In-depth week 11

  1.  What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

Although it hasn’t actually happened yet, Señora Galliford has offered to set up a meeting between me and one of her native Spanish speaking contacts. This will allow me to work with different dialects in real life. I try to do work with as many different dialects as possible, but most online ones that I have found are Columbian, or occasionally from Spain, which is extremely challenging to understand at this point in my Spanish career. People from Spain use an entirely new pronoun when talking about a group of people with yourself included (similar to the English we). This would be fine, except every word that comes after we, is also altered because of the context. Basically, at this skill level, I should keep my distance from that specific dialect, to avoid confusing them. Señora Galliford has a few contacts, so she will try to find one who is available from a new country, who I may be able to have a conversation with over the phone.


2.   What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

Señora Galliford is a Spanish teacher, therefore she has access to lots of resources that I can use, that would otherwise be unavailable. I have been working on a few of the grade 11 units, through worksheets and online notes. I also have access to the school’s textbooks if needed. Finally, I have been watching TV shows on Netflix that are bilingual, to work on my project while watching television. This serves as a reinforcement for the Spanish skills I have.


3.   What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

In-depth is a project by choice. I decided to study the Spanish language because of a passion that I have, therefore I am motivated to work on it more frequently, and with more focus. I have been working at a seven hours a week speed, and have been extremely productive. I am right on the schedule that I set out for myself, which is fast paced and independent. This allows me to learn as I wish to.


4.   When you get together what do you talk about?

At our meetings, we usually start editing my blog post right away. Once that is complete, I ask some of my questions which I have collected through the past week or two, if we can’t meet twice for whatever reason. She answers my questions to the best of her ability, and then we turn to what I have been learning about. If there are any resources that Señora Galliford has on the topic which I am studying on Rosetta Stone, she shares them with me. Then, we usually part ways, unless either of us has more questions.


5.   What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

We have almost the same schedule, so its been super easy for Señora Galliford and I to meet on a regular basis. Unfortunately my Musical theatre schedule is changing pretty soon, so we might struggle to find a time to meet, but we will make it work.


6.   What are you learning about one another?

I have learnt quite a bit about Señora Galliford’s experience speaking Spanish. She mentioned her first trip to Mexico as the designated Spanish speaker, and how she has met some friends who she practices her Spanish with. It is interesting to hear about her experiences, because they are hopefully very similar to what mine will be like. I intend to use my Spanish in my day to day life, like I already do, once I graduate. Perhaps I will work with the language in my career, or I might have a close friend who speaks Spanish. On the other hand, Señora Galliford is learning more about my work ethic. I am passionate and devoted to this project, and I think she is seeing that. Last year, in Spanish nine I wasn’t really given the opportunity to shine. Hopefully now that she knows how I work, she will allow me more opportunities in my future learning process with this amazing language.


Status Report

Over spring break, I didn’t have much time to dedicate towards in-depth, but I did finish working on unit three, and did a couple of other activities including some Duolingo, and I also started the second research project; I had originally planned to have that done by mid April. I have been using the textbook which Mr. Salisbury gave me, as a handy guide, but it is still above my Spanish level at this point. I struggle to follow a few points that it addresses. However, in the back of the book there is an index which I have been using as most people use google translate. At this point, there isn’t much that I can update readers on, as it all sounds the same. However, I am currently learning about present participles, which are used when talking about an action that is currently occurring. You would use it to say, I am swimming, but not for I swim.


Statuse Reporte en Español

Over the break of primavera, yo no tengo mucho tiempo para mi in-depth, pero yo completo unido trés y mas actividades including some Duolingo, y estudiarespañ Yo quiero completir mi research projecto segundo; I had originally planned to have that done by early April. Yo uso el libro de Señor Salisbury pero es muy dificil ahora. Otras personas usan google translate, pero yo uso the index al detrás del libro. No hay mucho mas para decir, pero estoy aprendiendo present participles. Usan cuando un ación that is happening ahora. Ustedes hablan “Yo estoy nadando” pero no “Yo nado.”

