In-Depth Post #5: The Six Hats


Updates and Changes

Though I have still not found a mentor, Ms. Mulder has put me in contact with a teacher who has run half marathons before and may be able to meet with me to give me some advice on training. I think that I would really benefit from some advice from someone who has actually run a half marathon. Though I have read a book about training, it is not the same as getting advice from someone in person. Even though I have not had someone to mentor me in this process so far, I will hopefully have a mentor when I start the training program at Kinetic on April 29th. However, I am going to turn 16 very soon and may be able to begin training with the running room before that time by doing some drop-in classes. This may be beneficial and give me a better idea of what training with Kinetic will look like. I am looking forward to continue training and have found that the closest half-marathon event that I can attend is on June 11th; it is at Garry Point park in Steveston and the fee is only $15 all together.

Progress Report

Over the spring break I had more time to train and I think that I made a lot of progress. Having more time to train has really been helpful since I have to begin running longer distances now. Over the spring break I did two 10 km runs with times under 1 hour and 10 minutes. I am really proud of this accomplishment, and I can now see that doing speed training and hill training has helped me to be faster when I run longer distances as well. However, I also now know that I do need to work harder to build up my stamina and to keep a constant pace while running longer distances. Being back at school, it has been more difficult to find as much time to train as I would like. However, I hope that I can keep my good habits from the spring break on until the end of this year.

Difficulties / Goals

It has continued to be difficult to train without a mentor. I find that I don’t keep myself as accountable, and if I have questions about training, I have to find ways to answer the questions myself. I hope that I can find a mentor where I will train with Kinetic. For the next few weeks, I want to make sure that I keep myself accountable and make time to run and train. This is the time of year when school gets a lot busier and more stressful, and part of the reason that I picked this in-depth project was because I knew that jogging could help me to de-stress. I think that by finding time to train, it will help me be more relaxed about school work while still making progress with my in-depth.

A Beautiful Mind

I really enjoyed the reading this week, I never thought to break down conversation by the six hat method; but I find that after reading about it, I think about the six hats in everyday conversations. To be productive, I think that it is really important to be on the same page and have a similar mindset as the person you are working with about the situation at hand. Using these “hats” can result in better more productive thinking, shorter and more productive meetings, as well as improved communication, collaboration and understanding. There are a lot of applications of the six hats, including in working with a mentor. Since I have not found a mentor, I will analyze a chain of e-mails with the running room when I asked them to train with them and identify the hats in the conversation. If you have not read Edward De Bono’s A Beautiful Mind below is a helpful graphic to understand what each of the six thinking hats mean.

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Dear Port Coquitlam Running Room,

(White Hat) I am Renee Boldut, a grade ten student at Gleneagle Secondary and I would like to take part in the Running Room marathon training program.  (Red hat) I would like to take part in the marathon training and will be 16 on April 2nd but would like to start training as soon as possible. (Green hat) I was wondering if I would still be eligible with my age. (Yellow Hat) I have a five-month long in-depth study project where we get to cultivate or learn new skills in any field. I have chosen to train for a marathon to push myself physically and have already started training hard towards my goal. (Red hat) I would ideally like to run a marathon and I think that training with the Running Room would really help me. (Green hat) If I am not eligible, do you know of any other marathon training programs that I may qualify for with my age?

(Yellow hat) Thank you for your help and support, I really appreciate it. I hope to be in touch soon!

Hi Renee,

(Red hat) How fantastic that you are so keen on running! (White and black hat) For our running programs you will need to be 16 year old.  (Green hat) You could try the community centre or even your school about possible running programs- programs geared for your age.  Maybe a PE teacher/coach could advise you.  (Yellow hat) In a few years you will be good to go here and I would be happy to have you!


Manager Port Coquitlam Running Room


I think that this exercise was helpful to analyze my own thinking and communicating styles in conversation with others. I think that from this exercise I have learned that I rarely use the black hat, and that maybe I should learn to practice more critical judgment and caution in conversations. Voicing my negative opinions more often may help in areas of my life and may help me to come to solutions more quickly.

I hope that everyone’s in-depth projects are going well! From looking at everyone’s blogs, it seems like most people are having a lot of fun with this project and making the best of this opportunity! I cannot wait to see all of the final products at in-depth!


Leading up to Confederation

Below is my second confederation blog post, if you have not read my other blog post, then go here to read it. My character is Henrietta Muir Edwards who was a women’s rights activist and reformer. My twitter account for the confederation role play is @Henrietta_Muir. 

This blog post was to take place between 1860-1866 leading up to confederation. It is meant to show the aim, obstacle and action of Henrietta at this time. It is also meant to show Henrietta’s predictions and hopes about confederation as well as any “requests” about how confederation should be.



Cher journal,

Aujourd’hui est très excitant! Today the Quebec conference has ended, with quite a few interesting results. I was happy that the conference was so close to Montreal, it took place in Quebec City, just up the river. I thought that I might get to see some of the politicians from different parties fighting, but I saw very few politicians here in Montreal, and everyone was really very civil. I found a card the other day with Etienne Cartier’s face and information on it! At first I could not imagine what this card would be used for, but later mother explained that each politician had a deck of cards (“calling cards” she called them) with pictures and information of other politicians so that they could memorize them when talking to each other! To me that sounds pretty funny, but of course those old guys would need a little help with their memories.

