Blogger of the Week Reflection

Part #4: Blogger of the Week Reflection

How often did you participate: COUNT YOUR REPLIES

I commented to 6 of my classes “Blogger of the Week” posts.

Discussion blog title(s) and author(s): LINK TO THEM

Abiha’s “Armenian Genocide” Post

Adam’s “Is School Stressing You Out?” Post

Aisha’s “Infertility” Post

Alex’s “Importance of Reading” Post

Clarissa’s “Online vs. Offline” Post

Cameron’s “Extremophiles” Post

Please provide a rating for YOUR overall contributions to discussions [1(poor) – 5(excellent)]

I would rate myself a 3.5 out of 5. I didn’t comment much but I commented meaningful, insightful comments and asked questions when I felt I needed to.


1. Is there some aspect of the topic, results, conclusions, or concepts for which you gained a deeper understanding of through the blog discussion? Was there some aspect of the posts you explored that you had not thought of or that you ‘learned’ about from the discussion? In other words, what aspect of the post was clarified or illuminated as a result of the blog discussion?

I think Abiha’s “Armenian Genocide” post taught me more about the genocide on a deeper level. I had very a brief idea of what it was and it definitely helped me further my learning and help me because I am taking the Genocide class Abiha learned a lot of her information from. Also, Cameron’s “extremophiles” post was something I had never even heard of before. It was very interesting to read and I think I learned a lot from it. I also did some further research for myself after reading his post because I found it very interesting.

2. Were there aspects of the discussions that led to more confusion for you compared to when you read the blog post alone? Was the confusion resolved through discussion? Please explain (make specific reference to the blogs involved ­ direct quotations may be appropriate ­ reference the author).

No, from the comments I read, they only furthered the post and asked questions to deepen the level of knowledge for the topic of the post. I didn’t read all the comments but from what I saw, the comments only improved the level of conversation.


3. Evaluate your role in the Blogger of the Week discussions, in particular please answer the following two questions: What did you do that was effective at contributing to the discussion(s)? Be specific (adding screenshots of your contributing or copying to your blog may be appropriate). What areas do you need improvement in?

While participating in the Blogger of the Week posts, I asked questions to gain knowledge from the post. For example in Cameron”s “Extremophiles” post, I asked if extremophiles can be harmful to humans or animals because his post focuses on the positives of extremophiles. I think I need to improve on deep thinking to ask deep questions to make the author think and so I can learn more.

4. Can you think of a contribution from another student that stood out in your mind that helped move the discussion along or help the class to move to a deeper understanding of the material? What did the student do? (no need to mention names, just describe what the students did or said).

A few student always asked questions after the author was done there oral presentations. They brought up different points from different point of views which I thought was good because it allowed the author to have some insight from readers to strengthen their post.

5. Do you have any recommendations to the class as a whole to improve class discussions? How are discussions different in an online space versus those held face­to­face? How are they similar?

No, I think everyone in the class did a good job of participating in discussions. The only thing I could say is that I found the same people were commenting and I think more people should participate. As said before, I think while having the in-class discussions, the same people were the ones that commented and while online, I found I got more of a variety of people commenting, including people who were not in my class. They are similar because people said the same thing online as they did in person.

6. What are your overall thoughts of the Blogger of the Week assignment? Do you have any suggestions for me moving forward to either: a) improve the assignment; or b) revise the structure, delivery, or scheduling of the assignment itself? Be specific as your opinions will be very helpful for me as I plan for future classes.

I thought this assignment was good and it gave everyone a lot of choice about the topics and they could do something that interested them. To improve the assignment, I think it should have stricter due dates as not having due dates made me put the assignment of and I noticed a lot of people not having the assignment done for several weeks after their specific week.

Zoos: For Better or Worse? (Revised)

Revised on Tuesday June 2, 2015

Original Post Here

Today, there are over 10,000 zoos worldwide [Smith, Roff, 1]. That means more than 5 million animals are being held captive in zoos [“Zoos,” 1]. When people are having a fun day at the zoo, they do not always think about what these animals are going through mentally and physically. Zoos are in no way ideal for animals. Animals would still be better off living in the wild, where they belong. Zoos have poor living conditions for the animals, animals die prematurely while living in zoos and the killing of surplus animals happens frequently. Because of this, zoos are inadequate and not helping animals in anyway. In zoos across the world, it is clear that the conditions in zoos are poor and are not improving in any way.


