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Fun word jumbles!!

Learn how to communicate properly with everyone!!


Know the Erik Erikson theory!!

Learn how to make this wonderful couscous salad ď Š

Tips to make a boring snack, cool and colourful!!

Communication Problems

by Sweta


I will show you what ruins a conversation with a friend. I will also show you how to even be better talker! Communicating with people can be very hard, the receiver may not understand what your saying and may take it differently. Even the way you speak, when you talk (timing) can make the conversation lead into a different topic. We have put communication skills in different categories. The categories are positive strategies which is about, when to say something also known as timing, timing helps the sender and receiver to focus on a new message. And choosing the right time to say the message may make a positive difference in how its received. Positive strategies is also about be honest, when honesty and openness exist during a conversation, communication is greatly enhanced. Using honesty will also help you realize how the

receiver feels, "The most important thing to communication is hearing what is not said.”~Peter F.Drucker. This quote means that even if your not saying anything, they are trying to say something. Humour can also help open a great conversation, using humour in a conversation can make the message more pleasant, it also helps to put a positive “spin” on the message you are giving. Empathy is one of the important things you need in a conversation, lack of empathy may lead to conflict, it also shows that your only caring about yourself and not think about other peoples feelings. Using empathy will give you hints on how people feel that way. “The power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another's person feelings.” Also known as putting yourself in someone's shoes.

Effective Listening is also receiving messages, receiving messages is spilt into two categories, passive listening shows that you are interested in the topic, you can also show non-verbally, as in nodding you head or leaning forward. Active listening is when you comment directly on what being said, it shows that you really care of what the person is saying, and you would like to learn more about it. IMessages is a tool for clear assertive communication , it allows you to take responsibility. You could use i-messages when being interrupted, when wanting to give criticism, when your in a stressful confrontation and much more. The advantages of using imessage is that it better prepares listener for feedback, helps ease tension and conflict, it is honest communication,

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Four parts to a basic communication is “I feel” you are stating the problem, “when you” you are describing the problem, “because I” telling them how it affects you, and lastly “I want” state what you want them to do the next time it happens.


known as judging, blaming , disagreeing. Threatening your warning the person, preaching is that your ordering people around, vague of authority, lecturing is known as arguing. Analyzing is

municating you could use some of these points. It will help a lot, for interviews, making a speech, or even just talking with friends.

diagnosing, the sender gives their opinion stated as a fact. Interrogating is constantly questioning the receiver , makes the receiver feel like they are being cross -examined. Advising is like giving them advice, suggestions. Dismissing is ignoring what they are saying, interrupting, changing the subject, one-upping also means competing, the sender tries to better the story they just heard. Globalizing is generalizing, they make one situation into many situations.

By: Sweta Manogaran

“ Say what you mean and mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.”

This is an example of an I-Message from the comic Communication Problems! As you can see the girl in the blazer is explaining to the other girl of how she felt when she did not come to the library to work on the project, she is asking nicely if she could tell her before hand if she is able to come or not and not make her wait at the library for the whole day. Road blocks are things that stand in the way of good communication. Road blocks are separated into there own groups, ridiculing also known as name calling, criticizing

Who knew communicating was this hard, I thought it easy as 1,2,3’s. To be better at com-

ARE PARENTS WERE ONCE TEENAGERS!!!! I have a wonderful mother, her name is Rajany Gunatharam. She had a lot of goals when she was at the early adolences stage. She lived in Srilanka when she was my age, also known as early adolences, she had a lot of dreams of becoming successful in life. But was not able to accomplish them because of certain things that happened in her country, which forced her to move away and start a new life, in a new country, also learn a new language. It was hard to accomplish her lifelong goal in a new place. But she had small goals she accomplished, that helped her thought life. My mother always said since I was little "Always is happy, no matter what happens in life”Rajany Gunatharam

Some goals that my mother was not able to accomplish were to become a successful store owner in Srilanka, or to become a teacher. She was not able to complete this goal because she was forced to move away from her country, because a war started between citizens of Srilanka for land. When she moved to Canada she was a newcomer, she didn't know anybody,, and didn't know how to speak English. Later on in life she got married had kids; she took good care of them. And now has wonderful children. My mother could have tried to start taking ESL classes, and also go to school (college), and etc. Time management would have been helpful for my mom, because it would have made life easier for her. She could have made lists (in order of priority). She could have made a list about what she is going to do and plan it out like a SMART goal, or even plan out her hour blocks.

Some of her successful goals were to pass the AL test when she was in grade 12 to go to university, she study really hard night and day. My mom said “I did the best I can, to just pass, but guess what I got the highest mark in my class! (In Tamil)" My mom was able to accomplish the goal because she was study hard and did not slack of while studying. This is why she was very successful with this goal.

