Thursday, December 11, 2014

O Jeitinho de PFL

Este semestre em PFL, nós lemos O Jeitinho Americano, do Matthew Shirts. Matthew Shirts é um americano que morou em Brasil para mas de trinta anos. Ele escrevo um livro cheio de crônicas sobre os diferencias entre Brasil e os Estados Unidos, e as diferentes culturas. Era um livro que tem momentos que nós temos em nossa vidas. Então, nós escrevemos crônicas sobre multiculturalismo em nossa vidas. Houve muitos idéias diferentes, mas um tema que muitos pessoas era beleza.

Eu também escrevi sobre este assunto. O meu crônica é sobre um dia, quando eu estava falando com um amigo europeu, e eu tinha um realização sobre como beleza se-cambia em diferente países e culturas. Por exemplo, em America de Sul, as pessoas são mais gordos, então tem um diferente definição de magro. O Julia também falou de um coisa similiar. Ela falou sobre a moda de Corea, e como e mais moderno e muito diferente do que a moda de Brasil.

Em fim, eu acho que o projecto terminou muito bem. As crônicas eram diferentes, com algum coisa que tornou o crônica mas único. Eu poderia ver como multiculturalismo afecta os vidas do os outros alunos, e aprendi mais sobre como escrever um crônica de verdade.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Barbie Bungee Blog #2

       Fortunately this class we knew what we were doing. I was so confused about this whole bungee jump thing ('There's supposed to be an equation?!") until we got some ideas from what other groups were doing. Basically, we figured out that you were supposed to create an equation with height as the variable and y as the answer we're trying to find, and plug in the height they give us on test day. In the end, y will equal the number of rubber bands to use for that certain height.

       Having this new knowledge really brought us on track with what we're supposed to do. We started out measuring 75 meters. Alice secured several loops of string around the Barbie's feet to make sure she would slip out, and then attached the rubber bands. We decided that we would measure how many rubber bands it took the Barbie at one height, then increase half a meter and measure with that height and so on until we've found a pattern. We saw Parker's group doing this by marking the heights on the whiteboard, attaching a string and then away from the wall, dropping the Barbie at the string. It was very effective, and much better than our attempts that left the Barbie crashing against the wall, so we did that. We measure first 1 meter, then 1.5 meters, then 2 meters until we reached 3 meters. When it came time to do 2.5 and 3, we went outside on the staircase so we could measure it with more accuracy and didn't have to precariously stand on chairs to get the measurement.

       With 1 meter, we first tried with 6 rubber bands,  but her head hit the ground. We then tried with 5, but it was too close for comfort. We ended up using 4 rubber bands. This was the general process for measuring; using lots of rubber bands and then reducing until we found the right amount.

       At first, we thought we saw a pattern. We used 4 rubber bands in 1 meter, and then 8 in 1.5 meters and then we thought we used 12 in 2 meters! We thought it increased by four. But, in 2.5 we got 15 rubber bands, and in 3 meters we got 19 rubber bands. The pattern was gone. We returned to the class room and contemplated the board. How were we supposed to turn this into an equation?

       Denise told us it was slope; the rate at which the rubber bands increase over time. The number of rubber bands was y, so on the vertical side, and the height was x, on horizontal line. We already had our coordinates; 1 meter with 4 rubber bands was (1, 4). We tried out different graphs and tried to find different slopes, all by hand, but none of them would work! This is what the board ended up looking like:

       By this time, class was over. So, I headed onto the Math Help Center thinking that we would never find the equation. I entered the information, using a scatterplot, but there wasn't a consistent slope. I went to Mr. Osksness and asked him about it. He told me that in this case, we should use the most linear line we could draw on the plot and use the slope of that. He told me it didn't have to be exact, which made this project a million times less stressful. Not even ten minutes later, Alice runs in and told me she found the equation. She had entered the coordinates into a graphing calculator and told the calculator to find the slope. She put that into the equation with our y-intercept of 0 since there's where our graph starts and we have our equation! Now, to test it out in class...

Friday, November 28, 2014

ENEM: O Que Funciona

Em uma aula de Portuguese, nos fizemos umas entrevistas com alunos e professores sobre o ENEM. O ENEM é um prova que os universidades olham para ver se você pode entrar em um escola. ENEM é como o SAT ou ACT, mas é diferente em o maneira que a unica coisa que escolas brasileiras olham é este teste. Não tem nenhum parte escrita, ou avaliação do personalidade da aluno. Por causa disso, algumas professores acham que o ENEM precisa cambiar. Era interessante ver como os professores responderam a meu perguntas. Algumas adoram ENEM, e pensam que o educação tem que mudar então os alunos podem fazer melhor na prova, outras pensam que é muito chato que o seu educação em universidade depende em uma prova. Mas, todos acharam que era necessario e era um boa representação do educação que alunos brasileiros recebam. Os alunos, na outra mão, pensaram em um maneira diferente. Muitos deles não vai a tomar a prova, porque eles acham não é necessario. Eles têm um ponto; o prova tem um duração de dois dias, e dura mais de cinco horas em uma vez. É  estressante, e muitos dos alunos vai tentar ir a um universidade em Estados Unidos, ao uma escola que não olham como você fez no ENEM. Algumas alunos sim vai fazer, mas porque os pais falam que eles precisam fazer-lo.  Eu acho que estes entrevistas mostrar o diferentes opiniões sobre o ENEM, mas acho que não é um boa representação do o que Brazil pensa. Estamos falando com alunos e professores que são international, e tem um vista diferente do que os brasileiros. Eu penso que para saber mas sobre o ENEM, precisamos falar com alunos que são brasileiros de verdades, e nunca souberam um sistema diferente. Eu acho que ENEM não é um teste mal; é disfuncional e tem falhas. O ENEM precisa mudar para melhor atender os alunos, e o sistema de educação precisa mudar então um teste não defini se você pode entrar a uma escola. Mas, eu não sou brasileiro. O meu questão é o que pensam os estudantes brasileiros?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bungy Barbie: Post One

