Monday, January 29, 2018

Independent Project Reflection

    I did my independent project on Learning Disabilities. I didn't know much about this topic and it became relevant in my life recently, where it is important for me to understand learning disabilities more. So I researched and put a Prezi together to show pictures and subtitles to go along with my information. I mainly focused on the effects it has on children and really making sure that as peers we can help those with learning disabilities.
  I think that the message and for the first time ever research was my favorite part of this project. I am not one to enjoy research, however, I felt like I got so much out of it this time then I've ever had before. With having the nice research this time, I was able to create my own opinion clearly to convey my own message and thoughts on learning disabilities. However, the hardest part of the project for me was putting all the research and info into a project and simply just present in front of the whole class. I stuttered a lot because I was nervous and presenting was just kind of a hassle to get through. I don't think I've ever had more stress and anxiety in my life.
  I improved as a learner throughout this project by really just making sure I had an actual plan. In the past, it's been jumbled and frustrating to get it into one project because my mind hadn't been set yet, but with this latest project, as it went on, my mind started to learn how to make a plan and get something done each and every day. Something however that I would improve would be, not writing my whole script down. I should've just put bullet points so I wouldn't get lost and made my presentation easier to listen too for others. It wasn't my favorite project in the end, but I got something out of it that I can use in my future life.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

One Word-Strive

    In GOAL, we had to pick out a word that kind of is a summary of our 2018 goals, it's who we are. Strive, my one word. I put a lot of thought and consideration into it (as most probably did) and this one word always came back to me. The word strive is a perfect reminder for me to always push myself, be the best at whatever I do, or simply just improve. I believe that hard work and pushing yourself can get you anywhere in life. You can accomplish much more when you tell yourself "I need to strive to be the best." I am the type of person where winning and being the best is something I very much enjoy, so by reminding myself to be hardworking "Go the extra mile", prove to others and more importantly yourself, you can do anything if you strive to be the best.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird - Compare and Contrast

After reading and watching To Kill A Mockingbird Bird, not gonna lie I wasn't overly disappointed. I know by now that the book will be better than the movie, almost 100% of the time. So, by considering that I thought the movie was well done, knowing that of course, they couldn't fit everything we wanted into it.
    So, some similarities between the two are that they incorporated very good descriptions from the book into the movie. So when Scout was explaining something it sometimes felt just like the book because of the same text. They also didn't modify the plot in any way. The story was easy to follow because of this. They kept most of the key moments in there whether it was the trial, to the attack, to the simple ham costume.
    Now, on the other hand, there were a lot of differences. First of all the movie did modify the order of events in some cases. For example, they cut out a LOT of events. They skipped Ms. Maudie's house fire, the schoolhouse scene, and Dill and Scout's engagement. Little things like that, that appeared in the book but not the movie, is very noticeable. They also completely left out Francis and Aunt Alexandra and Mrs. Dubose in some cases. These characters had some importance in the book but weren't even put into the movie. Lastly, one of the MAIN differences, is the way the movie interpreted Scout and Jem's stories. In the book, it was all about Scout and her view, her cute and innocent mind. However, when you get to the movie they really focus on Jem. Jem is completely different from Scout so to have it feel like Jem's story really made it feel different. I mean he was getting all those camera shots, now wasn't he.
    There is, of course, a lot of things I would change about the movie, but if I did that the movie would be 24 hours long. The special thing about the book was that it could add so much detail, but the movie aspect still has to be appealing and that mean's making it short. So, I would, of course, add in Mrs. Dubose more and her storyline cause she brought in so much importance to the children in the book and also add in Francis because I would really like to see Scout beat him up. Besides that, nothing really was better in the movie than it was in my mind, except for Atticus. Man the guy who played him was SO GOOD. It was just so much better.
    In conclusion, I, of course, liked the book much much better than the movie. The movie wasn't awful but they really just couldn't add the detail to live up to the book.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

