This year in art I have been pushed and learned so much about myself. My personal favorite project I did were the botanical drawings. I had the most fun making these and am very proud of them. I really enjoy drawing flowers and it comes more naturally to me than other things. Here is an image of the three pieces I created. I used watercolor pencils and a thin sharpie.I would really like to create more botanical pieces of artwork in the future.
A more recent project that I put the most effort into out of any other project I’ve done in art was an infographic about healthy and misleading foods. I was really pushed to keep adding onto this piece even after we stopped working on it in class. I got very frustrated but am glad because the product is something I am proud of. I came in early so many mornings and devoted many lunch and advisory times to making my poster the best it could be. I used water color, copic and prism color makers, thin sharpies, and sticker paper to create this. It was a lot of hard work and I didn’t always feel like carrying on with the infographic but I learned to preserver through things that aren’t easy.
Finally another recent project was drawing portraits of people. This was a difficult task because making them realistic is something I struggle with. The two I made were of people in my class. Overall, I don’t love them but am proud of myself for trying my best and they are better than I thought they’d be. I only used pencil and my finger to help shade throughout the process.
I plan to continue art in high school and continue to develop my skills. I fin art challenging but also soothing and so much fun. I may not be a great artist but I just want to be the best I can be.
This year in geometry I have learned not just a lot of math, but also about myself and managing my self. Last year we always had study guides made for us and I didn’t have to find resources myself very often. This year we will usual have some sort of study guide but it isn’t enough to help me get the grades I want. I have learned to use my notes, classwork, and other online resources to help me study. I think that in high school I will need these skills because there won’t always be a study guide for me. I am glad that I am learning how to manage myself now before it is too late.
One project that really helped me grow and experience something that was a big challenge was when we were asked to create our own study guides with original problems. This in itself was a form of studying and much more work than just completing the problems. I got very frustrated and stayed up late working on it and I finished it. I struggled but also got a lot out of this experience. I am glad that I am pushed to do things like this that are out of my comfort zone because without them I wouldn’t be as successful in the long run.
The project that I am most proud of from Spanish I this year is a food blog I made. It is written entirely in Spanish and I worked really hard on it. I never thought that I’d ever be able to create something like this but I am amazed by how much you can learn in a couple months.
Spanish Food Blog:
I feel like I have learned and grown so much in Social Studies this year. It has never been my favorite subject in the past, but now I look forward to the class. I have learned to relate subjects to modern day problems and have seen history that I’ve learned so many times before in a completely different light. We get to learn so many perspectives that are many times forgotten. During role-plays, characters like Natives, Slaves, and Women are represented so we can see how history would have been different if they were included. I think that the activities that broaden my horizon the most and make me see things differently are discussions. I have a small class but everyone has so many unique and great things to contribute. Especially current event dicussions are insightful. I am so glad that we get to do this because there is no point in learning history when we don’t know what is going on around us. When we have discussions on topics like immigration and the election I find out so much about people in my class, about how what is happening in the world is affecting my peers, and helping me become more empathetic and understand things being myself.
I wrote a lab report with a partner as my most recent project in 8th Grade Science about the chemicals Iron Nitrate and Sodium Bicarbonate. It is a professional report and has to follow a lot of specific guidelines. I am very proud of it so far and have been putting my full effort into making my report eloquent while staying based on facts. You can read my full lab report by clicking on this link.
My science lab report paper is currently in the process of “peer review.” Peer review is an important part of the scientific communication process in which an article is shared with experts in the field to read, check for accuracy, and make suggestions for improvement. Peer review helps make sure published science is correct and usable by others. I have submitted a draft of my report to my teacher, classmates, and experts in the field. I would like to invite you, my reader, to share in the peer review process by leaving a comment in the Comments section below with suggestions for how I can improve or thoughts on the current strengths of my paper.
I would rate my overall effort on this project so far as a 5 because I feel like I have worked really hard so far, doing my best work possible. I have spent a lot of time on diagrams, and making my work sound very professional while still being clear.
One thing that was hard about this project so far was following the very specific guidelines of a scientific lab report. Not being able to use the word “it” goes against what I have learned in school up to this point. Being repetitive is something I’ve always avoided but it is impossible in a lab report. Another aspect is having to write is pass tense all the time. getting used to these things has been difficult for me.
The thing that I am most proud of about this project so far is the diagram of reactants and products. I spent a long time making it very organized and accurate. It took me a long time considering there were 56 atoms to draw on one side of the equation. Then balancing the equation pushed me to think really hard. I found this challenging but continued to create it and didn’t get sloppy with my work.
On Thursday, February 2nd the whole eighth grade took a break from classes to explore options for our high school future. At Ann Richards we have a class every year of high school dedicated to a certain field, this is called a pathway. There are three options; biomedical, engineering, and media tech. We went around to each pathway and learned about what you study in them. Each group was talking about all of the great things that happen in that pathway, but what they really want is for you to be in the right place and to grow in that environment.
The first pathway we visited was the Biomedical Pathway (Biomed). There was a panel of students from each grade to tell us about their experience. I learned about what type of person would enjoy this pathway. Biomed is great for people who want to learn about science, the human body, and enjoy doing labs, experiments and don’t mind taking notes. You cover the intros to a lot of different medical sciences like forensic sciences, human body systems, and neurology. This pathway called to me a lot because medicine and the medical field have always interested me. I find science amazing and have always wanted to go more in depth.
The next pathway we visited was Engineering. We were told about some projects you do in the pathway and the basic outline of what it looks like in that class. Some of the projects that really stood out to me were making benches, bread boarding, and a big project a group chose was to make a jungle gym. In engineering you are almost always working on a project which I thought was very unique compared to other classes. We were also told some about how diverse the field of engineering is which interested me. I thought that Engineering sounded great and I could do well in it, but I personally prefer making sketches for planning phases and solving problems but I don’t always love the building part of the process.
The last pathway we visited was Media Technology. I thought that the presentation was very insightful because we got to see projects the students made. Media Tech involves a lot of film-making and animating. It is great for people who like art, graphic design and being creative. I thought it was exciting that you get to learn so many things about filming and using cameras, microphones, etc. I am someone who does enjoy being creative but have never been extremely interested in going into the media field so this pathway did not particularly appeal to me. I plan to express my creativity through taking art and yearbook in the future. Despite this I could really appreciate the projects I watched because they had so much effort put into them.
In the end, I chose the Biomedical pathway as my first choice. Like I said, I felt very drawn to this pathway and it seemed like the best fit for my interests. Choosing a pathway is a personal decision and others should not influence the choice. It was important for me to forget about what all my friends were doing and what my family would think. Each pathway has individual qualities that will help different people in different ways. I still feel confident and agree with my choice.