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.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Invent Iowa Reflection

 
    The problem our invention was trying to solve was the overall idea of the blanket, and to improve sleep. Sophie and I were trying to make it so you would not wake up in the middle of the night like this........ hot, cold, hot, cold..... and so on. This is something that I find really hard to balance out when I am trying to get a good nights sleep. Our invention solved this problem.
 It's a heating and cooling blanket called Blanket Temp. There are heating and cooling blankets inside a double layer blanket. You simply put the cooling pad in the freezer, there is a cooling gel an the outside layer of it that will help it keep cool. When ready to use just put it back in, and so you don't wake up in the middle of the night sensors on the inside of the blanket will detect if you your body temperature is too cold and to hot and will automatically turn it up or down. It is also remote controlled which you can manually turn it up or down.
    Something that I think went really well was that Sophie and I worked very well together and I think that is very important. Together our ideas went well together causes us to come up with more ideas and be open to suggestion. The challenges were getting everything done in time. We couldn't work on it all night without the other and if we did we would have to double check with everything. We managed to find time but it was difficult because of both of our schedules.
    With our invention I would modify that we would add a humidifier to the blanket. I think this could have worked better then sensors. It would better cool you down so you don't wake up sweating.
My advice to future inventors is to manage your time well. It is very important to get done on time and still feel the need to add something more. This will also help because you will not be as stressed out.



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Comics, Cartoons and Graphic Novels, My Final Project

                                                                                I created 32 different characters for my final project
    How my project shows what I have learned in the unit on comics, cartoons, and graphic novels.
My comics, cartoons, and graphic novels are not my favorite thing in the world, but I sure learned a lot about them. My project shows a lot of things of what I have learned.
   
    An example of what I have learned is, using emotion through drawing. In my characters project to show who they were besides labeling it. You could tell who they were our the way the acted by the facial expression and body language.

    My last example is emanata. What's emanata you say. It's those lines that shows that somebody is dizzy, confused, or moving in all different kinds of directions. I had to use emanata to bring my characters to life, you can say. Without using it would be a flat little character. It added a lot to my drawings.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fibonacci Numbers

Fibonacci numbers. Do you know anything about fibonacci numbers. Lets see how about an example.  1+1= 2 Fibonacci. 1+2 =3 Fibonacci. Let's keep going. 2+3=5, 3+5=8, 8+5=13, 13+8=21 and so on. Fibonacci numbers are found in nature as well. Have you ever tried counting the number of spirals on a pine cone, an artichoke, and a flower. They all end in the numbers of fibonacci. If you don't believe me try it for yourself.

Monday, April 13, 2015

School Project Reflection

This winter I researched the World of Dance. My project was focusing on ballet, probably the most important dance. I was also adding in traditional dances, why people take dance, and translations of what the words in dance mean. What I like most about my research and my project is that I learned so much more than what I thought I was going to. I thought that I knew the majority of the facts of dance, but I was so wrong. What I inserted into my presentation was almost all of what I have learned, and very little of my own knowledge.

I my presentation I was most interested in was that they're were many things people do to keep dancing. I read an article, while I was researching about a girl who was an incredible dancer. Though, the young girl had a spinal disease which made it twist up. She went through a surgery and the doctors said that dancing wasn't a big possibility, but at the end of the day she was dancing in two years. I t was tough at first but, she got treatments and people to help her live her dream. I was also very impressed with all of the traditional dances that led to our modern dances.

The hardest part about my project was finding what I needed for my research. I would want to find perfect translations for the dance terms. Everything I wanted took a lot of browsing. I eventually found everything I needed but, not where I thought I would find it.

I improved as a learner because, I was going at my pace not the pace that I have to go when I am a student. I was matured in the mind and far aside from being a student.

If I had to do something all over again what I would change and improve, would probably be to add a video for the more complicated dances. It's nice to have a visual, but if I had added a video it would have helped the viewer understand more about the type of dance.

Overall doing this project was so much fun. I am most proud about learning much more than I thought I was. I had so many resources and it felt like it was a good researched project.

If anybody is wanting to do a project on dance, I will give advice to definitely add pictures and videos. It will give the viewer a better understanding. Also, maybe, bring in a demonstration. Also a better way to understand.








Words of Wisdom

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