Month: March 2015

STAAR Testing

The STAAR test; four strait hours of testing and boredom. I’m sure every student in school has worried or stressed out about the STAAR test at least one time throughout the school year.

I know I have done well on all the STAAR tests from the past, but each year, no matter what, I always get worried about how this year’s test is going to turn out like. I’ve been told by parents and other teachers that the STAAR test focuses on how well my own teacher has taught me and don’t stress about it, but I can’t help thinking that I’m either going to fail or get a horrible grade.

To make things even worse, I usually can’t get any sleep the night before testing because of all the stress filling my body. I understand I should put a bigger effort to relax my mind and body with like deep breathing, except I can never find the time for it because of studying, after school activities, etc. STAAR testing is definitely my least favorite time of the school year.

Many different people like or dislike the STAAR test for many different reasons, but once the STAAR test comes around for me, I can only think of bad things no matter how hard I try. The closest I can get to a good thing would either be the food or the sleeping after. Think about it, what good things can come from STAAR?

Why Summer is the Best

A break from school, warmer weather, hanging out with friends– these are just a few reasons why summer is the best.

The endless homework, stressful tests, and angry teachers are all put to an end when summer comes around. There’s no more waking up at 7:00 a.m., or staying up late studying for that big test. Not only do you get more sleep, but you even get more freedom from all those teachers bossing you around. You finally get the three months of pure rest you’ve been waiting for the whole school year.

Summer also offers so many new opportunities to try new things, meet new people, and find new places. Summer camps are great places to experience these things. Sports camps, art camps, wake boarding camps–there are so many to sign up for and each one offers something different. Summer camps are definitely not the only option. Even just traveling to the simplest places offer all of these. Even just staying in your own city will do. All of these options could even find you a new goal or a life long hobby!

One personal reason for me to love summer the endless lake days. Spending time with your best friends, the hot sun on your face, and the music flowing into your ears. What could be better? Most of my summer days consist of waking up around 8:00 and hopping right onto the boat. When on the boat, the possibilities are endless. You could wake-surf, wakeboard, knee board, ski, or even just stay in the boat and enjoy the nice weather.

I can’t think of any reasons why summer wouldn’t be the best time of the year. Although some of these reasons aren’t for everyone, I think summer wouldn’t be the best season without them.

Is It Okay to Break Rules?

Everyone has broken a rule at some point. Breaking rules is certainly not a good thing, but sometimes, depending on the situation, you must break a rule for what is right.

During the Civil Rights Movement, many people of different races broke rules that were unfair. For example, when Rosa Parks was riding the bus, a white man told her to give up her seat to him, but she didn’t give it up. Although Rosa Parks did get arrested, she brought attention to this rule and accomplished it without violence. This law was unfair and the out come of breaking it was positive.

Not all rules are broken because something is unfair or wrong, but breaking certain rules can lead to something unique and creative. When writing a book or a poem, you can break the usual grammar rules. For instance, if a writer is trying to portray a character with spelling or writing errors, its okay to break those rules.

Although breaking some rules can lead to something great, breaking other rules may not turn out so well. If a rule is fair and gives off a positive effect, there is no reason to break it. So, if a rule is ‘Do not crash a car into a restaurant’, there shouldn’t be any reason for you to crash your car into a restaurant because, first of all, there is nothing negative about that rule and, second, you shouldn’t break a rule with violence.

There are times when rules deserve to be broken and times when they don’t, but, depending on the situation, it can be okay to break some rules.

Why Students Shouldn’t Have Homework

An essay, a science packet, a double-sided math worksheet, and a social studies Keynote all due tomorrow.¬†Every student has come across the dreadful, everyday problem known as homework, but wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have any?

Students need more time for afterschool activities, spending time with family, and just taking a break from a busy day of school, but when they have about 100 worksheets of homework to complete, they don’t have time for all of those activities.¬† For example, I have to leave every morning around eight and, sometimes, don’t even have time to say goodbye to my parents. I stay at school for about eight hours and come home with a ton of homework due the next day. I spend most of the afternoon cooped up in my room completing the homework and only have about three hours to have dinner, hang out with my family, and go to bed. However, I do understand that homework helps to make sure the students don’t forget or loose focus of their school lessons, but is 8 hours of school every weekday not enough?

Not only do students not have very much time to do other activities because of homework, but they get way too much of it. When I come home, I usually have at least one sheet of homework for every subject. Some subjects are harder than others, so it takes me about an hour or so to finish, depending on the homework. Homework times are different for everyone, but the part of my afternoon that I look forward to the least is finishing all of my homework.

Most of my week consists of after school activities, so I usually get home pretty late and have to do my homework at the last second and end up staying up late just finishing homework. I constantly am waking up late in the morning or waking up exhausted because I went to bed late. I’ve heard this problem coming from my friends also many different times. So, not only is homework taking time away from after school activities, but, also, taking time away from stress-free sleep.

I think that it’s okay for students to have some homework, but just not too much. Although there are many reasons to have homework, this is just my opinion. Just think of how many students would be happier, more energized, and even healthier.

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