Here is my reflection for the third unit of Spanish, Mi Familia.
Today in Spanish we were interviewed about our family with no script so we had to use critical thinking skills to reply to the interviewer.
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.
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|
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.
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
In Science class, we dissected a pig’s eye as part of our third unit of Waves. In the eye we had to find the pupil,cornea iris,lens, optic nerve and retina. However, my partner and I did not have enough time to locate the retina of the eye. Here is the video about our dissection. Video of Pig Eye Dissection
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.
“What Are Conflict Minerals?” Source Intelligence. Source Intelligence, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
War Child. Conflict Minerals, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
“Conflict Minerals Infographic.” Conflict Minerals Infographic. Venkel LTD., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
“Mining Your IPhone.” 911metallurgist. Neo Mammalian Studios, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
“There Is Gold in Your IPhone.” MacTrast. Xcloud, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
“Tungsten Alloy IPhone.” Tungsten Alloy. Tungsten Alloy.com, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
“Apple Says Supply Chain Now 100% Audited for Conflict Minerals.” Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
“How Intel Audits Conflict Minerals.” Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.
“What It Takes to Make a Conflict-Free Smartphone.” Bloomberg.com. 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.
For Spanish, we had a oral task where two members of the class would be customers and one member of the class would be a waiter.
The link for my video is here.
Looking back on this unit, I could improve using my time more wisely during class time. I could also improve focusing on the task at hand becuase sometimes I become distracted and cannot get back on task. another way I also can improve by not talking to my friends in class because that also puts me off task as well. But overall I mostly stayed on task.
I met most of my standards on both the Coloization Presentation and the Empire Timeline. I worked hard to complete both projects in time but my Coloization Presentation was a few minutes late. On both projects I tried to use my time wisely but if I had not gotten enough done at school I would work on the project at home. However I finished both projects last minute as I did not check the TSC regularly throughout the project to know where I am at and what I need to include in the project.
If I were a teacher one comment I would make about the Empire Timeline is: even though the layout of your poster is a little messy the information is excellent with good pictures that enhance what your information is about. However you need to work on time management and orgnaization skills because you completed your project at the last minute. If I were a teacher my comment on the Coloization Presentation would be: Great vocabulary and information in your presentation however, you picked some strange images on some of your slides.
If I could redo the Coloization Presentation I would change my slide images because I chose some images that did not go with the current project. I would also change where we recorded our presentation because there were a lot of distractions and also loud noises sometimes. If I could redo the Empire Timeline I would change how I glued down the text and pictures because they were a little messy when I glued them down. I would also change when I began to glue the text and pictures because I glued them on the last class so I was very rushed and not very neat with my glueing and cutting out the text and images.
In Spanish, unit one just finished and there are a few things I need to improve and some things I am good at. One thing I need to improve is my verb conjugation. I know how to conjugate my verbs but I have trouble knowing when to conjugate. I can improve my verb conjugation by using a website like HRW. I can also write sentences in Spanish and have my mom check them since she knows Spanish. Another, thing I can improve on is adding accents to words when the words need them. I can improve accent placement by reading Spanish texts and going to the HRW. I still struggle with listening to people talk in Spanish and comprehending what they say. I could improve this by using HRW and listening to the audio recording they have on the website.
One thing I was good at was using new vocabulary in my writing exam and taking risks with my writing by using new vocabulary. Another thing I am good at is taking notes in class to review at home. I also use my notes to study for tests and assessments in class. I am also good at taking risks in Spanish class.