#1 Peer Review

Hey Biancah,

For your first entry in the category, American Literature, you have done a tremendous job in capturing the essence of how in this day and age ‘nature ISN’T… the first thought that would come to one’s mind’. Not only have you reflected how symbolic the world around the Native American people is you’ve also created a critical account which is easily accessible to any kind of reader. This is a great strength to possess in your writing style. I also appreciate how you put forward a forethought or idea to your readers in experiencing the great outdoors by removing themselves from a technologically advanced world and fuel processed society to experience the serenity that nature possesses. On top of that, the addition organisation websites are a fantastic finisher to your first blog!

You’ve done a beautiful job! One critic I have is to add maybe one more quote from – I become part of it. !

– Annaliese 🙂

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#1 The importance of nature

Can we apply the Native American sense of the importance of nature to make our own lives more whole and meaningful?

In certain ways, the Native American way of living would be foreign to implement in the time of the 21st century as surrounding factors such as our society is an ever-changing place filled with technological disruptions, increasing numbers of polluting vehicles and most importantly the ignorance people in relation to the beauty of nature. Adherents of the sacred bond of nature can be portrayed through the relationship of the Native American Indians and the natural world.
A Native American writer, Oren Lyons encompasses this through his essay, “Our Mother Earth” in the book I become part of it.

According to Lyons, they have proved time and time again that they share a ‘great connection’ with the land. His continuous repetition of the word “great” revives to foresee this unmeasurable understanding of the intensity that a connection between the Native American Indians and the environment share. Furthermore, when one looks at it, they could assume it is inextricable. However, this impossible separation is something the Europeans have fought towards for centuries on end. Though that doesn’t stop the Native American Indians as Lyons states, “We are like a conscience. We are small, but we are not a minority.” As well, Native Americans reveal that nature provides purpose through their sense of who they are; the growth of their identity makes this connection so much more personal and introspective “And among us there are even people with other gifts- a gift of art, or a gift of speech, or a gift of a smile that can make everyone laugh. Whatever it is, each of us was born with a mission.” as it is the development of who they are.

To have a whole and meaningful life is to be complete and to have a purpose and honestly, I believe by through the words and actions the Native American Indians take to profess their adoration towards nature can be sanctified in a material world. By not only acknowledging to appreciating what we have been blessed with but recognising the importance of the natural world as it is the beginning of the life we have all started for ourselves.

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For more insight into Oren Lyons thoughts, it would be best to check out his youtube video “We are part of the Earth.” using this link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSwmqZ272As

Dooling, D. M, and Paul Jordan-Smith. I BECOME PART OF IT ; Our Mother Earth. 1st ed., New York, Harperscollinspaperback, 2002,.
Sacred Land Film Project. “Oren Lyons “We Are Part Of The Earth”.” 2011, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSwmqZ272As.

#5 Peer Review

Hey Adam,
I really like how unique this blog is! I like the fact that you are being true to your thoughts instead of rambling upon how relevant you previously thought your journey to the art gallery was our studies, shown in the opening line. When you start presenting the idea of Romanticism, I quite enjoyed the emphasis you place on this particular type of art that strays from the traditions, to convey, as you put it, the “cultural movement” of that time period.
I found it so interesting how to close your post you created your own piece of artwork to display what you’ve learned on your venture to the art gallery and how it truly contrasts to Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”.
You’ve done such a great job! 🙂

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#4 Peer Review

Hi Belle,
I could not believe my eyes when I saw that we had similar views on “Hard Times”. I’ve also always wanted to venture to a place of such wonder and beauty like England. I appreciate that you see Dicken’s writing as words which are purposefully placed to be analysed. For example when you mention, “give them a little more play”, you highlight that child-like innocence in adults wanting children to become workers instead truly having a necessary part of their development such as ‘play’. As well the idea of that the circus is linked to the imaginative part of an individual which needs to encompass both the serious and imaginative sides to a human being. I adore the fact that your image came from Pinterest, some people, i.e. myself really don’t know how to incorporate other forms of social media so it is really refreshing to see the media outlet you’ve chosen. All in all, you’ve done a fantastic job, I can’t fault it!

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#5 Art Gallery Visit

Write a short summary of your gallery visit today. Mention 2 or 3 of the paintings that most appealed to you and why.

