Sweden trip, teachers day and thoughts on digital camera

Being to Sweden from 29th September till 1st of October was nice. There wasn’t much wind so the sea was quiet and it was pleasant on a ship. However I don’t quite feel comfortable sleeping on board, not because of waves but because of the sound of engine. We had our cabin on 5th deck and we could hear that.
When we arrived at Stockholm we had city tour and a visit to Vasa Museum. The tour didn’t last for long, I’d say about an hour, so we couldn’t see much. Even so I loved all Art Nouveau buildings. These always remind me the book Karlsson-on-the-Roof by Astrid Lindgren. That writer sure knew how to write books that children like. I have also read the Pippi Longstocking, The Six Bullerby Children and seen Tjorven which I liked all.
The Vasa Museum was even more fascinating. That ship of vikings is so big and so well preserved. And the little lighting that is good for the ship also adds mystery to it. Too bad they didn’t think through better how to put ballast and the ship sank. But who knows maybe it would be destroyed by now if it haven’t sunk.
On 7th October we had teacher’s day at school meaning we, 12th graders, were teaching younger students. We had 5 lessons, two with 6th graders and three with 7th graders. The first lesson was literature with 7th grade that went pretty well. The topic was diffrent rhyme types and exept all annoying questions quite many of them actually studied. Next we had Estonian with another 7th grade. We managed to do some work but since things went slow we got done less than had planned to do. Third lesson with 7th grade was a total disaster. Although material was exactly the same as in previous lesson we got done less. They had absolutely no discipline! And the teacher said that they are not the worst class but the second one! After that we had Estonian and literature with 6th class and these two lessons were really enjoyable. There were about 15 students and all behaved well. We worked during the break aswell and they got home about 20 minutes earlier that they were supposed to since all work was done.
Looking back at it now, I didn’t want to become a teacher earlier and my thoughts haven’t changed. Still it gave me another experience about how many things a teacher has to consider every day. Therefore almost all teachers should be envied because of being able to do such work 5 days a week and more while having medium salary only.
I remember that I first decided to go for a digital camera somewhen this spring. Yet I don’t have it as of the moment of writing. But I’ve managed to save enough money so I can buy it before christmas. I’ve chosen Canon Powershot a520 but if the prices keep falling I might get a610 for the same amount of money. Feeling excited about that :).

Post from late September

I just finished my icons. Yay. I got so bored of making them in the end. But they look nice in my opinion. Maybe I’ll share them with you later.
Tomorrow evening I’ll go to Sweden. It’s awarding trip from school for my good results in math olympiad last year. I’ll come back to Estonia on Saturday so I get one day free from school :)
I don’t feel like writing long article here so this is the end of this post.

13 icons + banner to make + school choices

So I’m making icons and banner for Estonian e-University. No, I’m not hired or anything like that. It’s just a competition.
But I do have only 6 icons done which means there’s a lot to be done. I’m supposed to send them on 30. September or before to compete. Considering that I’d like to send them in two color combination… even more work. It’s not WORK meaning I don’t like it I just don’t have that enthusiasm I had at the beginning.
School started on the first of September. We had this lesson where our homeroom teacher informed us about changes and reminded us some rules. We got Monday’s schedule and after that we took first-graders to festive grounds where we listened to bunch of speeches and few songs.
What really bothered me was that the first-graders talked a lot. I wasn’t especially interested in speeches aswell but it wouldn’t hurt to hear some of them.
Next day we had a trip to Tammsaare’s (Estonian writer whose book we had to read during summer) birthplace. There we were showed old buildings and all sorts of tools that were used more than century ago.
Starting from Monday (5th) we were meant to have usual 45min lessons, 36 of them each week. However when I look back at my schedule then we had only 35 lessons :) this week.
In informatics we were informed about Oracle database language that we can learn on our own from some webpage and then get a certificate for that. I’m not quite sure if I have the time and will to do that but I’m tempted since it would be helpful if I choose to study informatics in university.
Also I’m thinking of taking exam in informatics in spring. Not the state exam but the school exam. In Estonia you’re meant to take 5 exams to graduate gymnasium and at least three of them must be state exams. At the moment I’m thinking to take Estonian (compulsory), math and English as state exams. Since I already took chemistry state exam last year I need one more exam. Either informatics or biology, not sure.
And I could also do research in one of them instead of exam so there are MANY choices…

The blithe posting

School is finally over. Though I need to go there few times more to help with graduates celebration meeting (isn’t there better word for it in English or is it just my dictionary?) and maybe we’ll perform with the choir aswell. That isn’t sure yet since the performing we were supposed to have tomorrow at ninthgraders celebration meeting (again this weird word combination) was canceled because many of us can’t come.
But back to the point. It’s over because my exam is over. Of course it has been over for many hours but so far I didn’t know the result. Now comes the important part: I got 94 points out of 100 for my chemistry exam! Mh, I logged in and checked once more to actually believe again, lol.