Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A Semester in Words

This semester during Humanities, we experienced and learned so many things. I enjoyed a lot of the activities and projects that we did, and can't wait for the next semester to come by so that I can take on new Humanities challenges!

Projects and Speaking Assignments
Some of the assignments we did this semester included a Macbeth Scene performance and a couple of speeches. My favourite was for sure the Macbeth Scene performance. My group and I debated very little about how the scene was to go, and we worked really well. Everyone put a lot of effort in the scene and it payed off, because it was great! I loved combining old english literature with acting and performing. From this assignment I learned how the different roles in theatre work. Light, sounds, directing, scene writing, acting. They're all different kinds of roles but by putting them together a magnificent work of art is created. The most challenging thing about this project though, was communicating. It wasn't that it lacked, it was that we were rarely together during the whole process. One partner travelled, the other partner and I had musical commitments that clashed with our Humanities class, and other classes we were busy with learning something else. Luckily, we were able to use our time wisely when we were together, and we achieved a lot.

My group and I performing the sleepwalking scene in Macbeth.


Writing
We wrote in a variety of different styles this semester. The one I learned the most from, is our DBQ academic paragraph. Here, Mr. Hillman had taught us the more mature way of writing academically. I wrote a paragraph about the Dark Ages in Europe. I think that the fact that we had learned new skills was why it was a bit challenging, as I had to change some of my writing techniques to be able to incorporate the new ones that I had learned. These included more clear and concise sentences and Though after feedback and editing, I was able to achieve a solid paragraph and I'm really proud of it!

My paragraph:
"Historians have said that time of cultural decline and decay existed for a long period of time in Europe, however the latter portion of the period was a marked by improvement. According to Textbook B, Europe’s economy made notable improvements from 1000 to 1300 A.D., as there were advancements in technology, which lead to an increase in food levels and population. Furthermore, in 1000-1300 A.D, students part of the church or not, were invited to deepen their academics at the newly founded universities, which introduced new systems of education. The continent was clearly prospering from the advancements in technology and enhancements in the education system, rather than suffering from a cultural decline and decay. Nevertheless, historians incorrectly marked these later improved conditions as part of the Dark Age."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Meu pai está conectado com a minha saúde?

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Meu artigo.

Eu sei muito sobre stress. No mundo, toda gente tem um pouco de stress. Para muitas razões, pessoas tem stress. Mas, eu nunca sabia que o stress do meu pai pode afetar o meu saúde! Depois que eu li esse artigo, o meu primeiro pensamento foi, como a minha saúde já está afetados por o estresse dele? E quanto gerações de stress dos meus bisavôs eu tenho em o meu corpo? Genes são coisas muito complicados. Mas, esse geração é muito inteligente. Então, eu acho que no futuro, as cientistas vai aprender muitas mais coisas sobre epigenética. 
Mas, eu quero saber o que eles vão fazer com esse informação. Eles podem fazer muitas coisas boas; por exemplo salvar uma vida, o prevenir doenças, mas também eles podem fazer coisas mal. Eles podem mudar uma genética. 
Também eu quero saber como o stress das mulheres podem afetar crianças. 
Em fim, eu tenho muitas perguntas sobre esse estudo! Eu vou continuar a seguir este estudo, para ver até quando os cientistas tem informação, etc. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Escrita Espontânea

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A semana passada, as minhas colegas e eu fiz um escrita espontânea, que inclui tudo sobre viagens que nós já aprendemos. Nós precisamos escrever notas sobre um cidade. Também, essas notas precisa tem tudo como hotéis, restaurantes e atividades em esse cidadde. Com essa papel, na aula, nós escrevemos uma escrita.
Ademais, o core value que eu demonstrei melhor de todos os core values, foi perseverance. Para mim, esse lingua é um pouco dificíl, mas eu continuei co a escrever, e ou versão final do meu escrito foi muito bom!


A minha estria espontânea: Londres, Inglaterra - Um Diálogo

"Olá! Você quer ir para Londres, mas não tem tido tempo para todas as coisas que você queria fazer? Então eu vou explicar só um dos seus dias maravilhosas! Quando você chega em Londres, Inglaterra com uma outra pessoa, pega um táxi preto, e vai pro seu hotel. Antes que você fui para Londres, você tinha escolhido um hotel maravilhoso. Eu recomendei O Four Seasons Hotel, que fica no centro da cidade. Um hotel muito moderno e elegante. Se a senhora escolher esse hotel, precisa pagar muito, mas tudo vale a pena. Tem muitos surtos diferentes para muitas propósitos diferentes. Hóspedes do passado falaram que o dinheiro que você gastar é por um momento muito bom. Do seu hotel você poderia pegar um ônibus vermelho, e passar pela London Eye. Em um carrinho, você poderia ver até 40 quilômetros em 360 graus! Depois ver o Palácio de Buckingham. Às 11 horas, da manhã, ver a troca da guarda. É uma vista que você nunca pode perder! Ademais, para ter uma lembrança, vai para a Regent Street. Lá tem quase todas as lojas do mundo. Entra em uma loja,, e leva algumas coisas, por exemplo estátuas típicas de Londres. Por último, entra no metrô e vai para o restaurante de McDermott's. Lá comeria comidas britânicas (peixe e batata fritas) por um preço bom. Esse restaurante tem 5 estrelas no Trip Advisor, e também um certificado de excelência. A senhora gosta desse plano? Para duas pessoas é R$20.750."
"Fechado."

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Pessoas tem tipos?

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O artigo.

Quando eu li este artigo, eu achei imediatamente que sim, pessoas tem um tipo. Você não fica com um pessoa que você não estão confortável com. Igualmente com os seus amigos. Você não sou amigos com pessoas que você não estão confortáveis com.