Canada: the Story of Us – Independent Investigation DOL

For this most recent inquiry project that I completed, I asked “To what extent did the ‘Battle of the Plains of Abraham’ affect French settlement in Canada?” Through the process, I learnt a lot more about the actual battle, as well as French settlement. However, I’ve also become more attuned to the fact that the world as a whole, has decided to neglect Canadian history. While there weren’t quite as many deaths in total, I believe that the seven years war meets all other criteria, to truly be considered the first world war. According to all of the sources I have viewed, a world war is simply a war fought between many different countries, or a few of the most powerful and populated countries.

One of the defining moments in the seven years war, which lead to Quebec going onto the hands of the British, instead of the French, was the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. This battle was fought just north of Quebec, in what is called the Plains of Abraham. The British leader in the battle was James Wolfe respectfully, and his rival opponent representing the French, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. James Wolfe and the British had been inhabiting a space a few kilometres north of the Plains of Abraham, but were blocked off from Quebec because of the large St. Lawrence River. They tried to get the French to initiate the fight, but were only succeeded in being a nuisance by cutting off their weapon supply. After many failed attempts, the British were finally able to cross the river, and tried to sneak up on the French without notice. However, Montcalm received word of the invasion, and set up his troops for battle. The armies met on the Plains of Abraham. The French began firing while they stood 120 metres away. As they advanced, the British, under direction of James Wolfe, held fire, confusing Montcalm. Finally, while they were a mere 40 metres away, and the French were out of materials, the British began rolling volleys. This was an extremely successful tactic, and led to the French retreating, not without giving Wolfe a shot which would prove fatal soon enough though. Without the direction of Montcalm, who was also killed in the battle, the French eventually handed Quebec to the British.

Once the British held power of Quebec, and really Canada, they tried to become a united front. Their goal was to stand as a country of British people, who all spoke English and followed the same traditions. However they struggled, especially with the Quebecois people.

When the French finally surrendered, they sent a capitulation proposal, requiring a variety of things, including “that the inhabitants shall be preserved in the possession of their houses, goods, effects, and privileges, upon their laying down their arms.” When the British agreed, it was decided that Canada would be a multicultural, bilingual country, on the terms of that agreement. The Quebecois people were still forced to bow down to the king, and were strongly persuaded to follow the same religion. Many rules were set to try and convince the Quebecois to morph into the British. For example, nuns who treated Quebecois peoples were not allowed to discuss their religion in front of them. However, the Quebecois nation still stands today, as a separate culture from those who descend from the British. They have preserved their rights to traditions, religion, and lifestyle.

After the French surrendered, the population of French-Canadians did not grow as fast as before. While newcomers were welcome, many did not wish to come to Canada once discovering what had happened. This lasted a few years, but once the Quebecois people had established themselves as a separate culture, more French people started moving to Canada, leading to our booming French-Canadian population today.

From this information, one may conclude that the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, directly influenced French settlement in Canada, because the French surrendered. However, if the French had not surrendered, they may have fought for the land and either won, or lost. Both of these outcomes would have led to a wildly different political climate from what we have today.

That being said, in todays world the Battle of the Plains of Abraham wouldn’t be considered out of the ordinary, besides the fact that it occurred in Canada. People have wars all over the world, fighting for land, wealth, and power. And the same standards that stand today, existed during James Wolfe’s time; if one is caught fighting, especially when it leads to death, they will be punished. Because of the capitulation proposal, no Quebecois people were punished for defending their land in the battle, but they easily could have been should the proposal have been denied. While our world has changed drastically since the late 1700’s, we do still hold some of the same values in regard to war and fighting.


