Jaime Oliver TED Talk ‘Teach Every Child About Food’

During the TED talk that Jamie Oliver was doing, I think that the main message was that people need to worry less about all the murder, terrorists and accidents that happen because the diseases that are killing the most Americans are the ones that have to do with your health. For example, heart disease, cancer and having a stroke were the top 3 causes of death in the United States in 2005 and they are all most of the time caused by obesity. One of my take aways from this TED talk are how two thirds of all Americans are obese according to statistics in 2010. Another thing that I learned from this TED talk was that most Americans spend 10% of their health care bills on obesity, this turns into 150 billion dollars a year and in ten years it is set to double, it will then be 300 billion dollars a year. I think that even though this TED talk is focused on American statistics, I still think that this applies for basically all countries, and like Jamie Oliver said in the TED talk, “If change can be made in this country (the United States), beautiful things will happen around the world. If America does it I believe other people will follow.”

The Economics of Happiness Reflection

While watching the documentary called ‘Economics of Happiness’ I found myself asking myself questions like ‘if it is so easy to identify the problem of industrialization then why can’t we fix the problem?’ and ‘if we didn’t industrialize the planet would we be like the small village in Tibet that was isolated from the modern world? Would we be more in touch with the world around us and have a more sustainable lifestyle?’

I agree with the idea that all countries or even cities or villages should produce everything locally instead of having to ship it all in from different countries and I disagree with the idea of people selling bottled water because it is one of the most important aspects for a human to live. One of the connections that I thought about during this documentary was when the lady in the documentary talked about how people have to pay for water because a lot of the other water was polluted. It reminded me about the movie ‘The Lorax’ where everyone had to buy oxygen because all the trees were dead. They are connected because they are both necessities of life and in both stories people are selling them to earn money.

Some of the things that I found interesting were how a lot of places had the resources to live without having to ship in goods, but they shipped in the food and materials because it was cheaper and better for the government. Another thing that I found interesting was how the person from the small village in Tibet that was isolated from almost all of the western culture said that they didn’t have ‘poor’ people in the village. Then, 10 years later, when the small village was exposed to the modern world, the same person was begging for money and saying that they were all ‘poor’. This just goes to show how much the people in the small village had changed their perspective and I wonder what the world would be like if we didn’t industrialize the planet.

While watching this video I learned what localization meant, localization is the process of adapting internationalized goods and ways for a specific region. I also learned what globalization meant, globalization is when businesses develop international influences or when they start to operate on an international level. Overall, I really liked this documentary and it taught me a lot about what we can all do to live healthier lives.







Brain Barf Week 4

This week I was challenged because I needed to make sure people would show up at my action during recess. I made good use of my time management skills by completing my priorities first and then my other work. Next week I’m going to plan my pin board and start cutting and pasting my pieces of paper onto my pin board. I was surprised at how many people came to my action and how much they enjoyed it, I was afraid it would be boring and no one would show up.

April 15

Teacher Comments:

Ayla, your action proposal is coming together and the idea of using photography to show how media can edit reality to change your perspective is really cool! I suggest you use your own photos for this though rather than stock photos.  Make sure you spend some time over the break getting together what you need.  You should start advertising this before break to give time for word to get out about this cool action!:)

April 8

So far:

– you’ve chosen your issue and passion

– thinking about what to do for action but no decision has been made

– met briefly with mentor but will meet again this week

– started dot jots


This week:

– confirm meeting with mom

– continue researching

– tomorrow meet with Mrs. Bond to collect more resources

– chat with mentor about actions, show her Reporters Without Borders etc.


You are on track and exploring a very current and hot topic.  Freedom of expression and speech. This week you will need to find a way to connect your issue with your passion, if possible.  Great start!

13 April

Meeting Date: 13th of April, 2015
Meeting Time: 11:00
Meeting Location: Secondary hallway

What I achieved this week: Finished initial research on freedom of speech and expression. I looked into my concept questions and completed my dot jots, as well as inquired into photojournalism.

What T-skills have I developed and used: This week I feel like I have been working on my thinking skills and research skills. More specifically my acquisition of knowledge and comprehension as well as formulating interesting questions and planning my action.

What I need to do this week: Finalise my action plan and

Mentor Comment: This week I feel that you have made a stronger connection with freedom of expression and your passion.

April 14

Meeting Date: 14th of April 2015
Meeting Time: 15:10
Meeting Location: Home

What I achieved this week: This week I had my first mentor meeting and we discussed about what my action might look like. I also had my meeting with Ms. Bond who gave me many different sources so that I could research more about my issue.

What T-skills have I developed and used: This week I mostly worked on my planning skills, my comprehension skills and my viewing skills.

What I need to do this week: I need to finalise my action plan so that I can do my action during action week. I also need to advertise my action so that people come to my action during action week. I might meet with some journalists and I need to come to a conclusion with what I am going to talk about at my workshop.

Parent Comment: I look forward to seeing how Ayla’s action will turn out. I enjoy our conversations about the topic and how she listens and explores possibilities. Her focus is on the learning and my sense is that she’s not connected to the “fun” of doing it.  I wonder what we can do as a team to enhance this aspect.

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