Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 Independent Project

        I used Prezi to create my project on Hurling, which is an Irish sport that is a cross between lacrosse, golf, and baseball, and has been played for thousands of years around the globe. My favorite thing about this project was learning about all of the ways to score and how to tackle in different ways while playing the game. The hardest part of this project, though, was citing my sources on Noodletools, which can get very irritating sometimes.
        The area that I grew the most in was making a presentation on Prezi, with all of the embedding and inserting of different things into your presentation. If I could redo my project, I would combine a script with my notes instead of using just my notes during my presentation.
        Overall, this project was really fun and I really enjoy being able to research whatever sparked my interest.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

One Word

My "One Word" is the word CONTENTMENT. CONTENTMENT means happiness and satisfaction, and I want to be able to surround myself with people and opportunities that make me have those experiences. I also want to look at every occurrence as an opportunity, and to be able to find humor and enjoyment in every opportunity. CONTENTMENT is a good word for me because I feel like I've been in such a rush to get everywhere, and that I haven't taken the time to enjoy what I am doing.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

TKAM Reflection

Some things that were similar between the book and the movie were that the trial was the same, and the overview of the story and its main idea are the same. However, lots of things were missing in the movie, like they skipped the whole winter, and also skipped the part where the kids acted out Boo's life. I imagined it way better in my head. They also did a horrible job at acting out Bob Yule's death. These are just some of the things that make me disappointed in the movie. I understand they can't include every part, but it still isn't nearly as fun. I would've added in the scene in the winter when Ms. Maudie's house caught on fire. I also wouldn't've combined Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Stephanie into one character. Overall, I think the book was better than the movie.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

          What I think the statement "People with power have a lot harder time doing what's right than people who don't have as much power" means is, usually, people with power only think about what would make them the happiest, not what would be the best in the long run. Also, I think that people can do a lot better adjusting to change vs administering the change. I believe that most people all have their ideas of what would make the world the best place, but if given that point of power, they would buckle under the pressure. I think that they would end up doing what they think is the best for people, versus hearing out what others have to say and adjusting their plan to what everyone agrees is the best one.

          I think "The pen is mightier than the sword" means that what you say means more than what you do. I disagree. I think that actions speak louder than words is more accurate because you can say or write anything, but what you do about it is what counts.  You could write to someone "I want to be your friend," but if you totally ignore them and are mean to them, then what you wrote means nothing to them. Now, I'm not saying that the pen isn't powerful, since it is used to sign treaties and stop wars, but usually a pen isn't used, like to stop a war, until people have pre-determined what the pen would say with their sword.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Words of Wisdom

What I learned from this project is that with age comes wisdom. I believe in this because older people have had more time on this earth to experience and ponder life's lessons vs the younger kids who haven't. I also believe that I learned some social skills for working up the nerve to ask a complete stranger for the words that they live by, and in turn also learned that it can get kind of awkward when you have to ask a complete stranger at Hy-Vee how old they are.

Monday, March 20, 2017

History Day Reflection

For National History Day, the project we chose to research is the Apollo 11 Mission, done in the form of an exhibit, and our thesis is, "July 20th, 1969 was the day that the U.S. took a stand by successfully completing the Apollo 11 Mission of putting a man on the moon, and proving to the world that mankind can explore beyond earth."

What I like most about my project is how we made the board. I enjoyed cutting the board's shape outline out of subfloor wood with a jigsaw. I also enjoyed power sanding and painting the board, too. Overall, this project was really fun to make and design.

One thing that I learned during this project was that there were 5 previous NASA Apollo missions that had to take place before the Apollo 11 mission could launch, and successfully land a man on the moon. This interested me because it showed that there is a lot that mankind didn't know before the Apollo 11 mission. Another thing that I learned was that the thrust-to-weight ratio for the Apollo 11 Mission rocket, Saturn V, was 2.124:1. This interested me because I had wanted to know how powerful the engines were on the rocket, and how much weight the Saturn V rocket could lift.

The hardest part of this project was deciding which project our group should work on because there were so many topics that we could chose to work on. I think it was almost even harder for us to decide because we had so many different ideas that we each thought was the best to work on, and we had to come to a consensus. I think was the hardest part of the project.

One spot that I definitely grew in as a student was attention stamina. At the beginning of the project, I could only stay on topic about 5 minutes. But as the quarter progressed, I was able to stay focused for longer and longer periods of time, and even sometimes ended up working through the whole class period without interruption. This was one way I grew as a student during this unit.

What I would like to improve or add to the project is a more detailed response to the questions in the Process Paper. I would like to get as close as I could to the 500 word limit, as well. I would also like to go over the annotations to the photos as a group and possibly improve them. I believe we are solid on all other aspects of the project, so I wouldn't like to make any changes elsewhere, because I think our efforts to make the project better would just make it worse.

What I am most proud of in the project is the board itself because I am the one who mainly made the board. First, I outlined the shape of where to cut the board with a carpenters pencil, going off of our pre-planned design. Next, I used a jigsaw to cut the board into to its shape. After that, I helped Nick sand down the edges of the board to refine the board's shape. Finally, we all three painted the tri-fold to our desired colors. Although this took about 4 hours to complete, I enjoyed doing it, and would possibly do it again in the future.

How our topic of the Apollo 11 Mission relates to the NHD theme, "Taking a stand in history," is by it being the first time that a human had been landed on the lunar surface. Walking on the moon had never been done before, therefore making this event important in history, and taking a stand. This is how July 20, 1969, was an important day in history, and how it proved to the world that mankind can explore beyond Earth.