Ademais, o artigo falou que pessoas vão se apaixonar com outras pessoas que parecem com o primeiro namorado/namorada. Eu acho que isso é muito interessante, porque pode ser verdadeiro. Também, isso pode conectar com o meu primeiro idéia, que pessoas se apaixonar com o tipo igual do primeiro namorado/namorada. Homens e mulheres querem ter um relação bom pra eles/elas, e se um outro tipo da pessoa não trabalha pra eles, eles sempre vai ficar com o tipo que eles são confortável com.

Este artigo foi muito interessante, e se mais informações sobre essas idéias são descobertos, eu quero ler imediatamente!!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Meu Hotêl Ideal

Neste bimestre, em português, nós estudamos tudo sobre viagens. Para finalizar esse estuda, Donna Cortez pediu para fazemos um apresentação, como que nós explicamos qual hotel vai ser ideal pra nós. Eu escolhi o Hotel De L'Europe. Quando eu fiz esse projeto, eu aprendi muito sobre a lingua e quais palavras são específico para viagens.
Uma coisa difícil para mim quando eu fiz esse projeto, e que quando e apresentei o meu presentação, que eu não poderia falar lendo o papel. Mas, eu enfrentei o desafio quando eu fiz um vídeo.
No geral, isso foi um projeto muito interessante para fazer.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

ONU vai salvar nosso mundo

artigo que eu li.


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Depois que eu li esse artigo, eu senti um pouco de surpresa. Tudo sobre o ONU e o progresso do Brazil foi muito surpreendente. Quando o escritor falou quanto percentagens Brazil melhorou em pobreza, eu pensei que como? Como o ONU e Brazil fez disso muitos anos atraz? Eles melhorou de 25,5% en 1990 para 3,5% em 2012! Que bom!
No começo, quando o escritor falou sobre os objetivos do ONU, eu senti um pouquinho em dúvida, por que eu não acho que eles vão alcançar seus objetivos. Eu acho que pobreza extreme, fome, qualidade de gêneros, e todos os outros objetivos são coisas difícil de alcançar em 15 anos! Então, na minha opinião, eu acho que eles precisam mudar a data de 2015 pelo menos de 2035 ou 2040.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Controle De Armas

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O artigo do Folha de São Paulo.

Depois que eu li essa artigo, eu achei imediatamente que nossa! Amy Schumer? Eu só sabia Amy Schumer para ser uma atora e uma comediante muito boa, más não é uma pessoa que fala sobre controle de armas. Porém, eu percebo que é muito bom que ela fala sobre disso. Muitas vezes, quando um pessoa famoso faz ações o fala sobre dessas temas, pessoas vão concordo com o que eles falam porque eles são famoso. Também, quando ela falou sobre controle de armas no Estados Unidos, ela uniu-se com a seu primo e senador norte-americano Charles Schumer. É bom que eles estão se unindo, porque com duas pessoas em posições alta, eles vão trazer um monte de atenção para esta problema. Para mim, isso e importante, porque dispara aleatoriamente as pessoas não devem ser tolerável. Tinhamos muitos acidentes em EUA com armas. Armas são objetos perigosos, e só podem usava quando um pessoa tem educação sobre as máquinas de matar e quando eles tem permissão.
Em fim, eu gostei o que ela fez, e eu concordo com ela e o seu primo quando eles falam que o EUA preciso ter mais regras sobre controle de armas.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Most Important Weapon is My Voice

The Power of the Voice: Humanities 8 Unit 1

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My project links:

  1. Diamante Poem: A Glimpse of Me in Seven Lines
  2. Choices Speech: Choir Commitments
  3. Argumentative Speech: Technological Killing
  4. This I Believe Essay: A Safe Haven
  5. This I Believe Multimedia: A Safe Haven Video

Unit Guiding Questions:

  1. What is the power of the voice (YEAR LONG ESSENTIAL QUESTION)?
  2. How does life experience shape belief?
  3. How does a belief system shape a society?
  4. How can one express a belief that connects/transforms an audience?
This past quarter, my humanities class and I indulged ourselves in deepening our understanding about beliefs and powers of our voices. Our humanities teacher assigned us multiple projects that could help enhance our understanding of these themes. We've written speeches and essays, held thorough discussions, and created interesting multimedia projects. Furthermore, we read an auto-biography called Persepolis, written by and about a women named Marjane Satrapi. It is about her childhood living through the Iranian Revolution and how it was like when the Islamic Regime was the ruling body. To conclude our unit, we thought about the four guiding questions for this unit, and how our new knowledge could be used to answer some of those questions.

How does life experience influence belief?


       When I look at this question, many things come to mind. However, I think that the most important factor that proves that life experience influences belief, is knowledge and learning. To start off, without making mistakes and learning from them, people won't get life experience which leads them to a belief. For my choices speech, I wrote about me making a mistake by not balancing out my time. Being to focused on one activity led me to forget most other priorities. Throughout writing this speech, I saw how my belief changed throughout my story. In my story, and even when writing actually, I started off believing in never quitting. However, I learned more and experienced more things that led me to realize that it's not the end of the world when you break a commitment.
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       Finally, without knowing things, how are you able to understand and believe something? On page 73 of Persepolis, the Islamic Regime announces that it is going to close all universities and change what the population is learning in school. In panel two on the page, a representative of the regime is explaining that: "the educational system and what is written in school books, at all levels, are decadent. Everything needs to be revised to ensure that our children are not led astray from the true path of Islam." The young population is going to grow up with that education, and they're going to be brainwashed to believe in the "true path of Islam." However, when reading it is clearly seen that Marji is more influenced by her parents and family friend than by the government. Her family is against the government, and they express that through having their own beliefs. For example, the ruling body banned parties and alcohol, while her parents take Marji to a friends house when they do and use exactly that. From this life experience, Marjane grows up doing what her parents do, instead of what the Islamic Regime expects of her. She is leading astray from the "true path of islam." To end, in my opinion, the most important factor is knowledge and learning, when it comes to how life experience can shape belief.

How does a belief system shape a society?


