Sometimes are you sitting in a tree eating an apple. It’s really tasty. You think you’re all set and that you’re just going to sit there and enjoy a snack for a while. You bite the apple again. And again. Each time you take a slightly bigger bite. You think you’ve got it going on. As the juice drips down your lip, you lift your hand wipe it away with sweet satisfaction. Then, the apple falls. You haven’t even swallowed yet, and now you see it’s going to take some effort to take another bite. You haven’t even seen where gravity has taken your sweet treat. Knowing there is more to devour, you climb down the tree follow the scent trail, and locate the apple. Carrying it back up the tree, you find a new branch to rest it on. More secure this time. You take another bite. You save the rest for later.
The adventures of our squirrel friend that we’ve been observing out of the windows of the Pilot room can teach us a little bit about learning. When the apple falls, what do you do?
We’ve been busy. Realizing that I haven’t written since mid-October and almost two months later we are here. We’ve had exhibitions, our first major pause for reflection since we got going. Students have identified challenges, dug in, changed course, and ignited curiosities.
Evidence of learning from student blogs:
I met with Toussaint today and I also have written the first piece for Bleeding Gracefully which is gon be a multimedia project of some form I want it to be a book like thingy honestly. It is so lovely to talk to a poet. there's always something.
Stop capitalizing expression! Art should be everywhere, for everyone. I met with Erin on Tuesday and we talked about my painting I made in the beginning of the year. I am going to write a piece that is a dialogue between the two figures, to extend the meaning.
Friday Night we were invited to go to a traditional Soiree and a university. We wore traditional Moroccan Party dresses called Takchita's. I rented mine just for the night and wore ridiculous 6 inch heels so I could be tall enough for the dress. We danced to a traditional moroccan band for most of the night. The music mostly involved on guy yelling out chants with a group of drummers. The audience would crowd around the man singing and respond to the chants they've probably heard all their lives. We ate around midnight and chatted with the moroccans that were seated with us. It was an exhausting but overall exciting night.
I think this is how I'm going to document my reading from now on, by writing letters to the author, it seemed to have worked for me this time, and hopefully it will keep working.
De todas maneras, cambio la pintura a una manera olvidos de tras de casas en una canal, con las montañas de Franklin y el gigante. Voy a cambiarlo otra vez para incluir algo de esperanza y familia y cultura. La punta es cambie la pintura para ser honesto. Usualmente pinte sin preguntando la mensaje o el razón.
On Sunday, Adam invited me to join the rest of the Americans in cooking a huge meal for a bunch of people. I gladly accepted, and showed up to chickens being slaughtered and onions being sauteed in a huge basin. We mostly watched as the cooks prepared the food, making chicken buryani, a very famous Bengali dish that is basically chicken in rice. There was a park right nearby, so we brought a football and badminton rackets to play with the kids. As soon as we showed up, they all crowded around to join in on the fun. We mostly forgot about the food and just played all morning. It was nice to act as the translator for the rest of the Americans, definitely some good Hindi practice. Overall, a huge success and I made a lot of friends that made me promise to come back.
Automatically I call myself dumb and I have always assumed that I was not good at school, this year I’d say the biggest thing I have learned is that you have to believe in yourself that you can do something before you do it, next you have to practice yes some things come easier for some people and some things come as a challenge.
Lotus Temple is a place of worship for the followers of the Bahá'í faith. This religion teaches the three onenesses. Theses are the oneness of faith, humanity, and god. The basic principle of this religion is that all faiths follow the same teachings just in a different manner. Therefor shouldn't it all just be one faith? We sat in a service at the temple and there was a reading from the Qur'an(Islamic scriptures), the bible(Christian scripture), and the vedas(Hindu scripture).
Although I got a page done in my "astrology for you" book. The page was dedicated to how I interpret Chiron in my birth chart. The Chiron represents the principle of holistic knowledge. My Chiron is in Capricorn. I also printed off some moon poems with Amy and started to read and take notes on those.
I finished my infographic! Then I realized I can't print it unless I have a premium account. So I copied and pasted everything into a different website so now I have two versions. After I finish the book and write the paper I'm going to move on to Australian aboriginals. Hopefully after next week.
I have been collecting many, many note cards on stoicism and the different applications for the ancient school of thought. I have collected notes on the dichotomy and trichotomy of it. I am currently in the early stages of an essay about the implementation of stoicism in combat leadership, as well as other parts of the military.
I read the first chapter of a book called naked statistics, and I thought the analogies the author of the book used were helpful to explain data, even though I have no clue about football so it was making equal sense to me as math does. So we worked on finding the mean mode and median for some youtubers and set a plan for what my first piece of work is going to look like. I now have some work that I can do independently. I have to collect some statistical data for 12 months on one of the youtubers i've chosen. The data will be on subscriber rate and I am going to work on graphing that data with Julie when I meet with her next Tuesday.
What do I do if a story isn't going my way?
More time for music first thing in the morning. More productive work in the gym later in the day. Time to work in school during the day while my brain is awake.
Going to begin making a PVC pipe xylophone for the sake of experimental music.
I used my pilot time to continue researching "banji" and other related terms I heard in Paris is Burning, and to catch up on some work for my conventional classes. I found a really great blog post explaining and describing banji, banji realness, and other AAVE terms closely associated. It also gave real life examples, like the way Salt in Pepa dress, especially in the live recording of "Shoop". It also talked about RuPaul, and a song by him called "Back to my Roots" where he literally says "banji" referring to himself. I added a lot to my word chart and definitions. I also came up with a little project idea to do about the concept of banji, I wrote it down in my pilot journal.
