Nature vs Nurture

Nature is something that you are born with and that comes in your genes from your parents.

Nurture is something that comes overtime that had come forced.

They both may be beliefs or behaviors or fears, etc.

Personally, I think that our behavior is dictated mostly by our environment. As seen in the Cambridge study, the parents had pushed the stereotypical toy on the gender of that baby.  Most of the babies just dealt with the toy they picked for them. However  one of the baby pushed away the doll as they didn’t like it, but the adult insisted on giving that girl toy to him, as they thought that he was a girl. In conclusion, I think that people around you somehow pushes you to act, look or behave in certain ways overtime.

Spanish Year Reflection


What am I most proud of?                                                                                                                                                                                            I am most proud of myself for understanding more vocabulary and grammar. I am also proud of  being more confident with my knowledge of Spanish more than at the beginning of the year.  I learned about expressions, commands, direst object pronouns, quantifiers, etc.

Do I consider myself a Spanish-speaker? Why or why not?                                                                                                                                   I still think that I do not consider myself as a Spanish-speaker although I think that over time I could become one. I think this because I am not yet really confident with talking in full sentences and talking to others in Spanish. I think that I would consider myself one once I can answer questions with appropriate grammar and vocabulary.

What would I do differently if I could do the course again?                                                                                                                                   If I could do the course again I would probably make lists of the commands and expressions because this year I just put them in my vocabulary list which took a long time to find so I was not able to use them. So for next course I would like to make lists for each of the types of words.

What are three concrete actions I can take to ensure that I am prepared for Phase 2 next year?                                                                   One action I can take to prepare for Phase 2 is to go on websites or lists of words to study often. I can use websites like Quizlet or the lists on Mrs Hill’s Blog.  Another action I could take is to practice vocabulary and maybe make flashcards where you have to either find the english definition or the opposite. Lastly, I will do what I said earlier and make lists of expressions, another of commands and another of transitions to be organized.


Superfood: Almond milk


The superfood (drink) that I researched on was almond milk. Before I researched about this, I didn’t know anything about the nutrients and I did not even know that it was a superfood. After searching up all the different amounts of each of the nutrients, I found out if I thought it was a healthy superfood or if the facts were kind of a fake.

While I was researching, I ended up going on a website from ‘AC news’. The title of that website was named “5 Unhealthy Superfoods: Almond Milk”. At first that kind of surprised me as I never knew that almond milk was unhealthy because I thought that superfoods were all very good for you. On that website, it stated that almond milk has very little amount of protein. To make sure that what the website was stating was true, I checked on the USDA website to see how much of protein was actually in almond milk. It said that there is 0.42 g in 100 ml of almond milk. Which is kind of a low amount, so I agreed for that.


The amounts of nutrients almond milk contains:                                                                                                                                     It claims that there is this amount of nutrients in almond milk in 100 ml:

Energy- 25 kcal

Protein – 0.42g

Fat – 1.04g

Carbohydrate – 3.33g

Fiber – 0.4g

Sugar – 2.92g

Calcium – 188mg

I think that there is a good amount of carbohydrate and the rest of the nutrients except for the protein as I said earlier.


Comparing with another food/drink:                                                                                                                                                              To see the difference of the nutrients between Almond milk and something else, I will see what the nutrients are in regular cow milk.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Amounts of nutrient in cow milk 100ml:

Energy- 62 kcal

Protein – 3.33g

Fat – 3.33g

Carbohydrate – 5.42g

Fiber – 0.0g

Sugar – 5.00g

Calcium – 125mg

From looking at this, I could tell the difference in these very clearly. I could see that the amount of each of these nutrients is all a bigger amount except for fibre. There is a lot more sugar in cow milk than in almond milk. The good thing is that there is more energy and contains more protein. More protein is very good for the body as it builds your body strong and healthy. Although there is, as I said, a lot more of sugar. Almost as much as the amount of Carbohydrate in the dairy milk.

When you drink almond milk, don’t think that you will instantly be super healthy. Almond milk can help you be healthy but it is also good for people who have lactose intolerance as almond milk is dairy-free.

From what I saw and thought was that I do not think that Almond milk was ‘Unhealthy’ because it included some very good nutrient. Although on that website it said that they thought that it was unhealthy, it was just about the amount of it and wanting it to be bigger.

Money Issue:                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A problem that might happen with almond milk is the cost. Almond milk is more expensive than regular cow milk. The cost of Almond milk has gone up and up. The reason this type of milk is more expensive than other milk is because it is a plant-based milk. Cow milk is placed as a sale item in supermarkets and Almond milk, you have to pay extra for “premium” dairy alternatives which is not in regular cow milk.

