Friday, May 19, 2017

Images of Greatness Reflection

         My Image of Greatness was Neil Armstrong. He is great because he was the first person to walk on the moon. He worked hard his whole life and followed his dreams. One thing I liked about him was that he was very humble. When he returned home to Earth, he didn't want a lot of attention. The part of this unit that made me most proud was when I said my bio riddle. It was fluid for the most part, and I didn't forget any lines. I was most proud of this because I have stage fright. The most challenging part of this unit was again, saying my bio riddle on stage. I don't like public speaking, and I was afraid I would forget my lines. I grew as a student from this unit by learning to use my time more wisely. When I was working on my display board, I didn't do much work in the week of class time we had to work on it. Then I had to complete the whole board in 2 days after school. 
         One thing I could have improved on when working on this project was making a better bio riddle. My riddle was short, and I could have made it longer and more detailed. One thing I would do differently is spend more time practicing my bio riddle because I had a few pauses when I was saying it where I forgot my lines. The best part of the Images of Greatness Celebration was after the bio riddles when everyone got to look at your board. I liked this part because it was a relief that I finished my bio riddle and it was fun seeing people eat the food I brought and look at my board. It was also fun eating other people's food and looking at their boards. 
         My favorite educational part of the Images of Greatness field trip was when we went to the art museum. When I first heard we were going to an art museum, I thought it would be boring. But when we got there, it was really cool. I liked seeing all the strange art like the sunflower seeds, the sculptures, the electronic light one, and the son spitting on the moms face. One of my favorite art pieces at the art museum was the one where you look down a hole and there is a never ending ladder. 
         The place I learned the most at the field trip was the world food prize. We learned about Norman Borlaug, the history of the World Food Prize, and what all the winners did to earn their prize. My favorite part of going to the World Food Prize was going in the interactive room. It was fun watching all the videos and looking at the pictures. 
         The part about the trip that surprised me the most was when our group didn't break out of our escape chamber. We worked so well together and had every number correct except a 9 at the end. We had 30 seconds left, and we didn't know what was wrong. When our escape chamber helper guy told us what we missed, we were furious. We forgot one number and were so close to getting out. 
         One of the categories I wrote about when we were at the art museum was the "Why is this art" category. For this category I wrote down the piece of the mother spitting on her son for 10 minutes. I had absolutely no clue how this was considered art. It helped a little after I read the description, but I was still confused.     

         Our group did not break out of the escape chamber. We worked very well together and were so close to breaking out. My favorite part was when we entered in a code and all of the sudden a bookshelf popped open and revealed a secret room. In the last 2 minutes we were entering in the final code. We had every number correctly, but we forgot to enter in the last number. When we figured out that we forgot one number, we were so frustrated. Even though we didn't break out, our escape chamber was a ton of fun. The most fun part of the trip was also figuring out how to break out of the escape chamber. It felt so good when you figured something out or unlocked a lock and it was a lot of fun.
         The best part of goal is going on the field trips. Every field trip you go on is different and they are all really fun. A piece of advice I would give to students in GOAL is to use your time wisely. Some of the projects you do are big, so you will need to use all the time in class that you can. I would warn people that when it is time for Images of Greatness, you need to spend a lot of time memorizing your bio riddle so you speak it fluently on stage. People that are joining GOAL should be excited about all the fun things you do like Deep Thinking Friday and the field trips. One thing I will miss is being together as a class. I will miss all of you.



Monday, April 10, 2017

History Day Reflection

          Our project was a website on Alexander Hamilton. We had to relate our project to the theme which was taking a stand in history. Our project showed what he did throughout his life and how he took a stand.
          I agree with what the judges said about our project. They said that our project was well built but it didn't relate to the theme very well. I agree with this because we mostly just had facts on our website and not much explanation that showed how Alexander Hamilton took a stand.
          The most interesting thing I learned about during my research is how many things Alexander Hamilton did throughout his short life. He became secretary of treasury, got the U.S. out of debt, created the first national bank, and did many other things in his short life span. Other people might accomplish one big thing in a long life span but Alexander Hamilton accomplished a lot.
          The hardest part of our project was putting together our website. I think this because we had some difficulties with Weebly at first. It was also hard organizing and developing the website pages to make them look good. We had to tweak many things to make the website look crisp and well organized. This took us a long time.
          I improved as a learner and a student during this project by learning how to work with a team better. When our team was working on our project some of us had after school activities and other things going on that got in the way of after school work time. We had to learn to use our time wisely in class and work on it as much as we could whenever we had time. We also learned that we needed to have everybody working on something so we could divide and conquer our tasks and complete them faster.
          We could improve our project by relating it more to the theme. The judges told us that we needed to relate it more to the theme and I agree. To improve it we could add more explanation on each website section that tells how Alexander Hamilton took a stand. On each page we mostly just have a bunch of facts.
          During this project I was most proud of working well as a team and completing everything on time. We had some problems working as a team at first but then we got it all figured out. Working well as a team is a good trait to have and so is time management. I am proud of these things.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Independent Project Reflection

