English 341: It’s Like This

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Author: Mario Gomez

I Can

I Can

MAKE 3

Out of my mind is about a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy. For my make, one of my classmates came up with the idea of not talking for a day or however long we decide. And I must say, it was probably the most frustrating and sad 4 hours I had to endure. Oh man, what an eye opener it was for understanding someone with a disability… Let me begin by saying, be grateful that you, who is mostly likely reading this is able to read it and can function normally.

My experience:

Before I explain my experience, let me give you a quick rundown on the rules and guidelines I decided to follow. The first thing I did was made a diagram of a select amount of words that I could point with my finger to communicate with (see my blog post image). After making said diagram, there could be no adjustments made to it. Secondly, writing down something on a piece of paper is also forbidden. Thirdly, using my phone to text is also not allowed, however I can talk using memes (which was actually very fun). Now lets get to the main part!

So the first hour wasn’t to bad. I kept to myself and didn’t really “socialize” with anyone. I decided if I wanted to get results I needed to at least be in a social setting. My brother and his wife showed up for breakfast and I get my little paper handy. I walk up to my bro and point to the words “I, can, not, talk.” He then proceeds to ask me why I can’t talk, and so I point to the words “for, class.” Then he asks me for how long…. I don’t have anything on my paper to communicate time, so I just shrug my shoulders. I decide that while we are waiting for breakfast to maybe show my brother my new car. So I walk up to him with my keys and point out the window and he plays dumb acting like he doesn’t understand me. So then his wife tells him, I think he’s trying to tell you he wants to show you his new car. He responds “I know he is, but there is no point in going to look if he can’t answer the questions I want to ask him.” I knew what he meant and he was right, He wanted to know how much I got it for, how many miles, what am i going to do with my other car, but there was no way of communicating those things to him…

After the second hour, something strange happened. From not talking and just observing everyone, my sense emotions was heightened. It’s hard to explain, but I could tell my brother was very anxious about something. And then I noticed it in my dad as well! Something was bothering my dad… Personally I think it was because he was hung over from the night before, but I could tell something wasn’t sitting well with him. He looked rather fatigued. Well it turns out that on top of work stress, my brother was going to be having surgery on his shoulder Tuesday, which is why he was so anxious. As for dad, He did drink a lot last night, however he was not very hydrated and the dinner he had was taco bell. So from not having enough water paired with taco bell and booze, it makes sense he was as miserable as he looked. I just think it was really cool that I could key in so easily on it. It was just so frustrating though because there was no way of asking them. I had to find out as the day went on.

Another hard part was not being able to tell jokes. my mom was talking about sign language and i wanted so badly to tell her how HANDY it is. But I couldn’t. Another time, My brother asked how church was and my mom responded, but she left out the part that I thought was important which was about how the priest was talking about how we have to practice death! But again, I couldn’t. I just sat there, and listened. I got a text from my buddy asking me what I was up to. I sent him a meme of Patrick from Spongebob eating a bunch of hamburgers.

At about the 3rd hour I started to get really depressed, I wanted to show my brother my car, but I couldn’t. I wanted to tell a joke, but I couldn’t. I wanted to tell my mom how delicious the potatoes she cooked for breakfast turned out and use my manners and say thank you, or excuse me after I burped, but I couldn’t. That’s when I decided to go outside and wash my new car. While I was doing that, my buddy that messaged me happened to swing by. I took out my paper and showed him that I could not talk. Honestly, that stupid piece of paper was worthless. The only use I had for it was to tell people I couldn’t talk. Other than that, I didn’t use it for anything else. So my buddy hung out with me for a little bit while I washed my car. and he was just telling me about some cool things that happened but of course I could not respond. I signed to him telling him that we had leftover breakfast and to go get some. Thankfully he understood that. So after I’m done washing my car I go back inside and hangout on the couch. My mom is talking to my friend asking him what he wants to be for Halloween and he makes a comment on a costume that I had worn in the previous years, Then I hear my dad ask a question about the football game. I want so badly to tell him because I know the answer, but I can’t.

The hardest part for me though was I noticed that everyone stopped making eye contact with me. It was like I was there, but I wasn’t. Imagine if you were at your own funeral and everyone was talking about you, but there was no way of talking back to them. I decided to use the remaining minutes in my room by myself, that way I wouldn’t have to feel ignored and no one would have to worry about trying to talk to me. As I sit here with the final minutes of me not talking, I can’t help but reflect on Melody. I can’t help but think about anyone who has a disability or even people who are injured and to the extreme, vegetables. And what is weird is that even though my time is up now and I can talk, I don’t want to. I again think of Melody and start tearing up because I can almost feel her pain as she so badly wanted to tell her mom that the legos had led poisoning but she couldn’t. All she could do was cry…

I realize and feel so bad for these people that actually have to go through it that I feel ashamed for taking myself and what I can do for granted. This experience was defiantly an eye opener for me. My biggest takeaway from this experience is: Don’t ever tell yourself you can’t do something, because there are people in the world like Melody who actually CAN’T. If I ask Melody to pick up a pencil and write, she physically can’t do it. Take care of your body and become what you want to be, because you can. It might take practice, It might take hard work, but in the end just remember that you can.

