Thursday, March 31, 2016

The First Months of 2016 at School

This quarter, I've learnt and experienced many things. In three sections (growth, challenges, and success) I'm going to sum up some key points in my academic semester so far. 

SUCCESS:


A clear success was in Humanities. My writing has been at a constant rate of success. In the beginning of the semester, I challenged myself a lot to meet the expectations of my teacher. That paid off, as now I can write a paper faster, and pretty well.

Example Humanities paragraph:
Prompt: Did Communist leaders use violence to achieve equality for the peasants/working class or to establish their own personal power?

Vladimir Lenin, the first Russian communist leader, decided that the only realistic way to attain equality in Russia was to use violence, however it was more often used to establish his own personal power than for fairness. According to a document called “Communism in Russia”, it is described that Lenin and his fellow communists began the Red Terror campaign, who executed over 200,000 people, because they opposed the new government. This demonstrates that communists were fearful of the anti-communists, therefore going to great lengths to keep up their power. Also, one third of the Bolshevik party was expelled for disagreeing with Lenin about the NEP in 1921. This proves that even Lenin’s co-workers were forced out of his government for opposing him and his ideas. In the end, the impression is given the only approach the communists took to maintain their power, was violence, and that this was to ensure that there was no competition or opposition threatening their rule.


GROWTH:

An obvious growth that I have had, was in my Portuguese class. We've had to write many blog posts and dialogues that have improved my writing and speaking skills. I used to mix up the different verb tenses a lot, but now I'm improving and noticing that people are understanding what I'm saying. Through assignments that my teacher assigned me, such as summative blogposts, I can honestly say that I've gotten much better. A core value that I demonstrated, was perseverance and risk-taker. First learning the language was really hard, but I had to really push myself and now I can pick it up easier. 

Blog Post example:

"Aedes Aegypti" não seja o principal vetor de propagação do vírus Zika

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O artigo do BBC BRASIL.

Em muito detail, este artigo do Marina Wentzel, um repórter da BBC, descreve novos descobrimentos sobre o vírus Zika. Cientistas já descobriram que esse vírus pode ser transmitido por outros mosquitos. A Margaret Chan, diretora geral da OMS, disse que uma outra espécie está causando isso também. Depois da descobrimento, cientistas tem muitos lacunas científicas, mas não tem respostas.
Durante o artigo, eu fiquei mais e mais com surpresa e choque. Porque assim, o virus pode ser mais e mais transmitido, e mais pessoas podem ser infetado. Para o nosso próximo geração, isto é um futuro mal, pelo razão que as crianças que fui nascido de um mãe com Zika, tem cabeças anormalmente pequena, que tem efeitos negativos para o inteligência deles. Eu tenho muito medo para esse futuro, e espero que isso nunca vai acontecer. Eu espero que as cientistas fazem a isto sua prioridade, porque o mundo precisa um solução rápido. 
A speech that I presented to my class. 


CHALLENGES:

A challenge that I've faced, was in BRSS. Even though I have vastly improved my Portuguese speaking and writing skills, it is still a challenge to be in this class. Being surrounded by native Portuguese speakers, it is hard to follow along. They talk really fast, and the information is difficult to comprehend sometimes. Nevertheless, I am persevering. I've started to take notes more often and just asking my peers for help, as they can translate it to me and summarise what the teacher said. A core value that I am demonstrating in this class, is critical thinker. I need to think about the words and information that I'm hearing, because I might understand things in a way that I shouldn't, and without thinking about what I'm hearing, I won't ever learn from it.

LEARNING HABITS

The class in which I demonstrated how the learning habits impacted me as a learner, was math. Some units in math were a little challenging for me, and that is when I demonstrated the learning habit Perseverance/Risk-Taker. I had to push myself to understand things, and I took risks when solving a problem even if I wasn't completely sure. I demonstrated inclusivity in my class because the class is mostly made up of students I didn't really talk to before I actually worked with them in class. Now, I know everybody and don't mind at all who I'm working with. Responsibility was obvious this quarter when I completed all my assignments and made sure that I was up-to-date with my learning. Lastly, I represented the learning habit 'curious', when I did extra problems and tried new methods to try to solve some problems. Even if the methods didn't work, it was a learning experience either way.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ampliando a coscientização.

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Como ampliar a conscientização para preservação do meio ambiente, seja ele urbano, rural, ou campestre?

Toda gente do mundo poderia fazer alguma coisa para melhorar o nosso mundo. Se todas as pessoas do mundo fizessem só uma coisa, o nosso mundo faria tudo bem e com nenhuma problema. O único problema é que nem não todas as pessoas entendem ou sabem que tem uma problema no mundo

Em situações urbanas, nós podemos ampliar a conscientização de muitas maneiras. Por exemplo, folhetos espalhados na cidade e propaganda na televisão ou no rádio podem ampliar a conscientização, porque estas são coisas or lugares que envolveram muito da vida de muitas pessoas.
Em lugares rurais ou campestres, precisamos falar e explicar mais, porque a maioria das vezes, as pessoas que vivem aqui não tem aceso a tecnologias que tem na cidade.

Eu acho que, se pessoas ficassem informadas, uma mudança poderia acontecer.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

"Aedes Aegypti" não seja o principal vetor de propagação do vírus Zika

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O artigo do BBC BRASIL.

Em muito detail, este artigo do Marina Wentzel, um repórter da BBC, descreve novos descobrimentos sobre o vírus Zika. Cientistas já descobriram que esse vírus pode ser transmitido por outros mosquitos. A Margaret Chan, diretora geral da OMS, disse que uma outra espécie está causando isso também. Depois da descobrimento, cientistas tem muitos lacunas científicas, mas não tem respostas.
Durante o artigo, eu fiquei mais e mais com surpresa e choque. Porque assim, o virus pode ser mais e mais transmitido, e mais pessoas podem ser infetado. Para o nosso próximo geração, isto é um futuro mal, pelo razão que as crianças que fui nascido de um mãe com Zika, tem cabeças anormalmente pequena, que tem efeitos negativos para o inteligência deles. Eu tenho muito medo para esse futuro, e espero que isso nunca vai acontecer. Eu espero que as cientistas fazem a isto sua prioridade, porque o mundo precisa um solução rápido. 

Monday, March 07, 2016

Qual profissão eu quero baseado nas dez profissões mais felizes?

Qual delas você (não) gostaria de ter? Por quê (não)?

As dez profissões mais felizes:
1. Clérigos (padres ou pastores)
2. Bombeiros
3. Fisioterapeutas
4. Escritores
5. Professores de educação especial
6. Professores
7. Artistas
8. Psicólogos
9. Vendedores de serviços financeiros
10. Operários ou “engenheiros de operação”

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Se eu precisei escolher um dos empregos na lista, eu acho que eu escolha o escritor, a artista, ou o pscíologo. Eu gosto muito de escrever e faz coisas criativas, e se eu escolheu o escritor ou o artista, eu posso escrever e desenhar tudo que eu quero, com nenhum restrição. E também eu escolheria o psicólogo, por que eu gosto de ajudar pessoas e resolver problemas que eles tem. Mas, eu acho que eu não vou escolher o bombeiro, por que tem muitos riscos e é um emprego muito caótico.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Reflecting on the Russian Revolution

How do you learn history, economics, politics, and geography (social studies) best? Did this unit provide those methods? Some examples: read textbooks, read primary documents, answer questions, discuss, debate, complete hands-on activities, participate in simulations, create dramatic performances, watch videos, listen to stories, create or analyse art . . .

After this unit, I've learned a lot more about how I learn and how I understand material. One of the things I've seen is that by reading modern documents that contain an in-depth explanation about the topic, I'll be able to make clear sense of the topic. Also, I prefer to have everything in one document. Having multiple pieces of paper and a variety of sources is good, however I see that I work better if it's all organised and easy to access/find. Another thing I've noticed about myself is that I like to learn through simulations or through performances. When I act, my mind transforms into the person or the character, and I can see and understand the process or event from their point of view. When we were doing the power simulation, I felt a little annoyed and competitive when my power is decreasing or increasing. After the simulation, I understood more how the process had worked and I could see the power of the actions of the competing leaders at the time.

What important lessons or ideas will you remember from this unit, and could those lessons/ideas help you in the future?
An important lesson that I learned in this unit, is that nobody believes in the same values as I do. Ideas can be similar, but in the end, everybody thinks and acts differently. From that, I learned that I have to always be open-minded to different ideas and I have to be prepared that people are going to disagree with me and have a valid reason to. This lesson is very important for in the future, as in the world there are so many more cultures and religions and ethnicities that all have different values and norms.

Who decided what you will remember from this unit? How did you decide what was important?
I decide what I will remember from this unit, even if other people want me to remember specific aspect of the unit, I will be the one that is going to remember. I'm most likely going to remember the main ideas of the forms of an economy, as I predict that I'm going to be talking about economies in the near future, and I'm going to remember the big actions that the Russian leaders took, as I can learn from them and I also feel like their choices dictated how the Russian Revolution went.
 
An example of your choice of HIPP (new or from our unit), or an application you could use it for outside of this unit.


A political cartoon and your application of analysis, or your thoughts about analysing political cartoons, or a reason why political cartoons are used.


Why do we continue to use DBQ in our course, or a critique of DBQ, or how does DBQ work for you as a learner?
The DBQ paragraphs have helped improve my writing a lot, and over the course of the school year, it is also become very noticeable. Before Mr. Hillman introduced this form of academic writing, I wrote really long, repetitive paragraphs and I had trouble writing in clear and concise sentences. The DBQ format has helped me to structure my writing and it has helped me to stay on topic and make sure that everything all fits together.
 
A picture, emoji, drawing, or symbol that sums up for you an important element of this unit, with a caption explaining your choice.

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I think that this image of a plant growing shows the evolution and progress of things. Evolution was seen when Lenin and Stalin rose to power; how they evolved as leaders. The Russian Revolution itself was an evolution of a country, as it became another step closer to the country it was in the 1990s. I also think that for me personally this plant growing demonstrates my learning, as my knowledge of economics and politics in real life increased immensely. I used to be very confused about these complicated subjects, but completing this unit, I can honestly say that I understand this a lot more, and I also have an in-depth understanding, not just basics.