Exploring the art gallery of NSW has been the time of the semester I always wait for. It is one of the few places where I am truly taken back and amazed by the artwork and their backstories. The choice in colour, the meanings as well as the time frame all come together to host a fantastic collective piece of artwork, sculpture and or film.

As we ventured through the 19th century exhibit to find many artworks, which I was astounded by. One such as John Glover’s “Launceston and the River Tamar” which was created in 1832. This piece stood out to me, as it’s romantic themes bounced of the art by using colours of nature, the greens, and the browns, which are all earthy tones. When I glance at this piece I feel as though the trees are imposed, that nature, the scrubland has to enforce European quality, the essence of perfection. The major aspect, which is being admired in this artwork, is the abundance of land. I believe Glover has positioned the frame this way to recognise that there is so much beauty in nature that it could go on for miles. On the right side of the frame, Glover has placed a minuscule sized husband and wife, by doing this he has envisage what it would be like to reflect in nature and it amplifies how small the human race is compared to the environment around us.
https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/41.1972/

Another incredible piece, which I cannot forget, is Eugene Von Guerard’s “Milford Sound”, (1877-1879). The reason why this piece is so unforgettable to me is that the image, which is created, has a balanced realistic and non-realistic feel. What I mean by this is that, the image created through the colouring of lilac and grey tones force the viewer to imagine him or herself in a world of such beauty that it almost seems fake. The artwork is made to show the relationship those human beings to nature, that it is almost insignificant when looking at the height of the mountains in the background. In all honesty when I look at this particular artwork I feel calm, it becomes like a ‘home’ environment, in the sense where it makes me feel comfortable and content like I am allowed to believe in the realistic and the imaginary.
https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/OA1.1970/

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Sir Luke Fildes 1875-1876 piece “The Widower”, was an artwork which I was truly glad to see on Wednesday ‘s trip. The image as a whole consist of a father caring for his children, the setting, which seems run down and a mother in the background cooking with what they have. The darkness, which the painting alludes to, refers to the troublesome times. Fildes focuses on the fact that they’re not rich by the costuming, he dresses each person with broken or dirty clothes to make it easier for the viewer to comprehend. It also references to the idea that this particular family are suffering and going through hardship but besides all that the importance of family is the strength that keeps them together.
https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/879/

Finally, an artwork, which I became extremely interested as soon as I laid eyes on it, was Frederic Lord Leighton’s piece “Cymon & Iphigenia” (1884). When being told that ‘Cymon’ refers to the beast, it quickly appeared to me that the character was a reckless persona. However, simultaneously was smitten with the main woman in the frame. Although Cymon is seen to be a womaniser, which is shown by the other female in the frame, the artwork can be seen as a seduction not just on Cymon’s part but also on Iphigenia’s. Her body language is seen as promiscuous through the way her garments only show parts of her body and the positioning of her body on the bed. In the background there is the sun, which is rising, it can be seen as a symbol of his conscience awakening.
https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/210.1976/

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#3 Peer Review

Hi Julena, I really like your approach to this creative question. When I read it, it almost reminded me of a television program in the 90’s called “Boy Meets World”, when you wrote, “How experiencing new things will lead us to emotions we’ve never felt before”. The way you have used short and sharp syntax pops out at someone who reads it. It isn’t boring nor too long that someone would get distracted, it is just the right amount. However, for next time maybe expressing or even elaborating on what you mean by “teach us the way of the world.”. If you do that it may open another underlying theme of the book such as lack of experience of the world surrounding young people. As well maybe a photo or a quote even, portraying someone’s disinterest to what Mr Gradgrind is teaching in the class. Overall you’ve done a great job! 🙂

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#2 Peer Review

Hey Brittney,
What a great interpretation of the way Emma reacts to this situation. I love the way you used syntax, in short, sharp sentences to show the immediate reaction of Emma’s subconscious realisation that the man she cares is being loved over by another. When you used the sentence, “How could I be so stupid as to miss that?”, to me, it felt more like a current version of what Emma would have said if she was placed in this time period, so I was really appreciative of the time jump.
Something that I think you could work on is maybe to add more onto the line, “Why am I getting so jealous about this situation? No, no. I love Mr Knightley.”. An additional line or even just one elongated sentence would have made this certain line in your entire paragraph pop out as this is the most important line, it is the moment she realises her deep love for someone she blindsided in this time. Overall, I really enjoyed your take! Well Done! 🙂

