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  • Angel's Sep 24, 00:24 comment on Teenagers nowadays drive while using the phone.
    Dear Patricia: I am impressed by your post, “Teenagers nowadays drive while using the phone,” because it is so well-rounded about how teens now don’t have any self-regard for their actions. Especially when it comes to something as important as driving because being able to drive is a huge responsibility and the teens who text while driving know the consequences but still do it. With this responsibility people, everyday carry their own lives in their own hands, and they also carry others as well. Educating teens about texting and driving isn’t enough, we need to discipline them because if we don’t then who knows what might happen. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ”Many teens drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting while driving, but some admitted to doing it anyway,” This statement is exactly what the problem with teen drivers, they know about the consequences that might happen a Thanks for your writing. I look forward to whatever’s next since it might help me complete an assignment. Angel
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    Dear Kashmala: I am surprised by your post, “Brave women,” because Many are tending to represent women more. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “She used her voice to change the way society views African Americans and women.” I think this is awesome because we are interventional women who we extravagance thoroughly to a system. It means great positivity for women as we create a more modern world. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because well it’s great that you mention women how we are. We are leaders as women but we contribute from a very domestic world. But I believe anyone from the real world can create better power for their world. It makes a leader follow up with their dreams as we consist of women.  Diana
  • Sebastian's Sep 23, 18:09 comment on A Dish from My Culture
    Dear Fatoumata, I really enjoyed reading your post, “A Dish from My Culture,” because I understand the notion of feeling at home when eating a cultural dish. Cultural dishes are extremely important because food is arguably a culture’s best way of conveying what its life is all about. They represent the warmness of culture and the characteristics of its traditions. One sentence you wrote that really stood out to me was, “The honor of being served this particular dish shows how important you are to the person.” This resonates with me deeply because, like another thing you said, many cultural foods take great effort and long hours to make. There is a lot that can go wrong with a dish that takes a long time to make, so being served a dish like that makes people feel special. Essentially, the idea is you give up time to those you value. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I love to see people value their culture. I also like to learn about various cultures’ different foods, the Latchiri Kossan looks delicious.   Sebastian                                         
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  • Michael's Sep 23, 13:22 comment on A Piece Uncovered Outside the Blindfolds
    Dear Jennifer, I am interested in your introduction because of how you talked about yourself and your mental health lot of people are not open there own health.  One thing I learned from your writing that stood out for me is when you talked about your relationship with your father. I think this is sad because you had someone you used to care about and trust. Your writing connects to my own experience. For me is when I give a friend advice that helps them with their relationship. I like helping people when they’re stuck on something and need help.   Thanks for your work on Youth Voices. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of how you told your story.
  • Natalia's Sep 23, 01:03 comment on Perseverance and Ingenuity
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  • Natalia's Sep 23, 00:55 comment on Do Sports help your Mental health relief or add to it?
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  • Nicole's Sep 22, 17:58 comment on The Buffalo Massacre of May 14, 2022
    Dear Belen,  I am stunned by your post, “The Buffalo Massacre of May 14, 2022,” because I did hear about this back in May when it happened, but I didn’t know the extent and severity of the situation. I think it is absolutely disgusting that this cruel act was driven by the idea of white supremacy. I also find it very ridiculous that the man responsible for the murders had the audacity to plead not guilty to his hate crimes.  One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “It is very unfortunate that lives were stripped away from ten innocent people who had a long life ahead of them.” I think it is very disheartening that these people lost their chance at having a future and no longer have the opportunity to achieve their dreams because of an evil act performed by someone else. Not only that, but their families will have to suffer and live through this pain, which is very disheartening. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this is an important topic more people should talk about in order to prevent events like this from happening again. I also found it significant that you emphasized how essential it is that people learn how to prevent these incidents because it is the people who can help solve these problems. Nicole
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  • Jimmy's Sep 22, 15:54 comment on Xenogenders (and how they tie into the autistic and trans community)
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  • Hammam's Sep 22, 15:45 comment on When I pray, I feel safer and more peaceful
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  • ricardo's Sep 22, 04:50 comment on Digital Poison
    Dear Hannah I’m impressed by your writing “Digital Poison” because I do think social media platforms are doing more bad than good to our generation. I agree people have a herd mentality  cause they want to feel validated. One sentence you wrote that I found interesting was The pressure of social media causes “teenagers to believe that they need to fit this “perfect image,” that they can achieve online, even if that is not their true persona.” I think this is true because within my school I know people use filters or good lighting to come off a certain way. Every teenager seems to post they are living the best life but yet depression seems to be a big problem among us, teenagers. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to what you write next because I like the connections you make with social media and our mental health. I liked how you mention herd mentality and depression. Ricardo 
  • ricardo's Sep 22, 04:16 comment on Body Image
    Dear yamillet I am very touched by your post “Body image” because I too struggled with my appearance. I think social media really does put false expectations on our generation. I believe that it will only get worse with teaching becoming more advanced, like a virtual reality where people can look any way they want. One sentence that stood out to me was “One’s family could be a potential positive or negative influence on one’s body image.” I found this interesting because when I started to work out my parents would always tell me things like “ why do you have to go” “just eat it won’t hurt you”  what size are you large?” etc all these comments made me want to stop working out. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I liked the connections you make to social media and students’ mental health. I’ll like to hear what you think about depression and students. Ricardo
  • Dominick M's Sep 21, 16:30 comment on Learning to Find My Own Way
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  • Dominick M's Sep 21, 16:23 comment on Learning to Find My Own Way
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  • Vanessa's Sep 20, 21:15 comment on Is Christmas Too Commercialized?
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  • Xavier's Sep 20, 04:30 comment on Driving drunk
    Dear Samantha: I am intrigued by your post “Driving Drunk,” because I know that drunk driving is a huge issue and has taken plenty of lives. It’s unfortunate and overall a selfish act to know that you have been drinking, and still decide to get behind the wheel. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It is better to be safe than sorry” I think this is powerful because there have been plenty of instances where families have lost someone forever due to drunk driving. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am interested in this topic and would be interested in seeing what other things catch your eye. You have good takes and bold opinions which is what is needed. Xavier Cruz
  • Belen's Sep 20, 04:12 comment on Debate on Zoo Ethicality
    Dear Nicole, I am impressed by your post, “Debate on Zoo Ethicality” because there is not much awareness being raised on issues like this. I believe it is extremely important to ensure that the zoo’s number one priority is that the animals are being kept in a healthy and interactive environment. It is not only unethical, but unfair to the animals to be kept solely for human entertainment. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “On the other side of the argument, zoos are not ethical because the animals are not living in their natural habitats.” It stands out to me because I think zoos should be creating similar like habitats for the animal. I think if zoos did this, it would reduce the amount of stress the animals goes through, and it would definitely feel more safe for them. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing your next post because I enjoyed reading your post. I also believe you will be able to bring more awareness and coverage to these type of issues. Belen.
  • Jennifer's Sep 19, 16:36 comment on Littering in Thailand
    Dear Yaritzi, I am amazed by your post on how strict they are now from littering. I love how when people litter they know and send them back their trash. So people will stop littering they have lots of strict rules about littering and how they are being reported and can have jail time when littering to help better our world and keep our world clean. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ” Even though these punishments may be seen as too strict and harsh I believe that these are good enough to make people think twice about littering.” because I believe it’s true that these punishments are good enough to make people stop littering. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of how you describe the post and how you state your options on how it’s effective and just your thoughts.
  • Jose's Sep 19, 06:29 comment on Do Sports help your Mental health relief or add to it?
    Dear Yaslin, I am impressed by your post, “Do Sports help your Mental Health Relief or Add To it?” because you mention how athletes use sports to get distracted and have some fun. I also agree with you on the fact that the sports can sometimes get overwhelming. Sometimes it is more stressful to actually play. No days off is something that all atheltes I am sure have heard before which is why I relate to it. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I strongly believe that sports indeed do help me as much as they kill me mentally. As an athlete myself I struggle greatly with time management.” I completely agree that they can kill me mentally. I also struggle with time management but I try my best to do it as best as possible. Not sleeping enough is also a big aspect of all this because without good rest than you might not be able to last. Thanks for your amazing writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your topic was interesting as well as your choice of words! Jose
  • Marcos's Sep 19, 05:34 comment on Game time at college
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  • Marcos's Sep 19, 05:22 comment on Teenagers nowadays drive while using the phone.
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  • Kelvin's Sep 19, 03:22 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando I can relate to your “High School Stress” post because I’ve experienced stress and anxiety when finals come around. It can be overwhelming at times and it can actually get in the way of the finals. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, ” Stress may also cause the body (brain) to perform poorly during the finals” because you stress yourself by really wanting to pass the exams it can overwhelm your thought process. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this is something everyone undergoes at least once. It’s good to let everyone know what students undergo in school to succeed.
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  • Jonathan's Sep 16, 08:47 comment on Should Teens Get paid Less?
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  • Isaac J Mendoza's Sep 15, 22:00 comment on The stress of High School !
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  • Julio's Sep 15, 20:59 comment on Social media is bad for the brain!
    Dear Jeremiah, I am shocked about your post about “social media is bad for the brain” because it is hard seeing people and kids suffer what they go through when people bully them through the internet. It is sad how people are suffering from depression and anxiety. I think that that’s really sad what they go through and doesn’t affect the other person. I hope more people will see this as not a place to bully but a place to laugh. Thanks for your post I will think more about it.
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    Dear Karen Sr, I am interested in your post “Screen Time: How much Should Children Have?” because you talk about how too much screen time affects children and how they become anti-social or the most important thing is not facing reality at all even though it’s gonna hit them like a brick wall sooner or later when they grow up. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is “Throughout these past years technology has developed, even more, parents get their children electronic devices simply so they can be distracted or not bother them.” I think this is disappointing that parents are doing this because I’ve seen it and I’ve also heard other parents talk about how they give them phones, tablets, or computers just to distract them even though they need one on one time and learn properly.
  • Angel's Sep 15, 15:45 comment on Persisting
    Dear Marlen, I am inspired by your post “Persistance” because of the way you describe persistence and how far you can get if you just push through it and how you feel really motivated to do good things because of good habits in your life. The reason why it is really inspiring is that sometimes I feel unmotivated and lazy and I lack the persistence and determination to finish the homework I have or land a trick when I use my skateboard. One sentence that stood out to me is “My point here is that determination and persistence will take you wherever you need to go, whether professionally, academically, or personally.” I think this is powerful because in life persistence can help you in a very major way and be successful in any of the categories then you have listed in that sentence. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because you helped me get back up on my feet.
  • Melina's Sep 15, 02:44 comment on Glasses are Helpful
    Dear Fatima, I enjoyed your post, “Glasses are Helpful” because I also wear glasses myself and relate to your pros and cons of them. I personally only need to use them to see far away but again glasses were made to benefit others and their vision. It was hard for me to adjust to them but I managed and now Im used to them though I still sometimes chose to not use them as often. One of the cons was most definitely the cost, even though I have insurance to cover the, I know other people who had to pay out f pocket for theirs, and yikes! A sentence you wrote that quickly stood out to me was, “if you are new to them can give you a headache and be annoying”. I related so hard because I remember wearing my glasses for the first time and being so annoyed having to wear them just to see, I don’t know but like come on, I for real need glasses just a little over the board of the class. Like dang, I no longer have 202/20 vision…I’m blind. Thank you so much for writing your post, it is the first time I’ve been able to relate to a topic on Youth Voices. It feels nice Im not the only one who found wearing glasses annoying.
  • Humberto's Sep 15, 01:43 comment on Does the death penalty stop the crimes happen?
    Dear Danny: I am fascinated by your post, “Does the death penalty stop the crimes happen?” because this is a controversial topic people talk about. This is something that could be good but people might not like.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “ it stated that if people are sentenced to death for their severe crimes, they will probably think deeply before killing for fear of losing their own life, which will decrease the crime possibility.” I think this is important because if people realize that their life is at risk if they commit a crime then they wot do it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you wrote about something people don’t like to talk about. These types of conversations bring out the views of everybody that is involved like your and mine. Humberto
  • Melina's Sep 15, 01:36 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha, I am now knowledgeable about your post, “Mental Health Awareness in Schools,” because you share your concerns about mental illness and health in the school system and how it can impact on someone. At times not a lot of schools offer safe spaces for students to reach out and discuss their problems. Yet there are schools that chose to brush off students’ health as if it isn’t important but there are schools that show it as a priority. It’s good to see schools really care for their students and make a change by lessening mental cases in teens/children. a sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, “Be the change”. I liked the way you continues to say that noticing someone is going through a tuff time visibly, be that change and help them, be there to listen and not the opposite. Don’t ignore it and pretend it’s not there but acknowledge it and take it head-on. Thank you so much for your post, it’s always heartwarming to see the youth so interested in mental health and provide aid and knowledge to stop it.
  • Frankey's Sep 14, 23:48 comment on Individualism as an American Value
    Dear Annabella I am impressed by your post Individualism as an American Value because of the fact that people in today’s day and age is people become NPCs(A non-player character or non-playable character is any character in a game that is not controlled by a player.) where they are no longer able to decide for them self and listen to them. Another thing is sheep people become sheep because they fear being called and would rather huddle up and sit behind others or listen to them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ” Liberty, equality, and equal opportunity for all are at the core of our values as Americans. None of them misrepresent what our country believes in, but they are very baseline ideas. “Freedom” is a very top layer value in my opinion, and yes, our country gives us certain freedoms to ensure our liberty but I would argue that one of, if not the most important American values is individualism.” so I found this paragraph very important because of how you opened it with America. yes, America does give us some freedoms yet they do restrict a lot of other things we can do. Yet something that has always been important to Americans has to be the idealism of being different and having your own ideas. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really enjoyed reading your post and find it very interesting in the topics and situations you mentioned. as well as how I feel we have some common interest in our own rights.
  • Clarissa's Sep 14, 23:41 comment on COVID TESTS TO SCHOOLS
    Dear Christopher, I am interested in your post, “Covid Test to Schools”, because covid tests are now being available to schools to take precautionary measures. It also means that less students will get the virus if students stay home and quarantine. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “ These tests should be available to the parents to pick up because then these tests will not go to waste because most parents are responsible.” I think this is important because some students don’t show their parents things handed to them from the school. Most students throw away what they are given or either forgotten in their backpacks. I agree that parents should be able to pick up these tests since they seem to be more responsible and will keep these tests around if any of their children were to get ill. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I agree with your statement of having the covid test to be for pick up for parents as well as other people who can’t obtain these covid test should be given these test as well. Clarissa
  • Clarissa's Sep 14, 23:17 comment on Should schools provide days off for mental health?
    Dear Sayra: I am very intrigued by your post “Should schools provide days off for mental health?” ,because there are many teenagers out there who are facing high levels of stress. As well as what they agreed on would be a way to relieve their stress. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “It is very difficult to go to school 5 times a week and if there was a way for students to just take a break once and a while to keep their minds healthier, mental health days would be perfect.” I think this is very important because students should focus on mental health because it will help to focus in class better. If they took a break just to focus on their mental health then their stress levels could decrease.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because This is an important topic I think everyone should talk about. Everyone should make sure to take care of their health because I think it’s a very important thing in life.  Clarissa
  • Viridiana's Sep 14, 20:38 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, I agree and can relate to your post, ¨High School Stress¨ because i know how it feels to stress over finals, homework, sports, and getting good grades so you make sure you graduate high school. But sometimes for me, I get stressed out even more because of my life outside of school. Sometimes it can get worse and you don’t know what to do anymore.
  • Keily's Sep 14, 17:08 comment on Xenogenders (and how they tie into the autistic and trans community)
    Dear Jimmy  I am impressed by your post, “Xenogenders (and how they tie into the autistic and trans community)” because I never knew “Transphobia” was a real thing. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “And people will also always make these jokes not fully understanding what it means to identify outside the binary, let alone to identify with xenogenders.” I think this is very common in our generation and surroundings because people don’t realize they hurt others with these types of jokes. Another sentence that was impressive  was: “These two connected things can also be connected to autistic children developing childhood trauma. So, if you classify gender dysphoria as a mental illness then you can most certainly say that it can develop due to childhood trauma.” This stood out for me because these are serious disorders and traumas that people don’t realize who they are picking on. I’m not sure what you meant to say on the post when you said “Many of us, including myself, have a very fluid understanding of sexuality norms, as well as gender norms’’ but i think you meant you have a little understanding about sexual and gender subjects. Have you seen this article? https://psychcentral.com/autism/autism-and-transgender I thought you might be interested in this because of it relates to the post you wrote. It touches some deep subsjects you have toched more in details. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post is very interesting and informative about today’s world.
  • Alexia's Sep 14, 16:16 comment on Are leaders born or made ?
    Dear Claas, Through your post, “Are Leaders Born or Made?”, I felt very understood because it explains how no one is ever born a leader and we give those people who seem like they are too much credit. We need to take time to acknowledge that they got to that reputation through people’s views of them. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me “Trust is especially important in this situation because..” I think this is admirable because I do believe trust is most important to have from others when trying to become a leader. I relate to this, but through sports. In softball, I have been told to become a leader on the field, and at first it wasn’t easy because I never was comfortable with talking or speaking and most of the girls didn’t trust me but once I started playing the game I played, the girls started noticing that they can trust me on the field and I know what I am doing most of the time. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem to understand the basics to ACTUALLY BECOMING a leader and not just supposedly being “born” as one.
  • Kyla's Sep 13, 20:05 comment on Harmful Effects Social Media Has on the Mental Health of Teens
    Dear Katie, I really agree with some of the points in your article, “Harmful Effects Social Media has on the Mental Health of Teens.” because when you said, ” Tweens and teens “average six and nine hours” using media each day, which is tied directly to the mental health of young people” it doesn’t make any sense to why we need a screen attatched to our face for that long. I think we should spend less time away from toxic enviorments including social media. Thank you for writing, I look forwards to what you have next! -Sincerely Kyla
  • Natalie's Sep 13, 19:39 comment on Mental Health of Athletes
    Dear Lesly : I am touched by your post, “Mental Health of Athletes,” because I am also an athlete. I understand the struggle of our mentalities and needing a break. There’s many times where I feel like I’ve failed and it’s very difficult to have that mindset. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Most of them are under so much pressure and they are stressed out.” I think this is relatable because with everything I have to do to keep up with school is stressful. It is even hard to have a life outside of school and sports. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I am intrigued in your writing. I hope to read more of your posts in the future of your thoughts and opinions. Natalie
  • Natalie's Sep 13, 19:32 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando: I am truly moved by your post, “High School Stress,” because it would be an understatement if I didn’t get past your explanation. That is for the reason of high school stress and students taking on their final exams as more responsibility. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It must be excruciating to be under such duress.” I think this is tense because after weeks of studying and staying up overnight you start to get strained. Your brain starts to malfunction and mislead you into wrongful excuses about being exhausted and worn out.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of my interest in your thoughts and opinions. I strongfully agree with your statement and research.   Natalie
  • Natalie's Sep 13, 19:30 comment on Women’s rights
    Dear Linette: I am stunned by your post, “Women’s right,” because as a woman I do agree we should have equal rights as men. This shouldn’t have to be a situation where we have to fight when it isn’t fair to begin with.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “However, the Anti-ERA organizers were very against it which caused ERA to not be approved of as it did not meet the requirements by the deadline that was given by Congress.” I think this is hectic because why wouldn’t women rights be approved? What exactly is the problem here? It’s simply not right.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I am intrigued by your future discussions and opinions. I will be looking forward to your next post.   Natalie Lezama
  • Jocelyn's Sep 13, 07:04 comment on My Strong and Weak Points
    Dear Cristin, I am intrigued by your post, “My Strong and Weak Points” because a lot of points you made, made me engage more into your discussion. I believe it’s very imposing how you used real life situations so people know what it’s like to be in your shoes. One sentence that stood out to me is, “Challenge myself, undertake challenging experiences which push me outside your comfort zone. Get out of my usual environment, get feedback, walk in others’ shoes, examine my biases.” I think this is important because it’s a matter of trying to get out of your old habits and challenge yourself to something new. If this means showing your weak or stronger side, you always have to look at the bright side of things and sometimes it’s even as worth it. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write about next because expressing your emotions like this isn’t always so easy and it’s a very touchy subject to bring about. Jocelyn
  • Jocelyn's Sep 13, 06:46 comment on What Does Too Much Screen Time Do to Children’s Brains?
    Dear Isabella, I am definitely fascinated by your post, “What Does Too Much Screen Time Do To Children’s Brains?” because I have always thought in my generation how it has mentally and physically affected and drained people. Although life right now is really more about cell-phones, will it just get worse as time goes on? One statement that you wrote that stood out to me is, “In addition, they also don’t know how to interact with others in person because of their screen time and they don’t like interacting with others because of the awkwardness and uncomfortable that it brings and would rather be on a screen and limit their interactions with others dramatically.” I feel like this really stood out to me because us young individuals actually struggle with anxiety and would much rather prefer being isolated from everyone than actually facing reality interacting with different people. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to see what you write about next because this is such a relevant topic not everybody brings about enough. Jocelyn
  • Brian's Sep 13, 05:25 comment on Driverless Cars?
    Dear Fernando,  This is a very interesting topic because there is pros and cons to having driverless vehicles in our daily life.  For example, driverless cars do reduce the errors that many humans do on a daily.  Driverless vehicles also monitor the speed and travel and keep a safe distance, so I do agree with many of your points such as “self-driving cars will benefit the environment by reducing traffic congestion, driving more efficiently, and lowering pollutants.”  But there are downsides to this, such as these types of vehicles costing substantially more than we’re used to. Also being very dependent on GPS since it’s a driverless car can be an issue because GPSs aren’t 100 percent accurate.  So as you can see I don’t really know how this will affect us moving forward with our technology as it advances and how we will use it more in the future. But hopefully, we can come up with different solutions to resolve these issues. I enjoyed your views about this topic as it’s very important to talk about 🙂
  • isaiah silva's Sep 13, 05:21 comment on Pros of being a Physical Therapist
    Dear felipe I am imprest by your post “pros of being a physical therapist,” because it is impressive how important a physical therapist can be. I think a physical therapist should be required for every sport. Because of different parts of the body being use we need a therapist that can help if we get hurt. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “physical therapist is someone who helps older people and athletes regain strength”. I think this is important because if someone gets hurt and needs rehabilitation that should be treated right away. Not only they can help you but they can make you stronger. Thanks for your writing I look forward to seeing what you need to write next, because it is important for athlete health to have someone that can help if you get hurt.  We all need to learn more about athlete health because it is important for athletes to stay healthy. Isaiah Silva
  • Joel's Sep 13, 03:31 comment on High School Stress
    Dear fernando,  I agree with your post “High School Stress” because it’s an experienced that most teens face in their high school years. Including myself faced this problem feeling stress when some sort of final is around the corner. Having so much stress on you can cause problems in your social life and the way you handle things. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is “Stress may also cause the body (brain) to perform poorly during the finals.” That’s because it’s so true there have been many times where i’ve been stressed and not able to function. I believe that when anyone is working under stress people want to get done with it as fast as possible to end the stress. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to see what you write next, because i appreciate you talking about the stress of high school. -Joel V
  • Kelvin's Sep 13, 03:09 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha, I am very grateful for your post, “Mental Health Awareness in Schools,” because it finally brings people’s struggles during school mentally to the light. I feel like now a days many people don’t know what many things a student can be dealing with it. On top of stuff that students deal with daily, their is school which puts work on them which can make matters worse for them. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “Silence can leave a person suffering with no one to talk about issues of life.” This stood out to me because every person has their problems and many of them are kept silent which only grows worse without being able to talk about it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it should be discussed frequently. This a problem everyone has went through Kelvin
  • Viridiana's Sep 12, 21:57 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Dear Emily, I can connect to this post, ¨What You Thought You Knew¨, because when you’re in a moment where you’ve been before in the past it helps you rethink the mistakes that you made. In this post, you stated that. And you also stated other students relating to this situation. So i think this will benefit students as they get older.
  • Julio's Sep 12, 20:56 comment on Body Image
    Dear Yamilet, For the Topic “Body image” I would never think anyone would go through so much just because a couple of people don’t like you. The way you see yourself is the only way you should think. If you start thinking that you should live by how other people want you to look then your not living you’re life you’re living in a world where you want others to be boring. A “Perfect body” does not exist because nobody knows what a perfect body is. People only know what they like. AMAZING ASSUMPTION
  • Emmanuel's Sep 12, 17:43 comment on Persisting
    Dear Marlen,  I am very intrigued by your post about “Persisting” because you incorporated persistence into your daily life. You described that no matter what you do, you should never give up. This also contributes to small tasks, like taking out the trash, cleaning, and walking 30 minutes a day. One sentence that stands out is that “determination and persistence will take you wherever you need to go.” I think this is important because life is full of obstacles, ups, and downs, so to get past those struggles, you have to be determined to conquer them. Not just be determined, but also never give up, and continue growing and adapting. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I can see how encouraged you are to continue pushing yourself through tough times. You are a strong person and have probably faced a tough time in some part of your life, but you got through it. Continue working hard, and it will pay off. I believe in you.  Emmanuel
  • OscarGC's Sep 12, 17:39 comment on The damages of child and mother separation
    Dear, Adalia I am interested in your post about, “The damages of child and mother separation” because I didn’t know a mother can okay such a huge impact on a child. It’s also interesting how a mother can play such a huge role. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, ” These baby monkeys were willing to starve themselves for the sake of comfort instead of only relying on a reliable food source”. I think this is very surprising because the “monkey” had food and the resources but the baby monkey still wanted comfort from the other “monkey”. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this is really interesting to know that a mother can play such a huge role in a child’s life. Oscar Gutierrez
  • Juan's Sep 12, 16:33 comment on Ana: Description of A Child
    Dear Crystal   Immediately after reading your review of a child, I was very impressed to say the least. i really loved how easy it was to understand the review you had of this child, everything made sense and through just this post I got to understand what Ana goes through.   One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is ¨she is able to express her feelings well and even asks for a break in the “break corner” when she needs one.¨ this really shows how she is self-aware of herself and is able to tell when sometimes she may need a break, this caught my attention because usually not many in this grade can make that choice for themselves. I see that Ana is very creative, loves to draw and color, and wants to be an art teacher, this shows how much she really takes interest in these things. Thank you for writing, I really enjoyed your review on a child, I very easily got to understand things about anna and will be looking forward to hearing about what you have to write about next.
  • Hector Sanchez's Sep 12, 16:17 comment on Should school offer to the students take a nap during school time?
    Dear Monica, I am very interested in your post, “Should school offer to the students take a nap during school time?”, because it’s amazing how a school in New Mexico does a nap time for their students during school hours and how these naps can help make student work better and help students brain to learn more. One sentence that stood out to me is: “I think it is an amazing idea because this can help students to take a nap when they are feeling quite tired, and they have the opportunity to do better at school.” I agree with this because I think that if students are given an opportunity to rest for a while then they won’t be as tired and feel more fresh and can go back to learning and learn better and process more. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Because this was very interesting how other schools give their students time to sleep while others don’t it would be interesting to see if other schools can give their students the time to nap during school hours.
  • Jimmy's Sep 12, 15:17 comment on How Far Is Too Far?
    I want to thank you for writing something about a group of people that hits so close to home for me. I think however it is important to mention the other types of discrimination that people face, outside of depression and anxiety; such as schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, and personality disorders. These have negative stereotypes about them even within the psychology industry that prevents these people from seeking any type of support or recovery. Schizophrenia and DID/OSDD are so heavily demonized by the general public, and personality disorders, especially cluster B personality disorders are even demonized by psychologists. This short article is a great introduction to speaking about this topic in general though.
  • Belen's Sep 12, 06:20 comment on Should Juvenile offenders be locked away for life?
    Dear Sayra, I am stunned by your post, “Should Juvenile offenders be locked away for life?” because I don’t know whether or not agree with juveniles being locked away and spending their entire life behind bars for a crime they committed when they were much younger. On one hand, they did commit a crime so they deserve to be locked up, but on the other hand, they were young when it happened, if they served enough time then I do think its somewhat unfair for them to be locked up for the rest of their lives. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “I think that some juvenile offenders should be severely punished for crimes they committed but there is an extent to the punishments.” I believe the reason this sentence stood out to me was because it got me thinking as to who should be eligible to being and not being locked away. I think it should depend on the crime and on how the crime was committed. For instance, the person you mentioned in the article, Cedric Rue was struggling with alcohol and drugs when he committed the crime. He was 16 back then, almost 40 years old now, I believe it is unfair that he has to keep serving time for something he did when he was a teenager. However, a life was lost because of Rues and his friends actions, so I don’t think I can say if its fair or unfair because this situation did not affect me, rather the family of Cedric, his friends, and Michael Decker. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because topics like this can cause all sorts of controversy, so its great to see them being discussed. Belen
  • Julio's Sep 12, 06:15 comment on Irreplaceable
    Dear Marlen I am glad about your post “Irreplaceable” because being open-minded can be difficult sometimes. Your post shows that more people are learning to be more accepting of others. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “It is essential to listen to and value other people’s opinions”. I think this is important because many people are closed-minded and need to learn to respect the opinions of people. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because experiences like these should help some people. Your insight was very helpful. Julio Cruz
  • Jose's Sep 12, 05:46 comment on Marijuana in Professional Sports
    Dear Nate, I am impressed by your post, “ Marijuana in Professional Sports” because you mention how athletes use and should use marijuana as a stress reliever because of the physical trauma.  Those who play Football get hit everyday and there is a high chance that many have received concussions but have not come forward. Some smoke weed to help injuries such as these instead of opioids.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ The physical trauma these athletes endure, day-in, day out is inhuman, especially football. In a sport where your main goal is to take someone out every play, many times with your head, you are going to need some type of medicine to help yourself, so why not a universal, safe, naturally occurring drug instead of opiods?” I think this is a big factor because the NFL and NBA and MLB have stopped testing for marijuana so this would help athletes with suspensions as well as random drug tests. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your topic was interesting as well as your choice of words Jose
  • Joshua's Sep 12, 05:45 comment on Summary: “How Can Brazil Protect the Amazon and Advance Climate Action”
    Dear Alex: I am happy about your post, “How Can Brazil Protect the Amazon & Advance Climate Action,” because I believe any forest and wildlife should be protected and reserved. Nothing deserves to be destroyed or taken away if it means it’s helpful in indigenous life. Especially locals in South America, they don’t deserve their forest to be taken away. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “it is a huge center of biodiversity, it has worldwide impacts on agriculture and climate, and if environmental changes do occur, they could have huge socio-economic impacts as well.” This is outstanding because companies don’t truly see the harm they cause. It needs to be brought to their attention to how bad this is for the environment. Companies only see a profit for everything, not caring about what’s around. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because damaging beautiful forests is something that needs to be prevented at all costs. We also need to get into companies’ minds and change their perspective on the environment. Joshua Gonzalez
  • Nicole's Sep 12, 05:45 comment on Climate Change is Not Controversial… It’s Really Happening
    Dear Miles,  I am intrigued by your post because I am shocked by the remarks that were made by those government officials. It is hard to believe that people who are authority figures would neglect the problem of global warming and would think of it as if it is not a real problem. A sentence you wrote that stood out for me was how some people said they did not think climate change was a real thing since they “[did] not see the weather changing around them.” It worries me that there are people who think this way and don’t think it should be a concern just because it is not affecting them directly. I wonder if they still have these beliefs now, knowing that climate change has been getting worse more recently.  Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you were unbiased and added graphs to back up what you were saying. I also think that is a very important topic and your post highlights how it has become a bigger issue over the years.  Nicole
  • Francisco Duran's Sep 12, 05:14 comment on Is it time for Driverless Cars?
    Dear Zhelanea, I am intrigued by your topic “Is it time for driverless cars,” because I am also still confused about the safety and mechanism of these driverless cars. They explain to us that it will be positive and it will be but there are people’s lives in the line with testing as you mentioned. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “I find it interesting how our technology is constantly evolving.” I think this is very positive and true but also dangerous because there is a future ahead of us and driverless cars can go either way, negatively or positively. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because topics like these explain and alert people about what is coming in the future and the information they need to know. In California, there will be no more selling of gas cars which also helps driverless cars which are usually electric, so I would love to see more.
  • Yaritzi's Sep 12, 04:50 comment on Fashion and Men
    Dear Karla, I am amazed by your post, “Fashion and Men” because the post focuses on fashion in terms of skirts and “feminine” clothing being worn by men. I have become a huge fan of men expressing themselves with this type of clothing. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, ” Fashion has always been a great way to express yourself.” I think this is motivational for anyone who wants to wear clothes that are considered feminine. Fashion has no limit and as long as an outfit makes someone feel good about themselves that is enough. I believe that fashion is fashion and there should not be any categories such as clothes for women and clothes for men only. It is okay to step out of that mindset because everyone has the right to wear what they please. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I agree with everything you had to say. Also, I stand with this new fashion for men and I would like to see what else you can say about this subject. Yaritzi Torres.
  • blanca's Sep 12, 04:19 comment on High School Stress
    dear fernando i totally agree with your post “high school stress” since every student from grades 9-12 go through it all the time I belive that we shouldn’t be stressing out on our finals since some kids may have passing grades if you fail it might bring you down . in the other hand there’s kids that are failing but might have a chances to pass. in my belives I think that those that are passing the class shouldn’t take the finals but I do belive that those that are not passing the class could have a chances to take the final and pass. many students get overwhelmed sometimes get anxious and depress because of the cause with so much stress. i belive stress is no joke an d should be something to be taken care of because it can affect you in the over all of many things like emotion, mentally and physically . one sentence that you stated and stood out to me was “stress may also cause the body brian to p erform poorly during finals” this casught my attention because ive been there and so have other students and we all seem tierd menatlly drained and emotially damaged because of all the stress that has been building up . Like i had stated ealier i belive that only those thta are failling th eclass should be the ones that take the finalses to boots there grades up. Thank you so much for taking the time to write about this i hope your thoutghs are herads by many taechrs and hopefully someday they undestand that we also need breaks as much as thye do . i always hear some teachers saying that have manys thing to grade but i think that the real stress is for those studnets espacilly those who give it there all and put in as much effort and still dont maange to get a passing grade or get the gread they want . blanca sosa .
  • Luis's Sep 12, 04:04 comment on The Colorado River is at Risk
    Dear Aaliyah: I am surprised by your post, “The Colorado River is at Risk,” because i never heard of the colorado river. Also i want to know what happening to the water. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The river traces from the beginning to the Rocky Mountains and ends in Mexico.” I think this is crazy because the colorado river is really really big. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i learned something new from your post. Luis
  • Geidi's Sep 12, 03:39 comment on What Does Too Much Screen Time Do to Children’s Brains?
