Monday, August 25, 2014

Int. Science - Quarter 1 Reflection

     This past quarter has truly been quite the learning experience for everyone, the teachers and the students. For me, I think that this past quarter was only the beginning of something truly great, I feel as if even though we are only at a slow start now we will be full kicked in and advancing soon. I have always been a firm advocate of reflecting after something has occurred, for this post I will be reflecting and answering the following questions: Choose and discuss one core value you feel you have been succeeding at so far this quarter and Choose one core value you wish to improve upon in the coming months.

     The core value that I feel that I have shown truly well this quarter and actually improved on has to be the Risk-Taker core value. I believe that I have shown this core value well especially in the labs and physical experiments we have done in class so far. Such as the use of the bunsen-burner, always quite frightening for some people I chose to volunteer myself in my group to go up and light it. The true definition of being a risk-taker not only implies having to take risks but also to have the to courage explore new ideas, roles, and strategies as they encounter unfamiliar situations and new challenges, which I did well not only working with the bunsen-burner, but also while on individual projects such as the Mixture Separation experiment.

     The core value that needs improvement in my opinion, and is one that has been challenging for many years, is definitely Responsible. I feel that I have always been good at keeping up with my assignments and doing all of my homework, but one thing that challenges me greatly is time-management and being responsible while studying or doing homework. I think that newt quarter I will improve on this significantly due to the fact that I am now enabled with better studying tips and skills and can actually use these tips to stay on task. I think that with this skill fully improved I am certain that grade changes will occur and that I will be more efficient and overall more productive while I study. So, to sum it all up my goal for next quarter is to use these new studying skills in order to improve my study habits and allow my study time to be more efficient and productive, thus aiding me to boost my test scores.

                  My artifact, Mixture Separation Table.                              Core Value that needs improvement: Responsible

Social Studies - After the Prisoner's Dilemma Game

     Today in our History 9 class we continued studying the English Civil war and we began comparing Thomas Hobbes and John Locke two men who wrote their own takes on different government issues such as the State of Nature or the Power of the State. After going over their points of view we began to play a game called the Prisoner's Dilemma, as a reward we would get a cake.
After playing this game I truly began to revaluate myself as a person, originally a Locke-ian I was distraught after actually proving Hobbes right.
      I truly think our decisions were correct and we thought as “Men of our time” in the sense that anyone would have thought like this due to the fact that the objective of the game was to win and the decisions you made impacted the game as a whole, so any sane person would have mad more decisions in favor of their team rather than the other team. I think that our team was honestly mostly motivated by winning the cake and actually making good decisions in order to get the cake, despite the fact that we didn’t think of the everyone trust each other technique.
     All in all I thought that we made the correct decisions and although they supported Hobbes’ ideal that all men want to kill each other the idea of being in a team really brings me to question how this would be applied in real life, on a governmental scale. After a quick reflection I have come to see the wrong of my ways even though I think that we made decisions “for the team” and that only a saint would have done differently, I think that next time more rational thinking could have really fortified our chances of winning.

Thomas Hobbes and John Locke

English 9 - Core Value Reflection #1

Over the past few weeks my class and I have begun to use our blogs more and more in order to reflect on the recently finished first quarter. Today, I will be reflecting on my performance as an English student and focusing on one Core Value that I am good at and one that need improvement.
To begin, the Core Value that I think I am probably bet at and that I have truly shown well in my classes is the Innovative core value. I think that I have truly perfected this core value in the sense that whenever I tackle an assignment I attempt to bring new and avant-garde ideas such as when we began to write our short stories for The Lottery or The Necklace I feel that while writing these I truly brought interesting ideas, such as the 70s theme, to the table. I hope to continue perfecting this core value so that at the end of the year I can come up with innovative ideas faster and more efficiently. As for the Core Value that I feel needs improvement is definitely the Responsible core value. I think that I have always had trouble with this core value in the sense that I am not great at using my time responsibly, although I can. Even though this is not always the case I feel that with improvement in this area I could go much farther than I have in English and in other classes as well. Some actions I could take in order to achieve this goal is using studying tips and tricks from other classes and applying them to other classes such as English. So, all in all I aim to improve in this area and with this improvement I hope to sue my time better and more efficiently at school and at home.

PLA 9 - Produção Textual: Miniconto

Nome: Francisco Morandi
Bloco: PLA 9 BL 5
Data: 23 - 08 - 14

Produção Textual - Miniconto
(Siga as orientações constantes nas p. 24 e 25 do livro Jornadas.port)

O mendigo atravessava aquela rua todos os dias. Mas foi naquele dia que ele andou daquele jeito, mais devagar. E o impacto deixou-o  completamente vegetal.

PLA 9 - Objetivos do Ano

De volta para o futuro - O futuro do meu português

Cada vez que começa um novo ano, o primeiro dia de aula é reservado para fazer uma lista de objetivos. Hoje eu vou falar sobre os meus objetivos na Língua Portuguesa e os meus planos para o meu futuro no PLA 9. Meu primeiro objetivo é um que eu sempre tive desde que eu cheguei aqui no Brasil. Esse objetivo e puder falar Português fluentemente com os meus colegas brasileiros é poder me comunicar com eles como se eu fosse brasileiro também. Para obter esse sonho, eu preciso melhorar muito as minhas habilidades linguísticas e o meu sotake, eu já tenho uma base educativa em português como as expressões e as conjugações mas eu acho que ainda estou precisando aprender como um brasileiro fala e gostaria muito de aprender isso este ano.
O meu segundo objetivo é em relação aos “core values” da nossa escola. Eu sempre tive dificuldade em equilíbrar (balanced) as minhas matérias e como eu estou estudando 3 línguas este ano, eu preciso balancear o meu português com as outras línguas que eu estou estudando. Eu acho que se eu obter esses dois objetivos esse ano, quando eu for embora o ano que vem, eu vou ter aprendido o máximo português possível.

- Francisco Morandi

French Post 1

Int. Math - Exponents Puzzle Activity

     Today in class we began as we usually do by going over what we did last class, which in this case was the class before our trip to Iguazu Falls. Last class we continued our work with exponent laws and applied it to our practice test and Study guide. In today's class we continued to work with exponent laws, but this time in a different manner in puzzle form. Ms. Boyd gave us the pieces and we were to make an octagon shape at the very end, in this puzzle there would be equations and answers relating to our current unit you would put each question and answer together in order to form a part of the shape. It took our group, which comprised of my co-workers Bia, Natalia, and Laura about 20 minutes to figure out the puzzle using a clever strategy in which everyone grabs a couple of pieces and attempts to make about a fourth of the puzzle. Every 5 minutes we would reconvene and see what we had come up with. In using this strategy we already used one of our Graded Core Values, communicator due to the fact that we indeed did communicate well and finally solve the puzzle together.

     Overall, I really enjoyed this little game and it was certainly fun to do a hands on activity once in a while. Now, if I could say one Core Value that I could really improve on both here and outside of the Math classroom is inclusive. I am naturally a pretty dominant person, I love to lead the team and of course allow others to bring ideas to the table. Although I think I could use some training in this area for sometimes I feel that some colleagues get left out. So, with this simple improvement I will not only enhance my Math teamwork skills, but my skills outside the classroom as well. Now thats what I call “killing two birds with one stone!”