Category Archives: Week 3

Famous Last Words: Hectic is an Understatement

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To say that this week has been a hectic week would be an extreme understatement. It’s the end of week 3, and I’m looking back wondering how I had enough time in the week to complete what I did complete. I’m so proud of my hard work and determination to continue to excel in school while working crazy hours. I know that my bank account sure appreciates it!

Through all of the craziness this week, unfortunately, I didn’t get to complete the storytelling assignment, and that’s an assignment that I genuinely enjoy. I completed all of the other assignments for this week, so for that I’m pleased. I had the PCAT Examination on Friday, so basically my week was filled with studying in any free time. As much as it bothered me to not be able to complete the extent of my work in this class, I knew that I could make it up. Whereas, for the PCAT I’d have to pay lot’s more money, wait months, re-take the test, and so on. Thankfully, I didn’t have much work in Capstone this week that had to be completed out of class, so that helped tremendously!

I plan to complete the Tuesday/Wednesday deadline assignments for this class today, because like last week, I’ll be working 38 hours and struggle to find enough time during the week to fully dedicate my time. I have my first lab report due in Capstone this week as well, which I plan to begin work for tomorrow (Sunday). During the week, I plan to wake up at 5 each morning before heading to my 8:30 AM classes in order to work on the lab report until it’s complete. I’ll be writing in week 4’s famous last words with an update on how that went. Basically, as soon as I get out of class, I head to work. So for me to truly be productive and manage my time, I feel that waking up early and going to sleep at a reasonable time would end with a better scenario for me.

Image One: Exam found on The Blue Diamond Gallery

Feedback Strategies: Praise is OK in Quantities, Right?

Image result for feedbackThe first article I chose to read was Criticizing (common criticisms of) Praise. I feel like I’m a person that typically gives praise, so I wanted to see the criticisms of it. The author introduces the way children are raised and praised as well, to make his criticism of praise stronger. I do acknowledge and see why praise shouldn’t always be given, but contrary to the author, I do think that it’s necessary sometimes. It’s interesting to me that it’s suggested that since our end goal is approval, if we give praise to an individual in feedback they won’t push as hard to make it any better if it’s already approved. To me this would be different from person to person. I don’t think a little praise would affect my writing to where I didn’t continue to follow the rest of their feedback and improve. There is definitely more to feedback than praise alone, and no praise should not be the sole feedback experience. If feedback contains areas of praise where the reader really understands and enjoys what’s going on and critique and feedback on how to fix areas that aren’t understood, I see nothing wrong with that. I guess I’m more along the side of praise can be useful, but obviously depending on the situation depends on the outcome/reason.

The second article I read was Be a Mirror: Give Readers Feedback that Fosters a Growth Mindset. I chose this article, because I’m a huge fan of growth mindset. I wanted to learn more about how to provide feedback for people that can lead to growth mindset. Although we’re obviously not giving feedback or working with kids in this class, growth mindset has an impact on ALL of us. The following are tips that I can use in order to give feedback positive to growth mindset:

  1. Be Specific
  2. Focus on what the reader is doing
  3. Focus on the process put in
  4. Make sure it can transfer
  5. Take yourself out of the feedback (I really like…)

I really found #5 interesting, because this is typically something that I do often. I didn’t realize that it could be considered a negative approach if you’re trying to ensure a growth mindset.

Image One: Feedback found on Public Domain Pictures.

Topic Research: More on Horses

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Nakula and Sahadeva/ Castor and Pollux

I’m still trying to brainstorm different ways to properly make a storybook involving these characters, along with those involved with them. I’ll probably be thinking about it for a while. BUT, this is by far my favorite suggestion. Castor and Pollux are such cool characters, and their parallel to Nakula and Sahadeva would be so fun to write about! I’m confused on how Ashvins ties into the story containing Nakula and Sahadeva still. The storybook could mainly be about Nakula and Sahadeva meeting Castor and Pollux from different times. Heck, they could even be horses in my storybook. The meeting could lead to several different things, either a rise up of each to fight eachother with their homeland, or simply each of the pairs telling their story as more and more characters get involved.

Airavata and Uchchaihshravas

The heavenly horse and the heavenly elephant who both are involved with Indra would be a really cool story line to tell. I could switch it up completely, but still keep the culture and legend behind it. I could begin the story with background and legend about Airavata and how the heavenly elephant is basically Indra’s transportation. Uchchaihshravas could come into the story wondering why he’s not worthy enough to carry Indra, who churned him from the ocean. The two could either turn on Indra and run away to other parts of the world to find different characters, or they could become best friends and I could contain dialogue to have many different conversations and stories between characters.

Uchchaihshravas

Uchchaihshravas really interests me, and I think I could create a story revolving around him. He’s a seven-headed, white horse that has so much legend involved with him. Similar to my project in mythology, I could have Uchchaihshravas travel to the different points in time where other indian epics horses arose. I would want to include his awesome appearance on Earth as he was said to have rose out of the milk ocean. Writing about Uchchaihshravas alone might be pretty difficult to come up with several different stories about, but it’s still a possibility.

