OHMYGOSH I’M SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW. LIKE SO HAPPYYYYY!!! I found it. Something amazing. Something great. Something helpful. A website! It’s a great website. It has origami instructions galore! There’s basic origami constructions, constructions made with money, and base folds. Then comes the categories…. They have animals, birds, boxes, planes, and so much more. I’m gonna be able to make so many different models with these, and it’s gonna help me a ton in my quest to build my own model. It’s great. Only problem: I’m gonna get distracted. There’s no doubt. I just need to work on it. So far in my side project to make 1000 origami cranes, I’ve made around 20. That’s what, 2%? I still have so far to go… On that depressing note, I’ll end my blog… Which reminds me, I didn’t properly end my last blog either. Ta-ta for now my little doves, goodbye!
So last Tuesday was our Mock Trial competition, and I have to say all the teams did very well from what I heard. Although, none of the teams did make it to the playoffs, but according to my and Ms. Belden’s opinion, that was an inconsistency on the part of the judges. I’ve heard that my team lost both rounds but I’ve also heard that we lost one and won one. I’m not positive but I think we’d have to go with the second assessment at least, because I think we did really good. I might even say we won both, because I have a strong faith in my team that we did well. My only peeve with my team is that we DID NOT OBJECT! I think in the two rounds that we were in, we objected a total of three times. Also, in the first round we were in, an attorney yelled at one of our witnesses and somehow that’s the one we lost. I have no idea. I really believe the judges had no idea what they were doing, because out of the three objections that we made, they were good objections and deserved to be sustained, and the opposing attorney didn’t argue them at all or well enough. Somehow though, none of them got sustained once again, which I think is absolutely ridiculous. I think all the teams did very well however, seeing as we all practiced a lot and had our parts down well. Mock Trial is one of the greatest opportunities any ELP student can get, and anyone who has the chance to be in Mock Trial should definitely go and do it! It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first year or if you’ve been doing since 6th grade, it’s a lot of fun and a great learning opportunity. It’s a great way to make some good memories too.
Tuesday, I’m happy to say, was our first Mock Trial scrimmage. It was the two Tuesday teams against each other, one seventh grade team, and on eighth grade team. I obviously was on the eighth grade team, so to give my unbiased opinion, I think most of us were completely unprepared but otherwise we did well. The seventh grade team also did very well, all the witnesses gave a good knock at our attorneys and their attorneys had good questions. I have a special mention for Lizzie Brackett, who portrayed Allyn Funt, and did a very good job of it! I only hope that I can get all my stuff memorized, hopefully I can go to the Mock Trial practice tomorrow…
I decided I was going to do another genius hour post, just because I’m adding a side bar project to my project. My general project was that I was going to create an origami model of my own. I was thinking in addition to that, I would also make 1,000 origami paper cranes. In the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes a girl becomes sick with Atom Bomb disease from radiation from the Hiroshima bombings. She begins folding paper cranes because according to a popular myth, if you fold 1,000 paper cranes you will get a wish. Her wish is to get better, but sadly, she dies before she completes all 1,000 cranes, but she does get to 632 cranes. As a tribute, her classmates complete the cranes for her. As a result of this, cranes became a symbol of peace. I believe that because of all the warring and conflict that’s going on in the world, there should be something to combat that. As they say,
Never stop doing the little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.
Hopefully, this will create even the smallest amount of awareness to conflict and the fact that small things make a big impact. It could even go towards bullying, showing that just a few small things put together can create a bigger change. Small things can make a big difference. I guess that’s all for now, goodbye all my apprentices!
Second post!!! YAY! So far I think I’ve done a pretty good job of my posts, so I’m going to keep up with this… I still have two from when I was in India that I need to take care of. So let’s get on with this post… This post is going to be about Mock Trial. This year in Mock Trial, we have a criminal case rather than a civil one. There’s a horror film director named Allyn Funt who is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He created a elevator prank in order to scare some people, but instead caused the death of Charlene Baskerville. I’m Dr. Drew Watson, a cardiologist, on the state side and an attorney on the defense. I’m happy about this because I get to be both an attorney and a witness, an opportunity I didn’t get last year. I really enjoy doing mock trial, but the only bad thing is that I have to do an opening statement… I don’t think I’ll be all too good at it. I have some good ideas for it though, like using a board or something. I’m definitely going to need help though, so let’s hope the extra practice on Monday will help with that. I’m also doing a direct, to Alberta Milgrim, and that’s going well. The great thing about Mock Trial is that you can see all your friends all across Des Moines, because I have a friend in Waukee who is doing Mock Trial for the first time, so I’m excited to see her! Another good thing about Mock Trial is the food. We’re going to Panera or Subway after or before practice on Monday I think. On that happy note I’ll end my blog. Signing off for now!
So this is my first blog post, we’ll see how it goes… This year, Ms. Belden started a project called Genius Hour, where each of her students can make a project based on their passion, and devote 20% of their ELP time to it. My genius hour project is based on origami. What I’m trying to do is create my own origami model based on folds I know and models I’ve already seen or attempted. My plan is to create many origami models to further my knowledge of origami while trying to use this knowledge to decide what I’ll personally be making and figure out a basic shape for it. I think a good idea to put to use for this project would be to log what I create/fold, so that if I remember a fold that I can use, I can always look back at what I’ve already made. I could also have a small box that I could leave in the ELP classroom (if that’s okay with Ms. Belden) where I could keep the actual, physical models, because for all of you who know me, I can be a little forgetful… So it would be a good idea to have somewhere I could keep the models and NOT LOSE THEM! That would actually be my biggest weakness with origami, losing my models or giving them away and then not being able to refer to them later. What I need to fix is my big no-no: when somebody asks, “Can I have this?” and I say, “Sure, why not?” thinking that I’ll make another later… and then I forget. I can probably fix this if I remember that I need to store them, and I can tell the person that I’ll make them another one if I have time. I’m really happy about this project, actually, because I can do what I love for a school project (and how often do we get to do that?!?) plus it’ll give me the opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do but never gone through with. I do have a hunch, though, that I’ll end up making more origami than creating some, so just watch out for me, okay, Ms. Belden? So far, the work I have done is about nothing, except I’ve found a few cool websites and apps to use for research. That’s a good starting point for now, so we’ll see what I come up with tomorrow in ELP!