Fish

Monday, November 3, 2014

Self Evaluation 1

This quarter I didn't make my reading goal and I think it's because I spent to much time on one book.  My favorite book this quarter was If I Stay by Gayle Freeman because it had a different spin on what people think about death and it was a very good dilemma. I'm looking forward to reading the second one.  The most genre of book I read this quarter was realistic fiction. A lot of the books that are coming out are realistic fiction and I think that's why I've been reading more of that genre rather than any other genre.  A goal I would like to set for 2nd quarter is completing the 10 books and reading more mystery. 
Wiki Post I think this is my best wiki post because it started a lot of discussion and different opinions. I made my wiki goal and my goal for next quarter is to comment to more replies and discussions.  I think I have a growth mindset because I don't always know what teachers/classmates are talking about so I ask them. Or in sports I always want to be better or faster or stronger and I'm willing to work hard to achieve that.  I think what I need to do to improve my mindset is a bigger, better vocabulary because I'm always looking up definitions or asking what bigger words mean. A huge thing that went well in the first quarter was getting my knee fixed and ready to get back at my sports. That lifted a lot of stress off my shoulders so that I could focus even more on school instead of my knee.  Another thing I thought went well was my independent project because I really was enjoying my topic and am really happy how my final project.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Different Minds

          I watched a video of a woman named Temple Grandin. She thinks differently than other people because she has autism . Instead of thinking in words, she thinks in "Google Images" in her mind. This has helped her come up with designs for her cattle farms and a point system for her cattle. I learned that there are many different types of thinkers. Including visual thinkers, verbal thinkers, kinesthetic(body movement), and many more. I think instead of labeling people with differences in learning we should promote them.  Everyone learns differently and should not be made fun of for it. For example, I remember once in fourth grade we were learning about how rain barrels worked. We had to come up with the design for a working rain barrel. We worked and worked and worked for it seemed like forever. When finally someone came up with the perfect design and he had autism. People with autism see things differently. In my example he came up with a design no one could figure out. I think differences in learning is a great thing and it should be encouraged and not resented.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Learning Differences

       I took a few tests to discovery my learning and personality type.  Here are my results. Jung Typology Tests- Extravert 67% Sensing 25% Thinking 12% Judging 50%. Multiple Intelligence Test-4.71 out of 5 body movement, 4 out of 5 musical, 3.29 out of 5 nature.  VARK Questionnaire- visual 8, aural 2, read/write 3, kinesthetic 11.
       These told me that I learn so much better if I'm moving or doing something active. Also musically I would be able to learn easily as well. This information can help me in class because if I'm trying to learn or study for a test, I could think of a song or tap a rhythms on my leg or desk.   Knowing how I learn better helps me because I can use physical activities or music to help me learn or study.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Starting a New Year.

           This is in 8th grade I am looking forward starting a brand new year with all my friends and all the experiences that we might encounter this year. I'm excited to playing all my favorite sports, competing against other schools, and making myself better in sports and academics.
           Skills I have that will help me this year is always keep going when things get hard. I think this is important because eighth grade is going to be harder and more like high school. I also think having social skills will help me this year because we will probably being doing more partners/group projects. The last skill I think will help me is being able to talk in front of a group of people. I get some what nervous talking in front of other people so I think it is a skill I need to improve. I have a feeling I will be using it a lot when I'm older.
           Some of the challenges I think I will encounter this school year is time management because I spend so much time on such a small project I don't have time to work on any other projects or assignments. Procrastination is another challenge I may encounter this year because I get easily distracted.
          My goals this year is to get into a good routine of turning in my homework on time, improving my weaker skills,like talking in front of classes, and reading all the books to complete the goal contract. These are my goals because I think they will make me successful in this school year and will improve me.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Field Trip to Hannibal

       We started our Mark Twain unit by splitting up into groups and making a Google presentation. Each person was assigned different websites and different facts about Twain. After the whole class finished, each group presented in front of the class. A few days later we went to Hannibal, Missouri to see the Mark Twain museums and caves. When we first arrived in Hannibal, our first stop was the Boyhood Museum and all of the houses. After we finished with all of the museums, our next stop was a riverboat ride. On the riverboat we saw an island that Mark Twain based on of his stories off of. Then after we got off the boat, we took 244 stairs up to a lighthouse and 244 stairs all the way down. Our final stop was the Mark Twain caves. Twain explored these caves as a young boy but he also used them as setting some of his stories.
      My favorite part of the field trip was going to the caves because they were fascinating and fun to learn about. There were a lot of rocks that they named like Alligator and Devil's Backbone. Some parts of the cave was wide enough that you could walk two people side by side but at other times you had to walk just by yourself. Another interesting thing about the caves is there is a lot of smoked signatures for the 1800s to the early 1900s.
      The most fun part of the field trip was the little shops that were set up like it was when Mark Twain was a boy. I thought that was the most fun because you could discover little things and roam and wonder with your friends.
      I would change having a longer cave tour because there looked to be more tunnels and other things to learn about and because they were really fun.
     I think the research helped me because I knew what the guides were talking about and our research was the basic knowledge of Mark Twain but the field trip was deeper into his life.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Journal Letter

Dear Ms.Nelson,
I'm reading "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher. One thing I've already realized from this book is that the smallest things you do will effect them in a different way. It may not seem like something big but it could put them over the edge.
This book makes me think of what's happening in the real world because teenagers are becoming more depressed and ending up like the girl in this book. Teenagers are bullying more kids in person but even worse online. If we could be nice to one another this wouldn't be such a big problem.
I like the world this author created because he just had to look around a regular high school. Yeah, there might be a few that is a really nice school or the opposite. Asher didn't create a made up world that you wish you could leave in. It's the ugly truth of what's going on every day at schools or at home.
The most important thing in the book seems to be the tapes because it seems that nobody knew why she killed herself. I think she made the tapes because Hannah only wanted certain people what went they did to lead up to her suicide and she wanted to keep it on the low side and not so public(Hannah seems to be that kind of person). There are 13 tapes(one for every reason she committed suicide). If you got the tapes that means you were one of the reasons why she killed herself.


                                                       Sincerely,
                                                  Bryanna Popejoy

Monday, May 5, 2014

Stop Motion Animation

1.Our stop motion was called Hand Illusion.  In the beginning, Lura and I had two ideas. We were either going to make a lego Tetris game or the hand illusion. In the end we picked the hand illusion. Lura and I picked the hand illusion because it was an original idea and it looked more fun to film. The first day we started filming we thought we took a lot of pictures but I didn't hold down the button long enough so we had to do the beginning again. At the end of our picture taking time we had 743 pictures.
2.I learned how to use iMovie. I learned how to edit pictures, put music into iMovie, put in transitions and credits, and I learned how to use iDVD.
3.I think the best part of our movie was the beginning because I liked how the music went with that part and I thought Lura's hand wiping away the tittle screen was unique and fun.
4.The hardest part of making our movie was the finger roll because it was difficult to make it seem smooth and fluent.
5.We could improve our by making sure the zoom is in the same place every time. Also we could improve placing the hand in the same spot every time more accurately.
6.I wouldn't have a job in stop motion animation because you have to get every little thing perfect every time and it takes a lot of time to film one scene. And if you mess up one thing in the last shot you have to start over.