In this new project for math, we're supposed to make a Barbie bungee jump from an unknown height, and not let any part of her body (except for her hair) touch the ground. It's a difficult task, and its hard to figure out what to do. I'm partnered with Denise and Alice. In this first lesson, we tried to discover what would be the best way to start the project. We decided to go for the based. We figured out a good way to make a bungee rope and measured the height of the Barbie and the desk. The desk is the first of many measurements that we are going to make. Because we don't know from how high we're going to drop the Barbie from, we decided to measure from many different heights to take away any problems we could have. We don't see any patterns yet, and I predict that this is going to be one of the most difficult projects I have done. We don't have a plan for next class yet, but I'm sure we'll figure something out and really figure out in which direction we're going to take this project.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Connecting Goals and Redirecting Steps

Lately, we've been doing many reflections about Core Values and what we feel we're successful with, and what we need to work on. Looking at my reflections, I found that I personally felt that I excelled with Communication and Balance, but struggle with Innovate and Curiosity. I feel that I can communicate well with my peers and teachers, and through writing, but struggle with original ideas and being interested enough to research further in my school. When my teachers wrote about my reflections, they agreed with me to some extent. They said that Communicator and Balance were definitely my strong points, and I could balance out my work and personal life style but I need to work better on assessing my strengths and weaknesses to improve my learning.

In my previous blog labeled, "Vision Boards: What I Aspire to Be", I wrote about four of my life goals. All of them required lots of balance in my life and communication with my family and teachers. One of them was about how I was just learning how to play the bass. I really wanted to commit with it and learn it well, so I said I should stay after school to practice with Mr. Stange's bass once a week. I ended up doing much more than that. I stayed after school nearly every day, as much as I could, in order to practice the bass and took it upon myself to learn songs that my teacher had not taught me yet, which shows Curiosity. I really committed to this instrument and fell in love with it, and I recently got a bass for my birthday, which was more than I ever wanted. 

My next goal was about reading and writing more. Alongside music, reading and writing are the true passions in my life and in the past few months I had stopped doing them. I didn't want to lose my writing skill and wanted to keep reading, so my goal was to do both of them more. I have been reading a lot lately, although I've been too busy in the past week to read anything. When it comes to writing, there was a week or two where I was back into my rhythm and writing a thousand words a night, but then I stopped doing that. I think that these two really come down to Balance; can I balance out my workload and personal life to have time for these two activities? Or is this just not the right time to commit to reading and writing? I think that with softball season coming up, I won't be writing or reading a lot in the future. However, I do believe that by the end of the year I'll have figure out how to manage out my activities so I can do everything I can. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pocahontas and Why It Doesn't Matter

  1. Is their harm done by depicting historical inaccuracies in the Disney film, Pocahontas?
Explain why or why not.
I don't think much harm is done by depicting historical inaccuracies in Pocahontas. This movie is one of many, all of which could contain historical inaccuracies, many of which do. If you're going to ask this question, you need to ask this question for all of the Disney movies. Most people don't watch just one Disney movie, but rather several. Would the harm be done of historical inaccuracies being depicted repeatedly? If we are going to focus on solely on Pocahontas, then I don't believe much harm is done. While the story of Pocahontas is dramatized, and the brutal, violent truth is being covered up, this is a movie intended for children. It's intentionally cleaned up so that children could watch it, and the truth about how this story ends isn't children-friendly either. I forgive Disney for including these historically inaccuracies, and praise them for the other details they included. Putting the wooden fence up around Jamestown, the lord Ratcliffe and his pug, and the language and clothing of the Indian people were all well-researched. It gives children at least an idea of what life was like, and how quickly these two sides went to war. However, it's not okay for them to believe this is how the story was forever. At one point, they need to learn the truth, and it won't come from Disney. I put the responsibility of educating children on schools, not a company whose main purpose is educate through musical animation.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BRICS Energy Proposal

My group did a project on Brazil about energy: how much they use now, how much they'll need in the future and what sort of resources they have. I'm happy to say that 85% of Brazil's power is renewable, which is much more than the other BRICS. However, Brazil is still partially dependent on coal, gas and oil and most of their renewable energy comes from hydroelectric power, which isn't entirely reliable or clean. My proposal to Brazil is to make the most of their resources and eventually, not use any fossil fuels at all. Brazil gets tons of sun power, even though its a rainy place. If you place them all over the country, you can get a lot of energy. Brazil also has a massive coastline. Although all the beaches are beautiful, you can use beaches whose wave power and the pull of the tide is dangerous to swimmers, and place tide turbines there. On isolated beaches, the danger of electric shock greatly decreases, and you can get lots of energy, especially on stormy days. Brazil also has a lot of sugarcane plantations, and pounds of leftovers are tossed out everyday. If you took those remains and used the biomass way, you could also get a lot of energy. If Brazil made use of all its resources, and start importing some from other countries, then they could eventually have no need to use fossil fuels. They're already 90% there; just take away the 10% and you have all clean, renewable energy for a large, developing country.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Frida Kahlo e K-Pop: Como As Dois Representam Feminismo

O que é cultura? A cultura se identifica ao pais, e mostra a diversidade de pessoas e países no mundo. A cultura ajuda estrangeiros entender a pais e como funciona, e o povo da pais. Um maneira que você pode fazer isso é com arte. Muitas coisas podem ser arte; pinturas, musica, até esporte! Qualquer coisa pode ser arte, e qualquer coisa pode ser belo. Então, dois pedaços de arte culturalmente muito diferentes podem ser similiar?

