If we want to understand the people of the past as well as we can, then we need to understand the flaws and ideas we should avoid. First of all, it is crucial to understand that the people of the past may not have been as exposed to the knowledge you now consider something everyone should know. For example, in the past it was acceptable to have slaves and ownership over other human beings. Nowadays, that sort of behaviour is deemed unacceptable by the community. However, that stance may change in the future which leads to another scenario exactly like this.
I believe that there is always some truth in stereotypes and other big ideas ingrained into society. As someone who wants to accurately understand the people of the past, we need to understand the concepts behind their ideas. We need to find out and understand what concepts makes them believe what they believed. For example, why did people in the past believe it was a good idea to buy your way out of hell? That may seem like a silly and unreasonable idea now, but in the past it made sense. They believed that the church had the power to let our sins be forgiven and that God would forgive them if they paid the church money. Their morals and ideals were vastly different from our contemporary thoughts.
Naturally, as someone who has grown up in the 21st century. We have our ideals and morals that have been ingrained into our mind since young. These morals may interfere with our ability to comprehend the people of the past. We may appear biased when criticizing people of the past since we tend to judge them by our moral standards. The people of the past also grew up with their own set of morals ingrained into their mind and we must understand that context. We cannot deem them bad people by believing what was supposedly ‘right’ in their time.
Obviously, even people of the past have conflicted views over things and argue with each other. If even they who are supposed to understand their own time, still struggle over their views, then we have an even worse understanding. It is crucial to thoroughly explore and understand contemporary records of those historical events for a clearer perspective. The more sources, the better, and that is true for anything related to historical events.
- What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?
It has been very easy to learn and understand concepts from my mentor throughout our past 3 meetings. Due to the directness of glassblowing, he only guides me in the steps and leaves the rest up to practice and hard-work. His guiding hand has been an essential component to my learning experience. Without him correcting me and providing a beacon of light for me when I lead astray, I would’ve been lost and confused a long time ago. Not only has my mentor been a useful wellspring of information and guidance, he has also been someone who exhibits skills of a leader and role model. There is no rift between us and I feel safe and comfortable talking to him and asking for guidance. I have also been able to see my progress and development over the course of these meetings and practices.
- What learning challenges emerged?
I have realized that glassblowing requires not only a strong and patient mental fortitude, but also a relaxed and sturdy physical body. I must be able to keep my arms straight and continuously turn them for long periods of time. Not only that, but I must make sure to keep my attention focused and attuned to the dangers of the fire. I have already burnt myself once while being unattentive and touching the torchlamp by accident. Staying safe is the most important concept no matter what you are doing, but in glassblowing there is a lot more precautions to take. However, it may be a lot to deal with in a single moment, but practice and patience will help me build the right endurance and mindset to efficiently and effectively work in this situation.
- What logical challenged affected your communication?
It has come to my attention that an art like glassblowing requires many hours of experience and practice. This is an issue due to the fact that the MRL club is located quite a ways away from my home and that it is only open at certain times. Although this hasn’t been a huge issue so far, it may grow into a substantial impediment for my in-depth. It is also important to recognize that these blog posts may require certain questions answered. If for some reason I am unable to meet with my mentor it poses a problem for me to be able to communicate with him. For example, I emailed my mentor to fill out the criminal record check and I think he has already, but I cannot receive it yet due to the schedule of our next meeting.
I have met my mentor twice so far over the course of the three weeks. I have been extremely satisfied with what I have learned so far. Not only have I learnt the skill of refining glass, I have also learnt skills like patience and grit through my tedious and arduous work. My mentor has attended many classes for lampworking throughout many years. He has also been practicing for many years. He has taken classes for different types of lampworking and does this job professionally. He also attends gatherings for this kind of work and does a lot of peer learning.On top of that, he also has taught other students and is seasoned in that regard. His experience comes from myriad places and is still continuing to grow. From what he has taught me so far, I am also developing as a teacher as well. My mentor doesn’t directly help me in my work, but instead, he gives tips and hints whenever I seem to be struggling. If I fail to understand his hints, he doesn’t interrupt my glass refining. Instead, he waits until I have a failed or subpar product and explains where I went wrong and how I can improve. I believe this method of teaching is extremely effective in the environment of learning a skill that requires many hours of practice like lampworking. It is also important to note that although he isn’t always giving me the easy path out, he is still keeping a watchful eye over me for any errors or mistakes. I’m definitely looking forward to meeting my mentor again soon and learning even more about glassworking.
