Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Counseling: Connecting Goals & Redirecting Steps

       Well, looking a bit deeper into this idea of goals of the future I used two import and resources in order to make my prediction of how I can improve my overall performance for next semester. I first looked at the teacher comments given to me at the end of quarter 1, I think that using the core values I can see that the one value that came up in more than one class as somewhere that I may improve on is the Inclusive core value. I completely see where the teachers are getting this from and fully understand well how I can improve in this and the funny thing is how I connected with this as well with my core value reflections for my classes. I regularly found this core value challenging and now that I think about it, it might well be my goal for next semester.

       With the help of my teachers I now know exactly how I will tackle this goal and how I will be able to accomplish it in the coming semester. I hope that next semester I will be more inclusive overall and show mastery in this area since it is one of the only areas of concerns that I am seeing so far. Below there are links to both by vision board reflection and a link to the actual board.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Social Studies - Internal and External Factors Comparison

     Over the past few weeks myself and my History 9 class began studying the English Colonies and how they impacted the natives, the rest of the world, and each other. Today I shall be comparing the three based on their internal and external factors and will be attempting to find out which one (external or internal) better explain the differences between the Northern, Middle and Southern colonies. 

      Before I jump to conclusions I would like to state some internal and external factors for each geographical area. First the Northern colonies, internal factors could be the Puritans and their incessant fighting with the Pequot also their lust for religious freedom and to build a model society. As for external factors these could be the cold climate whig meant shorter growing season and also their economy was based on trade. As for the Middle colonies internal factors range from the promotion of religious toleration to their peaceful interaction with the natives, while external factors could be their moderate climate and their mixed economy (trade and agriculture) Finally, the Southern colonies had internal factors such as they came as young single men, and were not skilled, they had a cash crop based economy. As for external factors the warm weather delivered a long growing season, yet many diseases also they had vicious battles with the Powhatan.

     So, after close analysis of the points being made one can easily tell that the internal factors outweigh the external factors, but only by a little bit. While, it is important to note that both are of equal importance and one can cause another the impacts of the internal factors such as the economies and the relations with the natives better explain the cultural and economical differences of the 3 regions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Social Studies - Pocahontas OPVL Reflection

       Last History class, we began talking about the legendary Powhatan princess Pocahontas, daughter of the Chief of the Powhatan tribe Chief Powhatan. We first began by watching a few videos on her life that ranged from History.com educational videos to Walt Disney’s own depiction from 1995. We sought to find the most historically accurate incarnation of Pocahontas and truly learn her story, be it the fantastical John Smith version or not. So, using the OPVL method of analysis we looked at various photos of paintings of Pocahontas from the  Van de Passe’s 1616 painting to the 1995 Walt Disney depiction.

      Now, using the OPVL method it is clear that after close analysis the 1994 Mary Ellen Howe painting is probably the closest depiction of Pocahontas ever made. Looking a bit deeper into the analysis, although the painting was created by Mary Ellen Howe in 1994 (O) the artist studied the likeness and skin color-scheme of various indigenous tribes such as the Pamunkey, Mattoponi, and Rappahannock Indians for 6 days, also she used the 1616 Van de Passe depiction as a model. The purpose of the portait was so that she could truly capture Pocahontas’ lioness in order to preserve her image in history (P). Of course, all things have pros and cons (V&L) as for pros both the skin color and facial features are modeled after modern Virginian Natives, thus giving it a certain degree of accuracy, yet cons could be that it was based on a representation (1616 VDP) that was created to represent an “Anglicized” Pocahontas, which could be inaccurate. 

       So, overall after close analysis it is visible that Mary Ellen Howe’s representation of Pocahontas is the most accurate out go the 12 we were given. It has the correct skin color and facial features, was based off of a 1616 painting of her, and the artist put research into it in order to preserve the true image of Pocahontas.

The artist responsible for the painting, Mary Ellen Howe

                                                       Mary Ellen Howe's 1994 representation of Pocahontas

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Int. Science - BRICS Prediction Blogpost

       In order to truly understand and predict the future energy situation in China one must understand the impacting factors that drive change in the situation. Analyzing information on China’s situation in 2035 one clearly see that there are 3 main factors that really could alter the situation by 2050 they are; the Chinese middle-class’ rise in wealth, the building taxes on Co2 and other emissions of conventional sources (non-renewable resources), and shale gas availability and extraction possibility in the future. Using these factors and seeing China’s current and predicted energy state in 2035 I can be foresee a significant drop in coal emission and use by 2050. 

      Further elaborating on the factors above, the rise in wealth of the Chinese middle-class triggers a signifiant spike in awareness and consciousness derived from citizens putting their minds less on placing food on the table and more on the future of the children. This leads to the people being more conscious about their country’s current situation. In China for example, the government is seeing a rise in hospitals visits for lung complications due to pollution in the air, as the people get richer they begin to notice this more and more and begin to truly press for a cut on coal generation thus impacting how much coal is being emitted. 

       As for taxes China is seeing a 6% import tariff for every ton of coal being used for energy generation this can lead to two alternate resolutions the first being that China will begin to incorporate laws such as Chile did by taxing the companies that generate the energy using coal or the second being that China will begin to import cleaner washed coal due to unhealthy SOx NOx levels (amount of sulfates and nitrates emitted).

       Finally, shale gas availability also could impact China future significantly. Currently, China is the country with the most available shale gas in the world the only problem is extraction, I can predict that with the advancement of technologies in the near future could lead to a safer and cheaper extraction method.

       Now that I have stated what could well be the future of China in 2050 there are a few action that China could take in the future to both cut down on Co2 emissions and expand renewable source usage. These are; pick a solid unchangeable limit number on Co2 emissions and a plan to achieve that number including the establishment of a renewable portfolio standard, reach an agreement to meet that emission limit with other developed economies, and finally to double investments in renewable source research and development in order to stimulate the development of new renewable resources. Using these action China can expect a greener, less-polluted future bringing hope to their concerned middle-class and future generation in China.