    Dear Isabella: I am drawn to your post about “What Does Too Much Screen Time Do to Children’s Brains?” because as someone who spends time on her phone, it is interesting to see how much damage screen time can cause us both physically and mentally. It is more intriguing when it comes to the younger generation which has been introduced to technology since they were born and how they’ve become addicted to it. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “Sleep is essential for the healthy development of a child’s brain, affecting learning, memory, emotions, behaviors, and overall mental health.” I think this is important because without the proper sleep, our brains function at a slower pace than they would when we get the sleep that we need. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I think that we should look more into what’s best for our bodies mentally and physically. To much screen time should definitely be cut from younger kids. -Geidi
  • Rebecca's Sep 12, 03:26 comment on Mental Health of Athletes
    Dear Lesly,  I am relieved by your post, “Mental Health of Athletes,” because it is relieving to know that people are speaking up about this topic. It is important to understand that just like any other person, athletes have struggles that impact negatively their mental health, with the difference that people expect them to only show their strong and positive side. Not only that, but living in front of cameras means that everyone’s eyes are on them, which adds pressure.  One sentence that stands out to me is: “Athletes have recently opened up about their mental struggles and the stresses of competing and living in front of cameras.” I think this is concerning because it means that opening up about mental struggles is something that athletes have not been doing in past years. However, I believe that opening up and addressing this issue will create changes in the perspective we have of athletes.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because writing topics that matter is important for our understanding of who and what we watch. Your information is also clear and straightforward, which is a structure I would like to continue reading in future posts.  Rebecca
  • Anahi's Sep 12, 03:02 comment on Should students be required to wear school uniforms?
    Dear Jose I am impressed by your post “Should students be required to wear school uniforms?” because you provide evidence for both arguments. You support and fully understand where each side is coming from and I really like that. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “I believe that students should be required to wear school uniforms up to middle school. Starting high school, students should be given the option to either wear uniforms or not”. I agree with this because in high school they should be able to express who they are and in middle school, they are most likely not going to listen so having them wear uniforms will set discipline. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you made some very interesting points in your writing. You defend both sides of the agreement very well. Anahi
  • Jennifer's Sep 12, 02:47 comment on Glasses
    Dear Nicole: I am impressed by your post, “Glasses” because I think it’s true glasses give those who were born without perfect eyesight to see differently. It affects how some people view everything. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Glasses can make you have a headache, sore eye, or even weaken your eyesight when they are taken off.” I think this is agreeable because it is so true there are some side effects to glasses. I have glasses and I didn’t need them till just a year ago and if I have my glasses on for a whole day the second I take them off my vision is way worse than on days I don’t wear them all day. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I enjoyed how you agreed there are two points of view on everything and that none are necessarily wrong. I also look forward to seeing what else you write because it’s an interesting topic that people probably normally wouldn’t write about or include the point of view of nature vs nurture.
  • Angel's Sep 12, 01:52 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha, I am very thankful for your post, “Mental Health Awareness in Schools,” because I feel like nowadays, students feel more stressed by everything that is going on around their lives. Nowadays there are so many things to worry about, which can have a negative effect on students’ mental health. Not only are there things at school that can affect them, but also things at home and outside of school which can build up. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Our minds were meant to be open and free to navigate through life’s journey.” I think this is interesting because it is a very different way of viewing what our minds are meant to do. I think it is also interesting because others may view our brain as having to be filled with many thoughts and questions and almost always thinking of something.  Thank you for your writing and I hope to see what you come up with next. Thank you for speaking for those who do not have a voice or for those who just simply want to help them. Angel
  • Antonia's Sep 12, 01:36 comment on body dysmorphia
    Dear Asher,  I am very appreciative of your post, “ Body Dysmorphia,” because of the attention you are bringing to it. Body dysmorphia is something very important that should be talked about more because a lot of people struggle with this. Spreading awareness about this is something really important for many people which is why I really appreciate this post.  One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “Body dysmorphia has created a very negative environment around the social media industry and has made many people from this generation question their worth.” This sentence really stands out to me because I do agree that the social media industry has caused people to be insecure about themselves and hate the way they look. I believe by spreading awareness social media can become a place where people feel good about themselves and don’t have to force themselves to look a certain way.   Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of the way you are spreading awareness. I like the awareness you are spreading. Things like this are very important and should be talked about more.  -Antonia 
  • blanca's Sep 12, 00:34 comment on Our bodies are not a political discussion
    dear Kayla I am 100 percent with you I agree with your thoughts in your post “our bodies are not political discussions” because this is a problem that has gone world wide others believe it’s a good thing to abort others belive that it isn’t a good idea. in my thoughts, I belive that women should do what feels right to them although women and men can also have different views or opinions I believe the mother should take full action with what they want . one reason I believe that the mother should be in charge is that no matter how much the male is around the mother is going to be there way many more times since the beginning of pregnancy the mother is already attached to there babies. especially since the mothers are the ones that go through so many challenges and changes they should have the right to decide what they want for themself. something that stands out to me is ” something like abortion or birth control should not be a discussion made by men” this stands out t me because men have no right to be talking about women’s needs women already go through so so the least a man can do is talk down on them they should learn how to value them and respect them more. thank you so much for writing about this topic I believe this shouldn’t be something to end a conversation with but I believe this should be something to be more spoken of out. blanca sosa
  • julio's Sep 12, 00:27 comment on Waste Less, Save More, Live More
    Dear madai: I am impressed by your post, “Wate less, Save more, Live more,” because it is impressive how much food we waste. I think it’s impressive how much food is produced in the world.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is:  “For example, in Nigeria, there is a lack of electricity, making it difficult to preserve food leading to food being wasted. About 31% of the total land use in the country is used to grow food that winds up being wasted.¨ This shows how much food people waste.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you showed how much food is wasted in the world. I would like you to continue telling about food waste in the world. Julio
  • Fatima's Sep 11, 23:21 comment on Evil
    Dear Valentin, I am in awe with your research on “evil”. You don’t just go skim the surface but you go beyond it. You explain through history steps. You started off as it being villian and hero and then moved into culture and finally into religion and the beginning of times. How there is a very thin line between evil and good. You question, ” The villain is very synonymous with the word evil, but what exactly is evil?”, really go to me because, I am religious and mind concept of hero and villians have changed. therefore what truly is evil? I believe evil isn’t really in evil, it something that was created through its life hardships, such as the joker. He went through hell and they called him evil for showing in a way what he went through, with his actions. All in all, i am truly fascinated with your research on evil and it background info and as well as how it got me thinking about -Fatima
  • Karen's Sep 11, 23:21 comment on Women’s rights
    Dear Linette, I am confused because that women rights were so hard to get and still get unfair treatment to this day. I don’t really understand why women still don’t equal pay in some places.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is,” However, the Anti-ERA organizers were very against it which caused ERA to not be approved of as it did not meet the requirements by the deadline that was given by Congress.” I think this is sad because it makes no sense to not give women rights. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I was interested in the post you wrote. I would like to see your future posts. Karen
  • Dulce's Sep 11, 23:19 comment on Her cries of liberation
    Dear, Aaron I am shocked about your poem “Her cries of liberation,” because this poem hits very hard. These women have gone through so many things and yet things never get better because other people are looked down on them for who they are. Also the color of their skin but yet these women never give up and keep fighting nonstop for themselves. One sentence that stands out to me is ” Her bloodline was like roots of a tree.” I think this is powerful because the whole reason why they are still fighting this battle for liberation is their heritage. The heritage of these women and their people is not the best but the worst thing is that other people of other races have not moved on so they choose to treat these women like less. They are strong women that have to fight for liberation because their heritage has they chained and bound to go through horrible things. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like to know and read things that have to do with race. Also what people do about it is because I think that depending on what people do I find it to be super powerful and incredible. Sincerely, Dulce
  • Fatima's Sep 11, 22:56 comment on Women’s rights
    Dear Linette, I am intrigued with what you wrote. I didn’t know that the government didn’t guaranteed their right after all their struggles and hard work. I’m still jaw-dropping that many didn’t want ERA to pass. How can humans be so cruel to other humans? One phrase that out-stained the others is “I was frustrated that they only needed 3 more states to approve of the amendment.” I feel like if they were to retry to pass this amendment it will pass in this century. Because its not only women, or color people’s rights it’s everyone’s equal right. And since we are in a more progressed voter generation it will easily pass. Thank you for your research and opinion. I look forward to what you state in regards to right. -Fatima
  • Jasmin's Sep 11, 22:18 comment on This I Believe
    Dear Rae,  I am thankful with your post, “This I believe,” because mental health is a very important matter. When mental illness remains untreated, symptoms worsen and negatively impact a person’s well-being. I am truly amazed that no one really talks about mental health as often as it should be talked about.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ¨Mental health is the most important element to good quality in life and it should always come first before anything.¨ I think it is wonderful how you were able to get the help needed in order to keep going on with your life. I definitely agree that mental health can mess with people badly which affects them and doesn´t allow them to function effectively.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you explained how it is struggling with mental health. I agree that getting the help you need can save your life and help you overcome those hard obstacles. I would like you to continue speaking on how mental health affects what you do and how you live, it is essential to prioritize it. Jasmin
  • Geraldine's Sep 11, 20:39 comment on Aren’t We All The Same
    Dear Jaden: I am curious about your post “Arent we all the same” because you explained how people look at each other differently just because of their skin color. No matter what no one should be treated differently just because of their skin color.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I believe by sometime in life that  we will have a great world where people aren’t made fun of for how they look, or for the color of their skin.” I think this is important because how it is showing how society is and how they shouldn’t be treating each other anymore.  Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it explains how everyone gets treated or looked at differently just because of their appearance and knowing it’s not the right thing. You shouldn’t treat someone the way you wouldn’t want to be treated or look at someone baldy because of the way they look and this is something your pst taught me about. Geraldine
  • Angel's Sep 11, 05:54 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Dear Emily: I am enlightened by your post, “What You Thought You Knew.” because you understand and are trying to help others understand the importance of habits of mind. Also, you support your argument with facts that have proven its impact on students and people in general. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “Questioning and Posing Problems is one of the Habits of Mind, and I think it is a valuable tool for students who are on the verge of entering adulthood.” I think this is valuable because educating and teaching young adults that are going into adulthood is crucial and will ultimately prepare them as they realize what and how life is. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your proposal was very much in detail and provided educational information, and I think it will benefit the students, especially those who are entering adulthood, as you mentioned. Angel
  • Yaslin's Sep 11, 04:45 comment on I Hear you!
    Dear Karyn, I am amused with your post, “I Hear You!” because I too agree with idea of people listening to you vs. them understanding. I feel like there is an extent to where people can try to understand what you are saying, but never will they be in the same situation as you, and that’s where it becomes tricky. One sentence that you wrote that stood out for me is, “Sometimes you have to ask if they’re looking for a solution or just want to be heard.” This is because some will appreciate you trying to put yourself in their shoes and trying to resolve whatever it is your’re going through while others will be frustrated at the fact you will never truly feel or understand because it is not happening to you. Although many see too little effort make it seem as if you don’t care and too much. make it seem like you’re doing too much and you do not know how difficult it is to understand is a major obstacle that can be hard to read when it comes to different people. Not only that but the situation they are facing. Thank you for your intriguing writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I found this post very relatable to some experiences I have faced before. In a sense this post brought all my assumptions true because now I know I am not the only one who noticed this when it came to listening and being listened to. Yaslin
  • Kimberly's Sep 11, 04:36 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, I was intrigued with your writing on “High School Stress”, because I know how it feels to be under so much stress with finals, homework, sports, clubs and home life apart from school. I think managing school and extra curricular activities could be stressful as well as trying to help out at home with chores or babysitting younger siblings. I feel that this is something that’s very important because sometimes you can get overwhelmed with everything that youre trying to get done and youre running out of time, or you procrastinate and youre stuck doing all of youre work at the last minute.  One sentence you wrote that really stood out to me was “high school students should not be concerned about their final exams.” This is because a lot of the time we as students stress a lot throughout finals week, or when any important tests or quizzes are coming up. But one question I’d like to ask is how do we not stress about these things? I think it is very hard to stay calm when you have any big things coming up.  Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because in my opinion I think this is a very important topic to talk about. And also because I think a lot of students may also relate to this subject. -Kimberly Equihua
  • William mclean's Sep 11, 01:47 comment on How the Brain Craves Sadness
    Ive been on a journey to better myself, dieting, gym, studying, all of it, and ive been doing great. People dont even recognize me, but i finally took a break, hungout with some old friends. Enjoyed life, and this same feeling that ive felt comes up of me craving emotional pain, something terrible to happen so i have a powerful fury to push myself past my limits and continue working. Almost as if im using emotinal pain to fuel my life. But idk what to do to either change the fuel or get more of it. Im in an amazing relationship and have two other close relationships. It just boggles my mind that i am craving this gut wrenching experience to make my life miserable, only for me to make it better again.
  • Vanessa's Sep 10, 21:52 comment on Prevent Drunk Driving?!
    Dear Fernando, I am pleased with your post, “Prevent Drunk Driving,” because it is a very important topic that a lot of people do not speak about. Drunk driving is completely not okay and so many other people pay the price for a mistake they did not do. In addition to this, many people do not know the dangers of driving under the influence. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “It would, for example, avoid many drunk driving deaths and accidents. It would also drastically cut the number of people who drive while drunk.” I think this is appealing to read that such a car can prevent something so serious. Furthermore, they should invent this to make our world safer. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you talk about important things. Also, it was interesting to me as a reader.
  • Sebastian's Sep 10, 21:05 comment on I Hear you!
    Dear Karyn I am filled with joy by your post, “I Hear You!” because the subject of being open to listening and learning through other people is very often overlooked in daily life. Countless times I have been in situations where if I had just listened to others, I may have been able to avoid numerous consequences. As you’ve said, more often than not, we are lectured by our parents and warned about treading down harmful paths, yet we do not truly listen; in one ear, out the other. However, you represent the possibility of growth. “There are so many things that I wonder about now that are little big questions.” You learned to explore; to no longer limit yourself to what you expect is within your scope of comprehension. This is very important because, as I said before, you represent the possibility of growth. To be able to free yourself from self-imposed limits is amazing. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it seems you are very knowledgeable and a good person to learn from. I wish you luck and hope that you grow into who you wish to become, just as you have inspired me to do. Sebastian
  • Christian's Sep 10, 16:23 comment on Persisting
    Dear Marlen, I am very inspired by your post, “Persisting,” because you talk about so many encouraging things in a short manner. I agree with the fact that in order to achieve some things, you need to be determined and have a positive mindset. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “Never give up.” Although these may just be three words, they hold a lot of power and meaning. This phrase can be used to get you through many mountains and hurdles that you may face in life. By never giving up, you can push through and achieve what you want to do. Whether it be school or other things, by persisting, you can make it to your goal. Thank you for your writing. I am looking forward to what you write about next, because I like the way that you delivered a positive message in a few words. Hope to see that you accomplish many other things. Christian
  • Omar's Sep 10, 01:42 comment on Traveling back in time
    Dear Fatima, I agree with you that the creation of this technology is impressive. The word you used, “overcome”, is a good way to describe how someone would feel while reading this post. I had a different sentence that stood out to me. However, I do think that yours was definitely one of the many sentences that caught my eye while reading this post. I also agree that this person should continue posting about the latest news from other countries.
  • Patricia's Sep 10, 00:00 comment on Have we become too reliant on technology?
    Dear,  Angel G  I am impressed by your post “ Have we become too reliant on technology?” because it is true nowadays people prefer to use their phones all the time. I mean technology can be positive and negative but sometimes we need to take a break. Technology can be really helpful especially for every kid that goes to school but we have to have limits on technology.  One sentence that stood out to me was that “I think that we should take a break from technology and see the outdoors and have fun out there instead of being with our technology all day long.” This stood out to me because you cannot say it’s boring outdoors without going outside to explore new things. There are so many things to do on this planet, not just technology. Also taking a  break from technology is gonna help a lot because you’ll focus on things that are actually important in your life.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your post was something really true and interesting.  Patricia 
  • Diana's Sep 9, 20:40 comment on Cultural Influences on Child Development
    Dear Lilyana: I am surprised by your post“Cultural Influences on Child Development,” because children tend to follow the source that is in front of them and I think that’s important for a child’s learning process. Negotiations between children and others find sources based on blog impact of stimulation from a deal to create an economic system to help recognize themselves.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It emphasizes recognizing cultural differences and how it is crucial to child development.” I think this is crazy because many go based on another script. They don’t really stimulate the process of cultural background navigation to the system to stay with the first source.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it would help me recognize such things from learning. I would like to know what really came to your mind while writing this. Like were you really looking forward to following what children come into?   Diana, 
  • Dayana's Sep 9, 19:29 comment on Homeless
    Dear Idrissa, I was really interested in your post because the title of “Homeless” caught my attention. I like the statement you mentioned of “I believe the government should do something about it because if the government doesn’t take any action on helping the homeless society definitely won’t.” I agree to this because i feel like the government should realize things like this and actually care. This is part of society to them but in my eyes i think it is unfair, they shouldn’t have to go to sleep worrying about what their next meal will be. Although the government does have much control of this i believe we also have the power to create changes. Some ways we could help is by maybe supporting them with some essentials or even buying them some food to help them get by. If we all as a community work together we can create change. Thanks i look forward to seeing future writings!
  • Jimmy's Sep 9, 19:17 comment on Youth and Impulsivity
    I find this topic rather interesting as someone interested in psychology, especially when it comes to the issues of impulsivity etc. Our generation has the highest percentage of adolescents being diagnosed. With this, I feel that it would be helpful for the educational system to teach children about emotional education. I believe integrating things taught in DBT and CBT can be very beneficial to children, even if they do not suffer from any particular mental illness or disorder that CBT/DBT can help. I mention DBT because, within Dialectal behavioral therapy, a huge part of it is learning to control impulsivity, and move from being impulsive to spontaneous. So, in short, I wholeheartedly agree.
  • Isabel F's Sep 9, 17:55 comment on body dysmorphia
    Dear, Karen I love that we females are happy about them bringing awareness to issues males face as well. I go to the gym and in the fitness community, it is extremely common to have body dysmorphia, especially among men, like an overwhelming amount. For so many to be dealing with this issue and still not it being talked about as much is ridiculous to me! Also, social media is not a big help when it comes to this as many influencers have an unobtainable physique for the people. Whether it’s due to drug enhancers, rigorous diets, different body types, photoshop, and all kinds of different surgeries that the public isn’t aware of. Hopefully, this issue gets more recognition and we are all able to combat it and help one another. Thank you for sharing your comment, Karen. Isabel Fonseca
  • Isabel F's Sep 9, 17:41 comment on body dysmorphia
    Dear, Asher I love that you are bringing awareness to this topic especially when you said that “The idea that men can’t have body dysmorphia is so beyond wrong.” Yes! Body dysmorphia is something both males and females could experience in fact any emotion or disorder that women could experience a guy could too, I don’t know why they target it more for women, and for men, it’s just too taboo. Personally, I often get comments about my body saying that “I have a nice body” or “I wish I had your body” and I hardly ever believe that about myself because I frequently don’t see myself as such. Don’t get me wrong though, there are days when I feel beyond confident and my ego is above the roof because I feel like a greek goddess, but that same day I could look at myself and feel so disappointed at what I see in the mirror because I haven’t made any progress and look how I did since day one. It’s funny how quickly things change. How quick the mind is to play games with you and wonder why you feel like this after putting in so much work. So when they tell me that I just do a settle laugh and say “thank you”. I’ve come to accept and choose to love my body on good days and bad days regardless of what my body dysmorphia might say. This is why I agree with you that it’s important to be kind and loving to others because you never know what’s going on inside their mind and you can make a change in that for better or worse. Thank you for sharing Asher. Isabel Fonseca
  • Isabel F's Sep 9, 17:16 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Dear Annie, I am also very passionate about this topic and love to see others that have the same interest here on this platform. I found your comment to be very relatable as I also turn to exercise whenever I am in a bad mood or I am just not feeling great. I agree that it reduces stress and it has so many other benefits but in my case somehow it doesn’t help me a lot with sleep. I always find myself staying up late, especially after a good workout. Maybe that’s just because of how much caffeine intake I have lol. Anyways, thank you for commenting Annie I hope you have a great rest of your day wherever you are at. Isabel Fonseca
  • Isabel F's Sep 9, 17:03 comment on Your mental health is benefitting from exercise
    Dear, Haley I agree with you that exercise does help a lot with mental health. I would even add that a lot of people work out because of their bad mental health, including overweight people who have bad mental health and blame it on their weight. Nowadays you hear a lot of the phrase “I am fighting demons” or “who hurt you?” because it’s gym goers using that same pain as fuel for their workouts. This lets us know that a lot of people who work out started going because they were in a bad place mentally. Working out could be used as a coping mechanism which in my opinion is the best coping mechanism ever because over time you become more confident, more productive, stronger, better mental health, and overall a better version of yourself. Personally, I started going to the gym because I wanted to be stronger; to be able to defend myself. Now that isn’t the only reason. Being strong is still one of my big priorities but now it’s already a routine, a lifestyle, for the aesthetics, for therapy, and the list goes on and on. It has helped me so much relieve stress and any strong emotion I might be feeling that day and after a good workout my mood completely changes and now I am filled with this rush of energy and excitement and I am more motivated than ever. I look forward to reading more of your post on the topic and would like to hear your own story about this as well. Isabel Fonseca
  • Xavier Cruz's Sep 9, 16:45 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, I am intrigued by your post “High School Stress,” because I know what it’s like to be stressed with having to show up to school and be expected to participate and be productive in every class. There are times when you are simply to tired and it can be stressful when you have work to do along with other things. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “A 5-minute stroll is an example of a stress-relieving activity.” I think this is interesting because I think that it is a good idea and could work but you would also need to have a lot of discipline to actually go back to work after five minutes. I know personally, I would get caught up in other things and get distracted. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this is an interesting topic and I would like to see what other topics you are passionate about. I will be waiting for another one of your posts. Xavier Cruz
  • Isabel F's Sep 9, 16:25 comment on Body Building, is it really that healthy?
    Dear, Maggie I love that you choose to write about this. The usage of steroids has become more common and more normalized in the fitness industry then ever before. I personally dont have nothing against steroids or athletes taking them to enhance their performance such as competitive athletes or bodybuilders who constantly have to p ush their limits in their careers. However I do agree with you when you said that “for thoose who are unexperienced it can be life threatning”. I agree because first of all steroids could be perscribed by a doctor given the right usage,the right dosage, and therefore it will enhance the athletes performance but still implementing a rigourious training and diet. The problem is when it starts to become so normalized that young adults and even adolescents who are gym beginners think its a good idea to start taking them. They already will see amazing progress in the gym since its their first years and will get what are called “newbie gainz” and even after that they can change their diet or routine to make it even more challenging training with both strength and hypertrophy before ever even needing any drug usage such as steroids. Additionally, steroids is so common in the fitness industry yet no one really talks about it. We have all these big influencers who claim to be “natty” (natural) even though they are not or maybe they did but then they stopped; so we have all these fitness influencers that young teens look up too and aspire to have their physique but that body isnt obtained naturally. This leaves teens to go find that information on their own leading to more dangerous usage of steroids with wrong dosages or frequencies that can damage the user very quickly. I would love to hear more about this topic Maggie, thankyou for bringing awarness to this. Isabel Fonseca
  • Emmanuel's Sep 8, 21:33 comment on At This Point, Is It Too Late to Stop Climate Change?
    Dear Mariam,  I am worried about the future of this world discussed in, “At This Point, Is It Too Late to Stop Climate Change?” because the government has not taken any efforts to prevent global warming. If anything, I think there has been more greenhouse gas emissions and nothing is being done about it. However, all countries have identified the state of this world.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “it’s not possible to reverse what we have done”. I think this is alarming because we cannot recover from the damage we have caused to the environment. So the only thing we, the world, can do is slow down global warming for the future of the human race. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you brought up one of the biggest problems of this world. I think from your point of view, you want the world to care more about the environment and to began bigger efforts to save the world. Even I, want to save the world from global warming, and not just the world, the environment themselves. Emmanuel
  • Amelia Johenson's Sep 8, 19:04 comment on Student Loan Debt
    Hi Hannah, I saw that you’d written about student loan debt, and I wanted to share some new statistics with you that my team has put together about this topic since I found that your post contains outdated statistics, like these:’ Your article’s total student loan debt is $1.48 trillion, but it has increased to $1.75 trillion in 2022.You mentioned that the average student loan debt is $37,172, but it has decreased to $37,113 in 2022.Your article’s total number of borrowers with student loan debt is 44 million, but in 2022, it has decreased to 43.4 million.  Feel free to use our source: https://www.mycreditsummit.com/student-loan-debt-statistics/
  • Omar's Sep 8, 17:51 comment on Traveling back in time
    Dear Monica, I am hopeful by your post “Traveling back in time” because this technology that ‘preserved’ the city of Olympia in the modern world has the potential to evolve and create something extraordinary. It would be amazing if this technology can preserve cities or locations that were further back in time than the days of Olympia. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me was when you said that this was a “great game because people can have a little taste of how it (Olympia) looked 2,000 years ago. I think this pretty much sums up how I felt when reading this post. This technology will probably be further developed and eventually become revolutionary. Thank you for writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because it seems you have a good perception of choosing what topics to write about. I learned a lot from this post as I had no idea this kind of technology was being developed.
  • Lizbeth Aguirre's Sep 8, 15:23 comment on Dance Is My Passion
    Kerly, I believe dance is a beautiful form of art. Would you continue dancing after high school? What or who sparked your interest in dancing? My favorite classes are spanish and history because I do really well in those classes as well! I love my family and cannot imagine what you are going through. I hope life in the US becomes better as you spend more time here. I know being in your home, Ecuador, isn’t going to compare to the US, but I hope you’ve started feeling more at peace here.
  • Evelin's Sep 8, 03:20 comment on Am I Somebody?
    Dear Yniya, I am impressed by your poem “Am I Somebody” because the title seems very out there you are talking about something that has a very powerful meaning to you. After reading your poem I see that it very touching and deep topic for you. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “living in an empty capsule fighting for my inner peace.” I think this quote is relatable and deep because we tend to have so much thought on our bodies that take over us. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your poems seem to have a lot of meaning behind them and are very powerful. Also the tone you tend to show how you feeling and I really like that. Evelin Rojas
  • Belen's Sep 7, 23:47 comment on Body Image
    Dear Yamilet, I am impressed by your post, “Body Image” because topics like this are rarely talked about, in my opinion. It is so easy to fall under the influence of needing to have a certain height or body shape, that we never stop to see the damage we are doing to ourselves. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “At the end of the day, everyone should be satisfied with their body image and do what’s best for their health and not their appearance.” I think this is very important to point out because a lot of people who are not comfortable in their body or with their appearance, are willing to go through extreme measures to try and achieve what society defines as the “perfect body”. Additionally, it can also lead to physical and mental health problems, so it is very crucial to keep in mind that not everyone’s body is the same and one should do what is best for their self, mind and body. Thanks for your writing! I look forward to seeing what you write next because topics like this should be more commonly discussed. I also appreciate the citations at the end of the post, not only giving credits, but also showing you did research as well. Belen
  • Humberto's Sep 7, 23:44 comment on College Athletes: To Pay or Not to Pay?
    Dear Sophia: I am impressed by your post, “College Athletes: To Pay or Not to Pay?,” because it is a topic that isn’t talked about much. I do agree with you that it is unfair to the athletes that compete. I do believe that they should get paid as well.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “This has caused a lot of conflict within the athletes, their coaches, and their parents.” I think this is important because the athletes know what they’re worth as well as their families and coaches. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it’s a fascinating topic you wrote about. I hope you post more posts like this. They are very interesting. Humberto
  • Antonia's Sep 7, 22:09 comment on Aren’t We All The Same
    Dear Jaden,  I am impressed by your post, “Aren’t We All the Same,” because of how touching it is. I am impressed by the way you stated your poem and I really liked the way you included lots of questions into it. I feel like this topic is something that should be talked about a lot because it is very important to understand that we are all humans no matter what we look like.  One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “We need to come to an agreement that being treated unfairly and looked at differently isn’t the right way to go.” I think this is very important because many people get different treatment than others just because they are different. People should all be treated the same because we are all humans. We are no less than others just because we look different we all deserve to be treated with the same respect.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because of the emotion that you put into this. I like the structure of your poem and the way you wrote this because this topic is really important and should be talked about way more.  Antonia 
  • Joshua's Sep 7, 04:35 comment on Youth and Impulsivity
    Dear Claudia: I am glad about your post, “Youth and Impulsivity,” because people should be far more observant and aware as to what’s going on. Being invested in news and everything, within this generation that’s rare.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I would like to propose that we create a unit using the habits of mind that students may feel in need to reinforce.” I think this is amazing because it goes to show how we really need to work on our skills for being more observant. Also saying that creating habits would be great is an amazing proposition, I feel as if this is something that should already be embedded into everyone. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because what you have proposed is amazing. It’s not thoroughly talked about within our generation but millennials do notice it a lot. Having an older generation notice how less informant and aware that we are for them to notice it this much we really need to take it into far more consideration. Joshua Gonzalez 
  • Kyla's Sep 6, 21:51 comment on Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts?
    Dear Valeria, I am very pleased by your letter that, “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts,” because I feel like it is so personal. Teachers do not need to be in their students’ business, like they say, “we are here to learn” so why are they violating our privacy and stalking us? One sentence that stood out to me was “it was off-campus when she published it and the school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post,” because I agree that whatever is off campus is not involved with school at all. Students have their own separate life and the school needs to understand that. I believe that they should only get involved into social media if they are getting made fun of, bullying, or some hate speech. Then you have the right to help your students or dicepline them, but not things that are not relevent to school or learning. \ Thank you for sharing your opinion on social media and schools. I look forward to responding again. I liked a lot of the points that you made. ~Sincerely, Kyla Del Bosque
  • Frankey's Sep 6, 18:25 comment on Have we become too reliant on technology?
    Dear Angel I am interested in your post, “Have we become too reliant on technology?” bveacuse I tureliy belive that at the point that there are a lot of people who relly do relly on thier phone for to much. Even to the point where peole are no longer are able to think for them selfs. One sentence you wrote “Everyday people are always on their phones, computers, and some electronics to help us in our day to day life which is nice but we are overdoing it and becoming more and more reliant on technology to the point that we can’t live without it.” I think this is true beacuse of the fact that people do spend a lot of time on thier phone and computer. And yes they do help with every days life yet they can become aditive. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I agree with your post and feel like we can get along well. I also feel like we might have of the same ideals. Frankey Lozoya
  • Hector Sanchez's Sep 6, 18:24 comment on Have we become too reliant on technology?
    Dear Angel I’m into your post “have we become too reliant on technology?” because it’s true that people hardly leave their phones and are hardly seen leaving them. Technology has become a part of our daily life more and more. The new things and new technology in our phones or some kind of technology. our phones and technology have been more in our lives because some people have fun with video games. technology is a form of sports having fun and entertainment. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “This will help physically and mentally if we take a break from technology and go outside.” I think this is important because when we are on our phones we are usually laying down or sitting doing nothing. Also, it can help mentally by distracting yourself by doing other things like hanging out with friends and doing real sports. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I agree with everything you said It’s interesting the things you talk about and connecting with everyday things. Hector Sanchez
  • Milagros's Sep 6, 17:58 comment on Our bodies are not a political discussion
    Dear Kayla, I am impressed with your post “Our Bodies are Not Political Discussion” because its a topic that will still be going on and will continue to be talked about. Both women and men have different opinions about the topic of abortion but at the end of the day, the mother should be able to decide what she does with the baby. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “We have fought for the rights of our own. Something like abortion or birth control should not be a discussion made by men.” I agree with this because every women has gone through tuff times and they should be able to decide on what they want to do. Men should not be able to decide for the women’s decision. Thanks for writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you seem so passionate on what your writing about. Milagros Velasco
  • Stefanie's Sep 6, 17:56 comment on Driving drunk
    Dear Samantha, I am for by your post, “Driving Drunk” because I think that the lives of people are at risk because they chose the decision to drink and drive which can lead them to have serious accidents and put their lives at risk. One sentence that stood out to me was, ” Even if there are disadvantages, I think it would be better to be blown into a tube than to lose your life.” I think this is an interesting statement because I think it is better to blow in a tube to know if you are under the circumstances of alcohol than risking your life by having a crash and losing your life. By drinking and driving you can be stuck in a hospital bed or even worse die. We have to be consistent with how much alcohol we consume. We also have to be responsible for all of our decisions. Thank you for your argument. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think it is interesting how you support your argument and how we see these real-life situations on a daily. If we do plan on drinking we should be responsible and have a friend who is not in the circumstances of drinking to drive. Stefanie
  • Stefanie's Sep 6, 17:37 comment on Should the U.S Women’s soccer team get equal pay?
    Dear Lexany, I am interested in your post, “Should the US Women’s Soccer Team get equal pay?” because I also agree with this logic that these women going to the world cup should get equal pay just as men. I think these women should get those equal rights just as men just because they are also playing the same sport. One Sentence that you stood out to me was, “I believe the people who run everything should’ve known that equal pay was a good thing and that everyone deserves equal pay or higher pay.”I think this is interesting because it is true that people who run the system of money should know that we all have equal rights even if we are of the opposite gender. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think it is interesting how you support your argument.
  • Yaritzi's Sep 6, 16:39 comment on Have we become too reliant on technology?
    Dear Angel, I am intrigued by your post, “Have we become too reliant on technology?” because it is true that people are rarely seen without their phones or some sort of technology. Technology has become a part of our daily life more and more. New ideas with technology make us want to continue because it is a great form of entertainment but besides that technology has become a big part of how we work or do important things. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “This will help physically and mental if we take a break from technology and go outside.” I think this is important because when we are on our phones we are usually laying down or sitting doing nothing. Also it can help mentally by distracting yourself by doing other things or hanging out with friends instead of wasting time. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I agree with everything you said so i’m wondering what else we may agree on. Also, I would love to see more of your opinion on topics like these. Yaritzi Torres
  • Jonathan's Sep 6, 06:40 comment on Bidens Response to Ukraine wanting the U.S. help
    Dear Ernesto Monroy I am impressed by your,” Bidens Response to Ukraine” because Ukraine is a country that doesn’t have a huge army and needs lots of help. I believe it’s the right thing that Biden is doing so the United States doesn’t go to war with Russia. it is very saddening though because lots of citizens of Ukraine lost their lives in the war. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Many people are innocent and have lost their lives due to the ravages of war.” I think this is cruel because Russia is committing war crimes against Ukraine. Many people have already died in the Russian military already in Ukraine. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the way how you explained how Ukraine is struggling in the war. It’s very unfortunate that they can’t get any help from the United States.
  • Nicole's Sep 6, 06:28 comment on Three Habits Important to Me!