I am happy that confederation is in the process of becoming a reality, I think that it will lead to a lot of economic benefits, stability, and a strong central government. Father, who is an avid reader of the news paper, says that the Americans had a whole civil war because their central government was weak. I don’t necessarily think it was weak, but they did give a lot of power to individual states. I hope that confederation does really happen, and that it happens with no blood shed.

However, I don’t think that confederation is enough to make for economic benefits, stability, and a strong central government. French Canadians, First Nations, Inuit, Metis, women, and all minorities of Canada need to be recognized and be given a seat at the table. We need to be given equal rights, and to be treated as equals in society as well as in the eyes of the law. We need to be given the right to speak up, and make a difference in the way confederation plays out. We are just as much Canadians as anyone else, and we all deserve to have the chance to contribute to the confederation of a place we all call home. The legislature that they are creating will affect us as much as it will the law-makers themselves, so I think that it is really important to not over look the rights of minorities while creating the legislature of confederation.

Though I have great hopes for confederation, I do not think that equal rights for all in Canada will be a reality for quite some time. Though this confederation is more civilized than others (the American’s for example) it does not mean that it will include more forward laws. Though there is inclusion of French Canadians in negotiations, not everyone has been given a voice, and this means that the population of Canada will not be equally represented in government. This is a hard reality. There is still a lot of misogyny and racism in our society in this day and age, and there is not a lot I can do as a 15-year-old girl here in Montreal.

I have written several times to the local newspaper in response to some articles, but none of my letters to the editor have been published. I have written in about misconceptions, stereotypes, and falsehoods written in the newspaper about women. My sister sometimes says that it is hopeless to write in to the newspaper about those matters, but I insist on continuing to writing, to continue to try my best to break down the stigma around minorities so that we can have a real voice in confederation and real power to create change.

The Quebec conference is coming to an end today, and though I feel very happy that confederation is becoming a reality, I feel hopeless that there is not a lot I can do so that minorities are represented in the future government in Canada.

I hope to make a difference in the future, I have said for a long time now that when I grow up, I would like to go into politics, but right now, it is a rather un-realistic dream.

In-depth Post #4: Jogging the Path Less Travelled


Updates and Changes

I have joined a running clinic at Kinetic in Port Moody, however, I have found out this week that because I have joined the half marathon program, it does not start until April 29th. Once I join, I will go running twice a week with a professional and a group. As a part of the program, a professional will also help me figure out what gear works best for me while training and racing. I really like that extra add on, I think that it will be very helpful to know what gear is best for my needs an price range. I once had a bad experience using a pair of shoes that were too small for me while jogging and some of my toenails fell of as a result; I hope to avoid that situation in the future.

Progress Report

I have been lagging behind a bit with my training. I have not had as much time lately to go running. For the past two weeks instead of running 4-5 times a week I am only running 2-3 times a week. I still do at least one day of hills for strengthening my legs and one day of distance to build up my endurance; however, I have not been doing all of my speed training. I am not happy that I have not done as much as I wanted to over these past two weeks; but on the other hand it has been very busy and it has been difficult to find an hour a day or more to jog. I think that my pace is still pretty good, and by focusing a bit more on strengthening my legs now, I will be able to run faster in the future.

I have continued to look for mentors through family friends and the running clinic but have not found people who are willing. Training for a half-marathon is very time-consuming and it is a difficult process. It is difficult to find someone who is willing to basically train a long side me. I am pretty sure that once I begin the running clinic however, that the professional there would be willing to be my mentor. When I went to the store front I talked to some of the trainers there and asked if they could mentor me before the clinic starts, but was unsuccessful. Most trainers are very busy and could use the same time mentoring to instead mentor a paying client. It has been disappointing to come up empty handed once again, however, I am hopeful that a family friend may be able to guide me or that I will get a mentor once the running clinic starts.

Difficulties / Goals

Though running is an individual sport, there are a lot of benefits to training with a partner or in a group such as: keeping each other accountable, giving each other helpful advice from observations running together, and being able to relate to at least one other person who is going through the training process as well. I think that my experience is not as rich as it could be as, right now, I am going through the training process by myself. I think that by finding some friends to train with, at the very least, would be helpful. Ideally, I would find a mentor that I could train with; that would be extremely helpful. I think that right now, I am struggling with my speed training and have hit a rut; I am not improving as much as I would like in that area and I think that running with someone who has insight on the issue may help. Though I have read about the topic, it is difficult to put it in practice all the time.

I have planned to partake in some of the MEC running series races as a part of my training; however, most of the race dates coincide with practice hike days for adventure trip. Though I also get good exercise through practice hikes, it is not the same as training. This is frustrating, however, there is very little I can do about this issue. I think that the best thing to do is go to as many races as I can and adjust to do similar distances as the races on different days around the same time for a similar effect when there is a practice hike.

