Monday, 25 April 2016

My Argument

For writing we have been learning to write an argument using the writing process. The topic was “Are Devices Taking Over Our Lives”.

Something I did really well in my writing was…
  • Making my paragraphs really detailed
  • Evaluating on my ideas heaps
  • Using strong words and connectives to connect my ideas and paragraphs

Here are some sections of my writing that shows this.
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Technology is taking over our lives


I believe that technology is taking over our lives. How though? In a good way or a bad way? There is a variety of different reasons on both sides, for instance technology is stopping people from ruining nature because people have to cut down trees for paper but also in a bad way technology is bad for your health and lifestyle because it ruins people’s eyesight. Here are some good ways that technology is making the world a better place.

Good ways technology is taking over the world is by saving trees.                                                                                                                  
For example trees help us to breath and live they also give us paper to write on, draw on, and do heaps of other things with, paper comes from trees, trees are a part of nature and nature will get ruined if we continue on to waste paper.

This piece of my writing shows how I used connectives in my writing to connect ideas and paragraphs

Another reason technology is helping us make the world a better place is by helping paralyzed or disabled people by giving them the treatments with technology. With technology people can also make bones and other body parts to give to people so they can be the same as everyone else. For example imagine someone who doesn’t have a leg, people would be scared of them thinking that having one leg is disgusting when actually they are probably the coolest person in the world. Imagine how helpful technology could be to them and give them a fake leg that can help people like them make friends and make their life better

This piece of writing shows how I have evaluated on my idea with an example

Overall I think that devices are taking over our lives. Technology is amazing and a great thing to have but too much of it can harm people's lives and the world. I personally feel that technology should be in our lives but not the centre of attention, it shouldn't be in your way. Just because you want to play a game at a certain time that doesn't mean you can lie to your friend saying that you are busy when you're actually not. Go outside and do something active it's good for your brain and body whereas technology isn't it doesn't make you be more active it makes you more lazy and just want to sit there all day long. Of course devices are good for rainy days but if you stay locked in your room with the curtains shut just with your eyes on your screen that will ruin your eyes, open those curtains, it may just be the best day to go outside and hang out with your friends.

This piece of writing shows how I have detailed my overall statement by adding heaps of detail and but not making it too long

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Merit Can Do - Librarian #4

On Wednesday the 13th of April I had librarian with my friend Lauren. We have a duty on Wednesday for librarian which is to go down to the junior area to read some books. We grabbed some interesting picture books that a variety of kids might like. We also grabbed a bean bag each and carried them to the deck outside the music room on the junior kids side. We plopped them down and made scattered the books in a few rows on the wall so the covers were showed to all the little kids and it was easy to pick a book. The minute we sat down some kids came up with a few books in their hands. By this time we already knew that there was going to be a crowd here soon. And within minutes our words came true heaps of kids came up to listen to the stories. We read nearly all the books in the whole lunch time. It was so much fun to be involved in doing something that keeps others happy and it makes me happy too because I got to do something at lunch time instead of just walking around the school with nothing to do. Overall I had heaps of fun and I think I showed my learner quality of self aware because when I was reading heaps of kids would be coming and going or not paying attention but I use my learner quality of self aware and stayed patient and waited until I could keep reading. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Writing - Exposition

This is my conclusion for my exposition 


Meaning both leaders have the aspects of a great leader. But what leader is better? In my opinion J.K Rowling is a better leader because she worked up to her goal and demonstrates all these leadership traits. 

I think I concluded my exposition really well 

Term 1 Integrated Learning - Leadership

We have been learning all about What makes a good leader.

We identified that good leaders show 6 main character traits. These are
  • Integrity
  • Goal Focused
  • Trustworthy
  • Active Thinker
  • Resilient
  • Motivational

The leadership trait that I think I show the most is Resilient because when I'm doing my Peer Mediation or Librarian duties, the little kids can be a bit hard to handle but I solve the problem after awhile

The leadership trait I would most like to develop is Active Thinker because I want to get more into class discussions and come up with good ideas.

Something NEW I have learned about leadership is how to be a good leader and what it takes to be a leader e.g: At first I didn't know that you had to be motivational to be a good leader.

The SOLO level that I reached during this unit of learning is I think I'm Extended Abstract because I can evaluate the effectiveness of a leader. 

My next step in learning about leadership is to apply everything that I have learned about leadership to my own leadership roles.

Monday, 11 April 2016


I can describe the characteristics of music from songs of a different time and place

Over the past 7 weeks I have been learning to describe the characteristics of music from songs of a different time and place

I can describe these characteristics in a piece of music like...
  • Melody - A nice calming, quiet tune that flows
  • Harmony - A few notes put together to make a nice sound
  • Rhythm - A repeated sound or movement
  • Timbre - Character or quality of a musical sound 
  • Form - The structure of a song 
Here is an example of my learning Link to activity

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Merit Can Do - Peer Mediation #4

Today I had Peer Mediation. Charlotte and I went out to get our things. We headed out and the minute we stepped off the steps a problem came up. We went over and started the Peer Mediation procedure, but when we needed to fill the form the Ipad was flat. So we used our active thinking brains and got some paper, a clipboard and a pen. Then we kept on going with the problem. It kindve started to get violent so we went to a teacher and she thanked us and solved the problem. After that we went to the junior area and took a few laps before the bell rang.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Merit Can Do - Peer Mediation #3

On Monday the 4th of April I had a duty for peer mediation. Me and my friend Charlotte had to get our things and go. But we had one problem, the iPad that we needed to use was dead. We didn't know what to do and we had a problem to note down. But then I thought maybe we could do it like they used to with a clipboard and some paper. So I rushed back to the classroom and grabbed some scrap paper, a pen and a clipboard and headed back out. Then we wrote down the problem, got it solved and since it was only a tiny matter we threw the paper away and moved on. I think today I showed the learner quality of active thinking because at that time when we realised the iPad was dead I quickly took action and got the problem solved. I was glad to solve the problems and to be involved in something that I know I won't need to just sit around in a corner for.

Merit Can do - Librarian #3

Yesturday the 5th of April I had to fulfill my duty of being a librarian. Today we decided to take the Barbie and Lego books as they are so popular that they never seem to be in the library. As we thought all the kids just came up to us and started to pick out books. We had so many kids come up to us that we had to read one book about 5 times. I had so much fun reading to the little kids because they got involved as well as us, instead of just sitting down or walking around the school. Even though I had to read all the books over and over again I was resilient and kept on going and kept the kids happy. 

I can use appropriate skills and technologies to find and use a range of texts for specific purposes.

Year ⅞ -  I can use appropriate skills and technologies to find and use a range of texts for specific purposes.

For my “Evaluating Leaders” research I have been researching about Irene Van Dyk and J.K Rowling.

During this unit I have had to use a range of strategies to find the information I needed on Google. This include:
  • Using " to get more specific answers
  • Using the advanced search tools
  • Making sure to cross-check

I have achieved this goal because
  • I have crossed-checked
  • I have referenced my ideas and information that I have got.

My next step is to set a new reading goal.