Category Archives: Week 12

Growth Mindset: Excelling in More than One Area

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This week, I chose the challenge of growth beyond school. This was very fitting for my recent journey, as I’ve been maintaining a growth mindset in school, but failing to keep one outside of school (work specifically). One reason I really like this extra credit assignment is because it makes me sit back and think. I feel so swamped sometimes that I have no time to even think about anything outside of school, much less approach scenarios and fix them.

My challenge is to make a huge adjustment at work. I need to quit thinking about all of the negatives that I sometimes get too involved in at work, and focus on the positives. I’m happy to change things at work, and work harder to ALWAYS keep a growth mindset in any situation. If there’s problems at work, I want to understand and fix the problem to better myself and those around me. Having a growth mindset at work is very important, as it can change the way that my personal life is. If I’m able to continually have such a good mindset, than the possibilities are limitless. It’s all about how I interpret things, and my actions that follow.


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Reading Notes: More English Fairy Tales, Part A

The English fairy tales are always a good choice to read. This section didn’t contain any original fairy tales that I already knew. Although I didn’t know any of them, there was some similarities between stories to fairy tales that I have heard before.

The fairy tale I want to write my story on is Johnny Gloke. This story was unique when compared to many of the other fairy tales. Johnny grew tired of his tailoring job, and decided that he wanted to do something else with his life. He wanted to become famous and rich, but he wasn’t quite sure how. When he was just wasting time in the sun, he became annoyed by the swarm of flies bothering him. Right then and there, he killed many of them by swatting them with his hands. He was so proud of himself, and he decided that this is what would make him famous, a journey such as this one. He took a sward, set off on an adventure. He was feeling so proud that he decided to fight the two giants whom were feared in all of the land just because the king said the reward was his daughter’s hand in marriage. Johnny quietly planned his attack, and he threw a small pebble to hit one of the giants in the head. He then threw another pebble while the giants were arguing about who threw the pebble, and blah blah blah. When they were at their weakest from the pebbles, Johnny rose and cut off their heads. He got to marry the king’s daughter, and he also got named the leader for the rebellion that broke out. Through the fighting trial, Johnny became even more famous, and ended up being the king.

I want to rewrite the story similar to above, but I want to continue the story. I want to develop the giants as characters more, so that there’s some sort of feeling when he accomplishes killing the two. I also want to make the king’s daughter of importance, and describe why he was fighting for her hand in marriage. I also want to develop Johnny as a character, and discuss why he feels the need to find the woman of his dreams (why the king’s daughter is her), and provide dialogue, or some sort of way for the readers to understand more what Johnny is feeling.


More English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs (1894). Illustrations by John Batten. This story can be accessed online here.

Image one: This photo is taken from the story Johnny Gloke, found in More English Fairy Tales.

Reading Notes: More English Fairy Tales, Part B

As always, I really enjoyed reading the fairy tales for this week. In The Children in the Wood, I loved the poetic feeling. The author told this story through rhymes, making it much more fun to read. The structure made it very easy to follow along with the story, and the rhyming was very much organized. I’m not a very poetic writer, or I haven’t had much practice with it, so that makes this story a really hard one to rewrite. I could tell the same story, but not focus on poetry.

In my opinion, the most unique story in this section was The King o’ the Cats. First of all, I loved the picture that was chosen, as I automatically liked it at first glance. The story got a bit confusing with the characters, Tom and Tim being so familiar. I was confused at the idea of the black cats carrying the coffins in synchronous movement, but it made more sense in the end. If I were to use this story to write with, I’d basically just keep the idea of the black cats (I absolutely love black cats). I could have a different journey as the main focus, and the nine cats could tell a story about their nine lives. Maybe one of the cats could be near the end of their ninth life, and that’s why the coffin is being carried. The youngest of all cats could then save the cat on the ninth life, and then be named the king of the cats!

The most enjoyable story to read in this section was Old Mother Wiggle-Waggle. The structure of this story was very similar to the first story I discussed. The rhyming was super amazing, so I’d love to try something like that (though I’ve never tried). I could also use the story like the first one, and tell it not in rhythmatic structure.


More English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs (1894). Illustrations by John Batten. This story can be accessed online here.

Image one: Located in More English Fairy Tales unit in the story The King o’ the Cats. The photo can be accessed here.