Monday, January 16, 2017

A Successful Yet Sad Ending

I've had Sanders as a teacher since my sophomore year. He was the new teacher and I thought he was going to be like most new teachers and be super strict and mean. But clearly he wasn't because now for the past three years the best part of my day was being able to walk down into the basement to my favorite class/teacher.

His classes, even English classes, aren't like others. He pushes more for a creative side of classwork and to teach us life skills and basically how to be a good human being. This year especially (obviously) was focused on being creative. Projects that I participated in were the humane society one, the bathbomb line, the record carousel, and getting more involved in my food blog again. We ended the year with a Ted Talk and I did mine on Therapeutic Hobbies.

I feel like I accomplished a decent amount in this semester, but there is so much more I wish I could've done. I think that this class should be a required/year long class to let students do their part in saving the world, whatever that is to them.

I came into this class with that attitude; I wanted to save the world. One thing I'm really passionate about is human equal rights. I came into the class thinking somehow I would find a way to change the world and bring peace, equality, and love. But I learned I can't do that in that short amount of time, but it gave me a start to the attitude that I will carry with me and the goal I will strive for, for the rest of my life.

I'm going to take this last part of my last blog post to thank Mr. Sanders. He has been my biggest motivator, my mentor, my biggest fan, and a pretty awesome friend. I'm very sad to not have him as a teacher while having to go through my last semester of high school, and God knows I'm going to be crying like a baby on the last day of school when I have to say goodbye to him. He has exposed me to some of the coolest things and people and it has most definitely changed the way I thought my future was going be. One day when I'm a successful chef with a cookbook he'll be on the acknowledgments page "For Mr. Sanders, thank you for pushing me to do what you knew I could do."

You Spin me Right Round

I completed my project making the record carousel.

I procrastinated and my dad (who helped me put together my creation) went on a week long hunting trip in Oklahoma, so that also set off the construction process. Otherwise things went pretty smooth and assembling it was fairly easy.

I went to thee thrift store and found an old table lamp. I took the shade off, the bulb, and the top part that you attach the shade to. I got an old bicycle rim from Andie and I just cleaned it up and took the reflector off. I also went to TJ Maxx and got wooden pants hangers.

I took all of my supplies out to the shop and we shaved down the screw on the rim so that we could wedge it into the top of the lamp stand with a hammer. We just then clipped the hangers on the records and hung them around the rim.

We had some issues with weight balance and it may or may not have fallen off my tall dresser, and it may or may not still be a little bit crook. But that's ok. It works, and I think in the future I'm going to update it and find a way a anchor it down.

Overall I'm very pleased with my new invention and can't wait to take advantage of it's usefulness.