       Beliefs itself have their own voices. Similarly to how our voices share our ideas, the beliefs do. After sitting and having a thought about what I really want to say about this question, I've come to the conclusion that beliefs shape society because they can unite people. Societies can only function when all the people are one. Without general beliefs, life would be chaotic. Relating this to Persepolis, the nation Iran is united through religion. As a matter of fact, it is discussed in a conversation between Marji's family friend and her father on page 62 of the book. The friend explained that: "in a country where half the population is illiterate you cannot unite the people around marx. The only thing that can really unite them is nationalism or a religious ethic." As was mentioned in the section above, the educational system was changed so that citizens could learn more about islam instead of maths and science. As a result, the Islamic Regime ran, and is running, the country through a religious ethic; a belief about God and Islam.
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       Connecting this to modern day, in many areas in the Middle East, religious governments or groups direct countries or communities through what they believe in their religion. For example, ISIS is a very strong religious group that runs its community of people through a very old and strong version of Islam. To conclude, belief systems shape the society because they can unite the population better if there is a lack of education. 

In sum, I've been able to use my understanding of the book, my learning process in this unit, and my own individual thinking to analyse these two questions. I enjoyed working through this quarter as it has opened up my mind to even more perspectives and opinions. Beliefs clearly have a stronger meaning in our society than what I first thought.

Reflection Regarding First Quarter Learning Habits

Here is my self-evaluation on learning habits this semester:

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Inclusive - 4


       Since school began two months ago, there are many students that came new to Graded. When they came, they didn't know that many people, so I was inclusive when I socialised with them. I'm really happy I did, because I've met some really awesome people who I now consider to be really good friends!

Perseverance/Risk-taker - 3


       Even though I do tend to be a risk-taker, I haven't really noticed myself be this a lot during this quarter. I've tried new activities and such, but not to a very large extent. However, I have shown perseverance this quarter, especially in math. When I started our unit, I had no idea what it was about and what steps I was to take to solve this problem. As a result, my unit test didn't go so well. Nevertheless, I learned from my mistakes, and in the reassessment, I improved a lot! I only improved by working harder and practicing the skills more. It was troubling at times, but I persevered, and now I understand what I'm doing and what I'm learning.

Curious - 3

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       Even though I do like to query about things, I'm open to learning new ideas, and I participate in class, I don't always take my learning outside of the classroom. I could work on this by spending more time reading the news or practicing more skills from class.

Responsible - 4


       I think I deserve a 4 for this learning habit because I followed all the descriptors for this criteria. I arrive to class on time prepared and ready to learn, I consistently present my work to the the best of my abilities, I manage my time correctly, and I start working without prompting. Additionally, I think that leadership fits under this category, and I demonstrated this skill in group work projects, especially in Humanities class this quarter when we had a class discussion. 

Overall, I think I've done a good job this year when demonstrating learning habits. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Meu Dia Vai Mudar.

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Artigo do BBC: Em quatro pontos: o que muda em seu dia a dia com o dólar a R$ 4

Essa semana, na terça-feira, o valor da dólar passou o R$ 4 real, o maior cotação desde a criação do Plano Real. O artigo que eu li, fala sobre quatro efeitos que essa crise econômica fiz por seu dia a dia vida. (1) Inflação. (2) Viagens e turismo. (3) Emprego a renda. (4) Investimentos.

Eu acho que um efeito positivo que vai ter mais impacto por meu dia a dia vida que o artigo falou, é que viagens domesticais vai ser mais barato. Eu sei que no feria de natal, eu vai passar mais tempo aqui e menos em Europa. Financiamento, nós vamos gastar menos dinheiro. O artigo falou que "os gastos de brasileiros no exterior já caíram cerca de 20% no primeiro semestre." Felizmente, isso pode ajudar o Brasil. Com os brasileiros e turistas mais atraídos para o país por causa do barato das viagens, e os jogos Olímpicos o próximo ano, o Brasil poderia ganhar muitos lucros. Afortunadamente, eu vai por Rio em agosto do 2016, por que minha família ganhou bilhetes para alguns jogos no Olímpicos.
Em fim, eu sei que essa crise econômica vai ter muito mais efeitos, mas em meus dias, eu acho que essa aspecto de viagens vai ser mais impactado pra mim.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Reflexão Sobre O Projeto: Eu Posso Mudar O Mundo!

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Recentemente em as aulas de português, meus colegas e eu estudam maneiras de mudar o mundo mais coisas sobre essa tema. Aqui eu respondei de 4 perguntas sobre essa unido:

  1. Por que devemos (ou não) estudar maneiras de mudar o mundo?
Nós devemos estudar maneiras de mudar o mundo, porque se não mudar o mundo, nós não vão viver. O caminho que tem sido tomado pelo mundo está endeclinio. Polução, deforestação, obesidade, corrupção, e mais problemas estão arruinando o nosso planeta. Quando uma pessoa começa com mudar o mundo, outros se seguirão. Por disso e importante que devemos estudar maneiras de mudar o mundo.

  1. Como isso vai impactar você diretamente em sua vida cotidiana?
Se todas as pessoas no mundo fiz uma coisa que pode mudar o mundo, eu acho que meu vida vai ser melhor. Em todas as aspectos: saúde, meu vida social, minha possibilidades. Também, os país no mundo pode ser ótimo por que a economia vai ser melhor por que não tem mais corrupção.

  1. Que hábitos de estudante você utilizou para fazer esse projeto? Por quê?
Eu utilizei o habito risk0taker/perseverance por que eu fiz tudo do panfleto sozinho. Com outros projetos, eu sempre perguntei muito e queria muito ajuda, mas essa vez eu so tinha feedback no fim. Alguns coisas foram um pouquinho difícil. Por exemplo, as tempos verbais. Com projetos que eu fiz antes dessa, eu mixed as tempos verbais, mas agora eu fiz o meu trabalho quase perfeito! Por isso, eu acho que eu foi um risk-taker/perseverer por que eu trabalhei sempre quando eu achei que uma coisa e difícil, e quando eu não sabia uma coisa por certeza, e continuei com a escrever. 

