Spanish Reflection – June 2017

What am I most proud of? I am most proud of how much my vocabulary has grown over the year. When I first started this year, I had a very limited vocabulary, barely knowing how to introduce myself with more than a name and what I like to do. I can now have a proper conversation with my peers about how my health is, what I am doing with my life, etc. and I am very proud of this.

Do I consider myself a Spanish-speaker?Why or why not? I feel that I am more of a Spanish speaker than I was before but I don’t think I can consider myself as a full Spanish speaker because I have a lot of areas to improve. But in the near future I think I can consider calling myself a Spanish Speaker.

What would I do differently if I could do the course again? If I was doing the course again, I would work more on making sure I really work on and memorize the -er -ir and -ar verbs, and all of the irregulars so I can conjugate quicker and more efficiently.

What are three concrete actions I can take to ensure that I am prepared for Phase 3 next year? I will not be in Phase 3 next year because I am not living here but Here are my 3 actions:

  1. Work very hard on keeping my vocabulary over the summer by completing Duo-lingo lessons.
  2. Memorize all conjugations for the different tenses so I will be ready to learn any new ways.
  3. Try not to use any translating devices while talking or listening to others so I can learn to rely on my language skills rather than dictionaries.

Expeditions Reflection – Phuket 2016

     Going to Phuket taught me many things including wilderness skills and peoples skills. But the main characteristic this trip taught me was to be grateful for what I have. We interacted with many small children who had near to nothing. We also painted the walls of a very small school. Before we added color to the walls, they were gray and dreary. YIS is such a colorful school it was hard to see such drab walls. The little children were ecstatic about the small amount of color we added to their school.  One of our YIS students brought a bag of blow up balloons and blew some up for the Burmese school children to play with. It was amazing to see how a small everyday thing such as a balloon could bring such joy to a child. They played with the balloons for nearly an hour.  The photos below show Marleen Walther playing with a Burmese Mon student with a yellow ballon. The photo on the right show one of the murals we painted on the Burmese Mon school walls.


     One of the activities was going snorkeling. We learned the safety precautions of being on a boat, and being in open water. On the boat everyone must wear a lifeboat in case of any issue.  We also learned how to safely snorkel. Never go alone, use appropriate gear, research where you are snorkeling before you go so you know what you will be looking for.  We were about two hours on boat from the nearest city on a small island, searching the coral reefs for the effects human’s have caused such as pollution of the reefs. We were split into teams and observed the reefs; which fish were near and what the reefs looked like. If they were broken and gray, we knew they were beginning to die. The photo below a picture of the small island we snorkeled near.


     The other challenging activity we participated in was hiking in the rainforest. We did research before we left about what animals and insects we would see as we hiked and what to do when we encountered them. We also talked about why we should never hike alone. As we hiked we observed the plants and animals around us. We were very lucky and were able to see a python and the rare red crab. We were sure not to go near or to touch any of the insects we saw. But the most challenging part of this adventure was the last two hours of the hike. We had to hike up the last hill and back down again. It had rained for nearly the entire day so the path was extremely slippery and muddy. We had to work together as an entire group and help each other trek through the incredibly hard trail. This was a live example of why to not hike alone because many people slipped and could have been injured if it weren’t for others. The photo below is the river we hiked along and crossed as we made our way through the rainforest.


     Overall this trip has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I learned to appreciate everything I own down the the simplest items such as a pencil and clothes to wear. The children we interacted with had nearly nothing which showed how well we all have it, with somewhere to live and a nice school. I will never forget what I learned on this expedition. Last year we had fun by rafting and climbing but this year served others and helped others.


Spanish Unit 1 Reflection


I feel very confident about Unit 1. I did very well on the listening and oral assessments. My week points were mostly in the writing and reading assessments. In the oral area of the unit I did very well speaking fluidly and with complete sentences. But I need to work on adding more of the unit grammar, taking risks by adding new words so I can learn from my mistakes. This is the opposite in my writing section of the assessments. I had a good idea of the unit but I had mistakes in the unit grammar and did very simple sentences that I did could have done before the unit – this shows that I didn’t show what I had learned. I need to take more risks, and know that it’s OK to make a mistake.

