Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cathedrals or Bricks?

In class you watched a video from HLN about Cooper that I used to talk about being excited for the "NEW."  Click on the link to watch it again.  In addition I would like each of you to read the story below:

"Once there were 3 bricklayers. Each one of them was asked what they were doing.The first man answered gruffly, 'I'm laying bricks.'The second man replied, 'I'm putting up a wall.'But the third man said enthusiastically and with pride, 'I'm building a cathedral.'" --Author Unknown
To summarize, when you face challenges, when you feel discouraged, when you feel like you will never reach success, remember the story of The Three Bricklayers and evaluate your mindset and visualize the "Big Picture!"

Attitude: "...mastering change rather than allowing it to master you." It's all in your attitude!


See the "Big Picture:" "Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the strength necessary to overcome the original difficulty." William Bennett

1. Describe what you LEARNED 1st Semester.  Put some thought into this and answer from your heart and be open to answering it how you want!   

2. What are your GOALS for 2nd semester? How can you move closer to the completion of that cathedral? What can you do differently? What can you TEACH those around you? Inspire your classmates and yourself with your response.

117 comments:

  1. I learned that most friends that you have are the ones that you get and you have to try to keep them before they leave in any sort of way. Even in the darkest of times there will always the light at the end and you will be able to see what you had to go through to get to a better place. I also learned how people react to many different types of actions. Some react positively to some actions while others react negatively to your actions. That is what I mostly learned the 1st semester.
    Some goals I have for this semester are to allow for more thoughtful actions to be seen and to let others know i’m here to help them if they need it. I wish to also help myself by improving my grades and I want to try to ensure my future is close to the dream that I want.

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  2. I learned that I needed to work much harder than I did. Last year I was able to cruise through science without any worry, but this year I know that I have to study more for the tests. But, I definitely feel like there are more ways for me to study for tests, which is very important.
    I would say that my main goal for this semester is to have no missing assignments in all of my classes and also to get involved in more clubs and activities because I feel like I missed out of a couple of the cool things Arapahoe had to offer last semester.

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  3. From last semester I learned not to forget to do knowledge checks because missing any of them this semester will ruin my grade. Also I have learned to look back at the knowledge checks to learn what I missed. I need to come in for more help and ask way more questions.
    For 2nd semester I want to ask more questions because there is a lot I didn't know and could have last semester. I really want to get better knowledge check scores and test scores because I didn't last semester.

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  4. I learned a lot first semester, I learned how cells use energy and how all life evolves around the tiny thing called cells. Also I learned that life has seven basic characteristics of life. Life is so complicated yet so simple at the same time. We learned so much about what our cells do and how they function to help us functions.

    What are my goals for second semester? Well I want a productive and fun semester. Meet new people try new things and to have better grades. Also I would like to not judge so much on a person's appearance and their background. What can I do differently? Well to fix my school habits I can watch less TV and spend more time studying. Also turn all my work in on time. Also I can spread my horizons and meet new people. What can I teach those around me? I can teach them that being a good student is a good thing and slaking and not doing your work is a bad thing. Also showing them that you don't have to be mean or rude to people to fit in your friend group or whatever you are apart of. I can inspire myself by doing the right thing and when I do mess I fix it and to try my best to not make the same mistake again. And by doing this I hope my classmates around me see the same thing and follow me by doing the right thing.

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  5. This semester I started to realize some of my interests and maybe even careers I would like to pursue. Although I did fall short in some areas and could have but more effort into school that would have payed off. I not only learned a lot about the subjects I was learning but also about myself and growing as a person.
    My goals for second semester is to be better at time management which is key, without this I will not get done everything I need to. Second off all put 100% effort into everything I do as to have no regrets about my outcomes and be happy with how I did.

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  6. First semester I learned a lot, in order to keep up grades you have to get your assignments in on time and make sure to study for tests. Another thing is that if you do not understand the topic you are going over and do not go in for extra help then you will just fall behind and it will be hard to get caught up on the old and new material. I also learned that taking thorough notes in class helps you study and complete homework assignments.

