Friday, November 7, 2014

Sacred Stories-Buddhism

The Monkeys and The Mangoes.

One day a group of monkeys were searching the river banks and found a mango tree that looked so great that they decided to take it to their king, for he would tell if it was safe to eat this delightful fruit. After trying the exquisite fruit, the king decided to live in the branches of the tree, but warned never to let a mango go river down. While sleeping, a mango fell off down river and just like their king had predicted, a human found it, came looking for more, and decided to reside in the mango tree. While the humans were sleeping,  one of them caught the tale of a monkey and decided all the monkeys should be killed. Frightened, they ran away, but one of the monkeys who was jealous of the king, killed him. In the last minutes of his life, the monkey king taught the human king, that because he was a king he had to sacrifice for his men and that changed the life of the humans forever.

Something I learned from this religion is that, clearly sacrifice is very important. Not because one is a king it means that he/she is to be very honored, but instead it means that the king will sacrifice for the good of his men.

One connection that I see to my religion is that just like the monkey king sacrificed for his men, Jesus sacrificed for us and our forgiveness of sins.

Click Here to see this and more sacred stories of different religions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Code of Honor

Today I read The Code of Honor with my mom and she really enjoyed the activity because she believes that it is imperative to know the rules and have presence of them. As we read the Code of Honor, we discussed the importance of following these rules not only in school, but also in every place because if someone does, that person will be a great example. My mom does not disagree with any of the rules, she thinks they are excellent.

Even though she does not have any questions, I want to learn more about the statement that says I am open to innovation. What does this mean?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shang Dynasty

The Shang Dynasty is the official way to say, ancient China. I studied this culture for the last week and I found it very interesting, I hope you do to. Click Here to see the presentation.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CWW Project Reflection

I think I did really well in my CWW project. I know that I had some strengths and weaknesses in the project. What I found was biggest strength was that I had a lot of information. For each slide I had more than a paragraph and some pictures to go along. It was very descriptive and I think that my information proves that I understand well the 5 themes of geography and the visual and invisible aspects of culture. So, overall I believe the information was my biggest strength because it made the presentation very complete. It also proved my knowledge of Santander and my knowledge of what is being learned in class.

Although the information was my biggest strength, it was also my biggest weakness. By putting all that information in the project, it made it really long (more than 5 minutes) and possibly made it boring to the reader. At first it could be interesting to see all of the information, but as the reader gets closer to the end, so much information, may loose the reader´s attention. The reason I think it was my biggest weakness, is that the point of a presentation is to keep the reader attentive and not loose their attention.

If there is another opportunity to do a presentation like this one, I will be sure to include less details. This will improve my work because it will be complete, but I will not loose my reader´s attention. The reader will still understand and learn, but in a way that they do not loose my attention and is much more interesting.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CWW Trip Proyect

In the CWW trip I learned a lot about Santander. More specifically Bucaramanga, San Gil, Barichara and Curiti. In this presentation I have gathered all this information. I hope you learn as much as I did.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Socratic Circle Reflection

In the Socratic Circle on September 11 2014 I talked about North Korea and its culture. We discussed about the things that make each culture different. I think I contributed to the conversation by sharing my opinion and some visible and invisible aspects of culture. I talked about holiday traditions that are very unique to that culture. I was silent and respectful when other were talking and answered questions respectfully no matter what I thought personally. My group work was good because when one of us was talking, all the others were quiet and listening attentively while the person finished and then they could share their personal thoughts. We helped out each other when when we got stuck or could not find the correct words to say something. When the conversation started to loose a little interest, I tried to ask a question or add a comment that would generate interest and put the group in conversation again.

Something I have to improve is maybe next time bring my notes about North Korea. Even though I reviewed my notes various times and knew well what I was talking about, but it was probably a good idea to have the notes with me so I could check for names and more specific information. Also, I felt a little nervous at first and it took me a minute to start talking. Next time I will start talking since the beginning and print out the information that I have collected earlier. These are only a few ways I will improve and this way the next time I have to participate in a Socratic Circle activity I will do much better.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Managing Impulsivity

Many times I have to face situations when I have to take my time, think twice and manage impulsivity. In summer, I went to Italy and I was eating a lot of chocolate. I have a problem in my heart that I should not eat chocolate and I knew I was exceeding the limit. I decided I would not eat chocolate for 1 month. It was really hard, almost impossible. Every day was really hard because great things passed in front of my face, but I knew I was doing the right thing. When the school opened the icecream place I did not eat the chocolate icecream. Now that the month has passed I feel proud of myself because I managed impulsivity.