Some awesome websites I used for research :)

Canada: A Post National State? DOL #2

Canada invented the dangerous idea of peacekeeping back in 1948, and up until recently we were the leading country in regards to how many peacekeepers we sent out. However, in recent years we haven’t been doing as much, for whatever reason. The lack of peacekeepers deployed, has been a political decision at its basis; however, many other factors are altered by this choice which Canada as a country, has made. Before Justin Trudeau was elected, he promised $450 million towards Canada’s peacekeeping missions, however we still haven’t spared a dime. This allows our economy a lot of extra money, however it also withholds us from money in a way. Since certain countries are at war, we are unable to trade with them, which in turn affects our overall economical success as a country. 04846342Socially, other countries are also beginning to recognize our lack of aid. Canada was once known as a country of peacekeepers, yet we currently only have 16 individuals who identify with that role. As the number of peacekeepers continues to dwindle, our reputation, and identity as the welcoming, positive country will also diminish. This affects how we interact with other countries, but also other people within this country. Our physical environment which we live in could also become slightly different, due to a possible increase in tension. As well, a fraction of the money which we are not using to send out peacekeepers, may be used towards developing the natural environment in Canada, which some say we have been neglecting for a while now.

I believe that Canada’s disagreeance on the topic of peacekeeping, is properly representative of our journey towards post nationalism. However, we are still able to abide by the guidelines set out for us, and follow the instructions of the government, supporting our outlook on still being a nation. Depending on how you look at Canada’s view on peacekeeping, will affect whether it moves us towards or away from the idea of post nationalism. I personally, think that we are post national, because even back in 1948 we were sending out peacekeepers, to other countries. We wanted to abolish the idea of separation between races and cultures, and simply help other people. However, as we limit our efforts in helping other countries, we are building up those borders again, and shutting out the idea of unification. By doing this, Canada is perpetuating the idea that we are a nation.

Based on the research, and information I have collected, I believe that post nationalism is the agreed identity for Canada. It is about the only thing that we as Canadian’s have in common: that we are all different. However, by trying to define the idea of post nationalism, many are scared, and back out of that mindset. People don’t generally enjoy doing research, so if they don’t have to they won’t. This leaves us as an uneducated society, where many people believe that post nationalism means being as drastic as opening our borders. I think that post nationalism should simply be taken as a word to understand and accept our differences, but not as one to define our identities.

Some articles I used for research…

In-depth has truly begun, and I’m loving it

So today, I finally had my first mentor meeting! We didn’t spend much time working on actual Spanish, since it is our first meeting, and we were more occupied with figuring out how this project will work. However, I did get a few questions answered, regarding my Spanish lessons that I’ve been doing at home. We also talked a bit, so that we could learn more about each other, since there isn’t much time for student-teacher relationships in the regular classroom setting. Señora Galliford actually did all of her Spanish learning in schools in our district, plus university. She loved speaking Spanish in school, because she gained a lot of confidence by being a quick learner. Just like me, she was originally drawn to Spanish because of the way it sounded, and appreciates it even more now, after getting the chance to speak with lots of native speakers. She likes the minimal structure (unlike in French) and Spanish’s focus on having real life conversations even at a basic level. She even mentioned that she might be able to set me up for a conversation, later on in the project, with some of the Spanish exchange students at our school. I love the way that my last year mentor, and even Señora Galliford already, have made our mentor meetings a fun space. They are willing to share anecdotes of their past experiences, which I really appreciate, and they are good at listening to me when I’m expressing areas of difficulty, to aid my learning and growth in the future. Unfortunately, this post isn’t in Spanish, but the next one is where I will begin this process, using mostly Spanish, with some English words if I don’t know, or am unable to find the translation. There is also a possibility of me filming my future posts, as a vlog, so that I can really work on my pronunciation, and watch my progress at the end of in-depth.

¡Hasta luego!

See you later!

Eminent Reflection

After twenty seven hours slaving away in the kitchen, hours worth of research, and years of acting preparation for my take on Julia Child, eminent was a success; and I lived to tell the story. What surprised me the most about Eminent, is how much I enjoyed it. Last year, eminent was my favourite project out of all the things we did that year; but I assumed it was because of my passion for my eminent person. This year I chose Julia Child, who I didn’t know much about previously, and still thoroughly enjoyed the project. I think that because of the high stress level of eminent, you are unable to appreciate all of the small things that occur during your research, so when the project is done, you can relish in your success, and realize what a great job you did. I did a lot more research on Julia Child’s mannerisms this year, as I had to embody her in a respectful way, and I was particularly afraid that the audience would think I was mimicking her. I would say that my acting skills improved during this portion of my research, and I even got to put it on my resume. Perhaps, this should lead to my IEP acting goal.

