Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Peer Coaching on Basketball

            The first video shows Sebastian, Rafael and Fernando demonstrating various types of passing techniques as Will tries to defend the ball.

  • When Fernando gave an overhead pass to Sebastian, he had both of his hands placed on either side of the ball. He also brought the ball behind his head and somewhat snapped his elbows down with his arms.
  • When Sebastian gave a chest pass to Rafael, he held the ball to his chest, and then extended his arms in a quick motion.
  • When Rafael received the ball from Sebastian, he was in a triple threat position with his knees slightly bent, elbows bent at 90 degrees, and one hand on top of the ball and the other on its side.
  • When Fernando gave a bounce pass to Sebastian, he extended his arms in a quick, downward motion.
  • When Sebastian received an overhead pass from Fernando, he wasn't in a triple threat position. He should have had his knees and elbows bent with one hand on top of the ball and the other on its side.
  • When Fernando gave an overhead pass to Sebastian, his forearms weren't parallel to the court. He should have really brought the ball directly behind his head to ensure this.
  • When Fernando gave a bounce pass to Sebastian, the ball was not held at the waist. Instead, it was at his chest. He should have brought it to his side, slightly extending his arms behind, and then pushing the ball downwards with quick force.

            The second video shows Victor and Daniel demonstrating a lay-up on the right-hand side of the basket as Florens and Luca do a rebound.

  • Victor dribbled all the way into the basket, and his motions were very balanced. Also, he jumped off his left leg while shooting with his right hand. Finally, he used the backboard when he shot.
  • Daniel dribbled all the way into the basket, and his motions were balanced. He jumped off his left leg to shoot. The ball also bounced back on the backboard before it went in the basket.
  • Daniel didn't dribble as quickly into the basket as one would in a real game. He could have also jumped higher to get an easier shot.

            The third video shows Gaetan dribbling to do a lay-up during a drill.

  • Gaetan somewhat dribbles the ball at the waist, but slightly goes over his waist level. He also uses his fingertips to push the ball down, but he partially uses his palm as well.
  • Gaetan's eyes were not scanning; he was focused on the ball only. He only lifted his head up when he was shooting in the basket. In addition, his dribble was not at full speed. He should have dribbled the ball lower so that he has more control over it while allowing him to speed up.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Opening Journal 2

What would you do if your brother/sister, or other family member around your age (that used to share the bedroom with you), came into the room later today and said you have to make room for them and their stuff or find another place to sleep? Who should get the room? How would you react if you got pressured from your parents? How could you solve the problem peacefully?
            If my brother did this to me, then I would move to his room; basically, my brother and I would switch rooms. I would rather do this than have to share my room with him since if I do so, I can only use half of the room than its entirety like I used to. Everything will be crammed into that single room which makes it more uncomfortable and inconvenient to move around. Also, there could be frequent arguments with my brother now that we are sharing a room which means that other things will be shared as well.
Instead of having to go through all of this, I would rather move all of my stuff to his room now that his room will be empty. Why would I need to share a room with him if there's a completely fine room available for use? However, I believe that I should keep my room for myself since I was the owner of the room from the beginning. In addition to my parents, they won't even pressure me to move since I decided to move out of my room myself. In the end, I would have already solved this problem peacefully.

Why is it important to develop an appreciation of other cultures?
            It is important to develop an appreciation of other cultures, because the humanity isn't composed of just one culture. In order to make progress in this world, we need to be inclusive and be respective towards others and an essential aspect to this is the value of other cultures as well as yours. If we do not do so, I believe that there were be a constant tension between different regions of the world with varied backgrounds. In other terms, war and conflict could occur throughout the world. To find peace, we need to accept the opinions, standards, cuisine, and other aspects of culture of people that may not have the same opinions, standards, cuisine and such as you.

Creative Writing: Poetry

Have I underestimated space, where
all I see is rays of sunlight during
the day and a canvas of navy blue
ocean filled with who-knows-what during the
night. There, I hope to visit one day and
learn first hand that you could fit all of the
planets in the solar system in the
space between the Earth and the moon; that the
expanse of the universe cannot be
measured; that if you count the stars, they add up
to infinity; that all of these stars
are in fact, galaxies like the one we
live in; that there are countless numbers of
planets within these vast galaxies; that
maybe, just maybe, we are not alone.