    Dear Jennifer,  I am impressed by your post, “Three Habits Important to Me!,” because I think it is nice how you connected these habits to your everyday life. For instance, the way you constantly asked questions to learn more about the NYC snow. This is very significant because asking questions is one of the most helpful ways to gain an understanding of things we don’t fully comprehend. Asking questions is also a good way to improve in certain areas by allowing us to gain knowledge from outside sources/perspectives. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Being able to recall important prior knowledge and use it to understand a text is another high-impact reading strategy.” I think this is very true because we are able to better acknowledge texts if we are able to understand the broader scope of what we are reading. Thank you for your writing! I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the way you brought up the idea that past knowledge can assist us in new situations. I find it interesting how we are constantly learning from former experiences.  Nicole
  • Joshua's Sep 6, 06:25 comment on Gen Z
    Hello Sayra I didn’t realize Gen Z impacted today’s society as we focus on making things better since our generation knows a lot about today’s society. What caught my attention was “many are aware of global problems” this caught my attention because back then people didn’t really know as much about global problems as our generation does. Thanks for writing this as this makes me wanna learn more about Gen z in the future and what we accomplished.
  • Jonathan's Sep 6, 05:35 comment on Why Gun Control Matters
    Dear Freya, I am surprised by your post, “Why Gun Control Matters,” because in the beginning you compared it to birth control and how it is harder for females to get an abortion. The reason I find this surprising is that guns and abortion are two very different thing, I don’t think you could really compare both in realistic ways. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “About a year ago, gay rights had been finally legalized in all 50 states of your country, but the fact that even though it’s legalized the LGBTQ+ community is still a threat from those who are against it.” I think this is not really necessary to bring up in this topic because it doesn’t have anything to do with gun violence. I don’t think bringing up your own opinion about something random could really help you convince the reader on how you feel about gun violence if it doesn’t have any relevance. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this topic is a big in our world, which if it is change it can cause major change in our world. Also I respect that you bring in facts as well, not just your opinion. Jonathan
  • Magdalena's Sep 6, 05:24 comment on Black Wall Street
    Dear Sianni,  I am disgusted by the fact that this even happened and shocked that this is something that I didn’t even know that occurred. It’s disgusting that so much damage was done just because of hate and jealousy.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Does it not depict a tragic part of history that America tries to hide and brush under the rug as if it never happened quite well? ” I think this is nothing but facts because this is one of many of the tragedies that the black community has faced. There are so many that people don’t even know of because they are hidden and are something that America tries to keep quiet so that no one finds out about it.  Thanks for your writing this. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I feel like this is something that people should know more of. I also like that you wrote this because it really is disgusting that these people had to face such horrific events. Can’t wait to see what you write next    – Magdalena Dominguez
  • Julio's Sep 6, 05:23 comment on Persisting
    Dear Marlen, I am happy by your post “Persisting” because it encourages me and others to not give up. Everyone at one point in their life has faced struggle but like you said they have to continue on. I have just started school I will definitely have to remember to not give up. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “My point here is that determination and persistence will take you wherever you need to go, whether professionally, academically, or personally”. I think this is encouraging because these are great values to live by. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I liked this post very much. Your post and attitude are what more people in this world need. Your determination is very inspiring and I would like to see more of what you think.
  • Francisco Duran's Sep 6, 04:38 comment on Two Sides of Abortion
    Dear Sofija I am intrigued by your project “Two Sides of abortion,” because I want to know the two sides of abortion, this topic is very sensitive and important to many people. One side would always believes that abortion should be needed and others disagree with that statement. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ” I knew that there were two sides to the issue but I didn’t know what percentage of people were on what side they were.” I think this is debatable because people always switch sides after seeing people’s points of view and people starting to have children and seeing why abortion might be needed. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because abortion is a difficult topic to express and many don’t know how to tell others. I believe you’ll post more about necessary topics like this one.
  • Joel's Sep 6, 04:31 comment on What would happen if we didn’t have sports?
    Dear Markie, I am happy with your post, “What would happen if we didn’t have sports?” because I absolutely agree with what you are saying. I feel sports are one of the biggest parts of our lives and without sports a lot more than just obesity levels will get messed up. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, ” Overall, not having sports in our life would result in a very negative outcome for our society.” I think this is clever because sports is a major part that keeps kids off the streets and alive. Another thing is it also keeps kids from getting into drugs. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because i like your topic. I like that you talked about a topic lots don’t think about but that are important in a way.
  • Yaslin's Sep 6, 03:53 comment on Are People Happier at a Desk Job or Labor Job?
    Dear Evan, I am impressed by your post, “Are People Happier at a Desk Job or Labor Job?,” because you mention how they both have the same amount of happiness in their work, but desk job workers are more likely to complain. I think that because they are staying in one spot for their whole job they get tired of sitting there.  But because those who work outside get to see everything going on around them, then they are less likely to complain. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ 76% of the 2,000 people surveyed said they were happy doing their roles, but workers on desk jobs were more likely to complain about their work environment.” I think this is a big factor because those with desk jobs are getting better pay than those that are working outside. But yet they still complain about their work environment, while those that work outside complain about their pay. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your topic was interesting as well as your choice of words Yaslin
  • Isaiah's Sep 6, 03:50 comment on Driverless Cars?
    Dear fernando: I am intrigued by your post ¨Driverless Cars,¨ because it is unbelievable to think that technology has grown so much to the point where cars can drive on their own. Self driving cars are the future they have helped many people and are good for the world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨Persons who are disabled or older people who are unable to drive safely may benefit from self-driving automobiles.¨ I think this is important because many older folks may have trouble driving but with this technology it can definitely help. This new system is going to be everywhere and people are going to want it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because future technology will change the world. Nw things will continue to be made and our generation will experience this great age of technology. Isaiah
  • Jose's Sep 6, 03:35 comment on Top 10 Reasons to Legalize and Regulate Cannabis
    Dear Yan, I am impressed by your post, “ Top 10 Reasons to Legalize and Regulate Cannabis,” because you mention how Cannabis is safer than alcohol and tobacco and its a reason to legalize it. I think that this is a great idea because people are dying trying to buy black market cannabis. But by legalizing it, there is a way to safely obtain the cannabis without having to give in to black market stuff.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ All the money and energy wasted on prohibiting cannabis can be used for other good causes and improve the situation of society to the next level. ” I think this is a big factor because if we legalize cannabis, then we can use those profits for many other things including fixing roads or creating new roads. As well as, creating a safer alternative to cannabis. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your topic was interesting as well as your choice of words Jose
  • OscarGC's Sep 6, 03:12 comment on Immigrants in America
    Dear Litzy I am amazed by your post about “Immigrants in America “ because immigrants are one of the reasons why this nation is up. It also talks about the benefits of having immigrants in America. One sentence that stood out to me was, “I learned that immigrants are what keeps this country running.” I think this sentence is true because They work at high rates and make up more than a third of the workforce in some industries. Thanks for your writing I look forward seeing what you write next, because this is an important subject that has been going on for decades. Oscar Gutierrez
  • Geidi's Sep 6, 02:53 comment on Women’s rights
    Dear Linette, I am in awe with what you wrote. I believe that everyone should have equal rights as this is supposed to be a free country. It is shocking to see that many people don’t want that and that organizations like the Anti-ERA are responsible for this battle of equality. What stands out for me with what you wrote is that there was a supposed lack of requirements needed to ratify the amendment. I feel like this has importance as other laws which really aren’t that much needed get ratified quickly while the ones that can have a greater impact are put aside. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to what more you have to say regarding this topic. -Geidi
  • Nancy's Sep 6, 02:52 comment on MY WONDERFUL TIO/UNCLE
    Dear Christina, I am very sorry for your loss. I am very moved by your publication, “MY WONDERFUL TION / UNCLE,” because you remember what your uncle was like and that nothing could turn off his joy, which is a beautiful thing. You always have to remember the best moments that a person leaves us in order to move forward. I have also had a loss in my family but I always remember the beautiful memories and I think that person would want to see me happy as he/she always was. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “I appreciated his life even in a wheelchair” I think this is very motivating because your uncle wanted to show you that no matter how bad things happen, you always have to find something good in them and never give up. Don’t let something superficial take away the smile you have. Thanks for your writing. I hope to see what you write next because I would like you to tell us more about your life. I hope that with time, you can heal the wounds of losing someone you love very much. I hope to see more publications in which people can identify themselves.
  • Isabel's Sep 6, 02:36 comment on Overprotective Parents
    Dear, Karen Sr I agree with your post about “Overprotective Parents” because, in my opinion, I believe that strict parents do create sneaky kids. Especially because you won’t just “deprive them of doing bad things” but you’ll lead them to do things behind your back and if something goes wrong they won’t ever have the courage or trust to ask you for help. This will result in further damage and even having to ask for help from someone else who wont bring them any good. A line that stood out to me was “What parents don’t realize is that having a child grow up like this can lead to a lot of distrust and distance within their relationship.” I totally agree! I know parents don’t do it with bad intentions and just want the best for us but if we can’t trust you to come and ask for help after we made a mistake then how do you expect us to have good communication with you or have a strong relationship with one another? Looking forward to more of your post! Isabel Fonseca
  • Isabel's Sep 6, 02:15 comment on Diet versus exercise: Which works better?
    Dear, Ramazan I am interested in your post “Diet versus exercise: Which works better?” because many people always try to do one or the other and their excuse is somewhat along the lines of “I would rather eat less than go lift weights” or “I love training but diet is just too hard”. A line that you said that stood out to me was “The number one mistake is that people commonly believe that results are instantaneous” I could not agree more! This is why so many people give up on their journey because they want it to be a temporary fix but in reality, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle of both exercise and diet, not one alone. Although, it’s a statistic that diet is 80% and training is 20%, when combined together it is made for optimal growth.I look forward to any of your future posts regarding nutrition and exercise because I as well am extremely passionate about the subject as it has helped me so much mentally and physically for about the past year now. 🙂 Isabel Foonseca
  • Jennifer's Sep 6, 02:01 comment on Body Image
    DearYamilet: I am appreciative, of your post, “Body Image”, because honestly, I think we all for the most part have thoughts about our body and what we can change about it. I appreciate how you included how men may also suffer with wanting to change something about their bodies I do not think many people keep that in mind. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “At the end of the day, everyone should be satisfied with their body image and do what’s best for their health and not their appearance. I think this is important to bring up because there is nothing wrong with wanting to be fit or gain some pounds as long as it’s in a healthy way and because they want to make themselves feel good. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like your point of view on things. I also am looking forward to what you write next because I like how you bring up topics that may sometimes be overlooked. Jennifer
  • Edith's Sep 6, 01:27 comment on The stress of High School !
    Dear Perla,  I acknowledge your post,”High School stress,”I feel like I can relate to this a lot to be honest. I feel like most teenagers feel very overwhelmed by all this, especially dealing with life outside of school. I feel like students would do better with a little break.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is,”I would say that students should consider their student mental health instead of grades and test/homework.¨ I think this is important because not many teenagers pay attention to thi, they are so focused on school work instead of themselves. I feel like people should take this seriously, this makes me feel a little better and like I should care for myself more.  Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it was important and very informative. I never really thought about how mental health is very important.  From, Edith
  • Anahi's Sep 6, 00:51 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    Dear Jessica, I am impressed with your post about “The Mental Health of Student-Athletes” because Mental health is a crucial topic and is not discussed much. Mental health is a terrifying thing and I feel like athletes’ mental health doesn’t get really acknowledged as much as it should be. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Mental Health is something that affects everyone, not just athletes”. I think this is very true but no one really takes athletes’ mental health seriously just because they are athletes and should be used to things being difficult. I know many athletes that struggle with different types of mental health issues due to the sport they play including myself and I just feel like we don’t get acknowledged because we are expected to be strong. In any sport that you do, there is failure which plays a big role in mental health problems as well.  Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is very interesting and very passionate so I’m looking forward to hearing more from you. Anahi
  • Karen's Sep 5, 23:56 comment on When You Should Take a Mental Health Days
    Dear Madison: I am impressed by your post,” When You Should Take a Mental Health Days,” because it is impressive how easy it is to stress yourself out. I think it’s quite scary how some people get their stress levels extremely high.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “They suggest many relaxing things, like attempting yoga, watching tv, and other mindless things.” I think this is interesting because these make your stress levels go down. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I would like to know what to do on stressful days. I would like to know more ways to destress myself since I am a very stressed person.  Karen
  • Brian's Sep 5, 23:53 comment on The stress of High School !
     Dear Perla, I acknowledged your post, ¨The stress of high school,¨ because it talks about the importance of adolescents’ mental health problems, and how schools should listen to adolescents when it comes to what they do every day and how that affects them mentally.  The most stressful thing about school is the academic responsibilities and pressure.  I agree with ¨always wanting to put so much work on our back and not letting us get a break,¨ because we do not only have to worry about one class but six more classes I believe it can be horrible mentally for adolescents to keep track of all the work.  This is why I found this article very important to speak on about because the school system has been broken since it was first a thing.
  • Guadalupe's Sep 5, 23:26 comment on Should school offer to the students take a nap during school time?
    Dear Monica: I am very intrigued with your post, Should school offer to the students take a nap during school time?” because having nap time would be a great idea for high schoolers to catch up on sleep and improve their health. By getting more rest, we will be able to focus better and get better grades. Even just 30 minutes of extra sleep could help. With this plan, students will be feeling and looking their best. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In the document they mention, “ Las Cruces students are allowed to use the pods- comfortable chairs with movable canopies for privacy for 20-minute snoozes when they’re feeling especially tired, before heading back to class. I think this is amazing because most times staff and teachers get mad about it and get us in trouble. Everyone is different, maybe some people have to work to provide for their family. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. 
  • Jasmin's Sep 5, 20:21 comment on Substance Abuse
    Dear Toby,  I am appreciative with your post, “Substance Abuse,” because it’s a devastating topic especially when your loved ones suffer from it. I definitely agree that substance abuse is easy to get attached to because it has become such normality. Younger children might develop substance abuse at such a young age because they see their role models doing it so it makes them want to try it.  One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Substance abuse is detrimental to Indian communities and leads to an unbreakable cycle of addiction throughout generations.” I think this is insane because imagine growing up in a household where substances are normalized and the younger children see substance abuse as a good thing. Some are also addicted to substances because they are hurt, traumatized, etc., and they feel as if nothing else will help them. It is tragic that Native Americans are the ones who suffer from substance abuse higher than everyone else because of poverty, lack of healthcare resources, and self-isolation.  Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you explain why substance abuse is such an important subject. I would like you to continue speaking on this because it is such a normalized topic with an unfortunate ending for all those who suffer from it.  Jasmin
  • Rebecca's Sep 5, 18:20 comment on Struggles and Injustices
    Dear Owen, I am concerned by your post, “Struggles and Injustices,” because it is concerning to see the injustices Native Americans go through. The reasons behind them, how they live with that during their everyday lives, and the outcome of those injustices. It is sad and not addressed as much as it should be.   One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “By showing the root of the problem, it turns the eye toward the perpetrators, not the victims.” I think this is interesting because it changes the way we view the problems and the struggles these Native Americans face. The injustices they receive from people who lack accurate knowledge of their history are also concerning and something we must put more thought and action towards.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you use images with the information you provide which helps the reader have a visual representation. You also describe details in a short and straightforward way. Rebecca 
  • Geraldine's Sep 5, 17:27 comment on Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts?
    Dear Valeria: I am attracted by your letter, “Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts”, because not all things teens post are bad. For example, they should only be in control of it if it comes to bullying but not if it is their emotions coming towards it.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It all started off when Levy tried out for her school’s cheerleading team and unfortunately didn’t make the cut. So she took out her anger on social media by trashing her school and saying negative things about it.” I think this is important because how are teens supposed to post how they feel on social media without having to feel like they can’t post anything?  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because not a lot of people talk about how teens use social media. I also liked how you mentioned how school should only be involved if it had to be dealing with someone getting bullied but that wasn’t the case.  Geraldine Cardenas
  • Christian's Sep 5, 16:58 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha, I am very thankful for your post, “Mental Heath Awareness in Schools,” because I feel like in modern times, students can feel a bit stressed by everything that is going on around their lives. Nowadays there is so many things to worry about, which can have a negative effect on student’s mental health. Not only is there things at school that can affect them, but also things at home and outside of school which can build up. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was: “Silence can leave a person suffering with no one to talk about issues of life.” This stood out to me because this is something that is sad but also true. I feel like a lot of people don’t have other people that they can reach out to talk about mental health and ask for help when they need it. Even when some people have close friends or family, they don’t feel comfortable sharing their state of mental health. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I feel like this is a topic that needs to be talked about more often. Thank your for bringing more awareness surrounding this topic, and hopefully people will be more open to talk about it. Christian
  • Antonia N's Sep 5, 16:48 comment on Writer’s Autobiography
    It is always interesting to know the writer from another view, and autobiography reveals the new sides of human personality. I read here https://graduateway.com/essay-examples/autobiography/ why many writers show their own life though the perspective of their characters. So I loved to know more facts about your life, so cool.
  • Gabriel's Sep 5, 14:51 comment on Is Technology Becoming Too Intrusive in Our Day to Day Lives?
    Having the apps spy on you and share data to advertisers is actually pretty tame. There’s so much worse things that could be done with these data. It has the potential to do real real harm to society. Imagine the worst case scenarios where someone actively seeking to use these data with malicious intents.
  • Dulce's Sep 5, 07:10 comment on The Biden Administration and Immigrants.
    Dear Ruendi, I am interested by your post “Biden’s administration and immigration,” because not a lot of people pay attention to the news or what is going on around them. I am one of these people so read your post was interesting to me because I did not know that Biden did that to the Haitians people when they most needed the help. So there is a lot of things that can be said about this but you also have to take in to consideration the solution the United States of America if doing through and their is only certain things that he can do at the moment even if it is sad. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is, “The Haitians had left and escaped their country because of the intense poverty, high crime rate, government corruption, and a lack of basic resources.” I think this quote is upsetting because these Haitian people have gone through unimaginable pain over the years and chose to come to the U.S. just to not get what they wanted the most. When I read that they were living under a bridge in the U.S. it hit me hard because it is sad to see that those people have gone through a lot in there country, in their travel to the U.S., and even more then they were sent back to there country by the president when they needed it after living under the a bridge. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is interesting for me to read and see these things. Also seeing peoples journeys and struggles interest me because it shows us that some people are very strong and never give up.
  • Julio's Sep 5, 02:26 comment on Good at basketball and making my brother laugh!
    Dear Isiah  I am impressed by your post, “Good at basketball and making my brother laugh!,” because you play a lot of basketball. I think it’s amazing that you enjoy playing basketball all the time. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “My greatest struggle in life is wearing a mask every day and going up and down the stairs.” I think this is funny because i’m pretty sure a lot of people felt the same way about the masks. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like playing basketball myself and I play a lot like you do. I would like you to continue talking about basketball.
  • Javier's Sep 4, 18:04 comment on Cool games
    dear Dawry I am satisfied with your post because you are right about how all videogames are not violent and that they do take a lot of trouble off your mind as you enjoy and play with your friends. one sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ¨For me, playing videos games is like yoga for my mind¨ I think this is absolutely true because due to our young minds especially as we get older there is so much responsibility to carry and all the stress it can cause us but video games give you a chance to put down all that weight for just one moment and enjoy yourself since it is a hobby like drawing or playing basketball. and then after you are done, you can go back to reality and deal with your problems with an even better attitude. thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this post is relatble.
  • Nicole's Sep 4, 05:10 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha,  I am very thankful for your post, “Mental Health Awareness in Schools,” because mental health is something that is usually not given enough attention. Because of this, students may feel ashamed or embarrassed to speak up about it since it is not spoken about enough. Although, I have noticed mental health in schools being brought up more recently via the news and media, which I think is progress.  A sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Mental health is a social issue that sometimes can be put off, not wanting to be seen as weakness.” I think this has become a very common way of thinking, which is part of the reason why mental health can be overlooked. Some people see others as “over-exaggerating” or “dramatic” and this creates a negative stigma around mental health, ultimately causing it to be seen as a weakness. I believe that people should be able to speak up about it without the fear of being shamed or neglected.  Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I appreciate how you acknowledge that WE can be the change that is needed for a positive impact to be made in people’s lives. With effort, more and more people can become more comfortable with reaching out for help or being the person to help out someone else.  Nicole
  • Sebastian's Sep 4, 03:57 comment on What if Dick Rowland Could Tell His Side of the Story?
    Dear Ny’Aira: I am impressed by your piece, “What if Dick Rowland Could Tell His Side of the Story?” because the Tulsa Race Massacre has stuck with me since the first time I learned about it. Simply put, it was very interesting to see someone put themselves in a mindset of Rowland to write a piece that represents how he felt. I really like the way you portrayed the fact that he was unjustly treated by the Oklahoma police. A sentence you wrote that really resonated with me was, “i tried using my only weapon i had to use was my mouth.” I think this is a really powerful way to describe the injustice that Rowland as well as countless other POC have experienced throughout the history of the United States. Describing a voice as a weapon really pushes two ideas, a pro, and a con. The pro is that you should never feel hopeless because you are always armed with a voice, it simply depends on how you communicate. The con however is that this weapon requires others to take up their own weapon to be most effective; though this may also be seen as a positive seeing as it sheds light on the idea that strength in numbers makes anything possible. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because from reading this, it is clear to me that you have a creative, but just voice. Seeing that people acknowledge injustice and use that terrible history to create creative pieces like yours to send a message is very encouraging; makes me think that hopefully more people will remember that acknowledging the injustices that occurred in our history will help us fight injustice today. Sebastian Estrada
  • Xavier's Sep 3, 21:25 comment on Persisting
    Dear Marlen I am moved by your post “Persisting,” because I think that with being persistent anything is achievable. Everyone faces hardships and obstacles but the thing that separates the great from the average is that the great fight and continue while others quit. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “as far as you have peace with your mind and heart, keep going and do not stop.” I think this is powerful because I believe that you have to be at peace with yourself before anyone else. Being mentally strong and available for yourself, allows you to be there for others and ready to help. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I feel that we have similar thoughts and you have powerful writing abilities. I hope you get to finish that book and share any information that could possibly relate to this. Xavier
  • Patricia's Sep 2, 21:54 comment on Mental Health of Athletes
    Dear, Lesly I am impressed by your post “Mental health of athletes” because this is so true athletes do get a lot of stress because they have to compete all the time. We all know that athletes are strong when it comes to competition . Also we know that they are humans too but they also have feelings and emotions. Sometimes it is really hard for them because they put so much pressure on and that is what makes them feel so stressed.  One sentence that stood out to me was that “ Mental Health is very important”. This stood out to me because I think that even though athletes sometimes don’t show how they actually feel doesn’t mean their not feeling bad. It would be a good idea for all the athletes to take a break from competing. As humans we need breaks because not everything is work. Taking breaks can really help all athletes to feel better about themselves.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your post was something really true and interesting.  Patricia 
  • Dayana's Sep 2, 19:23 comment on what is the American dream?
    Dear William, I was impressed by your article of “What is the American dream?” because i sometimes question what really is the American dream just like you. I think everyone has the right to be equal and have to right to achieve the same goals no matter what culture or race they are. I like how you mentioned about everyone having the same goal of “trying to be successful and working hard to support their families” this has a lot of meaning to me because from someone who grew up in a mexican household i know the real definition of hard work. My parents had doors closed on them because they are mexican. It is unfair that they had to work in bad conditions and bad weather while others had the opportunity to work in good conditions just because of race. I also agree with the statement of “Anyone can be American as long as they respect and unite for justice and liberty.” Thanks for writing i look forward to reading more sometime again!
  • Mackenzie Smith's Sep 2, 18:40 comment on How do we prevent underage drinking?
    Hi there, Danny, My name is Mackenzie Smith and I came across the helpful information you shared about teen health. Did you know that 70% of teens have admitted to trying alcohol before the age of 18. As you know, alcohol affects physical, mental, academic, and social factors for all, but even more so for teens. We recently made a guide about underage drinking and included information about that as well as the dangers of it, how to talk to teens about drinking, and other ways we can all ensure safety. Check it out below: Underage Drinking – brownandcrouppen.com/underage-drinking-and-its-dangers/ Let me know what you think! Thank you for your time and have a great day,
  • Isaac's Sep 2, 18:39 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha, I am very much impressed and grateful with your post, “Mental Health Awareness in Schools”, because of the manner in which you decided to tackle this topic. Not only did you wonderfully explain what exactly mental health is, but I also enjoyed how you ended by explaining how exactly one can help someone that is suffering form mental stress. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Mental health is a social issue that sometimes can be put off, not wanting to be seen as weakness.” I believe this statement to be very powerful because I feel as if I can connect personally to this statement as I too have struggled to be open at times with how I truly feel. Thank you for your writing and I hope to see what you come up with next. Thank you for speaking for those who do not have a voice or to those who just simply want to help them.
  • Yarali's Sep 2, 16:21 comment on Why is important to save moeny?
    DearKeily: I am thrilled about your post, “why is it important to save money,” because the ability to be able to put aside a certain amount for future purposes is often easier said than done. Many don’t know why to save and why it is important. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Money is a big resource that we use everyday and we most know how to spend it.” I think this is important because key word is “most”, many do not know how to save or developed those habits  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I hope you can provide information on ways to save up for those who might not have the ability. I have learned to save money by thinking threw purchases and utilizing apps such as honey to find discounts and ways I can spend less. Yarali
  • Yarali's Sep 2, 04:56 comment on Screen Time: How much Should Children Have ?
    Dear Karen Sr I am interested in your response post to the article by how you were able to effectively summarize and explain the article. I agree that children should be limited to screen exposure. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ I think parents should limit the amount of screen time their children have because it affects their social skills more than anything. ” I think this is important because social skills are important for the future. I think this because children should be able to develop these skills at an early age to be able to succeed in their future. I’d like to add on the blue lights emitted from the screens, causes damage to the eyes. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this is an important topic. Many parents are still unaware of the damage technology can have on the younger generations. Yarali
  • Yarali's Sep 2, 04:32 comment on Gender Neutrality
    Dear Brandi, I agree that a child is not able to identify themselves as children in some aspects. In your post “Gender Neutrality” you speak about children not being able to identify themselves. I agree many children are not able to identify themselves nor should they until they are able to understand themselves. But I disagree that it is not okay for them not to be able to if that’s what they so choose. This is because although children are children, many also are able to understand themselves and we should not underestimate them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: but how is one supposed to know who they are when they were allowed to identify themself as a “unicorn” or as an “it”?” I think this is incorrect because a gender is different to idenitiy. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I’m interested to read your response with this information. I hope you are interested to know why identity and gender are different. Yarali
  • Kimberly's Sep 2, 02:55 comment on Loneliness
    Dear Kristina,  I am shocked and it gives me an upsetting feeling while reading ¨Loneliness¨, because to know that even when one is around someone that they feel close to they can still feel a sense of being lonely or as if they dont fit in. I personally have never felt this way around the people I’m very close to, but don’t you think that if you feel that way with the people that you’re personally close to that you might not actually be as close to them as you thought? I think that when you’re around the people close to you they would always make you feel involved or included and you wouldnt feel that sense of loneliness.  One sense that you wrote and really stood out to me was ¨it is important for the people that do not experience these levels of loneliness and depression to put in the effort to understand and support those that may be dealing with issues¨, this is because i also agree with the fact that people who don’t experience this should learn as to why other feel this type of way. But how could people be interested in this? Or how could we begin to talk about this topic? Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you make some really great points about very important topics. Hopefully you write more about this topic because I really think that this is a very important thing. But sometimes people don’t realize how big of a deal it actually is.  -Kimberly
  • Omar's Sep 2, 02:47 comment on Evil
    Dear Angel, I relate to the fact that his statement that the brightest lights create the darkest shadows stood out. I have never heard that analogy in my life and I imagine that you and I had similar thoughts while reading this post.
  • Vanessa's Sep 2, 02:39 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha, I am relieved by your post, “Mental Health Awareness in Schools,” because not many people recognize mental health issues at a first glance. It can be challenging to see if someone has a mental illness or not so letting people know that you are there for them can be comforting. It can also let them realize they are not alone in the world. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “Silence can leave a person suffering with no one to talk about issues of life.” I think this is an impactful sentence because when people feel alone, they feel as if no one cares for them and no one wants to feel this way or see someone else feel this way. Furthermore, letting someone know they are not alone is not only comforting but also reassuring so they know they do belong in this world. Thank you for your writing, I look forward to seeing you write again because you know how to impact the reader. Also because you talk about important things that everyone should know about. Vanessa
  • Omar's Sep 2, 02:07 comment on Evil
    Dear Valentin, I am very impressed with your post, “evil”, because you go in-depth about the concept and you also connect it to religion, and how you recognize satan as the prime example of evil. Your grammar and use of English in this post really pop, it almost feels like you could write a novel about evil. One sentence you wrote that stands out is when you said “We grew up with the devil embodying evil as the face of evil” because it connects to me personally because I was raised with lessons of how the devil (satan), was the primary example of bad and it was best to follow the teachings of catholicism which goes against his principles. Also, when you grabbed my attention when you said “the brightest light creating the harshest shadows” because I have never heard that analogy before and I realize how true it is. Thank you for writing, I know you’ve graduated but I hope I can hear more of your writings in one form or another one day. You really gave me the vibe of a person who could be an author with this post!
  • Omar's Sep 2, 01:54 comment on Winds Of Change
    Dear Madai, I am with you on being glad to hear about the fact that wind turbines have a positive impact on our world. I also appreciate the fact that you are realistic that we may not be able to end pollution completely but it is still good to see some improvement.
  • Omar's Sep 2, 01:51 comment on Winds Of Change
    Dear James, I am impressed with your post “winds of change” because not only is your grammar spot on but the way you constructed your post makes it very easy to learn and gravitate to the information you provided. I think one sentence that stood out was when you said that “wind turbines do not release emissions that can pollute the air or water.” I think this is useful because it informs us that there is one less thing that we have to worry about polluting the air. Thank you for writing, I’m pretty sure you already graduated but this was a very informational post.
  • Diana's Sep 1, 21:39 comment on Should school offer to the students take a nap during school time?
    Dear Monica: I am surprised by your post “Should school offer to the students take a nap during school time?” because Many do need sleep in the community for stress. It has rushed many students that they may be with anxiety. Researchers have said that the students have a difficult time studying for not have enough sleep. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “School in New Mexico, they offered to the students to take a nap during the school time, they offered to take naps during school to address the growing awareness that a lack of sleep of the teens and to have the ability to do well in school. ” I think this is amazing because not many schools let us sleep in school and gives us in trouble for it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it’s interesting the thought that you have put for Mexico. I never knew that Mexico did let people sleep for more time. But that’s incredible! Diana,
  • Jocelyn Flores-Gomez's Sep 1, 18:52 comment on The Biggest Change of My Life
    Dear Kerly, I genuinely am impressed of your poem, ¨The Biggest Change In My Life¨ with the tone you used and how nervous yet so calm you sound. Moving to a whole new country is very diverse so just the idea of knowing you´re going elsewhere, where you have no clue of is insane. One sentence that definitely stood out to me is when your dad said, ¨I understand but this is a opportunity for a better future for you and your sister.¨It connected to me because I´ve always said you should always take advantage for as many opportunities you get. Opportunities are not everywhere and they come across you for a reason, a life changing reason sometimes. Thank you for your writing, I look forward to reading your upcoming poems and see how you express your emotions again! We would love to know what was your hardest thing to adapt to in your new journey. Jocelyn
  • Luis's Sep 1, 17:47 comment on Driving drunk
     I am 50/50 with your post, “Driving Drunk,” because yes many people lose their lives to this and this should be looked into I think having to have a breathalyzer test every time we want to go somewhere or do something would be pretty bad. For example what if you are just going down the street to the store or what if someone is seriously hurt and they needs to be taken to the hospital but they have to wait to breathe into a tube or for the driver to breathe into a tube and have to also wait for the results. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “. Even if there are disadvantages, I think it would be better to be blown into a tube than to lose your life.” I think this is true but still comes with its own risk because like I said what if there was an emergency and someone needed to get somewhere quickly but can’t because they’re waiting on results? Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have a very valid point. Also, I look forward to what you think about this. Luis
  • Juan's Sep 1, 16:42 comment on Skateboarding in the bay area
    Dear Manuel From the picture of the post to the title of the post, this automatically piqued my interest, so easily understandable, I got to understand the feeling that these skaters in Oakland have, coming across issues when all they wanna do is a harmless hobby. Something you said that caught my attention was that you said, in Oakland, the cities go as far as to put metal rods in the concrete just so people cant ride on there. I think this is very unnecessary and unfair that this is being done by the city, being granted little to no skateparks in the area, people would just wanna use public space to their advantage and skate there, but the city acts selfishly and only does things to prevent skaters not help them. I’m glad you addressed this issue since skating is a hobby to many, and can let people down due to the little accessibility of places to skate in the area, I hope things in Oakland change for all those who skate, whether it’s getting built more skateparks or open area where people can ride without any concern. Thanks for your writing Manuel, I look forward to what you have to write about next, from your choice of words to the whole format of the post. This is something I enjoyed reading and would wanna hear more about what you have to say next.
  • Kyla's Aug 31, 17:54 comment on Our bodies are not a political discussion
    Dear Kayla, This caught my attention because it is crazy to see people’s viewpoints and also very healthy too as well, so you can see both points of view and make your OWN decision. I am very interested in the topics you mention and interested in very contrversial subjects. When you talk about “our bodies should not be controlled by men,” it really caught my eye because i believe a lot of people see that way.
  • Diana's Aug 31, 03:22 comment on Youth and Impulsivity
    Dear Claudia: I am interested in your “Youth and Impulsivity”, proposal post because it revolved around the habits of mind that we learned. I know this would be a great learning experience for the students to learn about the multimodal concepts and how this will improve the areas in that students need reinforcement. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I’d like to focus on how to create a new format which includes a multimodal approach while developing a sense of what the habits of mind offer and how it’s importance in child development because I personally didn’t know that controlling abrupt responses, and impulsive behavior, as well as learning how to think before reacting are skills needed as children grow.” I think this is great because once you familiarize yourself with the different habits of mind, it can help improve the weakest areas. The habit of mind allows us to reflect on our thoughts and behaviors. Another sentence that caught my attention was “We could give these directions to the students: the teacher will ask them to write a short paragraph about the situations they feel they are not yet ready to confront. What situations make you feel vulnerable and for which you may not always have the answers.” This stood out for me because it’s not always easy to face reality and accept our weaknesses but allowing students to assimilate can help them as you say confront. Have you seen this https://youtu.be/0QXmmP4psbA ? I thought you might be interested in this because the video focuses on how students often are stuck in their thoughts but having them write them down as you had suggested would free their minds. I think it’s a great video of how we can help our students develop self-confidence while implementing habits of mind. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post was very well put together and it gave me a lot to think about and relate to.
  • Diana's Aug 31, 02:55 comment on Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind
    Dear Regina: I am amazed by your post, “Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind” because it was very detailed and well thought out. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The students will be using three different online learning environments for developing a footprint, a storyboard, and creating their own stories. They will use their favorite characters, settings, voice, special effects, and/or musical sound or video. They will be able to share their work using the email option or sending it to a cell phone as text“ I think this is a great idea in which students will engage not only individually but with each other while learning three different multimodal concepts. Another sentence that stood out to me was, “Share your biggest learning challenge and how it was resolved. I would also propose that the students give each other feedback on their work. They could use this checklist to self-assess and give each other feedback. I can: Persist on the task until I get it done. Change my mind and be flexible while working on a task.” This stood out for me because it is a great way for students to learn from one another without having any hard feelings. This will allow students to speak their minds and learn to receive feedback while also giving it. Have you seen this video https://youtu.be/LjCzbSLyIwI ? I thought you might be interested in this because you will have your students give each other feedback and I thought you would like to know the importance of feedback. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you had some really great ideas. Your proposal was very detailed that I was able to envision it.
