Wednesday November 16, I got to experience my first ever Night of the Notables. Honestly, it’s not like anything I’ve ever done in school before. For example, the sheer exhaustion of staying at school for about 14 hours. But at the same time, I’ve never seen anything on this scale. The genuine effort everyone put into their Learning Centers and research on their Eminent people was amazing.
Honestly, the time we had together felt really short. One second, the tens were delivering their fantastic speeches and the next an announcement over the speaker was telling us we only had ten minutes left. I got to meet a lot of cool people while everyone was looking at our learning centers. In fact, one person told me that they were best friends with Robert Bateman’s son when they lived in Ontario. Mrs. Quach, the jumpstART teacher, also chatted with me for a few minutes. I was glad to see that a lot of the people I met knew my Eminent person.
As memorable a night this was, a few moments really stuck out to me. Besides the tens speeches, and that amazing bow at the end, I remember a lot about the people I met at my learning center. Besides meeting someone who personally knew Robert Bateman, I remember the alumni coming, drilling me on questions which I answered to the best of my ability and complimenting my art. I was nervous at first, but as more and more people came, I was more confident and talked longer with each person.
I’d like to thank Phia, Deon, Maeve and Renee for being in the “artists corner” with me. Also thanks to Phia for bringing in the easel and Deon for bringing in the dollar store acrylics. It was really fun being around others with Eminent people in a similar field and it worked out pretty well. Thank you to all of the teachers for making the whole thing possible; without you guys we would have been terribly lost.
images of my learning center taken with Deon’s phone
link to my learning center in action (exceeded upload size): https://r4—sn-vgqskn7l.googlevideo.com/videoplayback?id=4cf2fa178bfa632b&itag=37&source=picasa&begin=0&requiressl=yes&pl=44&sc=yes&mime=video/mp4&cnr=14&lmt=1479510169589932&ip=2001:569:7490:c600:84c8:a1e2:3016:2be&ipbits=48&expire=1479727911&sparams=cnr,expire,id,ip,ipbits,itag,lmt,mime,mm,mn,ms,mv,nh,pl,requiressl,sc,source&signature=1B6270DBF17BAEB21DB37509310A5AD10005BE4B.3B10D2E91D19F6CCDA0F214765D20C46FAE91F21&key=cms1&redirect_counter=1&cm2rm=sn-nx5e77s&req_id=ff79f477876a3ee&cms_redirect=yes&mm=34&mn=sn-vgqskn7l&ms=ltu&mt=1479699050&mv=m&nh=IgpwcjAxLnNlYTAzKgkxMjcuMC4wLjE
Sorry for all the backgroud noise; you probably can’t tell what I was trying to say. But basically I was just going through my learning center. I feel like this was a fun learning center to do because I got to draw a lot, which was technically one of my IEP goals; furthering my interest in art. I actually started painting a Bateman piece, not exatly as followup, but just because I like painting. I guess I met my goal in that sense, but I feel like I could’ve worked more on the presentation of my learning center. I focused more on all the technical aspects, such as filming the time-lapsed video of me drawing a bi
I’m not that happy with how I did on the speech either, but I have an entire year to improve on my public speaking skills and do better next year. Overall, I met most of my goals and this was really fun! Now I know what to expect so I’ll probably spend the summer working on it.
door close gif courtesy of giphy.com