Thursday, January 4, 2018

Reflection on Proposal

This new grading proposal has the advantage of having a say on how I think I did. This will change the effort that I put into the work in the course by forcing me to predict the grade I should get. What I mean is that I feel like I will put more into my work, because I have to reflect on what I did and how is goes with the IB Learner Profile in front of the teacher.
The culture of the class might change by that it is less stress of just getting the grade and more importance of discussing and get ideas out. The class will be more focused on the concepts and not just getting the work done.
This grading proposal also has drawbacks, like, with my previous experiences with teachers that practiced proposals similar to this one. In the moment of the grade conference, I tend to put my work on a low scale, even when I previously thought that it was amazing. Consequently, when I get asked the grade I think I should get on my work, I will say a grade lower than what I really think to avoid being let down or corrected. However, I think I can get over this by being more assertive in what I think about my work.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Plato's Cave Essay Reflection

About two months ago, I wrote an essay over Plato's Cave. The requirements of the essay was to connect Plato's Allegory of the Cave to real world or personal examples. I also had to include some ways of knowing that are in play in the allegory.
I decided to approach Plato's allegory of the Cave by relating it the media and its influence on me. I decided to include was faith and reason. I compared the faith of the people in the cave to my faith in the news and media I was watching. I also compared the the cave people's reasoning of their reality to the reasoning of my reality. I decide to take this approach to my essay, because at the time I could closely relate it to my experience and it made sense to me.
However, as I look back at the essay I see some things that I would change. For example, I see that I need to transition my paragraphs better. I also need to elaborate on my ideas a little more. One of my paragraphs need more clarity and needs to be cleaned up. If I were to write the essay again, I would change a couple of my ideas. For example, I would change faith in my essay to sense perception. I would do this, because I can better explain sense perceptions presence in Plato's Cave and in my real world example. Which is that like the people in the cave, I believed in my reality because I could see it with my own eyes. The news, like the shadows in the cave, show you pictures that further believe that what you are seeing is the truth.
There are also a lot of things in my essay that I would keep that I like and still hold true to this day. Like my real world example is good and I like it. Also, my details of my experience in relation to the details in the Plato's cave, such as the truth-bringer in the cave and in my experience, is good. I would keep my other way of knowing which is reason, but I would just better explain it.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cultural Feast







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The food that I chose which is important to me is baked blueberry muffins. I did this not because it's necessarily cultural to my background, but is a big part of my family. Even though I haven't had one of these tasty muffins for at least two years now, I still find the smell and the thought of them warming and comforting.
I know I could've just made vegan muffins, but vegan muffins don't replace the memory of those little muffins. In those small tasteful muffins are a life full of memories with family and friends. We use to make them throughout the year. Most of the time it was just during the fall and winter holidays though. Therefore now is coincidently a good time for them.
On Christmas Eve when I was little my aunt used to slave over the kitchen to make enough muffins for the whole family. We would sit around, eat, and play games. There are a variety of foods we used to eat on Christmas Eve that I could of chose from, but the blueberry muffins was the only one that was able to warm a cold heart after coming into the house on a freezing winter day.
This food was also my favorite, because on Christmas Eve we also did a contest with the muffins. My aunt would fill the middle with either M&Ms or a piece of a chocolate bar. Then the person who ended up with the muffin with M&Ms inside won the prize. The prize was most of the time a gift bag with candy. Because this went along with my favorite tradition with these muffins, I decided to do the tradition with the class. Whoever wins gets the muffin with the M&Ms inside wins.

To conclude, the muffins comfortable feeling reminds me of the comfort and warmth I feel with my family. When I smell blueberry muffins, I can't help but to think of home. This family food favorite of mine might not be much, but the memories I share with this food is many.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Bubble-Hopping

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I watched this podcast on bubble-hopping. In the podcast it starts off with this story of a woman who wanted to study the reality of a dog. To do so, she used what dogs use most which is smell. By doing this, she was able to experience the world of dogs. The podcast then gets to this man who realized his daily routine and the limitation of it. He then decided to experience other realities by using an app that he created that helped him to bubble-hop. He attended events that were out of his comfort zone and that differed from his daily routine. This podcast takes you through the world of bubble-hopping and shows the different ways to experience a reality other than your own.
The podcast gave me the idea that to experience a bubble different from our own we must find the important factor that makes the two bubbles different. For example, the lady in the podcast searched for a way to experience a dog's reality and to see what a dog sees. She came to the conclusion that to do this she must use the factor that is important to their bubble and their way of life. That factor is smell.
Another idea I got from the podcast was that personal bubbles are conformed to your ideas. I thought about this idea that was expressed in the podcast and thought about how it relates to me. It made me think about the ideas that I believe in and what I do based on them. For example, my idea on religion shapes my routine in that I go to church every Sunday and my idea on the importance of cheerleading is why I show up to every practice on schedule. My ideas are somewhat my motivation for my daily routine.
From the man's experience I got an idea that I found interesting from the podcast which is that computers, unlike humans, don't have a preference or a bubble. This idea is what helped me get why the man in the podcast programmed an app and allowed the app to choose the events he went to, so that he could step out his own bubble and into to someone else's bubble.
The podcast as a whole raised the question: How are we as whole stuck in the our own bubbles and not noticing it? It reminds of the fish in the bowl video where where the fish realizes this is water which is metaphoric for their reality. However, it's not everyone's reality. People's realities differ from each other. Realities even differ from species to species. We go on about our day to day schedule and don't sit back and realize that we are stuck in our own bubble and to get out of that bubble, we need to experience someone else's bubble and do something different.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Personal Geography Reflection


