Spanish end of year reflection


We have almost finished this school year and with this, the year of Spanish class. This is my reflection for this year.


What I’m most proud of: I am really proud of the very large amount of vocabulary that I have mastered  during this school year. This made my speaking, writing and listening skills and fluency very good and made it a a lot easier for me to communicate in the Spanish language which is my main goal to master in the time that  I am having Spanish class. This improved these skills a lot from the beginning of the year, when I was struggling alot to even have fairly basid conversations with others around me. I am also very happy with the amount of different conjugations I have mastered this year. At the beginning I just spoke present tense, while I now know two other major conjugations and some others. Those two main ones were future and preterite tense which again, made it a lot easier for me to communicate with others.

Do I consider myself a Spanish speaker?: No, I don’t because I am still away from fluency, but I do want to keep on learning and pushing to become a real Spanish-speaker.

What would I do differently if I could do the course again?:
I would try to focus a bit more on the constant flow of new vocabulary so I would master them more quickly which would make it easier for me to use them in quickly upcoming assessments, pieces of writing and conversations and not just in later ones.

What are three concrete actions I can take to ensure that I am prepared for Phase 3 next year?
1. I need to keep on revising my conjugations and vocabulary
2. I need to regularly, have a Spanish conversation with my siblings or other Spanish-speakers.
3. I need to revise my notes from the previous 2 years so I remember everything to start Spanish again, fully ready.

Unit 3 reflection


We have just finished unit 3 in Spanish class and I am going to reflect on it in 4 different ways.

First I will do it using the movie and series of Harry Potter and comparing my learning with the movies/books. One thing that makes my work and progress like Harry potter is that I had to face many new things, rules and vocab and I quickly had to learn  how to use them and cope with them. Harry Potter also had to continuously do this in his adventures on Hogwarts.
Also In this unit I have had to keep on practicing my skills and  study continuously in order to make sure that I am ready to face big tasks and challenges ahead which was with me quizzes, assessments and of course, just communicating in Spanish. Harry Potter also always studied hi spells and magic knowledge in order to be prepared to face death eaters and the dark Lord.
Furthermore, this unit I had to make sure that I had good time management because also outside of class I had to make sure I balanced my Spanish work and studying well with work from from other classes and my after school activities. Harry Potter does this because he has a lot of work, but also has to balance it out with Quidditch which he has to train for a lot, this is sometimes very hard for him.
This unit, I have repeat many things over and over again to make sure it becomes easier for me when it comes to real life situations and of course the tests and assessments that come up. This was important because otherwise i wouldn’t get used to it which would cause me to be unfamiliar with how to actually apply what you just learned, in life which is is very important. In Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix this was also key because they couldn’t actually learn and do things in their defence against the dark arts classes because of professor Umbridge, this causes them to have to apply the real stuff out of class to get ready for the challenges where you actually need the skills.
Furthermore in this unit I have had to revise my old knowledge to make sure everything i did stays in my mind and adding the new and extra knowledge to it. In harry potter, he keeps on learning new spell.s and tricks in school, but he does always also practice and perform older spells to make sure that he can combine the things together so he is a 100% ready to face his challenges.
Also, in this unit i have used many different ways to study like my workbook, studyspanish and quizlet. This really helped me learn how the new concepts on different ways which helped me to make sure that I understand everything better that I do in Spanish class. Harry Potter has this because he learns things by just books, but also with different teachers on different ways, this allows him to know things better because he learns things from so many different sources.
Finally, in this unit I have improved on my Spanish by always Writing down the things that I do not know and understand to expand my vocabulary which could then enhance my overall Spanish speaking, reading, listening and writing skills which could then help me further in this class. Harry potter also had this by always being keen about learning new things and asking his friends and family about what happened to his family and what the dark side is doing.

Also, in this class I have learned about with the best ways are to work and remember things that i have learned as well as possible. The analysing of texts that I do in Spanish class has helped me in many other classes because now I look at texts more critically and also in English and other Subjects, I am trying to learn more and more vocabulary so I always ask or make a note about things that I don’t know so i can expand my knowledge and understanding about many new things and concepts which will help me in many further stages in life.

If I had to create a headline about my learning in this unit it would be: ‘Hard with struggles but paying off in the end’. it would be like this because in this unit, I was struggling with the new concepts and different kinds of conjugations. But I think that at the moment I am practicing and improving constantly to make sure that I do well at everything that we have learned at the end of the unit.