         My independent project this year was on ghosts. First I explained what a ghost is. After that I talked about some local and non local haunted places. In my project I also talked about the history of halloween and if ghosts are real or not. I used a prezi to present my project.
         The thing that I liked most about working on my project was researching. I liked researching the best because that was the most interesting part of the project. I like it so much because researching is when you learn everything about your topic. There were a lot of cool and interesting facts that I found about ghosts.
         The hardest part about my project was organizing my facts for my project. For my project I wanted to put my facts into categories. When I went through all my facts to organize them, I realized that some facts didn't relate to others and they were just kind of random. I then realized that I needed to do a little more research on specific things about ghosts so I could make categories. That was the hardest part of my project.
         I improved as a student during this project by making eye contact while I am presenting and not just looking down at notes the whole time. When I think about my past years of presenting I didn't really look at the audience when I was presenting. That is how I improved as a student from this project.
         If I could do the whole project over again I would memorize my script better so I didn't have to look down at my notes so much. I would also want to practice my presentation more so I would be more prepared. I want to do this because it would make the presentation more interesting. If I didn't look down so much, people would be more interested in my project.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

          When I first heard we were doing a Shakespeare unit, I wasn't very excited. I thought that the play would be confusing to read and boring as well. When we first started reading it, it was kind of confusing but I started to understand it more as we read it more. After we watched the movie I understood everything a lot more except a few things. I ended up kind of liking the Shakespeare unit after we saw the movie.
         I think that it is important to still learn about Shakespeare even 400 years after his death because there are lots of movies that have Shakespeare terms and references so if you read some plays you could recognize Shakespeare references in movies. I think it is also important so you can read some of the plays and learn to understand how people talked back then. You also can learn about the plays he wrote that are still popular today. The last reason I think you should learn about Shakespeare is because he created a whole lot of words and terms we still use today.
        My favorite part of the Shakespeare unit was the Shakespearean insults and death scenes. It was fun acting out Shakespeare death scenes and making our own insults. It helped us learn words and phrases used during that time.
        Shakespeare's first folio is very important. It is cool how it was preserved so long and stayed in such good condition. Seeing the first folio was a once in a lifetime opportunity. His first folio is so important because it was the begining of all his plays. Everything that made up all of his plays is in the first folio. It is also so important because it is an original copy and there are only around 250 first folios. Something I learned on the field trip was that people made marks and curses on their books. I thought that was cool because it shows that they still used books how we did back then besides the curses.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

A new school year has started and I have some goals for this year. My first goal is to get all As on my report card the whole year and stay on the straight A honor roll. I think this is a good goal for me because I want to have a 4.0 GPA. The next goals are behavior goals. I don't want to be unprepared at all for the whole year, not be late to any classes the whole year, and not get any behavior referrals the whole year. I think these are good goals because last year I was late 1 time and I had 1 unprepared and I don't want to get any this year. This year I want to improve on my Iowa Assessments test. I think this is a good goal because last year some of my scores went down and I want to raise all of them this year. Those are all of my 2016-2017 school year goals.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Breakout Box Reflection

      A breakout box is a box with multiple locks on it. You have to solve puzzles and clues in order to figure out the codes in a set amount of time.
      A skill you need in order to solve a breakout box is teamwork. If you cant work together with your team, then it will make solving the box harder. You also need communication skills, so you can collaborate with your team members on figuring out clues. You also need to be able to think outside the box. Thinking outside the box is important because lots of the clues that you get are in depth and require you to think hard.
      When creating a breakout box, you need to be able to brainstorm clues. You also need teamwork and collaboration to all agree on things. You also don't want to make you box too easy or too hard. It is very easy to make the box hard. The last thing you need to be is organized. If you don't have your clues and codes organized, then you will mess up the whole box.
      What went well with our breakout box was the difficultly level. We thought it would be way too easy and that the class would get it done in around 10-15 minutes. It ended up taking the whole class period which was good.
      A thing that the class had a problem doing when they were solving our breakout box was they couldn't find our mini box. When they got the clue for it, they were doing the complete wrong thing to figure it out. I think the reason they were doing it wrong was because the way the clue was worded. You could have thought of it lot's of different ways.
      I think a good topic for breakout boxes would be Harry Potter. I think this because lots of people like and have read the books. Also, there would be so many different cool ideas to make a box with the theme of Harry Potter.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Hannibal Reflection

     Last friday, we went on a field trip to Hannibal in Missouri to learn more about Mark Twain. Before the field trip, we did a whole unit on Mark Twain to learn more about him. Mark Twain is an author that introduced a new way of writing. Mark was the first author to write books how people talked. He wrote books on characters based on his childhood and they quickly became very popular.  Most of the people in his books like THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER had characters that were based on people that he knew when he was little. On the trip we went to Mark Twain Cave, went to his childhood home, went to a museum, and went on a trolley that shows the different parts of the town.
      The most educational part of the trip was going to Mark Twain's boyhood home and museum because there was a museum, Mark Twain's boyhood home, and other people's houses that we learned about that were based on characters in Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. One thing I learned was the names of the characters in Mark's books. I learned that Huckleberry Finn's name in real life was Tom Blankenship. We also learned about how life was in Samuel or Tom's house.
     The most fun part of the field trip was going inside of the cave. We heard a lot of fun facts and stories and we were inside of a cave. It was really cool when the lights when off. I felt like I was blind. The most interesting thing I learned was when the scientist bought the cave and tried to conserve the body inside the cave.
     To improve the trip if I could, I would go on the riverboat instead of go on the trolley. I think going in the water would be more fun then driving around on a trolley. You could be able to see cool things and good scenery while learning about Hannibal.
     Our Mark Twain unit helped us be prepared for the trip. We knew a good background of the books so in the cave we knew what the guide was talking about and could relate it to other things that happened to the characters. If we hadn't learned about Mark Twain before this trip, I feel like I wouln't get the full experience of going to Hannibal. Also, I would have had no idea what the tour guides in the cave and on the trolley were talking about. This was a very fun trip.