No meu classe de Portuguese, nos fizemos apresentações sobre o nosso cultura, e um artista que nos-representa. Seo-Hyun, minha amiga, apresentou sobre K-Pop, um tipo de musica Coreana, especificamente Girls Generation. O meu outro amiga, Carla, apresentou sobre Frida Kahlo, um artista Mexicana. Quando elas estavam apresentando, um coisa chamou o meu atenção. Esses dois artistas podiam ser conectadas?

Frida Kahlo e K-Pop. Você nunca imaginária que esses dois coisas podem ser similares. Frida Kahlo é um artista Mexicana que morreu em 13 de julho de 1954. Ela gostava muito das coisas tradicionais, até usando roupas indígenas. O K-Pop é o símbolo do idéias novos. Eles são pop verdade, com roupas modernas da moda, e até modificando os corpos e caras deles para aparecer mas como o que sociedade acha e belo. Se, por exemplo, os Girls Generation e o Frida Kahlo se conheceram, eu acho que Frida Kahlo ia odeia elas. Mas, elas são similiar.

Os dois representam feminismo. Todos sabem que Frida Kahlo é um símbolo do força da mulheres. Ela sofreu tanto, mas ele continuava com a vida e com pinturas. Ela não conformou com as ideas de beleza, nunca sacando o cabelo da corpo dela. Ele era forte. Os Girls Generation também são fortes! Em qual outro pais você veia um grupo da meninas que são confidente, bonitas, sexy, poderosas e não precisava homens? Você pode ver em as vídeos delas que elas não precisam ninguém, e que elas dominam. As dois artistas representa o poder verdade das mulheres, mas em maneiras diferentes!

Eu acho que você não precisa ser da mesma cultura para representa a mesma coisa. Você não precisa fazer o mesmo tipo da arte. Você não precisa ter experiências similiar. Se você tem a mesma idéia--em este caso, feminismo--você pode dar a mesma mesagen. O Frida Kahlo e os Girls Generation me ensinaram, e outros meninos no mundo, que as mulheres tem poder.

A cultura faz cada pais diferente, e o arte que esta criado na pais diferente tamben. O feliz K-Pop e os pinturas escuros e mórbidos de Frida Kahlo não podem ser mais diferentes. Mas, a cultura tamben conecta a gente, e os idéias que nos temos.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thomas Hobbes vs. John Locke

Do you see yourself as more of a follower of the ideas of Thomas Hobbes or John Locke? Explain why you feel that way.

I personally follow John Locke more than Thomas Hobbes. Thomas Hobbes believes in absolute government; he believes that we might give up our freedom for safety. I think differently. There are basic, common rights that no one should sacrifice for government. The government should be trying to help protect and preserve those rights, instead of taking them away from us. John Locke said we had three basic rights; Life, Liberty and Property. In the Constitution, Liberty is replaced with Pursuit of Happiness but I think that both are important.

I do believe the government is helpful and is the reason we're not all killing each for land and resources, but there are also choices the individual must make. Without preserving natural rights for each human, the government could kill someone and say it was for protection. We have a right to Life, to Liberty, to Property. I do not believe the absolute government. I also don't agree with everything Thomas Hobbes has to say about the nature of humans. That's why I follow John Locke rather than Thomas Hobbes.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Short Story Drafts Reflection

These past few weeks, we've been working on an original short story. We're supposed to incorporate the narrative elements into the story: characterization, plot, setting, symbol and theme. As you can see, my first draft is drastically different from my final draft. While my first draft is a wild tale of giants and angels and flame-hands, my final draft is a realistic story about how a three-year-old got burned by a motorcycle. I really like my first draft, but realize that I didn't have almost any of the narrative elements. I really didn't know how I could turn this into a short story that met the requirements and I didn't like the ending of it. I decided to go with one of my first ideas; telling the story of how I got burned when I was three. Since I was very young, I don't remember all of the details. Because of that, I decided to fictionalize it. It was difficult as first because I wanted to be truthful to the story, and I didn't want to insult anyone in my family. Then I realized that this story was fiction, and I could do anything I wanted to do with it. Overall, the writing process went well. At first, I was really emphasizing how much Clary wanted to spend time with her mother, but then Ms. Baumgarten told me how I was hitting everyone over the head with it. I tried to show, and not tell, as much as I could as a result.  I added some details that I couldn't be sure actually happened, put in events that definitely didn't happen and put in some other memories of mine to make the story longer. I had a lot of fun writing it, especially since I could I do whatever I wanted with it. I decided to make Clary very impatient and jealous of her sister, which wasn't far from the truth, and Maria a light-hearted, distracted mother. The father and Jessica didn't come much into play intentionally. I wanted to focus on Maria, Ramiro and Clary. There were some grammar issues where I didn't like how choppy the story was sounding. I needed to add some things to smooth it out and delete sentences that didn't really make sense. When I was finished with the story, I realized that I didn't have a symbol. Then, I realized that the burn itself could be a symbol! Clary was impatient, and as a result, she was hurt. The burn could represent how impatience harms you and other people. Overall, I'm proud of my short story and how much it's improved.

