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Third Grade Passage Presentation at Tahoe Expedition Academy

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This video is an excerpt from Tahoe Expedition Academy's Third Grade Passage Presentation. Finn reflects on his "greater moments" in Third Grade.


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This video is an excerpt from Tahoe Expedition Academy's Third Grade Passage Presentation. Finn reflects on his "greater moments" in Third Grade.


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- Hi everyone, my name is Finn Mahon. Thank you all for coming to my third grade HASH presentation. I’ve been attending TEA for four years. I’m one of those kids that likes to work on stuff till it’s finished, and I hate stopping in the middle of something. TEA has also helped me keep my body under control, and also help me with my activities from one to the next. Academically, I really liked the reading challenge because it made me read harder books. I normally read Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, for example. But this encouraged me to read some harder books, like Black Hawk Down. This showed me that when I really want to read something that I’m interested in reading, then I can read anything. On occasions, I do have to encourage myself to read. Some fun strategies I use to help me are making a mini movie in my head so I know what’s happening in the book instead, so I don’t have to look in the pictures. Sometimes I also like to put myself in the lead character’s shoes and try to work out how he or she thinks. Last semester, we started The Donner Party Expedition, which was going to end in all of us doing it, getting into one of the character’s minds and performing the Chautauqua. This involved a lot of research and meeting with the experts as a crew. My biggest concern was the Chautauqua performance in front of everyone at the end of the expedition. Prior to the performance, my work was deleted and Ms. Colleen had to work with me to recover it and help me get ready for the big day. I really don’t like talking on stage because I get stage fright. She helped me have the confidence in myself to get up and do this. So for that I am very grateful. From the early days at TEA, the end of year challenge hike has always been something that I found tough. TEA has helped me push through that challenge of a long, hot hike by having us mentor younger kids who look up to us, and encouragement of a Popsicle at the end. I think all of these things demonstrate I am ready to step up, because it shows I can persevere through the hard things, and triumph with good things. I’d also like to thank my crew teachers, Ms. Rosie, Ms. Katie, Ms. Melanie, Ms. Shelby, Ms. Brenda, and Ms. Caroline, for the help they gave me to reach this point in TEA. The journey ahead will bring more challenges, but with the tools that TEA gives me, whether they’re academic, character, or adventure, I know I’ll be ready to face whatever they offer. Thank you.

- [Woman] You guys are so great. Okay, any questions for Finn?

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