In the first four lessons, I learned a lot of prejudice, stereotypes, identity and racism. I felt that during the lessons, I really reflected on how I act and what my mind was doing when I first meet someone I also got to know me better, other than reflecting on what I was doing, I noticed that identity is not something other people create for you, but something that you create, who you think you are. From the presentations, I learned a lot of about my fellow classmates, what they went through what their relatives went through. Some stories made me respect them more for example in one of my classmates story, he was bullied at such a young age not knowing what was going on. I did not just learn about my classmates, I also learned about my own family, my father. I never knew that my father had to go through what he went through for about 5 to 8 years, being bullied by other people and not being paid that same amount. I think that the important thing I got out from these four classes and the presentation is that everyone might or have experience racism, stereotypes and people will be the one judging other people based on their race and how they look.
Overall I feel that if we see another race, we will judge them from what we know. It is something that we can’t help doing. I also think that race does effect the way we see other people not us, for example. Chinese people are suppose to be skinny smart and nerdy, but I know that I am not smart for an Asian standard. I know what I can or can not do.
I feel that overall I did not do well in this unit and am not happy with the grades I got, I think that I could have done a lot of thing differently such as methods I used to study for tests , using better notes, instead of bullet points and many more. Besides the bad grades, I learned a a lot about myself, the way I study and the way I do things, such as procrastinating. One thing that worked for me was studying with friends, this helped me because when I am studying alone, I many have missed some key points that I need to know, but studying with a friend helps me make sure I got everything. Some of the things that did not work for me was studying two or three days before which I learned on the first test.
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What did I learn:
For Social studies unit 1, we have been building something called the KTW chart (Know Think Why), we started building these charts from the very beginning of the unit, we started to slowly add more information as the unit went on. Beside the KTW chats, we have been reading TCI text books. Understanding how they lived, and taking advantage of their resources. Also have been learning how geography influenced how Native Americans lived.
My favorite part of the unit was the dancing section, even though we did not have a lot of time preparing it as we did last year in 7th grade, I had a lot of fun. During this small project I learned how some of the Native American tribes thought the world came to be, or certain animals. I also loved watching my classmates dancing their story they have been reading about.
This unit I got the Senecca Badge silver. I agree with Mr. Pierce, because my grades have been a bit on ME and a bit of AE. I also think that I could have done better with my grades and that I did not try my hardest. My work habits have also been inconstant and consistent, which I think I could work one.
What Worked and What Didn’t:
For this unit I think what worked was the the big paper we had to work on because it helped be study for the test since I got all the main points already on the paper it made it easy remember. Something that didn’t work was the way I studied, I tried studying and then take a break, but the break was longer than the studying which did not help, also I did not give myself enough time to study.
My learning goal is to study at least a week early, so that I don’t have to stress last minute, and I would like to have a plan for what I am going to be studying each day. Also I would like to put in more effort when I am reading my textbook, and really concentrate.