Core Values Reflection

I feel like one core value that I'm succeeding with this quarter is Inclusive. Several times throughout the year, I've listened to other people's ideas and realized that my own idea could be expanded on, and in some cases, is incorrect. By being open to other ideas and cultures that influence the way they think, I've been able to expand and improve my own learning. An example of this is when we were discussing the theme of our short stories. Every time we talked about theme and I heard other people's opinions, I either grew more sure of my own or realized that there was something more to the story that I didn't notice. This happened especially in the Lottery. When I thought it was only about tradition, other people commented on hypocrites and society. Kata also talked about the symbolism of the white pieces of paper, which really opened my eyes to what symbolism there was beyond the black box.

One core value I've been struggling with is Innovative. This Core Value has always been a struggle for me, but I'm sure I can improve upon it in this quarter. It's been difficult for me to engage my learning in an original and creative way. One example of this is when I do projects. Its difficult for me to think of a unique way to demonstrate my learning without the help of someone else. Hopefully, the creative short story we're doing this quarter will help me increase my creative ability and aid me in later projects.

Monday, October 6, 2014

History 9: Reflection Core Values

One core value I feel that I have been succeeding with so far with History, is Communicator. I think that I communicate well in my writing and clearly when I'm in a group situation. I can express my thoughts to other people and transfer ideas. I also always speak in English, rather than speaking to just one person in Spanish or Portuguese (unless it helps clarify the information to them). I know that many people in that class do not speak either of those languages fluently and understand best when we speak in English.

On the other hand, I feel like a core value that I've been struggling with is Balanced. While there is some information that I know well and can loads about, there are also a lot of topics that I don't understand. If I balance my learning better, and try to understand everything instead of specializing in certain topics, I'll be able to understand the whole unit in general. To do this, I'll have to start studying some of the things I struggle with in my spare time and really go over the information in class. I could do some more research to put my learning into perspective and create a timeline of information. That way, I could connect my learning to each other and be able to understand it as a whole.

Reflection on My PE Smart Goal

Unfortunately, I did not achieve my PE SMART goal. My SMART goal was to get to level 6 in the Beep test, increasing my endurance and cardiovascular strength. If I achieved this, then I knew I would be almost ready to run with my dad. The reason I did not achieve this goal was not because of my endurance (although that played a role), but my pace. If you do not reach the line in time two times in a row, you were disqualified from the Beep test. I was going slowly, in order to preserve my energy, and by the time that I reached level 5, I was going too slow to reach the lines in time. I had to take myself out and be the first person to stop running. I think that next time, if I find a better pace, then I will make it further. Still, I was quite exhausted when I stopped running. I wasn't maxed out, but I was in the zone 2 or 3. I sounded much more tired than I actually and I think that something with not being able to breathe correctly really messes up my results. If I could my air in without gasping, I think I could've lasted longer. After all, after a few minutes, I was fine again. I don't think that my body was the problem. I think my breathing was. If I find a new method to breathe without feeling like I'm suffocating while I run, a way that spreads out oxygen through my body quickly, I think that I will last longer in the next Beep test. My dad already taught me that if you breathe in a rhythm (twice in quickly, twice out quickly), it'll help set your pace and breathe evenly. Next time, I'll be sure to think about what I did wrong this time and try to improve my score.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Science SMART Goals

Over the last quarter, I really learned a lot about my learning habits and the best way for me to learn in Science. I realized that the organization of the binder is actually very helpful and that I'm more of a physical learner than a technological one. By writing things down and organizing physical papers, I find that I'm more organized and learn better. I also found out some things I do wrong when it comes to assessments and projects. I didn't turn in assignments because it seemed like a lot of work or I wasn't aware it was due. Despite the wide range of resources I have, I didn't study for my tests, formative or summative. I discovered that it's not in my nature to study for these tests because I feel like I know the information, even if I don't. This results in lower test scores and mistakes I wouldn't have made if I had studied. I think that by studying, I get a fuller understanding of the topic instead of learning it and then forgetting about it when I get a new unit. I found that happened particularly with Unit 2 and 3. When we were learning about homogenous and heterogenous mixtures, I didn't understand the information;I still don't fully understand the difference between a suspension and colloid. For some reason I didn't think to ask a question and completely forgot everything I did learn when I received Unit 3. I was too busy focusing my efforts on that to review Unit 2. This wasn't particularly the case when I transitioned from Unit 1 to Unit 2 because Unit 1 was more of review while Unit 2 was mostly new information. However, when I was on Unit 2 and 3, it still felt like the beginning of the year and I was still adjusting and figuring out how to work. I never really had to think about this before high school started, because grades never felt like a huge deal. I feel like grades count now and I need to work hard to get the results I want. I realized that I can't get straight A's by lying around and thinking about it. Fortunately, by now I have my strategy and am much more organized. Hopefully, I won't have anymore NTI's due to laziness or forgetfulness this year. I feel like in this first quarter, I figured out how to work and study and by Unit 5, I'll have everything down pat. I now have a system of reminding myself of homework and getting it done on the day I receive it. I figured out a way to have free time, study time and sleep time without having to sacrifice one or the other. Of course, I'll be making mistakes in the future, but I'll learn from them just as I've learned from my mistakes in this first quarter.