I also developed what one might consider a deep connection with my eminent person throughout this project, considering how often I felt that I had talked to her. I started referring to her as “Julia,” which annoyed my family. Even my mom says that she feels she knows Julia, because of how frequently I mentioned her. I learnt a lot from this project without trying to, on top of the answers to questions which I knew I needed. I however, certainly didn’t know as many biographical details this year as I did last year. I knew the basic things, like her birthdate, but I didn’t know facts about her second cousins or anything, like I did in grade nine. I feel like those details allowed me to know my eminent person last year, in a way which I didn’t meet Julia this year. Those little details that mean seemingly nothing, form a picture in the end which could be important. So, if there was some kind of way which I could have spared some extra time, I would memorize little facts about Julia in the future. For example, wish that I knew her childhood address, or her first boss’ name.

My favourite part of Night of the Notables were the speeches, as can be expected. I love acting and public speaking, so getting up on stage and embodying someone as special as Julia Child, was an honour. I loved being calm backstage while my friends were nervous beyond compare, I loved our little energy warmup right before and after the evening occured, and I loved that we all celebrated each other’s success. Everyone was helping others who in a last minute struggle had forgotten items at home, or who’s hair needed more bobby pins, or who needed a hug to calm them from the crying. I love the friendly community which TALONS encompass’ and I love how close we are, despite only knowing each other for a year and a bit.

I would like to recognize all of the work which Mr. Morris put in. It was especially hard for him, considering it was his first eminent evening, and he had to somehow teach, us grade tens how to do something new to him. He did a great job at making my eminent experience as easy and stress free as possible. And the grade nines seemed to do pretty well at eminent as far as I could tell. Congratulations on a job well done Mr. Morris. Congratulations fellow grade tens, we did awesome; and good luck to any future TALONS working at conquering eminent. You will do great!

In the words of a very wise woman:

“Learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun” -Julia Child

Julia Child’s kitchen – a delectable tour

Bonjour TALONted folks,

Eminent is finally finished, and I feel like I can breathe again. Here are two videos of my learning centre.

This is as close to a “tour” as one might get of my learning centre. My station was fairly small, and I was the main attraction. However, quite a few people came back for more of that crépe cake! Ignore how frequently I say “here we have”… I’m not sure what was going through my head there. Also, because of the video quality, you can’t see it, but the red poster in the back reads, “Julia Child 1912-2004 shhh don’t tell her”

Unfortunately I couldn’t film this until after the learning centres had been toured, when most of the food was gone, and the utensils had been used. So, I included another video of me properly serving food to one of my guests. I didn’t know that this video was being taken, which is why I don’t look at the camera once. oops.

Bon apetit!

My very own nuggets of wisdom

Hello folks, here are my three “wise nugs” from my practice interview with a clinical counsellor.

  1. If you care about your clients, you are a good clinical counsellor. Your success rates, grades, and assessments do not define your strengths.
  2. As much as this job is the “study of the brain” sometimes, our own brains are the ones we can’t understand. Try not to overthink things.
  3. Be prepared to listen to people. Arguably, the most important part of this job, is being a good team member.

Thats all!

The spice of life

Hey, Hey, Hey!

So… eminent is fast approaching and I am being overwhelmed with deadlines, and dates, and wow! Anyways, I figured (when I say I figured, it really means it was assigned) that I should post a rough outline of what my speech might focus on/what I plan on talking about. If you don’t know, my eminent person is Julia Child. She was a chef who inspired home cooks all over America, to pick up their pots and pans, and give French cooking a try. If you need more of a refresher than that, feel free to check out my nifty guide to all things Julia

So lets hop into it, shall we?

Throughout my speech, I am going to try and have a continuous metaphor between spices on a chicken (which I will be seasoning during my speech) and my life. This is because Julia had originally aspired to be a writer, and was a huge fan of poetry and the sorts, before and after being introduced to cooking.

