Friday, May 19, 2017

Images of Greatness


     In class for the last six weeks I was doing a project called Images of Greatness. For my topic I picked Alicia Alonso. I think she is great because she had an impact on many young dancers, and became of the greatest ballerinas in history. Not only was she a world class dancer she overcame vision problems and inspired others to do what they love no matter what obstacle it is. The most proud I was in the unit was my exhibit. I wasn't expecting it to be good but I thought it turned out very well. The most challenging part of Images of Greatness was reciting my bio riddle on stage to about fifty people. I grew as a student because this was the first time I had trouble sticking to deadlines. I really learned time management better because of this project. I honestly can't think of anything I would change. I put 100% of my effort into this project and I was honestly really happy with my outcome. I think the best part of the project was the actual night where we presented.  It was so interesting to see what everyone else did.


    We went on an Image of Greatness project field trip. I think my favorite educational part was the art museum. I really learned new things that I never knew before. It really changed how I think about art. I also like learning about the hidden meanings about the sculptures. The part of the field trip where I learned the most is the world food prize. Walking into the building I didn't know a thing about the world food prize and walking out I knew about all sorts of things. I learned all about Norman Borlaug and what he did. The part of the trip that surprised me was the art museum. I thought the museum was going to be boring but it actually surprised myself how much I enjoyed it. In the museum my favorite art piece was this tunnel and it was an optical illusion. It looked like a ladder that went on and on forever with the words whisper repeating.
      Part of the field trip was that we got to do an Escape Chamber. We unfortunately didn't break out of the room. We were in the hardest room and we were so close. We forgot the last number in the final code. We were so close. I would say the Escape Chamber was also the most fun part in the trip. I think it was the best because it was really fun to do but you also had to think about what you were doing.

   Unfortunately that was out last field trip ever in GOAL, and we are coming close to the end of the school day. I think the best part of GOAL was the mock trial. It was fun to do and I had a fun time as the lawyer reading all the testimonies. Advice I would give students on how to succeed was to always stick to deadlines. For example for images of greatness if you didn't stick to the deadlines you would fall so far behind and it would take a lot of extra time out of class to catch up. I better warn you to never get Mrs. Edlin to give you the "look". Once you get the "look" you are screwed. Something the kids below us should be excited about are the great discussions, fun projects, and a great teacher. I am really going to miss Deep Thinking Friday's and having a place to rant. I am really going to miss my favorite class going to high school Mrs. Edlin really made my middle school experience better. I am also going to miss every single one of you next year.






Monday, April 10, 2017

History Day Reflection

My project was on Irena Sendler and I was with five other girls. We researched, wrote a script, and performed a presentation. We had judges notes at the end and I mostly agree with what they had to say. Some of the things they said was to slow down, add more about Irena being discovered, and nice hair. I agree with all of that. For example since we were nervous and had adrenaline we probably talked a little fast. Another thing was there was a little hole in the timeline of Irena's life at the end and her being discovered was one of the things we missed out. Also Clare's hair was pretty awesome. The most interesting part of the topic that I learned was about how many people were willing to help her. Yes, Irena was an extraordinary person but to see so many of her friends help when they didn't need to is extremely interesting. I think the hardest part of the project was compromising everything. We really had to work together to get an outcome we all liked. I also think this made me a better student because we learned life lessons about how to get things done in a big group. I think we could improve our projects by adding some extra information about how Nazi's found out about her. Like I said before there is a little gap at the ending the information isn't 100% clear. Something that I am the most proud of was actually making and performing a play. I can't believe that I helped write, memorize, and perform a play. Especially since I have barely any acting experience.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Independent Project Reflection

     In Goal we did an independent projects. An independent project is when you get to pick any topic in the whole entire world and become an expert on that topic. My project this year was on Conspiracy theories. When I presented I talked about some conspiracies that turned out to be true. I then talked about some of the most popular conspiracies like the moon landing. I then explained how Conspiracies can be created and show the other side of the story.

    The thing I liked the most about my project was learning about all the different Conspiracies. You completely look at things differently. One of the hardest thing was citing the pictures, usually when I present a slide show I just copy and paste random images from Google images. This time you had to find the page and cite it in your Noodletools.

   How I improved as a learner during the process of my project was how to take notes. To begin with I just started writing random facts from all these different types of theories. I  look back at my notes and couldn't understand any of my stuff. I then put in sub titles and just organized the notes and it looks a lot better.

    If I was to do the whole project over again I would change how I wrote my script. It was very messy and I couldn't really understand what I wrote and it was really jumbled. I had to free speech most of my presentation but that was all good because I knew what I wanted to talk about.

