Posted in Book reviews, Lifestyle

The Freedom Writers Diary

Hello again!

Sorry for the photo a day challenge falling to the side recently, I’ll fix that either tonight or tomorrow morning! What I wanted to say to you all is I have finally finished reading The Freedom Writers Diary, and I have the mascara/tear-stained face to prove it!
Ms Gruwell made it her mission to help teach her freshman class acceptance and equality. She made a classroom divided by colour unite as a family through experience and empathy. Through the diary entries of her 150 students, we too are taught to accept each and every person as an individual. I’ll be honest and say I can’t review this book because it made me feel too strongly about it. I simply can’t emphasise enough – you must read this book. Even if only to tell me I’m talking rubbish. But please, give either it or the film a chance. It could change your perspective on life, or motivate you to help others change. If juvenile delinquents, given the option of school or jail, can graduate high school and go on to be some of the most influential role models to people of all ages today, then we can achieve anything we set our minds to.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to remove my ruined make up before I get on this bus. Glasgow, I’m almost back!
Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle

Eugh. Sunday.

I love Sunday’s. The relaxation, the preparation for the week ahead, and the ever present desire to hide in bed for an eternity.

  
After a busy week of what felt like doing nothing, I’m exhausted. And I’ve somehow developed a cold. Monday was hectic, writing a presentation due in on Tuesday, and accompanied by a trip to the park. Tuesday then saw a day of shopping, spending money unnecessarily but it was fun. Wednesday came with a presentation in physics that I think went well, and then a fab night out with my new friends at lgbtq+. Thursday should’ve been a day of recovery except it was St. Patrick’s Day and so the drinking continued – the day ending with me attending my first ever ceilidh. Friday saw me tidying and beginning to get my life organised again before watching Freedom Writers, a fantastic film. My review can be found titled “Freedom Writers”. Saturday was super Saturday, 3 rugby matches and once again alcohol was consumed. With the cold I wasn’t drinking much and so it was fun to watch Nuala and Charlie get incredibly drunk.
I’m now currently in bed, dosed up with painkillers and cold and flu medicine, watching Criminal Minds and considering making a revision timetable. 37 days until the first exam!

  

Tonight’s plan is a quiet night in. Maybe a film with Mary. I’m heading home for a few weeks as of Tuesday so tomorrow will probably be spent packing along with meeting up with one of said lgbtq+ friends for coffee. Hopefully this week will be less hectic with a lot more sleep involved! Coughing stops me from sleeping…
Anyway, I’m going to go and pay attention to the tv. Remember, make the most of what’s left of your Sunday night freedom!
  

Ktkinnes xxx

Posted in Films, Lifestyle

Freedom Writers

Tonight, Nuala and I watched this incredible “feel good” film. Not sure what I was going into, as all Nuala described it as was “a teacher in a very gang based school where everyone’s fighting each other”,  I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. 15/10. Without a doubt, best movie I have seen in ages.
Based on a book called The Freedom Writers, the film followed new teacher Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) as she tried to teach English to a class of 13/14 year olds – many of them with the reading level of a 5 year old. The film follows her initial struggles to gain their respect and shows you how a simple teacher teaching out to her pupils can seriously affect their willingness to learn.
It was well acted by all the actors and actresses, with many now familiar faces, well it was made in 2007 (still can’t believe that’s 9 years ago!). The soundtrack fits perfect while helping set the tone. Going to have to look it up too. I’ve now ordered the book and it will arrive on Sunday apparently. That’s my Easter reading sorted! 
What I personally loved about this entire film was the message that if teachers actually care about their students, the students are more likely to progress and succeed. Many of the students have their problems at home as much as the problems in society as a whole. Their lessons learnt in the classroom transferred into everyday life – no longer were they left feeling that their education was useless and that no one cares for them.

All I ask is that you please please please give it a try. Blame me if you hate it. But definitely consider it.
Night!
Ktkinnes xx