If there's one core value I've been succeeding with this quarter, I think it would be Reflective. I constantly looked back at my work, realized what I was doing wrong and tried to improve upon that. I realized that writing notes with images and different colors makes them more engaging and easier to remember, and that charts and graphs are actually very useful. I got this information by making mistakes in the past; writing all of my notes in pencil, with no color or image to break up the information or make it easier to process. This made it harder to find information that was very important among little tidbits that I could survive without. Not only did I reflect upon the more direct things I was doing in class, like the way I was interacting with classmates and participating in labs, I also reflected upon how I did the work at home and how I could improve upon. I'm now trying to be more communicative, responsible, and balanced. Learning habits, studying and completing homework has been a struggle for me since the 5th grade. I feel like this year, I'm finally reflecting upon my behavior and changing it for the better.

In the following months, I want to try to be more curious. I feel like in a topics as vast and interesting as the ones we're studying, finding out more information will do nothing but help me. I want to learn a lot more about the Carboniferous period, because the way the Earth was billions of years ago is genuinely interesting to me. I think I will learn more about fossil fuels, the main topic we're learning about, because I know more about that period. I think that if I'm interested in the subject, it improves my learning. If I find a way to be interested and curious to learn about even a small part of each topic we learn about, the information will stick to my brain easier. 

For my SMART goal for Quarter 2, I want to have gotten an 85%+ on a summative assignment by the end of this next quarter. This is not for the grade, as many people would think (although its a bonus), but as proof that I'm making changes in my learning habits. The only way I could get a very high grade on an assessment is by studying and engaging with the topic so that it's easy to remember the information. If I take good notes, find at least a part of the subject interesting and develop the skills to study well then I'll be able to complete the goal for sure. But this can only happen if I improve upon the core values I'm struggling with and continue to try to create better learning habits.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Não Tente Isso Em Casa

Eu li a crônica Naõ Tente Isso Em Casa de Matthew Shirts do livro O Jeitinho Americano. O historia era sobre um reunião da familia em Califórnia. A familia vem de todas partes; Brasil, China, outros partes do EUA. Infelizmente, o filho de 8 meses do Matthew, que mora em Brasil, ficou resfriado. Depois de tentar muitas vezes para curar ele, a familia notaram que o termômetro quebrou. O que aconteceu depois disso era interessante. Os Americanos reataram diferente do que os Brasileiros e os filhos reataram diferente do que os pais. Os Brasileiros eram mais estressados, ligando pessoas e geralmente ficaram assustados. O irmão de Phil fiz o contrario. Ele fui a farmácia, comprou um coisa para limpar e tomou controle do situação. A filha de Matthew pesquiso os efectos de mercurio na Internet. Isso me fez pensar como eu me reato as coisas,  e como meu pai e minha imagina reataram. Eu sou como Phil; eu gosto de ter controle da situação, out em alguém em controle. Eu tento relaxar. Em contrasto, meu pai fica irritado e em panic, que e muito argentino. Ele tenta a fixar todo com nada mais o mente dele, e eu gosto de pesquisar na Internet e perguntar outras pessoas. Você pode ver que geraçãos diferentes pensam diferentes em situaçaos urgentes, mesmo para nacionalidades diferentes.

Vision Boards: What I Aspire to Be

For my first image, I chose books. Reading has been a hobby of mine ever since I could pick up a book, but recently I've been neglecting it in favor of social media websites, social life and schoolwork. I really don't want to lose this hobby, and there are so many great books out there to read! So, I set a goal for myself to read more. Ways I could accomplish this is finding very good books and checking them out of the library, giving myself at least 30 minutes everyday to read, and trying to focus less on my computer and phone in order to give myself more time to read. 

This second image is a bass guitar. I already have bass lessons every Saturday, but my goal is to really commit and become successful with this instrument. I tried out guitar and I took classes, but I quit because I wasn't interested in the instrument anymore. I'm determined to play this instrument and learn as much as I can from it and eventually learn how to improvise using it. I might even get my own bass, with an amp and all, one day! But in order to do that, I need to persevere. So, I will stay after school at least once a week and use Mr. Stange's bass and practice the songs I know, and learn some new ones.

This third image is one of a drumset. I already have an electronic drumset at home for my brother and my father, but since the bass and the drums are so closely linked, I really want to learn how to play this instrument. I want to get a better sense of rhythm, since the bass and the drums have a conversation with each throughout the song. I think learning how the play the drums will improve my understanding of the bass, of the songs I perform in Band, and of music in general. Plus, it sounds really fun! But in order to do this, I will need to find some sort of online guide or class, since I'm already taking classes in bass. Maybe I can ask Mr. Stange to help with some rhythms I don't understand, since he knows a lot about drums and has taught many people before me. Along with learning this instrument, I will learn the base saxophone. It's just a cool instrument and will let me get into jazz band next year!  

