Spanish Phase 1 Reflection

In the Phase one I am the most proud of taking notes and learning new skills by practicing  during class by interaction with classmates. The constant notetaking helped me advance my learning since during class I was always involved with the conversation. This has allowed me to participate in the class point game where we try to get the most points. The note taking has expand my vocabulary and sentence structure aiding my team in this game. As a result of this I have gone unbeaten with my team for the whole year.

I consider myself I a Spanish speaker since I have studied the language and can speak it. However, I do not consider myself to be a fluent speaker since I still have a lot trouble pronouncing words and using adjective noun agreement. I still have many things to learn and improve like conjugation with two verbs, conditional verb tense and imperative very tense.


If I could do this course again I would study at more at home to make sure I can remember the material better. I would also use HRW more to help my pronunciation and to practice listening and reading tests. I would also use more resources online to help spelling and writing.

One concrete action I can take to make sure I am prepared for phase two is that I could bring my notebook  on summer vacation and look at every day for at least 10 minutes to study. Another concrete action I could take is to reorganize my notes so I can find what I am looking for easier.  I could also log into HRW every other day for at least 10 minutes to listen to Spanish so I can Chevere.

Superfood Public Service Announcment

           People need to eat food everyday to survive. To survive the body needs nutrients such as Protein,Vitamins/Minerals, Carbohydrates, Fiber and Fat. But what exactly is in food that make some better than others?Most people think superfoods are better for you than other more common foods, but are they?

          Kale is considered a Superfood. Kale contains high amounts of Vitamin A and C. Per 100 grams of Kale there is 9990 IU (international unit) of Vitamin A and 120mg (milligram) of Vitamin C. Our bodies need Vitamin A in our bodies to help the growth and development of bones. Vitamin A also supports eye health as well as vision in dim places.  Vitamin A plays an important role in the growth and development of the bones. Vitamin A also plays a large part in the health of eye vision and eyes. Vitamin A also helps the retina in the eye absorb light. Vitamin A also helps the body with the growth and development of the cornea and other membranes of the eye.Vitamin C is used mainly in the body to create a type of protein that helps heals wounds. Vitamin C also helps the body absorbs Iron form plant based foods. In addition Vitamin C is a antioxidant that helps protect the cells in the body from damage by Free Radicals. Kale also has 3.6 grams of fiber per 100 grams. Fiber helps clean the digestive system out preventing disease . Fiber also helps large intestine and colon health making cancer less likely.In addition, Fiber creates feces which cleans the digestive system out. Kale also has 1.47 grams of Iron per 100 grams of Kale. Our bodies need Iron because Iron is necessary for growth and development. Iron also helps the body transfer oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron also supports metabolism. Kale also has 4.28 grams of protein per 100 grams. Protein helps the body form new tissue as well as heal wounds on the body. In addition, Kale has 150 milligrams of Calcium per 100 grams. Calcium helps the body build bones and keeps them healthy. Calcium helps the blood clot and helps nerves send messages as well as helping muscles contract. Finally, Kale has 49 kcal of carbohydrate per 100 grams. Carbohydrates give the body energy. Kale has 0.93 grams of fat. Fat helps the body absorb protein and also helps insulate the body.

When compared to a more common food like a raw fuji apple Kale has higher amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Fiber, Iron,Calcium and Protein. However a raw fuji apple has a higher amount of carbohydrates with 63 kcal compared to 49 kcal of carbohydrates for Kale.  When Kale is compared to cooked Salami meat Kale has 0.73 less milligrams of Iron. Kale also has less carbohydrates, fat and protein than cooked Salami. But, Kale has more Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium. When compared to cooked Salami has less fat. Salami contains 22.20 grams of fat per 100 grams which is 21.27 grams more than Kale. A raw fuji apple with the skin only contains 0.18 grams which is 0.75 grams less than Kale per 200 grams

There is some issues with calling kale a superfood mainly with money and ethics. Many stores make the superfoods more expensive than the more common foods which may people less inclined to spend more money to buy the healthier food (like kale). This could also be an ethical issue, why make the healthier food more expensive so that not as many people will be inclined to trying Kale. The definition of a superfood according to Google is a a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Kale does have high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Fiber, Iron, Calcium and Protein but it lacks in carbohydrates. Eating a breakfast cereal like Kellogg’s corn flacks can provide more carbohydrates with similar amounts of protein and fiber then simply add a food like spinach to get about the same amount of nutrients and even a little more. Doing this will take less time than growing Kale as well. Also, breakfast cereal can last a long time unlike Kale which will eventually rot and Spinach.

To get all of the nutrients I recommend a balanced diet like shown in the food pyramid. However, in a diet in which all the amounts of nutrients are the same would be dangerous becuase you might not be getting enough of one nutrient or too much of another nutrient. Also I would recommend that before eating a meal that people research what is in their meal so they can have a balanced diet.