The artificial surroundings in zoos disrupt natural mating and hunting activities. Also, the surroundings the animals are living in, are not large enough [“10 Facts About Zoos,” 1]. For example, giraffes in their natural habitat of Africa are used to having plenty of open space to run but face much smaller spaces in zoos. The small environment causes animals to become depressed over time. Animals will the experience a disorder called Zoochosis. Zoochosis is a mental disorder that causes the animals to chew on the bars of their cage, sway back and fourth and pace around their small cage caused by being confined. Zoochosis in animals is similar to OCD or depression in humans [“10 Facts about zoos,” 1]. This disease has become more prevalent that the public has started to realize. Some zoos make animals take a mood altering drug so the public does not become aware and change their opinions about coming to zoos [“The Reality of Zoos,” 1].

It is also proven that animals die prematurely while kept in zoos. African elephants live three times longer in the wild than while in zoos, and they are not the only species. 40% of cubs born in zoos die before they are one month old, while in the wild, 30% of cubs die in the first 6 months of life. Breeding programs are put in zoos to  protect endangered species and give them a better chance at life but this is not the case [“10 Facts about zoos,”  1]. Many endangered animals are put into breeding programs but many of the “endangered” animals are not even endangered or threatened.  25% of animals in these breeding programs are in no threat whatsoever. Aside from that, the amount of money zoos are putting into these programs is huge. “It is at least 50 times more expensive to maintain elephants in zoos than to protect equivalent numbers of elephants in the wild,” says Vegan Peace [“Zoos,” 1 ]. Protecting animals in their natural habitat costs significantly  less than keeping them in zoos.  Furthermore, it is very inhumane and inefficient to keep animals in captivity when the quality of life is no better.

In many zoos globally, surplus animals are killed when they are not needed in the environment. Many of these helpless animals are healthy, active animals. They are killed simply because there is no room for them in the zoo. [“Zoos,” 1 ]. In February 2014, an 18 month old healthy giraffe was killed because his genes did not meet the expectations and requirements for the breeding program at the Copenhagen Zoo. From there, his body was publicly dissected and many of the people in the crowd, were children and after that his body was sent to be eaten by the carnivores living in the zoo [Smith, Roff, 1]. Besides not having the proper qualifications for the breeding program, there was nothing wrong with this giraffe and he was killed for no good reason. Animals are supposed to be put in breeding programs to make the population of the animal larger and just because the animal doesn’t meet the requirements it does not deserve to be killed and publicly humiliated. And sad to say, this is not the only case an innocent animal has been killed for no reason. Instead of killing extra animals, zoo owners should put the money spent of breeding programs in to actually helping the animals, such as releasing the animals in to the wild and protecting them in their natural habitat. They can conserve the life in the wild and actually benefit the lives of many different species.

The purpose of zoos is supposed to be to help animals but it seems like zoos are doing more harm than good. In zoos, animals develop a disease called Zoochosis, like depression in humans, and then are given an anti-depressant so the public doesn’t realize. Also many of the endangered animals placed in breeding programs are not really endangered and excess animals are killed off by zoos, sometimes publicly. For these reasons, zoos are not benefiting the lives of animals or the futures of the animal species.


[Smith, Roff, 1] “Giraffe Killing at Copenhagen Zoo Sparks Global Outrage.” National Geographic. Published February 10, 2014. Accessed on February 16, 2015.

[“Zoos”] “Zoos” Vicki Moore Foundation. Accessed February 16, 2015 <>

[“10 Facts about zoos”] “10 Facts about zoos” CAPS Captive Animals Protection Society. Accessed on February 15, 2015.<>

[“10 Facts about Zoos”]“10 Facts about zoos” CAPS Captive Animals Protection Society. Accessed on February 15, 2015.<>

[“Zoos”]“Zoos” Vegan Peace. Accessed on February 15, 2015. <>

[“The Reality of Zoos”]PETA,. ‘The Reality of Zoos’, 2015. Online. Internet. 4 Jun. 2015. . Available:

[“10 Facts about zoos” ]“10 Facts about zoos” CAPS Captive Animals Protection Society. Accessed on February 15, 2015.<>

[“Zoos” ]“Zoos” Vegan Peace. Accessed on February 15, 2015. <>

[“Zoos” ]“Zoos” Vegan Peace. Accessed on February 15, 2015. <>

[10] Smith, Roff. “Giraffe Killing at Copenhagen Zoo Sparks Global Outrage.” National Geographic. Published February 10, 2014. Accessed February 16, 2015. <>

Ways YOU can reduce your carbon foot print!


