The Reviews written by Ms Ewak’s Students

Poems

It’s the beginning of the school year but we don’t dawdle or dilly-dally. Being full of beans after summer time motivated us to do something completely different. I encouraged the students to write autobiographical poems to introduce themselves. Poetry a form of written word that has pattern and rhythm and rhyme. It can be serious or it can be fun. Poetry is as creative as you make it. Why don’t YOU try writing a poem?

Karolina

Friendly, honest, blue-eyed, brown-haired

Daughter of Joanna and Jacek

lover of playing volleyball and meeting her friends

Who feels happy when she plays volleyball and scared when she sees spiders

Who needs more free time and more books

Who gives love and presents to her family

Who fears bad people,spiders and darkness

Who would like to see a famous volleyball player

Resident of Bielsko-Biała, Poland

 

Anna

friendly, communicative, organised, crazy

daughter of Joanna and Marceli, sister of Patrycja and Kamil

lover of animals, fitness and good food

who is  happy when she hangs out with her friends or family

sad when people lie to her

mad when she  does something wrong

who needs to have contact with other people, bed, netflix and something to eat too

who gives support, friendship and love to other people

who is scared of spiders, snakes and darkness

who would like to see life before she was born and her life in 20 years

Resident of Bielsko-Biała

 

Lidia

friendly, open, brown – eyed girl with lots of blonde hair.

Sister of Alexandra, daughter of Anna and Artur

lover of COFFEE, listening to music and meeting her friends.

Who feels happy when she can meet her friends, feels bad when she forgets about sth and feels strange when she has to speak in a different language.

Who needs a lot of time to sleep, to feel comfortable and relations with people.

Who gives love to people, presents and smile J

Who wants to see Greece, a concert of her favorite band, Norway

Who fears a speaking in different language, deep water, small rooms.

Resident of B-B, Poland.

 

Kasper

Curious, cool, unstable, serious

Brother of Mateusz, and Weronica, son of Jarosław , son of Aneta

Lover of video games, free time, sleeping

Who feels angry when he needs work hard, happy when he finishes work, annoyed when sth annoying happens.

Who needs education, time, help

Who gives satisfaction and asks questions

Who fears wasps, snakes, spiders.

Who would like to see Rio de Janeiro

Resident of Mazańcowice

 

Julia

Blue-eyed, Blond-haired, friendly and a little crazy girl

Sister of Natalia and Kacper, daughter of Monika and Robert.

Lover of contemporary dance, meeting friends and ice skating.

Who feels free when she’s dancing, tired when comes home after training, sad when she’s writing an exam.

Who needs more time with friends and more time for sport.

Who gives love to people and gifts to best friend and family.

Who fears bad people, spiders, small insects.

Who would like to see Thailand, the best dancers.

A resident of Bielsko-Biała in Poland.

 

Marta

Tall, friendly, long-haired, brown-eyed.

Sister of Ania, daughter of Patrycja and Jarek, granddoughter of Danusia, Małgorzata, Roman and Włodek.

Lover of playing with a dog, watching movies and drawing.

Who Fells happy when she is meeting her friends, uncomfortable in public transport and bad when she must get up early .

Who Needs free time, good quality sleep, friends.

Who gives support to her sister, advice to her friends, help to her grandma .

Who fears spiders, being lost in the forest, darkness.

Who would like to see Paris, London, Roma.

Resident of Czechowice-Dziedzice.

 

Gabrysia

Shy, lazy, ordinary, trying to be nice

Sister of Radek, daughter of Renata and Krzysztof

Lover of polaroids, vinyls, books

Who feels nostalgic when hears rain

Who feels stressed when finds herself in a new situation

Who feels depressed when there’s no one around

Who needs love, frendship and positive energy from other people

Who gives lots of hugs and support to friends

Who fears darkness, forests and loneliness

Who would like to see new countries, past and future

Resident of Poland, Bielsko-Biała

 

Kajtek

Friendly, funny, helpful

Brother of Jasiek

Lover of mountain biking, travelling, sleeping

Who is happy when he meets friends

Who is sad when its rainy

Who is exited when he goes outside with friends

Who needs friends, family and free time

Who can give gifts for special occasions

Who fears death, war and loneliness

Who likes to see friends, familly and house

Resident of Bielsko-Biała

 

Alicja

creative, long-haired, tall, sometimes crazy.