In conclusion, using the term superfood appears to be very flexible because while the food may have a lot of nutrients it may have a lot of 2 nutrient but not the others. People should not naturally believe that a food is super high with every single nutrient just because it is labeled as a superfood. People should research what they are eating so they know what type of nutrients are in the food to see if is really super.




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Child Labour Trail Characters

Henry Jones a Doctor Who Supports Child Labor

Henry Jones was born 1840 in the town of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He grew up always wanting to be a doctor and finally in 1870 got his doctor degree to professionally practice medicine. Henry jones is married to Rosie Johnson and has two children: Caleb and Helen. Both Caleb and Helen work in textile factories and are learning valuable lessons about the business as well as acquiring essential life skills. Henry Jones was hired by Sam Washington to examine the health of the children working at his textile factory. He concluded that all the children were in very good health and that the long work hours and the manual labor did not harm them. Henry Jones also thought that the factories were giving children the important experiences as well as important life skills to help them exceed in later life. 

Industrial Revolution

In I&S we have been studying the causes and affects of the Industrial Revolution. We also studied the industries in the Industrial revolution .

The growing agricultural production industry  caused the Industrial Revolution around 1750. This allowed the food population which in turn, affected everyone in the Industrial Revolution because people can not survive without food. This also caused all food products to cost less money since it was being produced on such a large scale which helped people save up money this meant that people could now purchase and make manufactured goods with the saved up money.  Also, the mass produced food meant farmers could now move into the city to find steady jobs. These jobs included working in factories which produced all of the goods during the Industrial Revolution. Or another steady paying job for the farmers was working in coal mines extracting coal for iron smelting,industrial production and the railway since coal helped power these industries. These farmers powered the Industrial Revolution but agricultural production began the Industrial Revolution.

  I also made a brain frame about the effects of the Industrial Revolution

 We also ranked each industry by its importance.

This is how each Industry affects each other.

Student Lead Conference

Student Lead Conference

Approaches to Learning Skills How did you demonstrate this skill


what do you want to improve?



Examples of Work


Communication I want to demonstrate this skill by showing a project with two partners like the Colonization video that Andre and I made in I&S. This was the final project of our first unit: Empires. I thought that my partner and I communicated what we needed to do and what our jobs very well. The video is about how England colonised Hong Kong and what the effects for the colonised and coloniser were. I&S I&S Colonization Presentation
Collaboration I want to demonstrate this skill by showing you the dance I made in P.E with a partner. The second unit in P.E was dance. Our assignment was to create a one minute dance to the song “ Good Feeling”. However we also had to memorize the Just Dance of the song. At the performance my partner made use of clothing for the song. We both wore sweatshirts and sweatpants however underneath those we had on our basketball uniform which tied into our dance. So,at the beginning of our creative minute we ripped off the sweatshirts to reveal our basketball uniform. P.E P.E Dance Video
Affective Skills I used these skills in in my English video depicting a scene in the play “Two Weeks With the Queen”. However, it was very hard to film since we had to remember lines and act. So we had to have perseverance while taking many retakes and changing how we act since none of us had any experience. Also we and the motivation and resilience to keep on going and be calm through all of the retakes and mistakes. In our video our intention was to make Colin seem more snotty toward homosexuals and we wanted to make Griff seem more angry about people discriminating against him for being gay English English Video
Critical Thinking I wanted to demonstrate Critical Thinking by showing a conversation in Spanish. This assignment was part of our first unit Aprendamos a conocernos. For this assignment the class was not allowed to use a script or palm cards. So I had to think very fast about what I was going to say and I had to stay on the topic and make sense. Spanish Spanish Speaking Video
Creative Thinking I wanted to demonstrate Creative Thinking by showing my Pythagoras interview video. For Math, we were required to create a video explaining Pythagoras theorem. My partner and I had to think of interesting ways to show and explain Pythagoras. Also we had to make sure the audience understood what we were saying so we had to speak clearly and with detail. We also gave visual representation of what we were talking about. Math Pythagoras interview
Media Literacy I wanted to demonstrate this skill by showing you my design work. In design we had to take a failed character and give them a new design to make them in the public’s eye again. I did this by analyzing many different successful characters in media. I then took the things they were successful at then added them to Barney in order to make him more successful. My character was Barney the dinosaur and my intention was to make Barney more appealing to all ages by redesign its color scheme,facial expression and how realistic Barney looks. I took interviews with several people and I mostly achieved my intention. Design Design TSC
Information Literacy I wanted to demonstrate this skill by showing my artwork. In art we made paintings that showed our true Japan. We also used new line techniques that I did not know and I used information literacy to learn and master these new skills. In my artwork I used stippling,hatching and scumbling to show how nature and man made structure can blend together. I also wanted to make people notice the smaller things in life also I wanted to help people notice the beauty of their surroundings.   Art Art TSC

My Goals

Goal 1:My first goal is to make timeline of when to do assessments at home so that I can balance my home and school time.