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1. Bike or walk to close destinations. Walking or biking to nearby destinations will reduce the amount of cars on the road and the amount of carbon dioxide being put into the air. Also, with less cars on the road, it will allow those on the road to drive quicker and more efficiently, producing less carbon dioxide.
2. Use cold water instead of hot water while doing laundry. Using cold water instead of hot water while doing laundry uses less energy and produces a significantly less amounts of carbon dioxide. Cold water makes clothes just as clean but you would be saving energy and money.
3. Eat locally grown foods. Eating foods grown closer to home eliminates the need for transport trucks and airplanes to travel across the country to deliver foods which could be being grown in our community. With less trucks on the road and airplanes flying, less carbon dioxide is being put into the air.
4. Switch all the lightbulbs in your house to LED light bulbs. LED light bulbs are much more efficient than fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs. LED lightbulbs use less energy to produce more light and last six times longer. This means less waste is being thrown out. The use of less energy reduces the need for power plants which means less greenhouse gases are being produced.
5. Start a compost bin. For organic waste (food scraps), start a compost bin. Many food scraps are compostable such as fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, tea bags and coffee grounds and much more. This reduces the amount of waste in landfills. When food sits in landfills, it rots and produces greenhouse gases.


My Bucket List

  1. See the Northern Lights

    Seeing the northern lights in person has been something I have always wanted to see. We are fortunate to have them here in northern Ontario and yet I have never seen them. They look so beautiful and so amazing, they are definitely something I want to see before I die.Northern-Lights-hd-wallpapers-free-download-best-high-resolution-wallpapers-of-northern-lights

  2. Stay in an ice hotel

    It would be amazing to spend a night in a hotel made of ice and snow! There is one in Quebec called “Hôtel de Glace” and many others in locations like Sweden, Finland, Romania, Norway and more. Amazing!20_xavier_dachez_072

  3. Go to Europe

    Europe has so many beautiful countries that I would love to travel. I have never been to Europe and it is definitely somewhere I would love to go. France, Germany, Switzerland, anywhere!eiffel-tower

  4. Swim with dolphins

    I have been to the Caribbean many times now and I have yet to be able to swim with the dolphins. I would absolutely love to and it is something I need to experience before I die.43485880

  5. Go snorkeling or scuba diving

    Again, something I have seen during my times in the Caribbean and looks amazing! I think I would be a little scared but I think I would be glad I did it!

  6. Go to New York City

I would absolutely love to visit NYC, a personal preference would be during Christmas time, but I’m not picky! The closest I have gotten to New York was landing in the JFK airport during a lay-over from Florida. The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, Skating at Rockefeller Centre, Empire State Building, TAKE ME THERE!NYC-8625-web

  1. Meet Taylor Swift

    I love Taylor Swift and I have since I was about 7 years old. I’ve seen her in concert 3 times and I will be seeing her again in October and I will meet her!!!taylor-swift-and-fans-1396861133-view-0

  2. Go on a road trip with my friends

    This should be on everyones bucket list. Just driving around, listening to music, hanging out with the best people in your life.taylor-swift-karlie-kloss-vogue-cover-02

  3. Get my own dog

    I currently have 2 dogs and I would love more! When I get older I want my very own dog.

yellow-lab-names10. Live with my friends

My friends and I have always talked about getting an apartment together when we are older and I would love it! We could get the cutest furniture, appliances and just sit around and do whatever all day together!


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Importance of Sleep for Teens


A good night sleep can make our days better. (15)

The average person will spend 229,961 hours sleeping in a lifetime.(1) We have all had days where we didn’t get enough sleep the night before and have felt tired and out of it that day. I am sure we all know sleep is important but just how important is it? Lack of sleep can cause physical and mental harm to ourselves yet sleep is sometimes the last thing on our minds- especially for teenagers. When your life is consumed by homework, tests, projects, maybe sport teams and other extra curricular activities, friends and family, there is not enough time in the day to get a good nights sleep, follow some of the steps below and it may just improve your sleeping habits.

