeki & Alcvin Takegawa Ramos]

Most of the time your attention is focused outward: on classes, sports, jobs, other people, and the 101 things you have to do in order to get through the day. For a moment, see if you can forget all that. Let your mind grow quiet. Listen to yourself breathe and consider this definition of mindfulness: "focusing one's complete attention on the present moment." Today, rather than responding to a specific topic, simply write down the information that occurs to you right now. This may include thoughts, feelings, sounds/sights, memories, even how your fingers feel on the pen or how your toes feel in your shoes. The only requirement is to record your stress level at the beginning and at the end on a scale from 1-10 (1 being least stressed, 10 being most stressed).

1. Journal
2. Vocab
3. Beowulf group questions

1. Study vocab
2. Hero assignment due on your blog by COB Friday, 9.7
3. Resumes will be due in class on Monday, 9.10


  1. I felt the questions that I could only pick my answer from two things was very limiting. For the security question, I think that they help to some extent but that we probably needed better security. I felt like I was in-between two answers for most of the questions where we couldn't type a response.

  2. Does anyone else feel like the whole "checking to make sure you're not a robot" thing for every post that we do, is just a way for computer geeks everywhere to get a good laugh in over us not being able to figure out what those letters and numbers are, on the first go?

  3. Well, that's one way of looking at it, but rather there are bot spammers who are capable of typing multiple comments in an area just to get more popularity for a blog/ post. The fault with these computer bots is that they are thoroughly unintelligent, and incapable of distinguishing what's being asked on the screen.This way, they can't post multiple comments without having to go through security. Unfortunately, they make it difficult for humans to read too. You certainly have point that some of this seemingly excessive security is just for "geeks" to get a good chuckle out of the technologically handicapped.

    1. My mistake, I meant to type "technologically handicapping visuals". Although "geeks" would most certainly laugh at "technologically handicapped" people as well, granted they are evil enough.

    2. Thanks! I didn't know about the bot spammers before, and now it makes more sense. It still is annoying, but at least it makes some sense now.

  4. So I'm just posting this here so hopefully some one responds. I think I finally have a laptop with internet connection and a viewable blog. Could someone please look at my blog (Christa Weston) and comment on it so I know it is set up right? It would be much appreciated.
    Also, on a random note to Isiah and Michelle:
    I like the humorous exchange. Does it seem like Dr. Preston has turned AP English into social networking (like some alternate form of Facebook for AP English students only) or is that just me?

  5. It does seem like some "alternate form of Facebook for AP English students only." Possibly because we know that only other AP English students will understand where we're coming from when we joke about the things from class, or how hard the blogs are so far.