Waste Not, Want Not (Pt. 3)

My participation today was good/excellent, as I listened attentively to what the teachers were saying and I asked my peers questions when I was unsure of where to find a button in the SketchUp toolbar or how to do something, like creating a hole in one of the surfaces of an object (7). My collaboration was good/excellent because I worked well with my group and we had little to no conflicts and if we did, we compromised on what we wanted to do, such as generating a design for our apple (7). My effort was good today because I tried my best to do a good job when using SketchUp, when designing my fruit container object etc. but sometimes I got frustrated and felt like blaming everything on my computer (6) . My time management was good today because I sometimes got off track when I was writing iFolio posts and when designing objects, such as when I was writing this blog post, I started talking to my friends about un-related things (5). In the future, I will make sure that I am in an environment where I will not be disturbed so I can work well and efficiently, and learn to control my frustration and take things slowly and relax.

Waste Not, Want Not

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Hi guys, my group and I designed this box for an apple for a Design Activity during Design Day, and we were told to present it in an interesting way. 🙂

Percentage Unit

 

In this unit, we learnt about percentages (i.e. markups, profits, investments etc.)

I improved my math skills in multiple different ways. I learnt to used Excel to assist me in ‘crunching’ numbers, and it has made my life a whole lot easier in math. I find that it is quite complicated to use, but after you get the hang of it it’s okay. In Excel, I learnt how to do the operations by using the ‘=’ sign, I learnt to make different kinds of graphs…there really is a lot more. Also, I learnt to manage investments better by predicting and looking at things more logically with tables and graphs. I also learnt how to do a Criterion B assessment better with these following steps:

1) Generate and organise data

2) Describe patterns

3) Suggest general rules

4) Verify general rules

5) Justify general rules

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(These were some of the notes I took)

This ‘list’ has helped me understand and make sure that I did everything that’s supposed to be in a Criterion B assessment and basically clear everything up for me.

 

 

Criterion A – Algebra Math Test

Hi guys,

So we recently had a math test on algebra… I think I didn’t do that well on this test. I am strong in using the distributive property to simplify algebraic formulas because I could identify and remember that a negative x a negative = a positive and in general I just remembered to multiply and not add, which is what I once did because I wasn’t really familiar with it.

I could improve on finding x in different situations, for example when finding x to find the measure of an angle. Also,  I need to make sure I totally understand what I’m saying and remember specific numbers, for example in question 11 when I said multiply 1 for a positive 1 but instead I was supposed to multiply by -1 to get a positive 1.

I need to figure out which numbers belong with which group because I often get confused with them and therefore fail to simplify an algebraic expression. I can achieve this by being more organised, for example circling or highlighting like terms and listing out formulas in a clearer way so that I can understand it more thoroughly.

Math Assessment – Polygon Area Patterns

Hi guys.

So we recently had  a math assessment in Criterion B about Polygon Area Patterns. I used the strategy of making a chart and writing down independent variables on one side, and variables on the other. I kept the independent variable, the edge points the same and drew different shapes in order to find the area to discover or observe a pattern. I also learnt how to organise my information (even though it wasn’t that clear) in a reasonable way.

If I could do this assessment over, I would probably try a different strategy, such as making the independent variable escalate to find a clearer answer so I could observe a better pattern. I would like to improve on finding a formula, so I would be able to find an answer easier and faster. I would also like to improve on my organisation skills when making a chart to clearly show what was what and again, to find an answer easier that made sense.

Unit 2 Test – Rational Numbers Reflection

Hi guys,

Recently, well not recently, say December 12, 2013, which is a year ago ( 🙂 ), we had a math test on rational numbers. I think I did an ‘okay’ job. Mainly because I only got a little part of it right.

Anyways, I am probably the best at estimating answers when computing with rational numbers. I did good on this because I was able to estimate an answer for that question. I was able to make a guess to sort all the ‘pizzas’ out. (Pizza was the main topic). I need to improve on solving real-world problems involving rational numbers. I need to re-read questions very thoroughly to understand what I have to do.

A strategy I used when studying was using the Moodle games that Mrs Kirchner posted. It helped me study a little bit as the games were fun and easy to understand. I need to participate more in class, and ask  questions when I need more help.

Problem Solving Math Assessment

Hello everybody!

So… we had our MATH ASSESSMENT! It was so problem solving, and the theme was basically about swimming laps. What I think I did well was that I was able to organise my information in a clear and concise way, in a table. It displayed my answers clearly. I think I still need to work on reading graphs and predicting, because on the fourth (back-to-back) page, it showed a graph and I had to predict/calculate the answers. I know how to predict/calculate the answers, but I may not get the right answer each time. I also think I need to work on my problem evaluation skills, as sometimes I misread the question, and I get the answer wrong.

 

Hmmmm…. in class, we do a lot of class discussions and we work on our problem solving skills, either individually or in a group. I would rank my self a six out of ten in terms of participation in groups because in most activities, I wasn’t quite sure about how something worked, so I would ask or participate in our discussions to find out more, to get to know something better. Rarely, I just don’t talk to my group mates, but that’s because sometimes I want to try out something on my own. In terms of participation in class, I still rank my self a six out of ten because I am able to answer most of the questions, and I listen closely when Mrs Kirchner ( Our math teacher 🙂 ) asks a question so I can quickly calculate or find out the answer. Sometimes, I’m writing in my math book, finishing up my problem, gluing something in, or cutting something so I don’t have my full attention on Mrs Kirchner.. I’ve got to try to stop what I’m doing and listen to the teacher… (Sometimes I just find it a little hard not to finish something fully; it feels like it’s incomplete and not good.)

I learnt that when it comes to problem solving, sometimes I just rush to get things done, when I think it’s simple. But when it’s an unfamiliar problem, I have a small (good?) habit of staring at the problem for two minutes or so, just to get my brain flowing and working, to evaluate the question. Also, if I don’t understand the question, the first thing I would do, is the small ‘habit’. If I still don’t understand it, then I would seek help, and go ask Mrs Kirchner.

That was quite a post, wasn’t it! This is my very first post in this blog-turned-iFolio…

(P.S. I’ve started to use dividers so my blog posts look neater and organized.)