Bibliography:

Image One: Uchchaihshravas found on Wikimedia Commons.

Reading Notes: Ramayana, Part B

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While reading part B, I finally started to understand the language used in these versions a little bit more. I think what confuses me more than anything is the amount of characters and how all of the different characters relate. When I write my own story I want to focus on a small portion of a story so that the reader is not confused with so many different tales and characters.

In the opening Bharata returns, I had no idea that things were going to turn the way they did. Prior, I was curious how Bharata would react to his brother being exhiled and his father’s death. Kaikeya is such a big character that it’d be really cool to tell the series of stories from her point of view. Why she was so persistent that Bharata rule? Why she reacted the way she did when Dasharatha died? So on and so forth. The culture here is really cool with all of the different rituals that they do at a funeral. The ritwigs reciting Japa and the sama’s chanting samas would be a cool ritual to include in my own story. I think the sandals that Bharata gives to Rama show strong symbolism. This is definitely something that I want in my story. I could write about anything, but I want the sandals to represent sort of a token of the torch, or royal authority as it says in the text. I also appreciated that Bharata wouldn’t return to the land until Rama did. Lakshmana and Rama go into battle with the demon, Viradha. How crazy is it that he had powers to where he coudln’t be wounded by sharp weapons? The battle was confusing, but further confusing when Viradha was actually Tumburu. One character I really connected with and wanted to research further was Agastya. What if Rama would’ve went with Agastya instead of continuing on his journey in the forest? That could be a whole new story in itself! He could end up finding Viradha/Tumburu there. He could somehow defeat the evil curse. I also think the story could’ve been understood a bit better if it weren’t for the intense and continual dialogue. When Rama rejects Shurpanakha, the whole story begins to whirlwind. It seems so modern, but at the same time ancient. Rama prevailed and got the rakshasas with his arrows. This then brought forth greater hate, and the demand to kill Rama. Khara attacks again and loses, leading up to confrontation between several different characters. Although the attacks, chase, and introductions are interesting, I want to focus my story on how events would’ve been different if either Rama would’ve returned with Bharata or Agastya.

Bibliography:

Ramayana Online: Public Domain Edition with sources used from M. Dutt, R. Dutt, Gould, Griffith, Hodgson, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Oman, Richardson, and Ryder.

Image One: Agastya giving Rama a sword for battle found on Wikimedia Commons.

Reading Notes: Ramayana, Part A

First off, the vocabulary used in these sections can be very confusing (since I know nothing about Indian Epics). I really wanted to focus mainly on King Dasharatha in these notes, because he has such an interesting/confusing life. I found it very interesting to learn new vocabulary, and I’d like to use some of the vocabulary if possible when writing my own story. Although it will be confusing until I learn more, I’m trying to fully understand the story. The amount of characters and twists make it hard to follow.  Below are some vocabulary words that I’d like to use:

Maharajah- “great king”

Rajah- Ruler in the south

Homa- sacrifice ritual

Rakshasas- demons

King Dasharatha contained amazing imagery. I felt as if I was Ayodhya, the capital of Koshala, an Indian kingdom. It seemed like such a wonderful place to be. I want to re-create this kingdom in my own story. Dasharatha was a sad man because he hadn’t had any sons from one of his 3 queens (Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, Sumitra). After undergoing ritual, he was promised 4 sons (though he only needed 1 to carry on royalty, which later causes problems). It would be interesting to write a story from Kaushalya’s point of view, or even the animals that they used for sacrifice (horse, reptiles). Ravana seems to be the king of Lanka. Yama was the god of death, so that could also be an interesting story to retell. King Dasharatha’s four sons were as followed: Kaushalya (Rama), Kaikeyi (Bharata), Sumitra (Lakshmana and Shatrughna). He wanted both Lakshmana and Rama to help battle the demons, or rakshasas. In battle (with a woman-Thataka), Rama cut off both her arms with arrows, and Lakshmana her nose and ears. After the death and win, he receives some crazy weapons that speak to him. Ahalya is such an interesting character, I would love to incorporate her into a story of her own. In Sita, I feel like the love between Rama and Sita could go into so much more detail. They could potentially have a storybook created just about them, or a story written about them at least. But the love isn’t won so easily, Rama has to fight for Sita. The families are so intertwined, as Rama’s brothers end up finding love within Janaka’s family as well. Kaikeyi has a very interesting plot here, and later decides that Dasharatha must make Bharata his heir and exile Rama. The story goes on, and I find the karma version of Dashartha’s death very interesting.

Bibliography:

Ramayana Online: Public Domain Edition with sources used from M. Dutt, R. Dutt, Gould, Griffith, Hodgson, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Oman, Richardson, and Ryder.

Image One: Ravena being attacked by the three sons by Wikimedia Commons accessed online here.