  • Gimbya's Aug 31, 01:33 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha: I am fascinated by your post, “Mental Health Awareness in Schools” because schools need to acknowledge the fact that students have a hard time with not only their mental health but their separation of each. The mental part Is very important as it gives creativity, imagination, and memory to a person. While health offers the stability of one’s freedom from any pain whether it be physically, or emotionally. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Mental health is a social issue that sometimes can be put off, not wanting to be seen as weakness.” I think this is a consequence of people becoming introverts in society because when a person struggles with their mental health, they close out of the real world, and they will be seen as weak for showing signs of a struggle; strength, in today’s society, is expected. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are considerate of others’ capabilities of interacting with someone to speak to about their issues, as some of them can affect the way one thinks. Specifically, about the school, this topic is informative, to know the challenges students face throughout their education. Gimbya
  • Lizbeth Aguirre's Aug 30, 22:49 comment on Inspiring Women: Frida Kahlo and Malala Yousafzai
    Dear Martha, I am truly amazed at this post. I am Hispanic so I’ve known about Frida since I was really young. Learning about Malala was interesting to me because I have never heard her story. I think it is truly inspiring how both women fought for the rights of women. As you said, although they have very different stories, we can tell they have one great similarity.
  • Julio's Aug 30, 21:25 comment on Early History of the Death Penalty
    Dear Charles I am impressed by your post, “Early History of the death penalty,” because it is impressive how they let them kill them in a brutal way for a punishment. I think it’s impressive how many people they have killed doing this. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “William the conqueror was a more sane ruler and only used this form of punishment in times of war.” I think this is crazy because they only used it in times of wars and still had a lot of deaths. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like your all the facts you write about the death penalty. I would like you to continue talking about the death penalties. 
  • Lizbeth Aguirre's Aug 30, 19:41 comment on Learning to Find My Own Way
    Dominick, I am impressed with the way you’ve expressed yourself. You weren’t afraid to say that you’re not sure what your academic passion is. I agree with you that my biggest difficulty is leaving my childhood behind since it was the happiest time of my life. My biggest blessing is my family as well, my mother being my favorite person in the world. She’s the person who has always pushed me to do my best! I hope you have found peace with whatever your cousin did. Best of wishes.
  • Joel's Aug 30, 19:29 comment on body dysmorphia
    I agree as well, turning hard damaging emotions/environments into a positive uplifting outcome or outlet is essential. I love your point because only support and love can truly overcome such hate and impurity. I once dealt with serious issues regarding the topic but because I chose to involve myself with love I was able to turn such negative feelings into confidence. This is something everyone should attempt.
  • Joel's Aug 30, 19:24 comment on body dysmorphia
    Asher, I find it interesting just how belittled body dysmorphia is when it comes to the male part of the human population. I too have had my fair share of discomforts in certain environments and find it heartwarming to see such concepts addressed and uplifted. Truly such problems adhere to people and should be taken seriously, its of great interest when you mentioned “Anyone can have body image issues and it is really hard to overcome it ” it’s important to identify what faults allow society to make it a challenge to overcome such obstacles and posts like these are the stepping stones to such as. Support as such is what inspires hope, well done.
  • Hector's Aug 30, 19:18 comment on Driverless Cars?
    Dear Fernando: The talk about the possibility of driverless cars is very interesting. One sentence that stands out that can be positive that there will be driverless cars is “I believe that having a driverless automobile would be beneficial since I am familiar with numerous scenarios where individuals are driving home late at night and become weary. I believe that driverless cars will come eventually in the future, even tho they have got a lot of hate but as it said it can be a good thing for people. I say this because all technological advances have had setbacks and criticism, however, they can have a breakthrough and in the future, it can be a positive for people who need to get around but cannot drive since they can be driverless. There can be a possibility that they can come about and everyone has them an example is how they replaced horses to get around and they got replaced by cars. I believe that gas-powered cars will be replaced in the future by driverless technology. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next becuase its very interesting.
  • Lizbeth Aguirre's Aug 30, 17:43 comment on Really shocked me because it really happened to me once and it really is very ugly
    Dear Estefani, I am currently reading this book and I’m truly impacted by what I am reading. I connect it to the real world because there is really a lot of police brutality that is overlooked just because they were “under pressure”. I believe that there is no justification for murdering somebody because you FELT like you were in a danger. There are many other ways to handle a situation like this. This is so far a great book and I started reading it after I watched the movie! I definitely recommend it for the visuals.
  • Lizbeth Aguirre's Aug 30, 17:38 comment on MY WONDERFUL TIO/UNCLE
    Dear Cristin, I am so sorry for your loss. I believe this post is a great way to keep your uncle’s memory alive. I have not experienced a loss firsthand, but I can only imagine how terrible it must feel to lose someone so important to you. I can see that he was a very happy person and, based on your post, I can feel how amazing he made everyone around him feel. It seems that he was truly an amazing soul.
  • Alexia's Aug 30, 16:32 comment on Mental Health of Athletes
    Dear Lesly, I am astonished by your post, “Mental Health of Athletes,” because it contains vital information about athletes that no one who isn’t an athlete, ever really thinks about. There are many times when mainly everyone assumes that all athletes are okay and they got everything handed in the bag for college. They don’t see that side of being a student-athlete, or maybe even an athlete in general. One sentence that stood out for me was, “It is hard to express your feelings if people believe that athletes are not supposed to show signs of anything that would impact their physical or mental health, because we expect them to perform with such great strength and skill.” I think this is extremely important because you pointed out the idea of non-athletes expecting us to perform with perfect skill. With that being said, that gives us a lot more pressure than the game already does. I do agree that it is hard to express feelings, for everybody, especially if we are taught to not show any signs of us struggling. Thanks for your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you obviously understand that we all struggle with mental issues no matter if you are or aren’t an athlete, but I love how you said at the end that it is good athletes are more open about their issues. Seeing another one of these, but for another stereotype, is something I would love to see. Alexia Lozano
  • Nubia's Aug 30, 15:04 comment on The stress of High School !
    Dear Perla, I am impressed by your post, “The stress of High School,” because as myself I deal with stress almost every day and most of the time it is caused by school. It is impressive how almost everybody deals with it in a very different form.  One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “The way that their students’ actions or how they show up to school should be a way to know that they are going through stress and need a break.” I think this is an important sentence because stress is not only caused by school, it can be caused by something going on outside of school and can affect in the way while being in a classroom trying to learn.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like the way that you made comparisons to everyday lives. I know a lot of students appreciate your writing. 
  • Angel's Aug 30, 14:51 comment on Evil
    Dear Valentin, I am very intrigued by your post “Evil” because you explore the concept of it and where or how the ideas were created way back in time. One sentence that stands out for me is the idea of yin and yang, and also one idea I’ve never heard of before was the brightest lights create the darkest shadows. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you dove deep into the idea of evil itself and how well you brought up other philosophies and backstories for it and even the cause of evil itself which I found to be a very plausible theory.
  • Rebecca's Aug 30, 14:32 comment on American Means Impact
    Dear Julian,  I am impressed by your post, “America Means Impact,” because I have been wanting to learn about other people’s perspectives on what it means to be American and the responses you exposed are impressive. Each individual has their own opinion on what the definition of American is and knowing about them can help us have a broader understanding of what it actually means.  One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “I can confidently say that to be American means to be a positive force in our nation.” I think this is interesting because this definition covers a lot of what it means to be American. Not everyone with citizenship is a positive force and many without citizenship are Americans through this definition. I have met many people who contribute to our society and our nation so I strongly believe being an American has to do with the actions of oneself and not with what we own. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the topic you wrote about is important and the way you explained and described different points of view, connections, and your own opinion, is amazing. You also have a lot of backup sources and the information in your writing is organized and had my attention from beginning to end. Rebecca
  • Marie's Aug 30, 07:34 comment on What Does Too Much Screen Time Do to Children’s Brains?
    Dear Isabella: I am intrigued by post “What Does Too Much Screen Time Do to Children’s Brains?” because as a teen who is always on her phone I would like to know the effects of too much screen time. I also found this interesting because we live in a generation where most of these young people are placed in front of screens for a long period of time and not knowing or are aware of the damage it is causing to their brain. With technology advancing so rapidly also I think it is important that we know this information and limit the amount of screen time children have.One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “When children are glued to a screen in their early development they aren’t aware of those around them and their surroundings, and because they’re not watching social cues they’re aren’t able to process no-verbal cues. As well as using these devices for them are an addiction and they feed off of these screens when they don’t have them they suffer from withdrawal and have aggression and angry outburst when they are not using these devices.” I think this is important because I see a lot of mothers that tend to give their children the phone at really young for them to stop crying but they don’t realize that’s what is making them act out and and have episodes.Thanks for your writing.I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I need more important information that is a common but not really talked about. Marie
  • Evelin's Aug 30, 06:48 comment on How Would You Feel?
    Dear Gogisgksoquili, I am impressed by your poem, “How Would You Feel?” because of all the serious things that people of color have to go through. I saw the movie “The Hate U Give” and I just think this poem made me realize how more meaning full it is, Also how the word choice made the poem show real-world problems. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is when you begin every sentence with, “HOW WOULD YOU FEEL” because it’s showing the emotion and everything you’re fearing in your life. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your words of choice and all the figurative language made me really enjoy the story. This is because I get to understand how just one simple hair brush causes life and just being a person or a color can make everyone see you wrong Evelin
  • Luis's Aug 30, 06:43 comment on America
    Dear Ahmed I am moved by your post “America,” because it really shows the perspectives on America and how many people view them differently. One person may take it for granted. And other value all of it and are proud to be an american One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ” People risk deportation just to come to America and work, Just to make money for their families. But they see America as this perfect country because their countries are much worse in ways” I think this is very true because this is very accurate to my culture with my family and their ancestors. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you add a lot of thought into your writing and add various experiences that add so much Luis,
  • Joshua's Aug 30, 06:37 comment on Is Dress Code Fair ?
    Dear Eliana: I am amazed by your post, “Is Dress Code Fair?” as, it’s hard to understand why girls have more of a limit to dress. the paragraph really made me impressed as you talk about how mistreated girls get when it comes to the dress code. why do girls gotta cover up more when girls wear Tanktops, crop tops, or even ripped jeans when guys can wear the exact same thing and it doesn’t get reported, it really comes off as a stupid excuse for girls being restricted to wearing what the school wants as guys can wear whatever they want. this gets me to believe girls get judged too much rather than guys do. Joshua sandoval.
  • Jonathan's Aug 30, 06:18 comment on High School Stress
    Dear fernando I Agree about your post, “high School stress” because i can relate to this by stressing before an assignment. I did not realize that stress can make you work less efficently until I thought about it. I also study late at night and also didn’t realize it can cause more stress. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “stress can cause you to operate less efficiently and have an impact on how you handle other things.” I think this is agreeable because stressing makes me less focused in class. I also agree that students should use some of the stress relieving options. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this post was very relatble and believe that high school can be strssing if your not prepared. you described the importance of lowering stress witch I thought was very helpful to me. I really liked how this post caught my attention because of the topic. -Jonathan Sandoval
  • Oscar Gutierrez's Aug 30, 06:14 comment on Have we become too reliant on technology?
    Dear Angel G I am interested in your post “Have we become too reliant on technology?” because we are getting to the point where we are advancing with technology. I’d agree with you that we have been too reliant on technology. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “ think that we should take a break from technology and see the outdoors and have fun out there instead of being with our technology all day long.” And I would have to agree to this because we should be spending more time outside to see what’s there instead of looking through a screen. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because this is very helpful. I also believe that it could help us with our self-esteemOscar Gutierrez
  • Magdalena's Aug 30, 06:05 comment on Fat girl
    Dear shakia,  I am so impressed with your poen  “Fat girl ,” because it talks about things that girls struggle with. Nowadays people struggle more with their image due to what they see on the internet. They also struggle with all the name calling and standards people have set. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “f.a.t  A word that has been used to try and break me, hurt me, a word that has done nothing but bring tears to my eyes” I think this is something people don’t take seriously because they think they are being funny. But the reality is that they don’t even see the damage that they can be causing someone and the insecurities they could be causing someone.  . Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to see what else you speak about next. I also look forward to you speaking about other problems that people are facing. good thing that you wrote about the topic that people like to not talk about.   Magdalena dominguez
  • Blanca's Aug 30, 05:55 comment on Inspiring Women: Frida Kahlo and Malala Yousafzai
    Dear Martha , this is such an inspiring post “inspiring women frida kahlo and malala Yousafzai . This brought me into the idea of girl power because although we now that frida and Malala both had suffrages and hardships that in mal Ted there way of living they didn’t stop yet but they tried there hardest to an overcome of success. This really caught my attention because it also gave me like a little motivation into being in this world it makes me believe I have a purpose of being the person I am today . One sentences that made me interested was “By comparing Frida Kahlo to Malala Yosuatzai, I learn that both of them want the similarity to get women right and also by women having their voice” this sentence caught my eye because I am women and through history we’ve seen many changes into the women rights upon to this day there are still some struggles women face in todays society there have been hardships that can’t be an overcome into the womens rights . With one big loud voice we can make a change sinces we’ve done it before we can always try again . 
  • Yaslin's Aug 30, 05:29 comment on Persisting
    Dear Marlen,  I am very interested in your post about persistence because I agree that having the mindset to continue and be determined to complete something will help you push through setbacks and obstacles and finish what you started. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “Never give up.” This is because I think this is a great motto to live by because it will help you push through and persist. I feel like having a determined mindset will help you achieve your end goals because even if you fail you will continue to try and not give up because you have failed once already. Not only this but I also believe that perseverance and determination will motivate you to continue anything you have started that you may have put off. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really think  we share the same concept when it comes to being determined and having perseverance in life. I really enjoyed your post and would love to continue to see more to which I have similar thoughts about in the future. Yaslin
  • Emily Gutierrez's Aug 30, 05:28 comment on Coral Reefs are homes too
    Dear Madai: I am really intrigued by your comment about coral reefs because I am really interested in the ocean and all the life living in the ocean. I have been thinking about becoming a marine biologist because the ocean has always been really fascinating to me.  One sentence you wrote that stands out to me was ¨They also help protect and work as a shield for coastlines from storms.” I think this is amazing because of the shield. It helps keep things safe.  Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing if you write again. I really want to hear more about ocean life. I really enjoyed it. Emily
  • Kailey's Aug 30, 05:20 comment on Issues of Immigration
    Dear Lyjah I am very interested with your post, “Issues of Immigration,” because I am Mexican American which means I was born here in the United States, but the same can’t be said about most of my family, friends, and neighbors. Because of this I know how difficult it is for immigrants to move somewhere new, away from family and away from their native language. For example the culture shock one might get from moving to a state like California where you are not only presented with one new language but multiple, due to its diversity. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I feel that people move somewhere else because they have a dream they want to achieve or in hopes of their families living a better lifestyle.” I think this is important because this was the exact reason my family decided to move here years ago. See like most immigrants they came for the American Dream, where there were various more opportunities. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because we have similar options (in this topic specially). I’m also quite interested in the rest of your opinions and seeing your point of view. Kailey
  • Luis's Aug 30, 04:46 comment on No links between violent video games and shootings
    Dear Asher : I am intrigued by your post “No links between violent video games and shootings,” because not a lot of people talk about how video games have nothing to do with violent crimes. Many people like to blame the things that make less sense like video games and don’t want to address the more realistic problems like problems at home.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: Often people don’t want to address the harsh reality of the situation that it is most likely linked to their upbringing and mental health, which is a very tricky subject and one that we don’t have much information on and is always different from person to person. I think this is right because they want to find an easyway to blame something then actually look in to it and find the facts. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you are very good at getting your point across. Also i understood clearly of what your trying to say and i agree very much with what you are saying. Luis
  • Jose's Aug 30, 04:38 comment on COVID TESTS TO SCHOOLS
    Dear Christopher, I am impressed by your post, “ COVID TESTS TO SCHOOLS,” because you mention how they will be sending monthly covid tests to schools which would help reduce cases. I think that this is a great idea because we already dont wear masks so there is a higher chance of getting covid. But with tests they can be reduced by sending those who have covid home.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I also believe that it should not be given to the students because many simply do not care.” I think this is a big factor because if we send some to those that do not care they will just leave them or not use them properly. Instead, we should send some to those that truly do care and are willing to test to make sure. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your topic was interesting as well as your choice of words. Jose
  • Guadalupe Arcos's Aug 30, 04:28 comment on What Is the American Dream?
    Dear Nathaniel:  I am amazed by your post What is the American Dream? I agree with you that the dream of an American Is freedom and endless choices. I feel like the quote ¨It’s not about where you come from, it’s about where you are going?” Loved that you mentioned that every person has the desire to come here and live the American dream. People have that mindset that this is the land of opportunities which I think is true. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you really made me intrigued by what people who are immigrants look forward to when coming to America.     Guadalupe Arcos
  • Jennifer's Aug 30, 04:12 comment on Mental Health Awareness in Schools
    Dear Ascha: I am intrigued by your post “Mental Health Awareness in schools” because I think that you are right I think many people put off their mental health due to not wanting to show something they think others will view as weak. Also, I think you are absolutely right we should take the steps to make sure others feel like they have someone they can talk to if they need it. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is: “Our minds were meant to be open and free to navigate through life’s journey.” I think this is interesting because it is a different way of viewing what our minds are meant to do. I think it is also interesting because others may view our brain as having to be filled with many thoughts and questions and almost always thinking of something. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the way you view things in such an optimistic way. I also like how you ask a question for others to answer based on what you wrote. Jennifer
  • Joel's Aug 30, 03:58 comment on Do video games contribute to youth violence?
    Dear Dominic of “Do video games contribute to youth violence”. I am in complete disagreement with your post “Do video games contribute to youth violence” because for as long as i could remember i have been playing these rated M video games and never have i thought to do what is done in these games. I believe that the outcome of playing these games are really based on the person and their mind that is playing them. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is “Studies show that 60% of boys and 40% of girls in middle school that has played or watched a violent video game are bound to bully, fight, or have aggression.” i think this is false because a video game alone cannot determine or make someone’s mind twisted. There must be other things and reasons behind that building that mind of thought. Thanks for your writing, i look forward to what you write next because i believe this was false information. Joel
  • Fatima's Aug 30, 03:51 comment on Traveling back in time
    Dear Monica, I am overcome by your post “Traveling back in time” because it is impressive that the government of Greece and microsoft are getting together to create a vision from the past for us in the present. I think that created the preservation of the city of Olympia digitally is a great way for now and future generation to now about what has happened before then and the process it took to get to the level of construction they are in. One sentence you stated that stood out to me was, “They created this Olympic Games with a hope that people will learn about more of the past, and they hope that this also will help the future generations to learn the history of 2,000 years ago.”I think this idea is great because some people are fully educated in other countries history since they don’t fully teach it or at all in school. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what your write, because I like how you went and gave a little history on the subject and made connection to how it’ll impact the present and the future generations. I will like you to continue talking about other countries newest news and how they’ll be impacted and impact other. Fatima Alvarez
  • Nancy's Aug 30, 03:35 comment on Jayden: Description of a Child
    Dear Claudia, I am surprised by her publication, “Jayden: Description of a Child” because although there are many children in the classroom, you know a lot about Jayden’s behavior.  When you describe just the behavior of a child, you can see the attention they give to each child, which is very impressive to hear. I can’t imagine how I could know so much about children, especially when there is more than one. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “Teachers try to assist him with relaxing his body and calming his emotions.” This is something that amazes me because they try to help each day to improve and overcome things with which they have problems. For example, on some occasions, I have to take care of my two nephews,  which I think is a very difficult task and more so when you do not know what the problem is. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I wanted to know how you can pay so much attention to a specific child. I would like to know what else happens to children when they are cared for as each child is different. And I think that with your posts I could find a way to be able to pay more attention to my nephews and try to help them in any way I can. Nancy 
  • Rosamaria's Aug 30, 03:35 comment on Should schools provide days off for mental health?
    I think it would really be helpful for schools to provide days off for mental health because their are some students that might need a break during the week if they can’t complete going to school the whole week because of stress. Giving students the prospect of having days off from mental health can have big benefits. What I also think on the other hand also is mental health days should be once in a while. Mental health shouldn’t be to avoid problems or work from school because skipping important assignments like tests can make the problem worse.
  • Frankey's Aug 30, 03:11 comment on Why I Love Basketball
    Dear Dewry Im intrested by, your post, “why I love basketball,” Because I can relate to you just for the fact that me and my frinds also join up and play 3v3 agians people who play in the park. One sentince you worte that stands out for me is “Lebron James was born on December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio. At an early age James showed a natural talent for basketball. He was recruited by St. Vincent School. Many high school players joined their basketball team in 1999.” This sentence standed out for just beacuse of the fact that you know so much about one singler player. And yess lebron did win that ring with the lakers beacuse he is a goat. Thanks for your writing and I relley hope I can see a lot more of your intrest in basketball maybe you can talk about vince carter he is my favorate player all time.
  • Jasmin's Aug 30, 03:02 comment on Body Image
     Dear Yamilet,  I am amazed by your post, “Body Image” because poor body image causes people to constantly feel self-conscious and suffer from mental health. Society has affected many of us by setting beauty standards, they expect us to look a certain way. These beauty standards are toxic because they normalize unrealistic measures. They suggest that the key to building our self-esteem is physical ‘perfection’. I genuinely believe that social media takes a big part when it comes to body image, unrealistic expectations are put out everywhere on social media which negatively affects people by wanting to change their appearance.  One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “All the negative factors affecting someone’s body image cause harm to their mental health…Through the ideas of how one should look, people may make drastic changes to achieve a ‘perfect body image’ which can also cause harm to their body.” I think it is unbelievable because it’s outrageous what measures one may take just to get a perfect body image. Society’s unrealistic beauty standards create an immense sense of pressure.  Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because topics just like this one are extremely important for people to be aware of. You put your thoughts into what you wrote and explained everything so thoroughly.  Jasmin
  • Kelvin's Aug 30, 02:54 comment on Clocks Changing
    Dear Lesly, I am intrigued by your post, “Clocks Changing”, because it opens our eyes to see how much we are really wasting by changing the time for different seasons. We either go back an hour or forward an hour, but regardless we still miss out on an hour of our precious time and some of that time is spent adjusting to that time change. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “I think that the clock shouldn’t be changed, like how it has always been. It would just throw some people off.” I think this is interesting because people do struggle adjusting their sleep schedule to match that of the time change. It does make you realize that you may be missing out an hour of sleep that you used to have, but no longer because of the time changing. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the time change is something most people don’t talk about or see how it really affects people by the clocks changing when you least expect it. It’s something that most people look past, but little do they know it can be a major impact on people’s day to day lives.
  • Emmanuel Velasco's Aug 30, 02:34 comment on Should Video Gaming Be Considered a Sport?
    Dear Yaseen : I am interested with your post, “Should Video Gaming Be Considered a Sport?” because it is impressive how much video games have evolved in these past few years. Video games went from having fun with friends, to be one of the most competitive platforms in the world. Many kids dream of becoming the best gamers in the world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “It can improve our reflexes, strategic thinking, and attention spans” I think this is impressive because most adults see that video games are a waste of time when, in most cases, it really helps develop your skills. I agree that video games do improve your quick reaction time, strategic thinking, thinking under pressure, and concentration spans. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like your revolutionary ideas. I believe that you can change the perception of video games becoming a sport. I would like to know more about what ideas you have on video games. Emmanuel
  • Julio's Aug 30, 02:31 comment on I Hear you!
    Dear Karyn I am encouraged by your post “I hear You!” because I can relate to the various things you’ve said. I have not listened to my parents about everything they’ve said which does show room for openness. Just as you have learned to better yourself from your experiences I am working to do the same thing. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “In school, I was always uninterested in history and I limited myself to learning”. I think this is insightful because during my classes I need to remember that I’m in control of what I make of them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem very relatable. I would love to see what other life experiences you will share that others can also find value in.
  • Brian's Aug 30, 02:21 comment on Rise of A.I.
     Dear Yaseen,  I found your writing interesting on the topic “Rise of A.I.” mostly about the future of A.I. This is a very important topic for most of us because many worry about the future and many don’t.  I, on the other hand, feel that it can have many effects/consequences on the human race going deeper into the future when it comes to what we do daily in our lives as technology advances, but I can be wrong. Also, something that stood up to me was when you said “ Anyone that has a cellphone has already had data consumed by A.I. This is because A.I. tries to learn patterns of human behavior. Many people see this as an issue and it explains why many people are worried about the future of A.I.” This really stood out to me because it really just shows us how far we’ve come and how it will continue to act as a technological innovator for the foreseeable future.  I appreciate you talking about this topic because it’s very important and very concerning to many, but I hope as we move forward we only see good things coming from A.I. 🙂
  • Humberto's Aug 30, 02:11 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Dear Ariana, I am very impressed by your post, “The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws” because it is a very famous and discussed topic that you wrote about. I agree with you that guns are too easy to buy because at most all they need is to be over 21 or even 18 years old. I do believe gun laws should be a bit more strict. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Gun laws become very political because of the two opposing views of the topic.” I think this is interesting because the two sides that usually argue about gun control are both the republican and democrat party. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you wrote about an important topic. From what you wrote it seems ike you know  lot about what you were talking about. Humberto
  • Geidi's Aug 30, 02:02 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, I am in full agreement with your post, “High School Stress” as I feel that many people can relate to this on different levels. One sentence that stood out to me was, “It’s also a good idea to get enough sleep before the finals.” I find this to be important because most students put their sleep schedule off to the side in order to study late for the finals but I feel that that is not as efficient as they believe it is because when they are testing, they get tired quicker. Although I believe this, I know that people have different studying techniques and this may work better for them than it would others. Thank you for speaking on the topic of high school stress. I look forward to your future posts. -Geidi V
  • Antonia's Aug 30, 00:44 comment on Why am I scared of clowns?
    Dear Michelle:  I am intrigued by your post, “Why am I scared of clowns,” because I also have a fear of clowns. I think it’s interesting to understand why people are so afraid of clowns like myself. I do feel like clowns are useless because I feel like they don’t really do much but scare many people.  One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is. “I’ve had so many bad experiences with them that they have just scared me for life, beginning with, the cosmetics of a clown might be disturbing.” I think this is very interesting because I agree that the cosmetics of the clowns are very disturbing. I feel like the clown’s cosmetics are what causes people to be so afraid of them.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find it very interesting to know more about why people are scared of clowns like me. I would like you to continue writing more reasons why clowns are scary and useless.  Antonia
  • Patricia's Aug 30, 00:42 comment on The stress of high school
    Dear, Angel G  I am impressed by your post “The stress of high school” because to me it is interesting how every year that we go to school we go through this. I also think that is interesting to me because when we have finals a lot of the time we get scared of feeling that we’re gonna fail the final. As students we try to keep up the good work but sometimes it is actually hard and stressful at the same time.  One sentence that stood out to me was that “they should not give the final exam on the last day of school and not give so much work for the student to be under so much stress. This stood out to me because I think having too much work to do is not a good idea. Students should have less work to do because most of the students are always really busy working on their house or helping their family.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your post was something really true and interesting.  Patricia
  • Dulce's Aug 30, 00:29 comment on America Means Inequality
    Dear Jude, I am impressed with your post ” America means inequality” because I will like to know about what people think about the United States of America. I like the fact that connected to story to yourself and other people that are going through the same time but you have the courage. To speak about it is like for you to be a American not not fully a American. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In our own countries Declaration of Independence it states, ‘all men are created equal.’ This part of the document was written by a slave owner which highlights the ways in which our country is built on unkempt promises.” I think that this is important to know because it is nice to know the background of were our frames that the U.S.A. stands for come form. But the fact that they pointed out the U.S.A. is filled will false promises. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because knowing what people think like this gives me a prospective of what other people can feel in the U.S.A. and that do not have the same advantages like we do. But mostly in general I would like to know what is going through those peoples heads. Sincerely, Dulce
  • Lisbeth's Aug 30, 00:06 comment on Driving drunk
    Dear Samantha, I am stunned about your post “Driving Drunk,” because it is very shocking how many people decide to drive while they have been drinking and not knowing the risk there putting their lives in and/or other people’s. Many people lose their lives, whether they are innocent or not, through these car accidents. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “What I think about this is that it would be very good to implement things like this in cars since there are many people who drive drunk and we all run a risk.” I think this is important because we all are in risk all because of these people. No matter how safe we drive, we never know if we’ll go through something difficult like this like having a car accident with someone drunk. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it’s really interesting knowing about these real life situations. It’s a strong discussion because in our family, we may or may not have a family member that decides to drive drunk but we all know how dangerous it is. People need to lean how to drive safely to make sure everyone is safe and no more lives are taken away. Lisbeth
  • Francisco's Aug 30, 00:05 comment on The stress of High School !
    Dear Perla, I am intrigued by your post, “The Stress of High School” because as a student who is attending high school I can relate to how the author of the post feels. Throughout the three years of my high school, they all have been stressful, especially with finals. What’s the whole point of homework they should leave work at school. I feel like this would make students stressed free and let them gain more sleep so they could go to school a bit happier. The teacher gives too many assignments which could be bad for mental health since some kids work slower than others which could result in more stress since they could be behind on work. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “how finals can be one of the biggest stressful things ever, student want to do stuff that doesn’t make them lose energy or make lose interest in school.” I think this is important because I tend to feel the same way during finals I just want to give up. Maybe, we could put a stop to finals if it stresses out students and we as a society don’t want that for the kids. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it’s good to take initiative since nobody ever talks about these mental issues that student struggle with. Also, we might have similarities in our opinions of school whether it’s good or bad! -Francisco
  • Xavier's Aug 30, 00:02 comment on NFL to Hire More Diverse Coaches
    Dear Destiny, I am impressed with your post about diversity in coaching because it is a very true statement and I think it would be nice to see a change. I know this post talks about the NFL but I know this also applies in lower playing fields like college and high school. I go to many high school games and I see a majority of White or Black coaches but never any other race. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “Have you ever noticed that in the NFL we usually see male coaches who are usually of the race white?”. This sentence specifically stood out to me because this is what made me realize that there really is no diversity. I had never thought about it until I read that sentence. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it appears that you cover topics that do interest me and thoroughly explain your reasonings. I am also interested to see if you have any other posts or comments to see more of your opinions.
  • Angel's Aug 29, 23:35 comment on Actor Makes History at Oscars
    I am intrigued by your post, “Actor Makes History at Oscars,” because it goes to show that anybody can do anything even when they are held back by whatever obstacles are in their way. Some doubt those who want to become what they inspire to be because of an illness or disability they have, but your post shows a certainty about how even with doubts and obstacles holding them back anybody can become something great. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Troy Kotsur is the second deaf actor to receive an Oscar for acting.” I think this is convincing because there was already someone before “Troy Kotsur” that had won an oscar and was also deaf. Reading that he was only the second deaf oscar to win an oscar, should inspire others to work hard to achieve many more Oscars or become someone that others can look up to. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked how you post about certain topics and the examples you use, because there are things that most people wouldn’t really think are a big deal, without knowing that they can really inspire people. Angel
  • Viridiana's Aug 29, 23:32 comment on An Entrance to My Life
     The sentence´s that stood out to me was, ¨It was hard for me to control the thoughts that came and I’d often just let that thought out, even though it may not have been a fully developed one.¨ This stood out to me because I can relate to this. I have sometimes said things without thinking first. In the end, it end up becoming a problem because I didn’t think things through. It’s important to think before acting.
  • Dayana's Aug 29, 21:21 comment on The stress of High School !
    Dear Perla, I am intrigued by your post, “The stress of High School!” because as a highschool senior i can totally relate to how you feel. I have been so stressed with school before and it has made me lose interest into coming. One sentence that stood out to me was when you stated about teachers considering how their students feel, i feel like a lot of teachers don’t think about how their students feel and just handout work without thinking about how their life outside of school is. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you right next because i feel like we might have many similarities as students.
  • Julio's Aug 29, 21:14 comment on Mental Health in Schools
    Hi Kira. This post was extremely interesting to me because it made me realize other reasons/causes of mental health issues. Like when you talked about ages or psychology I never saw it that way which made me open my mind more about more problems. For instance, if the family you grew up in would also affect how you act or how you see the world. When you said Ages ¨6 through 17¨ really made me worried because 6!!! that so young i can never imagine that age being depressed. Kids now are just very immature and arent sure with the world and think then bullying is a good thing.
  • Isaiah's Aug 29, 21:13 comment on Coral Reefs are homes too
    Dear Madai I am interested in your post ¨Coral Reefs are homes too,¨ because people should have more focus on coral reefs, not only are they beautiful but they are very beneficial for others. With global warming, coral reefs are in danger and I can see your point on that. We need to protect coral reefs in order to sustain fish, many people rely on fish but with no homes and overfishing, I agree it can be a big problem. One sentence that stood out to me was ¨ between 2008 and 2019, the world lost about 14 percent of its total amount of coral reefs¨ I think this is important to know because we need reefs to stay alive.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am interested in other ways we can help the climate and wildlife Isaiah
  • Geraldine's Aug 29, 19:33 comment on Women’s rights
    Dear Linette I am impressed with your poem “Women’s Rights” because Man and women’s rights both matter no matter what because everyone should be getting treated equally. They also wouldn’t try to pass the rights because how the rights did not meet the requirements. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Additionally we discovered that it was made to ensure equal rights for both men and women which passed in 1972”. I think this is very important because not just women are important to this world. Men can also go threw the same thing as women can and just because a lot of people think men can’t get rapped or other things happen to them it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get treated differently.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because not a lot of people talk about how men and women have the same right not just because we live in the same world but because both genders can go threw the same things. A lot of people don’t know what they are going threw just because of different genders and because of any amendments not getting passed. Geraldine.
  • Ashley's Aug 29, 19:29 comment on Body Image
    Leah, I strongly agree with your point as you went over the things she talked about such as body image affecting both men and women and I strongly believe that people find the need to thing they’re suppose to be a certain person or society won’t accept them for who they are as they feel like they have to stand up to society’s “norms.” Thank you for your comment as it helped break down a little of what she was going over in her “Body images” post.