So personally, I would not really disagree of almond milk being a superfood. I saw that there was less fat and sugar and such but with that, there was less fibre and protein. The reason I thought that it was nothing very special from other food/drink was because there was nothing so big that was different from any other type of milk. So maybe to some people it could be worth the money and nutrients but maybe not to others.


“Full Report (All Nutrients): 45190957, ALMOND BREAK ALL NATURAL ALMOND MILK, UPC: 049705969281.” Food Composition Databases Show. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Jan. 2017. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.
 M “5 Unhealthy Superfoods: Almond Milk.” AC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.


Douglas, Ellen. “The Pros and Cons of Almond Milk.” LIVESTRONG.COM. Leaf Group, 02 Feb. 2011. Web. 25 Apr. 2017.


“Full Report (All Nutrients): 45192656, 100% REAL COW’S MILK, UPC: 813868020208.”Food Composition Databases Show Foods — 100% REAL COW’S MILK, UPC: 813868020208. USDA Branded Food Products Database, n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.


“The Healthier Choice: Almond Milk vs. Milk / Nutrition / Healthy Eating.” / Nutrition / Healthy Eating. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.

Causes – Industrial Revolution

There were many things that caused the Industrial revolution. The industrial revolution was caused after the Embargo Act in 1807 and the War of 1812. After the war, everyone thought that United States needed to improve on their economy and system and better transportation systems as well. That was because Britain and France had no problems with moving on and continuing their economies. So they decided that they should do something about it. Apparently the war of 1812 revealed their information for better transportation system, economic independence and independent market. Therefore, United states was able to start producing their own goods to use for improving their economy and efficiency for their country. Then they started the Industrial Revolution.

Semester 1 Show case Portfolio

Media Literacy

I think that I improved on finding information and seeing if I need it. Also I am now more able to search for the right things for the topic. In science I improved on finding out if the information on a website was reliable or not. Ms Katy helped us to find out if what we are reading is okay to trust. I also improved on not copying off of the website but rewriting it in my own words.  In I&S, we do lots of research like about empire and Renaissance, so we need to do research. I learned that you shouldn’t rely on Wikipedia because pretty much anyone can write that and it can possibly be not true.


I have shown organisation in Music. I think that I demonstrated this skill because in Music, we had about 8 weeks to learn and perform in front of the whole class a song. We also had to have rehearsal journal videos every week where we had to talk about what we were working on and of what we were able to play for that week. I was able to have all of my videos on time for every week and enough time to practice my music.


I think that I improved this skill through semester 1. I think so because at the beginning, whenever I had to talk like when we made a video, I was not confident at all. But then after practicing and getting more comfortable in YIS and Spanish, I thought that I was beginning to be better at communicating. I was proud of myself when I did my Oral presentation on our food and it was very challenging for me because we didn’t have any script and so I was very nervous but I did my best. But I need to improve on communication in math. I have to explain my thinking and the steps to get to my answer and so I need to improve on explaining and communicating.

Spanish Presentation

Creative Thinking

In English I need to improve on creatively thinking. I have quite a hard time to give my opinions and think creatively. I want to improve that so whenever we have discussions or writings, I can thinking more creatively to get better at English. I also want to do this in PE when we do talking oral discussions with the teacher where we have to talk about things in a situation, or about a topic where we have to describe and think of something that can possibly happen.

Self management

I think that I need to improve on self management by organising my time better. Especially in Art and Design. We do lots of  work for criterions and we need to have time to research it, write it, scan it and reflect on it so I need to stay on track so that I can be assessed on time. I think that this happens sometimes because if I am busy or have other homework, I might have less time to work on it and I am not able to give out my best work as I rush. I want to improve on this because if I can get it on time, I will not have to stress and I will be organised and not have any big thoughts or worrys in my head so that I can give out the best work I can do.


My first goal for next semester is to be more organised by having prepared all homework and have studied a lot for all classes.

My second goal is that I want to be more open to after school activities like sports.

My third goal for semester 2 is to be more open-minded with working with other people that I usually wont work with and I also would want to be more open in to conversations with bigger groups and the class.



Spanish Reflection

Write a headline of no more than 10 words to summarise your learning this unit.

This unit was yet more crazy! We learned about food, stem-changing, transition words, and so much more.

How did you feel during the learning experience? Why did you feel this way?

I felt that I have improve in Spanish and I felt this way because before I didn’t know anything about stem-changing, conjugation or different vocabulary connected with meals and drinks. I felt that it was challenging because there was a lot of words that we needed to study and remember. I now know words such as probar, exquisito,  But I think that that will help me make my writing better for the future.

What would you do differently if you could go back to the beginning of the unit?

I would probably try to study or review more so that I can remember al the things I have learned for that week. I want to do that so that I am prepared for any pop quizes or test or assignments. I would probably be more confident and I would just do better in class like the vocab wall hitting game, answering questions and other activities.