            In one of the very first classes when we were introduced to the poetry unit, we were asked to write about a moment that changed the way we looked at the world. That "moment" didn't come to me for a while until I remembered the time when I saw a post posted on a social media site. This post stated that it is possible to fit all the planets in the solar system between the Earth and the moon. I recall that I was left in disbelief. Then, I was also reminded of how curious I was with the subject of the space and the universe. Due to this, I immediately started to write about that as that "moment."

            For this poem, I gave my best attempt to write an iambic pentameter but it ended up being a blank verse instead. I would also like to point out that I used caesura when I put a period in the middle of the fifth line. This allows the division of this poem into two parts: how I view the universe as an introduction and the facts of the universe as I plunge into the topic itself.

Fold it from edge to edge.
Line it up, surface over surface.

Lay out your sketch.
As you imagine circles.

With so many folds, lines, angles.
Until you rip its corner.

A crimp, crease to entangle.
I’ve molded her.


            I had absolutely no idea what my next poem should be about, but out of nowhere, an idea suddenly appeared: origami. Because of this, I began to search for some poems that talked about origami to gather some thoughts on how I should come about writing this. There were some words that I was inspired by and I even decided to use some of them in my own poem. These words included crimps, creases, rips, fitting, and more. As I continued to write, I unintentionally ended up writing about life.

            Before writing this poem, I haven't specifically thought about its form I should write in. However, in the end, I thought that it was best if I divided each stanza to have two lines each as each of them tell a different story. Also, I decided that the last stanza should have just one line to show the importance of "me." In addition, I thought that putting a period on each line would exhibit the crisp edges on an origami paper. These periods also allow the choppy feel on the flow of the sentences which mimics how an origami paper has its exact form.

Your presence terrifies me.
To fill in my gaps.
My lips dry out.
I gulp and reach out to
Touch my shadow.

            This poem was inspired by a poetry prompt which we had to choose a favourite abstract word in any language. Then, we had to capture its essence. I read a poem that was used as an example for this by W. S. Merwin called, "Separation." I was intrigued by its short length and challenged myself to write one similar to this. First, I explored the variety of words which I found meaningful to me, but later concluded to write about courage. Immediately, I recalled every moment when I needed courage to go through tough times. Then, I tried my best to describe these points in time and indirectly tell a message of its importance in life.

            For this poem, I kept each line short and concise with a period on each of them. Yet, I did not for the fourth line. This was done in purpose to show the continuing process of overcoming your fear and how it cannot be done in one quick step. Before I reach the end to finalize the story, I build up the tension by describing the dread of having to face your fears. For example, I use the word "gulp," an onomatopoeia, which helps visualize nervousness.

A Beautiful Day
Bitter temperature cuts
through her skin. Digging on her sleeves,
searching for warmth.
Just hold on.
As she clings onto mother’s fingertips.

Stick your tongue out to
catch the sweet drops of melted
tears. When the sun sinks under
my scar. Then, I hope.
I hope.

            I was waiting for class to start and then I heard Mr. Trajano say, "What a beautiful day today" or something along those lines. This phrase, "a beautiful day" was my inspiration to write this poem. Curiously, instead of thinking about positivity that would correspond to a beautiful day, I began thinking about a bad, rainy weather. In this terrible weather, I imagined a homeless little girl in the middle of a street, looking up at the sky. I described her situation and visualised myself as this girl going through poverty.

            There are many details in this poem that enhanced the delivery of the story. The division of the poem into two stanzas show the separation of the present and the future. There is also an alter in the point of view in these two parts: the first is talking about a girl since it's referring to "her" while the second is referring to "I," which draws the attention to myself. Alliteration was also used; for instance, there are many words starting with the letter "s" throughout the poem including "skin," "sleeves," "searching," "stick," and so on. Additionally, the repetition of "I hope" in the last two lines emphasises its significance to the poem.

