Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog Discussion #2 Reflection!

I believe that a strength I demonstrated as a speaker was asking other people in the group questions so that they could also get involved into the discussion a little bit better. I think that this is a good example because even though we were all contributing and listening to each other, asking others make it more fair and lets us talk equally. Not only that, but it brings a new topic, and the person can get more involved into it. However, I don't think that just asking questions to other people is very helpful. Due to that thought, I tried to get involved as well and help others get into it, too.

I know that I have a lot of examples where I can grow as a speaker. However, if I really just had to choose one, it would be to not interrupt and listen not looking too serious. This may sound very weird but when I was the watching the video, I felt that my face, when listening was too serious, and mean looking. I hadn't noticed it when we were talking altogether, but now that I see it in a video, it tells me more about it. Getting back to topic, I had some parts where I interrupted either because I thought the member finished talking but wasn't, or since I was eager to say about something. As you can see in the video, it wasn't a major interruption, but I did kind of disturb it. These extremely short videos show the weakness, and the positiveness in a discussion.

Lastly, to make my final discussion the best one is to (of course) not interrupt when other people are talking, and try to simmer down when I get excited about a certain topic. I will also do my best to build and expand others' ideas, focus on major themes, and think before I say, to avoid "umm.." and, "so.... yeah..". Also, I will try to make sure that our discussion is going smooth, instead of all choppy. For example, adding onto the information he/she is talking about as mentioned before. I sometimes feel like our group gets off topic, and talk about small details too. Due to that, next time, we will all keep in mind about that. Overall, until now, I really love the discussions we talk about because to me, it's the same thing as just saying everything that I had in mind about the book. Because of this reason, after we finish this activity, my mind becomes all clear and new!

Dancing Vlog!

Traditional Dance!

This is the traditional dance that I chose. As you can see, this is a Japanese traditional dance. I found this quite similar to the one in Korea. In first, it is different since they used cherry blossoms, however near to the ending the used the hand fan. Not only that, but the colors were very much alike. For girls, they also use pink with the Korean dress, "HanBok" whereas in Japan, they wear Kimonos. I really like this dance, and maybe sometime, I can try to learn it myself! :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Let’s go, Handball!

Your Think - Puzzle - Explore
What I think about handball is that it is a sport where the most important skills you need in team work. If you aren’t able to communicate, and have a good teamwork, then it will be harder to win the game. A question I have about handball is, how was this sport created? I feel like handball is very similar with basketball, so was it created after basketball? Moving on, the sport, team handball wants me to explore about how I can try to trick the opponents other than acting to throw it onto the other side. Not only that, but how to become a better player. 

What is team handball?
Team handball is a sport in where you need to pass the ball to your team, and try to throw it into the goal using your hands. Not only is it a game that is similar to basketball, however it is also very similar to squash which a ball is hit with the hand. 

What decisions and actions impact the success of game?
Adding to that, the decisions and actions to have a successful game is teamwork. Teamwork is greatly involved in any other sports, but without collaboration, the harder the change is to win the game. Moving on, to make the game easier and faster, it is better for a fast pitch shot, and when into the goal, most people prefer to bounce throw it. Not only that, but as it was mentioned briefly before, the trick in throwing a ball is to aim in one direction but to throw in the opposite. Due to that, it’s better to look at its palm as well as the ball instead of the eyes. 

How is collaboration needed in team handball?
Collaboration is definitely needed in team handball. Working as a group will be much easier than working and trying to goal alone. Not only does this count in sports, but when you are working as a group in a project, this becomes very handy and important. Overall, as you can see, handball is more than just throwing and shooting.

Image licensed under Creative Commons by Kuebi

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Jason Ohler

Yesterday, when he came, I thought it was going to be cool! I really like listening to authors, and other people from other school, and I feel happy for them. I really liked how he was explaining about the stories and also asking questions really helped us keep in track. Moreover, at last when he showed us a very cool thing that he did with I-pad (the mirror) I thought that was very cool, but didn't really understand how that worked. Overall, I thought that it was very thankful for him to come to Brazil, and to our school.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Science Fair Reflection

I believe that the Core Values I am growing on are: communicator, responsibility, and critical thinking. The reasons are because I never forget to do my homework, always go to class on time, and is responsible in general even in my house. That being said, even though I'm not the best at critical thinking nor communicating, I always try my best. An example is that I try to make new friends, and always try to think outside of the box as well. 
        However, I still have to work on risk taking. Even though I'm not extremely horrible at it, I still have a thought in mind that I have to work on it. Because I want to really improve on this, I will always challenge myself no matter what. The reason is, people learn by challenging themselves, and even by mistakes. This connects to "How are mistakes helping you become a better learner?" By having mistakes, you can learn from them, and remember not to do that again. Without mistakes, you aren't learning properly. That's why, last year, Mr.Broderick loved us to get mistakes. He'd always say that he would like to see mistakes going on, so that he knows that we are learning from it. 
         All these core values connect to the science fair because Luana and I tried to use all these in a big project. For example, we communicated well, and that's why we were able to finish it despite the fact that were in different classes. Also, we were very responsible, tried to become risk takers, and thought critically. I really think that the science fair helps us achieve our goal through these core values, and that's one of the reason what I really like about. 
          Lastly, to make me a better learner, I will listen more attentively in class, and ask more and more questions possibly. Not only that, but I will try not to get off task (even though it's difficult) and always review what I learned in school at home. 