A Beautiful Mind

Though I do not have a mentor, I have used de Bono’s suggestions to try and convince people to be my mentor. When talking to the trainers at Kinetic, I asked them many questions about their profession and about how to train properly. I believe that asking them questions and listening has helped me gain more knowledge, but it has also helped me to form a deeper connection with them. I asked a lot of “fishing” questions to try and start interesting conversations. Through the conversations I learned more about the proper footwear for different types of running (trail running versus running on the street) and I learned that proper nutrition for training may actually look markedly different from person to person and that I need to find what works best for me and my training program. Different trainers had different outlooks on running as a sport and it was interesting to see how people can have so many different perspectives about the same topic. I really enjoyed the section of the reading this week that asked us to look at how we ask questions, how effective we are at asking questions, and suggested creative strategies to asking questions. This type of metacognitive thinking is something that I rarely get the chance to do and I think this reflection on my communication skills, especially how I ask questions, has really helped me to become more specific about my questions. I usually ask fishing questions, and this upcoming week, I want to aim to ask more shooting questions by using some of the strategies listed in the book. My favourite strategy is: #11 Ask a multiple choice question. Was this useful? I like this because I would have never thought to pose a question verbatim as a multiple choice and I am curious to see how realistic it is to do so.


I hope that everyone is doing well with their in-depth projects, I cannot wait to read all of your blog posts and see your final products!

Confederation, Join the Club

We have started role-plays again in social studies this year, this time focusing on the Canadian confederation. I have chosen to be Henrietta Muir Edwards. This role is not as far out of my comfort zone as I would have liked to be; but I am happy that I have a role as a woman as I can better understand her struggles at the time and relate to her on a more personal level. I hope to better understand the evolution of women’s rights by studying and pretending to be Henrietta as well as the evolution of government in Canada through the role play in general. I feel very excited for this year’s role play and I hope to get more involved and embrace the twitter format more. If you want to follow the role play from Henrietta’s perspective, the twitter handle is @Henrietta_Muir.

In the following post I will be writing from Henrietta’s perspective and I will strive to do the following things…

  1. Introduce my character before 1860.
  2. Include date at top (journal entry style).
  3. Explain what my character wants, what is in their way, and what they are doing to over come their obstacles.
  4. Explain hat is going on at the time (conflicts, who they know, where they live, treaties, wars etc.).


18 December 1860

Cher journal,

Aujourd’hui il neige, il fait froid cet hiver! Pardon my French, but this winter really has been very cold here in Montreal. Mother has bought me a new coat, not because of the cold, but because it is my birthday. The coat is very warm, it is made of wool and it has three buttons made of wood.

I am turning 11 now, and father has joked about me getting married soon; though I know that it is really not that far off. There are a lot of pressures on women in these modern times. Pressure to get married, and to please others, pressure to remain silent and passive about injustices. It really does frustrate me.

On my birthday, my family and I eat a nice meal together (mother, father, and my sister Amélia). At the table we talk about what happened around the year that I was born (1849) and what is going on this eyar.

The Act of Union took place in 1841. My parents did not like the act, they said that it “assimilated” Francophone culture and society. French was not considered an official language! There were petitions to repeal the Act. The reaction was so intense that London recognized and accepted the use of French in 1848.

This year, 1860, the Americans have begun a civil war to try and become independent from Britain. I understand why they would want to become independent; the Brits are not always the nicest people, after all, they have undermined French culture and the French language for years now. However, I don’t know if a war is the best way to gain independence.

Later in the evening, I secretly stay up with my sister Amélia and we talk about our futures. We say that we may want to create a Working Girls’ Association in Montreal one day to provide meals, reading rooms, and study classes for women. We also dream about publishing a periodical; we would call it The Working Women of Canada. It would be written by women for women. I also want to write books in my life time, about legal problems women must overcome; I would call the first book, Legal Status of Canadian Women and the second book Legal Status of Women in Alberta. My sister and I love to read Le Canadien, but there isn’t always a lot of female authors, or subjects.

We talk about growing up and getting married and having children and moving far away from Montreal as well. I want to marry a doctor, have three children, and move somewhere in the prairies, where there is peace and quite. I want to pursue women’s rights when I’m older, maybe even create a feminist organization of my own or with some friends. I know that its not technically a job, but, I feel like I should follow my passions. Amélia agrees. I think that I may even want to get into politics, really make a change in legislature. Amélia thinks that I am crazy to think that I could be in politics, especially as a woman. But I like to imagine that one day I will not only have the same rights as a man, but also the same respect and status.

There are a lot of things that I hope to accomplish in my life time, I have a lot of passion for women’s rights. I know that there will be a lot of obstacles that will stand in my way; social standards, a misogynistic system and society, the fact that I am a woman and do not have equal rights. I could write on for a long time about that topic. There are a lot of things I will have to overcome but I not only have passion, but I have drive. I have perseverance. I have diligence. Talking to Amélia and my friends about my passions has also helped me realize that I am not alone in the fight for women’s rights, there are many other girls out there, right now, who also want to fight for the same things. We have strength in numbers, and if we work together, we can achieve great things.

I look forward to the future, both the obstacles and the successes.