<<<<<<< See here for the quarter 1 exhibition guidelines and narrative prompt. We will be reviewing this with students in Seminar on Monday.
"What I have experienced this year in the Pilot far surpassed anything I could have imagined or expected to get from it. My initial thought process was to better myself, by forcing myself into uncharted, independent waters I would have no choice but to swim. I have now come to realize that this wasn’t the case for me. I didn’t better myself, I became better at being myself. All that this means is that I don’t think that I’ve changed as a person, instead I’ve just learned who I am and how to live symbiotically with the world around me. In comparison to my prior harsh opposition to society and standardized education regarding my dispositions, this was a paradigm shift."
"In only one year of self-directed work I have become a more engaged and attentive learner. I feel a new sense of ownership over my work and a greater need to excel in my studies. As I write my final narrative I am certain that joining the Pilot was one of the best decisions I have made throughout high school."
"I can’t believe how much I have progressed in ASL this year. There is still so much to learn until I get to my goal but I am proud of what I have learned. I owe all my success to my mentor and generosity of giving me her time. Her eagerness to teach me is very admirable and shows me her love of ASL. If I wasn't in The Pilot in high school I wouldn't be going to college for the same degree I am now."
"One of my focuses with my english study was storytelling, and storytelling is life. That is to say, life is what all stories try to recreate, and is the reason we make stories in the first place. I experienced some of the highest and lowest points of my life this year, and gain tremendous insight on storytelling and comedy with that."
Noah witke mele
“And what Pilot has done for me is give me the tools to never stop.
“240. All Right then, let me try to rephrase. When I was alive, I aimed to be a student not of longing but of light." -- Bluets by Maggie Nelson
001. All right then, let me try to rephrase. When I was here, I aimed to be a student not of ending but of..
I do not need finish this.”
We have pressed fast forward on the clock. Regular time will resume on June 15th at 3pm.
In addition to this work I have also been writing my risk essay and I have made significant progress on my piece. Right now I feel it has a direction and I hope to have it completed by Wednesday. Today and tomorrow I will be finishing the last bit of the essay and tying up the loose ends. Thus far I am happy with the writing I have completed and the ideas I am sharing.
The tiny house is doing well also. Last week I designed the loft, but no physical work was done. I have checked up on the house throughout the week and it is still holding up well through the recent snowfall.
Where is home? Walking into a room, if you listen for it, if you reach out, you can feel the energy change as you enter. You can get an idea of what it just was, but as you move into space, it shifts. Sometimes it pushes back, rejecting your presence. Sometimes it pulls you in, enticing further entrance. And when it feels familiar, you are home.
woah, schoolhouse shows rocked! that was last friday and saturday which already feels like a while ago. i am trying to hang on to the memories. things seem to be happening fast these days and i want to remember all the moments. schoolhouse was a really fulfilling experience. the kids did so well. they're really sweet. i feel very useful when i am helping with mics and makeup. tegwen and maya came up and gave me a special thank you after the show. then kadyona gave zak and i candy bouquets. i got a cool pair heather's glasses that she donated for circulation. i had a lot of fun throughout the process dancing and working with all the kids and the production team. i'm really glad with how it turned out.
i also did not have time at school on thursday so i didn't dance. amy recommended benjamin clementine so i have begun to make a dance to one of his songs. i filmed a draft of it. i want to finalize it in a bigger space, perhaps the theater this coming thursday. i also created the beginning of a warm up for myself that i can do on thursdays in the theater.
Out of all my characters, Justin is the most like me in terms of personality. We both draw, are fluent in some form of martial art, and paint. But he's super rich and very self destructive. I think that he might just have really bad coping skills, which leads to destructive tendencies. He lets the money and status go to his head, so in order to feel normal he goes to a lot of parties and uses... questionable substances. I think that it would be a tough weakness for him to have throughout the story; him dealing with the consequences of his actions and what it does to the people that surround him. As the graphic novel progresses, we will see him turn around as a person and get his stuff together so that he can help lead the survivors to safety.
I couldn't be more excited for this month as february is definitely one of my favorites as far as makeup trends go. The Valentines season is filled with 2 major groups of makeup typically. On one hand there are pretty mauve tones in the eyes and face with pretty pink and red shimmers, and on the other there are some really smoky dark anti-Valentines makeup looks so really the possibilities are endless. February also means that I have lots of great Valentines content to film for my channel.
Math is now something I can write about in this blog post so that's pretty cool, considering that I am super excited about this project!
< Footage of Noah's performance on Friday where he referenced his work over the past three years in the Pilot.
It's been a great journey.
And now we dig into quarter three.
Our theme for the semester is TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS. It is meant in a few ways.
1. Take care: of yourself, of others. How will you?
2. Business: we've got a lot of business to take are of and we are in the business department after all. Entrepreneur says there are six principles for personal and business success. These might resonate with you. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
3. Take Care of Business: take care of yourself, take care of your work. Repeat.
One last thing. Chris Blackburn posted these learning targets on his door and we all need to adopt them:
Show up. Try. Be nice.
1. Define your personal goals and purpose early.