Thursday, May 17, 2018

Images of Greatness Reflection

I did my Images of Greatness project on Margaret Hamilon. She is a systems engineer, computer scientist, and now a buisness owner. She is most famous for writing code for the Apollo 11 mission and beyond that also worked on Skylab and the SAGE Project. I think she's great because at the time software engineering wasn't even technically considered a profession, she actually came up with the term. Margaret and her team all had to pretty much teach themselves almost everything they knew. Not only did she do this, but she was the leader of multiple teams which was a position not many women got an opportunity to do at the time and I think that really just shows how great she was at what she did. These are also things I admire very much about her. She worked hard at everything she did and never gave up.

I think the work I put into my board is what I'm most proud of in this project. You have to include things that will tell them about what the person did, without making it too overpowering. I also double bordered everything and spent two hours cutting out her name and my timeline so yeah, I'm pretty proud                                                                                 of myself for that too.

The most challenging part of this project for me was the bio-riddle. Writing it and also presenting it. Writing was hard because mine rhymed and it's really hard to make it rhyme, and flow well. I also wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to include in it so I just kind of threw some stuff together and went from there. After the writing was done, we then had to memorize them and memorization is definitley not my strong point. I even rewrote mine because it flowed so poorly and had really bad rhymes. Then, when we presented, I froze up four times. The only reason I didn't run off stage the first time I froze up is because I looked around the room and I looked at Kevin Kretz. I just found him sitting in the audience and thought to myself, Kevin wouldn't started crying and run off stage. That's The Kevin Kretz. Then I kept going, and proceeded to freeze up again. It's not that I didn't have it memorized, I just go blank when I get up in front of people.

I think as a learner I grew in the sense that I now understand what it's like to be genuinely super stressed out at school over one project. For me school has never been super hard. I usually can get in class assignments done with no questions and can typically even get them in somewhat early. This year I've been really stressed about algebra because it's homework every night and it's really easy to get behind, but even that is just a bunch of small assignments. It's not one extended assignment. This was a multiple part assignment and there was really no time to get behind. You have to do estensive research followed by an essay. After that a timeline and then bio-riddle. Then you have to make your board while trying to memorize your bio-riddle. Then you make food and before you know it you're on stage having an internal panic attack. It's a lot of stress for one project but I think I now know how to handle these types of projects much better.

If I could improve work on this project I would make a better bio riddle and board. I really just felt like my board wasn't good at all. GOAL is a class filled with talented perfectionists and I can't seem to do anything right so compared to everyone else's I felt like my board was just really bad. The same goes for bio-riddle. I even re-wrote mine but I still just wasn't happy with it. I went with it though because there's no way I'd have time to re-write and memorize it.

The part I found most enjoyable overall would be getting to see everyone dressed up. Everyone looked so completely different and people were dressed in clothes from so many different time periods I just thought it was really interesting and fun to see it all.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Independent Project 2018

  I did my independent project on the Ku Klux Klan this year. My project was made to inform people on the group. It includes the history of the group, what they do, and why they do the things that they do. I did my project in the form of a prezi.
I like the history section and the interview video most about my project. I like the hisory part because it gives an idea on how the group came to be and how it has developed over the years. I like the video because I think it really gives people an idea of how members of the KKK think since it's the words of a person actually in the Klan.
I would say that the hardest part of my project would be finding sources that aren't primarily opinion based seen as it is a very contriversial and opinionated topic.
I think that the hardship of finding reliable sources is also a way that I've grown as a learner. You have to learn which sources are good for facts and will actually give you the information that you need and I think I've improved with that.
If I could do this over again I think I would try to memorize my script more. I had most of it at least somewhat memorized but I still looked at my cards a lot. Mainly because I was scared but I think if I knew more of it I might've been more confident and less scared.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

One Word 2018

I chose endeavor as my one word goal. I chose endeavor because it's a fancy word for try. I want to try more this year. Try to be happier. Try to be a better friend. Try to be a better student. Try to be a better sister. Try to sleep more. Try to involve myself more. Try to walk my dog more. Try to learn to like myself more. Try to be able to order my own food at a restaurant. Try to be healthier. The list goes on. I just want to try more. For a long time I tried really hard and then I just kind of stopped. Since this school year started I've been trying to do those things, but I feel like I just don't try as much as I could. Try. Attempt. Venture. Strive. Endeavor.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

To Kill A Mockingbird Reflection

I personally thought that the To Kill A Mockingbird movie did a pretty accurate portrayal of the book. It obviously had the majority of the characters that were in the book. It also included the main event in the book; being the Tom Robinson trial. However, it didn't include much of the fun things they did over the summer. It also didn't include anything about the first time they saw snow, "Son, where are your pants? It also didn't include them reading to Mrs. DUbose, Jem hearing Boo laugh while retrieving the tire, it also altered the way that Tom dies. I personally would have included more about the things they did over the summer. There were lots of little things that taught them big lessons that they left out. I don't think anything had been better than I imagined, I had pretty clear images in my head and the movie did most of them some justice. I think that the movie did the book quite a bit of justice. I didn't like it as much as the book obviously but I did still enjoy it.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

I think "talk less say more" means to have meaning and purpose behind the words you say. You could be talking, but have no purpose behind your words. But i feel like saying something means it genuinely has meaning behind it. I'm not sure why, but the word just somehow seems more meaningful, powerful. That/s what thought out words are, meaningful and powerful. Talking gives you something to hear, saying something gives you something to think about.

There are many things that get on my nerves. People that know me even just decently well know this.
Things that get on my nerves:
I simple cannot stand ignorant people. I find it so ridiculous when people are so close minded and refuse to even try to understand others' points of view.
-Not being listened to
I hate the feeling of being ignored or my thought being unheard. You can say something millions of times, and some people will hear you, but simply won't listen. This is similar to ignorance, and it makes me want to scream/
-Being left out
I'll see Instagram posts and Snapchat stories of people (usually my friends) and think to myself, "Huh, that's interesting." They're all hanging out without me. It's even worse when they discussed it with you and made plans while you were there. Making you think you would be invited, but then, you're just not.
-Overly happy people
I hate overly nice/happy people. How can someone be so happy and positive all the time?! I swear it simply is not natural. It really is just so very annoying. It makes my generally negative moody self feel like a horrible person.
My lizard requires crickets and meal worms as a part of his diet. He will not eat them if they are not alive. Therefore I must keep a plastic critter keeper container filled with about fifty live crickets. Many nights, I sleep horribly because I have to listen to them chirping. Some find it relaxing and it can even put them to sleep...they give me anxiety attacks.
-My sister, Rowan
Rowan is my younger sister. She is only slightly less than two years younger than me and in the sixth grade. Everybody loves Rowan. If only they knew. She is constantly yelling (her favorite person to yell at is me). I'll do one thing that she doesn't like and it sets her off immediately and then she acts like she wants me dead the rest of the day. When she is in a good mood and I can talk to her like a regular person, she uses something more personal that I told her as a form of blackmail. Yeah, it's really annoying. Oh yeah, and she doesn't know how to knock on doors. She just barges right on in as she pleases. Super. Annoying.