Sister of Benio and Magda. Daughter of Wojtek and Ela.

Lover of horse riding, Netflix and coffee :).

Who feels sad because of school (sometimes), happy while being next to close friends, good while having some free time.

who needs coffee, sleep and Netflix (of course),

who gives love, support and free food to people,

who fears lakes, bugs and heights,

who would like to see the Hawaiian Islands, another season of Orange Is The New Black, more good people in the world.

Resident of Bielsko-Biała.

 

Wiktoria 

Friendly, funny, a brown-haired and blue-eyed girl

Lover of lollipops, coffee and Netflix

Who is happy when has friends around, sad when is home alone, excited when she wins competitions

Who needs a lot of time to sleep, sweets to be happy, to meet with friends

Who gives smile, good ideas to do something, good advice

Who fears spiders, mosquitoes and scary dolls

Who would like to see friends from Kraków, some new films and Spain

Resident of Poland, Bielsko-Biała

 

Oliwia

Always smiling, outgoing, messy, friendly

Sister of Adrian, daughter of Aneta and Rafał

Lover of animals, coffee and tv shows

Who is happy when she is going out with her friends, sad when she is alone for too long, excited about changes

Who needs friends, coffee and sleep

Who gives smiles, support and love to others

Who fears bees, spiders and storms

Who would like to see unicorns and the future

Resident of Bielsko-Biała

 

Adrian

Lazy, friendly, short

Brother of Julia

Son of Rafał and Beata

Lover of basketball, tennis and spending time with friends

Who is happy when he gets a good mark, sad when he gets a bad mark, nervous before the exam

Who needs free time, family and friends

Who gives love and gifts to people

Who fears snakes and hornets

Who would like to see Michael Jordan

Resident of Bielsko

 

Wiktoria

Vegan, serious and rather pessimistic than optimistic, short

Sister of Iga, daughter of Dorota and Kamil.

Lover of stones, plants and coffee.

Who feels happy when it’s the cloudy weather, especially when it’s cold, tired or moody when it’s hot outside.

Who needs a lot of time being alone, and even more coffee.

Who gives support and advice to others.

Who fears insects, especially cockroaches and spiders.

Who would like to see my cats and my parrot.

Resident of Bielsko-Biała.

 

Wiktoria

Helpful, easy-going, fair and loyal

Daughter of Anna and Piotr.

Lover of skiing, tasty food and Austria.

Who is feels happy when she’s skiing in Austria, can help other people, when everything goes well 🙂 and when she spends time with friends

Who needs the support of other people while taking her daily decisions and good arguments motivate herself

Who helps sad people and friends with homework and supports the homeless

Who fears dark places, strangers and exams

Who would like to see her friend who lives in Austria who she can only see on holidays

Resident of Jaworze

 

Mateusz

Nice, friendly, positive, quite tall

Lover of music, composing and walks

Who is happy when he writes something that sounds cool, excited when he finds a new band to get inspirations from, sad when he has no money to buy a new CD

Who needs money, guitar, happiness

Who gives positive energy, reasons to smile, advice on different topics

Who fears loneliness, having nothing to eat, living under the bridge

Who would like to see Dave Murray, Glenn Tipton and James Hetfield

Resident of Bielsko-Biała

 

Monika

Friendly, shy, a brown-eyed, brown-haired girl

Daughter of Małgorzta and Henryk

Lover of sport, meeting friends and sleeping

Who feels happy when she meets her friend.