1. What was the most enjoyable part of creating your science fair project (not counting the actual fair)?
The most enjoyable part of creating our science fair was that we were able to share our ideas with each other, and pull out the ones that we liked the most, and made our poster that way. Moreover, we also really enjoyed the part when we baked, and fed the dog (experimenting). I think by this science fair, we really did get to communicate with each other a lot, and we became even closer.

2. What was the most difficult or frustrating part of your project?
The most frustrating part of our project was when we couldn’t build a maze due to the fact that it was too weak, and my dog was scared for it. We really didn’t know what to do, so they I started to freak out and blurted out any ideas. Then, Luana told me, “Wait... be quiet for a second...I think you gave me an idea..” Then I stood there still, when we came up with the idea of having a maze as our house instead of building one!

3. Pick one project (other than your own) that you found interesting and/or impressive. Describe what you liked about it.
I really liked the project from Fernando and Daniel because their topic seemed very interesting, and I think they presented very well! I didn’t really have time to look at all the projects, because sometimes the presenter would take too long to present, and I had to go to the nurse (for my foot)... :( However, from what I saw, I think everyone did well, but I really liked their project! *Congratulations!*

4. What problems/challenges did you run into this year as you worked on your project? What steps did you take to overcome these challenges?
The challenges that we ran in this project is because we weren’t in the same class, we had to communicate online, and meet with each other very often. However, I do not blame this problem, because this happened due to my schedule changing. To overcome these challenges, we always kept calm, and communicated with each other during break, and Luana would come to my house very often.

5. Thinking of your own project, what would you do differently next time? Address only those factors that you have control over (you don’t have control over getting sick or your mom going out of town, for example).
What I would do differently next time in our project, we (Luana and I) would try to

6. While presenting your project, what do you think you did well?
I believe that the part we did well during the presentation was speaking fluently without any pauses such as “umm... so.... yeah...”. We practiced several times in our homes before the Science Fair happened, and also practiced in the class as well. Not only that, but we also pointed out some important things, and tried to make the audience keep focused in our presentation.

7.While presenting your project, what do you think you could have done better?
We could have asked questions to the audience, so that they could get involved into our project instead of just presenting. For example, by asking a question to them to answer, we could connect that to our topic.

8. Did you work alone or in a pair?     Would you choose to do that again?  Why or why not?
I worked in a pair, and I would definitely choose to do this again. The reason why is, by doing it in pairs, we can communicate better, and build up our team work skills. I’m not trying to say that working alone is bad. It’s totally normal, and has positive ideas as well. However, I, myself, love working in groups, or partners. I just feel more comfortable that way.

9. Are you happy with the topic you chose?    Would you chose to investigate it again in the future?  Why or why not?
I am very satisfied with the topic that we chose. Some people have questions about how does this experiment even work? Is it fair? We even thought that too, however that’s the reason why we created the “rubric” which was in the dog’s brain. It shows how many times Lulu (my dog) got wrong to go to the food, if he asked for help, running, walking, trotting, etc. to try to make it fair as possible. I would investigate it again in the future, because maybe we might have a different result in other dogs, and it’s always better to try a variety of things several times.
10. Do you feel you were prepared enough to present your project to others at the science fair?  Why or why not?  
I feel like we were prepared enough to present our project. We worked really hard on this project, and tried to not waste any time. An example is, when she came to my house, it rained very heavily. Due to that, all the lights went out, and there was no internet (it happened at night). Because we didn’t want to waste any of our time, we used 4 flashlights in our room, and began working on our squishies. I believe that we really used our time well, and were very prepared for our project. (We practiced several times together in front of Lulu!)

11.  Did you use the feedback that you were given electronically?  If so, in what ways was it helpful?  If not, why not?
We didn’t get any feedback. :( The internet wasn’t working that well that day, so they couldn’t really give us a feedback.

12.Self Evaluation
Evaluate yourself in these areas.  (5 is highest, 1 is lowest) Highlight the number that you feel best describes your overall performance.  Feel free to explain your ratings in the space below.
Originality of Topic                         1       2       3       4       5
Knowledge about your topic           1       2       3       4       5
Effort/Hard Work                           1       2       3       4       5
Communicator                                  1       2       3       4       5
(board, speech, etc.)

13. What did this project do to help you become a better learner/better thinker?
By this Science Fair project, this definitely help me become a better learner, and thinker. We had to think a lot for how to make this fair, and also learned many things by experimenting and from our research as well. Not only did I learn about these projects, but I got to learn, and know my partner even better!

14. What do you think your teacher could do differently next year to help future students be more successful?
I think this year, the science fair project was planned very very well. Last year, we didn’t have enough time to test, and had too many things to do at once. Despite the fact that I had a partner from the other classroom, it really worked out fine. What this means, is that the teachers planned the time to work on this project very thoroughly and due to this, I think many students didn’t get stressed. Also, I love the way how the judge was the actual science teacher. Last year, with the other judges, we really did have a hard time, and thought that they weren’t being fair with us. Overall, I think if the teachers just do the same way as this year, I think everything will go fine! :)

15.  Do you have any other thought about the science fair that you would like to share?
As mentioned above, I think that the judge this year was very fair, and she wasn’t being rude to us which I think was very nice as well.

16. Here is where you can include pictures and/or video that you took of yourself with your project

(Made a short video, but lost it :( )