Mario Gomez Make 2: Origami Yoda Lesson Plan

Mario Gomez Make 2: Origami Yoda Lesson Plan

Origami Yoda Lesson Plan (4th-7th grade)

Because Origami Yoda is tied around origami, take advantage of this by giving a little background on origami and where it came from.

1) After reading Origami Yoda, hand out a sheet of blank computer paper and have students take out their notebooks and put them into groups of four.

2) Give the students a couple minutes to come up with a couple questions to write in their notebooks that they would want to ask Origami Yoda.

3) Have the students pick one of their questions and write it down on the blank piece of paper.

4) With their question written down, have them flip to the page where it explains to make Origami Yoda and have the kids make their very own Yoda with that paper they wrote their question on!

5) It doesn’t have to be perfect, but walk around and make sure everyone has the right idea.

6) In their groups with their Yodas made, have the kids ask each others Yoda some of their questions.

7) See if anyone wants to share what advice they got from someone else’s Yoda to the class

8) Now have the kids look up their very own origami and have them again write down one of their questions on a separate piece of blank paper. (if they want to make another Yoda, that is fine too) NOTE: If they can’t look it up on their own, bring in some indestructible for different kinds of origami that the kids can choose from.

9) After the kids are done, tell them the question inside is for them to figure out on their own and by the end of the week to have a answer.

10) At the end of the week, have them write down the question and what advice their origami gave them. remind students that now they have their own origami that they can always go to for advice and not be afraid to ask someone elses’ origami for advice either.

The Lesson: Students should be able to talk to each other and not worry about what others think of them. This will also build trust among them. On top of this, they will have a basic understanding of Origami and the culture it came from.

REFLECTION

What might go wrong? I feel like kids could ask some really deep questions and in which case you will have to be quick to respond. On the flip side, I could see some kids not taking the advice part seriously. I could see kids giving some bizarre advice but be ready to let students know that some Origami/Yodas might not be as wise as others so a second opinion is always okay. I feel like it can be a pretty risky lesson so just make that one is always understanding and accepting of kids’ responses.

 

Mario Gomez: Out of my mind so far

Mario Gomez: Out of my mind so far

Out of my mind is a rather sad and frustrating book to start. You are put into the shoes of a girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy and you really feel the struggle of what this girl is going through.

I think this is a really good book because most of us really have no clue what is like to be handicapped and how we may even take being “normal” for granted. In the classroom, this book can bring a good majority of disscussion and activites. For starters, we could maybe do an activity where we are blind folded and have to navigate through a small obstacle. Funny to watch at first but then immediately bring it to a serious note of how fortuante we are that we indeed have 2 good working eyes. Another topic could maybe even be on the effects alcohol or drugs have and tie it in with driving. Once at high school, this program called “Every 15 minutes” came and actually played out a scene of a drunk driving accident and how being impared led to death. Another lesson could even be on bullying. Again, this book brings up a lot of good life lesson topics and I would totally look forward to using it in my classroom for the students to be able to understand what it’s like to be, out of their mind.

Mario Gomez: From 2-D to 3-D

Mario Gomez: From 2-D to 3-D

My series book that I am reading is Origami Yoda and so far I am really enjoying. It is a fun book about this weird kid who makes a finger puppet(Yoda) and gives advice to the other kids who ask for Yoda’s advice. What I like about it is shows the different kinds of kids in the elementary school. For instance, the popular kids or the kids that aren’t so popular. I really think it would be a good book for 4th-7th grade. Because the main theme so far is about kids getting advice and getting to “open up” about their problems, I would totally use it in my classroom as a means for children to open up to me and assuming I have a good community in my classroom, even opening up to their peers.

The main take away from Miller for me is how important it is to read. Growing up and even to this day I have issues reading and so one of the things I learned from Miller is being able to incorporate personal interest/identities into reading. For instance, maybe a kid that really enjoys football, I would need to know a couple cool books about football that way he/she will enjoy it and maybe even tie it into his everyday life. And honestly I think that is the biggest take away from reading. To be able to ask yourself and answer: When you read this book, what are you going to take from it into your everyday life?

Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can

Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can

Who doesnt love fresh homemade cookies or fresh bread or fresh anything for the matter?! For my make, I decided to make my lesson about fairytales revolve around a recipe book. What it would look like is, I would separate the kids into groups of 3. Why 3? Because fairy tales happen in threes. 3 little pigs, 3 little bears. This porage is to hot, this Portage is cold, this one is just right. Three, See?