I did very well in the reading and listening area of unit 1. I understand the grammar and vocabulary of the unit and correctly answer questions about what I read or listened to. I need to work on using what I learned in the listening and reading assessments and tie them into my oral/speaking area. I learned a lot of new vocabulary and could use them while writing or answering questions but I did not use what I learned in my speaking assessments.

For the rest of semester one, my goal is to be able to speak and write with fluency and completion. I can do this by further improving my skills of what I have learned in unit one.  To further improve my skills in unit one, I need to continue practicing what I have learned. I need to start talking to others and writing so I don’t lose what I have learned as we move on to a new unit.


Spanish Blog Profile

Hola! Me llamo es Allison. Yo soy un gemelo. Su nombre es Abbey. Hay seis personas en mi familia. Un padre, un madre, un hermano mayor, un hermana mayor y un gemelo. Amo a mi familia.  Yo tengo pelo castano y ojos azules. Mi cumpleaños es treinta y uno de Agosto. Tengo quince años. Soy de Utah en los Estados Unidos.  Mi deporte favorita es futbol. Yo siempre practicar al futbol. También, me gusta voleibol. Mi clases favoritas son arte,  educación física y ingles porque me gusta leer libros, correr y dibujar. Me gusta mucho comer ensalada. Pero, me gusta chocolate más. Chocolate es muy delicioso. Amo el hablar español porque es divertido.


Words I looked up:

Love – Amo / Amos

Fun – Divertido

Spanish 9 Goals

I have 3 goals for Spanish this year:

First, I want to learn more vocabulary so I can understand conversations better. The more vocabulary I know the easier it will be to speak and understand the language. I hope to do this by listening in class to learn new words and also study hard.

I would also like to be able to have a basic conversation with anyone – meaning I can introduce myself, tell them about me and ask about them with proper grammar and tense (past/present/future) I think  by speaking to other people often, I will become more confident with speaking. This goal ties in with the first goal because the more vocabulary I know the better a conversation I can have with other people.

My last goal is to learn about past present and future tense. To learn how to change the format or grammar of the sentence depending on the tense it is in. Then I can correctly say what and when I am going to do. This will help with the other two goals because knowing this can help me have a basic conversation and I can learn the different vocabulary and tie them in with the different tense.

Japanese Koto Practice Strageties

When I practice, I always start by playing through the whole song. Then I make note of where I need to practice. After going through Hiyaku, I realized I needed to work on section 1, lines 2-3 because I have a hard time with the press. To fix this, I go very slow until I am confident enough to play through the song while staying in a controlled speed. Some of the other strategies I use are cutting up the song into small parts and practicing them individually until I feel comfortable with them, and repetition. Practice makes perfect so the more you play a part, the better you will get at it.

Movie on 3-1-16 at 9.05 PM #3

–In this video I played it very slowly. This way I could make it through with hardly any mistakes

The next area I realized I needed to work on was section 2 line 2-4. I am not very good at the pattern so I started the lines slow and made them faster towards the end. Even though I played it fast, I was in control.

Movie on 3-1-16 at 9.14 PM

–In the video above, I indicated with my left hand, that I played the part I was having a hard time with slowly without any mistakes. On second time through that section, I played the part faster than was probably needed but after I practiced slowly and accurately, I was able to play quickly and controlled.

The last area I have a hard time with is section 3 the second and third line because they are very different compare to the rest of the song:

Movie on 3-1-16 at 9.23 PM #2

–In this last video I used the strategy of repetition. If I didn’t feel confident about the part  I played, I would repeat it until I could play it without making a mistake so I could speed it up a little.

SLC Portfolio

SLC Portfolio

Communication:    Japanese and Spanish Class

In Japanese we have to work with groups and individually for different projects and assignments. Doing this has helped me learn the new language as well and learn how to work with different people in groups. Spanish class also has helped me boost my communication skills because again, we do many group projects and we have to speak to the class. The video below is one of the most recent assignments in Spanish class. We had to make a video of ourselves talking to someone else.