  • Ashley's Aug 29, 19:18 comment on Body Image
    Dear Yamilet, I am happy you made this post about “Body Image” as that’s something that a lot of people now a day suffer from. I believe many people will identify with your post as many suffer from body dysmorphia, they don’t feel comfortable in their own bodies, therefor reading this post will help them know they’re not alone. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was “A person undergoes many thoughts about themselves based on society’s so-called ‘standards.” I think that sentence was really powerful/meaningful because many because feel like they have to be a certain someone or fall in a certain category to fall into society’s “likings.” I believe that this sentence helps prove that society plays a huge role in the way people see each other and feel about, towards themselves. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because, you talk about many common problems that are occurring in today’s society. I believe you are a great writing with a lot of potential. — Ashley
  • Branden's Aug 29, 18:43 comment on If you wish to know what justice is, let injustice pursue you.
    Dear Rafael This lesson plan was really. It was organized and clear. The way you high-lighted the different sections was really good. It helped to separate every single part you were talking about. I like how you connected this activity into teaching history. One sentence you stated that stuck out to me was when you stated ” I believe that an effective way to guide students towards self-discover is to build awareness around the habits of mind. I believe that one of out responsibilities as a teacher is to help students find who they are and help find their voice and gifts. If we help them find these things, they will be successful in whatever they do in life. Keep doing the great work you are doing.
  • Yaritzi's Aug 29, 16:32 comment on Do Violent Video Games Make Kids More Violent
    Dear Dashiell, I very much agree with your post, “Do Violent Games Make Kids More Violent” because I also enjoy playing video games. I enjoy playing violent, horror, or mystery games. It’s just a hobby of mine that I like to do in my free time. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “It causes a stigma around video games that is undeserved, and it brings unnecessary hate to kids who just want to enjoy video games.” I think this is informative because it shows how games are seen as this horrible hobby when in reality it usually is just a form of entertainment. I find myself having fun when playing games because they help me forget about the other stressful things in my life. I also like how I’m able to achieve so much such as winning medals or passing levels in a game. So the fact that video games are seen as something that can affect kids negatively upsets me. Thanks for your post! I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to see what other thoughts and ideas we have in common. As well as, your opinions on other certain topics besides video games. Sincerely, Yaritzi Torres
  • Branden's Aug 29, 16:07 comment on Proposal
    Dear Crystal You did such a great job on writing your proposal. It was very clear, organized and understandable. I think the incorporating the activity ” all about me” is a great. One sentence that stuck out to me was when you stated ” The students will be given different options to choose from. For example, they can draw a picture, create a poster or record a video of the things they want us to know about themselves”. I believe this is great because it gives the students options to choose how to express themselves instead of having one way to do something. This shows the students that it is possible to have more than one way to do something. Students have different ways of expressing themselves and this activity will help them to find their way of expressing themselves and seeing how other students express themselves as well. Overall, this is a great activity that will help students with self-expression and it will help students to understand and get to know their classmates better. Keep doing the great and wonderful work you are doing.
  • Haydden's Aug 29, 15:54 comment on Using Habits of Mind to Play Music Better
    Im very fascinated by the thought of “Using Habits of Mind to Play Music Better” because it truly is fascinating to use psychological processing to move that into music making it much more significant. A sentence you wrote for me that intrigued me was when you said “you’ll certainly be exercising your ability to deeply and viscerally what your senses are pulling in.” I think this shows alot on how deep the thought of the psychological element in music can go Im interested to see how far this can go and what future things can be shown about this in music.
  • Sebastian's Aug 29, 15:48 comment on Passing my pride on to my daughters and my students
    Dear Stephanie: I am inspired by your post “Passing my pride on to my daughters and my students” because the idea of having pride in oneself and one’s identity has always been one of my favorite topics to study. I cannot say that I completely relate to your experience because everyone is unique, but I can say that understanding the power of pride is one thing we share. I too wish to one day help people understand that they are appreciated and loved in this world. One sentence you wrote that really stood out to me was, “I used to reproach my parents for taking me there. but today I thank them because I don’t change the woman I am today for anything.” I think this is extremely important because I feel it ties your entire message together. It represents your journey to accepting yourself and attaining that pride. It also shows that you understand the struggle of learning to be prideful in oneself.   Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the way you think. Your writing really captured my attention and your drive to help the world is contagious.   Sebastian Estrada,
  • Don Fond's Aug 29, 11:27 comment on Why Police Brutality is a Worldwide Issue
    The issue of police brutality is not new, and it should be discussed all over the world, but many people do not really understand what it means. I recommend reading more information on this resource for students https://happyessays.com/free-essays/police-brutality/ as experts gathered the determination of this term, corruption, relation of racism and police brutality which gives better understanding of all cruciality the people meet when it comes to police.
  • Marktucker08's Aug 29, 09:58 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
    I don’t see the point in insulting and discussing someone either. CBD Oil 20% It just seems to me that it takes too much of my energy and strength. I’m already trying to take cbd from the site always when I know that a heavy day at work awaits me and if I spend energy discussing others then there will be nothing left.
  • Melina's Aug 29, 05:34 comment on The Benefits of Strict Gun Laws
    Dear Ariana, I am completely blown away by your post, “The benefits of Strict Gun Laws” because of how you discuss and explain both parties’ arguments about why gun laws should or shouldn’t be restricted. When highlighting the benefits that would come with more restricted gun laws it made me so hopeful and optimistic for the future. To make sure people will be safe with their arms but also make others safe by making sure guns don’t fall into wrong hands. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, “People who are not mentally stable or that do not know how to use guns, should not be able to own one because it puts themselves and others in serious danger.” This sentence really stuck with me for the reason and truth behind it. When someone brings up restricting gun laws, another party argues that it’s their right to bear arms. THIS IS WHAT I MEAN! By only restricting people who may be a giant concern to others’ safety or their own. Simply check the person’s background and see if they may be a worry. Great work, I look forward to your future writings. From what I just read you seem to know what your talking about and have ideas about what is going on in today’s world. Keeping yourself notified and close to your beliefs without disrespecting others. Melina
  • Francisco's Aug 29, 05:12 comment on School Media
    Dear Arlette, I am moved by your post, “School Media,” because this is true about today’s social media. The media has always been like this, masks to hide from your crimes. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “they end up getting bullied or threaten another.” I think this is true because it happens on every platform, from it being a grown adults to a teenager. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this topic is necessary to stop future generations from being toxic on social media. Many bad influences are in social media which can end up getting kids bullied and I wish to see more awareness from you.
  • Clarissa's Aug 29, 04:57 comment on Should school offer to the students take a nap during school time?
    Dear Monica, I am very interested on your post, “Should school offer to the students take a nap duing school time?”, because it’s amazing how a school in new mexico offers nap time for their students during school hours and how these naps can help refresh a students brain to learn more. One sentence that stood out to me is: “I think it is an amazing idea because this can help students to take a nap when they are feeling quite tired, and they have the opportunity to do better at school.” I also agree with this opinion because I also think that if students are given an opportunity to rest for a while then they won’t be as tired and feel more freshed and can go back to learning.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Because this was very interesting on how other schools give their students time to nap while others don’t which would be interesting to see if others schools can give their students the time to nap during school hours. 
  • Edith's Aug 29, 04:16 comment on Covid-19 Creating Anxiety and Depression
    Dear Selena,  I am impressed by your post , “Covid-19 Creating Anxiety and Depression ,” I feel like I can also relate to that. I feel like it was so overwhelming for everyone to have to stay home for so long without really any social life. It did start feeling a little lonely and everyday felt repetitive.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “. Besides failing so many challenges there is always better days ahead.” I think this is important  because it´s positive, even if during this time things were challenging we have to be optimistic about how things are going to turn out. I feel like people should be hearing this more, if I read this while I was at home I would have felt a bit better.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it was informative and very optimistic. I never would have thought of it that way now if I hadn’t read this.  From, Edith 
  • Belen's Aug 29, 04:03 comment on Human trafficking: Modern Slavery
    Dear Lizbeth, I am intrigued by your post, “Human trafficking: Modern Slavery” because it is honestly terrifying how common human trafficking has gotten over the years. I have recently been seeing so many news on tactics human traffickers use to lure their victim, which is again, terrifying because not many people are aware or educated well enough to know how easy it is to actually fall for them. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “I knew human trafficking happened in many places, of course in secret.” I think this sentence caught my attention the most because it does happen in secret, but what a lot of people don’t know is that human trafficking isn’t limited to a person luring or kidnapping another stranger. Human traffickers can be disguised as a family member, or it could even be someone’s own partner. Knowing there is more awareness being made on human trafficking is amazing because we can potentially help spot and prevent these situations. Thanks for your writing! I look forward to seeing what you write next because I think it is extremely important that topics like this are being discussed about and getting more awareness. Belen
  • Jonathan's Aug 29, 03:47 comment on The Contributing Privilege
    Dear Akeal,  I am surprised by your post, “ The Contributing Privilege,” because your post was about 7 years ago and nowadays people of different races are still being treated the same as if it were 7 years ago. There has been some good change, there isn’t as much discrimination but it still happens and that is why I’m surprised because this topic isn’t new to our society, yet there hasn’t been enough change throughout the years.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Therefore although there aren’t that many black people in the U.S., they seem to have been the second largest group killed by police.” I think this is crazy because the fact that you said there’s 13% blacks in the U.S. population but yet blacks are the second most killed by police just proves how the discrimination there was and the privilege that cops took advantage of. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like that you bring the facts and you prove what you bring, unlike others who just state their opinion. I also like that at the end of your post, you mention that you are going to research even more and into other related topics. Jonathan 
  • Karen's Aug 28, 23:13 comment on Kayden: Description of a Child
    Dear Karyn I am impressed by your post, “Kayden: Description of a Child” because Kayden’s interactions and interests are  pretty impressive and interesting. I think it’s really cool how he can make friends rather quickly and easily.  One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is,” When the alarm rings, he’s eager to complete the task at hand.” I think this is impressive because not a lot of people older than him can complete the task at hand quick enough like him.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this post was really fun to read and awesome to explain what he can or can’t do. I like the description to each category.  Karen
  • Vanessa's Aug 28, 21:53 comment on Protecting Our Right to Choose
    Dear Alyssa, I am intrigued by your post, “Protecting our Right to Choose,” because it talks about women’s right to choose whether they want to be a mother or not. I like hearing people’s thoughts on this topic since everyone thinks differently. I do agree that women should have the right to choose what they do with their bodies. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “… the price is worth it to be able to protect women’s constitutional right to choose.” I think this is important due to the fact that women should have rights in what they do with themselves. Additionally, women should not be controlled by what the government wants. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing you write again because I believe you talk about important and interesting things. Furthermore, the topics are about subjects that should be spoken of more. Vanessa
  • Anahi's Aug 28, 20:01 comment on COVID-19 and getting back to school
    Dear Cecilia: I am impressed by your post, “COVID-19 and getting back to school,” because you identified many important points about all the pros and cons of coming back to school. I think it is also very important that we go back to school not only for education but also for our physical health.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Opening back schools are important not just for the child’s learning experience, but also the social, physical, and mental health of the child.” I think this is very true because kids need to build their communication skills and by doing that they need to have social interaction but I also understand that COVID-19 can be very dangerous so we need to also think about that too. It is a very hard decision to think about because you need social interaction to build those skills but we also need to have that safe environment.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you make some very great points. I also like that you talk about what’s happening in the world right now and give many examples of why it’s good or bad. Anahi 
  • Hector's Aug 26, 22:04 comment on Screen Time: How much Should Children Have ?
    Too much screen time is bad for children is a good story because it explained the affects of how bad screen time for little kids is and what it can do to the brain.
  • Lizbeth Aguirre's Aug 26, 22:04 comment on The Biggest Change of My Life
    Dear Kerly, I truly enjoyed your poem because it talks about the grievance when leaving your home country. It gave me a first person perspective on what that experience might feel like. I hope you have found your peace in the US. I love the personal photo you used as well !
  • Manuel's Aug 26, 22:02 comment on Jayden: Description of a Child
    one sentence you wrote that stood out to me was that jayden needs to be encouraged in order to try in other areas. this is important to me because i wonder what keeps jayden back from trying on his own.
  • Isaac's Aug 26, 21:50 comment on This is Me
    Dear Branden, I find your post, “This Is Me”, very relatable because I too feel as if sometimes people aren’t listening but also because too genuinely enjoy listening to others. I actually find it surprising that the situation you describe seems as if it is from my perspective. Specifically, one sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is: “Listening to people helps me to understand who they are, how they are, and why they are who they are.” I find this very touching because not a lot of people even care about the state of their friends, which I can find upsetting sometimes. Thanks for you input in this topic/subject. I would like to learn more about your opinion on mental health and how it potentially affects someone who is denied that openness to express themselves. I would also like for you to continue to write more on this specific matter. Thank You. Isaac
  • Francisco's Aug 26, 21:43 comment on Women’s rights
    yes
  • Manuel's Aug 26, 21:42 comment on Women’s rights
    valid
  • Javier's Aug 26, 21:15 comment on Evil
    dear Valentin I am very interested in your post because I love how you were able to explain the basics of good and evil as it does play a big role in storytelling of all kinds. one sentence that stands out to me was ¨good and evil is tied to our premise of morality¨ I think this is absolutely true because depending on where the individual came from and how the individual was taught and treated might change the individual’s feelings and deep thoughts and opinions and might change its morals and values thank you for writing I look forward to your next post because it is interesting
  • Stefanie's Aug 26, 21:14 comment on Women’s rights
    Dear Linette, I am interested with your post,”Women’s Rights because i also agree all women should have equal rights just as men. I think we shoudl also have those rights where we are free on doing anything we desire just like them. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, “I am delighted to see that people were able to stand with one another in order to protest which did gain them more time”I think this is intersting because it shows how these women fought for their rights and had protests to support them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward in seeing what you write next,because i think that it is interesting in the way you support your argument. Stefanie
  • Christian's Aug 26, 21:14 comment on What Does Too Much Screen Time Do to Children’s Brains?
    Dear Isabella: I am intrigued by your post, “What Does Too Much Screen Time Do To Children’s Brains?” because it is something that I have been interested in for quite a while. I feel like this has always been a problem since technology has been advancing, and even now in modern times I feel like this is even more of a problem.  One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: “In addition, they also don’t know how to interact with others in person because of their screen time and they don’t like interacting with others because of the awkwardness and uncomfortable that it brings and would rather be on a screen and limit their interactions with others dramatically.” I think that this is interesting because in modern society, I feel like communication is one of the most important things. Personally, I feel like having trouble communicating in these times is a problem. I feel like children should spend less time on technology if it is going to affect their communication.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this is such an interesting topic. It also provides evidence that supports your claim, which is something that I find trustworthy. Thank you for your time.  Christian
  • Joshua's Aug 26, 21:13 comment on Judged because of our skin
    Dear Niazia : I am delighted with your poem, “Judged because of our skin,” because racial segregation and being dehumanized is a major issues faced within the world. We can only hope it will get resolved in the best way possible as soon as we can. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “color must never determine fate” I think this is amazing because it never does. It’s not our decision to be born as who we are but we can choose to be proud of who we are. Having self-pride is best for everyone so we can be heard. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am truly intrigued as to what an amazing poem you have written. It inspired me to make it more known to other people how big of an issue this truly is. I genuinely look forward to reading more beautiful poems you will hopefully write in the future. Joshua
  • Julio's Aug 26, 21:11 comment on Uniforms aren’t needed
    I agree and think uniforms are just not necessary items and can hurt some families who can barely pass by with money.
  • Julio's Aug 26, 21:09 comment on Uniforms aren’t needed
    Dear Dominic I really liked that when you were talking about gang colors and said, ¨Uniforms cannot hide personalities¨ because of how strong it sounds when being used. When students wear clothing most are not gang related or infiliated. Clothing cannot hide what actions you do or words you say diffrently once you are known no cothing can change you. Wearing uniforms was not my favroite because it ruined my style and i couldn´t tell myself to anyone apart. We are all the same looking with clothes but other people are happier or angrier than others. All in all this was very strong to write and a topic i like reading about very much.
  • Alexia's Aug 26, 21:08 comment on Body Image
    Dear Yamilet, I appreciate you for this post, “Body Image,” because a lot of people think that issues with how we view ourselves are just from rude comments people say about us. Whether it’s in front of our faces or behind our backs. I think it’s diverting that you briefly explained how it isn’t just about what people say to us, but what we see and hear around us. One sentence that really stood out to me was: “All the negative factors affecting someone’s body image causes harm to their mental health.” I think this is very noble to put out there. Most people don’t understand that commenting on someone’s body can create serious mental problems. I struggle with these problems as well. Either being called pretty for being skinny then thinking I wasn’t skinny enough or being called too skinny and constantly overeating. I remember going through serious mental issues just from worrying about my body and how it looks, then it only got worse from there. Thank you so much for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem to understand the societal mental issues that no one ever cares to talk about as much these days.
  • Diana's Aug 26, 21:04 comment on Until Black Women are Free, None of Us Will Be Free
    Dear Arual : I am mad by your post, “ Until Black Women are free, None of us will be free” because it is impressive the injustice these people have received are women. I can’t really describe how embarrassing this is as in my perspective  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “counter to the treatment of Black people in America, we have decided to protest. It is our right to protest but they seem to be a place to incarcerate Black people who want equal rights. Black women should be credited as the leaders of these movements.” I think this is amazing because everyone deserves to have the right to be here as an equivalent person.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it’s interesting how we all can relate to the same how miss treated we can be without knowing as a matter of fact. I personally wouldn’t want this to come through our life. But I can assure you that it’s considered cruelty.   Diana
  • Kimberly Equihua's Aug 26, 21:00 comment on MY WONDERFUL TIO/UNCLE
    Dear Cristin,  I am so sorry for your loss that you described in, ¨My Wonder Tio/Unlce¨. I can relate to you in the same sense because i myself also lost my uncle its been almost a year since it happened. I can truly understand how much pain losing a loved one causes to a person. One sentence that really stood out to me was ¨He was a kind, funny, sweet, lovely person who will be missed by many of his people he knew; not just his family, but friends and strangers as well from his area where he grew up. ¨ I believe that this is something i can connect with because my uncle as well, was loved by many not just family wise but everyone he came to know and even those who he had only met once. A lot of the times we fail to appreciate someone while they are here and one you do realize what you had you come to regret everything you didn´t say or everything you didn´t do with this person.  Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this really did hit home and it was very well written. I hope you keep writing about other things others may relate to.
  • Marcos's Aug 26, 20:45 comment on The stress of High School !
    Dear Perla, I am stupefied by your post,”The stress of High School!,” because I agree with this. Although i never really felt anything towards the finals, i hate going to school to participate. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is. ” i would say that student should consider their student mental health instead of grades and test/ homework.” I think this is correct when speaking from a humans perspective, but when it comes to passing and graduating, it is expected to try your hardest even sacrificing a little, such as your mental health. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to whatever’s next since it might help me complete an assignment. Marcos
  • Juan's Aug 26, 16:40 comment on Descriptive Review of a Broken Child: Raheem
    Dear Jesse From the word choice in the title to the picture of the post, “Descriptive Review of a broken child” this automatically piqued my interest. Listening to what you are telling here, it is very interesting seeing someone who can have very “normal” or just the “usual” aspects, such as what he wore, how he would act with friends, all this would be something even I can relate to. But even with these “normal” aspects, he handles things much differently than most, Now, just because he acts this way doesn’t affect his intelligence, based on your observations, he is very much an intelligent student and all that is needed to help, is someone like you, someone to observe occasions like such and help spread the word, that although someone may look or act a certain way, that doesn’t fully interpret a person. Thank you for writing, with the way this section was told, the specific word choice, and the amazing observation that was made, I very much would like to hear about what you have to write about next. Juan
  • Natalia's Aug 26, 15:47 comment on Women’s rights
    Thank you for your post Linette.
  • Jimmy's Aug 26, 15:38 comment on Ukraine Asks for More Help and Biden Responds
    I think America/Biden should send support to Ukraine, as well as offer asylum to those fleeing, but I think we should stay out of joining a fight. I am Pro Ukraine but America joining in to directly fight could cause a chain reaction that puts the whole world at risk. Most countries now have access to weapons that could wipe out an entire country. If the Cuban Missile Crisis scared you, then think about how dangerous new weapons can be. Not to be one of those “Oh My God WWIII” but we’ve seen what happens when a country sends support by joining a war. I believe in offering asylum and sending other types of support is the safest thing to do.
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  • Branden's Aug 26, 11:42 comment on Old Mixed With The New!
    Dear Marina Thank you so much for you kind and encouraging words. I will definitely check out the article. I want my students to have a great a great experience and not limit themselves in what they can do. My hope for them is to combine technology with the way music is taught to to help my students succeed in life. Thank you so much again for your comment.
  • Marina Lombardo's Aug 19, 17:04 comment on Old Mixed With The New!
    Dear Branden: I am interested in your proposal, “Old Mixed with the New,” because I am a big fan of setting up virtual learning spaces for students. Although they take time to design, teach, and learn, the payoff is worth it for both you and your learners! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I’d like to focus on how to incorporate Kumo Space into our teaching because I believe it will help us to connect and help our students.” I agree with you that online community centers can support educators in getting to know their students. Although developing relationships in online settings can be difficult, the educator’s design and steps to welcome and nurture comfort and engagement in a virtual space are game changers. With all the forms of interactivity and opportunities for multi-modality in Kumospace, I think you have selected an ideal platform to host your lesson proposal. Another sentence that I resonate with is “When the students complete this activity, they will have made progress on these two standards, which are students’ learning and building relationships with one another and learning new techniques that can help them become better musicians.” This stood out to me because you have framed this experience to support the growth of many skills that will benefit students. Not only that, but you are also offering them the agency to make decisions about how to use the space when class is out of session and when they have collaborative tasks to work on. Recently, I went to an episode of TTT (Teachers Teaching Teachers). A teacher from California shared how she also invites her learners to help design the Kumospace floor. That could be another fun and team building experience to help the students build relationships while thinking through a music lens.  Have you seen this article on NAMLE (National Association of Music Education? It is called “Seven Benefits of Distance Learning to Consider.” I thought you might be interested in this because the author identified several positives that emerge when using a virtual space for music instruction. Some of those benefits match up with your objectives. For example, you indicated that you want this experience to foster relationships, and the author feels that in an online setting, music collaboration can be more productive. In fact, he states, “In person, students are more likely to get sidetracked, the slacker is more easily distracted, and the overachiever tries to take over. It’s like a typical garage band rehearsal. Observing students work together online, though, they seem more goal-oriented and don’t get sidetracked as much. Because music collaborations online almost always involve a recording, even the slacker feels the need to produce. The permanence of a recording motivates.” He shares a wealth of information based on his experience that I thought was very interesting as a non-music teacher. I am curious to see if you will have some of the same thoughts before, during, and after you introduce the Kumospace as a center for learning. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing how your experience goes and how the students respond to the Kumospace experience. I expect you will have a positive response! Enjoy! Marina
  • Diana's Aug 18, 04:35 comment on Kayden: Description of a Child
    Dear Karyn: I am very curious in regards to his behavior knowing that he is on the spectrum because I can imagine how difficult some situations may arise. However, I am glad he is able to make friends and that by now you know what works best for him such as when you mentioned he is better off sitting with other students who keep on task so he too could do the same. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Kayden is very particular about the music or sounds he wants to listen to. If you don’t hit the nail on the head he progressively gets more irritated. If by the 3rd try you have not gotten it right it causes an outburst.” I think this stood out because sometimes for students expressing themselves is not as easy, let alone if he is on the spectrum. Another sentence that caught my attention was,”Kayden thrives off of routines. If there is something that needs to get done but he gives you a hard time all you need to do is set an alarm. When the alarm rings he’s eager to complete the task at hand. This stood out for me because I think this is amazing. I feel that if he is prepared then he knows what to expect. Have you seen this video https://youtu.be/gZqV6bf8W58 ? I thought you might be interested in this because you mentioned he gets irritated and this video focuses briefly on how to manage challenging behaviors. Of course, I know it’s not as extensive but I thought it might enlighten you. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you were very detailed and straightforward.
  • Crystal's Aug 13, 00:18 comment on Proposal
    Dear Marina: Thank you for taking the time to read my proposal and comment on it. I enjoyed reading your comment as I found it very detailed and informative.            Something that you mentioned that stood out to me was, “I think this is a thoughtful way to explain multimodal learning because some people may think multimodal learning means all technology when they hear the word.” I initially thought the same way. I thought that multimodal meant integrating technology and had a difficult time thinking of how to incorporate this into an activity that was age-appropriate for Pre-K students. However, after speaking with you, Nicki, and Jennifer and reading the document about multimodal learning, I realized this is not necessarily true. We can make instruction multimodal by teaching a concept using different methods.       Another thing that stood out to me was, “Since you are focusing on an all about me project, your learners are introducing themselves to the community by sharing who they are but also by how they like to create.” This stood out to me because this was something that I wanted to accomplish. I wanted the students to have multiple ways of performing the activity and give them different opportunities to express themselves in the best way that they could. Using this method in your instruction will make it more meaningful for them since they will have different modalities to choose from and address their learning style.       Thank you so much for the recommendation you gave me. I will definitely look into it and see how I can integrate Scratch Jr. into my project when I do it in the classroom.
  • Marina Lombardo's Aug 12, 21:55 comment on Proposal
    Dear Crystal: I am delighted by your lesson proposal because you realize the importance of identity work right from the start. Not only that, you are sharing that it is important for students to have options in how they choose to create. Your proposal demonstrates a consolidation of ideas from your summer learning. That is fantastic! One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “A multimodal approach means a lesson is introduced in multiple ways; it can be performed using visuals, movement, auditory, reading, and writing to meet students’ learning goals.” I think this is a thoughtful way to explain multimodal learning because some people may think multimodal learning means all technology when they hear the word. However, as a group, the LUTE Stem group unpacked that it is so much more than that. Additionally, your explanation reminds me that our learners appreciate voice and choice when creating. By designing a multi-modal learning experience that allows for variety, you are offering learners a voice in deciding how they want to work towards expectations. Another sentence that I resonated with was: “Since it is the beginning of the school year, it will serve as an introduction to the class and their classmates. This will help to get to know the students and make connections within themselves..” This stood out to me because it echoed the ideas of voice and choice again. Since you are focusing on an all about me project, your learners are introducing themselves to the community by sharing who they are but also by how they like to create. This is an important part of an individual as well and it is inspiring that you have decided to allow them to have choice of modality. Have you seen this lesson on Scratch Jr. Connect? It is called Scratch Jr Art Curriculum: Self-Portraits. I thought you might be interested in this because of your experience with Scratch from this summer and because it is an option that you could offer younger learners on a platform that is appropriate for them developmentally. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have shown that developing both the whole child and the community that they are a part of is important to you as an educator. That makes me so excited for your learners! Marina
  • Claudia's Aug 12, 12:05 comment on Youth and Impulsivity
    Hello Marina, I truly appreciate your thoughtful and understanding response. While writing this proposal all I thought about was on how constructive would’ve been for me having a teacher working and guiding me on how to control my emotions and responses with the outside world. I reflect deeply in such behavior because like I mentioned in my proposal, I wished I had known the habits of mind earlier. I think it would be very beneficial providing our youth with such important topic. They need to have the right tools relating to behavior, growth, impulsivity and how to take an advice and accept others opinions without having to argue or feel offended. I understand that maturity comes in the package and is also essential when developing such abilities but providing some type of exposure to techniques on how to control their impulses can be very helpful.
  • Marina Lombardo's Aug 10, 19:47 comment on Youth and Impulsivity
    Dear Claudia: I am   interested in your proposal, “Youth and Impulsivity,” because you designed a lesson that helps students become aware of their impulsivity. This is not always easy, but by including a multi-modal approach that encourages participants to share their thinking by collaging, you have encouraged them to make their thinking visible in a fun, creative way. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I personally didn’t know that controlling abrupt responses, and impulsive behavior, as well as learning how to think before reacting are skills needed as children grow.” I appreciate this statement because you have shared a huge realization that studying the Habits of Minds has offered you and your future students. As educators, we lead and guide our students in so many ways, including introducing them to experiences that will help them to understand themselves more. Our work includes teaching students about how to learn and about the factors that might impede their learning, such as impulsivity. Like you, I think building awareness around impulsivity is important because when students can name it and identify it, then they can begin to implement strategies to help themselves grow. Another sentence that I loved was: “They will be presenting their project in class and explaining the skills they feel they need to work on in order to control their impulses..” This stood out to me because all of the students will be able to share with their community members and learn from one another. Not only that, they will make connections and think together when sharing. When we include opportunities for sharing, the whole community wins because they learn together.  Have you seen this video, Cookie Monster Practices Self Regulation? I thought you might be interested in this because you are working with younger learners and they might enjoy learning more about impulse control from Cookie Monster. The video is quite humorous while also mentioning impulses and sharing some strategies. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is evident that you are very reflective and open to sharing your learning journey. Marina
  • Rafael's Aug 10, 12:59 comment on If you wish to know what justice is, let injustice pursue you.
    Hello Marina, I am thankful for your thoughtful feedback to my lesson planning because it spoke it helped revealed a lot, I was not aware of had it not been from another perspective than my own. To build off your your comment on the world moving at a fast pace with events evolving quickly, which I am sure is a concern with many and students when studying history and social events. I believe applying 3 or more literacy modalities in social studies activities encourages students to connect and transfer learning and promotes student engagement with the content. The strategy you recommended, Hexagonal Thinking: A Tool for Colorful Discussion, really caught my interest the main reason because how much it works with Applying past knowledge to new situations. Not only can it cross disciplines, encourage and develop group work dynamic, bridge relevant world connections meaningful and relevant to student lives, but it produces diverse student generated connections. Another area I see this benefit students is the building and strengthening of vocabulary used in students’ explanation of key ideas/hexagon.   Thank you again Marina. Please feel free to recommend more strategies related to developing student capacity to make connections between ideas and building conversations.  Rafael
  • Marina Lombardo's Aug 9, 13:57 comment on If you wish to know what justice is, let injustice pursue you.
    Dear Rafael:  I am intrigued by your lesson proposal, “If You Wish to Know What Justice Is, Let Injustice Pursue You,” because you developed an idea that would allow for learners to be metacognitive while discovering other skills connected to technology, speaking, and listening. Your ideas show a commitment to the individual’s life experience, and this is significant when nurturing a classroom community. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Applying past knowledge to new situations is one vital Habits of Mind and I feel like it is a fundamental backbone to building upon prior knowledge from our multicultural students.” I think this is true as well, because throughout life, experience offers humans a vast wealth of knowledge. By dedicating time to reflecting and identifying the elements that can support us in future endeavors, we can work towards overcoming challenges and become stronger in assessing solutions based on what we already know. I think it is important that we highlight our learners’ lives and offer them opportunities to use their prior knowledge to make new connections. It’s wonderful that your students will be able to learn about this. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “Transferring knowledge according to new material conditions resonates with this Habit of Mind because students need help on how to think dialectically to understand a world in constant motion.” This stood out for me because it does always seem like the world is moving at a fast pace and things are evolving so quickly. However, an activity like yours invites students to slow down and pause and to discover the ways that they can connect and transfer learning (academic and life) from one setting to another. Have you seen this strategy, Hexagonal Thinking: A Tool for Colorful Discussion?  I thought you might be interested in this because of the strategy’s capacity to make connections between ideas and build conversation. Your lesson reminded me of this strategy because the habit of applying past knowledge to new situations is all about making connections to build deeper understanding. I have enjoyed using this strategy with my students because it is open-ended and leads to deeper, more critical thinking. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is evident that you are committed to helping students understand themselves and the world. It is inspirational. Marina
  • Branden's Aug 8, 18:03 comment on Amelia – Description of a Child
    Dear Emily You did a amazing job describing Amelia. I feel as though I know her and I never met her. She seems to be very independent and has a love for reading books which is amazing. one sentence that caught my attention was when you stated “but she still refused to adjust her speaking pace until her father told her that she spoke too quickly when presenting”. Students look for more familiar voices. You were saying the same thing her father said, but I guess because it came from her father, who has a more personal relationship with her, she listened and adjusted. As a teacher I believe that parents can help us get our point across to students. Communication between parents and teachers are vital to the students success. I attached an article about relationships between parents and children that may be helpful to you. https://earlylearningnetwork.unl.edu/2018/08/29/parent-teacher-relationships/ Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Keep doing the great job you are doing.
  • Crystal's Aug 8, 17:40 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Dear Emily: I enjoyed reading your proposal, “What You Thought You Knew.” I think this will be a good proposal to implement with students because it will help them realize the importance of habits of mind. This activity will also serve for them to reflect on their experiences and use the multimodal approaches we learned during sessions. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “Habits of Mind are dispositions people use when confronted with problems and situations to which the answers are not immediately apparent.” I think this is an important point the “Habits of Mind” document raised. This is something that I learned while reflecting on the activities because it made me realize the habits of mind I use the most when faced with a problem and the habits that I need to work on. I like how the document provides strategies to implement when you encounter an issue. Another sentence that I found interesting was: “The students will create a video that tells a story about a time when they questioned something they had previously taken at face value and came to a greater understanding about the world or themselves in the process.” This stood out for me because it provides students with an excellent opportunity to reflect on the habits of mind you proposed. This will be a beneficial and fun activity for students to complete. Have you seen this article? Question and Posing Problems. I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about the importance of posing questions and how beneficial it is for students to learn this habit of mind. I thought it would be helpful because it relates directly to your activity. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your proposal was very detailed, and I think it will benefit the students, especially those who are entering adulthood, as you mentioned.
