Wednesday, March 22, 2017

History Day Reflection

1.The partners I worked with were Erin and Mara, our project being based on the former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela. We chose the project type as being exhibit. We chose to do Nelson Mandela based on the fact that without him the freedom of colored folks in South Africa would have been non-existent.

2.My favorite thing about our project was the way the exhibit turned out looking. For a big chunk of the time we couldn't decide on how we wanted it to look, but finally we decided to do the background painted the South Africa flag, which Erin took the job of creating. This is my favorite thing about the project because it simply brings the whole thing together.

3.I say the most interesting thing I ended up learning was the fact that even though South Africa was mostly colored, whites had the most power. I think this interested me because for once the smaller group had the power, which does not seem to ever happen. The second most interesting thing I learned whilst doing this project was what colored folks had to go through in order to live their everyday lives, such as having to carry around a pass whenever going into public. This interested me simply because I like seeing what people had to go through in order for things to be the way they are now. Neither you or I were alive during this time period, so we don´t truly know what is was like.

4.The hardest part by far was having to minimize our word usage in order to fit into the 500 word limit. I think this was just so hard for me because I´m a person who tends to stretch their words so having to narrow it down was really challenging for me.

5.I think I improved slightly towards the end about time management. Now don´t get me wrong at the beginning of the whole thing I was horrible about doing my work on time and still am but I feel like now I know how long something takes to do, and so I tend to do my work faster than before. This doesn´t mean I always do 100% of everything on time, but I like to think I improved even if only a little bit.

6.I think between now and history day, I just want to make sure we present everything well. What I mean by this is I hope our project has all the things needed and that we present it to the judges in a way that does the topic justice.

7.I´m most proud of the fact that we spent so long doing this and we tried really hard on it, which I think shows in the overall exhibit. I´m proud of this because without all the work being put into it, the project could not have possibly looked as it does.

8.Our topic relates to history days theme because Nelson Mandela took a stand for the rights of colored people in South Africa. Without him doing what he did for others, South Africa could have stayed like the way it did.



Friday, September 30, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection


Question #1 
     Was I excited to learn about a dead man from 400 years ago? To put it simply, no. I had heard about Romeo And Juliet and read enough conspiracy stories about Shakespeare in my time to not want to have to learn about him. I was convinced he was a reptile wearing a skin suit. But now I can appreciate how he wrote back then, and the things in which he wrote about.  I'm not going to lie there are authors from a long time ago that I consider to be much better writers, but it's all based on opinions. My perspective on him changed because the fact that we never got to really know much about him besides his plays, lets us know what he thought.

Question #2 
     I did not enjoy the way Kate acted at the end. It seemed too fake and she seemed scared. "Your husband is your lord." Is something that stood out to me when Kate did her final speech. He commands her to come, and she does, expressing that women are to kneel to their husbands and put their hands under their feet. Times were much different back then, and now these opinions are mostly outdated. I do not think Kate was tamed, rather too tired to fight anymore. 

Question #3
     It is extremely important in the sense that it shows us how he devolved in the years that he wrote. Comparing his first and last folios, they are much different in the sense that you can see how much he changed, as everyone does. On this particular field trip I was taught what people would do with these expensive books, using them as paper and placing food or other things on top of them. Now days, no body treats their books this way, instead treating them much better when compared. 400 years ago they did not have paper so they used what they could. I don't think there is one Shakespeare book with no markings inside. 

Question #4 
     He used language differently than we do now. If someone was to talk in this way nowadays, they would be called out on talking different. English has evolved so far from 400 years ago. His insults were a reason for people to enjoy his work. His creativity skills allow the plays to transform from being boring and plain, into something much more interesting. Death scenes in his plays are more common throughout others, specifically his tragedies. I enjoy these plays more because I enjoy learning about what people think about the harsh realities of life. So death in these words give more meaning behind what is happening in front of you. 

Question #5 
Life changes with time. Humans evolve and these words on paper let us think like them, let us understand how we got here. He may be 400 years dead, but his words are very much alive. He marked the beginning of something, he is important in life and the very meaning of entertainment. So many things have been expired by his plays, without him many things we have now would not be here. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

Goals are important, but let's not forget that we almost never make them all of the time. Let's say my goal was to get 100% on every single assignment I do, let's face it,  while I might get there it's more likely I won't. It's better to set a good goal that you know you can do rather than one you know you can't do in the time frame given. I can't run for president so me setting a goal to run against Donald Trump or go tango dancing with him might not be the most realistic hopes to have. Plus, I can't even tango.

My first goal, and wow I have said that word a lot so far. It would have to be to make sure I am staying up to date with my studies and not falling too far behind. I want to continue to grow rather than stay the same or else I will eventually fall behind. 