Goal 2:My second goal is to make a check list before a assignment so that I know what to do step by step and so that I can focus on completing the task completely and quickly.

Goal 3:My third goal is to prioritise homework on level of importance because I alginate enough time for each class.

Spanish Reflection Unit 2

For this reflection Mrs.Hill wanted us to write a little bit differently….

At the beginning of the second spanish unit I was like Luke from “Star Wars The New Hope”. I did not know much about transitions,stem changing verbs, and food vocabulary much like Luke was at the beginning of the movie. However, as the unit 2 progressed I learned more about spanish transition, stem changing verbs and food vocabulary  (the force in Luke’s case). By the middle of unit 2 I was like Luke in “Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back” . I was becoming more confident in my abilities and was learning new vocab and improving my overall skill in speaking spanish. Finally in the movie “Star Wars The Return of the Jedi” I was more like the rebel alliance. I was experienced in the new vocab of the unit and was becoming a master of the unit.


I had finally went of of the cave into the light of Spanish food vocab.

For this unit I was a little worried heading into since there was a lot of new vocabulary and new grammar things I had never even heard of before. But I wrote down new vocab in my notebook and practiced at home to learn new vocab. Finally at the end of the unit I new everything about spanish foods

What Elements Are in iPhones?

People use technology in everyday life. It can be an smartphone, computer, T.V or even an electronic game. But what is exactly in a iPhone? A big part of iPhones is something called conflict minerals. Conflict minerals are Tungsten, Tantalum,Gold and Tin (these can also be called the 3TG’s) or any other type of mineral mined in the DRC (Democratic of Congo) that has funding conflict in the DRC or surrounding countries. DRC is the most mineral rich country in the world. However the DRC is also one of the most dangerous  and war-torn countries in the world due to civil wars. This is partly due to conflict minerals which are mined by forced labour by residents of the DRC often without pay. The rebel factions as well as the government force the people of the DRC to mine at gun point or with threats about loved ones.

Gold is used in the iPhone circuit boards and wiring becuase Gold can conduit electrons which make electricity very well and has a low electrical resistance so it doesn’t corrode as fast as some other metals. Gold is also used in jewelry and coins.  On the periodic table Gold’s symbol is Au. Gold has a melting point of 1,064 ºC. Also, Gold is the most expensive metal in the iPhone. Gold is found in the DRC. Gold has an atomic number of 79. 

Tantalum is used in the iPhone as the camera lens  because when Tantalum is refined it can be a heat resistant powder. Tantalum is also used in the iPhone because Tantalum can hold a high electrical charge. Tantalum is also used in capacitors, condensers, cutting tools, and vacuum tube filaments. On the periodic table Tantalum’s symbol is Ta. Also Tantalum has a melting point of 3,020 ºC.  Tantalum is found in the DRC.  Tantalum has an atomic number of 73. 

Tungsten is used in the iPhone to make the phone vibrate becuase Tungsten is a dense metal.  Outside of the iPhone Tungsten is used for vacuum tube filaments, electronic lights, contact points in cars, electrodes, rocket engine nozzle and cutting tools. On the periodic table Tungsten’s symbol is W.  Tungsten also has a melting point of  3,422 ºC. Tungsten is found in the DRC. Tungsten has a atomic number of 74. 

Tin is used in the iPhone as solder for electronic components inside of the iPhones. Tin can also be used for coating steel cans, bearing alloys and glass making. Tin has a melting point of 231.9ºC. On the periodic table Tin has a symbol of Sn. Tin is usually found in China and Indonesia but can still be found in the DRC. Lastly, Tin has an atomic number of 50. 


A safety issue with this minerals is for the miners who find these minerals. The miners are forced to work by the government or rebel factions in the DRC with long hours and little to no pay in dangerous conditions. The miners are hired at gun point,physically forced, or to protect their family. Also if the miners refuse to work the government or rebel faction will threaten the miners family or kill the miner.

An ethical issue with this material is the harsh conditions which the miners are put through. Another ethical issue  is how the miners have to work long hours with no pay in the mines. Also most of the miners are forced to work by government troops (FARDC). 

Some financial issues are for the miners since they are barely paid or not payed at all. However the owners of the mine benefit from selling the rare conflict minerals to electronic manufacturers across the world. 

One way we could help is use products from companies that have been audited for conflict minerals to reduce the production and distribution of conflict minerals. So, we should buy electronic products from companies like Apple or Intel smartphones who audit for conflict minerals.

Another way we could help is to donate money as a whole school to a reliable charity like RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO or War Child who spread awareness about Conflict minerals and try to end the production and distribution of Conflict minerals. In addition RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO and War Child attempts to protect families in the DRC. 


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“What It Takes to Make a Conflict-Free Smartphone.” Bloomberg, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

“RAISE Hope for Congo.” RAISE Hope for Congo. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

“What We Do.” War Child. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.