October 2019 archive

Carrom

Today in Math class we were introduced to the game Carrom. Carrom is a cue-based game originally from India. It is similar to pool, where the object is to pocket the objects (balls or carrom-men) by striking a cue and using angles to hit it in.

The game includes a striker, a chip (intended to by flicked by a player using their fingers), carrom-men and smaller chips (meant to be hit into the corner pockets), the board, and the queen (the last chip to be pocketed and it is worth more points), and two teams of players. Rules and styles of play vary depending on region, and number of players. Some games are similar to pool, where as some are point based games. The game is often played as a social event and is popular among children and in tournament style.

In learning about Carrom, I can identify some Core Competencies that may be demonstrated in the game. Communication is big because you need to talk to team mates to make strategies. Critical Thinking can also be important when finding inscribed angles to hit the striker and pocket a chip.  Personal, Social and Cultural Awareness is incorporated because Carrom in a social game which is played in many different countries and has many variants and different rules and styles.

Carrom seems like a very fun game and I look forward to learning and hopefully playing with friends.

Reflection on Learning

Today in Math, we were introduced to a PADS dog that will be our school’s ‘facility dog’, which our principal explained is a dog trained to be a companion to anxious students and to brighten the days of everyone in the hallways. A PADS dog would be good to assist students, relieve stress and overall let people smile. It will be nice to have a furry friend at school who is available to all students and faculty.

Also, our teacher told us about the movie Super 30. A movie about a class of working class students who all worked extremely hard to get into the top university in the country. It reminded me of my obligations to learn and get an education, something many people around the world¬† still don’t have. I must strive to learn and grow as much as I can in school, to establish a career and better myself and the people in my life. It is my job right now and I must work hard and learn for myself and my future.