Friday, May 18, 2018

Images of Greatness Reflection

     This quarter in goal class we researched a person we thought was great because of our personal definition of greatness. I chose to research Princess Diana, I chose her because I think a lot of people thought of her as just a Princess when really she did so many great things, she helped over 44 charities in her short life and all of that while battling with depression. I also think I was drawn to her because she was just an average person growing up she didn't grow up in an extremely famous family she lived a normal life until marriage. Another reason I think she is great is because she was simply a kind person and I think often when people think of great they think Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, ect and people that are just kind people don't get enough credit. People may know that she did charity work but a lot of people don't know everything she did and everything she suffered with and I really wanted to help everyone be more aware with my project.
     I think the thing that made me most proud was after I had presented and people came around to visit my exhibit. Many came up to me saying how much they loved her, how great she was, and it was so sad how she lived such a short life. After they complimented her then they said to me "You did such a good job portraying her"and "I don't think anyone could've done a better job portraying her". It made me proud how people were saying I did a great job portraying her because she was such a great person and I think that's the biggest compliment I could have received.
     I think the most challenging part of this project was the Bio-Riddle. I'm not good at rhyming and I'm not good at memorizing so it was kind of a lose-lose. Eventually, I made it rhyme every other word or so that way if I got lost I could remember the parts that rhymed.
     I think I grew as a student, I think I learned that sometimes if you want it to turn out like you expect you have to put in the work. I think sometimes I'm more laid back during projects but for this project I told myself that I was gonna work hard to make it my best project since it was my last in my middle school career. I think the work that I put in paid off. I also found that it is a lot easier to finish a project when you are on top of it and don't do everything last minute.
     I think if I could change something it would probably be the bio-riddle and research. I feel like I could've made it flow better. If it would've flowed better I think I could've done a better job memorizing. I also think if I would've researched more I could know more about her and it would make the rest of the project easier.
     My favorite part of Images of greatness was when everyone came around to look at our exhibits. I enjoyed looking at everyone's board and eating food. I also liked hanging out backstage because it was fun.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

8th Grade Goal: Des Moines Trip Reflection

     Recently our Goal class went on a trip to Des Moines to visit the art museum, the science center, and the World food Prize. My favorite part of this trip was the science museum, I enjoyed this part of the trip because between our sessions we had free time to go to whatever we wanted and there was tons of stuff to do. My personal favorite was the bubble station, but I also really enjoyed our sessions. The Crime Lab was fun, the IMAX movie was super cool, but my all-time favorite session was the Fire and Ice lab the leader was funny and had some cool tricks.
     At the art museum, we had to write down 4 different topics. Our favorite piece of artwork, the best example of what we believe art is, the artists names we recognized, and why is it art award.  My favorite piece of artwork was titled "LA Like: Transgressing the Pacific: where Aimee Semple Mcpherson Disappeared" by Zoe Crosher, this was a traveling piece and it was a series of pictures from where people disappeared at, on, or near the Pacific ocean, I thought this was a super cool idea. My best example of art was titled "Land Shaft" by Gerhard Richter. My idea of art is something original and different and I thought this piece of art represented that. I only recognized one artist on this trip, I really don't know anything about art so it came to a great surprise that I knew one person, this person was Pablo Picasso he is a very famous artist so I'm proud that I knew one person. Last but not least, my why is it art award goes to "No Title" by Eva Hesse, this piece of "art" was 4 boxes with two things that looked like roots sticking out of each box, to me it just seemed very odd and I didn't understand why it was at the museum.  Here is a picture of what it looked like:

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     I think the most educational part of this trip was visiting Drake University, it was nice having someone that was very relatable and she didn't know everything about the school like a typical tour guide because she wasn't one, because she wasn't a tour guide she was very honest which I appreciate. However, the most educational part of Drake was when she was talking about the difference between professors at Drake and some of the bigger schools like Iowa State and Iowa, at bigger schools most of the time they don't even know your name. I will definitely consider that when looking for a college in the future.
     I would have to say the most fun part of this field trip educationally was the art museum, I enjoyed being able to walk around wherever and see all the different art pieces even though some were a bit odd. Although I would have to say my favorite part non-educationally was our free time at the hotel, it was fun swimming and hanging out with everyone in the lobby.
     I think the trip fits the theme "Images of Greatness" in many different ways. At the art museum, we got to see many different pieces that many artists did each was different and unique and that is a great accomplishment especially getting it plastered in an art museum where so many people can see it. It made those artists and Image of Greatness in their own way. At the World Food Prize, we got to see the many accomplishments people had in solving world hunger, which is huge. Making those people an Image of Greatness. Last but not least, the Science museum it was fun but it also was very educational, we saw the great things people accomplished and invented, making those people an Image of Greatness.
     I don't think I want to change anything about this trip if I could, it was very educational but fun at the same time.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Independent Project Reflection

My topic for my Independent Project was Veterinarians and veterinary specialists, I talked about what they do, schooling, and how much money they make. I presented on Prezi. What I liked the most about this project was that I got to learn more about this topic because I want to be a Vet so it was interesting to see the different jobs you could go into and see what I was most interested in. I would say the hardest part of this project was finding good sources that were also reliable, this was difficult because there are a lot of sources about vets, but they either just repeat what I had already learned or they just weren't reliable. I improved as a learner because I learned more about this topic and things I didn't know came with being a vet.  I also have always wanted to be a vet thats always been one of my goals and I learned during this project that I would really like to be a vet. If I could do this project all over again I would definitely  include more pictures the slides were kind of boring, but I would also try to include more stuff about vets because I feel like I focused more on Vet specialists, but in order to be a Vet Specialist you also need the schooling and education of a general Vet practitioner, so with all that said I should've talked more about general Vet practitioners.This was a great project choice because I learned a lot from in that could benefit me in the future.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

One Word

       This year in goal, our teacher tried out a new project called one word, our job for this project was to come up with one word that you over all want to achieve this year.  My one word for this year is Positivity. This word immediately came to mind when this project was brought up. I thought of this because I am a pretty negative person and struggle with positivity, right when I am presented with something all of the bad things about it start going through my head instead of the good things about it. In 2018 I really want to work on this and become a more positive person.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird Blog Post

The Movie to Kill a Mockingbird does not even come close to comparing to the book. I mean there are similarities and differences. Such as the book and movie both have the same storylines and the movie has the most important parts of it but it also left out some of the best parts. It left out one of the mockingbird references, the line "One down, two to go." and much more that may not be important to some people but the movie kind of felt incomplete because of some of the lines weren't in there. At least for me, the movie did not at all compare to my expectations it was still good but I just don't think it's possible to make a movie that would affect someone the same way the book did. If I could change the movie, the main thing I would change would be, adding in more of the important lines/people that a lot of people remember, such as including the other mockingbird line, including Aunt Alexandra etc. Everything in the movie was kind of how I imagined it in the book, minus the way the characters looked. Everyone looked completely different than I imagined.

Friday, October 20, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

People should never be...
            People should never be mean. Let's face it no one is perfect, and no one has ever been nice 24/7. We are all guilty of being mean sometimes, including me. The main thing I really can't stand though is when people are mean all the time, for no reason what so ever. I mean you could just be sitting there minding your business when Becky comes up to you and calls you ugly or something. Those are the kind of people this DWA is turned towards because I honestly can't stand people like Becky. It's human nature to be mean sometimes I mean we can't really help it. People like Becky though need to learn how to be nicer people, Ok Becky?

Would you rather have a job you hate that pays a lot or a job you love that could only get you by?
           I would have both, at first I would get a job that I hate and paid a lot. I would do this first because then I could buy a house and all necessities and then after about 5-10 years of this awful job, I would switch to a job I enjoy and doesn't pay a lot. I would do this because then I would have money and only have to suffer for 5-10 years and also have a job that I love.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Words of Wisdom

The thing I took away from this project is how different everyone is. I didn't really think about it when we were writing down the quotes, but now that I go back and reflect on it I realize it. The reason there is such a variety of quotes is because everyone experiences and goes through different things in life. I really enjoyed this project because I got to see everyone's view on life.