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.