i am me because of you

Thinking first, then writing


Look closely at the above photo. This is what you looked like when you were thinking about the movement in your life.


Look closely at the above photo. This is what you looked like when you were writing about what the movement in your life.

How did taking the time to focus and reflect with your eyes closed help you to totally think about your experiences with moving? How did what I was saying to you help you think more deeply about the movement in your life?


Comments on: "Thinking first, then writing" (57)

  1. Moraa Siika said:

    I was thinking about flying in an airplane. I was remembering going from England to Kenya, and Kenya to England. I was remembering changing schools and meeting new people. The change: Having snow. Smooth roads. Challenges: Making new friends. Going to many schools.

  2. Wow this really helped me understand the concepts of moving from one place to another and the meditatation just cleared my mind into peace and mine was moving from one city to another because in Italy we had a big house and now in Kenya we have a small one, and in Italy my bedroom was gigantic now its teeny weeny.

  3. Pranay Hira said:

    Thinking about moving from year 4 to year 5 had shown me a change that I did not see coming. Mr. Chad was the only male teacher that taught me 3 lessons in a day. Also that we never use desks in class. We either sit on the carpet, or we sit on the bar, or we sit on the big table, or we sit on the window. Some teachers may be jealous because no student is friends with their teachers more than we are friends with Mr. Chad. Moving to 5K has changed me a lot. In the start of the year, I was very naughty and I almost got sent to the other class as their student. I got better from there and now I am a flyer. Class 5 has changed me a lot in my behavior and studies.

  4. I was thinking about moving from japan to phillipines. Though I ate lunch in the Japanese school, I ate a lunch in the school which went in the Philippines.

    • Pranay Hira said:

      Very good comment. In fact, spectacular comment. It is detailed well and too good for an English beginner. This may be the best comment you have made so far. I am sure you will make better one’s.

    • moraa Siika said:

      You are really trying to be part of our class, and to learn English. Congratulations, you have succeeded.

  5. i felt relaxed and my brain was able to let me remember things that happened years ago

    • Ok. You are not revising, proof reading or editing your writing. No capital letter or full stop. I’m starting to sound like I am constantly repeating myself. Mr. Chad

  6. Rahul Doshi said:

    Before this session, I merely thought about moving, even though we constantly do it everyday! One of my experiences of moving we’re moving from one classroom to another different one. In Year 4 (+1, 2 and 3), we had to sit on desks, take out textbooks and write. While in Year 5, (because of Mr Chad) we could sit anywhere, write in personal books (bubble-catchers), not school books, etc. there were many similarities, differences, changes, and challenges.
    Changes: We could be free and not fixed to a position. We can express ourselves more creatively and differently. We can take free time to relax and meditate.
    Challenges: It is very hard to adapt to a completely different classroom when you have been in similar ones for 4 years. It takes a lot of time and practice to adapt to a different environment. Anyway, as we learnt in Year 4, ‘Ecosystems’, we try to adapt to different places in order to survive, or for our situation, to learn, educate, and grow, by age and knowledge.

    • Saloni Patel said:

      This is one of the best comments you have written because it is thoughtful and detailed.

    • Pranay Hira said:

      Wow. This comment is two times better than any comment I have made so far. Like Saloni said, ” This is one of the best comments you have written.

  7. Rahul Doshi said:

    I am unable to reply using my iPad even though I keep pressing on ‘Reply’, but this is for Nawaf. You have written a thoughtful comment, but don’t you think it would look much better if it were punctuated properly? I know it’s my job to correct people and write sweet and sour comments, but you don’t need to make my job so easy. You know you can spell. Just take your time to write a comment. Don’t rush, relax. The blog wouldn’t go anywhere. I am trying to pump you up, not insult tou. So, please, remember what Mr Chad said.

    • Pranay Hira said:

      Hahahaha. Not being sarcastic. That is a funny comment written in a way he can’t complain about. Even I agree with you. Nawaf, you don’t need to make my job easier. πŸ™‚

  8. Rahul Doshi said:

    And I just saw it (Saloni’s comment). Thank you Saloni. I thought and thought and thought because I really didn’t want Mr Chad to collapse and be disappointed.