  1. Que desafios de linguagem você encontrou durante o processo?
Quando eu não sabia qual tempo verbal eu preciso usar. Isso foi um desafio grande, mas o que eu falei no pergunto 3, isso é um razão que eu foi mais um risk-taker/perseverer. Agora eu acho que eu sei mais sobre as variedades differente de tempos verbais, eu isso vai ajuda-me mais no futuro; naturalmente!

Monday, September 14, 2015

From Good to Better

After receiving my work back, I can conclude that I'm proud of my results. Before handing in my paper, I was a little worried, since this was our first Lab in 8th grade, however I didn't have much to worry about!
Nevertheless, from each project, you can take something out on which you can improve. For me, I need to double check my significant figures  and a little bit of my precision of numbers before handing in the next paper.
Although, since the next lab is qualitative data, not quantitative data, checking the significant figures wouldn't really matter. However, I should check precision and the reasonableness of my answers, or the data that I collected, since that is related to the two.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Campanhas que Ajudam o Mundo

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Neste bimestre, Donna Cortez falou que nós vamos fazer uma apresentação sobre duas campanhas que ajudaram o mundo. Eu fiz parceria com Nadya Marinkovic, e nós escolhemos duas organizações. O Malala Fund, que trabalham com meninas e se esforçam para a educação dessas meninas. Também pesquisei a agência WHO (World Health Organization), que trabalha com as Nações Unidas para ter saúde pública internacional. Porque o WHO é muito grande, nosso foco para apresentação foram as doenças tropicais.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

A Learner, A Writer, A Presenter.

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There are many skills that are learned from presenting a speech. You learn how many times you have to practice to be able to say it easily, you discover how to make your writing in an easy-to-follow speech format, and you can establish how you are going to make your speech the best that it can be. As an 8th grade student, I already knew most of these skills. However, throughout this summative task, I’ve come to see more things that I can learn from myself as a writer and a presenter. 

     To start off, I've seen that when writing the first draft, I try to get all my ideas down onto the paper without really thinking about how it sounds. Every idea that pops into my head while typing away gets included in the jumble of words. That way, nothing gets missed out and I won't have to try to remember that one idea was later on. Eventually, after each thought is recorded, I will go back to the beginning, and work my way down to the bottom, editing each part as I go. I find that this is a useful strategy, because I know that if I start off doing things thorough and well, then I'll have to spend less time on the writing later and more on the presenting.

     However, for some reason, after maybe one or two edits, I can't spot the mistakes anymore. Since I've then been working on it and reading over the same words continuously for a while, my mind just "stops spotting the errors." In some cases, I can't spot the errors because they don't exist, however in other cases there are some major revisions necessary but I can't seem to find them. When this happens, I know that this is the time when I need feedback. I prefer going to a peer first, because they can give me the general reviews. For example, they can easily tell me if they don't understand some parts or if there is too much repetition, etc. Next, I turn to an adult such as my teacher or a parent to look more into the details. If parts of a paragraph aren't flowing smoothly or if there is no clarity, they are most likely the ones to inform me. Furthermore, when I get this feedback, I go home, and immediately try to work out how I can revise my draft using their comments. The people I ask feedback for, are always the ones who are going to listen to the speech, they are the audience, so if they don't like it then it's most often not very good. Accordingly, I make the revisions.
As a result of improving my speech, I learn to pay attention to specific writing skills and my speech will still become better and better.
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     To change the topic from writing to presenting, Deborah Bull proclaimed that "body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words." Throughout my classroom experiences, I've observed that people who just talk without gestures, don't bring their topic across to the audience as well as someone who uses their arms, and perhaps other parts of their body. Thus, when I was practicing my speech, I made sure I had at least 3-5 significant movements. An example was when I was emphasising how much our society has progressed. I moved my hands from the left to the right to indicate a timeline. Another one, that people gave positive feedback on, was when I was explaining in my speech how the digital waves coming from our electronic devices come into our bodies. I had brought my phone up to the podium, and in that part, I demonstrated how through calling the waves could be transmitted. I had used a prop, which was a great way to visually represent my information. This is something that I will remember, because I know how my speech will look like when I don't include gestures.

     In future speeches, I'm going to continue using the skills I just mentioned since they will help a great deal. They were very effective in multiple ways, contributed to the overall success of the presentation, and I learned more about myself when I work through this process.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cubing Crazy: An Explanation

A short while ago in math class, we received a challenge packet where we had to work through some questions as best as we could. After solving the problems individually and then discussing as a class, we got the task to choose one question and explain it in a video. Here is the question I chose:

Question: Jody noticed, that when you take three consecutive whole numbers, multiply them all together, and then add the middle number of the three, you get the middle number cubed. 

Can we prove or disprove this theory?

Here is the video to explain how to solve the problem and what the answer is:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

First Speech, First Speaker.

This is my speech. Click on it, and you will be directed to the google document.