To-Do List
One, Obey
Two, Thank
Three, Think
Four, Fall
Five, Fear
Six, Sacrifice
Seven, Seek
Eight, Enjoy
Nine, Note
Ten, Tell
Eleven, Enter
Twelve, Transform
Thirteen, Train
Fourteen, Fake
Fifteen, Feel
Sixteen, Seize
Seventeen, Send
Eighteen, Erase
Nineteen, Need
Carry on

            I was always interested in poems that had a unique format, so I thought that I should make one myself. I first started off by creating the title: "To-Do List," and then instead of typing the digits of the numbers, I wrote them out. Now, I began to think of all the things a person has to go through in his or her life. I paused at number nineteen because for twenty, I wanted to demonstrate that life goes on and the list is not all of what you're going to face and what you've already gone through: "Carry on."
            One figurative language that I used in this poem is alliteration. For each number and word that came after began with the same letter. Furthermore, I did not put any periods because I wanted the poem to flow, just like how life does. No matter what happens, life still goes on. The same thing applies for the last line; although it is the last phrase of the poem, I wanted the list to "carry on." I imagined the reader adding on to this list which meant that a period would not be an appropriate way to end it since it doesn't have an end.

Liquid Colors
The rough bristles fill in the invisible gaps
of an empty canvas
where I don’t know where to begin from
I come to feel satisfied
with another swift stroke on the surface
re-imagining my
composition with my eyes shut;
I will be able to
see through them, directing
each motion of
my hand. I pick up some
more liquid
colors as I back up to
see the full
picture: I’m

            This poem was inspired by my painting class, specifically the process of painting. Because I was writing about this subject, I immediately wrote "Liquid Colors" to represent them as paint. I thought to myself of how the paint brushes cover the blank canvas, and how I constantly imagine my final composition in my head while painting so that I have an idea of how it should look like. Finally, I remembered my art teacher always reminding us to back up from our painting to look at it in a farther distance. Whenever I did this, my work always looked so much better.

           I was listening to some music when I was writing this, and some of the phrases used were taken from its lyric. These include "eyes shut" and "see through them."
            The idea for the form of this poem was taken from the shape of paint gathering on the bottom to create a droplet. This is clearly seen by the lines that are getting shorter and shorter as the poem progresses. Additionally, there are plenty of enjambment throughout. This was used to display the fluid flow of paint when they are mixed with water.

Rain cuts the surface
Splattering, pounding, shaping
Faint light of colors

            I was briefly introduced to haiku in this poetry unit, and it caught my attention for its extremely short length. For the last poem, I challenged myself to write one and surprisingly, it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Since I ran out of ideas, I decided to write about nature, a mainstream topic. I thought about how a rainbow forms after a heavy rain. However, instead of writing the title as "Rainbow," I decided it to be "After-rain" to allow the reader predict what the poem is going to be about.
            Asyndeton can be found in the second line of this poem: “Splattering, pounding, shaping.” The first two adverbs were meant to describe how heavy the rain was pouring down, and the last adverb was supposed to show the consequence of this weather. Because of this, “shaping” connects to the last line which talks about the creation of the rainbow. This required the use of enjambment. Alliteration can also be found in the words “surface,” “Splattering,” and “shaping” as well as “cuts” and “colors.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Escolha Um e Opine 3 (Sem 2)

As faculdades mais influentes do mundo, segundo o LinkedIn

            Esse artigo explora 15 faculdades e universidades mais influentes do mundo baseado na produção de conteúdo e no grau de interação dos usuários com suas páginas na rede social. Na lista, tem uma instituição brasileira que chama Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) no décimo lugar. Fora das expectativas da maioria das pessoas, ela ficou à frente das faculdades como Harvard Business School ou MIT.

