Monday, April 6, 2015

Third Quarter Reflections

     My Images of Greatness project was about Harriet Tubman's life and legacy.  I presented my bio riddle on stage about her life on stage, created a tri-fold with pictures of her, a wanted poster, and lights symbolizing the stars she had to follow to led her through the night. I also wrote an essay explaining the hardships Harriet had during her life.  On the Images of Greatness night, I dressed up as her and carried a basket with a baby and sedatives like she used to during her long journeys on the Underground Railroad.
    My favorite part about the Images of Greatness project was the night that we had to share our food, our bio riddle and our costume because I learned a lot about her and was confident that I knew what I was talking about. Also I enjoyed figuring out how to dress like her and using random things around the house to improvise.  Another part of the night I really like was seeing all the creative food ideas that other people came up with.  I thought it really showed how creative we are and how we can really take the simplest concepts to the next level.
     The two most interesting things I learned during my research was that the slaves used quilt patterns to tell fellow slaves when, what, where, who, etc, would help them escape.  I find this interesting because I think it's really smart of them to use common household objects, like quilt patterns, to give someone that much information.  Another interesting thing I learned while researching was that she was invited to meet the Queen of England.  I didn't really think people of other countries back in that time kept detailed tabs on other countries so when I found out that Harriet was invited to meet the Queen of England, I was surprised.
     The hardest part of my project was presenting my bio riddle because I'm not very comfortable speaking in front of crowds quite yet.  I think this was the hardest part because I don't speak in front of people very often so my skills with public speaking are limited. But I practiced a lot behind the curtain and felt very confident walking on stage. When I was behind the curtain I tried thinking about the good things that will go right instead of the bad things that might happen.
     I improved as a student for two reason. The first one is because I really worked hard on this project and got the things that needed to be done almost right away.  I didn't slack off as much and felt very prepared heading into this project.  The other reason I improved is because I felt more confident on stage with my bio riddle.  I think I did better than I expected because I knew my stuff more and was really ready to just tell the audience what I've been working on the past few months.
     If I could do the whole project over I would probably change my bio riddle and my costume.  I would change my bio riddle because I felt like it needed more details and major facts I would've liked to share with the audience. I would change my costume because I would've liked for it to look more ragged and old rather than new and clean.
     When it comes to the whole experience of this project, I'm most proud of how well I handled how many tasks we had to complete to make it a whole project.  If Mrs.Edlin would've given me this project last year, I would've waited till the last minute to complete everything and it would've not turned out as well as it did.  I felt like this project was a breaking point in how I get school work in general done.
     My suggestions for any GOAL student is don't count on doing it until the last minute.  Even if you don't like it, do it.  Just work through it and get it done now.  Your project will not look as good if you wait and are rushed.
     I think Harriet Tubman is an Image of Greatness because she was determined to have equal rights for everyone and have them be treated fairly no matter skin color, gender, or religion.  Another reason why I think she is an Image of Greatness is because she always chased after her goal and never stopped even when things get rough.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

To Kill A Mockingbird Review

        In Goal we read To Kill A Mockingbird.  My opinion on the book was it was outstanding.  I thought the book was a very good lesson not only back when it was published but now in today's world.  To Kill A Mockingbird (the book) was told through the eyes of a little girl in times of prejudice.  The move not so much.  The book was set over a few years time when the movie seemed only a few months.  I think the movie didn't show as much racism as the book explain because only Bob Ewell and family and the setting at the courthouse was the only things that displayed racism. I thought that was a big part they left out because you didn't quite get the full view on what was happening then.  Another part I thought is important the movie left out was when Ms.Maudie's house burnt down for two reasons.  One it showed how close and tight knit the town is and it was the first time that Boo Radley showed up unknowingly.  Also I wish the movie would've shown the concert because quite frankly seeing a dancing ham is uncommon.  Although the book was much better there were some similarities.  I thought the actor playing Atticus played his part very well. He seemed very professional and fatherly like the Atticus in the book.  Some of the lessons I learned was when Dolphus Raymond was always seen as a drunk when in reality he was just drink Coke.  That really made me think about how people just assume the worst or judge a person by how look or what they "drink".

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.