Some advice my parent gave to me was to get good grades, get a good job in the future, be kind to everyone, and “Always be happy no matter what happens in life". The area my mother wants me to concentrate on the most is to get good marks in school, and try your best, this is because she wants me to have a easy life and not have to work two or three jobs just to get a life earning, like what my

parents are doing. They don't want me to struggle like them, because we have all the materials to become successful in life, we just have to use them properly. This connects with my SMART goal because my goal was to get over 70’s on my report card. My mom gave me a idea of how much I would struggle if I didn’t try my hardest in school. “School sets your future in place.”- Jay Sivapragasam (cousin). Some obstacles that may get in the way of successfully finishing my goal is, maybe I am not able to finish my homework when it is due. The strategy I could use is to ask my teacher to give me an extension on the assignment, instead of not giving it and getting a zero.

Teens Kitchen SURVIVAL guide to the kitchen! Be the

lovable child help your mom out with cooking!

Don’t ruin the counter, and use a chopping board to chop all foods!

Wear to impress? Not in my kitchen! Never use metal in the microwave, use glass or microwavable plastics.

Have pot/ pans handles One sink with hot soapy water, and the other with hot clear water.

facing towards the middles of the stove.

Turn off appliance before unplugging! Pull by plug not the cord!!

Scrape excess food.

Wash dishes from cleanest to dirtiest. Use dry measuring cups for dry ingredients.

Has a spout, it’s for liquids.

Measuring spoons, for small measurements.

Sweep up big pieces, and use a wet paper towel for the small bits. Inform all accidents to the teacher.

Basic Crepes Ingredients -1 cup all purpose flour -2 eggs -1/2 cup of milk -1/2 cup of water -1/4 tablespoon salt -2 tablespoon of butter, melted

Dry -all purpose flour Liquid -




Small -salt -butter

Directions 1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth. 2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. 3. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot. By: Sweta Manogaran

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Wipe counter area clean.

Place all dishes back in the appropriate place.

Use water displacement method to measure fat, and etc. Soak dirty pots and pans in water, for an easy clean.

Measuring tool on package.

MEDDITERANEAN CHICKEN WITH COUCOUS SALAD Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time (for couscous): 5-10 minutes Recipe makes: 6 servings

Ingredients: 

2 c. couscous (whole-wheat, if possible)

2 c. low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock

Juice of 2 lemons

1/8 c. olive oil

1 tsp. black pepper

Medium saucepan with lid

¼ c. parsley

Knife and cutting board

2 cloves garlic

Large mixing bowl

¼ c. kalamata olives

1½ c. cooked chicken breast

2 tbs. capers

Equipment and supplies:

Instructions: 1. Bring chicken stock to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in couscous, place lid on the pan, remove it from the heat, and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes while you make the dressing.

2. Mince the garlic and finely chop the parsley. Dice the cooked chicken breast and chop the olives.

3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, parsley, and garlic. Stir in olives, chicken, and capers.

4. Using a fork, fluff up the couscous to loosen it a bit before adding it to the dressing mixture. Gently toss the salad until the couscous is well coated in the dressing. Serve.

This menu fits in the food guide (CFG) very well. The (whole wheat) couscous can be categorized as grain products; the cooked chicken breast fits in the meat in alternatives category, also if using chicken stock. In the vegetable and fruits category, if using vegetable stock, parsley, olives, and capers. And the others can be well categorized in the CFG. If you are vegetarian, and you wouldn’t like to eat chicken, you can replace it with tofu, or other components. In total the meal has 6 servings! That is almost the amount of servings that teens need on a regular day! This is a very healthy, tasty meal that can be easily made in a few minutes. This meal is very appealing; the different colours from the olives, parsley, and the kalmata olives just make the meal even more interesting to make and to be eating. The different flavours from the olives (sour), the couscous is very savoury is packed with many flavours, it does depend on what type of stock you use. Also the chicken has a savoury and spicy flavour, when combining them all, it changes the way you eat, and it makes you taste each and every one. The aroma can be very strong and make you want to eat it. It is a meal, so it should be prepared also served hot. There are many textures in the meal, such as the chicken which is crispy on the outside (if grilled) and soft on the inside packed with all the juices. The olives (kalmata) and very soft, and chewy! There are many more textures in the Mediterranean chicken with couscous salad. This is a very appealing meal; it is very fascinating to eat, and to be able to taste each and every flavour! Visually the meal is

attractive, there are so many colours, making people wanting to try it. Why to plan menus.... Menu planning is a great way to save money, you would be able to know what to buy instead of buying random ingredients and then figuring it out after you bought the items, also to not be standing at the grocery store for hours thinking of what to buy and what to make out of it. Would help our meals to be more healthy, and in the future we would have a healthier life.

With the ingredients from the Mediterranean chicken and couscous salad, you can make a Lemon, Olive, and parsley couscous. To get more details about the recipe you can go on the website rsley+couscous There are many more recipes you can make, just use websites like.... - - - -

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