This last one may be the most difficult. I had already stated how much I love reading, but I also love writing. I've been writing for as long as I can remember, and before that, I was probably making up stories in my head as well. In the last six months or so, I've stopped writing. I'm not sure what happened for me to get to this stage, but apparently I got Writer's Block and it has not lifted since. I still make up stories in my head, but I see them more like movies than of words. I'm concerned because I want to my skill level in writing to keep going up and it's not something I want to lose. So, I will try my best to write at least a little bit every single day. Maybe it's a diary or a blog entry, but I want to put the effort of putting words on a Microsoft Word document. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SMART Goals: One Sprint at a Time

For my PE SMART goals, I want to be able to get to level 6 on the BEEP test. This doesn't seem that difficult, but I have gotten to the same result on my BEEP test every time: level 5 and little more. This lands me in the "Fair" section for my age group and gender, but I want to get to "Good" and improve my muscular and cardiovascular endurance. There are a few Core Values I can connect to my goal. I think Reflective and Risk Taker can describe my goal. I evaluated my skills, reflected upon what I could do better and set an achievable goal in order to improve my skills. I'm also taking a risk because I could very easily fail and not achieve this goal just because I feel as if I don't have the strength. This is why I need to Perseverance and keep going even when I feel like I need to quit. Ways I can improve my endurance outside of school could be keeping track of my heart rate to see if it improves over time, do cardiovascular endurance activities like walking and running outside of school in my free time and looking up ways to increase endurance online. For example, I could run 15 minutes every day and slowly, I would get used to running for that amount of time and be able to bump it up to 20 or eventually 30 minutes. The reason I feel as if this is relatable to my life is because my dad likes to run marathons or 5k runs and its a family tradition for him to run at least one race with one of us kids. I have yet to run a 5k with my dad and I would like to get to the point of fitness to be able to do that with him without getting exhausted. So, I will practice running and try to get to the level of fitness that I can get to level 6 or even higher. I'll try hard to achieve my goal.

Calculator Investagation

This method is the process calculators go through when they calculate the radical of a number, or x. It does this several times, until the number repeats and doesn't change. The formula used is the following: 1/2(x+2/x). When doing the problems, we struggled at first but then eventually got the correct answers. 

1 = 5.1 
     2 = 2.746078431
     3 = 1.737194874
     4 = 1.444238095
     5 = 1.414525655
     6 = 1.414213597

    1 = 1.5
    2 = 1.416666667
    3 = 1.414215686
    4 = 1.414213562
    5 = 1.414213562
    6 = 1.414213562

    1 = 1.25
    2 = .875
    3 = .6875
    4 = .59375 
    5 = .54675
    6 = .523475

√3 = 1.732050808 (or Ans)
Equation 1: 1/3(Ans+3/Ans) =  1.54700538
Equation 2: 1/3(Ans+2/Ans) = .9622504487
Equation 3: 1/2(Ans+3/Ans) = 1.732050808

√5 = 2.236067977 (or Ans)
1/2(Ans+5/Ans) = 2.236067977

√11 = 3.31662479
1/2(Ans+11/Ans) = 3.31662479

X = 1/2(X + K/X)
2X*2 = Xn*2 + K
X*2 = K
X = square root of K

What you need to do is to change the 1/2 to 1/3 or 1/4 depending if it is a square root (1/2) , cubed root (1/3), et cetera.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Você e O Que Você Come

Ao ler a crônica O Sanuíche e o Cultura Brasileira de Matthew Shirts do livro O Jeitinho Americano, comecei a refletir sobre as diferentes culturas e como a comida representa-as. Nunca pensei que as comidas podia representar países inteiros com precisão, ainda que e um pouquinho estereotipada.  Sempre achei que comida era um parte pequena da cultura, mas a crônica acima citada fala sobre sobre o que você pense é comida, o que tipo de comida, e o que como você come comida pode falar muito sobre aonde você vem. .
Ele me fez observar e refletir sobre como eu comer. Eu sou três países , todos com muitos alimentos diferentes. Na Argentina , nós gostamos de carne, pão, e doce de leite, comidas muitas pesadas. O Brasil tem muitas coisas salgados, como coxinha e feijoada . Eles gostam de comer um monte de arroz, o oposto da Argentina. Os Estados Unidos , gostam de coisas doces e façam as melhores cupcakes e bollos. Todos os três gostam de grandes porções. Tamben, como falam em o livro, os Brasileiros falam que se você come com as mãos, não e comida de verdade. Eu concordo com eles. E muito diferente do que os americanos façam. Eles gostam de comer TODO com as mão. Eu sempre pensei que eu sou mais Americana do que Brasileira, mas agora que eu estou pensando do o meu comida e o que eu gosto, eu percebi que eu sou latina. Eu gosto muito das coisas salgadas, e de todo o comida típica do Argentina. Eu acho que feijoada e o maximo. Eu me-canso de coisas doces.
Portanto, agora percebi que eu sou mas Latina do que eu pensei. Agora me questiono se os pessoas eu conheco são mais Brasileiros, or estrangeiros, que eu pensei.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Graded Core Values

        One core value that I believe can be applied to our lives everywhere you go is Critical Thinker. Critical Thinkers think deeply about the situations around them and make reasoned decisions based upon that. I think it's important critically think about any difficult or confusing situation in order to make the right choice and have success. Being a Critical Thinking helps you have more success in life and gives you a deeper understanding of the world around. Some examples of Critical Thinking you might need in your everyday life is during stressful or frustrating situations. You might not be thinking clearly, so you step back and assess the situation critically in order to come up with a reasonable solution.

