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A Shift in Attitude - Reflections of a Blue Sky Parent

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Our attitudes begin to develop in childhood and constantly evolve and change over the years through day-to-day interactions and experiences. All the things that you have been through, all the people you have met and interacted with can have an impact on your attitude. One’s school environment can greatly influence one’s attitude.
   Unfortunately for our daughter, her conventional school experience was not the best. As a bright and eager learner who aspired to work on more creative projects, her needs were not being met. She was so bored. So stuck. It was sad to see such passion being sucked out of her and she began to develop a very negative attitude towards school.
    The infrastructure of the conventional school model just doesn't allow for this type of creative outlet. It's a time management and numbers thing. No fault of all the great teachers out there.  With the increased demands on the classroom teacher, higher student to teacher ratio, how can today’s teachers p…

Laughs for Hope Action Awareness Raising- By Grace Hill

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Laughs for Hope Action Awareness Raising
I always knew Jay was a funny guy. I could see that right away when I met him. What I did not at first was that Jay was also a super passionate person who wanted to combine his interest of comedy to his heartbreak (Blue Sky terminology for something in the world he would like to change).  When Jay suggested he wanted to do a comedy event/ fundraiser, I was all over it and immediately asked if I could be apart of this dream of his. My name is Grace Hill and I go to Blue Sky School. Blue Sky School is a place where learners get the tools and opportunities to explore and discover their wildest dreams. So when Jay suggested this idea, Blue Sky of course was ready to support him in anyway they could. When Jay told me his idea, I explained to him how I would love to help him since I also wanted to make an impact! When I started working on it with him, it had no direct link to my project. My project was, at the time, opening a woman shelter for Women a…

Laughs For Hope Funny Fundraiseing- By Jackson Knox

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I struggled in traditional school on account of my poor mental health. I have something called a mood disorder, which means I have signs of depression and anxiety, but not enough for a proper diagnosis.

On top of that, I wasn’t good at math, or art, or science. I was only good at one thing: making people laugh. I remember getting in trouble four or five times a day because I was entertaining my friends. But it felt good to make people happy. That’s why when I came to Blue Sky School, I wanted to do a stand-up comedy show. Of course, I had no idea how, but it was my dream.

I wanted to help people. I wanted to make their night better by doing what I loved. So, I teamed up with learners Grace and Madison to make Laughs4Hope.

Laughs4Hope is a performance based fundraiser for charity. This year, we’re fundraising for the Youth Services Bureau, an organization that provides counselling to youth in need. I picked the YSB because they’ve helped my entire family with mental health issu…

Shine - by Shannon, Blue Sky parent

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She tested in the 99th percentile. At parent-teacher conferences, her teachers spoke about her brilliance.
Her report cards were As and Bs.

The reality though was that she was coasting. She spent her days drawing and daydreaming.
She came home each day with naught a memory of what the day had held. Her teachers were honest
about the fact that she didn't complete classroom work and tests. She had both an IPRC and IEP, but
resources just weren't available, and truthfully, no one really knew what to do with this kid. She was
smart, yet the structure of the traditional school system just didn't work for her. It wasn't that she couldn't
do the classwork; it was that it didn't make sense to make her do it. She had mastered it already. It
wasn't that she couldn't do the tests; it was that she found them boring.

I dragged her to the information session for Blue Sky School. She was sullen and uncooperative. As if
school could be interesting. As if she could want to…

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now By Julia Smith

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How do I learn?  This is a question that I ask myself all the time.  What hinders and what helps my learning? Before I came to Blue Sky School,   I was only ever exposed to one type of learning style. That was the teacher at the front of the classroom explaining a concept and then giving us a worksheet. This worked for me.  I didn't have any trouble learning this way, but I was bored. This stunted my creativity. I never felt like I had an opportunity to take my work to the next level or challenge myself.  It was the same thing day after day.
I had always thought that this was the only way of teaching/learning.  When I came to Blue Sky I learned that there are actually many different ways of learning.  At Blue Sky we don’t call our “teachers” teachers, we call them coaches. Something that our coaches say a lot is, “Everyone learns in different ways on different days.”  I was really excited to discover what type of learner I was, and how I learned on different days on different w…

How Distractions Help Me by Kiara

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People often misunderstand me when I say how I work. They think that because I say I work well quietly, I mean completely isolated. That, however, couldn't be farther from the truth. I’m an ambivert, so I fall somewhere in the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum.

At the beginning of this exploration (A seven week period each focusing on a different topic) on cognition, we were instructed to take the 16 Personalities Test and write a conclusion about whether we thought the results were true or not. I got Campaigner- ENFP-T. After doing some research on my result, I found out that Campaigners have extroverted thought and intuition, but introverted feeling and sensing. This puts me in the middle of the spectrum.

I often say that I work best quietly, but that does not mean in a quiet environment. I actually like working in busier places, places where I get lost in the noise and crowd. My ideal learning and working environment is also heavily impacted when I’m far away from …

My Brain is Like a Control Centre by Tim

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How does my brain work? My brain is like a business building or like a university or like a control centre so there's a bunch of rooms and they all control different parts of my body and my brain. For example, there is movement, memories, my internal thoughts, how I act, etc and in all those rooms instead of people in a university, it's all my emotions and personalities. For example, there is focus, stress and fear, creativity, etc.

All of the emotions/personalities have jobs to do within a day and sometimes they are called to go off schedule because as I've learned, not everything goes according to plan. For example, if my teacher says, “Hey Tim, you have new assignment,” so then the schedule changes.

In the memory section of my brain, there is one room called reminders. This is where all the ideas that I have go when I forget them. Some memories or ideas will temporarily leave but they always come back. I like to think of my memories or ideas as balloons because just l…