“I Just Wanna be Average” by Rose

I sat down in the library with the intention of reading the entire paper in one sitting. As I was reading I was not able to complete it in one sitting so I read for half an hour and then moved locations to my room while my roommates were in class. I noticed that reading the library was not the best place for me because I would get easily distracted by people and would lose focus. Even with breaking up the reading it still felt like it took forever. I think part of this had to do with the topic not appealing to my interests. Reading in my room where no one is there to distract me worked the best for me.


King and Alexie’s articles are both about how they began writing and their thoughts on the topic as well. In King’s article, he discusses how “I took my fair share of English Lit classes in my to remaining years at Lisbon, and my fair share of composition, fiction, and poetry classes in college, but John Gould taught me more than any of them, and in no more than 10 minutes.” I underlined this because it made me realize that no matter how much writing you do you can always improve. I wrote always have an open mind because earlier in this article King did not want to write for the newspaper but it turns out he learned a lot in the first session with John Gould. I also wrote in the margins telling a story because King describes writing as telling a story. King restates John Gould saying ” when you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.” I underlined this because it was a good way to describe the process of writing and editing.

In the article by Alexie I wrote that a paragraph equals a fence for words. I wrote this because he says “…a paragraph was a fence that held words. The words in a paragraph worked together for a common purpose.” I annotated this quote because I like the idea of thinking of using the words for a common purpose rather than just putting something on paper that seems like it goes with the paper. I also wrote to read as much as possible. I wrote this because in the last paragraph on the first page of Alexie’s article he says he read anything he could. This grabbed my attention because my mom would always tell me to read and now I see that it is truly helpful in writing and everyday life.

Carol Dweck TED talk

Carol Dweck’s TED talk discusses the ideas of children with fixed mindsets and growth mindsets. She discusses how children who are given difficult problems either felt excited to learn or felt devastated by the challenge. These extremes showed a good example of the difference in the mindsets. I learned that being praised during the process and not just on the final result helps improve a child’s focus and helps create resilient kids. I also noted that when students are pushed out of their comfort zones stronger connects are made in brain which in time makes them smarter.Throughout watching and annotating the transcript I learned that I seem to have a somewhat fixed mindset, but I also learned that there are ways to change to a growth mindset that include not running away from problems but to take them as another challenge to conquer that will ultimately benefit me in the end.