Who feels nervous when she has an exam, shy when she meets new friends

Who  needs phone, bed and friends

Who gives love and books to people.

Who fears bad weather, losing people who she loves and the future.

Who would like to see the Netherlands and her family

Resident of Bielsko Biała

 

Marta

Green-eyed, friendly, always happy, brave

Sister of Krzysztof, daughter of Joanna and Bogdan.

Lover of dogs, painting and reading.

Who thinks that fries are tasty and the world is colorful.

Who needs to feel good colorful things, freedom and peace.

Who tries to give smile to people, great memories and chewing gum.

Who fears war, global warming and bad people

Who would like to see New Zeland, people, who love each other and elephant in trainers.

Resident of Piasek.

 

Błażej

Smart, lazy and short;

Brother of Klaudia and Klara, son of Agnieszka and Tomek, grandson of Helena and Henryk and Anna and Henryk;

Lover of food, biology and Greece;

Who is happy when spends time with family, excited when goes to new places and stressed when meets new people;

Who needs coffee, Netflix, bed and food;

Who gives presents, interesting conversations and a helping hand to other;

Who fears hornets and heights;

Who would want to meet Zbigniew Religa, Barack Obama and would want to see Yellowstone;

Resident of Jaworze

 

Janek

Happy, crazy, nice, a blue-eyed boy

Brother of Marta, son of Izabela and Sławek

Lover of basketball, pizza, spending time with friends

Who is happy when he plays basketball, sad when he get bad marks

Who needs to play basketball

Who fears death, changing world

Who wants to see the Eiffel Tower and a famous person

Resident of Bielsko- Biała

 

Natalia 

Friendly, polite , open and hard-working

daughter of Andrew and Asia

Lover of fruits , animals and music

who fells happy when she has good marks at school

who needs more free time and a calmer life

Who gives good mood

who fears spiders , dark , horrors

Who would like to see her friend

resident of Poland

 

Julia 

friendly,sensitive,helpful and hard-working.
Sister of Marysia, daughter of Ewa.
lover of reading books, listening to music and spending time with people she loves.
who fells embarassed when she gets a bad note.
who fells bad when she sees poor people.
who fells happy when she can play the the guitar.
who needs more free time, guitar and good mood.
who gives love, laughter  and trust.
who fears snails, snakes and spiders
who would like to see herself when she is twenty five
resident of Bielsko-Biała

 

Zosia

Green-eyed , friendly, tall , funny

Sister of Martyna, daughter of Magda and Marek

lover of films, sports, food,family

who feels happy when she is with friends, sad when she watches a sad movie, hungry when she hasn’t eaten her lunch

who needs bed, best friends Ala and Marika, some music

who gives her hand, time and pens

who fears spiders, small rooms, heights

who wants to see her family, friend, dog

Resident of Bielsko Biała

4 benefits of doodling

Doodling and visual learning are considered to be anti-intellectual and and counter to serious learning. However, doodling has a profound impact on the way that we process information. The students read the article to find out what happens in our brain when we doodle. Read the following review.

the full version of the article can be read on: https://examinedexistence.com/the-4-benefits-of-doodling/

you can also watch the video: https://www.ted.com/talks/sunni_brown#t-23029

This article is about four benefits of doodling. Most people think that doodlers aren”t paying attention or are just daydreaming but studies show that scribbling has many advantages. We are going to focus on the main, four ones.
The first one tells you about how doodling increases creativity. We learn that doodlers use three modalieties (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) simultaneously, so they”re able to process and absorb information much better than non-doodlers.
Secondly, these kinds of people have better memory than people who don”t doodle . Professor Jackie Andrade found out that doodlers remembered things even 30 precent better than other groups of people.
Also, research carried out by the same professor proves you that doodling improves your focus and concetration. It helps your brain pay attention instead of drifting off. Likewise, doodling helps you see ”the big picture”. Another studies claim that scrawling can put you in the perfect spot when you are paying attention and not overthinking things.
When I first read this text I was pleasantly suprised. I”ve always thought of doodling as a distraction from classes I was taking part in. But now I can use it to my advantage to learn better.
I like the way this article was written, too. You can learn new words and every benefit is well explained.
To sum up, the text tells you that doodling isn”t that bad and it describes the benefits of doodling.  I would recommend it to everyone, especially teachers so that they would know that some of their students are learning better while doodling and it shouldn”t be frowned upon.

