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Reflection Blog for the Sewable Circuit

During the 6 classes, our Circuit class had designed our own sewable circuits for the project. The design I chose was the main character in Winnie the Pooh “Pooh”. The reason I had chose this design was because, for my planning, I had drawn 3 designs. The first design was a dog with a bone. The second design was a heart with an emotional face, and the third design was Pooh. The reason I had chose Pooh from these three designs was it was easier for me to sew because the other two designs had many layers on top of each. Also, this character had looked better than the other two. The reason why I had close sewing a pin was because actually, I don’t really read a lot so that means I don’t need a bookmark for me to use. Also, I thought the bookmark was too big for me if I had to carry it outside. When I saw the Among Us on a pin project, it had tracked my eyes because it was small and really popped up, so that was another reason why I had chose to work on a pin. The proudest part was when I had chosen the color yellow and red. The reason I had chose this part was because it took me some time to chose what color should I sew for the clothes and the skin color. Then, I had chosen the original colors and it had looked better than I had thought.


Plan.                         Before sewing.                The backside after sewing.        Image of the front.


It was my first time working on sewing. While I was learning how to sew, it was hard because it was my first try, and heard from some of the adults that you can poke your finger often. That was a fear for me the first time, but after learning it, it was pretty fun and I had spent a good time learning and practicing this skill. From now, I am gonna tell you the challenge that I had faced. I had chosen to draw the small black pieces like eyebrows, eyes, nose, and mouth. I had found some hard time cutting out the small pieces so I had decided to draw those parts using a black pen, then realized that there were some black pens but it was hard for us to use because it does not really dry well. I had asked the teacher and she said that “not many people had success when they had used those pens, I recommend you to bring a pen if you have one or you can even use the black colored pencil.” That was when the light had lighted up my mind. I had used a black colored pencil and a normal pencil. I had used the pencil first for the plan and realized that it was also hard because the led doesn’t really show up clearly. Then, I had used the colored black pencil on the top and it was also a mess. Although, I had faced these hard problems I didn’t give up and kept using my power to solve this problem. When I went home, I saw a thick black pencil and thought of if this will work. I brought it to school and saw that this pen had worked. I was so happy and proud of myself for trying hard to solve a problem. Another hard part I found was when I was sewing, I had sewn the felts for the Pooh first and then sewn my LED and the battery holder. When I was sewing the LED and the battery holder, I found that because the thread “conductive thread” was thicker than the usual threads it was harder to pass through several layers of felts. My battery holder was placed on the opposite place of Pooh’s head and noticed that if I go through the whole felt and sew, then when I flip over Pooh’s head will be messy with the threads. SO, it took me more time to sew the battery holder with carefulness and prettiness. Some tips for the students next semester are that plan out which parts you are going to sew first and then sew. It will be a time saver and if you do the same steps as I did, then you will find out harder. Also, when you are choosing 1 design from your 3 designs, choose something that has fewer layers and something that looks clean and simple will be the best choice you ever made. The reason I am telling you this is because if you choose a design that has lots of layers and something that is complicated then it would be harder to let the thread pass through the felts and takes tons of time to complete the project. The new thing I want to learn based on this project is that how to sew small pieces of felts into the base felt and also how to sew perfectly around the edges of the felts. For the small pieces, I want to learn this because then I don’t have to draw the pieces and just cut and sew. The sewing perfectly around the edge is because when I look at my final project, I can see that the threads are a bit curvy and not pretty. If I learn how to sew it perfectly, then my project will look better than before.






How does ADHD and Positive relationship impact Percy’s choices & How can ADHD and Positive relationship be improved to Percy’s behavior

In Chapter 1-3 from the Lightning thief book, Percy had made several choices, and these are the impacts and improvements he can make. ADHD had impact Percy’s choices because he had blurted out answers, gets distracted, cannot concentrate, and keeps struggle in the class. There are few ways to improve Percy’s behavior of ADHD is moving his body often and work on what he is interested in. Additionally, reducing stress and increases his happiness is the impact to Percy about the positive relationship and writing letter, act kindly, gives presents, and doing small gestures can improve his behavior.  

