COVID-19 Time Capsule

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/27-04-2020-who-timeline—covid-19

This artifact is useful to historians as it is a timeline of the pandemic. It is a good secondary-source and gives a good idea of what happened when it comes to the Corona Virus, and it gives a timeline.

This artifact is a graph of the stock market as well as it’s crash. This is valuable to an economist as it is a good depiction of the economy. An economist can look at this data and decipher it and explain it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_stock_market_crash

This article is a continuation of the graph, and it explains the stock market crash of 2020. This would also be valuable to an economist and is a good secondary source.

How COVID-19 will shape the 2020 election

This article is about how the pandemic will affect the 2020 US presidential elections. It would be valuable to a political scientist as it is about US politics.

This graphic would be useful to a geographer as it shows a timeline of different countries being exposed to COVID-19. It also is useful to a historian as it is also a timeline.

Reflecting Upon English 9 Humor

This blog post was written to wrap up this past unit in English 9. I enjoyed the content of this English 9 unit, and I wish that it didn’t happen to fall during a pandemic. I genuinely liked learning about comedy and humor and it is unfortunate that the learning circumstances were not ideal.

I furthered my knowledge when it comes to humor, and I learned about a lot of techniques and their effects, such as irony, contradiction, and sarcasm. The main thing I learned about was irony and its place in humor, as a lot of the pieces of writing that I studied had a lot of irony in them. I think my favorite piece of writing that I studied this unit was “Mr. Grumpledump’s Song” by Shel Silverstein. I felt like this unit was cut short because of eLearning, and I would have liked to focus on other types of humor in this unit. A genre of comedy that I find very entertaining is stand-up, and I would like to further my understanding of humor through studying stand-up comedy.

One of the main challenges in this unit is related to my SMART goal, which was to procrastinate less. Even though I turned the work in on-time, I still think that I procrastinated a little bit when it came to doing the work, and I sometimes would leave the work to the last minute. I believe that I could have done better on my SMART goal and next year, in English 10, I think I will try to improve when it comes to my time-management skills. Even though some of the work was last-minute, I stand by it. I think I succeeded when it came to the work that I turned in, and I am proud of its quality.

I think that my attitude towards this unit was pretty good, considering I enjoyed learning about humor, and I don’t always enjoy what I learn in school. I think that my responsibility during this unit was satisfactory, I may have left some things to the last minute, but I always turned things in on-time. All in all, I feel like I met the SAL criteria to a reasonable extent.

I enjoyed this unit and I felt it had a very interesting subject matter. Going into the new school year, I hope that I actually get to be in school. To sum this all up, I think that this unit was a success.

IDU Reflection

During this Interdisciplinary Unit, I wan in a group with Haojia and Oscar, and our focus was on anxiety and mental health struggles.  The norms that our group had decided upon were: Be efficient, divide the workload equally, take responsibility, and have fun. I think that I was a good leader throughout the project, and I think our group worked really well together.

As a team member, I am a good leader, and I am very efficient. I contributed ideas, and I always got my work done. My weaknesses as a team member lie in my need to get work done quickly. I oftentimes would just try to get work done and not put in my best effort. If I were to rank the norms of collaboration in order of importance, I would rank them as such: putting ideas on the table, posing questions, providing data, paying attention to self and others, presuming positive intent, paraphrasing, and then pausing. Ideas are the most important because that is what all projects are centered around, it is the point of the project. Posing questions help define the concepts and elaborate on them. This specific project was very data-heavy, so much so that the entire math and science assessments were all data based. The rest of the collaboration norms are helpful but not as important as the first three that are listed. None of the norms were very hard to implement; however, I don’t recall my group doing paraphrasing very much.

I did not enjoy this unit, I felt like a lot of the activities we did during community time were filler, and some of the things we learned in the lessons were not relevant to my project. On top of that, I felt that the assessments did not tie into the rest of the IDU project cohesively, especially the ATW assessment. The ATW assessment required us to “assess our options” and choose what we will focus on a few days after most groups had already chosen and began working on what we will specifically be focusing on. Even though our group had problems with attendance, I think we ended up working really well together. It was challenging when people didn’t want to put forth ideas, but we later did get everyone’s input, even if some people in the group contributed more than others. Collaboration is very valuable in projects like these because if people are not collaborating well, the project goes nowhere.

Overall, even though I didn’t enjoy this unit, I think our group executed our plan, correctly and I believe that we were successful. We collaborated well together, and personally, I think that I was a good leader throughout this process.

English Independant Reading Blog Post

Throughout this school year, I’ve been reading the book “It,” by Stephen King. It is very long, over a thousand pages long, and it has been taking me a while to get through all of it. I really like this book, but it can be boring in some parts, and it can sometimes focus on uninteresting characters, which is why I have taken a while to finish. In my previous blog post, I said that I wanted to read for fun and to enjoy the book that I’m reading, and for the most part, I have been doing this with “It.” I still think that I need to read more, though. I don’t really find myself reading for the sake of reading all that much, but I would like to change that.

Independent reading book

The book that I chose to read is Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I chose this book because my brother read this book and he said he really enjoyed it. I know that it takes place during WW2, and I am really fascinated by that subject. I really liked shows like Band of Brothers and The Pacific, so I think this will be a good pick. My goal for reading this year is to read for fun, and not just when my mother makes me. Also, I want to enjoy reading more. Often times I read for the sake of reading, and not because I actually enjoy it.

About Me Thinglink

Logger Pro Project Reflection

I learned about real world applications of our the skills we learned in the quadratic equations unit. Our group worked well together when it came to teamwork, we all understood each other’s limitations and we really worked well together. This project was fun because we could apply what we learned this unit in a fun way, and we got to work with a group of our choosing. The biggest challenge that our group faced was that we place the origin at Daniel’s foot, so the y intercept wasn’t where the ball was thrown from. If we were to do this again I would improve on this, and it would make our graphs make more sense. Our group could also improve when it came to the video taking. We had to reshoot one of the videos multiple times because the ball would often go out of the shot, or it was hard to plot the points because of the color of the wall. We could also have split up the work better, some of us ended up working harder than the others. Other than that, out group worked really well together and this was overall a fun project.

Capstone Reflection

The movie that I made with Harrison was titled “Tucker Long’s Where the Light Doesn’t Reach – The Premier of a Visionary Prodigy”. It is 0n the topic of clean energy, and was made to show the negative affects of fossil fuels. During the planning process, we really didn’t know what we were going to do, the original plan was just to have pictures and videos of nice things and gradually shift to pictures of the environment being ruined. We scrapped that idea and instead went with facts about the environment gradually getting worse. I think that our video turned out well, but not a whole lot of effort was put into it. The video could have been a lot better, but I don’t think we took this video very seriously. We snuck in a couple jokes, and the tone of it was really off. Overall, I think we really could to better.