       Not too long ago in my Humanities class, all of the students had to present a speech about a decision they've made. My speech was about how I didn't like to break a commitment. The presentation starts with me telling a story about my devotion to choir, and with much difficulty, how I decide to not continue participating in it -- therefore breaking a commitment.
After completing the writing and presenting processes, I've reflected on some aspects. One being how I've realized the importance of this speech to me. At the start of writing this, I just thought this was a Humanities speech and we had to present it, but after finalising and really adding 'myself' into it, I discovered that this meant more to me than I thought. I never really got a chance to think about that choice and it's significance to me. However, through writing about it I could understand what I did, and I could clearly see the strength I had to be able to make that decision to stop. I'm glad I choose this story to tell, because otherwise I would never had been able to learn about this experience.
       Furthermore, a skill we were taught to use during our speeches, was that you had to give your speech like you were telling a story, because essentially we were. We were telling our classmates and our teachers a story about a decision we'd made. Just like when you are giving an oral book report, your telling your class about your experience when reading the book and any questions related to it. This skill of storytelling that I'd learned through Matthew Dicks and my Humanities teacher, is very useful in two ways. Firstly, it releases pressure from public speaking. Even though I do like speaking in front of an audience, it is still and challenging and a nerve-wracking thing to do. Thinking of the presentation like you were telling a story to your friends and teacher, decreases the amount of nervousness and stress when presenting. Secondly, the writing process becomes easier. Thinking of which special and intelligent-sounding words to include when speaking takes a lot more time than when you're simply writing about something that you thought about or that you experienced. As a result of this speech and the process that went with it, I will be using the story-telling speech skill for any future public speaking project.
       To finalise my reflection, I'm going to explain my next steps. They're simply to continue life as if it was my personal novel to write. I'm going to aim to look at life like each detail and each event has a story attached to it that could be interesting to listen to and to read. Recently, a famous story teller and author told me personally that life is more fun when you are able to pick out the little things that make up the day. Instead of thinking: "I had four classes today, then I went home and did my homework. My day was just same-old, same-old," you could be thinking "I had four classes today and my friend made this funny joke that made me giggle and I think that that was a bright moment in my day." This way, your days will never be dull they'll never pass by unnoticed.
       I'm glad that I did everything the way I did them. I've learned a lot not only from myself, but also  from my classmates' stories. Each was different in their own interesting way. This project was also fun to do, and I wouldn't mind doing it again.

"Taxonomy of Reflection" questions used:

  1. Understanding: What was important about it?
  2. Applying: Where could I use this again?
  3. Creating: What should I do next?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Super Size Me Movie Questions

Recently in our health class we watched the documentary called Super Size Me, which is about a man called Morgan Spurlock who decides to eat a McDonalds McDiet for one month. Throughout the film, we can see the extreme changes in his health.

Here are some questions and answers about the movie:

1. Identify two PHYSICAL changes that happened to Morgan because of his McDonalds diet.
     Morgan went through some physical changes, and one of them was that he definitely showed that he had gained more weight. Another change is that he had become much less fit, since he hadn't exercised through the entire month. 
2. Identify two EMOTIONAL / MENTAL changes that happened to Morgan because of his McDonalds diet.
     One of the emotional / mental changes he went through is that he had gotten more mood swings and a second one was that he had gotten a depressed feeling more often even if he had had a good day. This is because the body was producing much less endorphins. 
3. If Morgan had been doing more exercise each day of his McDonalds diet, do you think he would have experienced the same physical changes? Why or why not?
     Morgan would have experienced those changes, but definitely not as bad as how he experienced them without exercise. Also, it depends on how much he exercised. He would have had to exercise A LOT to be able to burn off all the extra calories that he had eaten. With exercise though, his fitness level would have probably stayed the same. 
4. When people watch this film, do you think they want to eat more, or less fast foods? Explain why.
     I think it depends on the person. People who want to actually make a difference in their lifestyle, would definitely change, however, some people that we saw from the video still wouldn't change. They explained that they didn't have time since their days are spent looking after their children and going to work.  
5. Many people eat fast food because it is cheap. Is eating healthy food expensive? Is having a healthy eating habit only possible for those who can afford it? Explain why or why not.
     This statement is false. Foods such as fruits and vegetables are super cheap and are great for your body. However, there are other factors that contribute to people buying fast food rather than healthier foods. Things such as vegetables don't come ready made like a portion of McFries; you need to prepare the vegetables which takes time, which many people don't usually have. 
6. Mr. Gorske eats Big Macs everyday of his life. Do you think that McDonald's food is affecting Mr. Gorse health? Although Mr. Gorse does not look overweight from the outside, what health problems could he be developing inside the body?
     Mr. Gorske may not know it, but definitely inside of him, he could developing a plaque. He is eating so many fats, which includes cholesterol, and those stick together inside his blood vessels. Most likely, he'll have multiple building up at a time since he has eaten OVER 25,000 Bib Macs! Another thing is that his heart could be developing heart problems and diseases and he most likely has high-blood pressure as well. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

SMART Goals SM1 8th Grade 2015-2016
















My SMART goal is to be able to be able to improve my general tennis playing skills.


S: I want to become better in serving, forehand, backhand, blocking and volleying.
M: I will see a difference when I can play a good game without that many mistakes.
A: I will practice my skills during my tennis lessons.
R: This goal will also help my fitness and such.
T: I want to have achieved my goal at the end of the semester.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

History Helping the Present

Most recent visual slide: Slide 5
Unit Questions:
1. How are people changed by conflict?
2. How can historical legacies help or hinder understanding today?
3. To what extent are modern societies vulnerable to patterns or factors that lead to historical change and the collapse of ancient empires?

First Image:

"Rainbow." Wikimedia. Wikipedia, 7 Sept. 2014. Web. 24 May 2015. 



       This image, demonstrating a rainbow, represents multiple things to me. Firstly, it shows the title of this unit to me. On the top left side of the image, it is darker compared to the bottom-right of the image. Since the theme is: power and peace, when power collides, I thought that a rainbow would naturally represent this. Next, to connect this to the first unit question, I think that this photo represents that people can be changed in two ways: positively and negatively. If the change were a good thing, the bottom-right of the picture would be more important while if it weren't such a good change the top-left would be better to represent the alternation. Furthermore, another connection I made when looking at this image, is related with the colours of the rainbow, and the natural phenomena itself. The seven colours all have different meanings, which could represent different kinds of opinions and points of view. For example, the red could represent love and kindness while on the other hand it could also represent darkness and the devil. Also, the rainbow is dividing the two halves of the picture: darkness and light; power and peace. Additionally, I can relate this photo to the conflict I did for my Humanities project: ISIS. I think that during such a terrible war, people can imagine themselves situated on the rainbow, deciding whether to go to the top or to the bottom of the image. The choice they make will eventually change their future drastically. For one, if they choose the dark side, they'd be more exposed to the murdering of (possibly) people they know, and it not, poor, helpless, defenceless human beings. Although they could also think this could be a safe option since they'd be inside the enemy, armed. However, they could also choose to stay away from the conflict, and if they're lucky, be able to escape the terrorism in the Middle East.
       As is seen, there are many reasons why this image is important to the visual slide I made. It demonstrates separation, it is able to answer one of the unit questions, and it easily relates to my project. 

