You may only be one drop in the world, but even the smallest drop starts a ripple.
I AM A DREAMER
I am Andrew James Tack, I attend DREAM Technical Academy (hopefully why you are reading this.) I just started to attend DREAM this year and I’m loving it. I used to attend a traditional school and that school for me was too slow and negative for me. At my old school they taught things without showing how they interacted in the real world, but at DREAM I have a much better and easier time seeing that. I have always had an interest in coding and computers and I’ve never been able to have the opportunities that I have had so far at DREAM. Since DREAM is project based, I am able to work on computers EVERYDAY and I will get the same high school diploma that anyone else at a traditional school, so I am able to do all my projects on computers and get all the credits I need to graduate. Thanks for reading the DREAM Drop!
Why are people addicted to their phones? - Ashley H
1. In a sense, it's an extended version of ourselves. We become attached to things, for example, when we are children we become attached to teddy bears; blankets etc. and if you as a child were to lose one of those things, it would lead to a great deal of stress and a sense of lose of yourself. This is why, it is so hard to let go of our phones, we become attached and become stressed when we lose our phones, like how children do with toys.
2. Holding phones and getting likes or comments on photos or posts can lead to a release of dopamine in the brain, which in a sense is a "high". We become addicted to our phones like how someone else could become addicted to drugs, etc.
3. As humans we have needs to produce and reproduce (better or differ ourselves), and phones help us do that. We can manipulate how our lives or ourselves look by editing photos, selfies, and choosing which side of yourself you show over social media.
Those are the main 3 but there are many others I had read about that I could talk about, but I like to keep these kind of short and sweet. I really enjoyed doing this project, and learning/ realizing why some people I know, including myself, can become so dependent on our handheld technology.
Question of the week | Natural Medicinal Plants - Jonathan M
Yoga & Restorative Practices
This seminar focuses on health and wellness using the restorative practices of yoga and mindfulness. The seminar meets one time per week on Wednesday mornings and includes a restorative circle as well as guided yoga and meditation. Different wellness topics are introduced each week for contemplation, discussion, and practice. Topic examples include: gratitude, journaling, movement, mindfulness, meditation, sleep practices, managing anxiety and stress, and more! Two DREAM staff lead this seminar and the students have shown great interest and enthusiasm; they have even requested that it continue to the end of the school year!
Writing a song - Misael R
The hardest part was the lyrics because you don't just wanna put out some words and call it good you gotta know what the few lines actually mean to you and what it might mean to the listener. You need to play with your words make it seem different to the listener and let them come up with there own idea but behind it you know what it means cause you are the one who wrote it.
What I loved about this whole project was me being able to do what I love doing most and being able to finally make a new song for myself and the band because there is two versions of this song, the ukulele version and the whole band that me and Dakota are making by far this is my favorite project I've done.
KEY CLUB CORNER
Key Club is a large student organization within DREAM, so we want to provide updates on its happenings. Update courtesy of Amy, Key Club Editor.
Key Club will be holding a Pennies for Patients contest this upcoming March! Winners will get a prize. We have two more slots for performances on Fine Arts Night! Talk to Amy Haney or Matti Johnson if you want to perform! Next Wednesday we are selling pizza again! Hattie will be talking to students about what kinds of pizza they want.
Our Key Club will be voting on board members on March 1st, so now is the perfect time to join while we prepare for our next year!
Several of our students are teaming up with MNYou Youth Garden, which operates a plot of land and the greenhouse on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
By working with MNYou, youth have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills from working closely with mentors from local businesses on how to sell and market their products.
Our students are working with MN You to grow exotic fruits and vegetables not commonly found in Minnesota.
WHERE THEY ARE NOW
My name is Darla and I am currently a full-time student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. I am extremely grateful for the unique learning opportunities that DREAM offered and for the faculty and staff that was there to assist me with my educational growth. One of the most influential things I learned from them was the importance of being present in my learning and that I should never be satisfied with simply being taught during a class or reading a textbook, yes both of these are vitally important, but it is also important to take the things you might learn from teachers or other student and use them into your life. One of my favorite projects at DREAM gave me the opportunity to do exactly that. To explore a topic more in-depth and find out what exactly its real-world applications were. This project was my senior project. I was able to learn about the importance of learning about your families ancestry and why people take time to search for it.
DREAM Technical Academy has a School Advisory Council that meets once a month on the second Monday evening at 6:30pm at the school. Their mission is to provide guidance and direction for the school. The Advisory Council consists of 50% of DREAM staff and 50% of DREAM parents, community members, and a student. Our parent representatives can bring your input to the Advisory Council or direct it specifically to a staff member.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai