Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Images of Greatness Reflection

          For my Images of Greatness project, I chose to research Elizabeth Blackwell. Elizabeth was the first woman to attend and graduate from a medical university. She also ran a clinic, a medical school for women, and helped establish many important health commissions. I consider her great because, well I'd never be able to do what she did. She had so much strength and grit. People were constantly telling her that becoming a doctor was impossible and yet she still continued to do what she was passionate about. Just imagining that if she would've given up, many women wouldn't get the opportunity to become a doctor or work in the medical profession.
          I am most proud of my essay for this project because I put so much effort, work, and time into writing it.
        I'd say the most challenging part of Images of Greatness was meeting all the deadlines and performing my bio riddle on stage. Everything seemed to take so long and I had to put in a lot of extra time outside of school to meet the deadlines. The hardest part though was definitely reciting my bio riddle on stage. Memorizing wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Every time we practiced in class I had it perfectly memorized, but on stage with all the people watching was a lot harder.
           I grew as a learner from this project because now I feel like I know so much more about researching and different ways to present our knowledge. I also improved as a person because learning about how rough it was for women in the 1800s makes me so much more thankful for what I have. This project helped me understand what hard work is really like and how giving up could hurt many others besides yourself.
           I could improve my work on this unit by including more of Elizabeth's achievements in my bio riddle. When I went back and looked at my bio riddle I realized I only included the brief things she did. I feel like if I included more information it would have been easier to guess.
          The best part of the Images of Greatness celebration was looking at everyone's projects and seeing how they portrayed their character. Everybody had their own way of designing their board and that was really cool to see. I also liked looking at all the hard work each of us put in and seeing it payback.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Des Moines Trip Reflection

        My favorite part of the Images of Greatness field trip was when we went to the Science Center. The museum was just so fascinating and there was so much to do. I also loved the Fire and Ice Demonstration, it was really interesting and funny. I liked being able to go off on our own and explore. I also liked the crime scene lab and the IMAX film was inspiring to say the least.
        One of the places we went on our overnight field trip was the Des Moines Art Center. I found the museum very diverse and interesting. There was lots of beautiful artwork and sculptures. At the art museum, my favorite piece was Terminal by Robert Smithson. The artwork consisted of 11 3D hexagons that stood up against one another. There were six on each side of one large hexagon and the closer to the center the larger they got. The best example of art was probably by Peter Alexander. The artwork was untitled, but fascinating to say the least. It was simply a glass figure, but it immediately caught my eye. A few artists names that I recognized were Picasso and Georgia O'Keeffe. I was very confused why The Great White way, 22 Miles, 9 Years 1 Street by William Pope L. was art. It was a video on a small T.V sitting on the ground surrounded by some black substance. The video was of a man crawling in a Superman costume while carrying a skateboard on his back. I could not figure out how that was art, considering anybody could have done this and it took no talent what-so-ever.
        I think the most educational part of the trip was when we visited the science center. There was so much to see and learn about. The IMAX film was very inspiring and eye-opening. I learned a lot about engineering and problem-solving. One specific thing I learned was that to make a building more wind resistant all you had to do is turn it slightly and make into a twist shape.
        The most fun thing we did on the trip was the crime scene lab at the science center. I personally really enjoy trying to solve mysteries and crimes. I loved trying to solve the crime and sort through the clues. I also enjoyed the free time that we got at the hotel. I didn't end up playing many board games, but swimming was very fun. I liked being able to just hang out and have some downtime for a little while.
        This trip fit the theme "Images of Greatness" in many different ways because everything we did had something to do with greatness. The art center stood for greatness in art; it was all about great artists and artwork. Going to Drake University showed greatness in education. We also visited the World Food Prize which showed greatness in food and agriculture. The science center stood for greatness in science and engineering. We even ate at Zombie Burger and I thought that was pretty great!
       If I could improve or change the trip in any way I would probably reduce the time spent at the World Food Prize. At the beginning it was interesting, but after awhile it got sort of dull and boring to be completely honest. I feel it is still very educational, just not necessarily enjoyable. I also think staying longer, maybe leaving Thursday morning, would be beneficial. It felt like things were crammed into one day and if we would've stayed longer maybe there would be more rest time.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Independent Project Reflection

      For my independent project, I decided to research video editing. I learned about early editing, different editing softwares, many editing styles, and a few editing techniques. For some of the editing techniques, I created my own examples in order to really understand different editing styles. I chose to present my knowledge in Prezi form because I felt it was organized and really conveyed what I wanted to show.
     My favorite part of this whole project was filming the different techniques. I really enjoyed learning about them and then being able to actually produce the technique. Filming the styles really made me grasp how difficult or easy different techniques are to create. I wasn't quite aware of how to shoot videos and edit the different styles. All and all filming was an entertaining way to learn and understand more about video editing.
     I think the hardest part of this project was wrapping my head around all of it. Some of the sites I used to research were very confusing and very detailed. It was also difficult to understand some of what the websites were talking about since I didn't know much about this subject.
     I improved as a learner and a student because this project made me understand so much more about technology in general. I also had to take complicated things and explain them in a simple way; I feel this project helped me improve on that. Video editing was something I wasn't familiar with and helped me improve as a learner.
     If I could redo this whole project the only thing I would do differently is managed my time better. Because of the fact that I made my own examples, this project took a lot longer than I originally planned. I would also make sure to use my class time to do the things I couldn't do outside of school.
     In the end, this project was very enjoyable and I really liked learning about video editing.

