Montag, 20. Juli 2015

Project week - Waste of time?

Hey guys,

here in Germany almost every school has a project week - because those fancy and clever people in the ministry decided that one week of creative and non academic work is all that the next generation of workers need. As you can already see, I am not too impressed with it - or at least how it is handled.
I explained before that we don't have a lot of "fun" subjects in Germany and the subjects that we can choose in general are very limited. There are no subjects like cosmotology, wood working or whatever.
but then project week approaches, a week when the students are supposed to do something else, something that they are interested in, something fun and new. And then you look at the offers.

No.
Nope.
No.
Maybee. Oh it costs 25€, yeah I'm not gonna choose that one ..
Whaat even is that??
Noooo.
Nooope.
Why would anyone do that?
This doesn't sound too bad... Oh not my grade... so no.

All in all, choosing a project is frustrating each and every year. I actually wanted to do something productive and I didn't just want to waste my time or sit somehwere waiting that the day is over. In the end I choose a sports project. Mainly because my friends chose it too and because I would do something good for myself. Because what would I get from painting little - already made - figures. Not much and it also wouldn't be personal.

Don't get me wrong - the idea of a project week is a good one. But the way its done is improvable.
1. Studens should be able to hand in ideas and if a teacher is interested in doing that he could. With this the projects would be different each year and ... more creative.

2. Students should sign up for a project they are actually interested in. Maybe there is a person who actually wants to ... idk draw stick figures all day long during project week. But even that person would get bored if all the people around him are bored and not interested at all.

3. Or just think about expanding the projects for more than a week and offer non academic subjects for students for a whole semester...

Tschüssi :)
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Sonntag, 22. März 2015

Still life photography

Hallo Leute,

so for art class we have an assignnment and it is called still life. However, we have to look closely at our environment and find stuff which already is arranged. The assignment actually motivated me a lot more to get to know my camera (I am only at the beginning of it for sure) and try out many things with it. Last Friday I went with my dad to his workshop and I had my camera with me because of another thing. However, I found some nice things there and tried my best to capture them. It was also my first time shooting in RAW.
I am not to sure about that. Still trying to figure out how to edit RAW photos in the best way possible :)

There acutally was another empty room behind my dad's garage and it was almost completely empty expect for a shelf and on this shelf were those bottles. It just screamed to be photographed and it actually looks arranged.

Now that I see it. I probably should have focuse more on one of the things inside the bag.
However, I guess you learn with time so I will hopefully do it better the next time : )
I wasn't able to take a lot of picutres because we actually needed the camera for something else but hopefully I can use one of those for my assignment because especially the second on doesn't look like something I would normally hand in. :D

Tschüss :)
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Sonntag, 15. März 2015

How are you?

Hallo Leute,

How are you? Today I wanted to talk about a topic that got especially important when I lived in Canada but is also important in Germany and really everywhere in the world.

When I used to live in Canada I used to go shopping a lot and every time I entered a store someone who workerd would come up to me and asked me how I was. I am sure that this is something eeryone has experienced who was shopping in North America. So every time I was asked that question I would automatically answer "I'm good" or something similiar. But I noticed pretty fast that it wasn't about how I felt. I am sure that the person who works there was not interested in my emotions and surely wouldn't really care if I was sad. The question was more a sign of politness but I felt very often that I didn't have a choice and I felt like I was lying sometimes because there doesn't exist another answer than a positive one.
So what I want is that the next time you ask someone how they feel. Actually ask because care about them or because you actually want to know it. Don't just say it like "Oh hello how are you?" You can just say something like "How are YOU? I hope you are feeling alright?" and it makes such a big difference for that person.

Tschüss :)
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