Japanese Language Class:Japanese Assignments

Spanish Language Class:Spanish Conversation

Social Skills: Drama, Tutor and PE

Drama: In Drama we have to work with all sorts of people. The assignments we do often include more than one other person. If you don’t learn how to work with people in different circumstances, it will be harder later in life because with any job you get, you will have to work with other people. In Physical Education (P.E.) You have to have good social skills because every project we do is in a team. This is one of the projects that we did in Drama. We got into random groups and had to come up with an elevator scene. In tutor we often work in groups or pairs. You have to contribute to the group to complete the tasks we are given. You have to work with all sorts of different people.

Drama: Elevator Scene PE: Recent PE Project Tutor: Tutor Blog Post

Self Management: Math and English

Math and English have both taught be to have better self management. These two classes let you work on homework in class but if you don’t manage yourself correctly, you will have lots of work to do at home. Instead of talking to the person next to me, I have learned to work hard in class so I don’t have work to do at home. If I still have some work to do later, I do it when I get home so I don’t forget about it and it ends up being a late assignment. The essay below is about a book we read earlier. We had to write it on our own time which means we had to manage our time ourselves.

English:  English Essay    Math: Math Project

Research Skills: Science, Design and I&S

In Individuals and Societies ( I&S ) and Science you have to do a lot of research. We work a lot on our own so you have to know how to research correctly and effectively. During this Semester, We have had to do a lot of research for example, we had to make an infographic about a place of our choice. We were given the instructions and let go. I had to research all about Mumbai so I could put the correct information for other people to see. We recently finished a Metals and Acids bike frame project. We had to research the best metals to use for each certain bike and which one would work best in the weather. In Design class we had to make an animation for a cause. We had to look into the cause and research it so you could understand what you were making the animation about.

I&S: I&S Infographic     Design: Design Animation    Science:Science Project

Thinking Skills: Japanese Music and Art

In my Japanese Music class we have to come up with our own song including lyrics, a melody, and three instruments. It has to be unique to you own group. With this project you really have to think because the only thing you are given is a staff paper to write down your music. This just gets you mind thinking more than it would if you were given more to go off of. Art is another example of thinking skills. In art class you have to make your own individual pieces of art. You can’t copy off  your neighbors idea. You get to be creative and artistic in this class. The photos below are the most recent art projects we have done, the link below is one of our recent Japanese Music worksheets.

Japanese Music: Japanese Music Worksheet





  1. In Japanese Music I want to practice more and stay on top of the practice sheets.

  2. I am going to study and get higher grades on my Science tests.

  3. In Drama I am going to be more enthusiastic with the assignments   

Elevator Reflection Blog

     My character started out very upset and mad at everyone because someone else in the scene was annoying me. I was a bank teller and was trying to be professional but it didn’t work. When the elevator stopped I became in charge and helped people calm down. This worked out very well because everyone else was panicking and going crazy. 

     As a bank teller I was supposed to be in charge and calm. I did not follow that stereotype at the beginning because I was very angry at Airi for ripping my very important piece of paper in half. But by the end of the scene, I had regrouped myself and became calm and in charge. For example, when the elevator stopped,  I had experienced it before so I was calm but Will (who was playing a security guard) went crazy, Ryan ( the bad guy ) started having an anxiety attack,  and Airi (playing a young girl) started crying. I was the only one who stayed calm and tried to calm things down. 

     For my character, she developed from being an angry women into a very composed, confident character. My character developed because it had to. I could have gone crazy also but that would have been to many people having a break down. It was important in the scene to have someone stay calm. I also felt that the character would feel pride knowing that everything was going to be OK because they had experienced the elevator stopping. 

     I am always very afraid to talk and act in from of people so I feel like my confidence has boosted since I started this unit because I have gotten out of my comfort zone and talked in front of people. I also feel like I can improve on this because it is important to be able to talk in front of large amounts of people. `I know that by practicing in front of other people, like friends, neighbors and family I will feel more comfortable in front of people and I will be able to perform better in front of class.