Second Image:

"Thinker Thinking Person Idea." Pixabay. Pixabay, 2012. Web. 24 May 2015. 


       Thinking, by definition, is the action to produce ideas, decisions, memories, and more. (Merriam-Webster) Thinking is involved when decisions have to be made during the conflict. Any living thing has to make choices between power and peace. Relating this to the book we had read for Humanities this quarter, Watership Down, one of the characters, General Woundwort, needs to make a decision between power and peace when Hazel offers to create a shared burrow. The general gets greedy and chooses for power and in the end, the consequence is that he loses everything. Furthermore, something else we can take out from this image, is how it relates to the third unit question. One of the reasons that the Roman Empire had fallen, was due to their unprotected borders. Their city was too large and there weren't enough people to protect it. Even though this problem was an issue to be dealt with some immediately, the emperors didn't mind as much. They wanted to grow and expand their beloved empire. They choose power and expansion over peace and protection. Consequently, their vulnerable city was attacked and could be entered easily. This was one of the major reasons for the Fall of Rome. The pattern in this historical event is that the leaders got greedy, and that is something that is seen now-a-days as well.
       Clearly, this image has reasons to be on my culminating slide for this unit. The simplicity of the photo hides the meaning behind the it. 

Third Image:

Martin Luther King Jr. Wikipedia. Wikimedia, 9 June 2011. Web. 27 May 2015.  <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/ba/USMC-09611.jpg/791px-USMC-09611.jpg>.
       In this photo, Martin Luther King Jr. is shown. I chose this image to answer the second unit question. This memorable man is definitely a historical legacy that helped our society for many reasons. Firstly, he demonstrated people have to speak up to be able to achieve things. If nobody knows how bad a situation is, how can people solve the issue? In this case, the black people didn't like the way people were treating them. Although much physical force was used, there was also a lot of speaking up and that led to the white citizens listening and changing. Additionally, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most important historical legacies because he taught people that equality among the races is essential to create a welcoming environment. If not everybody is accepted in a society, then people won't live there. Lastly, to stop or prevent a conflict from happening it is important to unite as a community and to work together. King Jr. made sure that all the black people agreed on the solution, and he kept on promoting his cause. As a result, the blacks came together and eventually the whites came to them and they all agreed to stop the conflict (racism).
       From this major historical issue, we can see that Martin has taught us many things that has helped our understanding today.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

O Que Ela Cantou?



Soundcloud do meu relato pessoal gravação.
Neste bimestre, Dona Lau ensinou-me mais tempos verbais. Neste último bimestre, minhas colegas e eu aprendemos sobre o pretérito perfeito e pretérito imperfeito (simples). Mas, essas semanas eu aprendi sobre o preterito mais que perfeito, e o pretérito imperfeito composto. Para melhorar nosso entendimento dos tempos verbais, nós escrevemos um relato pessoal. Eu acho que esse projeto foi muito bom.
A primeira parte desse projeto foi que eu deveria escolher um evento. Eu escolhi o que tinha acontecido no ano passado. Quando eu fiz um solo para uma música de coral, e eu cantei as palavras erradas. Mas, minha professora, Ms. Mussete, falou para a audiência que nós iríamos cantar a música de novo, e dessa vez eu cantei as palavras corretas. Depois disso, eu classifiquei como qual tema essa história é: comedia, romântica, embaraçosa, etc. Agora, eu comecei com escrever!
Durante desse projeto, eu acho que eu representei o core value reflexivo. Eu falo isso porque eu tinha muitas histórias que eu posso contar, mas eu escolhi essa sobre o solo. Eu fui idem quando eu falei as momentos positivos mas também negativos. Por exemplo, eu também só poderia falar sobre quando eu cantei tudo muito bem, mas eu inclui o momento grande quando eu falei as palavras erradas. 
Eu acho que antes deste projeto, eu sempre achei: por que Rosanne? Por que? Você era muito embaraçosa. Mas, quando eu escrevi sobre essa história, eu entendi que esse foi um momento superação. Se você quer aprender uma coisa de um momento, eu sei agora que você pode olhar para o lado brilhante da vida.

Monday, May 25, 2015

ISIS: It Has No Limits, No Boundaries, and No Mercy.

This was my modern conflict presentation; a video. Watch it by clicking on this link!

A conflict is a negative thing. It ruins people in various ways. Although when researching for my modern conflict, ISIS, I journeyed to the conclusion that a human is mostly affected internally.

