Inquiry Post #1 FEC Inquiry Questions: How does the influence of others impact our lives? How do friendships and connections boost our confidence? How do we define happiness in our culture? Original text: The Friday Everything Changed Secondary source: Malala Marches Toward the Nobel Peace Prize (from Ms. Shong’s Blog), Surfing possibility: the surfer girls of India. (from Ms. Shong’s blog.)
The Friday Everything Changed – A piece of the past that lives today
The Friday Everything Changed by Anne Hart is a story that depicts how much adults and children were influenced by gender roles in the 1950’s. The honorable job of carrying the water bucket back to the school creates a dispute between the two genders in the classroom. The protagonist is credited for her fearlessness and becomes the person that leads others to question gender equality. The story displays how one person who is willing to stand up for what they believe in can obtain change.
In The Friday Everything Changed, the boys in the class are known for carrying the bucket of water, until one day the girls decide to challenge the rule. The fear of judgement and rejection from others can be the cause of stopping us from expressing ourselves. Once the question “why the girls can’t carry the bucket of water?” was in the air and gave a slight bit of hope for the girls from Ms. Ralston, the boys were quick to react; they started to bully the girls and would not let them play in their daily softball games, but the girls helped each other and stood up for what they believed in. Knowing that people are behind your back supporting you, gives you a boost of confidence for what you are pursuing, because it lets you know that there is always someone to fall back on. Once Miss. Ralston hits a home-run in one of their games, it showed the boys that girls are worthy of doing the same things that boys do
Our society today still has opinions on gender equality and how women should be portrayed. In the 1950’s, the images of young girls and women were portrayed as fragile and had a lack of power compared to men. Common rights such as the freedom of belief and speech were abhorred for women and is still evident in our society today. Much has changed since the mid- twentieth century, but there are still many indications that gender inequality persists in todays society such as different wages and jobs.
In Malala Marches Toward the Nobel Peace Prize, it shows how one person can create a dramatic change in how people view the world by sharing their thoughts, but it also shows how people choose violence over peace when something is risking their positions. The Taliban displayed their thoughts not with peace, but with violence. They shot Malala. The same thing is also portrayed in The Friday Everything Changed, when the boys started hurting the girls for asking to carry the bucket of water, for it the question risked the boys from not getting the carry the bucket of water. The Surfer Girls Of India shows that doing what you love and standing up for it can create change and acceptance from others.
“Why couldn’t you just have kept your mouth shut?” These words from Winnie Halliday, a classmate of Almas depicts how and why people choose stability over taking a risk, for they are afraid of the unknown and the consequences. Just as what Alma said in in the story whilst speaking to her cousin Arnold, “but I’m used to cold weather. In winter I walk to school the same as you”, it shows that girls can do the same things as boys, and maybe even better. Perhaps being open to new things is how we should define happiness, for it can change our perspective in how we see things.
Le Français est quelque chose qui est important pour moi parce que ça me donne des opportunités d’explorer une langue qui est beaucoup utiliser autour du monde. Les langues t’amènent plus proche aux autres personnes, et tu peux savoir de plus au sujet des différent cultures si tu sais la langue officielle. Le Français est quelque chose que je veux garder dans ma vie.
I interviewed Mrs. Hutton who works at Rochester Elementary in the school district SD43 and is also a substitute teacher. I chose to interview her because I have a growing interest in teaching and I wanted to learn more in depth about the job and the responsibilities that need to be taken.
Why are you passionate about your job?
I love watching kids grow right before your eyes. I teach primary children, and one minute they are trying to figure out letter sounds, and then by the end of the year they are reading. It is so awesome to see them get excited about their learning. They are at a age where they love school, they believe and love whatever the teacher says, and love to learn. They say the funniest things.
What obstacles have you faced to get to where you are today?
The hardest part for me was the lack of full-time jobs available. There was a lack of jobs because of the changes to the contract that were put in place by the government. Many of us have had to put a lot of time into TTOCing to gain the experience to become a confident teacher. Times have changed. Now there are not enough teachers to fill all the positions.
What advice would you pass on?
Teaching requires a lot of patience. If you do not love children, then do not pursue this career path. It can be very stressful, but incredibly rewarding at the same time. Get your master’s if you can. There is a significant pay raise for doing the same job as someone without a master’s Degree.
Would you be open to further contact?
Sure. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org When did you realize you wanted to teach?
I am not sure. I had an aunt who told me to be a teacher very early in life, but the teaching program at University had a reputation for being the program you do when you fail at everything else. It was terrible. So, I avoided the whole thing. I pursued a degree in Linguistics, then went to cooking school, and finally found my way back to kids. I love being around children. They are hilarious. They are exhausting. They are demanding. They are incredible little people with big thoughts.
What are some problems you deal with at work?
I think the hardest part about teaching, especially the little ones, is the parents. You are always being evaluated and watched to make sure you are doing the best job for their child. When a child has trouble learning, or has a behaviour issue, it can be a very difficult discussion to have with a parent who maybe in denial. Sadly, some of those children keep getting shuffled from school to school because they believe it is the teachers fault. They just keep looking for the right one. Meanwhile, the poor child falls further behind and often misses out on testing opportunities that could get them the funding and support they need to learn.
I gained a lot of knowledge from this interview. I learned the obstacles that can happen in the job and why this job is a very important one. I want to one day become a french immersion teacher and this interview has helped me realize how much more I am passionate about pursuing this career.
This is my graphic novel project. For this project I worked with my partner from the English 9 class and we had to create a graphic novel. He was the author, and I had the role of the illustrator. I think my communication skills grew while doing this project because we had to have good communication to finish and successfully create the graphic novel. Here is the finished product and a photo of my partner and I.
For TOKTW day I went to work with my dad and he is a wheel repairer. Below Is my interview and my reflection.
Name of host: David Tran Relationship to you: Father
1. What is your job title? -Wheel Repairer
2. What is your job description? -Repair rims
3. What are the duties and/or tasks you perform at your job? -Repair rims for dealerships and customers
4. What qualifications do you have for this job in the following areas?
A) Training? – yes- jack the car-Sanding-mixing paints-welding aluminum
B) Education? – yes
C) Experience? – 3 years
D) Skills and attributes (personal qualities)? -yes
5. What are some of the things you like about the job? – I like working with cars, so I find it fun sometimes to work.
6. What are some of the things you dislike about this job? – The smell of chemicals Is very strong.
Other questions: n/a
1. Give three reasons why you would like this job (be specific):
a) I would like this job because I can be the boss of myself when it comes to doing the job
b) I would learn a lot about cars and how they work, I would also know how to change tires.
c) My problem-solving skills would improve if I was for example in any situation where I was missing a piece, I would have to solve the problem by myself.
2. Give three reasons why you would not like this job (be specific):
a) I have no interest in working with cars as a job
b) It is a hard job to do, and you must be very strong to lift tires
c) The smell of chemicals is very strong and can easily give you headaches.
3. Is this job for you? Why or why not?
This job is not for me because I do not have any interest in cars or cleaning and repairing rims as a future job. To add on, I am not very strong, so I would not be able to life tires, and all the heavy-duty cleaning equipment.
4. Explain the value of the TOKTW experience in relation to your ideas about your post secondary (after high school) plans (education? training? travel? work?).
I do not think that I will be going into anything in the future that has to do with cars, but I think that the TOKTW experience allows us to experience different types of jobs and to let us explore different types of jobs.