Dracula

Read one more review of Dracula. Although it was written more than a hundred years ago, it still arouses strong emotions.

‘Dracula’ is a book written by Irish writer Bram Stoker in 1897. It is not just a continuous narrative novel because it contains letters, fragments of diaries or magazines. It lets the readers see the story from another viewpoint. The book is about the most famous vampire in the world – Count Dracula. At the beginning of the story he was trying to move to England for new virgin’s blood. Fortunately, there are some brave people who want to stop and then kill the monster. It refers to a real story because there was a Romanian Count named Dracula who was a very cruel lord and there was a legend that he was drinking his people’s blood.

I really enjoyed reading that book because I really like the whole fantasy world. I think that it is a story dedicated to people with the same taste. But it isn’t just a fantasy book; it is an adventure and crime story. It keeps you in suspense and makes that you don’t want to put out the light at night. The book’s action is very fast and there are a lot of unexpected plot twists.

In the story we can find a few characters – a young lawyer – Jonathan Harker, an aristocrat – Arthur Holmwood, a doctor – John Seward, two young girls – Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker and Dracula of course. All of them are very characteristic. The readers would really like these young, brave people because they are good and innocent. The opposite of them is a vampire – a ruthless monster who creates another monsters. I’m sure that there is no person who doesn’t know what Dracula looks like. He has very pale (maybe even white) skin, sharp fangs and red eyes. That knowledge lets the readers better imagine him in that story.

In conclusion, I think that ‘Dracula’ is a book which is worth reading. It can be interesting for the fans of crime stories, adventures, fantasy or even horrors! Furthermore, it is a timeless work and everyone should know the original story of a legendary bloodsucking monster.

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We need an education system that excites children

https://www.teachingtimes.com/articles/revolution-education-system

Recently I’ve read an article about our current education system. Our teaching methods are not good enough. The world is progressing really fast and it’s hard to keep up with it . In this article, Andy Powell, the CEO of independent education foundation Edge, compares today’s education to a factory. Students are placed on a learning conveyor belt, sorted, packed and labelled based on their „intelligence”.  Today children have to learn about things that they will never use in their lives. Things that sometimes are even useless. They don’t have an opportunity to develop their skills or talents. But these things should be our priorities. Teachers and principals often forget that every child is different. One child can learn fast while another one can be a little bit slower. Some people can prefer learning by doing rather than reading about theory. Of course it isn’t possible to adjust the whole system to everyone. At least we can try to make our system better at helping students learn faster and be more effective. To sum up, we need to focus on developing children’s talents and show them that learning can also be fun. We need to show children that knowledge can change the world. We have schools full of amazing people with big ambitions and passions, people who can make a big difference, but they have to adjust to one-size-fits-all education system that does not enable them to thrive in their own way. Education system limits their development and therefore, it needs to be changed. The best idea is to combine theory with practice. In the article we can read about 6 ways our education systems needs to change. I won’t describe it exactly as in the article, but I just want to tell a couple words about them. These six steps are focused on 6 changes that need to be introduced, so our education system could be much better. These recommendations are dived into 4 „categories”. One for children before 14, for 14- year-old teenagers, one for those who are 16 years old and one for 18-year- old students. At the end its shows how important it is to know theory about what you do but also how important experience is. These two things don’t need to be separated. The author of the article also mentions the importance of apprenticeship, choosing right pathways and developing life skills.