           One core value I struggle with is Balanced. There are many activities I want to be a part of, but it's difficult juggling all those around and doing them well. It's often difficult for me to turn in homework on time because of my instruments I need to practice, groups I am a part of and the sports I would like to do. It's difficult for me prioritize because I feel as if all of these activities are equally important. This year, I'm planning on doing only a few activities and giving myself lots of time to work on homework and trying to balance out all of my activities. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Health Homework - Scenario 3: Mariana

1) What physical signs of an eating disorder is Mariana developing?
       She is very thin and tired, and is developing a wispy-type of body hair all over her body, because her body is keeping her body warm. Her hair is falling out, because the body is using its nutrients for her organs instead of her hair and nails. 
2) What emotional/mental/behavioral signs of an eating disorder is Mariana developing?
     She is very hard-working and tries hard to please others, which means that she probably thinks her weight isn't good enough. She's a perfectionist and likes to be in control. 
3) What eating disorder do you think she has?
    Anorexia Nervosa.
4) What other signs of the eating disorder (not mentioned in the story) could you look out for?
     Cutting up or playing with her food when she eats around other people. She could be constantly talking about weight-loss, or obsessing about certain features of her body and insisting that they're fat.
5) Where can Claudia go to help her friend?
     She could speak to an adult, like a health teacher or a counselor, and also try talking to her friend. She could tell her that she needs help and that what she's doing is not healthy. She could also tell Mariana's parents that she's worried and that they need to have a talk with Mariana.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

PFL FakeBook Refleção

O FakeBook

Nas ultimas semanas, nossa classe fizemos um project chamado, "Fakebook". Você precisava de criar um pessoa, e criar um Facebook para eles. O projecto tem snapshots e slides.  Era muito legal para usar o seu criatividade para um projecto que te mostrava como pessoas usam os preteritos em vida real.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

7 Bilhãos De Outros Refleção

Familia é muito importante--eles são os unicas pessoas que você sabe para todo seu vida. Você aprende muito do que eles façam o como eles vivam. Eu acho que o que você aprende do seu familia é importante porque impacta como você viva a vida para sempre. Acho que muitas pessoas aprendem as mesmas coisas (amor, gentileza, amizade). Se você encountrasse uma pessoa que tem as mesmas valores, você gostaria dele. Ele tem esses valores porque o familia dele tinham esses valores. Eu acho que meu resposta contribui para o project 7 bilhões de outros, por que eu tenho um vida muito diferente dos pessoas de Brasil, e agora eles podem escutar o que eu penso. Meu resposta era diferente da pessoa que eu escutei, porque minha familia era muito diferente. Ela não era feliz com a familia dela, ela falou que o irmão era um cachorro e que ele não ensinou ela. Mas, ela pode aprender o que eu aprendi com um outro típo de familia--as amigas de la.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

General Reflection (Quarter 4)

I think that I showed most success in the value Responsible this year. I really took each assignment into my own hands and did my best on all assignments. The value that I showed most progress or growth in was Balanced. Last year, it was difficult for me to balance out all of my assignments and do them accordingly, but this year I learned how to prioritize. I knew when one assignment was more important than another assignment, and also realize how to tell when I needed a break. I think that this helped me improve my grades and learning. My goals for the rest of the year are to improve in Math, getting above an 80% on at least one test, and to work harder and put more effort into every class. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Accelerated Math

This year, I did much better with Accelerated Math. In the previous quarters, I only got a fraction towards the grade--first quarter, I got 9/45 objectives mastered, then I got 12/35 master on the second quarter. This quarter was the first that I actually passed with Accelerated Math. In the first week, I got 17 mastered, already more than my second quarter! Once I got to 22 objectives, the week after, I stopped doing Accelerated Math for a good two or three weeks. I managed to get to 30 before deciding that my other schoolwork was more important and that getting a B was good enough. I didn't necessarily enjoy the experience, but I enjoyed getting objectives and seeing my grade improve because of it. It was nice to have so little stress compared to the first semester. It really improved my skill level. I learned how to do certain problems before we learned it in class, and understood class better because of it. I was really happy with my performance in Accelerated Math, although I'll admit that it didn't really help with my test scores. I think that I need to study more in order to get better scores on the tests. I think that the core value that best connects to my experience with Accelerated Math this year was Balanced. I knew when to stop doing Accelerated Math and start focusing on other classes, like Geography, that required more of my attention. Once I got ahead of the class, I took a long break and took away the stress of Accelerated Math, thus doing better on other assignments. I'm really proud of my performance with Accelerated Math this quarter, and hope that I can keep going with Accelerated Math next year in order to practice and improve my math skill.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Grand Inga

This quarter in Geography, I wrote an essay concerning the hydroelectric dam being built on the Congo River. I think it is one of the best essays I have written. Compared to the essays of my past Geography classes, I think I improved the most in my research and responsibility. Geography is a self-paced class, meaning that you have a certain deadline to do a certain amount of work, but each class is eighty minutes of doing what you think is most important. This way, people can finish the easy work early in order to move on to something more difficult, and even finish everything a few classes early! I was a bit behind with my Personalized Map and my case study, so I only had a week or two to write it and then turn it in. Considering the time-frame, I had to finish my research rather quickly and move on to working on the outline and first drafts. I think that my data collection was really well-done. I had several different sources, quotes from both sides of the issue, and more than five pages of solid information. I figured out what was the best way for me to take notes and then convert it into a draft without plagiarizing and did it all in a few days. I think that with this, I was very responsible and gave myself time to work on my Case Study. I still need to work on being balanced, because even though I finished my research quickly, I spent too much time on certain parts of the essay that I could've spent on others and had to research more when I realized I was missing some information. All in all, I think that I really improved my note-taking skills and learned about myself and my learning habits in the process.  