    "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910
     How does this pertain to you/or your world?
     How this quote pertains to me is a little different than others may think. I see this in an opposite way than how it was directed towards us. I mean sometimes I think about changing the world in some way, but to be honest, I am so self-conscious, I am always thinking about ways I can make myself better. Anytime something little goes wrong, and it may be my fault, or someone is upset and it may be my fault, I get so depressed and that's where changing myself is the first thought. I am not confident and once something goes wrong I feel like an awful person and I have the NEED to do something to fix it, so I feel better and others feel better too. So although this quote makes sense to me, I do not see it as it is written, but in an opposite way. 
     If I could write anything (free write) I am currently going to write about Delaney's boxers. Now, today, 9/28, my sister showed up wearing boxers, with no pants... guys boxers of course. I don't really think boxers are a fashion statement or anything I will be wearing anytime soon. But Delaney really seems to love the male underwear. It confuses me very much. I guess they are very comfortable, but I mean, WHY?! They are so ugly! DELANEY they are meant for guys, not girls! She even has multiple pairs of boxers at home, it's ridiculous. I guess all I'm trying to say is that I DO NOT LIKE DELANEY'S BOXERS! Delaney, all I am going to say is you do you but next time try and be little less strange. (Just kidding, I still love you.)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Words of Wisdom

    I really thought this project was beneficial in many ways. For starters I realized you can give great advice with being light hearted, funny, and not to serious. I also learned that my favorite quotes were the ones about being yourself and really took a lot out of things out of it. Finally, I realized that I can actually talk to people I don't know really well and actually get a conversation going. I have always been shy and I'm glad this project helped with not only doing a basic project, but one that helped in multiple ways outside of the classroom.

Friday, March 17, 2017

History Day Reflection

     This quarter Sarah and I did an exhibit project of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The theme was taking a stand in history so, we thought what this pair did on the Olympic podium was an appropriate topic for this year. Our tri-fold was quite large and had the basic information and photos, along with our opinion on the board. My favorite part about the project is the board because, it is very eye catching with it's colors and size and seeing it come together in the end was very worth it and satisfying. (Also, working with Sarah was pretty cool ;) )
      During the research a lot of things interested me for many different reasons. At the start of this quarter I almost knew nothing about these people and their gesture however, I feel like now I can tell everyone the whole story. My favorite pieces of information that interested me were that they had a plan from the beginning with the OPHR that they were going to do this. They had been trying to take a stand but could not be heard so, once they got on that international stage they took advantage. Another piece information that caught my eye was that their gesture took place in 1968, a couple years after African Americans officially by law supposed to be integrated. I guess I understand now that they were standing up for a problem that shouldn't still be as worse as it was because of the period in time.
      The hardest part about our project wasn't the notes or working together but, creating the exhibit. We knew from the beginning that we wanted the board to be tall, and to our surprise it was incredibly hard to find. So, we went to a last minute resort of using foam board pieces and putting them together. When we started spray painting our board became a huge dilemma. The board was left bubbly and just looking messy. Sarah and I were really stressed out but, decided to let time take it's tole as we'll wait to put things on the board. Overall, it came together and the bubbles were unnoticed.
      During this project I improved as a learner and student by figuring out during this process how when you are taking notes and collecting all your information, you want to go deeper into each detail to support everything you will use. I feel as my overall thinking and opinions on projects changed because I now know to go deeper into the specific topic and have a different mindset. When you think something is "good enough" there is ALWAYS a way to improve. Also, from now until History Day I would definitely want to change the citations to make sure they are right. I'd want to improve on the way those noodle bibs are executed.
     Now, I could go on and on about how proud I am of our project but, I guess the thing I'm most proud of is the way Sarah and I worked together. I couldn't have picked a perfect partner. We together worked extremely hard and didn't fight or goof around. In the end I think both of us could say, that all the stress was worth it in the end.
      Our project relates to the theme because, Tommie Smith and John Carlos took a stand in history by using a silent gesture to symbolize a problem that had been taking place for a long time. African Americans weren't being treated fairly and they weren't being heard. They took that problem to an international stage, with the risk of loosing what they worked for to get there. They risked a whole lot to show what they believe in.
      Lastly, my advice for future goers of this project is to time manage well, and don't let the stress overtake you, it just takes time.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

