Monday, December 9, 2013

Global Collaboration Project Reflection

For the Global Collaboration Project, I was very excited because I love communicating with people from all around the world. Even though I had a hard time in the last project, I wanted to start it fresh, and new and try to communicate better. Due to that, I sent an e-mail to all of my new groups, introducing myself and what I was really happy about was that everyone in my group answered pretty quickly. That's when I knew that my group would be a hard worker, and so I was really excited. Then we got to the point where we had to start our project. Amelia, and Hannah and I were able to video chat really easily several times. We were discussing about how, and what our project should look like. However, what was disappointing was that until the end, we weren't able to video chat with Francisco, and Maria all together. Due to that, Amelia and I were at the point where we were kind of stressed, and since e-mail would be harder to communicate, we just said if they don't keep answering, and don't video chat, then we'll have to do it our own. I kind of thought it was right, however I wanted everyone in my group to collaborate, so I sent them an e-mail of this document that had all the questions from all the categories, and I told them let's answer them all together as a group. Although it wasn't the best idea, it still worked, and I was proud about it. We worked hard, on the brochure, however I had a hard time working on the brochure since it was the time where really we weren't really communicating well so I just had to finish working on it. I have to say that it was challenging to do it myself, however it was actually fun at the same time. Then, we started to work on our Magazine Article project, and because we answered all the questions in the Categories, it was easy to divide and took not really a long time to polish and everything. I really liked how our project turned out, and I think it was just an amazing experience that I wouldn't have much in my life. I would say that I liked our group, they were really nice, and we were able to communicate sometimes, and video chat with Amelia and Hannah as well. I learned that communicating is extremely important to let our group keep moving forward. Without communication, we wouldn't have been able to do this project. Overall, I really enjoyed, and would love to keep chatting with my group members.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Meat..MEAT! (Vegetarian)




It's Way Different being a Vegetarian

I learned that being a vegetarian is very difficult. Not only that, but I realized how I ate meat almost every single day but not vegetables. I felt really bad, however at the same time, since I had a habit of eating meat products every day, it was very challenging especially for me. Whenever I saw it, my stomach would grumble as if there was a poor calling for meat inside. My beliefs about being a vegetarian has totally changed. I was just extremely surprised, and felt sorry for thinking how easy it was being a vegetarian. I didn’t feel full when I didn’t eat the food I wanted but just veggies, however the fact that some people just chose not to, is just incredible. Moreover, it reminded me of how some people just couldn’t eat meat, and also had no other choice. For example, the people that are poor who cannot afford to buy it. I learned how other people who were also vegetarians were so into helping animals, that they didn’t even eat any products from them. Even though I’m not a vegetarian, I thought they were really making a big decision, and was extremely nice. Not only that, but also that some who are just really into belief, and do whatever they think God has told them to do. Being a vegetarian overall is not very easy as I was expecting it to be. It’s not easy since then all the meals from our family has to change just because of me. My mom thankfully tried to give our family vegetarian meals, while I was being a vegetarian. I think that really helped, and made me think less about meat. I once tried to become a vegetarian, and I learned that some decisions may seem easy to make, however it’s actually very hard to handle. I would like to know from specific people who are actually vegetarian who went through these process and how they felt. Not only that, but what made them make this specific decision. I really never admired vegetarian, and thought it was normal, however when I actually did this, I just wanted to bow to them. I disliked how all the food when I was the vegetarian was scrumptious, and tasty. Those were all one of my very favorite meal in school. I felt like as if the cook already knew how some of the 8th graders were a vegetarian so then they just wanted to give amazing food on those specific days just to make us convinced and fall for it. Next time, what I would do is to try another activity, like the Mini-Ramadan. I was actually very surprised that many people did it. I was expecting only one to two people doing that activity however many of my friends have done that. I had asked them before what it was like, and my friends told me that it wasn’t too bad, plus it was only for three days. Also, because I would like to try different activities and learn more about the religion.The final lessons I wanted to share with my classmates is how it seems like being a vegetarian is easy, but once you try it, even for a week it’s hard. I have always thought that being a vegetarian was really no big deal, and for a week, it was nothing. However, I'd have to admit that it was way different than what I had actually thought before. Due to all this experience, I was able to notice that I should imagine my response before I say it aloud just like what I thought about being a vegetarian was.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Separating Mixtures

In our class, we did an assignment of "separating mixtures". What it was, was to divide iron, sand, and salt. We were able to divide iron very easily just by using magnets, however it made us think when we had to divide sand and salt. We tried many different ways to divide it, and the last way we thought of was to put these two mixtures into the hotplate with water and boil it until the salt evaporated and sand was left in the water. After that, we put it again in the hot plate of the salt water and tried to evaporate the water which took a very long time. The core value of this is higher order thinking, and also communication. If we hadn't communicated and thought of it all together, we wouldn't have been able to divide it. Due to the time, although we were almost able to divide the salt, we had to leave it as salt water. However, I really enjoyed this project, because it was so fun and learned so much. Overall, I really liked this activity and hope to like other activities that I will be doing on Science class!