  • Rafael's Aug 8, 06:30 comment on Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind
    Dear Regina, I enjoyed reading your post Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind because of the intention to using multimodal literacy tools to serve the diverse learning styles of students in multicultural classrooms. For instance, you propose using Scratch to create and share stories which allows students to engage the different modalities of literacy pedagogy. Using coding blocks, students can use texts, visuals, audio, video record, and use sprites to represent a story or a game. In your lesson I found interesting the emphasis you place on students brainstorming the question “if you currently have a digital footprint, what is it made up of?” Today technology, being more accessible, becomes a powerful language acquisition tool for Ell students.   Another aspect of your lesson planning that stood out to me was in your closing activity where students share their animations in groups. At first, I felt that group activity should be moved up in the lesson to give students opportunities time to share and learn from others created projects. However, I reconsidered that idea because it can be used to transition into the next class where students will have time to explore each other’s work. Have you seen this https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/ccny-columbia-educators-redefine-high-quality-early-learning? I thought you might be interested in this because the research is recent and uncovers the relations between historically underserved communities and the lack of support in students’ multilingual development. COVID exposed the inequality of access to the internet which hindered students from attending online classes. Nevertheless, students remained active using different digital tools to enhance and build upon transferable literacy modalities. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the application of three different online learning platforms is something I considered in using in future lesson planning activities/projects. Educationally yours, Rafael
  • Rafael's Aug 8, 04:50 comment on Letter to Colleagues
    Dear Marlen, I enjoyed reading your post Letter to the Colleagues because of the proposed idea to have restorative justice circles to “to speak their minds and hear out, share personal and academic stories, and give feedback and comment to each other”. This method of self-reflection I believe can be utilized Monday and Friday to gather feedback of the week and use as knowledge to improve their social-emotional learning. Such practice can be utilized during homeroom to ground students in the morning to start the day. Another sentence that stood out for me is: “they will choose the topics of their preference to discuss during the circle and they will compose the community agreement” because this is a great example of student-centered approaches in lesson planning. The lives of students and their intra-communal experiences find common ground vital to establishing community and solidarity with each other. Have you seen this https://youtu.be/aFWjnkFypFA? I thought you might be interested in this because Paulo Freire speaks on the need to develop a certain virtue of tolerance in students at the center of cultivating multiculturalism and multiliterate education with peers from diverse backgrounds.   Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next regarding the implementation of the restorative circle especially done outside the classroom. In addition, I look forward to seeing how students respond to using the Habits of mind you selected.     Educationally yours, Rafael
  • Rafael E Pena's Aug 7, 20:37 comment on Description of a Child
    Dear Alexis,   I enjoyed reading your post Description of a Child because it brings up issues black male students confront in public schools in the u.s. and the difficulties of child rearing for parents operating under a racist country. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me suggests Javonne becoming bored and disengaged in activities based on reading and writing: “he demonstrates that he don’t like reading or writing”. The black experience in the u.s. has traumatized the psyche of historically oppressed minorities in several ways. In the case of Javonne, as a 15-year-old black male in the u.s., his initiative is stifled, his black life made to be powerless in shaping his own destiny. I think this is a remarkable point to address because often teachers are not discussing what the black experience has done to black people in general, including black parents and the ways it transfers to their children. Working with parents, teachers with warm demanding praxis can allow students enough room to flex their physical and psychological muscles but at the same time restricts reckless, uncontrolled, destructive, behavior best supports the development of healthy initiative and assertive behavior. Though not a solution, parents are a strong ally teachers must look towards working with, provided we are a resource for parents to combat the existing black experience permeating in the u.s. education system.   Another sentence that I stood out for me was ”Javonne gets inspired by his friends, but most of them they do their work in class, except Javonne and Carlos who is the closest to Javonne”. I think this serious because Javonnes relationship with Carlos and their attitudes and behavior in the classroom, expose the role of the peer group in relation to parents. For instance, thinking through the peoples and institutions the child/student interacts with in his ever-expanding environment greatly influence his cognitive, psychological, and social growth. Characteristics and aspects from a child/student’s behavior offer points of departure to begin establishing an understanding of parental and peer group influence on values and behaviors. The immiseration of capitalism and the legacy of white supremacy in the u.s., is a fatal mutigenerational traumatic phenomenon. Racism immobilizes blacks with feelings of indignity, shame, doubt, fear, disorientation, hopelessness, rejection, self-hatred, and inferiority. These and other widespread inadequacies, characterize the psychological vestiges of settler-colonialism that impact the psyche of historically oppressed minorities today. Have you seen this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vAWg90i2C8&t=98s? I thought you might be interest in this because Dr. Kunjufu speaks on questions concerning the relationship between educating black children and the problems of the larger society. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next regarding Javonnes profile and other students. Because of it I was able to reflect and evaluate existing ideas and how they relate to your description with other problems similar to the black experience in the u.s. 
  • Rafael's Aug 7, 02:23 comment on Description of a Child
    Dear Keila I enjoyed reading your post Description of a Child because it reminds me of prior experiences in the classroom. In one sentence you wrote that stood out for me: “Keila is struggle when it comes to reading and writing.”. This is because several students in an elementary classroom were in need of bilingual services to help acquire English as their second language. In a class of relatively 25, 10-minute reading time left ELL students falling behind in literacy and writing skills. Furthermore, Keila’s persistent to be engaged and participate despite the difficulties was something that also stood out for me because it reflects students’ eagerness to engage against all odds. Not sure if you are aware of the Mayors proposal to cut $469 million of the school budget, effectively impacting NYC public schools. I thought you might be interested in this considering Keila would benefit from more experienced and licensed teachers and support staff her and other bilingual classrooms. However, the budget cuts would eliminate many teacher and support staff positions, effectively creating more overcrowded schools. An ongoing failed promise of mayors since Giuliani have failed to solve through their privatization schemes, one Eric Adams openly admits pursuing. Have you seen this https://classsizematters.org/watch-our-new-video-why-class-size-matters/? I thought you might be interested in this because the proposed budget cuts by Eric Adams can have a significant impact on student learning, quality education, and student teacher ratio in the class room. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next regarding Keila and her journey and other profiles you are in the process of creating. Recognizing the constant change of motion of things, further renditions of existing profiles like Keila will expand and the knowledge available to assist Keila academically and socially.
  • Crystal's Aug 6, 16:12 comment on Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind
    Dear Regina:  I enjoyed reading your post about “Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind” because I found it very engaging and well-detailed. I like how you describe and propose implementing Scratch and focusing on the persisting habit of mind to complete the activity. Having the students use Scratch as well as other online tools is a good idea as they will find it engaging and have fun while creating the project.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “At first, I found that learning about the habits of mind and multimodal concepts was complicated, but after reading deeply, I found out that students can benefit as well as teachers in learning how to use them when confronted with difficult situations.” This stood out to me because I was feeling the same about the habits of mind, but once I understood them and their importance, I found it beneficial to incorporate them into your classroom instruction to help students to reflect on their habits and how they can improve them.  Another sentence that stood out was: “Using multimodal concepts is a great way to offer the demand of the diverse learning style in our student population. This is an effective method because one piece of work can be read, listened to, or visualized by a person or students who has a deficiency in reading text, and using the habits of mind they will approach any situation using the proper skill or strategy.” This stood out for me because, as you mentioned, this can be beneficial for students with different learning styles. This is something that can be highly beneficial for English language learners as they can use multiple ways to present their ideas. Allowing opportunities for them to express themselves in multiple ways can also improve their learning experience because they can choose the format in which they want to present their activity.  What Is Multimodal Learning? 35 Strategies and Examples to Empower Your Teaching. Have you seen this article? I thought you might be interested in this because it shows multiple strategies the teacher can implement in the classroom to apply this concept.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I stated very important ideas for a project that can really help the students in the classroom.     
  • Claudia's Aug 6, 15:53 comment on Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind
    Dear Regina: I am very impressed by your proposal, Implementing Habits of Mind. I liked how you stated the importance of creating a project that can target students’ in developing strategies while using the habits of mind and how each aspect will help them with responses to appropriately stablish a point of view. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: “I found out that students can benefit as well as teachers in learning how to use them when confronted with difficult situations. It makes happy knowing that you can understand how people more specifically, children may have a hard time learning how to develop strategies when confronting certain types of situations.  Another sentence that got me was:” Using multimodal concepts is a great way to offer the demand of the diverse learning style in our student population. This is an effective method because one piece of work can be read, listened to, or visualized by a person or students who has deficiency in reading text, and using the habits of mind they will approach any situation using the proper skill or strategy”. I agree with this statement, a program that combines both multimodal and the habit of mind is definitely a win win. Students need this type of approaches than can facilitate their learning along with the flexibility and accessibility according to their learning needs. Have you seen this? https://youtu.be/rTowRuJRmG0. I thought that you might be interested in this because it explains how children succeed when learning how to use and explore their habits of mind.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next as I would like to hear good stuff about this proposal. Respectfully, Claudia
  • Claudia's Aug 4, 15:59 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Dear Emily: I am excited by your proposal, What You Though You Knew. I liked how you present this topic because it clearly explains the idea of what the habits of mind and multimodal learning can be supported. Also, you support your argument with facts that have proven its impact among students and people in general. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: “I believe that an effective way to guide students toward greater self-understanding is through studying the Habits of Mind”. I would like to say that up until now, I wasn’t familiarized with the habits of mind and how most of the time we are led by our emotions when facing a situation without the proper knowledge.  Another sentence that got me was:” Questioning and Posing Problems is one of the Habits of Mind, and I think it is a valuable tool for students who are on the verge of entering adulthood. If we want our students to be critical thinkers, they must be prepared to inspect information or ideas before accepting new information as “fact.” This statement is so accurate because most of the time children are forced to become part of learning stages, they are not yet ready to embark on. Like you I believe they must prepare beforehand and provided with tools and the knowledge to face such high-level functioning towards responding to new situations.  Have you seen this? https://youtu.be/1dO0dO__wmE. I thought that you might be interested in this because it explains the importance of asking question when don’t know the answer. Asking questions shows you are curious, and you care, it shows that you want to learn and understand. Through asking questions, a person learns the most important aspects of communication. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next as I would like to hear good stuff about this proposal. Respectfully, Claudia
  • Stephanie's Aug 3, 22:37 comment on Immigration Impacts American Values.
    Dear Peers I am Agree with the article. My parents came to the U.S.A. in the 1978 for a better future. They came and work hard. Both of my parents tried to accumulate money and they invest some money in the Dominican Republic. My parents always inculcate me to work hard and not to depend on the FREE MONEY. There are many people who believe that Immigrants only to come the country to be lazzy and get all the benefits. However, Not all the immigrants come for the same purpose. Many people come and build a life here. Which get businesses, education and pay a lot of taxes. Many like my parents do consider this land as one that offers them many opportunities. And I do believe that it is a land of Immigrants.  
  • Marina Lombardo's Aug 3, 17:47 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Dear Emily: I am excited by your proposal, What You Thought You Knew, because you envisioned an idea that will support the Habits of Mind and multimodal learning. Not only that, but your letter also shows that you are committed to encouraging your students to sharpen their skills around assessing information. This is a beneficial mindset to develop in our fast-paced and media-filled world. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “If we want our students to be critical thinkers, they must be prepared to inspect information or ideas before accepting new information as “fact.”” I think this is a significant point that you make because we want our students to learn how to vet their information sources and seek out multiple sources that confirm or challenge the information. This will support them as they research for academic and personal projects throughout their lives. Another sentence that got me thinking was: “The students will create a video that tells a story about a time when they questioned something they had previously taken at face value and came to a greater understanding about the world or themselves in the process.” This stood out to me because you are inviting your students to reflect on their past experiences in order to determine a bigger idea or concept that they can apply to life, history, literature, art, music, etc. This is not only great work for building the habit of Question and Problem Posing but can be a good segue into work on theme. Additionally, it could also support a bridge into other literacy strategies such as the Notice and Note Signposts such as “Aha Moment” and “Memory Moment.”  Have you seen this blog post from WeVideo: How to Use Video to Promote Student Discourse?  I thought you might be interested in this because Dr. Nathan Lang Raad encourages the use of videos as a meaningful and relevant way to engage students in their learning. Additionally, he offers some tips ( think-pair-on air, which I am definitely going to try). He closes out the post by saying, “This student discourse video experience provides students with multiple opportunities to share, compare, contrast, reflect, revise, and refine.” I think this statement applies to the proposal that you created as well. It is incredible to think of all the skills and experiences that you will offer learners by allowing them to share their stories of Questioning and Posing Problems through a video recording. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing some of these videos and hearing more about where the project took you and your learners. Marina
  • Jesse's Aug 3, 14:11 comment on Letter to Colleagues
    Dear Marlen, I think that your proposal brings up some important points in relation to social-emotional learning. The central vehicle of the Restorative Circle lessons in which students can “speak their minds and heart out, share personal and academic stories, and give feedback and comment to each other,” will no doubt provide a rich learning environment in which information can be shared in a multidirectional fashion, through a complex network of formal and informal channels. A part of your proposal that stood out to me was that in which you said, “[t]he students will be making a connection with each other stories and feelings. They will choose the topics of their preference to discuss during the circle and they will compose the community agreement.” This statement seemed to be at the heart of your approach. That is, for the instructor allow the students to take the reins over their own learning by guiding a discussion from within rather than imposing a conversation from without. In my (limited) professional experience leading Circles, the strategy certainly lends itself to successful learning — if not at least some rich, interesting and thought-provoking discussion. Another section of your proposal which I found compelling and interesting was actually the one on the academic standards. “Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations,” “Communication: Communicate effectively in more than one language to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes,” and “Communities: Communicate and interact with cultural competence to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.” I’m not so familiar with the standards of language education, since it’s outside of my content area, but I was struck with how clearly these three different anchors outline paths to linguistic fluency. Although I’ve never really thought about it so specifically before now, communication, connection and community have indeed been at the heart of my own ability to learn and understand new languages and skills, and I’m sure that of many others as well. I would assume that you’re already familiar with the learning theories of Lev Vygotsky. He proposed that learning takes place within a social system, and that relationships are key to learning new skills. I found a document online published by Explorable.com which gives an overview of Vygotsky’s work. You can read the document here: https://esteemjourney.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Social-Development-Theory.pdf. I think and hope that you find it as interesting and applicable to your own work as I have found it to mine, since it gets at the heart of the relationship between social environment and intellectual development. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I’m interested in seeing the outcome of your lesson plans and thinking about how they might be applicable to my own methods and learning. Sincerely, Jesse
  • Rafael's Aug 2, 22:27 comment on America Means Service
    Excellent article! You raise important issues at the core of the United States American dream. For instance, the contribution of immigrant workers. I agree with your assessment that hard work can be a criteria to judge an individual rather than where they are born. However, due to contradictions at the center of capitalism, it becomes difficult for poor working class people to contribute to a society that criminalizes many aspects of their livelihood. Nevertheless, what we often see, instead, as an example of the American Dream, are stories from the elites of the U.S. who are less eager to better society let alone better the lives of those they exploit to maintain and grow their wealth.
  • Marlen's Aug 2, 22:11 comment on Letter to Colleagues
    Hi Regina, I am glad you understood that the Habits of Mind aren’t just for teachers. We can use them to teach students and support their learning while developing social-emotional skills and how to interact with the outside world. While we teach the Habits of Mind to students, we are helping to decrease discrimination, bullying, and racial rage in the classroom. I loved your video subjection. It looks like you already took Prof. David Fletcher’s class “Historical Foundations of Education.” I believe that implementing a restorative circle with middle and high schoolers helps to create a connection and relationship with the students.
  • Bradly's Aug 2, 19:56 comment on Description of a Child
    Karyn, I agree with your observation that Ezra’s high energy can bring out he energy in other students. I often experienced this first-hand in high school, where louder and more engaged kids would invite other kids to participate in discussions more. Ezra also does very well in math! Trial and error is key to his learning as it is to learning in Math, it’s easy to tell that Math is his favorite subject.
  • Bradly's Aug 2, 19:50 comment on Kayden: Description of a Child
    Dear Karyn: I am intrigued with your post, “Description of a Child,” because I have never directly interacted with a child like Kayden. He seems fascinating and eager to learn. He is a unique child in the sense that he needs to have things scheduled to complete them. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “When Kayden is talking to you he needs you to look at him so he knows you are listening. If you don’t look at him he will grab your face and turn it towards him” I think this can become troublesome because other kids may not understand Kayden enough to know that he does not mean harm by this.  Another sentence that I found unique was: “The games he plays on his iPad are majority educational.” This stood out for me because it shows that what kids begin watching from a young age may be what they carry with them while growing up. Have you seen this article, https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/repetitive-behaviors-and-stimming-in-autism-explained/ ? I thought you might be interested in this because it explores the idea of “stimming” in kids on the spectrum and discusses in detail how this act of repetition may actually cause more problems later in life.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem to think outside of the box and come up with stimulating ideas and scenarios. 
  • Jesse's Aug 2, 19:04 comment on Lesson Plan proposal: Using the “Thinking Interdependently” Habit of Mind to Play Music Better
    Hey Marlen, Thanks for your really nice reply on my proposal. I’m glad that you found it inspiring, and I’m glad that you agree that musicians can and should incorporate Habits of Mind into their creative activities. I could talk on and on about what it’s like to play with other musicians who DON’T use these habits (either consciously or unconsciously), but I’m not sure how much sense it would make. You might be better off just trying to witness it in a live performance somewhere. I’m also glad that you agree that it is the task of an educator to help students discover their own learning process. As a young student I’ve always had an aversion to teachers whom I didn’t trust were concerned with my taking ownership over my own understanding of the material. On the other hand, when I felt like particular instructors wanted me to take the reins and creatively assimilate the lessons, I always took to them with enthusiasm. Thanks for sending that video. I’m pretty sure that I understand the idea it is trying to communicate, and its approach is certainly very clear. My only objection is that I have never met a “ball hog”-type student who was convinced of the error of their ways by gentle and constructive criticism from their peers. On the other hand, I have witness students who might otherwise have exhibited anti-social and individualistic behavior be set up to behave much differently with the guidance of competent and caring teachers. We’ll be continuing to collaborate in our cohort throughout the year, so I will definitely let you know about the results of this proposal. Thanks again, Jesse
  • Marlen's Aug 2, 18:52 comment on Stories of Persistence Proposal
    Dear Marina: I am interested in your “Letter to Colleague,” littled “Stories of Persistence Proposal,” because, as you, “I believe that an effective way to guide students towards self-discover it to build awareness around the Habits of Mind.” I loved that you recognized and understood that the Habits of Mind approach can be applied to any subject in the educational field; “The introduction of these habits to our learners will benefit them greatly while they work through academic, social, and emotional challenges.” Those Habits support students’ social and emotional learning. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Persistence is the first habit and I feel like it is a fundamental backbone to working through obstacles.” I think your statement is completely true because, in our daily life situations, we can incorporate the habits of mind-Persisting. Students must learn how to overcome obstacles and keep looking forward to their future. Another sentence I appreciated was: “Our learning objective would be that students would craft a multi-modal story about a time when they persisted through a challenge.” This stood out for me because I believe that when educators allow the students to learn and be creative, the students become more engaged in the activity as they stick and be persistent. Have you seen this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAkwmomM62s I thought you might be interested in this because it is an animated way to teach explain what is persistence, to yours students. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your ideas are so brilliant, and you focus on your students’ learning.
  • Jesse's Aug 2, 18:48 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Hi Emily, It’s a good question about the students having seen MIB. I feel like you can never quite be certain about what students will take to that is older than their living memory… It’s always a gamble. Thanks for your suggestions about incorporating multimodal composition into the music classroom. The anecdote that you shared about a student who broke her arm is a perfect example of how it would be helpful to have this kind of material prepared. Also, Shostakovich is certainly a fine choice for such an activity! I guess it’s sort of a conundrum… For students who can’t (also who WON’t) participate in regular music instruction, it provides the teacher with a great proving ground for multimodal types of activities. But having students not being able or willing to participate in class is ultimately the opposite of the desired outcome. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that so much music creation happens now using personal computers, and in an asynchronous setting — beat making, music production and multitrack recording using popular DAW’s is a case in point. For this mode, multimodal platforms such as YV could be a perfect online environment for refining musical ideas. It is also important to note that since remote learning has really taken off in our lifetime, it opens up huge possibilities for asynchronous music creation to become a big part of school curriculum. It’s possible that minimal class time can be used for technical instruction while valuable work can be done in the form of outside of class assignments.
  • Regina's Aug 2, 16:54 comment on Letter to Colleagues
    Dear Marlen: I am amazed how you were able to relate your proposal to the professional development of the teacher, and then transfer that knowledge to teach the students in restoractive circles. In the meeting you mention that the Habits of Mind principles will be the main objective to develop these concepts in students and to teach how to use these skills or approaches when “confronted with problems and situations to which the answers are not immediately apparent.”  One sentence you wrote that stands out to me was: “There was a lot to think about and consider about how to apply in the classroom, and in this letter, I’d like to focus on Habits of Mind because this approach helps me to learn and develop thinking skills that I need to apply in unfamiliar situations.”, because I had the same feeling after reading the article Habits of Mind for the first time, but you took it one step further by adding that you were going to apply the Habits of Mind in the Classroom for your students to learn. At first, I had the belief this article was aimed to teach educators how to apply them in class management. Another sentence that caught my attention was: “I would like to propose that we can implement in the annual curriculum restorative circles that will be conducted on Mondays or Fridays.”  This stood out for me because I noticed that your proposal met the correct way of implementing a new curriculum area in which first, you trained the educator and then the educator taught the curriculum. You also selected two days in which you would meet a circle to teach the Habits of Mind approaches giving flexibility about which approach is the most needed for the group. Have you seen this video Restorative Circles: “Creating a Safe Environment for Students to Reflect”?  I thought you might be interested in this because it will help you better to conduct a restorative session with your students in developing the Habits of Mind approaches. The presenter offered some strategies that I found to be helpful.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post is very detailed and gives important ideas and activities on how to use the Habits of Mind in restorative circles in the classroom.  Educationally yours, Regina
  • Regina's Aug 2, 15:49 comment on Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind
    Dear Emily, Thank you for your comments on my proposal, but after thinking about the unit, I noticed that is loaded with objectives that can not be reached in 90 minutes. I am applying one of the Habits of Mind that implies accuracy. I love the Habits of mind concepts. Thank you again for your response! Regina
  • Emily's Aug 2, 02:03 comment on Proposal Letter Implementing Habits of Mind
    Dear Regina: I am blown away by your proposed lesson plan because of the integration of what we have been learning this summer into one lesson! You have found an inspired way to bring the Habits of Mind into building a story in Scratch in a unique and engaging lesson. I think students would truly enjoy this experience. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “[Using multimodal concepts] is an effective method because one piece of work can be read, listened to, or visualized by a person or students who has deficiency in reading text, and using the habits of mind they will approach any situation using the proper skill or strategy.” I think this is important because we all need to remember that we each have a unique brain, and that there are some modes that will resonate with us more than others. Students might initially realize that they like hearing information rather than reading it, and may come to later discover that they are aural learners – they may be more successful in class with audiobooks than with a paperback copy. Another part of the lesson plan that I was impressed by was when the teacher was directed to say something like, “You can choose how you are represented on the internet. It is the choices you make on what you post that can help you build your footprint. Others can post articles about you that contribute to your footprint as well, so it is important to be a responsible individual in the digital world and outside of the digital world as well.” This stood out for me because it emphasizes the importance of making good choices, as your digital footprint may or may not be an accurate representation of you, but it can have long-lasting implications! Think of all the celebrities who have been cancelled because of a tweet they wrote a decade ago! While we can’t control what others say about us, students need to know that they will have a digital footprint, and it is a good practice to proceed wisely. Have you seen this video? I thought you might be interested in this because it explains many facets of a digital footprint in a way that is accessible, engaging, AND multimodal. I think students would love it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of your thoughtful synthesizing of ideas and your attention to detail. I wish I had your knack for writing lesson plans! Best wishes, Emily
  • Branden's Aug 1, 22:01 comment on Jayden: Description of a Child
    Good job Claudia. Your article shows that you have been paying close attention to this student. It also shows that you have I identified the areas where he needs help which give direction on where to help him. Great choice of words when you said ” He needs to be encouraged to try other areas”. You did not say ” made to try or forced”. It shows that you have been caring towards this Child and trying to get him to explore other things in the classroom. Keep doing the great work you are doing.
  • Crystal's Aug 1, 18:04 comment on Leo: Description of a Child
    Dear Diana: I like your post “Description of a child” because your description of Leo is very detailed and makes you picture the child’s characteristics. Also, after reading your comment on my post, it made me curious about your description since you pointed out they were similarities between the two children. After reading it, I can see the similarities and differences between Leo and Ana, as you mentioned. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Math is a subject that is a bit hard for him, and it’s where he gets frustrated a lot. It’s is where most of his anger expressions are visible.” This stood out for me because I have observed similar behaviors in the classroom. Math is a subject that some students may find the hardest. Some children often become distressed because they cannot solve a problem, thus making them feel frustrated.  Another sentence that I found interesting was: “He pay attention to the teacher but doesn’t like to speak out loud in front of the class even if he knows the answer. There are times he relies on his friends to explain things to him and he is able to understand better.” This stood out because this is a clear example of what you expressed earlier: he is afraid of speaking in public. Also, he may be afraid of expressing his opinion to the class and being wrong. There are many strategies the teacher can implement in the classroom that can help him conquer this fear. This will benefit him because this will help him be more involved in class discussions, understand the material, and ask for help from the teacher when needed.  Have you seen the article “WHY STUDENTS DON’T PARTICIPATE IN CLASS (AND WHY IT CAN BE A PROBLEM).”The article provides strategies to help students who do not participate in class. It explains why the students may not be participating as well as strategies the teacher can implement to help them. I recommended this article because it has a section for students who fear speaking in public. I know this could positively impact Leo’s life.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how detailed and engaging your description was.
  • Marina Lombardo's Aug 1, 17:38 comment on Letter to Colleagues
    Dear Marlen: I am overjoyed by the proposal that you created. Restorative Circle is a powerful practice that helps to build strong relationships within a classroom community. I think it is fantastic that you are enthusiastic about introducing this approach to your future learners and I believe it will give them a genuine opportunity to develop the habits while collaborating and connecting through meaningful and honest conversation. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “We must teach students how to be more flexible, consider and respect classmates’ ideas and reflect on their thoughts.” Like you, I think this is important because it is common to assume that young people already know how to do all of these skills. As educators, we can mentor them to name and identify skills and provide them with strategies to facilitate their awareness of when they are using or working towards those same skills. Incorporating restorative circles is excellent practice that will give your students an authentic and safe opportunity to work on the habits with guidance from a skilled leader such as yourself. Another sentence that I strongly agree with is: “They will choose the topics of their preference to discuss during the circle and they will compose the community agreement..” This stood out for me because I agree that students need to be involved in the creation of community agreements. When we allow each student to contribute their thoughts on how they want to feel in the circle and what they expect from others, students gain ownership of the learning space. Taking the time to do this before beginning restorative circle practices is critical and will be the first conversation that the group will need to have.  Have you seen this video describing more about Classroom Charters: Classroom Charter? I thought you might be interested in this because the teacher shares how she reflected on some of her teaching practices and realized that she wanted her students to have more ownership over their classroom community. She had her learners collaborate and compose a classroom charter. Hearing her story and beliefs about what she wants to offer her students reminds me of her ideas for your proposal. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to hearing how restorative circle works out for your community! Marina
  • Claudia's Aug 1, 17:37 comment on Amelia – Description of a Child
    Dear Emely: I am amazed with your descriptive review of a child. I liked how you presented the student in a concise, but yet very formal specially when describing her development. Amelia seems to be a very introvert child specially when you mention that she like to be left alone while reading a book.  One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: “Amelia also enjoys reading during lunch and recess, frequently preferring to sit alone to read rather than to play games with other students” to me this only confirms that Amelia enjoys spending time on her own rather than her presenting a social- emotional deficit. Like Amelia, some children do prefer to have these moments of “me time” where they can enjoy themselves into something that they like to do. Another sentence that got me was:” Amelia prefers to jump into a project as soon as she feels she understands the assignment, though occasionally she will miss important instructions. Amelia holds herself to a high degree of performance and is curious and excited about most subjects.” This stood out for me in the way that makes me think that Amelia may get over stimulated when is time to work on project and may need redirections and reinforcement in order for her to focus on the instructions before getting to do the project. Have you seen this? https://youtu.be/KbB2y0rYvk4. I thought that you might be interested in this because of the tools it provides for teachers to promote focus and concentration in children who may be experiencing ADHD. I understand that Amelia may not be experiencing such a behavioral disorder, but it can help in managing challenging behaviors. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the way in how you presented this child was straightforward and with a concise knowledge and with a clear understanding of Amelia’s personality, likes and dislikes.
  • Claudia's Aug 1, 17:13 comment on Ana: Description of A Child
    Dear Crystal: I am amazed with your descriptive review of a child. Because of the simple terms but direct and clear key point that you mentioned for the reader to better get to know the child. You used precise and descriptive words relating to your students’ observations and its developmental stages. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: “Ana is very expressive. She uses nonverbal and verbal communication to express how she feels and communicate with others” I think this is very important to mention because from your statement I can see that Ana is very vocal and is capable of expressing her thoughts and feelings when needs to. Also, a child with such abilities is easier to help when need of your assistance.  Another sentence that got me was:” Ana loves showing them her drawings. She is comfortable in the group; she can express herself and play with them.” This stood out for me because it says a lot about her social emotional well-being. Her positive interaction with children and adults is necessary for here social emotional skills as she develop ways in how interact with others while also expressing her need. Have you seen this? https://www.proquest.com/openview/7cc847448d7768c38f3f6a9fd7e1e229/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=27755. I thought that you might be interested in this because of the tools it provides for teachers to promote  students’ social-emotional development.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the way in how you presented this child was clear, straightforward and with a concise knowledge understanding of what Ana can and cannot do.
  • Emily's Aug 1, 04:19 comment on Letter to Colleagues
    Dear Marlen: I am blown away by your plan for restorative circles because of how well you integrate the Habits of Mind into this opportunity for connection and community building among your students. I especially like that this plan is not only for one day, but it begins and ends every week so that students can continue to advance their social and emotional skills with their peers. This truly feels like a special activity. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “[Students] will choose the topics of their preference to discuss during the circle and they will compose the community agreement.” I think this is vital to the success of the project because when students are given choice, they are more engaged and invested in the outcomes. If students compose their own agreement, they may be more likely to follow it, and to hold one another to its standards. Another sentence that struck me was: “I propose that during the academic year, we take the students outside the classroom to develop the restorative circle in different places.” I wondered if you meant having the circles outdoors, or in another space in the school, or if you meant taking the students to a coffee shop or to another off-campus location. Could you elaborate? How do you think this would influence the group? Have you seen this video, “Classroom Discussions: Strategies and More”? I thought you might be interested in this because, at 2:50, there are several different styles of discussions explained that you might want to consider for this project, and perhaps in different areas of your teaching. There were certainly some strategies I had not personally seen before – we are always learning new techniques! Thanks for sharing your ideas. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your work centers so clearly on allowing time for your students to grow as complete and kind human beings, not only as receptacles of knowledge! Your love for your students shows through your lesson plan and your writing. Best wishes, Emily
  • Emily's Aug 1, 03:05 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Hi, Jesse, Thank you for taking the time to respond (twice)! I wonder if many students nowadays have seen Men In Black… perhaps they think of it as classic cinema at this point. I think there may be some ways to fit in multimodal presentations or writing in a music class setting. I recall when I was in high school, one of the other violinists broke her arm badly and could not play for months. To still get a grade in the class, she was tasked with choosing a favorite composer and doing a biographical presentation about them, including playing recordings of some of their compositions that the student was drawn to. The student in question chose Shostakovich, and it was a fantastic presentation – the whole class benefitted from it! Perhaps this could be an option for an injured student in your classroom, or for all students in those last days of the year after the final concert but before school ends? What do you think? Best wishes, Emily
  • Marlen's Jul 31, 21:09 comment on Lesson Plan proposal: Using the “Thinking Interdependently” Habit of Mind to Play Music Better
    Dear Jesse: I am delighted by your “Letter to Colleague,” “Lesson Plan proposal: Using the “Thinking Interdependently” Habits of Mind to Play Music Better,” because, as you, “I learned a lot about frameworks of learning which promote computational thinking, student-driven success, and multimodal literacy.” I loved that you recognized and understood that the Habits of Mind approach can be applied to any subject in the educational field; “I believe that this model can be applied quite effectively in music education.” One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “because the Habits of Mind system outlines a variety of metacognitive approaches and techniques useful for all types of learning, its implementation in ensemble playing has the potential to foster intentionality and systematic thought in application to any and every musical style.” I think your statement is completely true because, in our daily life situations, we can incorporate the habits of mind. In terms of music, musicians can extremely benefit from the implementation of the “Habits of Minds.” Another sentence that I appreciated was: “The students will be developing their own approach to learning a simple song.” This stood out for me because I believe that when educators allow the students to learn something in their own way, the students become more engaged in the activity. Have you seen this video: https://youtu.be/ftXOZ05SGiM I thought you might be interested in this because Dr. Costa and Dr. Kallick verbally explain the concept of thinking interdependently? To be honest, I didn’t quite understand this concept until I read your letter. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your ideas are so brilliant, and you focus on your students’ learning.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 31, 14:45 comment on My Biography
    Dear Crystal: I am excited by your Habits of Mind Bio, “My Biography,” because you connect the significance of the Habits of Mind with both your future learners and yourself.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “As an educator, I aim to facilitate my students’ academic development and embrace their uniqueness as learners.” I think this is moving because your mindset acknowledges the balance that comes with educating our youth. Not only that, by truly understanding the special elements of each of our students, they feel seen and respected for who they are. It shows how much you care for their success and how you initiate trusting relationships. Another sentence that I appreciated was: “All these habits combined will ultimately make me a better educator.” This stood out to me because, as teachers, we model what we hope for students to learn. By recognizing that the Habits of Mind live within us as educators, we can fine tune our understanding with our personal experiences to better understand how we can guide and lead students to use these ideas to better understand themselves. In my opinion, by seeing the Habits within ourselves and working towards the habits we strive to develop, we become more experienced at this to mentor our learners.   Have you seen this video: Funds of Knowledge?  I thought you might be interested in this because Luis Moll begins to explain the role that gaining information about our students’ lives plays. He mentions teachers identifying those elements about themselves as well. His ideas seemed to connect with both of the major points I mentioned in your bio. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is engaging to hear how you integrate ideas to draw strong and insightful conclusions. Marina
  • Anthony Woods's Jul 31, 09:14 comment on The Mental Health of Student-Athletes
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  • Jesse's Jul 31, 03:44 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Whoops, I meant to say this: Dear Emily: I am interested in  your discussion post, “What You Thought You Knew,” because of both the form and content of your material. I think you’ve gotten at the heart of what Multimodality is all about, it seems.  One thing you included that stands out for me is the Men in Black clip as your motivational activity. I think this is strong because it accurately conveys that existential kind of unsettling that one might feel when you’re compelled to ask big, probing questions. Maybe it’s an experience that is a little strange and scary for some, but it also means that your understanding is changing on a fundamental level. That is to say, well, you’re learning! Another thing you included in your document that I thought was strong was your formatting. I know that it’s more a cosmetic aspect of your proposal, but for me it was effective because it visually told me where the important information was.  Have you been through the Interconnected Framework for Assessment of Digital Multimodal Composition document?  (https://nowcomment.com/documents/312304) I thought you might be interested in this because it outlines some really strong theoretical concepts for thinking about evaluating student multimodal creations. It’s worth a read through the whole doc, if you get a chance. I’ve been interested in trying to figure out how this can apply to the music classroom, to meagre success. As I’m sure you’re aware, precious time in the music classroom in which students can play instruments together is somewhat of a limiting factor in terms of time which could be used for the creation of digital presentations. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I’m always on the lookout for new ideas as to how to get my students engaged.  Sincerely,  Jesse Bartlett-Webber
  • Jesse's Jul 31, 02:14 comment on What You Thought You Knew
    Hey Emily, Really cool stuff here! First off, I like how you’ve used the formatting that Marina incorporated in her original letter that we looked at. Secondly, and most importantly, this seems like a really solid unit plan. Getting students to use YouthVoices as a way to finalize their project seems like a great way to get them to start thinking multimodally. (I also like the Men in Black clip as a motivator. Fun, funny and definitely relevant to learning anything in today’s world… You don’t know what you think you know…) I’ve been struggling to incorporate the many useful platforms that we’ve covered in these sessions into music education. It isn’t that they aren’t applicable or useful. It’s more that I’m reluctant to take away valuable and limited time in which students have the opportunity to be playing an instrument with other people. The concepts however — multimodal thinking, Habits of Mind, can certainly be used in conjunction with hands-on time. I wonder what you think about that? Sincerely, Jesse
  • Diana's Jul 30, 19:39 comment on Ana: Description of A Child
    Dear Crystal, I was drawn to your post, “Description of a Child” as I found it relatable to my post because the child I described was also creative, respectful and eager when it comes to learning. Although, they did have some differences I enjoyed reading their commonalities such as drawing in which the child I described loved drawing as well. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “For math, she relies more on memorization. She remembers the steps she needs to take to solve a problem. Ana is very good at math”. I think this stood out to me because although my child is good at memorization he is not so great a math and becomes very aggravated when he gets stuck or doesn’t understand. He has a good memorization recall which helps with vocabulary and is great at reading and writing but fails to do so with Math. Another sentence that caught my attention was: “She struggles when it comes to writing. She can write simple sentences and spell some sight words correctly”.This stood out for me because as I mentioned having great memorization skills I would have thought it would benefitted them both when it came to literacy and math. It was amusing to see how similar the two are but different at the same time.Have you seen this video https://youtu.be/IxsOv1j20NE ? I thought you might be interested in this because you spoke about memorization and I thought maybe this can help when it comes to literacy and helping her find easier ways to write better. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you were very detailed and I feel there we too have common ideas. I would very much enjoy reading your future posts.