And finally I chose to for my learning, tell about how I felt during this unit with all my work and with that progress. At the beginning of this unit with the preterite tense, I was nervous because it were so many more new things that I had to do and learn in order to be comfortable with this. Also, throughout the unit I found that it was still hard to get to know all the important material of what we did in class and I was struggling a bit with making sure that I conjugated everything well in the preterite tense and did it in the right form. I was a bit stressed about this but that did motivate me to practice even harder to make sure that I learned everything that was important as quick and well as possible in order to make sure I’m on track. I think that now i feel more positive because I have practiced a lot on this and because of that, feel more comfortable with conjugating in the preterite tense in Spanish. I think that even though we are still going, I can feel proud of the level i am at and be ready for the challenges and tests ahead.

Overall, I think that at the start of the unit I found some things hard but throughout the unit I practiced which caused me to know how to do the things we had to and learn throughout this unit.

How does memory work?


In I&S class we have been working on Psychology, how we remember things and a lot more.

I have read an article of how memory works and how our brain remembers things and makes it long term memory or just stays short term memory and you eventually forget.
In the article, there was lots of new vocabulary for me and I will write down the key new vocabulary that I have learned in this article.

The new vocabulary

Neurons are nerve cells located throughout the whole nervous system and the central nervous system which communicate through synaptic connections.
Synaptic connections are structures that send specific impulses and signals in between neurons inside the nervous system when a certain kind of neurotransmitters allow the impulse to pass further through the neurons nervous system.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that work to bring a certain signal or impulse from neuron to neuron in a synapse
Long-term Potentiation is when a certain signal comes back many times and the synapses become stronger because the brain created a ‘strengthened synaptic contact which sort of puts the thing on your contact list which you will remember if you keep it strong. which also makes is easier to communicate with that specific person then.
Consolidated means that something becomes more stronger or more solid and firm than it was before.


Memory inside the brain is not like a cabinet that all the things you experience and witness get stored in and when you need to use this information later on, you can just recall it easily and then re-use it. It is not sure how the brain works but many scientists predict that the neurons, neurotransmitters and synaptic connections make us remember things in our long-term potentiation. The way we get things to our long term memory is by recalling it many times. This makes this same signal travel through your neurons, and synapses often which makes it easier for that same impulse to travel the same way every time and it consolidates. Because of this it becomes a long-term potentiation and comes in your long term memory.


Spanish end of unit reflection

Hello, we have just finished our Spanish unit and I think I have achieved many things. First of all, I think that throughout this unit, I have refreshed on about all the things we have learned last year so I can use them this year. Also to add on to what I already knew, I have learned a lot of new vocabulary and grammar techniques and used them in my pieces of writing to show my understanding and enhance the quality of my work.
Furthermore I think my level of speaking also went up because of all the new things I learned this unit and apply them in my conversations. Also when I talk and I want to know a specific word is in Spanish or what an english word is in Spanish. This also bit by bit makes it easier for me to have even fuller and better conversations for both speaking and listening. I think I should keep on doing these things so I can make sure my Spanish keeps improving and I can do things speaking and writing easier.

Nature vs Nurture

Nature vs Nurture

Nature vs Nurture us a debate that has been going on for a long time in Psychology. Children can have specific things from their parents and ancestors, but also have to develop many things in their childhood and further life.
My definition of nature in this case of Psychology is when a child has a certain, physical characteristic, ability, behaviour, like or dislike that they naturally have or got from their parents or that they have got in theirselves when they were born and that not has to do anything of the way of the child was being raised.
My definition of nurture is when A child has a physical characteristic, ability, behaviour, like or dislike that they got when they were raised or have practiced somewhere during their life.

The Nature vs nurture debate is about whether certain things or behaviours that children have are nature or just nurture. Psychological studies conducted by Heinz show that children from specific genders which in this case monkeys, many times like toys that are typically for their gender, this was clear because most of the female monkeys got the girly and pink toys while the boys got the boy toys like trucks and helicopters. This clearly shows that in most cases, it is in our genes which kind of toys and things we like to have and play with which clearly shows we do these things and like those things from our nature.
Also a Psychological experiment conducted by Cambridge University shows that adults and parents give the children toys according to their gender because if they heard a specific child was a boy, they would give the kid boy toys and with girls the same. But the thing that they did was that they switched some boys and girls around and said that it was a girl while it was a boy and the same for the opposite gender. The adults got toys for boys when they thought it was a boy and the same for when they thought the baby was a girl. In some cases the children clearly didn’t like the other toys which is partially nature but as you can see, the parents also stereotype what the babies like by their gender which is clearly a part of nurture.

