Monday, November 3, 2014

Quarter- Self Evaluations

         1. I met my goal for independent reading this quarter. I read 12 books, and also met my goal for English 8.
        2. Out of the books I read this quarter, The Raft was my favorite. I really liked the action in this book and couldn't put it down.

        3. This quarter I have read all realistic fiction with a couple mysteries. I really like this genre because they all are stories that could happen. When I read fantasy for example, I don't really get into the book because I can't picture what's happening as well.

        4. For second quarter I would like to read 10 books or more. I also want to read more Science Fiction books. (at least 2)

       5.  This post is better than my others because, I asked more than one question and made an easy topic for a discussion.

       6.  I met my wiki goal. But I should make more posts, and make sure I'm not talking about something that is already being discussed in another post. I would like to make at least 3 posts next quarter.

      7. I think I have a fixed mindset. Sometimes when things are hard for me I get disappointed and very frustrated. I am better at not getting as frustrated, and now understand that things are going to be harder for me than others. To improve this I will keep trying even when I don't understand something.

      8. For the second quarter I think we should spend more time on the wiki to discuss our read aloud.

     9.  This quarter I did well with completing my homework/work on time, and reading more outside of school. Challenges were making us missed work after being absent, and reading more genres of books for independent reading. Next quarter I would like to try reading books that wouldn't normally be my first choice.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Analyzing Our Own Differences in Learning

Jung Typology Test: ENTJ
Multiple Intelligences Test: Body Movement 4.43, Social 3.71, Spatial 3.57
VARK: Visual: 8, Aural: 4, Read/write: 5, Kinesthetic: 12

       These tests tell me that I learn better by seeing the things I'm learning about in person, and by doing the activity myself. By knowing my learning strengths (and weaknesses) I will know what to work on or when to pay better attention in class. For example if the teacher I teaching us by only talking I would understand better if I write down some of the more important things in the lesson so I can see what I'm hearing. This information will also help me outside of class, if there is something I can't figure out (or a problem) looking at pictures or trying on my own before reading instructions may help. I will be able to better advocate my learning by knowing which ways I work best and applying those in the classroom. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Differences in Learning

The video we watched about Autism and differences in learning, really helped me understand what Autism is and how it works. Before I watched the video I had no idea what it was really like having Autism. I thought of it as just a disability that made learning harder. But know (after watching the video) I think of it barely a disability. Yes, it does make learning difficult for some people but it also gives people a chance to be really passionate about something in particular. Once they find the thing they are most passionate about small details most of us overlook they would notice. I have a cousin that has Autism named Guy. We recently just spent a week with him, and my Aunt and Uncle this summer. This was our first time being around Guy for more than a few days during the holidays. While we were staying with them it was very clear what things Guy was most interested in. These things included, movies and music, but also he is very good at remembering the exact spot where places (shops, restaurants, etc.) are located. Guy can remember every character in every movie he owns, the characters real name, how old they were when the movie was made, their age now, year when the movie was made, and certain lines they spoke in the movie. After watching the video on differences in leaning it made me think more about all of these things my cousin was great at remembering/learning and helped me understand why.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Welcome Back!

This school year I am looking forward to the teachers, school sports, and projects. So far I really like all of the teachers, and am excited for the projects we will be assigned this year. One thing that will make this school year easier is staying organized. If I stay organized it will be easy to turn work in on time and have everything finished. Something that will make this school year harder is making time to finish homework before/after sports or other things I have going on after school. This school year I would like to improve myself by participating more in class discussion. By participating more in class I will learn more and get a better understanding.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mark Twain

         On this field trip we drove to Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's hometown. Hannibal is a small town that is filled with Mark Twain attractions, old fashioned shops, and popular landmarks. The first part of the trip was the tour. We went through a small museum that had all the major events in Mark's life in short stories spread out around the rooms. After this we went through the childhood homes of Mark, Becky, and Tom. It was interesting to see how they lived and all the places they visited. The last part of the tour was another museum that had more exhibits on Mark Twain and all the people in his life. The next part of the trip was the riverboat. We rode down the Mississippi river while listening to someone tell about Mark's life, and point out important landmarks that were in Twain's books. (Islands, lighthouse, Lover's Leap, etc.) After the boat ride we took the tiring journey up 244 steps to see the lighthouse up close. We ate a late lunch and then enjoyed our free time by visiting small stores, or going back through the tour to see what we missed. They had lots of shops that sold homemade candies, popcorn, ice cream, fudge, and other treats people enjoyed often back then. Next comes the caves! We boarded up the bus again and drove to the famous Mark Twain Caves. This is the cave from the book Tom Sawyer. We watched a short film telling a little about the cave and how it was formed before entering. When we entered the cave you could really feel a temperature drop! A constant 52 degrees keeps the caves cool and wet. We only walked 5/8 of a mile total on our cave tour, but the total distance through all the passages is around 3 miles. The cave had all the important spots marked off with plaques and lights lit up dark areas. Our tour guide told stories from Tom Sawyer, along with facts about cave.
             My favorite part about the trip was definitely the caves. It was very interesting to see the rocks up close and learn how they formed. Another reason I enjoyed the caves was because the part I read from Tom Sawyer was the chapter when Tom and Becky get lost in the cave. We got to see the spot where Tom and Becky shared the cake, where they found water, and where Injun Joe was spotted.
             The most fun part of the trip was our free time. I loved looking in the little shops and getting an idea of what it would have been like when Mark Twain was living there. There was lots of old fashioned toys and other little trinkets in every shop.
             For next years trip you should spend a little less time in the first museum. A lot of the information found in there were things we had already learned in class.  But all together the trip was fun, informational, and a great experience!
           The research done in class was very important to know when we went on the trip. If you don't learn enough about Mark Twain and his life, before going to Hannibal it won't be fun to see all the things you've heard about. The information we learned in class made me want to learn more about him on the trip, and learning about the people and places in his life made it more fun to see everything in person.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Double Identity