   This year Mrs. Edlin announced that our very first unit was going to be on Shakespeare. To tell you the truth, I was not excited. I thought that it was going to be very boring and not fun but, let's just say I have had a change of heart. This was a great unit to start out with,  I think what got me so excited about what we were learning was not going over the basics but instead, yelling giglet and swag-bellied at our classmates, and reading death lines a loud. Doing this was so fun and entertaining, and this made me realize that this unit wasn't going to be reading facts and information, it was going to be informational but fun at the same time.
    Now, also we focused on one main play from Shakespeare, and that was The Taming of the Shrew. Do I think that Kate was tamed? Yes, I do. I think overtime Kate became a little bit more fond of Petruchio. Some examples from the text include "Even such a woman oweth to her husband, and when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour." That whole speech Kate gave could've even been an agreement. There are many theories with what Kate's speech actually meant.
   Why do I think Shakespeare's first folio is important? His writing was so genius and unique, and I think it's important that the world know that special writing. Going on the field trip made me realize, how special Shakespeare's writing was, what they were learning and writing during his time and how things were written back then.
   Now, I have to say my favorite part of this unit was shouting insults and acting death scenes with my classmates. This was one of the first things we started with in this unit and it helped my understanding by realizing his way of writing. Reading just those tiny paragraphs made me understand the big vocabulary he used and just the way he used words in different ways. It was like nothing I have ever read before.
    I think it is still important to learn about Shakespeare's, even 400 years after his death. People in these days kinda loose the respect for good writing and Shakespeare is definitely something that should be recognized through years and years.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 First Blog Post

     So this year I am entering 7th grade and I am so pumped, but along with a new year I know a lot of people like to set school goals and I am one of those people. I really try and make my goals important and effective and here are a few of them.
     An academic goal that I have for this new year is to keep my 4.0 grade point average throughout this whole year. I really try and succeed in getting A's and A+'s and setting that goal will make me work harder to reach it. Now I would like to set a behavior goal. I don't really have to much trouble with behavior but, there is always that little talking thats going on, and so forth. So, a behavior goal I would set for this year would be try and talk less during class, when talking is not needed, and of course NO DETENTIONS! So those were two of my goals but, I have one more. An improvement goal, which I think is the most important. I definitely would try and improve on organization at school in my binders and stuff, and also at home, like packing my bag the night before.
     These are all important areas of goals to work on but they are most important to me because academics are why you are there to learn, and is important to me I am learning at an high level and exceeding my expectations. Which is why it is such a high standard. And school also is learning to control behavior. It makes it easier on the teachers and people around you if you have good behavior. Now why I think improvement is important is simply so we know how to grow. In whatever way. School gets us to grow and that's the point.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Westward Expansion Project Reflection

Recently I did a project with Sophie on Westward Expansion: Education/Schools. Throughout our research we have learned a whole lot, and have even realized how different schools were then from now.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Independent Project Reflection

       I recently did a project on George Balanchine. George Balanchine was a Russian-American choreographer, who changed the face of dance in many ways. I chose this topic because a dance friend did a speech on him and she talked about it a lot with my dance teacher. The way they talked about him sounded very cool and interesting.
      I was most proud of the overall view and comments I received on my project. I was very nervous to present, but once I got more comfortable presenting I was speaking better and I was just more interesting. I wasn't confident going into present, so over coming felt great.
      The most interesting things I learned were he was brilliant for choreography and he died an unfortunate way. The reason they are interesting to me is because one, I realized with his choreography how much of a difference he made, and two, it's just so unfortunate the way he died and it wasn't a common death.
      If I had to fix one thing it would be to better time manage on the making of the project. I barely finished in the nick of time.

Independent Project Reflection

    I did my independent project on Learning Disabilities. I didn't know much about this topic and it became relevant in my life rec...