We don’t know if these ideas will ever be used but at least we can try to introduce a lot of small changes. If you want to find out more I really recommend reading this article. It’s worth your time.

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‚Western society is chronically sleep deprived’: the importance of the body’s clock

Often referred to as the „body clock,” the circadian rhythm is the 24-hour cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep, rise, and eat—regulating many physiological processes. This internal body clock is affected by environmental cues, like sunlight and temperature, and determines whether one feels wide-awake and energized or tired and depleted at different times of the day. The students have read the articles to find out more about our body’s clock. Read their reviews. To read the whole article go to:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/06/western-society-is-chronically-sleep-deprived-the-importance-of-the-bodys-clock

Review 1

Nowadays the importance of the body’s clock is popular in our society. People are more and more interested in testing their own body; however, they don’t think about the consequences. Tiredness and lack of sleep can lead to cardiovascular diseases. So what should we do better? Hannah’s Devlin psychological novel entitled “Western society is chronically sleep deprived” lets us understand what the body’s clock is. The concept of internal body clock might not sound new because people know about the cycle of day and night on our planet. Thanks to science we can answer hard questions and produce ingenious answers. This allowed scientists to explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm to the Earth’s movements. They discovered the same gene exists in mammals.  In modern lifestyles people are not constrained by sunrise or sunset but artificial light from fluorescent lights or smartphones influences their daily functions. A whole day spent in a dimly lit office affects our wellbeing or can make us feel sleepy. Scientists  welcome this new awareness. They say that sleep hygiene has been overlooked for a long time as a real public health problem. The research shows that 40% of 18-29 year- olds in the U.S don’t get enough sleep each night. The most common mistake is that people think that they do not have to follow the rules of biology, and can just eat, drink, sleep, play, or work whenever they want. Not living according to the natural circadian cycle can have long-term health consequences. Tiredness inhibits our daily needs, in fact it makes us feel bad. This discovery can help to understand why jet lag, which is connected with a change of time, makes us feel so bad.  Schools are experimenting with later school days, better alighted with the teenage body clock. It can be a good idea because students will be more rested and powerful and their marks will better. However, nowadays a lot of people use supplements to help them sleep. Studies suggest that consumers will have spent $52 billion a year on sleep-related products by 2020. What is more, almost 29 percent of Americans reported having a hard time keeping their eyes open while they were driving.  In the US there is over one a half  thousand fatalities every year from drowsy driving. The data is so scary, how will it end if people keep fighting against their own body’s clocks? To sum up, the article is really interesting and it lets us get to know how dangerous lack of sleep is. I was not aware of the body’s clock and how many people have a problem with sleeping, which is necessary for a happy life. I recommend the article “Western society is chronically sleep deprived” to everyone who has a problem with tiredness or thinks that the less you sleep, the more things you can do. It is definitely worth reading.

Review 2

The articles I have read are about the importance of the body’s clock and how bad sleeping patterns can affect our wellbeing. The article ‚Night Owls’ Shouldn’t Be Made to Work Mornings makes us aware of the fact that the brains of people who feel most energetic in the morning – so called “morning larks” are wired differently to so-called “night owls.”

Forcing owls to live like a so-called “morning lark” can negatively affect their brain function and productivity. Working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. may be detrimental for an individual whose biological preference is for a late sleep-wake cycle.

https://www.newsweek.com/night-owls-work-mornings-brains-wired-differently-science-1332931

The second article informs us that most people don’t really care about the rules of good sleep even if they are very simple to follow. A lot of people sleep less or more than 7 to 8 hours or they binge eat just before going to bed. When we do that kind of stuff we usually suffer from tiredness during the day. When people don’t care about good sleep they have to take sleeping pills and they are less productive during working hours. It’s hard to change those patters but it’s possible. The real problem starts when we disrupt our internal body clock. Every single human has different biological preferences which are connected with clock genes that control our circadian rhythm.