Two weeks ago I created a personal geography. In this geography I express the importance of the places in Georgia in the way that I remember them. The mapping of Georgia was in the shape of the upper body. I did that, because the places I know well has significance to me and are apart of me. Therefore I mapped them inside the body.
 Some places that are mapped in the body is my house and the college I want to attend. I mapped these two places in the brain where they are separated by a small border, but connected by a bridge. These places are in the brain, because the brain is like my "state of security" and my escape from the rest of the world like my home and my future. Another place that I mapped is the school which I currently attend. This is mapped in the mid section of the body, I did this, because it is far away from the brain. School is not my escape from the world. Therefore I didn't put in in the area of state of security. I also mapped my aunt's house which I marked family. I marked her house as family, because whenever I visit her house and we have events there I feel connected more as a family. Outside of the body, there are diagonal lines that are marked as undiscovered. This is the places outside of Georgia that I don't know. It is located at the outside of the body, because the outside of the body is unknown. I don't know how other people feel or everything that happens outside of my person. Therefore it is unknown.
In the making of my geography, I chose to represent my shyness, value of family, importance of future. I illustrated my shyness by putting the school so far away from my "state of security". I am shy at school, but at home I am not which explains why my house in in the "state of security". My value of family is shown by me mapping the place where I feel more connected with the my family. My importance of my future is shown through me mapping my college that I want to attend in my "state of security" and connecting it to my house by a bridge.
My personal geography shows that my knowledge is more personal than shared. Other people may share the same knowledge of Georgia and where places are with me. However, why I remember differs from other people. For example, I remember where my home and my aunt's home is, because I have personal ties to those places. I better remember places when there are personal ties and personal history behind them.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WOK Sensory Perception Reflection

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When I first started working with my group on the ideas of our sense perception presentation, I was kind of hesitant to share my ideas with the rest of the group. As we worked more and I got more comfortable with the people I was working with, I started to throw out more ideas.
I think my group did well with distinguishing relevant ideas from the not so relevant ideas. Many of the ideas and topics we decided to present stuck well and did bring up conversation from the class. For example the different illusions of hearing started conversation. The video on the different effects and illusions was a great activity on testing if our ears are always reliable as a way of knowing. I think my group and I found other great videos that brought up conversation. For example the video about the man who can see through sound. This video was great, because it showed how some people can use sound to see and describe things especially if that person can't see. However, I felt that we should've had more activities. We had many videos and examples, but a mix of on hands activities for class would've helped as well instead of us just constantly talking or watching videos in the class.
I felt as that I showed my weakness of speaking in front of a class. It was hard for me to get my point across to the class in my own words. I knew what I wanted to say, but my fear of speaking in front of a bunch of people overcrowded what my mind was telling me to say. I think that I should've of spent more time preparing myself to speak in front of my peers.
I think that some of what was said in class was off topic. The class started talking in individual groups a lot. My group and I could've did better on keeping the group together and keeping people from talking in their own individual group. I think that some of the side talk that started to happen during the presentation took out some of the time for the rest of the presentation and left us pressed with time. This is not at the fault of the class and not all the responsibility of the class to keep the lesson going, but it was me and my group's responsibility to keep the lesson going. We could've took more initiative to pull them back in and and keep going. Despite these little but important concerns, me and my group's overall presentation and ideas of sense perception was good and well developed.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Smile Even When You're Feeling Down

A smile is an amused facial expression. It is used to show happiness. However, I believe in smiling even when you’re down. On the basketball court when I'm cheering on the players, I am expected to uphold a ravishing smile. I am not expected to carry that same smile around the school, but I do.
Before I developed this motto, I used to walk the halls and people would ask me what is wrong. People asked this, because my face looked like I was frowning or sad. Some people even said that I looked like I was mad, but most of the time I was actually happy. I eventually got tired of the consistency of people who asked me whats wrong or am I okay, so then I started to smile no matter how I was feeling. I smiled in the halls when I was talking to people or when I glanced at someone and they glanced back. The day felt easier when there was no constant asking of questions of am I okay when most of the time I am totally fine, so I've been practicing this motto ever since.
Smiling no matter how I feel eventually became muscle memory. When I'm down and having a bad day, smiling brightens up that day. It became more about helping others smile, because most of the people I smile at always smiled back. Also I know the stress that school brings is sometimes unbearable to students and teachers, but I smile to show respect and comfort to my peers and teachers. My teachers deal with numerous of kids who are all not well behaved, so I feel if one student looks happy and grateful to have great teachers, it will make the teachers feel better.
However, Maybe it's not all about others. Maybe I do it for myself. Maybe I'd rather people think I am okay all the time rather than them constantly worrying about me. It is easier to hold in my problems in than to put them on someone else. When I put my problems on someone else, I feel pity and sympathy. I hate these feelings, so I avoid them. Smiling helps keep the feeling of pity away.
Whether I smile to show happiness, to help myself, or to help others, I always just remember to do it. Either way I am helping someone. Helping someone through there day, Helping someone whose feeling down. I love to help, so I help by smiling.