In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we see that one of the key concepts in the story is the effect of emotions on the perception and interpretations of events around the characters. In one example, Lysander and Hermia are considering escaping from Athens. Lysander tries to persuade Hermia by telling her, “I have a widow aunt, a dowager/Of great revenue, and she hath no child:/From Athens is her house remote seven leagues;/And she respects me as her only son./There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee;/And to that place the sharp Athenian law/ Cannot pursue us.” (1. 1. 156-62). Lysander tries to persuade Hermia because he feels like their love is worth throwing away everything they have for an opportunity to meet without the cover of night. He neglects his safety as well as Hermia’s because his escape with Hermia is actually illegal. Hermia should be property of Eugus and cannot defy his will. However, Lysander banks on this opportunity and wants Hermia to feel the same. Another example is when Helena follows Demetrius into the forest and night. Although it is unsafe, Helena insists on following him with absolute faith. Demetrius tries to warn her to be more careful with herself by saying, “You do impeach your modesty too much,/To leave the city and commit yourself/ into the hands of one that loves you not;/ To trust the opportunity of the night/ And the ill counsel of a desert place/ With the rich worth of your virginity.” (2. 1. 214-19). Helena, whom is under the influence of love, disregards her safety as well as her dignity by following Demetrius into such a place. Helena is aware of such dangers in the dark forest, but insists on coming due to her love for Demetrius. On top of that, she is also ignoring Demetrius’ will because Demetrius does not love her.
My in-depth project is lampworking. Lampworking is the process of refining raw glass into beads and miniature sculptures. It revolves around dexterity, quick reflexes, patience, and focus. Although it is quite dangerous since you are in close contact with fire when refining beads, this kind of artisan work is very rewarding to both your brain and your hands. I plan on learning the different techniques to lampworking and their own pros and cons. For example, glass blowing can create its own unique effect on the glass artwork but isn’t a requirement to create glass artwork. I also intend to familiarize myself with the processes of working with glass as well as the safety precautions necessary in doing a craft like this. My mentor is Walt Pinder who was the former president of the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club. He now has agreed to mentor me in the art of glass working since he has a great interest in teaching his skills. I will be keeping the glass artwork that represents change in my skill. For example, I will definitely keep my first bead and my last bead to show improvement over time. If I learn a certain skill, then I will keep that bead in commemoration of the event. I plan to show off a display of my artwork by the end of the in-depth project.
This is the final DOL before the end of the break and may possibly be the last DOL before the ZIP presentation. At this point, I have finished up all my physical preparations and equipment necessary to do my presentation. However, I still need to work at polishing and fitting my presentation into the time constraints. I need to make sure my information is concise and easily relates to acceptable scenarios as well as the core competencies.
When I was building my ZIP proposal, I focused mainly on the information and the concepts I would be looking for. However, I realize that I had an issue with my method of presenting that information. In the end, I chose to do a powerpoint presentation. Although it has been overused and doesn’t bring a totally unique experience to the table, it is a medium which should be able to properly convey the thoughts and ideas that I want to portray.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start of the project?
I would have told myself to make my notes more structured. Right now, I have a quite vast array of knowledge to work with, but my biggest struggle is properly formatting and working with what I have. Properly organizing and structuring my notes would easily help me build my presentation since I would know which info and concepts fit into this area. Now that I have organized my work, everything has become much smoother since I can navigate through my notes quickly. I would also tell myself to include a specific goal because I know struggle to keep my attention on my question due to the amount of knowledge being viewed.
What is a specific source of information that you have found valuable in answering your inquiry question? How has it proven valuable? Explain.
One of the greatest sources of information for me is the rhetoric worksheet passed to me by Mr. Morris. It has been extremely useful since it covers Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle. I have learned greatly about Pathos, Logos, and Ethos which contributes to my inquiry question as it is a method of persuasion in texts. I spent one whole block of class time recording down notes and information from the worksheet. I made sure to paraphrase it so I am furthering my own understanding rather than just copying down exactly what it says. The article has proved valuable due to its correlation to key concepts in persuasive writing. It covers many concepts and ideas which will be very valuable to my research and I plan on including a segment about it in my presentation. In conclusion, the article has added great depth to my research and provided me with much more substance to work with.
The biggest conflict in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is Junior’s ardent desire to escape his perpetual loop of being poor. When he says, “I want to transfer schools,” he is referencing that desire to escape being a normal Indian and become someone better (45). Junior doesn’t want to spend his whole life in the rez and living like every other Indian. He wants to break the mold and become an Indian who surpasses the chains of poverty and race. Junior feels that the rez is much too small for him and he will be stuck there like everyone else. When Junior says. “Indian boys weren’t supposed to dream […] and white girls from small towns weren’t supposed to dream big,” he expresses his repressed emotions to Penelope (112). He knows that the world already set standards for Indians like him. Therefore, Junior sparked such a hardened resolve to break through that mold. He is disappointed when he realizes that Indians like him don’t deserve to manifest their destiny. Which is why Junior tries so hard to break free. The inciting incident of this improbable desire stems from when he received his textbook in school. When Junior says, “My school and tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from,” he is grieving over how poor and sad his tribe is (31). Junior wants and needs a change in his life and moving to Reardan seemed to be his only hope. Junior knows that Reardan will be a new environment that an Indian has never step foot in, but he needed a chance to escape. This conflict is huge because it revolves around a life-changing decision for Junior and his future.