Monday, January 8, 2018

One Word

     If I had to describe my 2018 goals in just one word, that word would be energy. I debated many other words but finally settled on energy because it could have so many different meanings. Energy can also relate to many if not all of my goals.

     One of my main goals this year is to be motivated. Energy and motivation really work together on the concept of getting things done. In past years I have told myself I'm going to do certain things and then I don't. In 2018 I really want to have the energy and motivation to follow through with my goals.

     Similar to my previous goal, I want to try harder. Sometimes I tend to not care, especially if what I'm doing isn't important to me. So this year I want to put energy into everything I do even if it's not something I really care about.

     I also want to drink more water this year. I almost never drink water. I always get random headaches and I recently realized it was because I was dehydrated. Water is a very important factor in the amount of energy you have. I have very high expectations of myself and to fulfill all of my goals I need to have energy. I am also a pretty active person so drinking more water would be very essential.

     To have energy you need to sleep. I think I'm pretty good at getting enough sleep, but sometimes I stay up way too late trying to finish things. This year I'm going to try to get more sleep so that I can have the energy to meet my expectations. Sleep is also vital for good mental and physical health.

     In 2018 I want to be more energetic. I tend to think very negatively and I want to have more of a positive attitude. I normally just want to get things done and do them as quickly as possible. So this year my goal is to be happy and energetic about doing things and think on the positive side.

     Strength and energy both have the same meaning. This year I want to have more internal strength. I want to be strong enough to take things that people say and improve off of them. Make myself better and not just think everything anyone says to me is mean.

      All in all, this year I really just want to have the energy to do things, not to give up, to try harder, and have more of a positive mindset.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

To Kill A Mockingbird Reflection

In GOAL class, we just finished reading and watching To Kill A Mockingbird. After reading the book I was slightly disappointed in the movie.  I was sad that they didn't include lots of the book. Some of the most important, life lessons, were left out of the book. I definitely noticed some similarities and differences. Some things similar to the book were, the characters (even though lots of them were left out), the scene where Scout and Jem almost get killed, the trial, and the part where Jem and Dill go and touch Boo's house. Although there are some similarities, there are LOTS of differences. Many scenes were just left out. For example, the fire, the pageant (even though it was mentioned it wasn't shown), Ms. Dubose, specifically the part where they had to read to her, Francis, Aunt Alexander, Calpernia taking the children to church, and Atticus never says, "son where are your pants".
     The movie was similar to what I thought it would be like. I figured the book would be much better, although I was still disappointed. I was very excited to see certain scenes and then they were just left out. I didn't expect the characters to look anything like they did. I expected it to be old looking, but I didn't think the movie would be in black and white. If I could change anything I would change the characters. Scout would have long brown hair and NO bangs. The only character I expected to look the way they did was Atticus. I also would've included all the scenes. If all the parts of the book were in it than I would have LOVED the movie.
     The only thing I like in the movie more than I liked in the book was Dill and Atticus. Atticus' closing argument was much better than I expected. I also enjoyed Dill. I was sad that Dill never told his crazy stories, but I still really liked Dill. I'm not really sure why, but he was such a good character. I'm also disappointed that the movie didn't really show Dill and Scout's relationship. I feel like the movie was more Jem's point of view. Which I liked, but also didn't. I feel like they should make a movie in Atticus' point of view.
     Overall, I was disappointed in the movie. It wasn't necessarily bad, I was just expecting more. I was sad that lots of the scenes were cut out. I also noticed many of the details needed to make it interesting weren't there.

Friday, October 20, 2017

DWA Publishing 1ST Quarter

     There are many, many, many things that get on my nerves, but here are a few. People who act like they are better than they are. They think they're "all that" when in reality they aren't. Stuck up people also get on my nerves. People who walk really slow in the hallway. I hate walking behind these people because I feel like I'm going to be late. Stupid people also get on my nerves. I already understand what the teacher is saying, but yet she has to reteach it 2000 more times just so that everyone gets it. People, in general, get on my nerves. Why do we have to be so dumb!? Can't we all just get along and not fight!? My sister gets on my nerves. She can't clean up after herself, she acts stupid 24/7 and has to know everything about my life. So there are just some things of the many things that get on my nerves.

     I think the difference between a house and a home is, a house is the structure. The building part, the actual house. A home is the love inside. You wouldn't consider a barn a home, but it could be a house. Maybe not for people, but for animals. It's all about how much life is inside. If you take care of your house, have stuff hanging up, there's love inside, then it's a home. I also think a home is full of memories, a house not so much.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Words of Wisdom

This project really made me understand the meaning behind most quotes. Before I didn't really think about how quotes could relate to me and my life. The words of wisdom I received really taught me that quotes can relate to my life. I also learned that the words in the quote don't matter, it's the meaning behind them. The quote could say something about animals, but it's really referring to humans and the things they do. I never knew how much you could learn from quotes. Even the simple ones can mean/teach a lot.