I know I haven’t written on my blog in a long time, so today I decided I would get writing! This year of 2016 I have been going to an amazing school called Mountain Middle. This school is a project based school, which means that you use your hands in different learning techniques. So far this year we have had four exhibitions (which are kinda of like tests, but you are performing or showing your understanding of the concept in front of a audience).
The first exhibition I had was a resilience cafe. The resilience cafe was a time where we wrote and shared poems about resilience. We had to interview a community member, and then study a historian who we thought both resembled resilience. Then we wrote a poem about them both in the form of a Sestina, Villanelle, or free verse. Then I got to draw the eyes of my historical figure on a block of wood! It was so cool! Once every thing was done at the exhibition we each took our turn in front of 200 people reading our poem aloud. (If you would like me to place my poem up on the website, please comment below and let me know).
The next exhibition was a science exhibition where we were learning about the Animas river, and about the spill that happened over the summer. After we got all the knowledge we were put into groups. We had to put a presentation together with 5 different infographics representing different elements in the river. Once we had everything ready to go, we were assigned a certain room where we presented our presentation. We presented in front of highly trained students that were studding just this, but where in college or where geologists.
Our third exhibition was a movie that all the 8th graders put together. We were studding the revolutionary war and the different parts in the revolutionary war. Once we learned all of the elements in the war, we were assigned a certain group and category in the war to act out. Then we were set free to be creative with how it will turn out in the end. For the exhibition it was in the middle of a Thursday and we went to one of the small theaters and it show cased there. Student groups and parents came to watch the two movies, and that what that exhibition.
You can see these movies at: http://www.useducationtv.com/main.aspx?sid=64932&pid=74518 (My video is “The Rev. War 8B” and I am the “Stamp Act”)
Our fourth exhibition was on sound and light waves. We first learned all about the differences and the similarities between sound waves and light waves. We then went around the room and wrote notes about our observations on what we saw or heard from the different objects that represent sound and light waves. Once we were fully packed with knowledge, we were able to be in a group, or by our selves to work on this project. I decided that I would work with Cat a very close friend of mine. She makes every project fun and enjoyable! 🙂 Then we were suppose to come up with a exhibit that we could display in our local science center which is called, “The Power House”. Cat and I decided that we would do an exhibit on sound waves and help the kids that would go to the science center better understand the sounds that they hear in their homes. This was very fun working with a good friend and being able to create something that little ones can enjoy and learn from. For the exhibition we went to the Power House and people from the board came around seeing all of our idea’s to choose the ones that they wanted to invest in. Sadly we were not chosen. Though I am very happy for those that got the opportunity to do so.
Now in Humanities we are working on the westward expansion. We are not so sure what we will be doing for our exhibition, but I will let you know when we are informed. In Science we are learning about the weather. Our exhibition will not be anything special, but we are working on a weather website so people can look up the weather. I am so excited about this because it has been a fun way of learning for me! On the home page you will see the current, and the next few days of the weather in Durango Colorado. If you click on the weather forecast button, on the main menu, there will be another forecast. Up at the top is a search bar where you can search your city. Here is my website:
If you want you can go check it out!
Well that is all for today’s post, hope you all are doing well and I will do my best to blog more!