Three scientist from America identified a period gene that controls the rhythm of a living organism’s daily life. Those scientist also discovered that the same gene exists in mammals. This problem had been overlooked for a long time as a real public health problem and it was stated that all of western society was chronically sleep deprived. A lot of people still aren’t aware of the consequences caused by not living according to the natural circadian cycle. Clock genes are active in almost every cell type in the body and they are waiting for daily needs. Most people think that they don’t need to follow the rules of biology and their ignorance causes health problems, not only mental but also physical like dementia or diabetes. Those scientists are helping people to understand the issue of bad sleeping patters, which can help to reduce sleep disorders around the world.

Thanks to those articles people are more aware of their biological clock. Employers are starting to be more flexible when they shift the schedule and even schools are experimenting with later school days, which can affect teenagers in a good way.

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Dracula

Dracula, Gothic novel by Bram Stoker, was the most popular literary work derived from vampire legends and became the basis for an entire genre of literature and film. Read the student’s review….. you can also be completely lost in the story.

Dracula is a novel written in 1897 by Irish author Bram Stoker. The story is told as a series of letters and diary entries with the narrator’s support. It introduced the character of Count Dracula who is a vampire. He tries to move from Transylvania to England to look for new blood and spread immortal curse. However, things go wrong because a few men ruin his plan.

To be honest, I don’t like fantasy books. I adore reading but things about love, famous people, criminal riddles, or even historical facts – everything except for horrors. The truth is I’ve read this book to take part in English competition. Surprisingly, the story turned out to be interesting, fascinating and breathtaking at the same time! The action was dynamic and changing quite often in an unexpected way. It’s worth paying attention to details described with huge imagination.

Another great thing in this book are created characters. Every single feature of each person is refined. That lets us visualize their behavior really realistically. The best example is Dracula – everyone knows what he looked like (he had red eyes and sharp fangs) and what he was doing (drank blood and lived in a coffin). These things make him one of the most popular scary creatures in the world. According to me the best hero of the novel was Doctor van Helsing – a really smart, educated and ingenious man who always knew what to do.

To sum up, I can recommend reading this book. It isn’t too long and you’ll read every next page very quickly. I suppose everyone has heard about Dracula’s existence but do you know the whole story? You should! My advice is to read it in original version (in English) to feel special vibe because the translations or sequels could transform the real plot. Enjoy reading the book!

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‚Night Owls’ Shouldn’t Be Made to Work Mornings as Their Brains Are Wired Differently, Scientists Warn

https://www.newsweek.com/night-owls-work-mornings-brains-wired-differently-science-1332931

The article I have read was about night owls, how they function and why those people shouldn’t work during normal working hours.

The reason why some people feel most lively in the morning while others are at their best in the evening is that their brains are wired differently. The researchers investigated how being a morning lark or a night owl affected functional connectivity. The study involved 38 participants who were asked to wear sensors for 13 to 16 days. Their saliva was collected every day in the morning, afternoon and evening, and tested for levels of hormones melatonin and cortisol. They were also doing tests for their reaction time. The results showed that owls were struggling with slower reaction times in the morning and sleepiness during normal working hours. Morning people felt more eager to work in the morning and owls felt the best at around 8 p.m. However, the authors says that to understand the cause of all these patters we need more research.

Dr. Elise Facer-Childs who lead the research said that there was a critical need to understand those issues in order to minimize health risks and maximize workers’ productivity. She also said that night owls were usually trying to fit into a normal working day while their biological preference was for a late sleep-wake cycle.

“The world we live in is more geared up to early birds than to night owls who are exposed to a higher risk of dying and higher rates of condition such as diabetes by trying to fit into the external word” says Jessica Alexander a spokesperson for the Sleep Council.

The authors say that people whose body clock is more of a night owl should be able to shift their schedules to protect their physical and mental health.