Jobs and Reflection

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Essays: Then and Now

In the second quarter of our Humanities class, we were given a two classes to write our first argumentative essay on whether or not kids should go a week without technology. It was named, "A Week Without Technology." Then, this quarter, we were given a few weeks to research, annotate articles, watch a documentary and then write an argumentative essay on whether or not Israel should exist. This time, we knew more about clauses, citations, and the format of an argumentative essay in general. Now we have both essays back and graded to compare and see how we improved and on which sections we should work on. 

On my first essay, I think that I did well, even though there were mistakes that I could've easily fixed now. For example, I didn't reference the text often and had almost no quotes. Some of my paragraphs were just rambling and the structure took attention away from the content.  I had a good tone, though, and my voice was clear and focused. My word choice was well-chosen, although I could've chosen better verbs. Sometimes my sentences were too long and awkward, and I made silly mistakes with my grammar. When I compared it to my essay on Israel, I could clearly see how I improved at least in every section. My grammar improved and I had several references to the text, and many quotes. I could see an obvious improvement with my sentences and in my general text.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Science Fair Reflection

Recently, me and my friend Rachel did the Science Fair together. We worked hard for several weeks and got our result a few days ago.

I think the most enjoyable part of my science fair project was creating the tri-fold. It took a lot of hard work and planning, but I was so pleased with the result that it made it worth. I was proud of the way I had made it pretty and clean, with a color scheme and clearly displayed information. It was my favorite Science Fair project that I had done!On the other hand, the most difficult or frustrating part, ironically, was creating the poster. We had chosen a different type of tri-fold, which was small and interestingly shaped, so we were convinced that we had to display the information on the bottom, which I did not want to do. We wanted to do something really great, but the problem was that we didn't know. I spent hours cutting out letters that I didn't end up using, tried out ideas that didn't work, and got so confused by the different plans that I had to sit down and draw it all out. I didn't personally have a printer at home, so I had to borrow someone else's, which didn't have ink the first time and took ten minutes to learn how to use. I had to print, and reprint because the text was either too small or too large and figure out how to use the font I wanted even though it wasn't in Microsoft Word. We ran out of spray-paint when we tried to make the cardboard white and when it dried, the white was translucent and sparkly. The night before when I tried to fix it using physical paint, it had only made it more uneven and made it look worse. The cardboard bent and folded over when I was begging it not to, and when we finally got the right spraypaint, I accidentally got it all over my balcony floor and stained it white. It still took two days in order to spray paint it correctly and make it even. I almost ran out of colorful cardboard paper and ripped one of the letters that took me half-an-hour to cut out. As you can see, even though the end result was great, the actual process was so long and frustrating that I was constantly stressed out.

If I had the chance to do this over, I would try to get the physical aspect of the project done sooner, and also would've done a project that I was more passionate about. I run into this problem every time-- I always chose a project that I don't really like and therefore don't enjoy doing. I was not unhappy with the topic I chose, but I wasn't happy with it either. I thought that it was an okay subject, but it was too easy, predictable and the experimenting wasn't very fun. I wish I chose something that I was passionate about and would give me unexpected results and something to think about. I wish I chose something that was original and would stand out from the rest of the projects. I wouldn't investigate it again in the future as I feel that there's nothing more to learn from it without getting into complicated neurology.

Even though I didn't really like the topic, I think that Rachel and I did very well when it came to organization and and speaking. One core value we did well was Communication. We knew what to say when and divided up the script fairly, so it was never one person talking for half of the presentation. We also let each other go take water when needed and present by ourselves when the partner was in the bathroom really well. I think we spoke clearly and changed language for different audiences. For example, for the little kids and parents that spoke little English and no Portuguese we spoke simply and slowly so that they could understand, and with more complicated terms for the American parents and teachers. We also spoke more casually to people our age while still giving them information Sometimes, we left out important information or skipped different parts of the experiment or procedure. Because we knew what happened, we assumed everyone would understand, but sometimes they asked us to explain what we did again. I think we could've done it in more chronologically and referred to the actual presentation more. I think

I worked with Rachel in this Science Fair project and I would definitely do it again. Sharing the work of  experimenting and researching was a lot easier than having to do it alone. I also had someone to motivate me and make me work, because I procrastinate quite a lot. It was also more enjoyable because I had a friend I could joke around with and have fun with while doing this project, instead of it all being work.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Geography: Time Management

Time management has been something I've needed to work on since the beginning of 5th grade. I've learned to make schedules, email myself the homework, how to prioritize one class over another, and other habits because I didn't know how to manage my time. Now with Geography, I'm learning even more. As a self-paced class, we, as students, have to make decisions over what work we do. We can decide whether to take an easy week and not do as much homework, to do mounds of homework in order to complete a checkpoint earlier, and change our amount of work depending on what events we have this week. This sounded great at first, but then I realized the struggles. With no real consequences for not doing the homework you told yourself to do, it's easier to slack off and not any work for weeks. You have to remind yourself to study for that quiz, or to work on your Personalized Map or Packet. It's all based on your work ethic and integrity, and for this reason, Geography is one of the hardest, and easiest, classes I have. I enjoy the independence he gives us, but dread how we have to decide what's good enough, and how much is acceptable. I love not having homework sometimes, but then hate realizing that I have a dot map on smaller capitals tomorrow and I haven't memorized any of them! Despite my struggles, I find myself doing well in the class as I mastered the dot maps and moved on to making pins about current events.