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.