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Idiom challenge

There are a great number of idioms in the English language, but some are rarely used. We are inquisitive so we have read the article to find out what idioms are used on a daily basis. After all, if you are going to make an effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. If you want to know what idioms are common in contemporary, conversational English, read our stories.

Story 1

For Jack ballet it’s not rocket science. When he got the lead role in a new performance, he felt overconfident and bit off more than he could chew. Before the show, his friend Kate wanted to tell him that he shouldn’t act like a star because doing it he would tempt fate! However, she only bit her tongue and said „Break a leg!”. It came true, she hit the nail on the head and he really twisted his ankle! The pirouette got out of hand and Jack fell down. He was feeling under the weather because the injury wasn’t a piece of cake. Jack was more a glass-half-empty person than usual. Later Kate visited him in hospital and while she was talking with poor Jack she said that he had to pull himself together.

Story 2

My friend is always a glass-half-full person. She is the biggest optimist that I know. She sometimes bites off more than she can chew but she never gives up. One day I was worried about my grade and she told me to pull myself together. She was right, it wasn’t a big deal. However, she has also a small problem as her eyes are bigger than her stomach. In the restaurant she always orders too much. Recently she has graduated from college and she is applying for a new job. I wish her breaking a leg! My second best friend is Dave. He lives in a hurry so he is almost always late. He often kills two birds with one stone. He isn’t a well-organized person and I often want to tell him that he should get his act together. Luckily, I can bite my tongue.

 Story 3

Last week I had to play the lead role in a school show. I had to learn the lines and I was talking about that with my dad. I was feeling down and he told me to pull myself together. When I was ready to go, I saw that we were late. We made it by the skin of our teeth. I went into the classroom where the  show was supposed to take place, but there was nobody in the classroom. I panicked and started running all around the school looking for my classmates. I found them and it was time to go on stage. My friends told me to break my leg. After all it was a piece of cake so after the whole day of behaving  like a glass-half-empty person I was happy. The best is that after the show we had pizza but my eyes were bigger then my stomach and I felt sick after eating too much.

 Story 4

Jenny is a very creative, ambitious and always glass-half-full person. She always goes like a bomb. So when she heard about a competition that could help her obtain a great position in the company ideal for her, she decided to kill two birds with one stone. This meant she wanted to win the event, receive a prize  and get this new job. Firstly, she thought that it was not rocket science, it was just a piece of cake but later it got out of hand. She made a perfect presentation. Unfortunately, the next day her laptop crashed. And this opened up a can of worms. She was really depressed about it as she bit off more than she could chew. She didn’t want to continue her project so I told her to pull herself together. I hit the nail on the head, I promised to help her and we saw eye to eye. And this is how this story ended: she made the best presentation and got this job!

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A little reading is all the therapy a person needs sometimes.

Read students’ reviews as well as some interesting articles to develop your language skills. Our aim is to encourage you to read more books as well as articles in English.

 You can teach yourself to be a risk-taker.

We have been talking about taking a risk on our English lesson. Risk  is the possibility of losing something valuable. Values (such as physical health, social status, emotional well-being, or financial wealth) can be gained or lost when taking a risk resulting from a given action or inaction, foreseen or unforeseen. Risk can also be defined as the intentional interaction with uncertainty. Uncertainty is a potential, unpredictable, and uncontrollable outcome; risk is a consequence of action taken in spite of uncertainty.

It is said that taking risks is an essential part of getting ahead in today’s world. The article we have read answers a few questions: do both genders have similar appetites for risk? Is everybody a natural risk-taker? What can you do if that’s not your style, how can you become more comfortable with leaping into the unknown? For those who are not natural risk-takers, there are a few ways to make yourself more comfortable with taking a chance. Can you teach yourself to be a risk-taker? Read the article and find out!

https://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170606-you-can-teach-yourself-to-be-a-risk-taker

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Challenge yourself

I’ve recently read the article entitled “Challenge yourself” which was written by Colm Flynn. The topic of the article was really interesting, especially for the students like us. The article is about the awards program that you can join.