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Firstly, their beliefs could change. This could happen in various ways. For example, ISIS forces people to embrace Islam and to join their caliphate. If people don't listen to the militants, they'll be forced to pay protection money or be tortured or murdered in a terrifying manner by the Islamic State. Secondly, many people's mindset alters, regarding decision making during wartimes. This change is different for everyone. Some people start hiding away to stay safe while others stand strong and ready to fight. On the other hand, some people enjoy their last moments while they can. Such as the 26-year-old who wants to remain anonymous: "I do not want to leave. I want to die in my city." (CNN) During his interview with the press he says that four years ago he was anxious to leave his city because of a civil war, but now, even though the horrific Islamic group has conquered their city, and have the ability to hurt and to slaughter, he stands strong. To add on, this shows how people can also be affected by previous conflicts.
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Finally, a person's perception of someone else changes. When one person normally wouldn't do something, perhaps they could turn out to be different. An interesting scenario occurred was when British school girls, two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old, hopped on a flight to Turkey, and then further to Syria to marry jihadists part of the IS. The police chief who told the press all about the issue said “in hindsight we now know that these girls were planning to go and neither the family, the police, the school nor anyone else realised that.” (Huffington Post) As was stated, nobody had knowledge of the trip that the girls were going on. Their mother had added that they were the average teenage girl, and the decision was unexpected. In sum, internal problems occur when in the midst of a conflict. The issue possessing a person's mind changes someone's ideas, he/she finds differences in the decision making, and the perception of other people alters. Conflicts should not do this, however ongoing terrorism and such is unstoppable. 
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As you might have briefly understood, the Islamic State is a vicious, but ambitious group, and is hungry for more power. Now, many people are starting to form predictions to guess the expansion and such of ISIS. From my researched knowledge, I, as well as others, can conclude that the Islamic Group will not stop to cause destruction, devastation, and damage to be able to increase their boundaries, conquer more land, and expand the Islamic ideology. Their group, with a guessed minimum of at least 200,000 militants (Independent), is capable of spreading further than they already are. Before this weekend, the terrorist group was losing some territory against the Iraqi and Syrian army, however, news articles state they are taking back more land. An example is the ancient city Palmyra, in Syria, where they stormed in last week and just yesterday slaughtered over 200 people. Although Syrian air strikes were launched, the militants weren't as affected as the ancient ruins. (CNN) Concludingly, the Islamic State is a strong and powerful group, ready for anything. Expanding their group and their area is something unstoppable at the moment, however trying to stop them with more military power or air strikes could be the first step towards the end of their rule.

Economies Around the World

Since two weeks ago, my Geography class and I have been working on our second infographic. This one was focused on the economies in three different countries of our choice. I picked the Dominican Republic, located in the Caribbean, Germany situated in Europe, and Sri Lanka which is in South Asia. For this project I researched data about the unemployment rates, their GNP per capita, and their inflation rates over a period of time.

        From this project, I've learned many facts about the countries economies. Firstly, five years ago the unemployment rate in the Dominican Republic was at 12.4%. From then and now, the rate increased by 2.2%, to end at a high 14.6%. After doing some research, I found out that a reason for this change could be that jobs in the D.R. are limited unless you work for a particular in-demand industry or you have specific skills for a specific job. Furthermore, in Germany, the rate decreased by 2.4%, and is currently standing at 4.7 percent. A very important factor that could explain the lowering of the rate is education. Germany is a country that values knowledge, and because of that they have a great learning programme. An interesting fact, is that over 80% of Germany's workforce had a formal vocational training, which is when you follow a specific course. This is a good thing, because then people can do their job well, which helps the country and its economy. Thirdly, in Sri Lanka, annually, around 140,000 students complete their general education without learning any specific job-related skills. This isn't a positive number, because when people aren't specialized in a specific skill, the job can't be done to its best ability. Although, its unemployment rate is quite low. It's currently standing at a low 4.2 percent, while 5 years ago this number was 0.7% higher.
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        Moving on to the Gross National Product, currently in the Dominican Republic this number is at 11,630 US dollars, while 5 years ago this was $10,520. As is seen, the number increased by over 1000. A fact that could sustain this is that an estimated 200,000 Dominican People, or 8% of their workforce, are employed in foreign-owned companies. Through President Leonel Fernandez, the country has also become an appealing investment destination and has established valuable trading links with its Latin American and Caribbean neighbours. The United States wants to take advantage of these links and things the D.R. can act as a leadership role in enlarging investment in the region. Now, most citizens on our world have heard of the Ford car company, BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz. This is because they are all very successful German car companies. As a matter of fact, Germany is the third largest automobile manufacturer in the world, after the United States and Japan, with almost 730,000 workers in the sector. The production of cars in this European country has been very helpful, as it has contributed to the GNP per capita. Five years ago, this number was only $40,390. From then and now, it has increased by $4,620, making it a high $45,010.
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Lastly, Sri Lanka, which now a days has a gross national product of $9,470 US dollars. It increased by $2,140 over the last five years. A factor that contributes to the improvement, is related with tourism. In 2014, over 1.5 million tourists from around the world arrived in this south-Asian country, while five years ago, this amount was only 654,476.
        The final part of my infographic explains the inflation rates. According to the Central World Bank, the vast decrease in Dominican Republic's inflation rate was due to lower food and non-alcoholic beverage prices. The D.R.'s inflation rate went down since 2010; it lowered around 3.3%, from 6.3% to 3 percent. Next, in the European country, the rate first increased from 1.1% to 1.5%, although then it decreased to 0.9%, which is where the number is at now. Reports are stating that the lower rate is mainly due to car fuels, where the prices had dropped 3.4% in 2013, as well as by reduced costs for heating oil, which went down 6 percent. As a final point, in Sri Lanka, the inflation rate at first increased by 0.7%, however it decreased by a vast 3.6% after such a slow change before. This is most likely due to the fact that the newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, and the government, reduced the prices of food and energy and lowered utility rates in line with an electoral pledge.
        To conclude, Germany had overall the best scores. If we look at the current rates, the European country beats the three other nations. For example, their GNP per capita is a high of $45,010 while the other two countries are less than 12,000 US dollars. Additionally, the most improved rates overall, came from Sri Lanka. To prove this, their inflation rate started out as 6.2 percent, then went higher to 6.9%,  but dropped to 3.3%.
        Clearly, I have learned many new numbers and facts from my countries economies. They all vary in many different ways, and they all have a plethora of reasons for their unique trends.