    My goals for this semester are to get all of my homework done on time and have little late assignments and no missing assignments. I want to maintain good grades and not only learn the material but retain the information. In and out of class I want to help my friends.

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  7. Last semester I learned that I can’t keep doing what I was doing. Last semester I did the bare minimum to pass this class, but this semester I want to thrive. I want to succeed in the classroom as well as the weight room instead of just the weight room. I was unmotivated in the classroom, so as a result I didn’t pay much attention or do my homework, but that’s changed. I’ve had a change of mind. I no longer want to go into the military. Instead I want to go to college, get a degree in sports medicine, and be a physical therapist for veterans returning from tours over seas. But in order for me to be able to do this I need to actually try and do well in school. I need to stop messing around and start trying to bring my GPA up. Because at the moment there aren’t many colleges with good sports medicine degrees that would accept me with my GPA. If I want to make this change I’ll need to start doing my homework, studying for tests, and all around doing better in school. If I started doing these things then I could maybe stand a chance at getting into a good college.

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  8. First semester started of on a good note. However, as the semester went on, I missed one knowledge check and that bumped my grade down. I had to work hard to be able to pull off an A in the class however I was able to do it. I learned that I have to review all the notes, podcasts, and knowledge checks before a test because it helps me better prepare for the test.

    My goals for second semester are to study in advance to the test and completely go through my notes and previous knowledge checks. Since I would like to become a physical therapist, I need to work hard in science and do the best that I can. In order to do this I need to stay focused and try the best that I possibly can do. I can no longer do assignments when I am half tired and only giving half effort. This semester I would like to work on getting more focused and working harder. Also doing my homework sooner than later and giving all of the effort and not just doing it for a grade. I want to do my homework to be able to learn not just for a grade.

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  9. I think I lost some good work habits first semester. I was not as good at retaining information from notes. I think this problem stems from the fact that I was not paying as much attention as I use too during notes and not taking very good notes. In order to be successful during the second semester I need to relearn the good work habits I had. I need to continue to improve in areas that I have struggled in my whole life as well. I need to make sure I'm doing all my work and turning it in on time. I need to master my emotions so they can be used to drive me toward success rather than failure.

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  10. I learned that I need to come in to the science office more often when confused about something. There were several times throughout the semester when I didn't fully understand a theme. I could've come in to clarify my questions, but chose not to. I eventually understood the topics in class, but it put me in a rush to study for an upcoming tests in the class. I know during 2nd semester that I will have to go in for help when needed because all my classes will be getting tougher and I won't have as much time to study at home before a test.

    My goals for 2nd semester are to fully understand the material and get in the A portion on all my tests, because I know freshman year is the most important year for GPA. I will get to completing my cathedral by getting all A's next semester and having a 4.0 GPA freshman year. To meet these goals, I will have to work hard, pay attention in class, and come in when I need help. I can teach others around me that hard work does pay off, and even though you might have some rough days and late nights, you just need to keep you eyes on your goals to succeed in whatever you do.

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  11. First semester started out fine for me however I was unaware the new challenges that high school presented. I had to learn to manage my time better between school and sports so that I could be successful. My grades stayed as an A in biology throughout the semester however I do think that I should have spent more time studying before tests and used resources such as podcasts to help accomplish this.

    My goals for the second semester are to use more of my resources to help study for tests including podcasts and knowledge checks. My habits in terms of homework completion are good so I need to keep doing those things. My ultimate goal is to receive an A in this class however I think that if I focus more on doing work for learning and not just completion I will have greater success. I will reach the goal of receiving an A in Biology by continuing my habits from last semester as well as adding more resources to how I study.

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  12. What I learned from first semester is that my study habits are OK, but can definitely get better, I was scoring pretty well on the tests, but I really need to pay attention a little more and understand the concept better rather than just remembering things. I also need to take it one step at a time, but still look at the big picture. I finished just under an A last year, so I just need to work a little bit harder this semester to get that A. This was also my only class that I got a B in, so I am right there. First semester has taught me what I need to do for this semester to get that A.