ADHD impacts Percy’s choices because he sometimes blurts out answers, easily gets distracted, he could not concentrate on the class and struggle with studying and Percy’s behavior could be improved is by moving his body frequently and do what he is interested in. For example, of ADHD impacts Percy’s choices are, on page 5, Percy blurts out “will you shut up, it came out louder than I meant to.” According to the Newsela article, it had mentioned that people who have ADHD have a hard time being quiet, can’t manage themself and that they get easily distracted by other small things. On page 17, Percy had also said “my grades slipped from D’s to F’s, I got into more fights with Nancy and her friends, I was sent out into the hallway in almost every class.” In the article about a different view of ADHD, it had mentioned that people who have ADHD could not pay attention/focus on the class and what the teacher says also they make easy small mistakes. The way Percy’s behavior could be improved is by trying to move his body and do something that he is interested in. According to the Newsela article, it had said “they like to be outdoors and move their body.” This means that going outside and do some moving activities would help Percy to improve his behavior, so Percy can ask the teacher if they could go outside and do some exercises or some outdoor games to make himself move. Another way to improve Percy’s behavior is by focusing on what he likes and what he is interested in. In the article where it had mentioned about how we can help people to improve ADHD, it said that “they might be very focused when something interests them, whether it is Lego or music.” This means when people who have ADHD do what they like or what they are interested in, they can improve their own behavior, so Percy can find what he wants to do and do that instead of something that makes him mad or de-concentrate. However, blurting out answers, being distracted, could not concentrate on class works, and struggling with studying are the impacts of ADHD on Percy, moving his body and do what he is interested in is the way of improving his own behavior.  


Positive relationships impact Percy by helping him to reduce his stress and increase his happiness, writing a letter, acting kindly, giving presents, and doing small gestures can improve Percy’s behavior. For example, of positive relationship impacts Percy is on page 44, Grover had said “I am your friend.” This shows that their friendship is deep. Another example of this is on page 3, Percy had said “Grover tried to calm me down.” According to the Newsela article, it had said “the support offered by a caring friend can provide a buffer against the effects of stress.” Another example of a positive relationship impacting Percy is on page 32-33, Percy had said, “My mom can make me feel good just by walking into the room.” In the article of having a good friend can improve our well-being, it had mentioned having a personal relationship can help you to reduce stress, increase happiness, and make yourself confident. The way to improve Percy’s behavior is by writing a letter. According to the Newsela article, it had said “However, old-fashioned letter writing can be one way to reconnect.” This means writing a kind letter can make you and your friend feel calm and the letters can also make the friendship better and tighter. Another way to improve Percy’s behavior is by acting kindly, giving presents, and doing small gestures. In the Newsela article, it had mentioned “Consider giving friends nonmaterial gifts, like acts of kindness. Even small gestures can make difference.” This means giving small gifts and acting kindly works well, but also doing a small gesture can make a big difference between you and your friend (friendship). As a result, reducing stresses and increasing happiness are the impacts to Percy about a positive relationship, the way to improve Percy’s behavior is by writing a letter, doing small gestures, or giving small presents help.  


Percy had made a range of choices in Chapter 1-3 from the book, but there are impacts and improvements he can make to change his behaviors. Percy had blurted out answers, he gets distracted, cannot focus on class works and struggles in-class time are the impact to Percy about ADHD. The ways to solve these problems are moving his body and work on what he likes/interest are also the ways to improve Percy’s behavior. Importantly, the impacts of a positive relationship to Percy are reducing stress and increasing happiness, and he can write a letter, acts kind to people, gives them small gifts, or doing small gestures can make a big difference, and also it can improve his behavior.  

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