Back to what I was saying! So, I would assign kids into groups of 3 based on a fairy tale they like the most. So for example, one group would be little red riding hood, maybe one group cinderella. Once in their groups I would have the kids pick a character from the tale and have them come up with a pastry that that character would bake or maybe even what their favorite pastry would be and then find a recipe for it. They then would have to explain why they chose that pastry. For instance, maybe cinderella group would choose a pretty cake because she is always having to do things for her stepsisters and so making an awesome cake is her forte. Or like, Snow white group would make an apple pie because she eats a poison apple… okay that’s messed up, but I would totally be for it! Then of course, I would gather everyone’s recipe at the end of class and we would then have a class fairy tale recipe book! And maybe each week, have one group make said recipe. Oh that would be cool! The only struggles I could see with this is I could see some groups getting upset because maybe someone has another idea, but the group decided on Sophia’s muffins instead of Luke’s white choclate macadamia cookies. In which case, I would say that not everyone has just one favorite food. Again, the main idea is that as long as they can support why they think that that particular character would eat/make that food, then I’ll be all for it!

Mario Gomez: The Wolf Inside (And Out)

Mario Gomez: The Wolf Inside (And Out)

We can look at almost any fairy tale or book or story and come to some conclusion that the characters are metaphoric for something. In particular, Little Red Cap by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, we see the antagonist as the wolf and the protagonist as Little Red Riding Hood (Cap). Now metaphorically speaking, these characters can represent a lot of things. For instance, one might say that the wolf is a predator and must seek out his prey. Now tie that with little red riding hood being a cute innocent little girl and now one might go to the extreme and say the wolf is a molester or rapist and is out to kidnap this child. I think its pretty crazy because even in the bible, Mathew 7:15, he writes to be aware of the people in sheeps clothing because inwardly they are like wolves. And in life, we would never really know someone is a molester or rapist until it’s too late. Now me personally, I believe that the wolf can actually be broadened into the sense that he exemplifies human struggles. In other words, the things that we deal with in life are kind of like that wolf.

In the Little Red Cap, basically in a nut shell, the wolf eats grandma, Little Red Riding Hood comes and gets eaten up as well and then a lumberjack comes and gets his knife out and rescues them from the wolf. It’s a kids story, so there has to be happy ending. Unlike Charles Perrault version where they both get eaten and die and that is the end. So the point of the happy ending is to show that in life, we are given second chances. Going back to metaphoric reasoning, If you do something you’re not suppose to at work or do something wrong, you don’t get fired right away. Rather, you just get written up. Also to add, Grimm’s version also continues on about how there is a second wolf on the way, so grandma and little red riding hood have to come up with something to stop him from eating them. What I love about most about this ending is now it show WHAT they are going to do deal with the wolf. As a teacher, I would totally love to come up with a kids assignment where the kid gets to come up with their own idea of what they would do knowing the second wolf is coming. What would they come up with? And I would go to the extreme and tell them that they can do whatever they want. I would then see how many of them would decide to kill the wolf, lock the wolf up, or maybe something completely different. It would make for a great discussion.

To sum up, I think that we all have our own wolves that we have to deal with in life. For me, that wolf would be the wolf of distractions. To easily am I getting caught up with things that are keeping me from helping me become the person I want to be. What it comes down to is how are we going to deal with it? How are you going to deal with the wolves that cross your path?

Mario Gomez: At the End of the Day

Mario Gomez: At the End of the Day

Hello there. My name is Mario. No, not super Mario and no, I do not have brother named Luigi either. Although, that would be pretty awesome! A lot of people tell me that I am wierd and funny and nice. My parents on the other hand tell me that I am lazy and need to be more responsible. At the end of the day however, It comes down to whether or not I choose to be these things. What I do know for certain is at the end of the day, I choose to want to become a teacher! Which is easier said then done.

Being a teacher requires a lot of reading. I am not good at reading. I get distracted easily and will find myself having to reread sentences and paragraphs to fully understand the text. I believe in order to be a good reader, one must not only be able to understand what they are reading, but ask themselves, why. Why is the author writing this? Why is it important to me? What is it that the author is trying to do to make me think about, or rather, what is the take away message from his or her text?

As I mentioned earlier, I don’t read books, however I do like to read articles. Most of the time those articles pertain to technology. For instance, the latest development in cell phones. Other times, I will read comments on youtube videos, not just any youtube videso, but videos that have to do with current political issues. It’s actually very interesting to see different people’s perspective on certain issues.

My main takeaway from William’s article is in order to be a good reader, one must be able to discuss the reading and ask questions so that we can not only have a sense of what was just read, but realize that there are other perspectives of what was just read aswell. By doing this, I believe it is how we evolve as humans. Imagine if people wrote things and they were never discussed. I would hate to think what the Bill of rights would turn out like if it wasnt discussed over… To sum up, even as you read this blog right now, someone else might be thinking something a little different or maybe even something completely different. At the end of the day though, it’s up to you if you want to be a good reader and further discuss and enhance your knowledge of what you just read with other people.