Why I took Tutor Training

My name is Matthew. This semester, I have decided to complete the course of Tutor Training. This is not because I idolized tutors or teachers and wish to join their ranks. I am no teaching enthusiast. In fact, I lost all interest and love for teaching during a “traumatizing” experience when I was attempting to tutor my four-year-old cousin. I reluctantly tutored my cousin for 30 minutes of English and due to my reluctance and her gerbil-like attention span, I achieved nothing yet still demanded the previously agreed 200 kuai payment. When my aunt wouldn’t pay me, I felt robbed, I lost interest and confidence in tutoring for the rest of elementary school.

As middle school became the present instead of the future, the idea of tutoring began to gain traction in my mind once again. It was the renaissance of teaching for me. As high school rolled around, Tutor Training was presented to me and I wasn’t the first to sign up. I still wasn’t very excited despite the rebirthing of teaching the “Middle” ages (get it?). Regardless, I still signed up because I believed that it would help me earn some money during college or university by tutoring and charging an amount of money every hour. A more minor reason I picked Tutor Training was that I didn’t find any other elective interesting or useful.

This semester in Tutor Training I wish to learn to be more empathetic towards others and learn to construct lessons such that the lessons become more enjoyable. However, this would be irrelevant unless I knew how to properly plan lessons and deal with awkward or unexpected situations. Finally, I wish I learn how effectively convey an idea or concept. Being able to master the art of communication would be a huge milestone for me because I always had trouble doing so.

In conclusion, I chose Tutor Training not because I am a teaching fanatic or because I idolize those who spread their knowledge. This doesn’t mean I dislike Tutor Training, rather, I chose Tutor Training because I believe it would be beneficial to me in the future. Rome wasn’t built in one day and my learning wouldn’t complete in a day. There are things I must master during the journey to becoming a successful tutor.


That Wasteful Movie

I learned that food waste is not a small side adventure that China has to beat, it is a major boss battle just like air pollution and overpopulation. By showing this video to the public, I wish to communicate that food waste is no little problem and hopefully, give the public some information about food waste. If I could do this project again, I would first acknowledge all limitations and requirements before I start to plan the video. Some advice I would give to the eighth graders next year is to make a good documentary, have plenty of interviews and real like footages about your topic.

Calculated Bombardment

The Catapult Cup was a challenge at the end of our Module Four in Algebra I class to use what we previously learned in real-life situations. We were to plan and build a catapult following the design thinking process. Then, we were to fire a ping-pong ball using the catapult and analyze the ping-pong ball’s flight path. Once we have analyzed the flight paths of the ping-pong balls, we used the equations to figure where the ball would roughly land and where to place targets during the Catapult Cup.

The most important thing that I learned from this project was that something may work theoretically but may not work in reality due to many outside factors. The most challenging aspect of this project was catapult building part because our original catapult would theoretically work but due to the lack of a consistent weight to launch our ping-pong ball, it couldn’t be realized. Next, I would do research on how catapults worked before I made assumptions about how they work and went straight to the planning.

Final Catapult Design

Edible Dumpsters

Hetrick, Sonya. “Wasted Food Is Wasted Money.” Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, SASB, 23 Mar. 2017, www.sasb.org/blog-wasted-food-wasted-money/.

The issue that I would like to focus is the problem of wasting food. I believe that kids are wasting too much food in restaurants and especially in school cafeterias. I think that a huge problem that China should focus on is that too many people are just throwing away uneaten food.

My research question is “Why are there so much wasted food in China?” However, I fear that I might not be able to reach the evidence I need, but I know the evidence is there. This leads less information for the essay and the documentary at the end.

I hope to gain some knowledge on how to solve this issue or at least not waste any food myself. I hope to send the message of “stop wasting food, it will run out eventually and some people can’t even have it so stop dumping everything down the chute!”

Death By Guillotine

The French Revolution was a chaotic time in the history of Europe since the Revolutions triggered many wars that dominated Europe for many years. The French Revolution happened because France was in a deep debt and it only taxed a certain amount of its population (which happened to be mostly poor) and the majority of the population had zero political power. A lot of people thinks that the French Revolution is only people cutting off other people’s heads but in reality, the French Revolution was much more than just the guillotine and its victims. Not only did the French Revolution affect its citizens, it also affected the entire continent of Europe, throwing all the countries mostly for political reasons. Enjoy the video!