My second goal for my behavior? Well, maybe try not to get too discouraged if I don't get an A+ on everything? Now i'm not saying to go out and get all the F's and D's in the world and don't feel bad. I'm saying too try and aim for an A or A- because then that will leave a small amount of room for me to improve while still being high. 

My third and final goal, for improvement also I just had to look up how to spell that. Don't go down on your scores, continue to maintain them. For example in ITBS let's say I got a 13 for reading, actually I think I did I just don't remember. I can't go any higher than 13, but I need to try and maintain that 13 instead of slowly letting it drop to like an 8 or 9. Getting the best you can doesn't mean to just quit trying to get better all together instead just don't drop it. 

These are important because otherwise you're just going to be looking like a chicken with it's head cut off because you don't have any idea what you want to do in school. It lets you know what to do so you aren't just having no motivation in life. My first goal is because if your grades are bad then its impossibly hard to bring them back in time if it's near the end of the quarter. Grow instead of staying with the crowd, be ahead of them so you don't just blend in with average. My second goal reason is so that way I don't cry into my Shrek pillow at night wondering why I didn't do well enough. Yes I have a Shrek pillow and yes it is my baby. You just don't always get perfect grades, its just a fact of life, its nearly impossible to get 100% on ITBS so theres no reason you should even shoot for that. Set the best goals for you that are the best possible ones for you to accomplish for yourself. I chose my third goal is kind of really obvious. Like really really obvious. Let's say if you have an 11.9 in math, if you go down to a 3.2 that means something bad happened in that year between your tests. If you go back and forth guess what your grades are going to suffer. Just because you hit your limit doesn't mean you should stop practicing. That's like saying you're on the best volleyball team so you don't need to practice or try anymore because you're so awesome. Yeah news flash everyone needs to practice so their grades don't drop like dead fishes.

Thats all goodbye until next time I'm forced against my poor will to write another blog post.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Westward Expansion Project



     In case you can't already tell, at least I hope you can tell. I did my project on major religions in this area. The frog, I mean partner I worked with was Juliette. Also Mrs. Edlin I promise we don't hate each other  k thanks. The way we did this project was we split our facts half and half. She did the 1st half of the 30 facts and I did the 2nd half. This plan actually turned out to be best because we weren't constantly worried that the other one had the same thing because we chose what topics we wanted to write our facts about. I did smaller things like how old the world was in the Christianity bible or how there are over 4,200 religions in the world.
Now as for the prezi we did this was a lot harder to do separately because we wanted the whole thing to have a sort of theme and if it didn't then this project would be a hot mess. Heres how everything turned out:
Juliette- Font, symbols, half of writing and theme of prezi.
Whitney- Pictures of bibles, fast facts, End screen.
So we each did our own thing and at the same time went along with each other.
If I had to pick my favorite part of this project it was picking the project topic. As long as it related we were good to do pretty much whatever. I feel like kids learn more in a topic if they themselves are personally interested in. This allows our minds to open up more to new information instead of being limited like I personally feel we are whenever we are doing a project that we do not find fun.
My least favorite part of any project like this is the research. While yes I completely understand that it is extremely important and without it the whole thing would fall apart, it's just not exciting. But at the same time if you're finding out amazing new things then it's actually really fun. But the plain and simple ones are kinda dull.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Independent Project Reflection




Now as I'm sure you can tell from the above prezi that I did, my topic I chose was based on the outlawing of dog breeds. Now this is something I've been into since we first did our independent projects last year. I really truly wanted to do this topic, but I was scared seeing as how everyone was hating on Pit Bulls at the time and it seemed like nobody liked them. So I went with another topic(which I still really loved but this topic was always in the back of my mind). Having 3 dogs at one time really opens your eyes and truly makes you realize that every single dog is different. Just like people, some of them deserve a chair to the face while others deserve a big hug. AJ is the smallest dog we own, and my personal dog. He's a Chihuahua/ Boston Terrier mix and is easily the most hyper dog we've ever had. He's 3 1/2 turning 4 in September.  Anyway my point is that the size of a dog or the breed doesn't mean anything when it comes to the way the dog acts, just like people. Have you ever seen two babies? They both act different yes? Well would you say one is going to grow up to become a serial killer just by looking at them? Maybe but you must have stuck your brain inside a blender if thats what you honestly think and believe in.
The part that made me most proud was 100% seeing everyones reactions to the dog getting shot above. Everyone was crying and Skye had tears falling like he was a waterfall. The dog above was a Rottie/Pit mix and was just simply greeting the police officer. It made everyone shocked and shock factor in projects is important to me personally. I feel like mine made the whole thing make a lot more sense. Because do you honestly believe he would have shot the dog if it was lets say a Chihuahua? Yeah no didn't think so.
Two of the best things I learned was that many people have no idea why they even hate these so called dangerous breeds. It seems that whatever opinion is most popular must be the best. The general public is divided only for the sole reason that people have died from the these dog breeds. But then again people have died from peanuts but we aren't going to ban those nasty peanuts now are we? My other favorite thing to have learned was that people are more likely to not like dogs at well all if they've had a bad experience before with one. It just makes you think that just because of one or more dogs this person has spent this much of their life being afraid or not liking these beautiful animals. Everyones had a bad experience with a human before and it makes you wonder what's the difference between us and an animal. Exactly nothing because we technically are animals if you actually think about it. Doesn't matter what faith you believe in there is no denying that we are mammals and therefore animals.
If I was told to improve my project I would change the way that I presented. I had to go first since I brought in my dog, and so I really wasn't sure what to do. You know when you're done first with the test and you sit there waiting for someone else to go turn theirs in so you don't have to go first? Yeah that's how I feel every day in Social Studies. Anyway I mostly read off of the board which was not a good thing to do (forgive my poor innocent soul pls). And I stopped and started in the same sentence because I kept forgetting what I was supposed to say. What can I say Im a social butterfly. I would 100% have talked more and added my own insight instead of being boring. Although the thing that I wouldn't change would be bringing in Nala. She's a Great Dane with Black Lab and Border Collie. She just made the whole project come together and really proved my point of not all big dogs are mean. Everyone loved her and she wanted to marry Juliette (Juliette said she wants a May wedding).

