The Habits of the Mind

During the previous few triple r sessions we have been doing some activities on the 16 habits of the mind. Today we focused on listening using understanding and empathy.

First we did a drawing activity, we were given instructions enabling slight variations on what to draw and we all drew something different. Then we had to read some sentences off the board in a small group and practice empathy with the phrases. My group decided to preform the phrase, ‘I failed my exam!” One of my friends said the line and my other friend and I said things like, “it’s okay”, and “you will do better in your next exam.”

In being a very blunt person, the activity really helped me learn how to be more kind to others.


For my passion projects I was going to do a music video but I have run into some problems and can’t so I have decided to make pasta for my sister. I love to cook and my family is really important to me so I want to cook a lunch for my sister. I can’t wait to see how it turns out, it won’t be made into a film but I will take photos along the way and put them into a final blog post!

Billiard Ball Bounces Investigation – Project Maths

In project math our most recent project was investigating the bounces of a billiard ball going into a pocket at only 45 degree angles. We tried different sizes of pool tables            (eg: 4×30), numbers up to 100. My group recorded our data in a Excel spreadsheet and comparing our results, we were looking for a rule or a pattern but with the 15’s I could not find a rule. We went onto the Maths300 software and that made our investigation much faster.

Our last investigation in project math was really fun and I can’t wait to see what the next project will be!

#Description Term 4

Passion project term 4, it’s here! I’ve decided to do a music video, to Glorious by Macklemore! I’m going to have some friends over and we will make a fun video with the message in the song. I’m still fully deciding the details but it’s exciting to make a music video!

The Asian Elephant – SOS 10

In inquiry we are doing our final filmmaking unit on SOS 10 (Save Our Species). We have constructed our scripts and we will film at the zoo and edit it into a short film. I think it is important for as many people as possible to receive the message so, here is the script I have made up on the Asian Elephant and why we should help to save them. (PTC is in italics)

The Asian Elephant

Many visitors at the zoo pay a visit to this fascinating species of elephant, the Asian Elephant. They are lucky to call the award winning elephant trail home. However they are not so lucky to be able to claim the title of critically endangered. The Asian Elephant was once healthily spread throughout Asia, but now after loss of habitat and poaching, the remaining population has been forced into heavily poached, inaccessible regions in South and South-East Asia. The Asian Elephant can still be found today in Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Burma, China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. There are estimated to be around 35,000 – 40,000 Elephants left in the wild today, That might sound like a lot but, there are currently over 7.5 billion humans on the planet Earth, how would you like it if there were only 35 – 40,000 of us left here, it would be terrible. But that’s what’s happening to these elephants.

I went to Thailand on a holiday earlier this year, and I learned that these animals are forced to be in shows and they are being ridden. I got to take care of them, making me closer with the animal. The people “taking care” of them put large saddles on their backs, and then put people on them. Then they are whipped and beaten to make them trek through the jungle with people on their backs. You don’t even have to look at these elephants closely to see the scratch marks, gashes, whip marks, and scars running through their skin. It is a terrible thing to think that these elephants, behind the curtain, are getting whipped and gashed just to carry people on their backs and balance balls on their trunks. Don’t you think that hurts? And WE’RE doing that to them. Don’t you think we can do any better than that?

So send the message to everyone, hunters, poachers, people chopping down the trees, the people planting the new ones, and the people whipping and beating these poor elephants. We’re clearly not helpless and neither are they, we can do this. So spread the message everywhere, and join the fight to help save the Asian Elephants, do it for them.

R.V.E Cultures Of The World – USA

In R.V.E we have been investigating different cultures of the world. In this project I have researched the United States of America. I know that I have lived there for 9 years but there are some things that I don’t know, my family is paleo so we had a different diet, and they put a lot of stereotypical information on the website so that is different to how we lived.

Some differences between Australian culture and North American culture are that in the U.S there are holidays like The 4th of July and Thanksgiving that they celebrate in the U.S but not in Australia. Also a lot of do big things for holidays comparatively.