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#2 My friend’s true needs

There is something about Emma’s character that I believe I can relate to. Not her loud ego of course, but the way she wants everything to be controlled. I am not that overjoyed when change occurs. Here is a paragraph on my representation using the content of “Emma”- of a plan for my friend that has backfired, and myself looking over the decisions I’ve made and how I now realise my friend’s true needs.

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Image : Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Harriet Smith (Toni Collette)
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How can this be? Something as simple as cheap affection towards one has collided with feelings for another. How could this be?

I thought I was doing the right thing, I was pushing her in a direction I thought she deserved, something which was better.

Now, after all the hard work, I have been in the wrong. I tried to push her towards a life that was better, towards people that I deemed as being better.

Her feelings for the one she has true affections for have been suppressed because of my wrongdoing. I was the one that proclaimed that he wasn’t good enough for her. When he could have given her all the emotional treasures in the world.

This pain is one I’ve never felt before; a true friend being broken by rejection is an aching that one may never come back from. I’ve reflected over my doings, I believe that ‘I’ have been looking for myself, what I deserve and not taking into account the needs of my friend.

The friendship we share is more important than the control I have a need of. Did I listen, when she spoke? Did I care, when she spoke? Why did I do this was it for popularity, pride or even praise?

She wanted a love that was true and pure, not a facade or something of just looks. The societal hierarchy doesn’t matter to her. She wanted a partner in life that would walk through it with her on the good days and the bad.

The one she wants awaits her and I will not stand in her way no longer. Let the course of true love be known and let my meddling be deceased at once.

#1 Peer Review

Hi Natalie,
I love the fact that you’ve chosen to write your own take on Matthew’s reply. You’ve brilliantly used the senses in each of the paragraphs to lift a vivid collection of moments that can take place throughout the course of nature. Through your use of the senses, I truly felt that you were drawing nature right in front of my very eyes, also each stanza you present you seems to be teaching the reader about the beauty that comes with unlocking each sense and freely giving oneself to nature. I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed the fact that you didn’t rhyme at all but let the words flow word by word.
Although you highlighted the senses in different colours which really made them stand out even more, you could even add an image to paint the picture of nature that you incredibly showed. All in all fantastic work and I’ll see you in the tutorials! 🙂

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Week 2 – Reflection

This past Monday, I resumed my Prac for EDFX173 with a little more confidence than I did in the last week. My practicum teacher embraced me with open arms and made sure I was comfortable in the environment provided to me. I observed and added when needed in class spelling, reading groups and in marking the year one’s homework from the weekend.

As the 3 and a half hours went by I observed certain routines that my prac teacher did through the principles of the social learning theory as outlines by Albert Bandura in the experiment of the Bobo Doll : OBSERVATION.

Attention: The year one students are very quick in losing their focus as mentioned by my mentor, she believes that by changing the tone in her voice or by separating children in the room it isn’t enough. Her counter attack to battle this is instead of letting the year one students learn the content solely in an oral fashion, she gives visual demonstrations to alert both sense and to acquire to the rest of them.

Retention: Her main asset is her use of repetition; she uses things such as sound cards each morning to mould her student’s oral practice. With the ESL children, (children who have difficulties learning) they gave them the same work at the standard were the child feels comfortable in completing it. But then let them work through it at their own pace.

Reproduction: Something that really resided with me is seeing a struggling student being aided in a way in which they were happy such as using vivid examples to allow the students to connect with the content “ when writing the letter Z, dot the corners like marshmallows”. Following this, she allowed students to use the computer board known as the “Promethan”, to retrace and spell the words by themselves.

Motivational Reinforcement : This age group reflects well with instant reward. Individual rewards are the online class dojo= if they get 25+ they get to choose a prize from the prizebox if they get 50+ points or more they receive a major prize. Group rewards = are received by the highest point receiving table on Fridays. The reward system = in this school students need instant gratification; if they’re not rewarded straight away they lose interest.