      I think my advice to the teacher is hard because there isn't much to say to people working on their own. Hence the name Independent Project, I think our teacher does a great job.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Shakespeare

We have had a shakespeare unit in class. One of the plays we mainly focused on was The Taming of the Shrew.  Throughout the play Kate was a Shrew and supposedly she got tamed at the end. The question is though is she faking it. I believe that she was mostly faking. I think she found out if she wants to get her way then she has to act nice. Petruchio starved her, and I knew if you don't eat you get very hungry. (duh!) She probably figured out how to be manipulative in a way. 

I think it is important to still learn Shakespeare. He made up so many phrases and words that we still use today. If his work is still here today with 400 years, think how many more years Shakespeare can keep on going without being forgotten. The plays he has written has been used over and over again but modernized. For example 10 Things I Hate About You  was based of The Taming of the Shrew. We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, it has been used over and over again. Just modernizing the language and the story. 

When I first heard of The Taming of the Shrew I liked the concept. I thought it was a good idea. After I started reading the story I realized how sexist the play could be perceived. To begin with I liked Petruchio I thought he was a flattering guy. When we watched the play I realized his intentions were all about money. After that I absolutely hated the guy. I also always hate Bianca. I loved Kate more and more.  

Shakespeare first Folio is important because it is his first works. It also been through a lot 400 years old! Something I found very interesting at the field trip, was the foot notes. I liked how there was marks and words on the book. It shows how that people used these books like we do today.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post


For the next school year I am going to tell you some of my goals. For my academic goal I want to get on the straight A honor roll. (4.0 G.P.A) This is important to me because I would like to get in a habit of doing all my school work for high school when grades matter the most in your life.

Another goal of mine is a personal behavior goal. I want to get on teachers good side. Let me clarify, I don't want to be a teachers pet. There is a difference between a teacher liking you, and being a teachers pet. This is important so that I won't be on a bad side of anyone.

The last goal is an improvement goal. For this I would like to improve in cross country. I would like to beat all my personal best times. This is important for me is because not only am I improving in school, but I would like to improve in something athletic. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Breakout Boxes

   We did this thing in class called a breakout box. What it is, is a series of clues that leads to the answers for the locks on the box. Once you have figured out what the answers to the locks are you open the box and their is usually a prize.
   To solve the box some qualities you need to have is to be able to think outside the box. Also you need to be able to bounce ideas off of one another. Everyone thinks differently so hearing other peoples thoughts really help.
   I found designing the breakout box could be as difficult as solving it. You first have to come up with a really good idea or clue. Then you have to make sure they will be able it figure it out. It's always good to work backwards as well. Make sure that everyone in you group understands.
   When the other team tried to solve our box what went well was the clues. Everything made sense and was in the right place. I think it wasn't that challenging, but it wasn't a walk in the park. Some clues that you thought were going to be really easy, they found really difficult.
   Some unexpected challenges was that they didn't always realize that the clues lead to more clues. Sometimes they went straight to the locks hoping that the clue we gave them was all we had. We also had some clues to throw them off.
   If you want to make a box here is a good setting or topic. You could do a certain theme like superhero or someones role model. Maybe it could be completely random but you could do a theme. Another idea is to do it on a book that you now a lot of people have read.
   


Monday, May 16, 2016

Mark Twain

For our field trip we went to Hannibal, Missouri. This is where Mark Twain grew up and what a lot of his books where based off. For example the settings and people from Hannibal. We first went into the museum and read things around the rooms. Then went to the houses like Mark Twains and other peoples houses that were from the novel. After that we went on a tour bus who took is to different places that had to do with Mark Twain. Last but not least we went into the caves that Mark Twain wrote about.

I think the museum was the most educational part of the trip because it had so many different things to learn about. You could choose what you wanted to know. I liked reading Mark's quotes. You could really understand more about his personality reading about things he wrote about. I learned a lot about his timeline as a kid and where and how he grew up.

I think the most fun part about the trip was definitely the cave. One of the reasons was the tour guide had a really great tone to his voice that really got you to listen. I remembered the most from the cave because he got me really interested in what he was saying. I also loved trying to picture the kids who could play in this cave with no lights on. I also loved the change of scenery.

If I could change a part of the trip, I wouldn't change much. I loved the whole trip it was fun and interesting. The only things I would change would be like where I sat on the tour bus because I was at the back and it was windy. When we went on the highway it could be hard to hear with all the wind. Most of the time I could hear so it was all good.

The research I did on Mark Twain before helped because we read bits and pieces from the book. This help because I mostly knew what people were talking about when discussing the book. Some of it was review so I could understand the facts they were telling me more in depth.