        From making two infographics for Geography now, I understand that using this presentation format is a very easy way to display numerical data. For example, the Piktochart programme lets a user create interesting graphs or visual representations of the statistics that the person has collected or research. When presenting and sharing about this type of information, it wouldn't be handy to show a bundle of numbers on a Prezi, as that would be confusing and displeasing to the eye. Furthermore, my most recent infographic is better on a variety of levels compared to my most recent presentation. On of the opposites that stood out to me the most was how busy the first infographic was compared to the second. One of the reasons for this was the use of colours. As is seen in the image below, this is a slide from my first infographic. The boldness and the largeness of the small paragraph of text on the right makes it look important although the graph is supposed to be the center of attention, whereas in the picture below, it shows the citation was put a bit smaller.
Furthermore, the use of colours was worked on. The Dominican Republic-slide has a yellow background, and the graph has a yellow bar. Luckily, the two shades are a little different, although the chart is harder to see. Also, the numbers on the side of the graph and the labels are a challenge to read as well. The last comment is that the graph is a very common graph, and so not super interesting and/or intriguing. To contrast, the German-slide has a clearer colour combination. It has a white center background, therefore the text is all easier to read, however the purple border gives it a nice tint of colour. Additionally, even though the data isn't represented in an actual graph, it is still legible, understandable and attractive. A final comparison is that the graphics and citations all fit together in my second slide. Since I'm explaining the GNP per capita by using an example of Germany's car industry, I add images of their automobile brands and other vehicle-related things. On the other hand, the D.R.'s slide is explaining unemployment rates while a picture of a sunny beach is demonstrated with a Dominican flag and a palm tree. In sum, overall, I have improved my infographics. The organization, the images, use of colour, and meaning of parts of the slide has shown growth over the course of the two presentations.

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     Due to the infographics presentations in my Geography class, I've learned a few things about making my data look intriguing to the audience. Firstly, colours can change a whole presentation. If there is a special scheme throughout the slides or just one particular slide, it makes it more pleasing to the eye. Also, keeping a consistency with the colour tones creates are more easy-to-understand presentation. If a light piece of text is placed on a bright background, the information isn't going to be legible. Same goes for dark on dark. Instead of doing that, stacking darker colours on top of lighter colours or vice versa since it ensures the fact that things are able to be read or seen. Furthermore size and format of the text on the screen is important to be payed attention to. For instance, the title is most often a large piece of text strewn across the top of the page, while a piece of information could be smaller and lower on the slide. In addition, when including images, the presenter has to make sure they relate to whatever the person is talking about. If a pony is featured on the slide, but the topic of the speech is black holes, the image most likely should be removed. Moreover, the audience could get distracted by the other picture and therefore pay less attention to what the speaker is trying to say. Lastly, the organisation of everything included is very important. Having things all over the place does not attract an audience at all. A neat, clear presentation with an additional image or interesting colour receives an fascinated eye from someone instead of a visual that has colours and shapes everywhere of all different sizes, with graphs half visible. When these skills are mastered, a fantastic visual will emerge, and the audience will nod their heads in approval.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Pizza Investigation - Large or Small?

A practice investigation to help us prepare for our final unit test, was the pizza investigation. When doing this activity, we had to define which pizza was a better deal and why. Some of the calculations we did was for the unit price and the area of the pizza's.

Down below you can see the full document. Or, you can click the link to access the google document.


Pizza… Which one is a better deal?
Topics to be covered in this investigation:
Area and Circumference of circles, unit price (unit rate), percentage increase, proportional thinking, literal equations  (d=c/pi), volume and surface area.


Part I:
Your Task: Compare the two pizzas below and determine which one is a better deal.  
On the pizza menu, you have a choice between these two pizzas:
Large: Small:
12 inch pizza for $10.99 9 inch pizza for $7.99


Values:
Large pizza: Area: 113.04
Unit price: $0.973
Small pizza: Area: 63.59
Unit price: $0.13
Explanations:
The large pizza is a better deal because the unit price is lower. Therefore you can get more pizza per square inch for a cheaper price.


Extension Questions
  • How much should the small pizza cost if the two pizzas are supposed to be equal in value?  
$7.78
  • What is the percentage difference between the original price of $7.99 and the new price?
2.63%
  • Explain why this new price would make the pizzas ‘proportional’ in price.
Since their unit prices are the same, none of the pizza’s are over-priced. The two pizza’s now have the same value per square inch.


Part II:
A large pizza has a circumference of about 66.9 inches and costs $13.85. A small pizza has a circumference of about 50.2 inches and costs $9.50. (Hint: what does it mean if a pizza is “66.9 inches” ?)

  • How much is does each pizza cost per square inch?
Large pizza: Area: 356.15
Unit price: $0.038
Small pizza: Area: 200.96
Unit price: $0.047
  • Compare the two pizzas to find out which one is a better deal or if they are proportional in price.
The large pizza is a better deal. This is because the unit price is lower. Because of this, you can get more pizza per square inch.


Part III:
Research and answer the guiding questions below for Volume and Surface Area.

Volume is the the measurement of the space inside an object. We use this to determine how much something can hold or how big it is.
Surface area is the measurement of all the sides of a 3-dimensional figure. We use this to determine how large something is.
  • What are some everyday applications or examples where we might use volume?
We could use the volume of an object to know if it fits in our locker. For example, if I want to fit a big bag in my locker, I could use the volume.
  • What are some everyday applications or examples where we might use surface area?
Architects could use the surface area for blueprints and such when building.


Extra Problem:
A 12 inch pizza comes in a square box that is 13 inches across, and 2 inches deep.  
442 inch.
338 inch2
The makers of this pizza want to save money by using less cardboard in the box, so they make a round box with a diameter of 13 and a depth of 2 inches.
  • Do you think the pizza will fit in this new box?  Why?
Yes, because the diameter of the pizza is 12, so it would fit in a pizza box with a diameter of 13. If the pizza were in the box, it would still have 1 inch to fill up.
  • How much less cardboard will they need to make the new box?  (what percent of the original box is this?)
78.5%
  • What is the volume of the new box?
265.33%