  9. Saloni Patel said:

    At first when I lay on the ground I was easily getting distracted but, after some time I became relaxed and started to think about me moving from Mombasa to Thailand. I thought about changes like I learnt about the Thailand culture. This was a change because when I got back to school I was told to write on cultures and I had a lot to say. At the same time I thought of challenges like I had to adopt with the environment there.

    • Pranay Hira said:

      That comment has been read 3 times by me at a go. It is so ENGAGING. I wish there were more Saloni’s and comments like this.

  10. pleas send me a message before posting because i checked and i never found this πŸ˜‰ .

  11. We learned allot from this experience.

  12. Not really surprising is it? Saloni, Rahul, Pranay and Moraa leading the way. The same people I keep referring to and talking about. If you are getting a little jealous I keep talking about these same people who are constantly pushing themselves then you have the power to do something about it. It is all about naming and noticing. I am naming and noticing the wonderful things the above students keep doing. I’m so proud of them! Mr. Chad

  13. Pranay Hira said:

    If you are Mr. Chad, then why are you writing “Me Chad.” It does not sound like you.

  14. sarah rishad said:

    The journey of loosing my grandmother who I was very close to.It was a moment in time where I almost thought life had come to a stop.The pain was unbearable where I would cry and my mother would hug me to bed.But her dreams of what I have to achieve in life is yet to come.Now I realise who are my true friends.And my best friend is my mother who I share my feelings and tears when I am sad.But best of all is my school mates and teachers who have always supported me when I go through a bad period.And now I have Mr.Chad who will help me achieve my grandmas dream to be flying in my studies.

    • Pranay Hira said:

      I do feel bad for you for loosing your grandmother. The pain must be unbearable. I have not lost any family members, but I think I don’t want to lose someone now. I have only lost a distant second cousin just in July. I did cry, but not as much as when I will when I lose someone in my family. I feel really bad for you. 😦

      • sarah rishad said:

        Thank you praney, but mum tells me this is life.We are on earth for a short time and let us laugh and enjoy.Sorry about your cousin.Am feeling sad about the people who died in westgate.

    • Pranay Hira said:

      B the way, you are flying, so may grandma bless you for fulfilling her dream. She must have been very dear to you if she had a dream for you achieving something high.

      • sarah rishad said:

        Yes my grandma had always thought I should be something in life.Her dream was I become a doctor one day and inshallah I will try and fulfill it.She died of cancer.And do you know last holidays I painted tiles and donated it to Agakhan hospital for the children’s Ward in her memory.

      • Pranay Hira said:

        Sarah, this comment is to be replied to you. Sorry that your grandmother died of cancer. It is great to hear that paint tiles and donate them to Aga Khan’s children’s ward. Good to hear you taking action.

  15. jaimorjaria2099 said:

    It helped me because I could clear my mind and think about movement

  16. Though I am abroad and did not do what you pupils have been doing,I always think about moving to UK.This is my second time I have travelled here,and I like it here.though it is nice to be here,nothing beats home! I also think about my grandma’s brother.He died last year.My grandads died before I was born,so I always think about when I am going to meet them.I have many more family members who I never got to meet,but I know that someday I will meet them.Ever since I found out the about the attack in nairobi,I always hope that they don’t attack mombasa.Last but not least,I think about joining you soon.I am glad that I am going to be back home next friday.

  17. Sarah Cochu said:

    When I closed my eyes I was thinking about what this unit was about and I was thinking about all the trips I went to and I was thinking about flying planes .

  18. I was relaxed and going back in time . -_-

  19. One movement in my life is from one school to another school. I moved from Aga Khan Nursery to the Academy. One change was the teachers were really caring and understanding and one challenge was I missed Nursery especially the playground.

  20. my change and challenges is when I went to Nairobi my challenge is surving in cold swimming in cold water

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