Exposition: I’m hoping that someone is going to introduce me, and make it obvious that I am filming my cooking show “The French Chef”. I am then going to pull out a chicken and start preparing it for cooking.

Inciting Incident: I will mention my parents, and how they never quite achieved my definition of success. I will talk about how making money, doesn’t define a persons imprint on the world. It will be obvious, that I, Julia Child want to do something meaningful with the time I have. I will crank up the heat in my ‘oven’ because what is the point of wasting time letting it slowly heat up, if I can fast forward and make the most of the time I have… see the correlation?

Rising action: I’ll really drive the point home about how concerned I (Julia) was that I would be unsuccessful in my life endeavours. How after years of trying, I was thirty four, without a job or partner, and rapidly losing hope. I will select the spices which I want to use with care, as I want everything to turn out perfectly, but it never seems to. This is when I meet Paul, and accidentally spill the spices. All of the hope that I had for my chicken (or life) is flipped upside down, because I had been barking up the wrong tree, or putting all my eggs in one basket. But, I finally am introduced to food when I meet Paul, and therefore realize that a chicken requires much more seasoning anyways. Bland food, is well, bland. At some point here I will say “Everything in moderation, including moderation” which is a famous Julia Child quote, so I’m sure a few people will recognize it.

Climax: I put the chicken in the oven, and hope for the best, just as I begin working on the cookbook which took over a decade to finish. Once I put that time into the cook book, it becomes my obsession. Without it’s success, I will go broke, so this is an extremely defining time in my life.

Falling Action: I will take the chicken out of the oven, and carve it up for eating. I will realize that by taking so long seasoning certain parts of the bird, and accepting my mistakes for the rest of it, I have created a more diverse, and full chicken and character choice, which I do not regret. It has the whole “Don’t rush into things too early vibe to it”.

Resolution: I will end with the classic Bon Appetite! And take a bite out of the chicken. My face of pure joy will showcase the fact that I am proud of what my life has become.


Alright, see you again soon folks!

The story of my life (Or should I say paragraph)

I was exhausted…

The harsh buzzing of my alarm clock baited me out of bed like a cracked muscle to minnows. As I left my drowsy headquarters, the composite threshold of my bedroom door snapped in half like a slingshot when I mistakenly stepped on it. My ankle saw the worst of it, with little splinters like grass, running up and down my lower shin. I tip toed downstairs, but only after tediously pulling each sliver out of my now bleeding leg. When I got downstairs, I realized that we had run out of bread to make toast with, so I opted for some cold yogurt with fresh berries instead. After carefully pouring the creamy solution into a zigzag pattern in the bowl, I crept to the fridge in search of our freshly bought blueberries. Only then did I discover they were sprouting some green fuzz, like an adolescent version of the grinch, who had yet to shave for the first time. I gave up, and ran out of the front door with a granola bar in hand; I knew that it was going to be an extremely long day.

Mackenzie’s Talon Talk- Mental illness and sleep patterns

Hola TALONted folks, I’m back!

Recently we were given the project of creating our own ted talk format video, that is science related. Mine is on mental illness’ and their relationship to sleeping patterns, feel free to watch and comment.

Works Cited
Anderson, Kirstie N., and Andrew J. Bradley. “Sleep Disturbance in Mental Health Problems and Neurodegenerative Disease.” Nature and Science of Sleep. Dove Medical Press, 2013. Web. 19 June 2017. <>.
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AsapSCIENCE. “What If You Stopped Sleeping?” YouTube. YouTube, 22 Sept. 2013. Web. 19 June 2017. <>.
“The Complex Relationship Between Sleep, Depression & Anxiety.” Excessive Sleepiness. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017. <>.
(DCD), Digital Communications Division. “What Are the Five Major Types of Anxiety Disorders?” N.p., 21 Aug. 2015. Web. 19 June 2017. <>.
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Schmerler, Jessica. “Q&A: Why Is Blue Light before Bedtime Bad for Sleep?” Scientific American. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017. <>.
“Sleep Disorders.” Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2017. <>.
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Now go get some sleep!