The awards have four parts: developing a physical skill and a personal skill, community service and an adventure. Thanks to the organizations mentioned in the article like The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Britain or Gaisce in Ireland, everybody between 14 and 24 can take part in the program. If there is someone who is interested in taking part in this adventure, he must find an adult who was trained by the award organization system and who is willing to help him or her throughout the challenge. If you want to win the challenge you must be really determined and hardworking.

If you’re looking for some motivation, you should read about some people, who have achieved their goals. Michelle Burns is fifteen and did the silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She joined the fire brigade! To prepare for the program she started taking care of her health and started running and cycling. Alan Foley is 19 years old and he got the highest level of awards, which is a gold medal. He worked with disabled kids and he really enjoyed it. Alan also learned how to drive and play tennis. He met a lot of nice people. He also kayaked down the White Nile River in Uganda.

Most people stay in their comfort zones. Why? Well, in my opinion there are a lot of reasons. The world is developing very fast and sometimes it can weigh us down. Some people are too scared but most of the time they are just too lazy. I think that we should broaden our knowledge and try new experiences. These people put a lot of effort to better their lives and better the lives of others. You can change yourself too and you can achieve everything you want…if you just want to and you are ready to work hard.

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In my opinion it is really well-written and it’s worth taking a couple of minutes from your day and read it to the end. It can teach you a short but important lesson – don’t wait, live your life.

After I had read the article, I watched a short video about the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. I just wanted to find out more about it. The video is short and lasts almost 4 minutes. It shows how all the organizations of this kind work. One of the most important things about this kind of education is that the classes don’t look like the classes in normal schools. Most of them are conducted outdoors. Some people were talking about their feelings and thoughts related with the organization. Everybody seems very happy and we can also tell that they are proud of themselves and they have great time together. There is also one more benefit about this kind of programs. You can meet different people from different countries. It’s a totally new experience. The video shows people who are doing a lot of interesting things, helping others, it shows people who enjoy their passions. This advertisement is well made. The soundtrack makes it even more motivating and appealing. In my opinion this advertisement is perfect and it shows everything it should. I think that a lot of people would love it. If you want to find out if I’m right you should check it out. It’s worth your time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Av9NoUafq0

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Adventure sports – fun or too risky? 

I’ve read a few articles about extreme sports. Nowadays people are more and more interested in extreme sports. I’ve learnt that they don’t think about the consequences of taking up adventure sports because it’s all about the feeling of adrenaline and the constant fight against your own weaknesses. Why are extreme sports so popular in the world if they can be really dangerous?

First of all, extreme sports can change and form person’s character. The viewers usually try to feel the same feeling as their idols. They set their own limits and can overcome their mental disabilities. This kind of sport can help to overcome own fears.

Secondly, if something is dangerous it is usually more interesting. Everyone likes watching something amazing and practically impossible to do.Most fans follow this sport even though it leads to death due to the player’s mistake. It doesn’t mean that people like to see death, they simply want to devote their life to passion.

Thirdly, extreme sports also allow people to view the world in a completely different way and their emotions are connected with fear and happiness. Therefore, they help us release more adrenaline. Consequently, people can reach new goals and feel  great satisfaction. Extreme sports let us experience exciting adventures.

On the other hand, extreme sports are not always as dangerous as we think. For example: rock climbing can be a hobby which gives the feeling of relaxation  and more personal space. Also, when we do extreme sports we don’t remember about daily problems.

To sum up, the popularity of extreme sports results from a great need  to overcome own fears and weaknesses. Extreme sports are gaining popularity in our society. It’s good to feel adrenaline that can make us brave and happy. It’s good to unleash our potential.

If you are interested to find out more go to:

https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-extreme-sports-1240436

https://www.redbull.com/us-en/events/rampage

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/extreme-sport

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_sport

https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Bull_GmbH