Grade 9 Expeditions Reflection

My experience was really good for me as a whole. I got to meet new people, get to know my teachers and classmates and start to like and enjoy nature more, encouraging me to do more hiking and spend more time outside in the wilderness. I got to know my supervisor Paul a bit better and we also wen’t on a seperate hike (after the 3 day hike) close to the hotel.
My learning experience really taught me to think about the Nature and people. This hike really made me think more about the wilderness and nature surrounding our world and how we need to proetect it more. The wilderness is something that can relax the mind and also make you get away from the crowded citys. I enjoyed also being with people, learning there life story’s and getting to know them. I also learnt that I need to challenge myself more, spend more time with my parents and pets and get out of the house more, to enjoy the nature. I needed to challenge myself on this hike because this was the longest hike that I have been on and it really shaped my thinking about myself. It was cold, wet and an uncomfortable experience that I will never forget because of the conditions plus the experience of being with new people and teachers. I also learnt to spend more time with my family, do more stuff like hiking and being outside. A valuable lesson for me was to not take life for granted and spend time with my parents and respect it.
Evidence
Some people at the camp that I remember
Peter (activity team leader and head supervisor)
Paul (supervisor)
Kahz (supervisor)
Johnny (supervisor)
Teachers 
Mr. Mckeown
Mr. Benson
Ms. Harrison
Pictures (will be coming soon after reciving them from the camp)

Nature vs Nurture Debate

We don’t know which one to choose (nature vs nurture) but I could say it is both. Nature is from your genes and is passed on by family and the environment (earth, sciencey biology stuff), but nurture could be taught to you by your parents or anyone. I could give examples to both. For Nature, we get physical characteristics from our genes and family, but for Nurture, we could get specific behaviors or likes that we taught to ourselves or from our parents (such as not eating seafood). Human kind has debated this for hundreds of years, even back in 1869 they were debating this. Sir Francis Galton started research on this, he believed that “genius or eminence is a hereditary trait or a result of nature.”(6) Even John Watson (the real one, not from the movies) in 1925. John Watson said that he could train a healthy dozen of healthy infants and he would guarantee that he could train them to become anything (such as doctors, lawyers, thieves, etc). Both of these smart people had opposite opinions about Nature vs Nurture. I think that our behavior is dictated by both our genes and our environment because you cannot be born to hate seafood even though your parents and family hate it, but you will get physical features from your genes from family (you cannot change that without undergoing physical surgery). I think that this can still be debated over hundreds of years and we still will not know the full story.

Spanish Unit 3 Reflection

In unit 3, I have learnt many new things. I have learnt preterite verb tense conjugation which I understand ok and we got some review over unit 2. I am still catching up with class and learning things from the past. The preterite tense is as strange as Dr. strange, there are many different conjugations which make you kind of confused at times. I felt really good during this learning experience because it was finally a unit where I was able to understand some of the material in which I was having fun in Spanish class. I have learnt that you need to work hard and study hard to get better at something. I have learnt from Spanish to other subjects that you need to study hard and work hard to get better and have a better understanding of that subject or material.

I&S Blog post Thing TASK 1 – 2 Gapminder

Task 1

SWEDEN AND AFGANISTAN

After seeing all the indicators I realized and extended my knowledge about the differences between a developing and already developed country. Sweden is rich and has good medicine and can take care of its people and tries to educate the public more. Meanwhile, Afganistan is struggling because, it not that rich, gets most of its money from oil. it does not have a lot of medicine and has a hard time making schools and educating their people. Sweden is already a very developed country because it can help it’s people and there is a strong middle class. Afganistan is rapidly developing because it is getting support from other countries like the United states. Sweden’s crude birth rate is very low because of modern medicine and health care. Afghanistan is getting better because they are starting to help their people and growing and expanding their health care. These are the same reasons above for Infant mortality Rate. Sweden and Afganistan are growing in population by a pretty high number because a middle class is coming and it is easier to take care of children. A lot more women in both countries are giving birth to children and the live expectancy is going up for both countries. It is expanding by a really big margin, especially for Afganistan because they are a newly developing country. Sweden is around 80 and Afganistan is around 55. The literacy rate for Sweden is 100% because of education and social democrats which belief in high tax, free healthcare and free education for everyone. Literacy rate, of Afganistan, is around 40-50%.

Task 2 

I&S Unit 1 Reflection

I really like I&S as a whole and especially the unit world religions.

Backward-Looking:

What problems did you encounter while you were working on this piece? How did you solve them?

I had a big problem with my essay because it was quite difficult to find information. It took quite a long time to find which made me delayed behind my classmates.

Inward-Looking:

Did you meet your standards?

Yes, I think that I met my standards becuase I did very well on the end result and I also am a student that likes to get good grades and wants to do well in school and I think that this assesment proves it.

Outward-Looking:

What grade would you give it? Why?

For This assessment I think that I should get a 7-8 because I worked very hard and I made a good analysis of the Christian Crusades. I explained about how they affected and impacted us and the world.

Forward-Looking:

One thing I would like to improve upon is … to be more time aware. During my last couple of projects, I have not been able to organize my time well.

 

Spanish Unit 1 Reflection

This first Unit in Spanish has not been the best. I have been struggling a lot and I have a hard time getting good grades and understand and applying knowledge from the unit. I have been good at talking and communicating to other people, but writing and using new vocab has been hard. I can’t do conjugation and stem changing well which does not help my grades.

I would like to improve my Conjugation, Stem-changing verbs, and my vocab. I also need to take risks when doing tests even though I am not confident with the new things that we have learned. I would like to improve my spelling and understand of writing a type of format like a blog post and relating that to the audience.

I will improve all of this by the end of unit 2, THIS IS MY PLAN

  • I will study 3-4 times a week with and without my parents to rehearse new vocabulary and study on my hrw textbook, also improving Conjugation, Stem-changing, and my grammar and look at what we have done in class for the week.
  • I will try my very hardest to get better and improve my grades even when I do not see improvement
  • I will concentrate in class and focus on my work during and after class to be a better student and to get better
  • I will try to read some Spanish books and watch the Spanish guy on youtube for tips about Spanish
  • I will inform my teacher and get help if I do not understand something in class or out of class

This is my Plan for Unit 2 for improving my grades in Spanish and getting better at spanish. I do not enjoy Spanish so much because I struggle a lot.