Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Delaney Breen Words of Wisdom Presentation

  What I have learned from this project is that everyone is different. Everyone has their own ideas and past experiences that help create who they are. I knew that everyone is different, but I never took it to this level. I enjoyed this project very much.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

National History Day

      Hannah, Hailey, and I, did a website on Lewis W. Hine. Lewis is the man who changed the ways of child labor, taking a stand in history. This is the website we worked on for this topic;  http://99930703.nhd.weebly.com/. What I like most about this project is that I got to work with some of my best friends. I don't usually get to work with them, and I don't usually get the time to do big projects like this, both of which I like.
      A few things I thought were interesting about Lewis was that he had the courage to stand up for what he thought was right. It's unusual to see that now. As well as, how he got into those places. He faked jobs, such as being a janitor, to get those pictures! That is pure bravery and courage if you ask me.
      Something you could say I would want to do better, or things that were just hard about this project was getting the facts. Most of our facts were inside pictures. It's very difficult to make a whole website made of pictures. Not everyone can tell what your saying by looking at a picture, but that is just the way they learn. Everyone learns differently.
      I improved as a student by working on my fact taking skills, observing pictures and what they mean, and being able to work in a group of friends. I have never been amazing at fact taking, but because of this project I am able to take better quality facts and more of them. With observing pictures I have become more skilled, and I will be able to make better predictions on images I see. Also, in the past, I never got to work with people I enjoyed working with. That's just how elementary school goes. I never minded that, I just wish I got to work with a bunch of smart girls.
      If I got to change anything with this project it would have to be that I simply just want more on the website. More facts, pictures, a video maybe. The more the merrier, right? I feel like our group should have found more facts to support our pictures a little more, and since Lewis Hine told his story through pictures, we should have recreated his story the same. I would also like to change our communication skills, because there was a lot of confusion with who would do what, when people would do things, etc.
      Even with that said, I am still very proud of what we got done on our website. Especially, how we set up our website. We had a lot of design, a good theme, it was organized, and it was easy to read/go through. I'm proud of how I got the website working, and how I learned about how to work certain areas, such as buttons to go to another page.
     This project on Lewis W. Hine relates to this year's theme; taking a stand in history, because Lewis stood up for what he believed in- taking a stand, for the future of child labor- in history. He changed the ways of working probably forever, and has impacted society greatly.
      For future kids that are going to go through National History Day I have one suggestion. The suggestion I have for you is to organize your time. Time organization is almost how you could be graded on this project. I guarantee you if you don't have time management you won't finish, or it will look sloppy and something your not proud of in the end. I would think that whatever people are doing they should be proud of what they are doing. You guys probably have heard this same concept a bunch of times, but it is important and you take this advice.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shakespeare

      In Taming of the Shrew, I like to believe that Kate was tamed by the end of the play. It looked as if she learned in a relationship that you give some to receive some for a healthy relationship to work. For example, when they came across the withered, old man. Petruchio believed he was a woman and Kate agreed, so there wouldn't be a conflict. Then Petruchio changed his mind to the man being a man, like he was, then so did Kate. Of course, she also told everyone in a way, at the end of the play in her long speech, which I highly admired.
      The insults and death scenes Shakespeare used helped me understand who Shakespeare really is. He is funny, smart, clever, and sensitive. He made some awesome insults that are clever and funny. Such as swagger-bellied, strumpet, and codpiece. As well as his death scenes. They are meaningful and portray great life lessons. I have learned that Shakespeare is clever, funny, smart, and sensitive by just looking at death scenes and insults. I highly admire him and his work.
      It is important to learn Shakespeare, even 400 years after his death, because he portrayed so many important aspects to life that anyone can take in and learn from. I am only 12 years old and I know what it takes to make a relationship work. Now, sense I am only 12, I know I need some experience myself to really know how to make a relationship work, but you know what I am trying to say.
     To be honest, I wasn't super excited about this unit in Shakspeare. I mean, I wanted to learn about him, but I had no real desire to go out and do my own research on him. Throughout our classes time about Shakespeare, I grew to like him more and more. Especially when we did death scenes in class. I have a thing for deep, inspirational things and since we learned about how deep and meaningful his deaths were I fell in love. Now that the unit is over, I am only slightly upset that it is. I plan on doing more independent research on him and the plays and poems that he wrote. This unit might have been my favorite in the last 2 years.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

      This year I am having some high hopes. Last year, really, wasn't anything special, and two years ago wasn't anything special either. So, this year I have set some goals for myself to make this year count for the past couple of years and for it to be AMAZEBALLS!
      My first goal is academic and it's long term. It will last until the very last day of school and it is to end with a 4.0 GPA. I did it last year and so I have more self confidence that I can do it again this year. Having this goal helps me get to one of my middle school goals of ending with a 4.0 GPA so I feel it's totally necessary and okay for me to have this goal.
      My second goal is simple and it has to do with my behavior. I don't want to have a detention this year. I have not had one and plan on not having one in middle school. That's another one of my middle school goals.
      My third, and final, goal is to improve my mindset. Less of "I can't", and more of "I can", "I will try harder", and "I believe". Lately, I have been noticing that I say these things a lot. Not only does is show others I don't believe in myself, but it also has an impact on others. If they see me acting that way they might think it's all right for them to act that way and say those things. Domino effect I believe...
   

Friday, June 3, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Goal Independent Project 2015-16

The Art of Special Effects Makeup 
      I chose this topic for my goal independent project because I saw an eighth grader with a fake scar on her hand. As simple as that. It was very intriguing to me that she could do that and I was very curious on how she did it. 
      Special effects makeup is an art form used on screen and off screen. Anyone can do it with a little practice and is something people can live off of. There are many different ways to do it, but I have preferred using Ben Nye products.
      Speaking of Ben Nye products... What I am most proud of in my project was how well I used the Ben Nye products in my presentation at school. I did it faster then usual and it worked just as well as it did at home. I also was speaking and walking during the use of the products which I thought would be the death of me. I am just so happy it came together better then expected!
      A few things that I thought were interesting during the research process was that there isn't more then one type of special effects makeup artist. As well as that there are lots of different types of engineers that come into play when making the video. This stuff was interesting to me because "What types of special effects makeup artist are there?" was one of my main questions. I never got an exact answer on any websites I looked into so I had to make my own conclusion to what I read. I had fun with doing that and I know that this experience will help me later in life.
      If there was one thing I could change in my project was how I presented. I overall did well, but I should have looked up from my notecards way more then what I did. I went a lot faster when I was talking too, then I did in my bedroom. I guess a tip I would have is to know yourself and be more confident when presenting. I knew almost word for word what was on those note cards and yet I still put my head down off of nerves. I plan to work on that for next time and I hope you all enjoyed watching it!
     If you would like to see the over view of the presentation the link is down below.