The Facts

Sleep is food for the brain and is essential for our well being.(2) Getting a goods night sleep can help manage stress, especially in the busy lives of teenagers. For teenagers, it is normal to have later sleeping patterns- not being able to fall asleep early and waking up late. Teens need between 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night in order to function at their best, any less than 8 and teens do not preform as well as they could. With many teens having as busy lives as they do, only about 15% of teens get 8.5 hours of sleep a night. The average adolescence has a very irregular sleeping pattern- staying up late during the night and waking up early in the morning during the week and late nights and late mornings on the weekend, this can actually damage the quality of sleep teens get and affecting their performance during the day, a regular sleeping pattern has been proven to give better quality of sleep. Many teens suffer from sleeping disorders whether they know it or not. These disorders can be treatable but you need to know the signs.(3) Here are some common sleeping disorders in teens:

  • Cumbria Hypnosis sleeping problems and insomnia


    Narcolepsy: A neurological disorder where people can not control the amount of time they sleep.(4) Typically, you fall in to a deep sleep after 90 minutes of sleeping but in narcolepsy, it happens immediately. Some symptoms are excessive daytime tiredness and sleepiness, weakness, hallucinations and sleep paralysis (inability to talk or move while falling asleep or waking up).(5)

  • Insomnia: Having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Often caused by stress. Some symptoms include waking up in the night and not being able to fall back asleep, waking up earlier than usual and feeling tried when woken up.(6)

  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS): A disorder in the nervous system. An uncomfortable sensation in a persons legs (can happen in arms as well), described as “pins and needles” and an “itchy” feeling and is worse when sitting or laying. (7)



Consequences for Poor Sleeping Habits

Not getting enough sleep at night can have many consequences. For one, you are not able to function as well as you could if you had a full night sleep. This can include limiting your ability to listen, learn, concentrate and think.(8) As students, this is a huge problem, if you get a bad nights sleep, it would be impossible to preform properly in class, do well on a test the upcoming day, pay attention to a lesson, the list goes on and on. One bad nights sleep may not affect you but multiple could really impact your grades and your performance in your academic life. This could also effect your extra curricular life, being tired limits your body movement and if you play sports, this would be a problem.

Lack of sleep can also affect your physical appearance. We have all noticed the purple bags under our eyes when we are tired but did you know sleep deprivation can lead to acne? (9) When you sleep in late, your skin produces more oil, resulting in acne. (10) Lack of sleep can also cause you to gain weight. (11) When you are tired, you body just wants energy, in whatever form. Your body will crave simple carbs and sugar- comfort food – to give you a spike of energy. These foods are not good for you and eating too much of them will cause you to gain weight. (12)

Sleep deprivation can also affect your mood. (13) You will be tired and drowsy but it can also make you more aggravated. You may be more aggressive than normal or over react over something small that normally wouldn’t affect you at all. If this happens to you, take it as a warning sign, make a note in your mind that you need to get more sleep that next night.

Solutions for a Better Sleeping Habit



  • If school is causing you to lose sleep, than stay organized- keep an agenda for upcoming project and homework due dates and tests. This will keep your mind at ease and make you less stressed.

  • Avoid procrastination! Don’t leave homework till the last minute, do tasks when you have a free minute, leave time for sleep.

  • Keep a sleep diary! This will help you to realize why you sleeping quality is not the best it could be and how to change it. Here is a great template.

  • Keep your room quiet and dark. Blackout curtains work best for creating a dark sleeping area, the sun rising can cause you to wake up earlier than desired. Don’t sleep with the tv on or while listening to music.

  • Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, pop, sugar) before going to bed, this will interfere with a good nights sleep.

  • Make a bed time and stick to it, a regular sleep schedule will allow for better quality of sleep. (14)


Sleep is vital for daily performance for teens. When not experiencing enough, it shows, physically and mentally. It is important that as individuals, we are conscientious of our sleeping habits and try not to let anything interfere with it. As teens, school can overpower our lives and leave little time for sleep which is why it is important to stay organized and avoid procrastination. Below is a video that will sum up my post, thanks for reading!

Questions for You:

  • How much sleep do you get each night? Do you feel this is enough?

  • Are you tired during the day? If so, what characteristics in your life lead to you feeling this way?

  • What is one way you could improve you sleeping schedule?

  • How might a sleeping disorder interfere with ones daily life?

  • What is one way you make sure you get enough sleep?

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Inspirational Quote


If you are lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change”


This is one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite people, Taylor Swift. I have been a big fan of her for many years now and she is a very strong, empowering young women who inspires me and many others. Growing up, she was always teased and picked on for being different and having big dreams. She inspires me to dream big and never let my differences make me feel like I don’t belong and has taught me being different from everyone else is not a bad thing.