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  13. Last semester of Biology, I learned from the first Unit Test that I needed to master the material taught in class in order to achieve the grade I desired on the test. For the rest of the semester, I was committed towards the goal of preparing for tests well in advance, and remembering to complete every Knowledge Check before the due date. In class, I would clarify topics of confusion and ask questions. At the end of the first semester, I ended up with the grade that I worked for. I learned that to be successful I had master the material, and I studied by watching podcasts and reviewing past Knowledge Checks.

    My goals for the second semester are to continue my good habits I established in first semester, and to participate in class more frequently. In first semester, I studied well for tests, and I would like to continue doing that in second semester. However, for second semester, I could move closer to the completion of the cathedral by participating in class more, and to eliminate missing assignments. I can teach those around me to work for the grade they desire. In second semester, I hope to improve upon first semester’s mistakes.

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  14. During first semester I learned a lot in this class about all of the different themes and the way life on this planet functions. I developed better study habits and looked to notes and podcasts when needed. I also became aware of the challenge high school is compared to middle school. I had to get accustomed to having over an hour of homework and over the semester I learned how to manage my time well.

    First semester went pretty smoothly for me so I'm hoping to take a similar approach and accomplish even more. I want to work on time management to relieve some stress for myself as an overall goal for this semester. I feel like by doing this I can show others around me it's possible to succeed without feeling and looking stressed. At the end I hope it's possible to get all a's and succeed like I did in first.

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  15. First semester I learned that I need to diversify the way I study and focus on things. I mainly focused on stuff I already knew and got better at that instead of focusing on things I didn't understand. I also learned that I need to come into the Science Office even if I understand something but just need clarification. Especially when I don't get a good score on knowledge checks the first time.

    My goals for second semester are to really jump into my work and be only focused on what's in front of me. Instead of worrying about too many things at once. Being able to relax and still do my best on all of my assignments is also a goal of mine. Homework, assignments, and tests I'm able to do well on. But I think that my test and knowledge check scores could be much better than they were first semester, so coming into the Science Office to get help is another one of my goals. My biggest goal though is to end the semester with an A. So that may mean finding other resources for help.

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  16. First semester I learned that I need to diversify the way I study and focus on things. I mainly focused on stuff I already knew and got better at that instead of focusing on things I didn't understand. I also learned that I need to come into the Science Office even if I understand something but just need clarification. Especially when I don't get a good score on knowledge checks the first time.

    My goals for second semester are to really jump into my work and be only focused on what's in front of me. Instead of worrying about too many things at once. Being able to relax and still do my best on all of my assignments is also a goal of mine. Homework, assignments, and tests I'm able to do well on. But I think that my test and knowledge check scores could be much better than they were first semester, so coming into the Science Office to get help is another one of my goals. My biggest goal though is to end the semester with an A. So that may mean finding other resources for help.

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  17. During first semester, I think that I was a lot less determined than I am this semester. I was more focused on just getting a good grade than I was on actually making sure I knew the information we were learning. I also didn't take advantage of being able to go to the science office if I needed help. This semester, I want to focus more on my learning and understanding of the topics we study. I want to make sure that I use the Science Department for help if I don't really understand a theme. I really want to finish with an I and I think by focusing more and being more determined, that I will be able to accomplish that.

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  18. One thing I learned during 1st semester was that I need to study harder than I ever did last year. After the first test this year I was not happy with what I got and I did what I did all last year. It was the first time that I had to do interventions and I knew my study habits had to change if I was to get and A. Even with changing them and working alot harder, I still got a B.
    My main goal 2nd semester is to get my first A in a science class in high school. To do this I will learn from concept checks and find the best way to study for me. I also want to make sure that what I do it shown on tests.

