Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How To Shoot A Slap Shot

In hockey the slap shot is the hardest and most powerful shot but at the same time, is the hardest to shoot.  When I take a slap shot I usually push the puck up a little bit farther than my front foot. I do this to get more power on my shot.  

 Almost every person who takes a slap shot follows through because that is the key to getting a powerful shot. Something different from my shot is when I take my shot I usually hit the ice a little bit closer to the puck because it makes it easier to aim the puck.The experts in the video there stick hits the ice a little bit before the puck.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Most Effective Way To study

Digital Portfolio Challenge:  Create a ranked list of three different study strategies.    There are TONS of different steps that students take to study new content.  We use flash cards, online games (think Quizlet or Kahoot), review with study partners, and study guides. List three study strategies that you have used in order from MOST effective to LEAST effective -- and defend your rankings.

The most effective way to study for me is quizlet. Quizlet helps me remember terms in a unit and makes it easier for me on the test. When you don't know the vocabulary it makes the test harder. For example if there was a test and a question you didn't understand, using quizlet I remember all of the words. In science we had a unit test and I used the quizlet and managed to get a A on a hard unit test.

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My second most effective method to study is Socrative. Socrative helps me because it is like a real test, it helps you know what you need to work on and what you know. Additionally in Socrative the questions on the practice test are usually similar to the ones on the actual test.

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The least effective way to study for me is Kahoot. Kahoot does not help me study because you have to rush yourself to get more points and when you rush you make silly mistakes that will not help you on the test. Sure kahoot is fun but it does not help me study.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Galileo's learning

In science class we are learning how Galileo knew he was right when he said the planets orbited around the sun not the earth. The Church thought that the earth was the center of all the planets, but he new he was right he always was looking at the stars through his telescope that he made himself. 

He said to church that the sun was the center of the planets the church did not like that they said take it back or you will be torchered. 

Galileo decided to not stand up for science but he new he was right he was punished by never leaving his house ever. Galileo died knowing he was right. Years later the church found out that galileo was right and he was dead.

Monday, February 13, 2017

My Science Midyear Benchmark

Last week, we took a benchmark test in Science class.  I scored an 88 on the benchmark.

Here's my item analysis:

What I noticed about the questions that I got wrong is that two out of the three of them are about the layers of the earth.  I'm not totally surprised that I missed those:  We studied the layers of the earth a long time ago.  But it does mean that I need to go back and check that content out again.  That's worth reviewing for sure.  

I think I'm most disappointed in myself for missing question 25.  It asked why the inner core of the earth is a solid ball of iron.  I answered that it was because of extreme temperature.  I should have realized that when I want something -- think snow or sand -- to be "more solid," I don't add heat to it.  Instead, I add pressure to it.  I think that's a question that I could have gotten right if I had thought a little more carefully.

What I'm proud of, though, is that I made mastery on almost all of my other objectives.  What I do the best is ecosystems stuff.  Food chains and food webs are easy for me -- and I'm also good at biotic and abiotic factors.

I think what I enjoy the most is talking about how humans impact the environment.  That stuff is really interesting to me simply because I know that humans are having an impact and if we think about our choices, we can make sure that our impact is a positive one instead of a negative one.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


One of the things that I've gotten interested in is the role that American pilots played during World War II.  That was really the first war where pilots played a major role in fighting against enemies.  I learned a lot of what I know by reading Flyboys this year.

What was interesting to me was that the Japanese HATED American pilots.

The reason was that up until that point, Japan thought that they COULDN'T be attacked because they were an island nation that remained isolated for centuries.  They also believed that spirits would protect them by sending huge storms to eliminate any enemies who dared to attack.

That changed when the US --  who had invested millions of dollars in developing an Air Force during World War II -- started bombing the Japanese from the air.  People's confidence was shaken in their government and in the protection they thought they'd always had.

That hatred also came because American bombing missions at the time weren't designed to target JUST military bases.  Instead, their bombing missions were designed to break Japan's will to fight.  So bombing runs could kill innocent people and destroy entire cities.

Here are some things I'm wondering right now:

  • Did American pilots ever feel guilty about bombing missions that didn't target military sites?
  • Are planes and pilots still the most important military tool that we have for protection and attack?
  • How have military weapons and tactics changed over time?
  • Does anything good ever come out of war?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Aced My Calculating Percentages Test!

One of the things that I’m currently proud of is the 95 that I earned on my Calculating Percentages test.  

This is a pretty important accomplishment for me mostly because I wasn’t all that sure that calculating percentages mattered, so I wasn’t putting a whole lot of effort into learning how to do it.  But when I was out at dinner with my dad, I saw him calculating percentages so he could figure out how much of a tip to leave for our waiter.  

That made me interested and I started practicing with calculating percentages everywhere that I go.  

What I’m proudest of is that I actually know why multiplying by a decimal makes sense when calculating percentages.  That means that not only can I answer questions about the process of calculating percentages, I know WHY that process works.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Standing Up to Injustice Doesn't Seem Easy.

Today in social studies, we were talking about the Holocaust.  

One of my classmates made a big speech about how anyone who was alive during the Holocaust that didn’t speak up against what the Germans were doing to minority groups was a chicken.  His point was that anytime that you see something bad happening, you HAVE to speak up -- and that if you don’t, you aren’t a good person.  

I’m not sure that I agree with him.  While I agree that we SHOULD speak up when we see something bad happening -- especially something as bad as the Holocaust -- I don’t think it is always that easy.  

Take living in Germany for example:  I bet that all of your neighbors and friends in school would either agree with Hitler’s decisions or be afraid of the consequences of disagreeing in front of everyone else.  I know that’s how I feel when I see friends making bad choices.  Even though I know the choices are bad, I don’t always speak up because I don’t want to make enemies.  

I want to find some interviews to read of people who were alive during tough times like the Holocaust to see if they ever felt bad about what was happening -- and to see what (if anything) they did about it.