My Spanish goals


For Spanish class we had to create some goals  that we wanted to achieve in Spanish class this year. In this post I will list them.


Goal 1

My first goal is that by the end of this unit, to be able to be able to use at least 90% the Spanish verbs and basic language we have learned last year and are revising now using written and spoken communication. I will do this by looking through my old Spanish folder, notebook and workbook to revise the material that I have learned last year and because of that refresh my mind. I think this is very important for me to do this because this will make it easier for me to communicate in Spanish in class, do written and spoken tasks better and finally to make it easier to learn new material because I already know the basics.


Goal 2

My second goal is that by the end of this semester to master all the verb conjugations that we learned last year an what is necessary for this semester. I will do this by trying to make lists in my notebook that say the rows of the types of conjugations like the yo and nosotros conjugations on the side and then writing a verb at the top of the page. Then I’ll write the word down but then conjugated for that was listed on the side. I will do this for as many verbs possible. I think this is important because this will make it easier to talk to people and to write letters or other written messages.


Goal 3

And finally, my last goal for this whole year is to take as many notes as I can in my notebook when we are learning important new material. I have not done this very much last year but I think it could really come in handy for practicing for upcoming tests and assessments. And so finally this could make my revising easier because I have my notes ready to use.


Thank you for reading!

My unit progress


In music class we are working on our unit of soundtracks and with half of the class we are working on the Hedwigs theme which is the theme song of the movie Harry Potter. I have improved and developed on many aspects and I am going to explain a few of them in this post.

I learned how to play my part by first by playing parts step by step. At the very beginning I did not know yet how to play the song properly so I started to play the very first part many times until I completely mastered it and could play it comfortably without having to think about the notes that I should play. After that I can add another bit of music to add onto the part I already know how to play. I then practice until I can play those 2 pieces smoothly. I use this technique repetitively and play what I know many times in between until I have mastered the whole song. When I knew the whole song I continued my progress to finally play together with the whole class at the MS concert.

At this moment I could Improve my playing for the concert by only playing with one hand because it is inconvienient when I play it with 2 hands because then if I maybe have to play the chords later of this or another song, I would not be able to play them at the same time which is a key part of playing the piano.

After that I started playing together with my classmates including Sarah, that helped me develop my skills on the piano and playing Hedwig’s theme because my rhythm in my individual playing was not very consistent and accurate. I did this by after I practiced my piece or a part of it, I would play together with a classmate so I could get used to playing my song and the piece that I learned at the correct speed and playing at the correct side of the piano so the combination of the two players would sound better. This is/was a key part when playing as a group/duo on one piano because we have to share piano during the actual piece and this would help me get used to playing the piano like this. Now after practicing in a duo, our playing sounded nice and synchronized which is important during a performance in a group.

At this moment I could Improve my playing by repeating this step many times to make sure that I play everything correctly and that I am ready to play as a whole class and after that for the final performance.

And finally the final step I improved on during my progress was when I mastered the whole song to correctly start playing at the correct moment because after I learned how to play the melody, I got another music sheet which showed what we needed to play but also when to play while playing as a group which I didn’t yet know. So, when I got the music sheet I first practiced myself to try to master it by myself. After I practiced the song using the new timing I practiced with the whole class to make sure everyone plays at the correct time of the performance and in sink. This sounded a lot better than by myself because of the wide variety of instruments we used during our performance. Because we were under time pressure the whole class including me worked hard to play together as one band to get ready for the final performance at the MS concert a little while later.

I think when we were done with my final practice I had mastered everything that I needed for playing the song and was ready for the performance, because of this I had the feeling that I was completely ready to perform at the spring concert.

And finally, at the day of the concert, about all of the performers did well and I thought that we mostly played better than all the practices in class and in the auditorium itself

I think I could have Improved on during my practice time to practice to learn to the play notes without having to write down the letter form of the notes beforehand, this could let me extend my piano skills by being able to read the notes and being able to play them directly while seeing them.