Some things that are the same are we both are very multicultural. We both also accept different races and beliefs such as Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and more. We all strive to welcome everyone to our land with open arms and that’s one of the many things that I love about these cultures.

If I lived in a stereotypical American household I would find it hard to stay on the diet that we are stereotyped to eat. It would be difficult to, ‘go big or go home’, as we are ‘supposed’ to do. Stereotypes in some households are true in many cases, but not in all, including mine, which would make living like this very difficult to me.

Overall, there are some similarities and differences between stereotypical Americans and Australians. But in every culture there would be some difficult hurdles to get over in the beginning, but in the end you can eventually get used to any culture over time.


So my production is a bit different to everyone else’s because I’ve decided to not do a film. Instead I will bake the brownies take photos of the process and if I’m allowed to bring them in I will share with the rest of the class. So instead of making the film I spent more time doing the planning and during the editing stage I’ll bake them so that they don’t rot.

Yeast, Up Close and Personal!

I had some questions about yeast and I looked them up finding some great answers!

  1. How does yeast stay risen when you take it out of heat?

By partially dehydrating the yeast it will stay stationary and it will create holes inside the bread, these holes, until cut open, will hold up the bread.

  1. What is the fermentation process?

The fermentation process is when the metabolic process converts sugar and yeast into acid to make the yeast activate or rise.

  1. On a website I found yeast referred to as “sugar eating fungus’

That’s right, yeast is a form of ‘Saccharomyces Cerevisiae’ meaning sugar eating fungi.

  1. What even makes yeast rise?

Yeast rises because of the acid gas created by sugar, yeast, and water.

The Old Geelong Gaol – Our Town Through Time

In inquiry we are doing another film – making unit on our town through time, we choose an important part of history in Geelong and make a film about it. My chosen topic is The Old Geelong Gaol! We then had to choose a story to tell about your place. I chose to do my story about the young girls school, child ghost stories, and one of the great escapes. I did some research and there are some great questions I have come up with regarding my topic and some other bonus stories such as: what happened in the girls school? What are some of the child’s ghost stories? Who founded the gaol? Why were the girls from the streets brought in the gaol? Some filmmaking techniques that I’m planning on using are: possibly and interview with a tour guide,  a re – enactment of the escape and how it all played out, and possibly a walkthrough of some history and just a tour of my tour.

I also came up with a possible intro to my film:

Built in 1853 making it 164 years old this blue stone prison held hundreds of the worst inmates hostage in it’s time although it’s time IS up there is still some history left to dig out of these walls.

Gauss Beats The Teacher – Reflection

In project math we started a new unit and we are trying to figure out The Great Summation Trick, to simplify that we are trying to find out how as a child, Carl Frederich Gauss, within a short amount of time, figured out what all of the numbers from 1 to 100 are all added up. My hypothesis was 5050 and I think that the answer to the 1st question is, in fact, 5050 because there are 49 number pairs from 1 to 100 that together make 100. If you take out 100 and 50 and add all of the numbers up you will get 4900 and then you add on the 100 and 50 to get your answer of 4900. Although the sum of my hypothesis seemed correct, the way that I worked it out is completely wrong compared to my answer now, now I think 49 (times) 100 + 100 + 50 = 5050, but then I thought 50 (times) 100 + 50 = 5050, although they have the same outcome I got to the answer a completely different way. Now for the other question of how did he do it. I think that he did it the way I did it, because it was pretty easy to work out in my head and it only took me roughly 1 -1.5 minutes. After finding out the answer and exactly how he did it, he did it similar to me but instead of pairs to 100 he did pairs to 101, but he did come out with the same answer as me! I worked a bit further than this topic and I found out this:

1 to 10 sum is 55

1 to 100 sum is 5,050

1 to 1,000 sum is 500,500

1 to 10,000 sum is 50,005,000

1 to 100,000 sum is 5,000,050,000

1 to 1,000,000 sum is 500,000,500,000

Do you see the pattern?

The sum is always 5 followed by one less of the zeros in the ending number, then another 5 and the same amount of zeros again!