            Quando eu li o título desse artigo, achava que a lista vai ter universidades mais famosas a ser no topo das todas as outras como Brown, Oxford ou Yale. Surpreendentemente, encontrei instituições que eu nunca ouvia. A primeira foi Jack Welch Management Institute (Strayer University) e a segunda foi Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley).
            Uma coisa que eu aprendi a disso é que as universidades populares para ser muito difícil a entrar não necessariamente são os mais influentes do mundo. Isso da uma mensagem que nós poderíamos pensar: não é só porque você está comparecendo uma faculdade que nós achamos na classificação baixa ou nunca ouvimos não significa que você tem menos oportunidades para fazer uma diferença no mundo. Entretanto, não estou falando que todas as faculdades famosas não são. Por exemplo, Stanford University está no quarto lugar.
            No mesmo tempo, outras pessoas poderiam pensar que listar as instituições de acordo suas produções de conteúdo e no grau de interação dos usuários com suas páginas na rede social não é a norma mais apropriada. Eu também achei sobre outros aspectos importantes que faz uma faculdade influente: serviços comunitários, projetos dedicados a melhorar o meio ambiente ou melhorar as vidas sociais da comunidade.


Escolha Um e Opine 2 (Sem 2)

Inspiração para o final de semana

            Esse texto curto diz uma mensagem muito vital da nossas vidas: desplugar por um momento. Eu ouvi isso tantas vezes que eu estou cansado ouvir mais sobre essa tema. Contudo, eu sei que nosso vício do Internet está assumindo nossas vidas. Posso ver isso acontecendo comigo. Meu cellular está sempre no meu lado, nas minhas mãos, dentro do meu bolso ou num lugar onde eu poderia encontrar. A qualquer hora eu sinto entediado, só preciso me expandir na ponta do braço e agora, tenho alguma coisa que vai me fazer companhia.
            Se eu não gosto da tela pequenino, meu laptop está sentando pacientemente na minha frente que eu só preciso levantar e pegar-lo. Agora, eu posso me satisfazer com filmes, a mídia social, vídeos ou jogos online. Às vezes, esse processo da satisfação demora tantas horas que quando eu me levanta minha cabeça, a hora já voou seis horas.
            Isso é o que o artigo está criticando. De acordo a autora, Kátia Stringueto, desplugar "é fundamental para manter bem-estar físico, emocional, mental e espiritual." Eu concordo com ela e para manter esses aspectos importantes do meu bem-estar, preciso considerar com mais cuidado sobre o que eu estou fazendo para meu corpo e meu mente. Esse estilo de vida é muito insalubre mas eu sei que tecnologia está me controlando. Eu preciso controlar-la.
            Com uma vida ocupada com tarefas da escola, amigos, família e planos para o futuro, é difícil a não ter tecnologia no meu lado. Mesmo que eu não poderia reduzir o uso do Internet, vou pensar mais criticamente do meu ação quando estou usando-lo.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Escolha Um e Opine 1 (Sem 2)

Black German woman learns a shocking family secret: Her grandfather was a Nazi

            Nesse artigo, o autor fala sobre uma descoberta que uma mulher chamada Jennifer Teege aprendeu. Quando ela tinha 38 anos, ela encontrou um livro de sua mãe e descobriu que ela é uma neta de um comandante nazista: Amon Goeth. Teege sempre combateu depressão e se perguntei o que estava atrás da sua tristeza. Depois de aprender sobre dessa história da sua família, ela começou pesquisar mais sobre esse segredo sua mãe guardou e no fim, terminou escrevendo um livro: My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers her Family's Nazi Past.
            Agora, sua história personal é seu trabalho: ela fala sobre como progrediu desde seu medo para aceitar sua história e como ela é uma pessoa muito diferente do que seu avô. No passado, ela só acreditava na chance mas depois dessa descoberta, ela crê no destino também. Em outras palavras, algumas coisas na vida são predeterminadas.
            A razão primária por que eu escolhi esse artigo a ler é que o título capturou minha atenção. Eu gosto de ler e aprender mais sobre o holocausto e isso foi o recurso perfeito para meu curiosidade. A razão secundária por que eu escolhi esse artigo é que o imagem de um homem e uma mulher foi muito interessante. Eu pensei, "Como eles são relacionados? Esse homem abusou a mulher? O que aconteceu?" Muitas outras perguntas apareceram na minha mente que eu precisava ler-lo.
            Em fim, eu acho que Teege está fazendo uma tarefa muito importante e eu estou certo que o que ela está trabalhando não é fácil. Essa tarefa para espalhar sua história com o público poderia ensinar as pessoas que não sabem muito com respeito dessa tema. Essa tarefa também provoca todas as pessoas no mundo pensar sobre a carga algumas pessoas carregam, como nós criamos essas tragédias e sobre humanidade.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Unit Two: Still Life

            The goal for this unit was to paint a still life composition using various uncommon commonplace objects that all had the same theme. In order to paint, we used the skills and knowledge that we have developed specifically with the fruit studies. However, now we were working with 3D objects which challenged us to think about how we would apply the different elements of painting that we learned so far into this composition.