  • Branden's Jul 30, 16:20 comment on This is Me
    Thank you so much for you kind words on my post. I appreciate. I will definitely look up the article that you told me about. It sounds very interesting.
  • Karyn's Jul 29, 18:02 comment on Description of a Child
    Dear Alexis : I am concerned about Javonne in your post, “description of a child,” because he says he doesn’t care if he gets a 55. I think maybe he lacks confidence in himself because if he truly didn’t care he wouldn’t get sad when his mom is involved. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “he then responds with beautiful answers, with an awesome answer” I think this is great because you can see his potential when you have that one-on-one time. Maybe incorporating extra one-on-one time can be beneficial for Javonne’s confidence and academic potential.  Another sentence that I liked was: “when we have fun physical activities or games, he is very active and participates so joyful.” This stood out for me because many students do very well when working with manipulatives.  Have you seen this article? Manipulatives: The Missing Link in High School Math (mathgoodies.com). I thought you might be interested in this because of students like Javonne who have a different perspective and attitude towards learning when being able to be hands-on. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have shared your perspective on a student who doesn’t strive for excellence but has the capacity to do so as you have seen during those one-on-one sessions. It’s important to get to know the potential of your students.
  • Karyn's Jul 29, 17:25 comment on Description of a Child
    Dear Bradley: I am interested in your post, “The description of a child,” because I can relate to Ezra. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ It can be seen that his best approach to learning is trial and error” I think this is agreeable because I also learn well by trial and error. Ezra sounds like he will succeed in his math classes. Another sentence I enjoyed was: “His feelings can usually be read aloud as his energy is loud and often the most vibrant in the room.” This stood out for me because this is great to have in a classroom it shows high student interest and readiness.  High-energy students can help average out the classroom energy and encourage low-energy students to participate or get engaged. Have you seen this article? Managing Student Energy – Robert F. Bruner (virginia.edu) I thought you might be interested in this because we can see Ezra’s personality in a positive light. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I want to see how Ezra contributes his energy to making the classroom a more welcoming environment.
  • Karyn's Jul 29, 16:39 comment on Ana: Description of A Child
    Dear Crystal: I am intrigued about Ana in your post, “Description of a child,” because I would assume because Ana is so creative she would really enjoy writing. However, I understand because she is bilingual I can see how it can be very difficult for her. I can imagine with the acquisition of writing skills she can become a great writer. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “the teacher gave the students a sketch notebook and gave them opportunities to draw” I think this is clever because it provides Ana with the opportunity to do more of what she loves and strengthen her spark. Incorporating this kind of opportunity sometimes daily can be beneficial to both Ana and the teacher sometimes. Another sentence that I was interested in was: “ She usually eats breakfast at school and later becomes more talkative.” This stood out for me because food is a great source of energy and I have more energy when I have food, especially breakfast, it’s my favorite meal of the day.  Have you seen this “Waking up to the benefits of breakfast”? eating-right-wake-up-benefits-breakfast2.pdf (hopkinsmedicine.org).I thought you might be interested in this because you noticed the difference a meal can make. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your descriptions are thorough and I can picture the student in my classroom. You can tell you get to know your students very well.
  • Crystal's Jul 29, 16:29 comment on Jayden: Description of a Child
    Dear Claudia,I enjoyed reading your description of Jayden. Your description clearly shows his behaviors and areas where he needs support. It also shows that you have been working and observing Jayden for a while. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “He likes things to be his way, and when they don’t, he gets these aggressive behaviors, throws himself on the floor.” This stood out to me because it shows that he needs support regarding his social-emotional skills. Jayden needs help expressing his feelings. Since the child is so young, he will need direct instruction to learn strategies to manage that behavior. I like that the teacher assists him when he displays that behavior and has implemented strategies to help him calm down.  Another sentence that stood out was, “Jayden likes to play with boy A but can also allow others to join them while playing as long as they don’t touch with toys.” I have experience working with that age group and have observed similar behaviors in children. This shows that Jayden is in the cooperative stage of play, where children play with one another and engage in an activity.Have you read this article? https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2017/02/how-to-handle-disruptive-behavior-at-preschool.html I thought you might be interested in this because it has strategies on how to handle destructive behavior in the classroom. This can benefit Jayden and the teacher since it offers other methods to help him self-regulate his emotions.Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your description of the child’s characteristics was very detailed, and it shows the areas where he is thriving and where he needs more assistance.
  • Alexis's Jul 29, 05:28 comment on Ana: Description of A Child
    Dear Crystal,: I am very passionate reading to your post about Ana, “Description of a Child,” because is deep and detailed, is like the work we were learning last week. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “She relies more on visuals for literacy as she is an emergent bilingual. Also, when writing, she uses a personal word wall provided by the teacher and a folder that contains the ABCs and sight words.” I think this is the important part of descriptive reviews, since it provide to us the teachers with specific information, that we can use to be a better teacher for a student. Another sentence that stood out to me was: “Every time Ana needs something, she always says please and thank you” This stood out for me because you are being so specific of what you explaining, which is very good for the reader, in terms of having a better comprehension a better view of your description. Have you seen this video called ‘a day in a special education room’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEYs3L1-izQ ? I thought you might be interested in this because it demonstrates how special students are attended and how their needs are getting fulfill, this video also reminds me a bit of Ana, since special students get the chance to do some physical activities to get energy to continue working in their school work. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to reading more from you, I really enjoyed your description of Ana, I liked the details, the explanation in all sense about Ana, as teachers you provide us with the specific information that we need in order for us to help a student better.
  • Regina's Jul 29, 00:38 comment on Jayden: Description of a Child
    Dear Claudia, I am Fascinated of reading the details about Ayden’s description because you  gave a clear explanation with details that guided me to improve how to write a child’s description.   One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: Teachers try to assist him with relaxing his body and calming his emotions.” I think this strategy helps him to calm down and go back to doing his classroom work. All teachers have at least a child who shows this kind of behavior. I am happy to hear that the teachers bring strategies to help him feel much better. Another sentence that I Found interesting was: “He likes things to be his way and when they don’t, he gets these aggressive behaviors, throws himself on the floor. This sentence stood out for me because I have read in some of the posts the same aggressive behavior exhibited by children. Have you read that article on “Behavior Modifications” that you may be interested in?  I thought you might be interested in this because it present strategies that deals with changing the behavior of children Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this program will continue and we will keep learning about strategies on how to work with children in the classroom.    
  • Regina's Jul 28, 22:51 comment on Amelia – Description of a Child
    Dear Emely I am excited to read your child description given in your post about Amelia because it showed  a few strategies on how to  write  a description of a child. I noticed the physical description followed by the behavior in class. You followed it by giving the emotional and strength of Amelia. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Amelia enjoys reading and stories, and typically brings four or five books of her own selection to school with her to read when she has completed her work, or during breaks” I think this is good because she you can use “think flexible” skill to ignore giving her criticism and instead offer her to create an activities on tablet related to one of the multimodal. She can create her own story using text, images, sounds, and movements. She can also use Scratch as an alternative.  Another sentence that caught my attention was:  “Amelia’s curiosity and imagination manifest in her writing narratives and plays, and she enjoys performing her written works with her peers.” This stood out for me because since Amelia enjoys reading books, she should be given the opportunity to act some of her stories in class or create digital artifacts of her favorite stories. Have you seen this video on how to make a story using scratch? It is easy and children love it. Scratch Tutorial video.  I thought you might be interested in this because Amelia will enjoy it and will stop getting upset. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post is very detailed and to the point.
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  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 27, 19:07 comment on A Little Bit of Me!
    Dear Claudia: I enjoyed reading your Habits of Mind Bio, “A Little Bit About Me,” because I think you actually shared a lot, and it was so nice to get to learn more about you and your life. I appreciate how you described how the Habits of Mind impacted you and how they helped you understand children better. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The habits of the mind focuses on finding cues to our responses when facing situations people do not have the answers to” I think this is a strong connection because each of the habits seems to offer a mindset to consider for conquering a challenge. By nurturing and identifying these habits within our own lives, we can have more ownership and flexibility in how to approach situations. Then, we can help others become familiar with them too. Another sentence that I agree with is: “Using background knowledge to build new ideas is essential in our so-called maturing in the way we respond, behave, and act among others..” This stood out to me because it is true and insightful. Using our life experiences as background knowledge can certainly benefit us when we encounter new people, ideas, and moments. By recalling and reflecting, we can use those memories to help us navigate through these experiences.   Have you seen this blog post, What are Habits of Mind? How do they Influence Brain/Mind Development?  I thought you might be interested in this because the author is a teacher who shares compelling ideas about the Habits of Mind with early childhood students. She includes a list of traits that make the practicing of the habits visual. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing is reflective and motivating to think about. Marina
  • Regina's Jul 27, 02:44 comment on Descriptive Review of a Child – Amelia
    Dear Emely I am exacted of reading your child description giving in you post about Amelia because it showed  a few strategies on how to  write  a description of a child. I noticed you the physical description followed by the behavior in class. You followed it by giving the emotional and strength of Amelia. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Amelia enjoys reading and stories, and typically brings four or five books of her own selection to school with her to read when she has completed her work, or during breaks” I think this is good because she you can use “think flexible” skill to ignore giving her criticism and instead offer her to create an activities on tablet related to one of the multimodal. She can create her own story using text, images, sounds, and movements. She can also use Scratch as alternative. Another sentence that I called my attention was:  “Amelia’s curiosity and imagination manifest in her writing narratives and plays, and she enjoys performing her written works with her peers.” This stood out for me because since Amelia enjoys reading books, she should be given the opportunity to act some of her story in class or create digital artifacts of her favorite stories. Have you seen this video on how to make a story using scratch? It is easy and children love it. Scratch Tutorial video. I thought you might be interested in this because of Amelia will enjoy it and will stop getting upset. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post very detailed and to the point.
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  • Brittney's Jul 25, 20:58 comment on Jayden: Description of a Child
    Dear Claudia, This is a very detailed description. It highlights the child strengths and areas that they need support it.
  • Jesse's Jul 25, 20:49 comment on Puzzle
    Dear Marlen, I am interested in your post, “Puzzle,” because it provides in a very concise manner the most important and basic information about a student; I appreciated how clearly you used the four categories from Carini to structure your Review. I wanted to comment on each category that you included, and I picked a few sentences that you wrote I felt were pertinent to their respective classifications. BackgroundAll of the information you included seems really important here. Age of the student, how many siblings, family structure, cultural/linguistic background, known behavioral issues. Physical Presence and Gesture”Stacy’s physical presence is characterized by vivid facial gestures, but not many verbal expressions.” It took me a minute to process what that meant, but after some thinking on it, I realized that this means that Stacy is not as much of a verbal communicator as she is someone who communicates with body language. I would be interested to know more about Stacy’s physical presence and how it interacts with her personality, but I think this sentence pretty much sums it up pretty powerfully. Relationship with Children and Adults” Stacy is well-liked in the class by his peers, mostly due to his caring disposition and sweetness.” This sentence stood out for me because it seems to capture what is at the heart of Stacy’s interactions with students and adults — his kindness and caring nature. It made me reflect on what characteristics would be present in a student that was well-liked by their peers and teachers. Certainly social warmness and kindheartedness could reasonably be expected to be a prominent feature of this type of student. Activities and Interests”She loves puzzles. When given a choice to choose an activity to keep her engaged, puzzles are always her best option.” This sentence was fascinating to me because it contrasted so strongly with the previous sentence — “She has a fascination for dolls, particularly LOL; it often serves as an extrinsic motivation for her to complete an assigned task.” On the one hand, Stacy is driven by the desire to decode certain problems. On the other hand, she still needs external motivation to stay on task. Formal Learning”Transitioning is a bite of an issue, especially when the transition is from a preferred activity to an un-preferred one.” I thought this sentence was interesting because of how much sense it makes within the context of all of the previous information. Certainly switching from task to task would be difficult for a student who struggled to balance extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation. Have you read any other material by Patricia Carini? I was interested so I did a quick Google search and I found an obituary written on her that was published on Sarah Lawrence College’s website. (https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/art-of-teaching/tribute-to-pat-carini.html). I thought you might be interested in this because it gives an idea of what kind of person and educator Carini was and that might give a good idea of what her work was really all about. The article includes some quotations from her that I found compelling. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I’m curious to see how Stacy develops in your experience working with him. Hopefully she will grow out of the need to play with LOL dolls as a way to motivate him to learn, or maybe her relationship with the dolls will change over time. Sincerely, Jesse
  • Jesse's Jul 25, 20:05 comment on Amelia – Description of a Child
    Dear Emily, I find your Descriptive Review of Amelia fascinating because I, too, have encountered students of a similar type — deeply curious, fiercely independent and generally of good spirit. Even though teaching students who take the reins over their own learning can present us with difficulties and challenges, I think it’s such a delight to be able to work with students who provide their own educational momentum. It allows us as teachers to focus more precisely on the steering. One part of the account that you wrote that stands out for me where Amelia is extremely upset one day, and then comes in greeting you happily with a fact about Abraham Lincoln the next morning. That stood out to me because it seemed to capture the ethos of this particular student’s personality — good spirited, yet struggles with taking input on her process. Also, I would be lying if I said I couldn’t personally relate to the student in some way… Another couple of sentences that grabbed me was: “[s]he loves books of poetry, U.S. History, and fantasy novels the most, but also enjoys books comprised of surprising facts. ‘Did you know…?’ is one of her favorite conversation starters, and she always has an interesting bit of knowledge to share. ” This stood out for me because it emphasized that what may very well be the driving force behind this student’s personality is her strong desire to understand and comprehend the world around her. Having that kind of helpful information such as what really makes our students tick is crucial to be able to establish a good relationship with them and set them on to the paths of success for the long term. Was it in this cohort that we discussed Student-Centered Learning? I can’t quite remember, but I’m certain that I’ve had some discussion on it in recent weeks. In any case, reading your post makes me think of how helpful SCL techniques might be for a student like Amelia. I read the Wikipedia page for SCL (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Student-centered_learning) and I thought you might be interested in this because it gives some helpful resources (see the “Sources” section as well as some of the suggested articles). I’m sure that there is a wealth of information on this type of learning in the theories of Vygotsky and John Dewey, to name a few mentioned in the article. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I’m curious to see if you’ll continue to write on Amelia. If so, I’m interested to know how her development is coming along and what techniques her teachers have used to help her do so. Sincerely, Jesse
  • Emily's Jul 24, 19:26 comment on Hiding Out In Kindergarten: Edwin
    Dear Dr. Fayne: My heart was aching while reading your descriptive review, “Hiding Out in Kindergarten: Edwin,” because of how clearly you explained this student’s withdrawal over the passage of time in the classroom. The observations you made of this student painted a clear picture, and I was rooting for his success in just a few sentences. One passage that you wrote that stands out for me is: “while he knows his letters and sounds, he has very limited word recognition. He does not seem to know how to blend sounds into words.” I think this is demonstrates a Pat Carini-style method of description because you have detailed precisely what was observable in Edwin’s behavior without casting judgment onto it. You remark upon the specific challenges he is facing when reading, and this is in dramatic contrast to his pretend reading from chapter books. Another element of your writing that I appreciated was the questions you posed about his behavior and the situation: “Why is he pretend-reading chapter books?” and “Should I refer him to the intervention assistance team?” These stood out for me because you appear to be employing a Notice/Wonder strategy, and sharing your thoughts about Edwin’s puzzling behavior and how you might navigate this challenge. You do not attempt to solve the issue in this moment, as more information appears to be necessary, but you also provide key details that need further study, such as why Edwin begins missing class so frequently and his zoning out as time progresses. You draw me in with your questions and cause me to ask my own! I am now wondering whether there is some medical or learning issue the parents have not disclosed or have not discovered, or perhaps some major life change outside of the classroom. Have you read Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and what You Can Do about it by Kelly Gallagher? I thought you might be interested in this because of your understanding of the importance of reading for student success. Gallagher does a phenomenal job outlining the current crisis of readership in America and suggests real solutions without putting himself on too high of a pedestal as some God of Teachers. He mentions one statistic that, essentially, if a student is not reading at grade-level by the end of third grade, they likely never will catch up to reading at grade-level. It makes early intervention so much more important in that light. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you bring the reader along with you so well. I am enjoying seeing the world (or at least the classroom) through your eyes! Emily
  • Emily's Jul 24, 18:48 comment on Puzzle
    Dear Marlen: I enjoyed reading your descriptive review “Puzzle” because you clearly captured the home life and preferences of this student. It is clear from your writing that you have observed Stacy and carefully considered her behaviors and how her family life influences her school experience. One part of your writing that stands out for me is: “She has a fascination for dolls, particularly LOL; it often serves as an extrinsic motivation for her to complete an assigned task.” I think this is important because you have managed to link her interests and her behavior in a way that a casual observer might not. This would be valuable information for a future teacher or caregiver in better understanding Stacy as a person. Another sentence that I appreciated was: “Stacy’s relationship with children and adults in the classroom can be described as cordial.” This stood out for me because of your excellent word choice with “cordial.” Someone who is cordial is politely warm and friendly, and it gave me an instant sense that Stacy is a young person with impressive social awareness. Have you seen this video? I thought you might be interested in this because you mentioned that Stacy has difficulty with transitions, and this video gives ten tips to help children move from one activity to the next. Stacy is probably not the only student who you will meet that has this challenge – it’s completely normal! It’s always nice to have a few extra tools in your toolbox. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of how much you clearly care for your students and their success. I’m sure it will make you a great teacher! Emily
  • Brian's Jul 24, 17:25 comment on What is Mental Health?
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  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 22, 23:09 comment on This is Me
    Dear Brandon: I am energized by your Habits of Mind bio, “This Is Me,” because you immediately invite readers to get to know you by describing the importance that listening has had on your life. Your explanation demonstrates the great care that you put into getting to know other people on a deep level. It is exciting that you bring this mindset into your music classroom. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Listening to people helps me to understand who they are, how they are, and why they are who they are.” I think this is insightful because it sounds like you seek to understand the whole person when conversing. I remember when I was in grad school, a professor shared that listening is hearing with attention. During conversations, people are challenged by both external (phones and devices) and internal (generating a response to the speaker’s unfinished thought before they are even done) distractions. These factors compete for our attention. To support focused conversations, I agree with you about your technique of sharing back what you heard. This is powerful because it supports not just hearing but also listening. When we rephrase back what we have heard, we can confirm and clarify if we comprehend the intended meaning. In my opinion, this is what actually leads to a sustainable conversation and a deeper connection with the person you are getting to know. I appreciate your thoughts on the impact that listening has on getting to know people.   Another sentence that I thought deeply about was: “If we change how we look at things, we will change the outcomes.” This stood out to me because it affirms that if we aren’t getting the results that we want for any of our goals, we need to assess the factors and consider other perspectives. Your sentence also reminded me of computational thinking, specifically “debugging.” If an obstacle is preventing us from moving towards our objective, it may be necessary to decompose the situation and identify what factors may need more attention and revision. Have you seen this blog post, Help Students Build Their Active Listening Skills by Sara K. Ahmed? I thought you might be interested in this because Sara shares an activity that educators can offer learners in their classroom. She states that teachers mentor listeners. Additionally, I connected this protocol with one of the final lines in your bio: “As we continue to work and become familiar with it, we will see that the task will become more natural to us and we will discover that we have the capability of doing and finishing the work. ” This makes me think that the more all people engage in practices to become skilled listeners, the more authentic and attentive they will be with our ears, eyes, and hearts. It is necessary to do the work to get there. Thanks for your writing and sharing your passion for listening and getting to know others!  Marina
  • Marlen's Jul 22, 03:28 comment on Amira, one of our children
    Dear Mirseda, I am amazed by your description titled, “Amira, one of our children,” because of the importance of teaching about diverse c in the classroom. All students’ cultures are unique, valuable, and must be respected. You present the struggle immigrant students face when moving away from their home culture and having to learn a new language. One portion you wrote that stands out for me is: “Amira has a hijab and she wears traditional Muslim clothes. In the classroom, Amira is very polite and she likes to stay on her own. Before eating, she prays in her language and she says that her friends make jokes with her. ” I think this is essential because it shows that Amira is proud of her traditions. However, she is been buying because of that. Teachers have the responsibility to create culturally responsive pedagogy where students learn the value of others’ cultures. Another sentence that I appreciated was: “English is her second language and this experience creates difficulties for her to achieve good grades and understand work in literacy.” This stood out for me because the language barrier is another system of oppression that intersect with Amira’s condition of being Muslim, an immigrant, and a female. Many teachers assess students based on the students’ ability to assimilate and speak the language rather than focusing on the students’ capacities and intellect. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you’re writing is deep and it resembles and presents the struggle of many students in the United States.
  • Regina's Jul 20, 02:03 comment on Three Habits Important to Me!
    Dear Jennifer, I really enjoyed reading your post. “Three Habits Important to Me!” One sentence that stands out to me is, “Asking questions is essential to understanding because it helps us process what we are engaged with, such as a text, and actively participate in understanding it.” Which I agree with you: “I think asking questions and posing problems not only helps me comprehend information I’m receiving.” Asking questions is the way we get answers to any doubt we have when learning new concepts. Another sentence you wrote is: “Being able to recall important prior knowledge and use it to understand a text is another high-impact reading strategy.” This stood out for me because you brought up one concept that I use in my classroom with my students: “prior knowledge.” Using the students prior knowledge helps them to connect with learning they have in other classes or home/community experience.   I liked how your experience connected to my experience somehow. As you, I was born in tropical weather and moving to New York was stressful for me. As you said, “born and raised in Florida and had no idea about winter weather. I can put myself in your shoes and know how you felt. But I do not regret it because. Even though I had to go through a lot of challenges in personal and professional life; today when I look back, I feel that moving to a new city was worth it because this change transformed me into the person who I am today. Regina
  • Niki Fayne's Jul 19, 11:25 comment on Three Habits Important to Me!
    Jennifer: It is so good to have you as a “fellow traveler” on this LUTE STEM journey. Like you, I am first and foremost a literacy teacher-scholar. I am always full of wonderment and awe when I see a child move from pretend reading to reading the words on the page of a children’s book. I put all of my prior knowledge to the test when I run across a child who does not move from non-reading to reading “naturally.” Reading diagnosis and prescription is a problem-solving process. I have had to learn to move beyond test results and truly listen to the child- how they read, what they read, and what they think as they read. Technology is very challenging for me. However, the notion of multimodal literacy is intriguing. I find that I can apply some of my prior knowledge about reading and writing to the world of multimodal literacy. However, I also find that there is uncharted territory I need to explore.
  • Marlen's Jul 19, 01:33 comment on What Makes Me, Me
    Dear Aniya, I am delighted about the lines you decided to share with the Youth Voices community, “What Makes Me, Me,” because I see myself in your story as I have been facing a lot of obstacles during my time in New York City. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “My mother raised my siblings and me with very moral values that included respecting all no matter where they come from, what they look like or what they believe, and the need to be empathetic to all.” I think this is a powerful legacy because family values help us to be inclusive and better citizens. As human beings, we are demanded to love and value each other. Another sentence that I enjoyed was: “I was able to learn from my mistakes, learn about the ways to navigate situations, and use the knowledge from my old experiences to form the foundation for my new ones” This stood out for me because I believe that people learn and grow from the negative experiences that have impacted their lives. Have you seen this video that I love? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agrXgrAgQ0U I thought you might like it because of the powerful motivating message it has for fighting women like you and me. Take a look and enjoy! Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I love your story, and it was so inspirational. I loved the great relationship you had with your grandmother.
  • Marissa's Jul 18, 21:58 comment on “coding” my view!
    Dear Abigail, I was instantly intrigued by your post because lets face it coding is the new up and coming way in any educators world ! I enjoyed reading about the difference of opinion people may have about coding in general because it is most certainly not just for the ” Geeks and IT people but has so much more to offer our youth and educators. I love that you address this because so many topics having to do with Computers is often waved off to those who are fond of computers when no!! our current generations and NOW students are becoming the crew that is picking apart computers and reaching their very high invested goals using computers. I also love that you mentioned having the children interest be met through coding. Steering away from formal instruction where children do not have an input in the kind of education they are receiving, I think it is extremely important that we tackle this new technology by introducing it to students attached to their interests specifically. Any child is able to ,earn steps of coding without even realizing they are putting their coding skills to use. This fascinates me because even I dont believe I am very techno-Savy. However in using scratch and getting myself interested in creating content I know that this is really for anyone ! and can help may come of of that shell if thinking they cant ! it is definitely not just for GEEKS. Thank you for sharing all of this information I found this really neat video about children with coding check it out when you have a chance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-3eArinB7E
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 18, 13:39 comment on Using Habits of Mind to Play Music Better
    Dear Jesse: I am intrigued by your bio, “Using Habits of Mind to Play Music Better,” because it is fascinating to discover how transferrable and portable the 16 practices are across disciplines and to learn more about how you see them connected within music education.  One line that stands out for me is, “Empathetic listening is especially fundamental to learning how to play music, both in an ensemble and solo setting.” I found this really interesting because I never learned how to play an instrument or participated in a band so my experience with empathetic listening is through conversation with others. However, this statement ignited a change in my thinking about empathetic listening with oneself. After you mentioned the role of listening within a solo setting, I realized that the habit of listening with understanding and empathy can be a practice that people can engage in independently through creation—music, writing, art, movement, etc. These forms of expression support us while we listen to ourselves and grow deeper in understanding who we are. Thank you for offering another way to look at this habit.  Another line that stands out for me is, “To find good ideas, a certain amount of trial-and-error may be necessary.” These words struck me because you identify an important universal truth. This statement reminded me of a design thinking activity that my third graders do each year during our Force and Motion unit. They are challenged to use magnets to build a prototype to solve a real-world problem. The students begin with a lot of excitement but tend to have fluctuating emotions as they realize their initial ideas do not solve the problem immediately. It is certainly an activity that nurtures “try, try again.” Later, as we dive into reflection and begin to tap into the importance of persistence through those “trial and errors,” students begin to share pieces of what you suggested: that these first iterations lead to much stronger ideas. It is exciting to see how our learners can blend these lifelong lessons with their academic and content learning. Have you read “Music Creativity is in the DNA of SEL?” I discovered it on the National Association for Music Education’s website. Like you, the co-authors argue that the nurturing of essential life skills, such as the Habits of Mind, is incredibly impactful in the music classroom. A part of the article that made me think of your bio was: “When SEL practices are folded into creative music-making projects, students (and teachers) can become highly motivated to dive deeper into self-reflective and engaging music-making experiences.” It was evident from your bio that reflection is key to what you offer your students in order to help them grow as musicians and individuals! Thanks for your bio. I look forward to hearing more from you about music education and the power it has for our learners! Marina
  • Destiny's Jul 17, 23:30 comment on Body Image
    Dear Yamilet, Thank you for writing this piece. This is a very important issue that many people battle internally every day. I have many friends and family members that suffer from body dismorphia and low self-esteem. I was blessed to have a mother who raised me to be comfortable in and to love my own skin but I try to share this positivity with those around me every chance I get.
  • Niki Fayne's Jul 17, 21:32 comment on A New Creation
    Emily: When I read and listen to your narrative, I am struck by your energy, enthusiasm, and maturity. I look forward to working with you this year.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 16, 14:45 comment on Irreplaceable
    Dear Marlen: I am excited by your Habits of Mind biography titled “Irreplaceable” because you explain how important the habit of being flexible is to you in more than one way.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I try to put my feet in other people’s shoes while considering why they behave or express themselves the way they do.” I think similarly to you and I think this is a positive approach to understanding others because all humans have stories and experiences that impact them and affect their behavior. I feel that putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is not always easy to do, but I have discovered that the more I engage in this practice, the more I can prevent misunderstandings and have more clarity. Like you, I think it is an opportunity to learn more! Another sentence that I resonate with is: “What if” is endless.” This stood out for me because you brought up one of my favorite concepts: unlimited possibilities. I feel “what ifs” can open us up to imagining solutions for all sorts of challenges. It is an exciting mindset and one that I find provides enjoyment! I love how you connected thinking flexibly to your creative writing passions and often think about how “what if’s” can be the glimmers of stories that have not been written yet. Have you seen this video, What If? I thought you might be interested in this because it features story artists from Pixar and their connections with “What if’s.” It is a part of an amazing series on Khan Academy called Pixar in a Box that supports writers to craft a tale using a variety of strategies, including “What if..” It is interesting to hear how the story artists brainstorm and develop their stories using a variety of techniques. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next and hope to read some of your creative writing! Please consider sharing!  Marina
  • Alexis's Jul 15, 19:58 comment on Social media is bad for the brain!
    Dear Jeremiah, I’m a little surprise about your post because it is true, but how people use to suffer and get hurt in social media. Is so bad seeing something in social media that affects your sensitivity, Is true that we all have different feelings, but people should have consideration at the time of posting something because it could hurt somebody, we need to check carefully at the time of posting a phrase or picture, in order to avoid hurting other people. One sentence that stands out for me is “I think this is not fixable unless the teenager doesn’t have a phone.”, this is something hard to get because of communication, everybody is having phones. I agree with you in your argument, is true, is incredible how easily we can get hurt now days. Thank your for writing and expressing your feelings.
  • Bradly's Jul 15, 19:44 comment on Climate Change is Not Controversial… It’s Really Happening
    Dear Miles: I am enthusiastic reading your post, “Climate Change is Not Controversial… It’s Really Happening” because I’ve been looking into climate change since I was about 17 years old. I remember having many discussion about it back in Highschool with my Chemistry teacher and even now, years later, seeing all the detrimental effects it is causing. Yet like you mention, there are people who doubt the truth.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There are 321,000,000 cubic miles of water in the ocean, so to heat up the upper layer by .06 degrees is a big deal” I think this is fascinating because this is a number that is beyond comparison in the normal mind. It’s true that .6 degrees seems like an insignificant number, but given the massive body that it’s affecting it is in reality an extreme change.  Another sentence that I found a bit disturbing was Judge Amy Coney Barret’s quote “will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial.” This stood out for me because you would hope that a person who has such a high position in our law-deciding government and is educated would understand that this is not a matter of “political controversy” the way a person’s actions and spending habits can be. Instead this is a matter of TRUTH that is being overlooked.  Have you seen this that just recently the supreme court has limited the EPA’s capabilities in fighting climate change? Here is a link so that you may see for yourself, https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/01/the-supreme-court-limited-the-power-of-the-epa-so-what-happens-now.html. I thought you might be interested in this because it highlights how people in high authority can influence not only the current generation, but generations to come with their arrogance.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, your use of graphs and charts is very easy to read and comes natural to me. It’s great to be able to write about this topic in a concise manner, and also showcase the numbers in a visual manner that is a bit easier to read. I believe that as our generation get’s older and gains more power in the government, we will take more steps in the right direction.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 15, 16:28 comment on A New Creation
    Dear Emily: I am delighted by your bio, “A New Creation,” because you explain your perspective on what defines creativity while sharing with the community more about who you are. I appreciate your willingness to explore the depths of “creativity” and your eagerness to guide your future learners to develop flexible thinking! One part of your bio that stands out for me is when you introduce readers to the Dunning-Kruger Effect. You hooked me immediately because I had no idea what it was! After hearing your description (and digging into my own personal research to learn more), I thought of the saying, “Nobody knows everything about anything!” It is a phrase I share with my learners often. While it’s great to recognize our level of expertise for academic, content, and research purposes, it is especially significant when thinking and reflecting about our own personal growth. Thank you for that reminder! Another part that I enjoyed is when you state, “Creativity can be an essay on Beowulf, or approaching a math problem in a new way, or finding a more efficient way to load the dishwasher.” This stood out to me because people are often quick to say, “I’m not creative!” When we take the time to dive deeper into what creativity really is and build our understanding of the connections between problem solving and creativity, we expand and innovate our thinking. It was inspiring to hear your story of evolution around “creativity.” Your thoughts on creativity remind me of some of the important concepts that author Peter Reyolds offers in his picture books. He crafts lovely stories about young people who discover more about themselves and the world. One time I read an interview that Peter gave with Matt and Laura Grundler from the Institute for Arts Integration and Steam. In this interview titled, Creating the Future with Peter Reyolds, Peter states, “Some of us are really good with words, and we’re okay with jumping on stage and sharing loudly, and some people are very, very quiet. I’m fascinated with the private wonderful worlds that children have, and adults too, there’s a lot going on inside those heads. That’s why creative teachers know how to take a peek inside, and gently invite kids to say what they’re thinking, what they’re feeling, what they’re dreaming.” This part reminded me of you when you said, “I’m looking forward to seeing my future students grow in their abilities to express their inner worlds, especially in writing.” You should check out the interview because it feels like you have similar ideas and passions as him. Thanks for your bio! I look forward to seeing what you make next! Marina
  • Abhit Mishra's Jul 14, 10:50 comment on High School Stress
    Stress not only affect our efficiency during working but also in communication. During our stress period, we want to avoide close people and want some space but this is not the solution, however a break is important during this phase but also we have to take care of our close one and talk to them if we don’t know how to deal with the stress. May be by sharing our problems to close one bring some relief. But I want to add one more thing try to avoid screen as much as possible in stress time, we forget how much time we spent in our phone or laptop. Try to avoid artificial thing and get into natural things, get some fresh air, walk, drink water. This might help in reducing our stress. Thank you
  • Eden's Jul 13, 14:56 comment on questions about the world
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  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 12, 23:16 comment on Journal #1 profile picture and cover photo
    Hi Branden! Thanks for sharing more about your avatar and cover image.
