Inspire Us Monday – 24th June 2013

It was great to see that two of our speakers were definitely well organised this week.

We heard about a book called The Devil Walks written by Anne Fine. Our speaker tried very hard to talk to his audience and only had a short outline written down on his piece of paper. We heard a quick plot summary and where introduced to some of the characters in this Gothic story. The story’s setting is late Victorian times with a main character who has a very unusual childhood. Daniel spends the first part of his life living as an invalid separated from the rest of society by his mother. The twists in the plot lead readers to discover what happens when he is taken from his mother. An important prop in the story is a miniature house. This house is an exact copy of the house his mother, Liliana, grew up in. Another very important character is Daniel’s uncle. You will need to read the story find out whether it was a good or bad thing for Daniel to meet his uncle.

Next was our word for this week. Our speaker selected the word aggregate. Interestingly aggregate can be used as a noun, adjective or verb. A very versatile word. It was chosen because our class is presently working on some research about the Solar System and our speaker decided that part of the process of researching a topic is to combine parts into a whole. What do you think about this connection? Follow the link to the definition of aggregate to see if you agree.

Our inspire us video was chosen very quickly on Monday morning. It is another great example of someone who sets a goal and sticks with the task of reaching that goal. Along the way their health improves, they support a relative with Cystic Fibrosis and run the Boston Marathon in 2009. Since then Roger Wright has continued to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis and you may like to watch another video where Roger talks about how he achieved his goal.

What goals do you set yourself? How do you keep yourself motivated to achieve your goals? How do you help others achieve their goals? Please leave a comment.

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