Thursday, November 14, 2013

Passion Project Midway Reflection

     So we have been working on our passion project for about 8 weeks. But that's only 8 days in school. We all could have been working at home as well. Unfortunately, I have not.  My passion Project for this semester is The Evolution and History of Different Sports.  I feel that I could have done better over these days.  I think that when we first started, I was being lazy.  I completed less than a slide for the first couple of days.  I kind of wanted to play on Cool Math most of the class time.  Then during the rest of the days I feel that I have stepped up my progress.  I was finishing 2-3 slides each class and limited playing time.  But I still only have completed 8 slides, and there are so many other sports to talk about. I think that I was getting lazy because each sport has a lot of history to talk about.  But fro now until the end of the second quarter I will focus each passion project day strictly on my Project.  I will get a lot of progress done and I won't play games.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Grades

     Grades.  We fear them, we obsess over them, we are proud of them, and we feel our futures revolve around them.
     Grades are to see how well you are doing in school and all of your classes.  It also shows how good of a job your teachers are doing in teaching. That would be the answer school wants you to say.  They really determine your college, and most entire future.  They are something you really need to keep up and focus on. That's why we all despise them.  They shouldn't be so huge.
     I feel that a 100 point scale for grading should be abandoned. For example, you shouldn't be graded like that on things like art, music, PE, and theater.  Also things like essays shouldn't be graded like that especially in literature.  Only tests should be like that but not for open ended questions which should be separately graded. For example, in LA this year we can only get a 95 because the teacher says writing is never perfect.
     Like I said we should use the current system on tests but not on open ended answers or essays.  Those kind of things should be standard graded.  Also in things like music, art, theater, and PE which require skill and passion, it's no fair to be graded with a number.  Why should you fail music and media just because you can't sing well? Why should you have a bad grade in Gym just because you don't even like volleyball?  You should be able to choose what you want to learn in school.  Of course everyone must know the basic subjects though.  And I feel grades don't always show what you really know.  For instance, you can lose points in my Honors Geometry class for using pencil.  Or you can get extra points in science for typing your report. But overall I hope the system gets updated and adjusted to perfection soon.

                                                        -Vedant