This morning I forgot what we did, but before lunch I worked on my English assignments, the worksheets are so much longer than what I am used to! After lunch I worked on a bit of Socials, and then started working on my Inquiry Project. I’m now done collecting facts, so now I just need to write my paragraphs, put my information onto a website, and I’m done!
Today we learned about our next Inquiry project and what is expected of us with it. Then for the rest of the day we were given time to work on it and finish coming up with our Inquiry questions. Mine is about the socioeconomic backgrounds of homeless people, and how it effected them. I finished the sheet ‘Plan for Inquiry’, and I think I’m doing really well so far, I already have a lot of information and understanding of the topic. I’m really excited to continue working on it.
This morning we did an assignment on the War of 1812. My groups section was on point of view and we had to do a little mini presentation. Then we went to the learning commons and I worked on an English assignment called “The Open Window”. After lunch we had P.E. and we stayed inside because it was kind of cold out, so we played four corner soccer. I do not like soccer, it scares me. After that we worked on reflections for our Inquiry project.
The best suggestion that my group received was repeated by multiple people several times and it was that we should next time incorporate some more pictures and change the slides more. I agree with them, so the feedback was useful. To make it more visually interesting and to keep the audience interested. The main thing that I learned about inquiry learning is just in general how much more effective it is to learn. I’m pretty sure that’s how inventors come up with ideas, find a problem, ask a question as to how it can be fixed and then resolve to find a solution. I think our group does really well in the information department, with research and understanding the topic, so our weakness would be presentation and how to wrap it all up and keep the audience interested. That’s what help we would need next time.
Today I was sick in the morning due to an allergic reaction, so I came at lunch after I was feeling a bit better. We had P.E. again today, and played football, my team only won once. After that, we talked for a bit about where to submit assignments and then I worked on my English.
Today we worked on our assessments for the inner circle/outer circle discussion for almost half the morning, the other half I worked on a lot of English and Socials assignments in the learning commons. After lunch, we talked about how to make an effective PowerPoint presentation, then we talked about our Inquiry projects and we developed a rubric as a group that will be used to mark our Inquiry Projects. For the rest of the day I worked on finishing up my Inquiry Project.
Today we did Science first and I partnered up with Cassidy to do an assignment on compounds, I think we got significantly far into it. We also had P.E. and played football, which I disliked. Then for the rest of the day I worked on my Socials 10 work and I’m on the second unit.
Sept, 12, 2012 – Today we decided on our main topic and we organized our sub topics. We also made a rough draft of ideas that we will use in our project. Now that we have gotten all our main points and ideas together, our next block will probably be used more productively towards starting to come up with ideas on how we will present our project and researching our topics more thoroughly.
Sept, 18, 2012 – Today I watched a movie about the War of 1812 with Calli. We watched the whole thing for most of the day and I also worked on my English literary notes.
Sept, 19, 2012 – My inquiry project is going well so far, I think we have been using our time pretty productively. Today we decided on how exactly we will be presenting our final project and we individually worked on our separate parts. I also worked on an English assignment about a short story called “Lather and Nothing Else”. Over the long weekend I will most likely work on my online assignments, mostly on English and Socials.