Weight Training 2

I want to be fit and healthy because it makes me feel better. I have wanted to lose a little bit of weight for a little bit now, and this class has helped me do that. At one point I was regularly working out, but stopped. I enjoyed it, but didn’t have time, and after stopping did not have the will to get back into it. 


This class has helped me get back into working out. I have achieved a level of strength that I did not think I was capable of, increasing my previous max by well over 100 pounds. I am going to be continuing the grind, going after school on tuesdays and thursdays and hopefully being able to wake up to go on mondays, wednesdays, and fridays. 


My original goals for this mostly involved just getting it done, as it takes a bit of time for me to actually start enjoying it. My goals, once I made some real ones, were to squat twice my body weight and bench my body weight. I am close to benching my body weight, but I can squat twice my body weight now. My maxes at the beginning were 245 for squat and 115 for bench, and at the end it was 365 for squat and 135 for bench.


I am going to continue working out and eating somewhat better than I did. My diet since I’ve started has been a lot better, and has involved a lot more protein than I had before. I would argue that this is more relevant to the character C, as it was an improvement in my work ethic and helped me learn to force myself to do something I didn’t necessarily want to do.


In reviewing your course reflections, what stands out to you in your learning/growth for a particular unit or the entire course and how does this connect to the PoG Cs?

I did notice improvement in my understanding of a lot of the previous units. Some of the units that I did poorly on the test for, I completely understood come time for the final. Sometimes all it takes is a little change in perspective and some time. This is an example of critical thinking.

  • What aspect of my artifact am I most proud of? Use specific examples.
    • The fact that I understood some things that did not make a lot of sense in the beginning
  • What aspect of creating this artifact was most difficult for me? Use specific examples.
    • trying to figure out what to write and how to explain my thoughts
  • How does this artifact connect to the Profile of a Graduate?  Be specific in your connection (which of the 6 Cs).
    • critical thinking (math)
  • How do I plan to take this learning forward?  Or What would I change (or keep the same) if I created this artifact again?
    • I will be taking calculus in college, and the understandings this class has provided will be very helpful in the end.

Gov and Law

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This is the brief that I and my partner used to help us with our mock Supreme Court project. This was not a very easy thing to do, as it was difficult to find ways to correctly note the information down without plagiarizing the actual briefs from the lawyers in the actual cases, but citing them was easy. This is relevant to the collaboration part of the aspects of a graduate as to do this I needed to work closely with another person in order to get credit and just to get it done. As a citizen, I am mostly satisfied with the Supreme Court system. I believe that there are massive underlying problems with the country in general that affect the Supreme Court, but that they can’t fix, such as the two-party system.


Personal Learning Site

This is the link to my Personal Learning site. On it, I have various things that I have learned through the past quarter. The one I am most proud of would be the Java tab, as I learned how to code primitive java. The aspect of this that was most difficult would probably be Java, because I am just not good at coding. I may continue my learning for Java later in the year, as it would be a good skill to put on a resume.


In Precalc, after we have completed a test, we have readings we need to do about what kind of careers involve math. There are a lot of careers that I did not know exist that require the use of advanced math. The two that I found to be the most interesting are computer science and law. I did not think that being a lawyer would involve math at all, other than the college requirements. While this has opened my eyes in terms of available careers, it did not change how I feel about math.

Sample Post – Creative Repurposing

In my 8th grade FACS class, I had the opportunity to help make the world a better place by upcycling items that might have ended up in our landfills.   Instead, I was able to upcycle pallet boards into a beautiful new table.  My team and I spent a lot of time determining what color we would have the table.  My dad, helped us put it together.  We had some challenges with the staining and had to redo a section because it go too tacky. We needed a smooth finish.  We also wanted to stage the table so that it would look nice and we would market it to potential buyers.

Below is a video of our journey.  Throughout this process, we hit a number of the POG C’s.  We had to collaborate together to build, stain, and stage a table that was going to be sold to potential buyers.  We used communication skills to share and listen to each other’s ideas and determine our final product. We also had to use communication skills to showcase our piece to an audience.  We enjoyed the opportunity to be creative and have a choice in what we would produce and our ideas would be seen and potentially bought by people in the real world.  We had challenges along the way and had to think critically on how to resolve those challenges.  And finally, I believe the artifact below showcases an element of citizenship – as we are trying to repurpose items and keep them out of our landfill.