Friday, March 17, 2017

History Day Reflection

We, as in Delaney Breen, Hannah Bergren, and I did a website about Lewis Hine and how he changed the future for children.
https://nhd.weebly.com/weebly/main.php

     The thing I like most about our project is the information and how it looks because the information in my opinion is really good and will teach a viewer of our website a lot and how it looks because it's in black and white for the "olden times" and it just fits with topic.
     One interesting thing I learned about our topic is that Lewis Hine sometimes disguised himself as a maintenance worker, an employee, etc. so he could get into places where people wouldn't allow photographers. This interests me because he cared so much about the children he risked his job and reputation to "call out" the people who were working performing child labor. Another thing that interested me a lot was that in order to tell a child's' height, he used the buttons on his vest. This is interesting because he improvised and used his resources well.
     The hardest part of this project was DEADLINES! The deadlines scared the crap out of me. The time seemed to just fly by and I was thinking if we don't meet deadlines we are going to fail or get an F on this project.
     I improved by a learner by learning how to use noodle tools a whole lot better and with annotated bibliographies.
      To be honest I don't think there is anything I want to improve on our website because we did our best and it looks great!
    The thing I'm most proud of when it comes to our project is how well we worked together. Hannah, Delaney, and I are close, but we also had some problems that we had to work out and agree to disagree.
    Our topic relates to the history day theme because Lewis stood up for children safety their rights to go to school instead of having to stay home and go to work to help support their family.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

       When I first heard we were doing a shakespeare unit, my first thought was "Ugh, this guy is so boring and this is going to be a boring unit." I probably thought it like that because I didn't know much about him besides he wrote plays and to me that boring. Now that I've learned more about him, I really enjoy learning about him and reading his plays. One of the reasons that I really like him now is because when we acted out and read Taming of the Shrue I learned his ways of writing and that he was a humorous type of guy and wanted to express that in some way. Another reason that I like him now is because when we went on our field trip and looked at all of the books and the folio I enjoyed listening about the information about him and the books.
        In the end was Kate tamed? I don't think she was "tamed." I feel that she felt no one loved her and had no support from anyone and it just made her sad and she acted out on anger. Then when Petruchio came and she kept telling him no, like when he said they were getting married Sunday and she said, "I'll see you hanged Sunday!" She just wasn't used to feeling of having someone there for her and thought he was playing her, but then later realized that he actually loved her and she loved him, too because when he said "Come on and kiss me Kate" She did it with out hesitation. So I don't think she was tamed or not tamed, but loved in a way she didn't realize in the beginning.
         Shakespeare's first folio is important because all of his plays are in it except Taming of the Shrue. It has a lot of value because it's super old and Shakespeare is famous for all of his plays and only certain people will ever get to own or touch one because they are worth a lot and hold a lot of history between each page.
         Shakespearean insults and death scenes helped my understanding and confidence with shakespeare by being able to know some insults like common-kissing, swag-bellied, or even pignut, and understanding them when there are a lot of people who don't understand them. It gives me a sense of smartness because I spent 4 weeks in class learning this kind of stuff.
          I think it is still important to learn about Shakespeare after 400 years because he has made a lot of history between writing plays and theatre. It's important to know because when we grow up and see something that is from Shakespeare or hinting towards Shakespeare it'd be nice to be able to understand it.
       



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

My academic goal for this year is to have all A's and be able to get great grades on test and the ITBS test because I want to be able to go to a college where they say that they see that I have outstanding grades and am a wonderful student. I know that sounds a little cheesy, but thats what I want for the start of a new college. I also set this goal because I will get more privileges from my parents and teachers, I will know that I've reached my point of my last years goals too if I reach this years goal.
           My personal behavior goal is to follow Trojan PRIDE. I usually follow Trojan PRIDE, but if I'm around the wrong people I'll create trouble that could've been prevented if I was around the right people. Another reason I also set this goal is because I want to earn, not get, earn a reward at a assembly to show my parents I deserved this reward and that this school really teaches you to be a better person throughout your education and not take it for granted.
           My improvement goal is to study more often and practice things that are difficult for me even if it means having people who are good at it think I'm dumb or stupid. I often get caught up in technology and social media which is why I don't study at home,  but when I do actually study I get this sense that I should already know this because the "smart" kids do and I'm in goal, but this year I'm going to study no matter what situation and shut my phone off when it's study time. I'm going to practice math, geography, or whatever it is I need to practice even if people look at me in a way that makes me feel bad because when I get a good  grade on the test I was studying for or practicing something I was having a hard time with, those people won't matter.


Thursday, June 2, 2016


The project Sarah and I decided to research on was the roles of children for the Westward Expansion Project because I thought it would be something different and interesting. We covered topics on education, work, play,  how they got around, and just some random facts we couldn't organize so we just added it in with the family facts. I hope you enjoyed our topic and learned some new stuff!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Pandas vs. Hamsters Reflection

  My project is about pandas and hamsters being compared to each other, so I compared their similarities and differences. I chose this project because I wanted to do three topics and pandas and hamsters were two so I found a way to combine them together to do them both.
The thing in project that made me the most proud was my ability to think of a way to combine two topics and the way that it turned out that it actually showed what I was thinking in my head, this made me the most proud because I had fun thinking of it and making something fun!
Two interesting things I learned was that hamsters don't like climbing and pandas are show offs. My explanation for why this was the most interesting was because the hamsters I see are always climbing and when I watch panda cams the pandas are playing, but they never look like show offs to me.
If I could improve my project I would have less words and more pictures on my Prezi and if I could add extra I would add more similarities on different subjects about them!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Invent Iowa Reflections


The problem in the world that I am trying to solve is communication with the deaf. I have a deaf cousin who with other people, it's hard to communicate with because he can't hear and others don't know sign language. Most of the time my family uses writing or texting/captions to communicate with him, because they don't have a passion for ASL or are just to lazy to try and learn it, so most of the time I have to be a translator for my family and him. I take ASL classes Monday-Friday after school and Sunday and Saturday mornings with my ASL tutor. My hands are so sore all the time unless I let them soak in icy water for awhile. If I could modify or change anything on my invention it would be to add my explanation because I forgot to because I was so caught up on writing, researching, and making my display board that I just totally forgot to make an explanation. My advise for future inventors is Time Management because I would work on my display board and then my phone would go off. I would tell myself to leave it, but then when it kept going off I couldn't help it and I was on my phone until 11 o'clock at night and then when my phone died, I'd get on my tablet; tablet dead, working on project until 3:00 in the morning. I think that time management is always the hardest for inventors because there is always distractions everywhere! So keep mentally strong!!