Monday, September 1, 2014


Persistence is one of the 16 habits of mind. It is when you try hard to achieve a goal and even if you fail one, or various times, you keep trying until you reach this goal. It is important to be persistent to achieve what you want.

Last week, Mr.Nick made us do a poster on the 5 themes of geography with pictures from a magazine. At first me and my group members worked hard on this poster. When we thought we were finished, we did not like it very much and we continued trying to make it look better. When Mr. Nick had a look at our poster he recommended that we add even more pictures and information. Since class was almost over we needed to work hard, but still do a good job. At the end I liked a lot the way the poster looked, even though I did not get the best grade. I learned that it doesn´t matter if I get the best grade or have the best poster(In this case). What is important is my opinion and the way I feel about what I have done.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The 5 Themes Of Geography

1) Human Enviornment- Interaction
     Human eviornment- interaction is the way that people that people interact with their enviornment, affect it, and modify it. It is also the way that the enviornment affects and modifies the people.

2) Location
     Location is where something is in the map. There are two kinds of location. Exact location is the most precise way to lacate a place. General location is locating a place with the physical and political features around it.

3) Place
     A particular portion of space, whether of definite or indefinite extent.

4) Movement
     The movement in a place is how people travel with their goods, ideas, and cultures.

5) Region
     An area that shares similar characteristics.

Click Here to see a poster about the 5 Themes Of Geography. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pensilvania, Caldas

I am from Bogota, Colombia but my family is from Pensilvania, Caldas. It is the most wonderful place in the world. It is surrounded by the greenest mountains and you breath the freshest air. I always go with my family to Pensilvania. We go horse back riding and take hikes, we swim in the river and jump from the top of a waterfall and into the freezing water, we also have a place where they raise pigs and I love to help out. Even though all those plans are absolutely amazing and unique, what I like most about Pensilvania is being truly free. With no worries, no problems, no homework just true happiness.

Pensilvania is in Caldas, Colombia. Caldas is one of the 32 departments in Colombia. It is located in the eastern mountain range and is around 8 hours away from Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. It is in the department of Caldas, near Manizales and Antioquia. It is also one of the places of the Coffee Region in Colombia. It is surrounded by very tall, green mountains and filled with rivers. Its geographical coordinates are 5° 23' 13" North, 75° 9' 48" West.

Pensilvania is in some ways similar to other places arround. For example, Manizales. They were both conquered arround 1539. They both have the typical things of the time, like the main plaza. There is a church in the middle of town and other cultural things like that. Anyone can notice that the houses are also typical, even today. Pensilvania and Bogota are not very alike. They mostly share the same religion and the same country.

Pensilvania is not a very advanced place because the international ideas don't arrive there. It was discovered in the early 1500s by the spanish. The indigenous culture that lived there left and were replaced by the houses that were at the time, modern. Since then the houses have only been changed very little, in terms of what is inside theese houses.

Migration hasn't changed anything here. Over the years Pensilvania has not changed much. They still have the same culture and they don't have a lot of technology. The ideas get there because some people, from Pensilvania, visit Bogota and bring back some things. As well as trucks who bring foods like LuckyCharms cereal and a few other things like that.

I hope that you learned more about Pensilvania and you enjoyed learning abut it.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Global Warming

What is Global Warming?
Global Warming is a horrible problem on Earth. Global warming is when the gases gather above the Earth on the atmosphere. These gasses are caused by us. Global Warming is also known as the greenhouse effect because the gases that are gathering above the earth make the planet comparable to a greenhouse.  By trapping heat near the surface of the earth, the greenhouse effect is warming the planet and threatening the environment.

What are the causes of Global Warming?
Global warming is primarily a problem of too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere—which acts as a blanket, trapping heat and warming the planet. As we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas for energy or cut down and burn forests to create pastures and plantations, carbon accumulates and overloads our atmosphere. Certain waste management and agricultural practices aggravate the problem by releasing other potent global warming gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide.

What are the effects of Global Warming?
Global Warming can have a lot of horrible effects on Earth. First of all the sun has a lot of radiation. If this radiation isn't trapped in the atmosphere it can give us cancer and other deathly sicknesses. Also this heat makes temperatures on Earth rise very quickly, more than usual. Also the extra heat causes the ice in the north and south poles to fall down and melt. This leaves animals, such as polar bears and seals, without a habitat, without a home.