I just finished reading the book Double Identity, by Margret Peterson Haddix. If you liked the Face on the Milk Carton books this one would be great for you. It reminds me of The Face on the Milk Carton, because both of the main characters are having "identity" problems. Both of the girls don't know their whole family history, or who they really are. I really enojoyed this book because, the whole time you were reading it you could make your own predictions. You never knew what was going to happen next, none of my predictions ended up being true. (Big surprise at the end!) There were so many things that could happen! The best part of this book was the ending. Everything finally came together happily, and the main character Bethany finally found out who she really was. In this book Bethany's parent would do anything to protect her. Even if that ment possibly never seeing her again, and continually making up lies.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stop Motion Animation

         For this project we had to make a short movie out of pictures. To do this we set up our props, or in my group's case food. We took a picture and then moved the prop once. To the side, up, down, etc. After it's moved you take another picture and so on. (move, take picture, move, take picture, over and over.) After you take all the pictures, you and put them into iMovie. It whips through each picture so fast it looks like a video.  In our movie it takes you through each meal of the day, and shows the food tapping onto the plate. We tapped onto the plate or paper and then something would pop onto the screen. From stop motion animation I learned how hard animation must have been before we had all this new technology. It took forever not just to plan our movie but to move each prop just right amount. The best part of our movie was watching the food pop onto the plate. It really look like the meal was coming together like it would in real life. (Without the tapping anyway!) The music played really well with our scenes, it always started and ended in the right spot. The hardest part of the movie was making the pictures all the right lengths in iMovie. The pictures had to flow together so it really looked like you were just watching a normal video. To improve our movie we should've made it longer. The food popped up onto the plate so fast it was hard to tell how much it really changed before another prop popped up after it. The pictures just needed to be lengthened a little bit more in iMovie. People that have a career that deals with SMA, or just regular animation must have lots of patience and time on their hands. It took our class around 2 weeks just to make a 30-1 minute movie. Think of how long it takes to make and hour long movie! - click here to see my movie!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Half Brother

I recently finished the book Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. I really enjoyed reading this book because it showed how you can go from not caring about anything, to caring more about it than anything else. By the end of the book Ben and Zan became so close. I not only worried for Zan, but for Ben too. He cared about Zan more than anyone. One thing I learned from this book was how smart monkeys/apes really are. I think the title of this book is perfect. Zan really turned out to be Ben's "half brother". I really enjoyed this book because you never really knew what was going to happen next. Was Zan going to come back home? Will the project continue? These were both questions that I kept thinking throughtout the book, and I was happy with the way they turned out in the end. The main problem in this book is Zan, he is such a smart monkey everyone wants to see him and learn more. Zan's new family had to fight to keep him. They wanted what was best for Zan, and that's what they got in the end.

Monday, March 17, 2014

History Day Reflections

I chose to do a group exhibit with A'lia and Alison. Our project was on an act called I.D.E.A, or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. I.D.E.A is the act that allows children with disabilities to go to public schools and receive a FAPE. (Free Appropriate Public Education) I think the best part of our project was the way it looked. It was well organized and very creative. Our research was good, but without the looks of our board it wouldn't be as great. To improve our project, we could have found more information on the history. We went into history a little, but could have found more information on what it was like before the act. Another way we could improve is by talking to a Special Education Consultant with the AEA, or a student who with an IEP for more primary sources. (Individualized Education Program) More pictures would have been a good way to pull away from all the text on our board. The hardest part of our project was the research. It was hard to find information that we didn't already have. It was also hard to find history on the act, because it's still in action and has recently been re-enacted (2004). We didn't find as much information as we needed. I'm sure if we looked a little more into our research we could've found more for the history part. Once we had all of our information we had to chose which would go on the board, without passing the word limit. We could have used a little more space when it came to pictures so squeezing everything on our board took a lot of time. The best part of the day on Friday was seeing all the other projects. There was so many different topics and ways they showed it. (Plays, exhibits, documentary, etc.) I liked going to see other classmates projects, it was interesting to see the others we hadn't seen before. The best project I saw on Friday was an exhibit on the Salem Witch hunt. The board was very clear and showed all the information clearly. I loved how the text was hidden in between string. The board was very creative and showed all the information in a way that no one else attempted. Our topic related to the theme " Rights and Responsibilities" because, it is our responsibility to provide an education for children even if they have disabilities. This act gave the children the right to attend public schools and receive a Free Appropriate Education.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I just finished the book Diveregent and LOVED it! The character Tris in this book has grown so much from where she started. She changed for better, she wasn't really living the way she wanted to in Abnegation. When she switched over to Dauntless I was very shocked, I didn't think she would leave her family after her brother did.  I really loved the way Tris was always finding a way to keep the people she loves safe. She knows she is different then most people and, I think, feels that it is her job to protect when others can't. This book really made me think of the real world. They have different factions for each group of people that believe or do the same things. It's a way of grouping people with similar actions or feelings, without having a big argument. Could the world eventually end up like this? It could do good and bad, more war with lots of different ideas and ways to do things, but for good it would be a way of always knowing what you need are where you could find answers. My least favorite part in the book was when Tris found out there was war coming to Abnegation, she knew she had to do something because she was one of the only ones that could. If I met Tris in real life I would ask her how she found the courage to do all of the things she had never done. Like jumping off a train for the first time, if that was me I probably wouldn't have been able to jump, but Tris found a way to get through it. I really enjoyed reading this book and am already half way through the next book!