That was my reflection of this years Independent project. And wow I sound so old and boring. Please go back and read this entire thing in a yoda accent and I promise I will not sound like Shrek trying to write a paper. Goodbye friends and people who I deal with. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Invent Iowa Reflection

     The problem we solved was ripping clothes. Ahh yes, one of the most devastating things man kind has ever known. No but seriously though, my clothes get ripped all the time and it makes me want to rip out my hair. When you have 2 dogs, turtles, and a hamster it's really not too difficult to imagine ripping those nice expensive leggings or the ugly sweater your grandma knitted you now is it? Juliette and I , sadly discovered that it's not possible to make a potion that sews clothes, well at least we couldn't find out how to make it. Now the thing is, neither of our families even own a sewing machine. Plus have you seen how much those things go for? If you look at Walmart the things go for over $150. Our invention is a tiny little thing that you can just throw into your purse or stick in your boot. Although I wouldn't reccomend you stick it in your boot as the needle might end up stabbing you. 

     The way we solved this problem, was quite simple actually. Just don't make a sewing machine so giant? It's really not that hard people come on. It has a tiny little button at the very top and is really easy to use. Rather than having to use cords, just a battery will do. If you don't have batteries then buy some. It's 2016 people why don't you have batteries. Oh it's too small and you'll loose it or are afraid your child might eat it like me at a Chinese buffet? Simple, just don't have children. Kidding kidding, unless you're a terrible person. Then don't repopulate, we don't need more of you on this earth  Donald Trump. Sorry I have a grudge against oranges with ugly hair.

     The worst thing was us wanting to do really weird things that didn't go so well. For example we wanted to do a machine that bathes your dogs by it's self before we realized that the way we thought of would drown your dog... sorry Fido. The best thing? Making the inventors log. Yes yes I know they sound like when your mom wants you to go to your distant relatives house because "they never get to see you anymore!" Well mother if they wanted to see me they wouldn't be distant now would they? The reason they're fun is because no matter what you write (as long as it pertains to your project) you're good. Seriously I did the worst doodles and squiggles of the project it looked like my dog drew it. Speaking of which did you know you can teach a dog to paint?

     If i could fix my project I would make the stupid thing actually work. I DON'T KNOW HOW SEWING MACHINES WORK OKAY. Theres so many parts and machines and needles and danger. Oh and I'd like to not burn (feel the bern) myself on the stove while trying to make ramen noodles one night while we and Juliette were doing our poster boards. Sounds silly and like i'm joking *insert nervous laughter that fades to crying* but seriously that really hurt. Also I'd like to learn how to squeeze glue out of a glue bottle. My reasoning behind this is that on the first day of making our boards, we were glueing things on when I decided I wanted to help Juliette glue on some letters. Sounds harmless right? WRONG! I strutted over to where the glue was and squeezed till my fingers bled. Little did I know that the thing where the glue comes out was just jammed and all you had to do was squeeze a couple of times to get glue out. Anyway, I look down and I see a giant pile of glue covering the entire board. Which is why if you look closely at our board where the spray paint is, you can see bleeding. Glue + spray paint = giant mess.

     If I had any advice to give to you young people (I promise I'm not 85) it would have to be to make sure you know what you're doing. If you mess your board up, oops too sad. Not but for real, please don't mess it up unless you like having to tell your teacher why you can't do your project. Also please do an actually good idea. You're not going to get a good grade if you end up doing something like "the spoon bender. Bend your spoons in no time!" Please promise me you won't bend your spoons people. What did those spoons ever do to you.