Paper Cranes
1. How is the experience of painting 3D objects different from working from an image/copying? What did you find challenging? Easier?
            The experience of painting 3D objects was different from working from an image by copying it. When we copied the paintings off of an already-completed painting, we were able to see how the brush strokes were used, which colours were used to block in the image, and how underpainting was used. Since these were already done for us, we didn't have to think too hard about these specific, important elements. On the other hand, real life objects didn't have all of this which meant that we had to use our own skill and knowledge to do so. This allowed for some time to think before and while painting to make sure that we were using appropriate brush strokes for specific areas, that the tints and shades we were applying on the canvas clearly reflected what we saw on the table, that we were making the best use out of underpainting. Despite these challenges, I found it easier to not copy someone else's work since I could apply my own style and way of painting.

2. Is the composition (placement of object and framing) successful? Would you change anything?
            The composition is successful because it includes all of the five paper cranes that I prepared to use it in this painting. Also, it shows the various angles of the cranes and their sizes. Through this, I wanted a good use out of the space that I had which I think I did well since they were placed on different parts of the canvas. However, I would zoom in closer to these objects because on the painting, it looks like they are placed quite far away. One of the goals for this assignment was to really zoom into small objects so that they would fill the entire canvas with the small details that could be seen. Because I didn't zoom in enough, I wasn't able to put much details onto the paper cranes which I believe could be changed.

3. Did you find underpainting to be a beneficial part of the painting process (layout/value, etc.) and/or end result (colour/value/form, etc.)?
            I did find underpainting to be a beneficial part of the painting process and end result. As I was putting on the first layers of painting, I could see what other colours were needed to be put on top of the previous one in order to enhance the hues that were present on my objects. Since there were so many colours with slightly different values or that were slightly different in terms of their hue itself, underpainting made it easier for me to show all of these small differences of colour and value by allowing some colours see through the ones that I put on top. In addition to intensifying contrasts, I gradually built up on the shadows and highlights through underpainting. For example, I would apply a generous amount of tint that I feel is enough to show the highlight. If that turns out to be not enough, then I would go in and put another layer of tint (maybe brighter this time) so that the highlight can be further enhanced.

4. If you were to continue to work on the painting, what would you focus on developing or improving? Explain.
            If I were to continue to work on the painting, I would focus on developing the shadows on the red crane as well as the overall background. The red crane actually looks kind of off and weird because not enough contrast was put on it. The shadows on the crane and the ones that are created by the crane aren't clear enough. In order to enrich its form, value and to overall, make it look 3D, I have to add more darker shades into its left wing and some areas on its side. I would also focus on improving the background because it looks too uniform throughout. Due to the placement of the objects and the angle that I'm looking at, I think I need to make the upper part of the canvas a bit darker than the bottom. The reason is because the cranes in the center should give a slight darker tone above them since less light touches that area.

5. Discuss two ways you feel your painting has improved to date.
            The two ways I feel my painting has improved to date are the use of underpainting and blocking in. Before I had this course, I was never introduced to these two elements of painting. Because of this, I never used them on my art work but now that I do, my paintings look more realistic and natural. Through the use of underpainting, I can make some colours see through the ones that I put on top, allowing me to show all of the colours and values that are visible in the composition. Before, my paintings looked flat since there were just one or two colours. Another way that my painting has improved is with the use of blocking in the different objects before I start building it up. In the past, I started by immediately painting the details of individual objects. However, now that I know about blocking in an image, I quickly put on the base colour using big brush strokes before I begin to add the specific features.