  • Branden's Jul 12, 20:56 comment on Old Dog, New Tricks: Three Habits of Mind and TPCK
    Dear Niki, Thank you for being open and honest. Learning is a life long experience and I believe that if we are willing and continue to learn we will always grow. I like that you said ” I have to be willing to engage in a productive struggle in order to enhance my pedagogical technology content knowledge”. Some people do not see struggle have productive. They see it as negative. If they change their viewpoint about struggling they may change the outcome. If anyone is doing something for the first time it will be a struggle at first, but if they have a made up mind and do not quit they will succeed. There is a saying that says ” you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. I say ” you can teach an old dog new tricks as long as they are willing to learn”. Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to the next article.
  • Regina's Jul 11, 12:27 comment on Computational Thinkers NOT Robots
    I really enjoy reading your post “Computational Thinking NOT Robots”, because as you mention “Young children can use their computational thinking across different content areas and everyday contexts that do not require the use of a computer.” Children are able to use their prior learning skills that they learn at home when they are doing home chores. For example, mopping the floor, the child learns that in order to remove the dirt from the floor it is necessary to move the mop side to side to be able to clean it. Therefore, parents also use developmentally appropriate activities that are developmentally appropriate for children. Another sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Young children can use their computational thinking across different content areas and everyday contexts that do not require the use of a computer.” I agree with you because the assumption that in order for children to use computational thinking is not necessarily for them to have a computer with them. Just by using their critical thinking are enough for young children to develop computational thinking Thanks for sharing this post. I look forward to reading your future post because I enjoyed reading your writing style.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 19:04 comment on My Profile Pictures
    That’s wonderful! The music teacher at my school is one of my favorite colleagues to collaborate with!
  • Crystal's Jul 9, 18:40 comment on Computational Thinkers NOT Robots
    Dear Maritza: I enjoyed reading your article “Computational Thinkers NOT Robots” because it shows how parents can support their children understand the concept while performing every day tasks. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “When people think about computational thinking, they immediately associate it with computer science or math.” I agree with this quote. Most of the time people associate this term math and computer science and think that it is complicated or hard to learn, they do not know that there are programs such as scratch that are age appropriate and can help children start learning to code in a fun way. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked to how you explained this concept and the examples you provided.
  • Elizabeth's Jul 9, 18:40 comment on Since we are all a little more stressed, should we get mental health breaks?
    Dear Cecilia: I am saddened  by what the pandemic has done for our students socially and mentally  your essay , “Since we are all a little more stressed, should we get mental health breaks?,” because I noticed my students struggling to concentrate when they came back to the classroom as well as socially not doing the best.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Combined with the pandemic, it would appear that we put our students through too much.” I think this is true because as adults, a lot of us struggled maintaining some sense of normalcy, children aren’t able to regulate what they need daily on their own and without a set schedule or time to socialize they struggle. Socially, emotionally and academically it was an overwhelming experience and I agree that it may have been too much.  Another sentence that I loved  was: “Since the start of the school year, my school has been doing virtual Wednesdays with assemblies and office hours. The office hours have allowed everyone, including teachers, to have a day to seek help without the added stress of classes.” This stood out for me because its a wonderful idea and it makes mental health care normal to students which can be difficult for some families to adapt to at home/   Have you seen this article “Student Mental Health Is Overwhelming Schools. Can Congress Help?”? https://www.edweek.org/leadership/student-mental-health-is-overwhelming-schools-can-congress-help/2022/02?s_kwcid=AL!6416!3!602270476281!!!g!!&utm_source=goog&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=ew+dynamic+recent&ccid=dynamic+ads+recent+articles&ccag=recent+articles+dynamic&cckw=&cccv=dynamic+ad&gclid=Cj0KCQjwzqSWBhDPARIsAK38LY8CSDbEs1I7beMPS4ok6Gh3xHhshL2G-n2REJTO_Pb9dqC2_9ISkX8aAqXjEALw_wcB I thought you might be interested in this because of… Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am very passionate about students receiving mental health care in schools and outside of schools especially after the pandemic. I want the discussions about mental health to be normal in a couple of years and a part of the school day.
  • Richard's Jul 9, 18:39 comment on Driverless Cars?
    Dear Fernando: I am happy that you brought up the possibility of driverless cars. I believe that driverless cars would come eventually in the future, despite the current cons of this feature. I say this because in general, all technological advances has or had setbacks and criticism, however eventually would come to mass usage and outdate their predecessors. Take the examples of horses and oil lamps – their were the peak of technology during their times, however they have been largely replaced by automobiles and electricity despite initial protests and disbelief. I think drivers – like horses and oil lamps, will eventually be replaced with driverless technology. I predict that there would likely be a large handful of drivers left, however they would be in the minority.
  • Jesse's Jul 9, 18:39 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Thanks! I am a music teacher.
  • Marlen's Jul 9, 18:37 comment on Losing my Spanish
    Dear Marilyn: I am not surprised about your post, “Losing my Spanish,” because as a Spanish teacher I had realized that ESL classes are composed of two different students’ groups: Heritage Language Learners, and Second Language Acquisitions. There are many students who are born in the United States and do not Speak English as their first language. One sentence you wrote that stands out fo me is: “Not everybody immigrated.” I think this is a powerful statement which reflect the situation of many ESL students in the classroom because many teachers assumed that ESL students are immigrants. Another sentence that I loved was: “I got used to speaking english and forgot all my Spanish.” This stood out for me because as you I am forgetting my Spanish. Since I got enrolled in college I started to use more English than Spanish to communicate with my teacher and classmates, and I have noticed that I forgot many Spanish words.
  • Nymarie's Jul 9, 18:33 comment on What Does Too Much Screen Time Do to Children’s Brains?
    Dear Isabella: I am interested in your post, “What Does Too Much Screen Time Do to Children’s Brains?” because I have been thinking about how social media and technology effects attention span recently. Everyone knows that apps are meant to be addictive, but it is scary jut how much much we rely on screens as means of connection. The whole topic is controversial because yes that connection through technology is innovative and beautiful at times, but it might be starting to make face to face communication more tricky. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “they also don’t know how to interact with others in person because of their screen time and they don’t like interacting with others because of the awkwardness and uncomfortable that it brings and would rather be on a screen and limit their interactions with others dramatically.” I think this is an honest observation because it’s not just kids that do this! Adults do it too. This awkwardness makes me think of how social anxiety amongst children might come about due to always having the crutch of their phone to lean on. Another sentence that I agreed with was: “they feed off of these screens when they don’t have them they suffer from withdrawal and have aggression and angry outburst when they are not using these devices.” This stood out for me because I have a little brother and he acts out when he doesn’t have a device to watch shows on while eating. The funny thing once again is, can we really be that mad at kids for this? Because adults do it as well. I feel the urge to always have my phone while I eat. No, I don’t act out but it is daunting to think about how that urge leads to such aggression in children and how they’ll handle these urges in adulthood. Have you seen this article?: https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/investigating-screen-times-impact-on-the-attention-span  I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about how exactly screen time effects the brain and it’s possible links to ADHD. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your thoughts were engaging and this topic was certainly relevant. Your attention to a topic that isn’t discussed enough, but has a big impact especially in education makes me want to hear about what else you have to say.
  • Emily's Jul 9, 18:33 comment on Moist
    Dear Drew, I greatly enjoyed reading your post, “Moist,” because of the personal family story you shared. I have heard many people express disgust at the word “moist,” just like your aunt. I laughed at the way you and your cousin tormented your aunt that Thanksgiving – I think this is a relatable situation! One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “For the rest of Thanksgiving dinner my cousin would add the word moist to any part of his sentence just to antagonize his mother.” I think this is delightful because we can easily relate to the fun one finds in needling your parent over something they can’t stand, but in a way that causes no one any actual harm. It’s good-natured teasing. Another sentence that I appreciated was: “’God I hate that word, it just makes my skin crawl.’” This stood out to me because as soon as I read your opening sentence, I knew what “that word” was. (Of course, I knew from the title, but I would have known it without the post title!) I agree with your aunt that the word “moist” has a special power to make one’s skin crawl. One reason I say this is the connection of that word’s meaning with things like creepy, subterranean crawl spaces and bodily fluids. Another reason I agree with your aunt is due to the sounds inherent in the word. The “oi” sound isn’t particularly pleasant, and neither is the “st” – the combination of those words together sends a shiver up my spine! Have you seen this article? I thought you might be interested in this because it explains the findings of three scientific studies as to why people hate the word so much. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have such a clear writing style. I also enjoyed how you brought the reader into your family with this story, and relayed a funny story in such a relatable way. Best wishes, Emily
  • Diana's Jul 9, 18:30 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Dear Dan I couldn’t have agreed more with your post about school no longer being about learning but rather passing because now the school systems are all about standardized testing. Honestly, ultimately the only people this benefits is the school because as students we don’t see the grades till the end of the year. I could say the same about teachers in which they are no longer able to help the student because the school year is around the corner. Standardized testing has become all about statistic and getting the school more funds as you mentioned. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, “To modern humans, although maybe not keeping the subject interesting, it does help to keep the class interesting and fun. We naturally remember times that we are happy, and having fun”. I think this resonated with me because the most fun, engaging classes I have ever had was in the 2nd and 4th grade. I feel as we get older things become more of a bore and repetitive rather than making learning exciting and bringing back that same enthusiasm. Another sentence that stood out to me was, “Schools are afraid of change, because they might lose more money. But they never tested it, never tried it.” This stood out for me because it’s true. We live in a world that is run by economical status and power where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and thats the way of life. I feel the school system fails us and makes us jump through hoops when we actually want to build a career and achieve greatness. I like how great minds think alike. At the end of it all, it all correlates and intertwines. Having an engaging curriculum with teachers who are excited to be in front of a classroom and a system who is not only worried about a passing grade can make a huge difference in society as to how we learn and how we can aspire fo be more than just a statistic.
  • Jesse's Jul 9, 18:27 comment on Metal Twist
    Dear Chyna, I am digging your beat, “Metal Twist,” because it has a nice, driving and crunchy groove. I like that, as you mentioned, the forward propulsion happens in the bass more than any other instrument. One part that stood out to me was around the :34 mark, when the bass stops momentarily, only to come back in again with its thematic melody. Another part that I liked was around the minute mark, which is when the guitar switches from muted tones to long notes. This stood out for me because it provided a nice contrast with the rest of the arrangement. What did you use to compose your beat? Have you ever heard of the software propellerheads Reason? It’s what I use for music production. You can check that out here: https://reasonstudios.com/. I thought you might be interested in this because it’s a DAW that allows full control over every aspect of the sound that you could ever need and more. Thanks for making this. I look forward to seeing what you make next because if it’s anything like this one, it’ll have that gritty metal ethos that I like. Let me know if you’re interested in learning more about making these types of beats as I have experience with it.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 18:20 comment on Why I Chose a Butterfly for my Profile
    Hi Regina! It was nice to be greeted by your butterfly avatar! What activity did you do with your Pre-K students? This year, I hatched Painted Ladies with my third graders. It was such an inspiring experience! Thank you for telling more about yourself through this journal entry!
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 18:15 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing so much about yourself. Like you, I began coursework in Journalism because I loved researching and writing. After a course or two, I ended up shifting to a different focus of study. Later on, I discovered my passion for teaching writing to elementary students. I look forward to getting to know you more throughout this series of workshops.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 18:06 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Hi Diana! Thank you for sharing so much about who you are and what is important to you. Your choices are certainly lovely and inviting. I look forward to discovering more about you during our work together.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 18:02 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Hi Jesse! Dinosaur-y and dinosauriness are wonderful new words to add to my vocabulary and share with my third graders next year. What grade/content area will you be working with/in? Thank you for sharing your new words and ideas with the Youth Voices community!
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 17:57 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Hi Richard! Thank you for sharing your process for determining your profile avatar and cover photo. I think your random choices are great!
  • Jennifer Van Allen's Jul 9, 17:53 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Thanks so much for sharing! I love NYC too.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 17:49 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Hi Nymarie! Thank you for sharing more about yourself through your journal entry. I appreciate how you explained your connection with the cherry blossoms. They are such beautiful trees and certainly a gift to see after cold winters.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 17:45 comment on My profile Pictures
    Hi Stephanie! I feel peaceful looking at the image of the hot-air balloon! Thank you for sharing more about yourself through this journal entry!
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 17:42 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Hi Emily. Thanks for sharing how both your profile image and cover image represent your interests and qualities.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 15:10 comment on My Profile Pics
    Hi Bradly! Thank you for sharing more about your cover photo and the special memory attached to it.
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 14:49 comment on My Profile Pictures
    Hi Karyn! I learned so much about from your profile image, cover photo, and journal description. I have never been to the Outer Banks, but your photograph and shared memory makes me think it is a very peaceful place. Thank you for sharing!
  • Marina Lombardo's Jul 9, 14:45 comment on My profile pictures
    Hi Alexis, I love the image of the cells that you included for your cover background. I figured you were a science major and your entry confirmed that for me. I think it is really amazing that you developed and created a Youtube Channel to share and discuss scientific concepts with a wide and worldly audience. Please share the link! I would love to check it out!
  • Davin Burton's Jul 9, 11:42 comment on The Impact of Technology
    Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our site. Keep up the great writing
  • Aldo Peck's Jul 9, 07:20 comment on Girl School Uniforms
    You’re so awesome! I don’t believe I have read a single thing like that before. So great to find someone with some original thoughts on this topic. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!
  • Deshawn Bishop's Jul 8, 23:54 comment on Need help on my research about football injures
    I appreciate you sharing this blog post. Thanks Again. Cool.
  • Karyn's Jul 8, 21:02 comment on Prison Education Saved My Life and Stopped an Environmental Cycle of Incarceration
    I am empathetic about your article Prison Education Saved My Life and Stopped an Environmental Cycle of Incarceration because my partner works as a correctional officer. Though inmates are not in this specific jail long, because it’s where they await their trials he does have lots of time to talk and listen to the inmates and hear their struggles and events that led up to their incarceration. Most of the time it is the environment and not the person themselves that has set them on the wrong path. Hopefully through my career and his we can both help students or inmates get on the right path. Thank you for your writing and for sharing this piece.
  • Christal's Jul 8, 20:12 comment on Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?
    Dear Stella: I am particularly interested in your post, “Why is society still so dependent on standardized testing?,” because it relates to things I observe or changes I wish to see in the high school mathematics classroom. As a prospective math teacher, during my work in classrooms and in my observations of other educators, I realized that math teachers have to teach for conceptual understanding and basic comprehension while simultaneously teaching for the state exam. Often times I see that the instructional focus of the conceptual understanding of certain topics is overshadowed by the need for students to study the state exam and focus on the topics that will allow them to pass the state exam.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Many colleges acknowledge that testing doesn’t show our proficiency, and make their applications test optional.” I think this is an important point because it shows how institutions of higher education are helping those students who do not do well on standardized tests. However, it is equally important when you mentioned that “Often, these test optional schools are less likely to accept students who don’t submit their test scores, so it is still a struggle for them.” This stood out for me because although the standardized tests are optional, it poses a setback for those who choose not to take them. I genuinely believe that students have to both focus on their academics and interests while learning how to study for these exams and use them to navigate the higher education system. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because requirements and policy relating to state exams and higher education are of particular interest to me.
  • Lexxis's Jul 8, 20:08 comment on Women’s rights
    Dear Linette: I am infuriated by the fact that the 1964 Civil Rights Act states that not all their rights were guaranteed because as humans we all deserve basic equal treatment. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Currently, there are multiple paths forward to achieve amendment status. The first path is known as the three-state strategy. ” I think this is the amount of effort to put a necessary law in place is unnecessary because it should automatically be put in place. I see that you are very passionate about women’s rights. Have you seen this movie- Reversing Roe? It is on Netflix! I thought you might be interested in this because it takes a look at the decades-long political campaign to try and overturn Roe v. Wade with interviews with abortion rights supporters and opponents. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are very well-versed.
  • Bradly's Jul 8, 19:42 comment on Climate Change is Not Controversial… It’s Really Happening
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  • Ninja's Jun 29, 03:53 comment on How Rap Music Affects Teens
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  • Dan's May 23, 13:46 comment on School Is No Longer About Learning. It’s About Passing.
    Schools are afraid to change their ways. If the grades are high, it usually equals more funding. They disregard their methods of approach to these things. If going harsh sounds like it will get better results, then that is all they need. Students mental health, and personal lives are not taken into account when these things are discussed. The actual learning process varies between teachers at my school. On one hand, there are people like my biology and history teachers, that traditionally do lectures and daily assignments. To modern humans, this is very boring and not engaging, and therefore less focused. On the other hand, there are people like my french teacher, and my stem teacher that use activities and games to teach things. Sometimes even paired with rewards like a piece of candy or something. To modern humans, although maybe not keeping the subject interesting, it does help to keep the class interesting and fun. We naturally remember times that we are happy, and having fun. The latter is definitely more effective and humane sounding than returning tests until you get good scores. If you compare the grades (e.g. French vs Biology), and in turn, the methods to attain them (e.g. Activities vs Lectures), the students’ performance would speak for itself. Schools are afraid of change, because they might lose more money. But they never tested it, never tried it. Obviously no one would be perfect for every subject, but even going as far to include some kind of game for reviews or assignments – like Kahoot, JeopardyLabs, and to some extent even Minecraft – would massively increase student engagement and focus in class. And they would have a better chance at remembering things if they’re having fun doing so.
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  • Alejandro's May 20, 18:22 comment on Ukraine Asks for More Help and Biden Responds
    Dear Destiny, I am intrigued by your post, “Ukraine Asks for More Help and Biden Responds” because it is interesting how sanctions are being placed on Russia. I feel like the sanctions aren’t as effective as Biden thought they would be since we still depend on Russia for many things. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “This issue is being compared to Pearl Harbor. Zelensky is not only asking for help from the United States but from the whole world.” It stands out to me because he is asking for help not only sending food and military equipment and it is because he doesn’t want to risk going to war with Russia. If he were to send troops, it could potentially be the start of a third world war. Thank you for this information
  • Jenifer's May 19, 20:45 comment on Schools are different here
    Dear Maysa: I am intrigued by your post, ¨Schools are different here, ̈ because I am excited to know that you have had as much a life here in the United States as in Yemen. I really believe that few people come from somewhere far away to establish a life in this country. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ¨I think the biggest fight of my life was when I was in Yemen and there was a war.¨ I think this is important because it is your life, your memories and I think that is not something that a person would like to see and much less experience that is why I love your great character and great joy because despite that you still smile at life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it really makes me interesting in how you have been able to fit in in this country, which in turn is very difficult. I would love it if you could also share with us a little more about the cultures of Yemen since in this country there are many people who come from Arab areas but we don’t really know anything about aya and we would love to know a little more about their cultures. Jenifer
  • Sophia's May 19, 16:41 comment on This I Believe
    Dear writer, I am amazed by your post, ¨This I Believe¨ because it is nice how much you take yours and others peoples mental healths into consideration. I feel as though, in this generation specifically, a lot of peoples mental healths are not at a good point. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is, ¨No one is ever always happy”. I feel like this is important because we need to realise that it is not easy to always be happy sometimes. When we look at someone who is happy we must remember that they have their down times too. Thank you for your writing. I can´t wait to see what else you have to present. -Sophia
  • Sophia's May 19, 16:28 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, I am impressed with your post, ¨High School Stress¨, I can say that I agree with your opinion. I feel as though a lot of people actually relate to this. One sentence that stood out to me is, ¨This is true since stress can cause you to operate less efficiently and have an impact on how you handle other things. Stress may also cause the body (brain) to perform poorly during the finals.” I think this is important because it shows how negative stress can be. I also feel like we need to take into consideration the people that work at their best ability when they are stressed. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to what you have to say about next! -Sophia Garcia
  • Lexany's May 18, 01:47 comment on The Colorado River is at Risk
    Dear Aaliyah, I am very amazed by your post “The Colorado River is at Risk” because the main source of all water is being changed drastically. Climate change is making a huge impact on this change and it’s becoming a big risk.One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was, “What would you do to prevent the overuse of the Colorado River?” this sentence stood out to me because you ended off the readers with a question. How can we be the change to prevent this from becoming a bigger of risk than it already is. Thanks for writing I look forward to your informative posts because I love knowing whats going on around the world and in the earth.
  • Jade's May 16, 14:53 comment on Actor Makes History at Oscars
    Hello Sophia I am moved by your post, “Actor Makes History at Oscars” because I think it is very inspiring and amazing what Kotsur has accomplished despite the limitations many of us could not imagine overcoming. This is a great message to anyone who has goals but is doubting themselves because anything is possible when you dedicate yourself. I loved when you said, “I like the fact that they are showing how people with disabilities are not any less or different than people who don’t have any” because you are absolutely right. Underrepresentation in the media is very real for many different groups so including them more would help get rid of stigma and discrimination. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing more of what you write about because your posts are very delightful and your perspectives are very interesting!
  • Madai Villasenor's May 16, 05:14 comment on New Underground Railroad Sites in National Park Services
    Dear Ruendi, your post titled New Underground Railroad Sites in National Park Services drew my attention because it talks about National Parks and I am a fan of nature. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was, “It just shows where there was enslavement and historians estimate that about 100,000 freedom seekers managed to successfully achieve freedom between 1810 and 1850.” I find this interesting because it’s nice to know that there are still historical monuments being preserved for us other generations can have the opportunity of seeing them and learning about the past and their purpose. Thank you for writing. I cant wait to see what you write about next. Madai.
  • Ernesto's May 16, 04:56 comment on The stress of high school
    Dear, Angel I am very impressed by your post about ¨The stress of Highschool stress¨ because to me it’s interesting how we as teenagers go through that phrase every end of the school year. I think it’s interesting how too much stress could cause us to do poorly on finals. We try our best to keep up with work but at the end assignments start piling up.  One sentence that stood out to me was ¨ Stress may also cause the body aka the (brain) to perform poorly during class finals.” This stood out to me because stress could make you perform poorly on finals or assignments. I had an experience in some finals I have done in some classes and I managed to pass because I took some breaks in between in order to stay focused even though it was hard due to having 7 finals.  Thank you for writing. I can’t wait to see what you write next.
  • Jonathan A's May 15, 21:59 comment on Electric Vehicles
    Dear Litzy, I am very impressed by your post, ¨Electric Vehicles¨ because it’s impressive how electric cars have to recharge every 200 miles. I think it’s impressive how you need to charge it because it’s about 4 to 5 hours a day that they need to recharge it. One sentence that stood out to me was ¨These cars are faster, cheaper, comfortable, and environmentally friendly. Electric cars would be a big step toward climate change creating a better and healthier environment.¨ This stood out to me because it is a big step in our society because it does not pollute the air. Thank you for writing. I look forward to what you write next because I like how you write this type of information. Jonathan Alcantar
  • Monica's May 14, 16:11 comment on Biden’s Success and Challenges
    Dear Alexis, I am impressed by your post, “Biden’s Success and Challenges,” because many people believed that he has done anything for the people, but that’s no true, he has faced many challenges and still continue with a smile for the people, even when the things were getting worse during the pandemic. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: “I think that even though Biden gets judged because of what he has done as the president many people only tend to focus on the negative things he has done and not on any positives. Biden during his first year in office has done various things to help the country economically along with the pandemic.” I think that’s no right that people only focus on negative things, when they also have received that help that Biden has send to help people. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this is topic that many people discuss, and not everyone is agreed on what Biden has done. Monica
  • Perla Hernandez's May 12, 18:29 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, i would say that i agree on your post, ” High School Stress”, The reason why i agree with you would be because have been struggling to stay on their grades and still need to do stuff at home making them have even more weight on their back. one sentence that stood out to me would be “This is true since stress can cause you to operate less efficiently and have an impact on how you handle other things. Stress may also cause the body (brain) to perform poorly during the finals.” This just show how much students put so much and the school doesn’t see that and still put so much stress into the student. Thank you for your writing, i would like to hear more on your writes
  • Perla Hernandez's May 12, 18:22 comment on Positive comments
    Dear Monica,   I agree with your post, “Positive Comments”, because I agree that no one should receive any type of hate comment. everyone should learn how to see every person with no negative thoughts on the other person. one sentence that stood out to me was, ” But it is unfair that people have to be paying for good comments. People also have to stop making bad comments to people because it makes them feel bad about themselves”. This shows that people don’t like what they hear negative comment about them and make them feel some type of way. i would love to hear more about what you hear or learn, Thank you for writing.  
  • Maritza's May 11, 18:59 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, I agree with your post, “High School Stress” because during finals it can get really stressful and I end up focused on trying to do well that I often forget to slow down. This stress definitely hinders my performance so it would be best for me to try methods to lower my stress so that I can do my absolute best. One sentence that stood out to me was “More stress-relieving options, in my opinion, is a good thing. It must be excruciating to be under such duress. A 5-minute stroll is an example of a stress-relieving activity.” I always feel much better after a walk or some other type of more rigorous exercise so I feel like if I did this I would be much less stressed. This could be particularly useful before an exam or presentation. Thank you for reminding me of the importance of lowering stress. I look forward to your next post because I will be able to learn how to improve myself in other ways. -Maritza ^^*
  • Saray's May 10, 19:10 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, l I agree with your post, ¨High School Stress” because any final assessments or projects can be really stressful for students, and in some cases it can really harm some students more than others. I think that it is important to know how to handle stress and ways to improve on how not to struggle. One sentence that really stood out to me is when you said, “Stress may also cause the body (brain) to perform poorly during the finals” I think that it is very important to get school work done but not to the point where we are damaging ourselves and not even realizing.  Thank you for your tips on how to reduce our stress, I look forward to seeing what you write in the future. Saray
  • Karen SI's May 10, 15:36 comment on New Underground Railroad Sites in National Park Services
    Dear Ruendi, I am intrigued by your post, “New Underground Railroad Sites in National Park Services”, because I did not know 16 additional sites have been added. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was, “It just shows where there was enslavement and historians estimate that about 100,000 freedom seekers managed to successfully achieve freedom between 1810 and 1850.” I think this is interesting how so much history is established. It is so wonderful how many people could reach freedom. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next. Karen.
  • Valarie's May 10, 15:19 comment on Bathroom rights
    Dear Hanady,  I am intrigued by your post, “Bathroom rights” because I think that it’s fascinating that they expanding bathroom right for the LQBTQ+ community. I also find it kind of weird because I would’ve never thought that the former president would’ve been a part of this.  One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “ He also wrote instead that it should be up to each individual state and school district to decide its own bathroom policy.” I think this shouldn’t be a thing because it should be established for every state or school to allow individuals to use the bathroom on what they may identify themselves with.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next because I really liked how you well- explained this. I am also interested in other LGBTQ+ rights that are or will be expanded soon.  Valarie Gonzalez
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  • Brenda's May 9, 06:49 comment on Biden’s New Responsibilities
    Dear Ernesto,  I am very intrigued by your post, ¨Biden´s New Responsibilities¨ because it gives more insight as to what Joe Biden has to deal with on a constant basis. I think this is important because not many people take into consideration what a president must do in order to keep a country in control.   One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Covid-19, but the reality is that many people still do not believe it and some people are still not recovering from the fact that Trump lost.” I think this is important because Biden entered the presidency during a worldwide pandemic and most Americans are still in disbelief that Donald Trump was not reelected.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find it interesting to hear what else President Biden will do so in the future.     
  • Ernesto's May 6, 21:49 comment on Biden’s New Responsibilities
    Forgot my question? How do you think he is doing as of right now (Good or not so well,why)
  • Angel G's May 6, 16:19 comment on The Manhattan Project
    Dear: Danny I enjoy Reading your post ¨The manhattan project¨ because this manhattan project was the most research project at the time and it was the first nuclear weapon. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada.  One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “The Manhattan Project was a research and development undertaking during World War II that produced the first nuclear weapons.” I think this is important because the project was made to end world war 2 and to show strength against the soviet.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because  I like how you show when Manhattan was made and how it got the name from.  Angel 
  • Danielle's May 4, 19:59 comment on Do school uniforms discriminate against girls?
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  • Nichole's May 4, 16:19 comment on High School Stress
    dear Fernando, l I agree with your post, ¨High School Stress”. Because finals are stressful time for all students, and I think that it is important to know how to deal with the stresses so we can not only be stress free but also pass our finals. One sentence that really stood out to me is when you said, “Stress may also cause the body (brain) to perform poorly during the finals” I think that it is very important that we pass all of our tests and it is not good that we are under so much stress it can actually affect how well we do. Thank you for your tips on how to reduce our stress, I look forward to seeing what you write in the future. -Nichole
  • Hanady's May 3, 03:43 comment on Should schools be allowed to control students’ social media posts?
    Dear Valarie I was brought to my feet by your post, ¨ should school be allowed to control students’ media posts¨ cause like in my school I have not yet seen students or teachers say that schools should be getting into the student’s personal life but that they have heard other schools go through similar thing like that so I would say it not a good thing that schools should get into the student personal life. The sentence that stood out to me most was ,¨he school isn’t in the place for them to tell her what she can and can’t post¨ the fact that that in the sentence caught my eye would be because it talks about what is happening and what they shouldn’t do. Thank you for sharing our opinion and explaining, I would love to see more from you you seem to know what your talking about. Thank you and i am to determine read another of your writings.
  • Ruendi's May 3, 01:24 comment on Climate Change and the Ocean
    Dear Raine, I am impressed with your post, “Climate Change and the Ocean” because it is impressive how climate change affects our planet caused by fossil fuels. I think that fossil fuels are the cause of global warming, the melting of glaciers, and the rise in sea levels.  One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, “If these corals are able to recover they will have long-term damage that weakens the entire reef system.” This sentence stood out to me because pollution in corals is impactful to all the sea and coral animals that live in that coral reef ecosystem.  Thank you for your writing. I look forward to reading what you have to talk about next because I enjoyed reading your post about climate change. I would like to continue reading about any other things you have in mind. Ruendi
  • Adrian's May 2, 16:38 comment on Mental Health of Athletes
    Dear Lesly: I am impressed by your post, “Mental Health of Athletes,” because it contains many good information about the things that we don’t really see in athletes. There might be times were mostly everyone assumes that all athletes are okay and that they don’t really struggle. One sentence that stood out for me is: “But they are human too and they have feelings and emotions.” I think this is important because everyone has feelings but there are some people who don’t really show them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like how you were able to understand these type of problems. It is important for those athletes to keep expressing their feelings in order for them to get more help. Adrian Garcia
  • Valarie's May 2, 16:09 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando,  I am intrigued by your post, High School Stress” because it demonstrates how students are willing to prioritize their school work before their mental health. This is an ongoing cycle that is seen yearly it should eventually come to an end.  One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me, “ This is true since stress can cause you to operate less efficiently and have an impact on how you handle other things” I can say this is true because personally whenever I get stressed out I can’t focus on one thing due to the amount of worry I have. I also feel like when I am stressed I’m not performing at my best.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to hearing what you have t say next because mental health in a learning environment should be talked about more.  Valarie 
  • Brenda's May 2, 06:16 comment on High School Stress
    Dear Fernando, I am very intrigued with your post, ¨High School Stress¨ because it exemplifies the hardships that teenagers face on a daily basis. Stress can play a key role when it comes o challenges one must endure in order to pursue an education. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: ¨This is true since stress can cause you to operate less efficiently and have an impact on how you handle other things. Stress may also cause the body (brain) to perform poorly during finals.¨ I think this is true because when a person is stressed they can’t concentrate on certain things. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the topic of stress is an issue that needs to be spoken more upon. Brenda Ornelas
  • Felipe's May 2, 05:17 comment on Bidens Response to Ukraine wanting the U.S. help
    Dear Ernesto Monroy I am impressed by your post,” Bidens Response to Ukraine” because it is incredible that we cannot do anything about the war all we could do is just watch them struggle in this huge crisis. If only we could help them out with a bit more resources or weaponry. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was: “He also asked for help from the United States, but the Bidens’ response was that they would not send troops but would continue to support them with food and military equipment”. It’s sad because they felt like Biden would’ve helped like the U.S was their only hope and didn’t get the help they wanted. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you talk about the things the Ukraine president asked for and what Biden’s response was. Felipe Vargas
  • Jonathan's May 2, 05:07 comment on High School Stress
    Hi, It is interesting to see now that someone’s bringing up to what I believe is one of the school’s flawed systems. It’s unfortunate to see that schools are expected for you to be a competitive student. Some competition is good, but if you apply that too much, then it’s really bad for the students. I do agree on this statement, “They gave some suggestions of how to lessen stress, such as drinking less caffeine and resting more to prepare for the finals.” People at young age shouldn’t really rely on usage of caffeine, having more sleep is more effective. It’s also a good idea to find ways of stress relief, especially if you are going to college. Thanks for discussing of one of these topics of young adults’ source of stress. Jonathan
  • Christopher's May 2, 04:32 comment on Driverless Cars?
    DEAR FERNANDO : Your post, “Driverless Cars?” is quite interesting. I like the fact that it poses two notable arguments from Mr. Bin-Nun & Mrs. Nunes. Although driverless cars can benefit people who are disabled and the environment, their flaws will ultimately outweigh these benefits. I would imagine that any person would feel more secure if they had full control over their vehicle, which is why trusting a computer that can malfunction, maybe even turn on you and attempt to purposely kill you, is foolish.  Allowing driverless cars to take control of the streets may be the worst thing that could happen. The possibility of them being hacked and causing utter chaos is reality that I hope never occurs, which is why I believe that these driverless vehicles may pose a bigger threat than a person who is falling asleep behind a wheel.  I totally agree with the sentence, “ driverless cars are a fantastic concept if they can develop automobiles that are safe and make no mistakes.”. The development of these safe and no mistake driverless vehicles is possible and I’m open-minded to this possibility, but this must first be proven.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the topic you choose was interesting to me.  CHRIS AGUILA
  • Madai's May 2, 04:17 comment on Winds Of Change
    Dear James, I am glad to hear that with wind turbines have a positive impact on the world. It stood out to me when you wrote, ¨Wind turbines may also reduce the amount of electricity generation from fossil fuels, which results in lower total air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.¨ Im glad that they found a solution to at least lose down polution even if we cant end it for good. I can wait to see what you write about next!
  • Jonathan A's May 2, 03:41 comment on The stress of high school
    Dear Angel I am very impressed by your ¨The stress of Highschool stress¨ because it’s very interesting how we as teenagers go through that phrase every end of the school year. I think it’s interesting how too much stress could cause us to do poorly on finals. One sentence that stood out to me was ¨ Stress may also cause the body aka the (brain) to perform poorly during class finals. This stood out to me because stress could make you perform poorly on a final but in my experience in some finals I have done in some classes I managed to pass. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.
  • Aaliyah's May 1, 23:23 comment on Imagine Your Own Adventures
    Dear Andrea, I am intrigued by your post, “Imagine Your Own Adventures”, because the way the airport designed a fake trip to bring some joy to “passengers” is so interesting. I think this is such a cool experience and is an efficient way to be COVID safe.  One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Bluetooth technology installed that would alert people when they broke the six-feet apart rule”. I think this is unique and makes me wonder how real this experience can really be.  Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing is very interesting.  Aaliyah