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  19. In the first semester of biology, I learned a lot about the building blocks of life and what biology is about. I learned about the reasons for evolution and what goes on in each of our cells. This information was specific, and will allow for a broader understanding of the topic this semester. Outside of biology, I learned that too much free time can be a problem and that if I get into a routine with something, I am able to repeatedly complete it.
    In this semester of biology, I will be interested in learning how the information I received first semester is important to our world and our health. I will try to think of the big picture more often, focusing on the relevance of the information I receive. I can teach those around me about biology in the projects that I do in the class, as long as I do them well.

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  20. First semester Biology I learned that how I think school is going to be before, it never turns out that way. This year has been much harder than freshman year and I've had a lot of trouble with school. I was never used to doing interventions freshman year because it was all so easy. This year I've already had to do two of them.
    In the upcoming semester I am going to focus much more on school, I am going to work harder than I ever have. Coming into this semester I have set a goal for myself to make it out without even having to study for finals because my grades will hopefully be so good. I'm not trying so hard for the grade necessarily but so I can have much more freedom outside of school, near the end. Last semester I had to work really hard in order to bring my grades back and had no time to focus on the things I wanted to do.

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  21. I learned how to dedicate myself to school, looking to the future, I learned that it may be so hard now, and it seems like the end of the world if I get a B in a class, but it isn’t. When I am 30 out of college with a job, my high school grades won’t matter to me. We make a huge deal out of grades when in 15 years it won’t matter one bit. What matters is the bright futures we have as young Americans.

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  23. I learned in first semester that I need to make a bigger deal out of tests and studying. In one of my classes I had a good grade, but I did not study that much for the final. My grade dropped a whole letter grade. I was disappointed with myself because I knew that if I studied that I could do better. Therefore I will plan on studying more for quizzes, tests, and finals.
    My goals next semester are to get more involved in the school and to get better grades, because higher GPA's will help me in the future now more than ever. I can teach my classmates what it REALLY means to be a good student, and to above and beyond with all of my schoolwork, homework, and everything else.

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  24. During first semester of Biology I did pretty well. I used the podcasts often and went back and reviewed the lesson from that day. However I found that my studying methods didn't work very well and struggled to find a good way to study without just memorizing the words on the page. Something I learned is that I tended to use the same studying ways even after a test and I knew it didn't work. I also found out that high school is much more independent and study guides aren't just given to you. I had to get used to the challenge of figuring out those kind of things for myself.
    My goal for second semester of Biology is to test out different methods of studying in order to find out what works. I also am going to try to carve out a larger time for studying and preparing. As well as not just studying the day or two before the test but more as the week before. I hope that this will help me to get a better understanding of the material that we have learned.

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  25. Last semester wasn’t the easiest at times but I made it through. It definitely wasn’t as easy as freshman year was. This year in Biology there are a lot more complicated subjects, and I wasn’t used to that. I struggled with remembering to do knowledge checks because I undermined the importance of them and how they could help me, which showed in the last few tests of the semester. Last semester I learned that I need to learn how to retain information i hear. I’m not the best at memorizing certain things, so that was difficult when it came to take tests or quizzes. I’m currently working on retaining information I learn, instead of just trying to memorize, be tested, then forget. I think that some of us tend to fall into that place where we aren’t trying to learn and gain knowledge, we’re just trying to pass the class so we can leave and forget about it. We want that high GPA and grades that our parents and relatives look at and say “Wow what a smart child”. I know I personally have done that, because it’s easy to believe that the grade is all that matters. At the end of semester I cared about the class, however I looked at some of my higher grades and thought “Wow I can fail the final and still have an A”. I wasn’t caring about anything I learned, I was just happy I ended with a good grade. I would rather this semester not be the same as the past ones, and I want to start figuring out how I can apply what I learn to my own life. If I have something to connect the stuff I learn to, then it will be easier for me to remember, and use later in life.

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  26. First semester I learned that biology was harder than I expected. I learned that reviewing notes and knowledge checks is a big deal. Without it, it’s hard to remember what we did that unit. I learned that if I’m not understanding a topic, I need to go in as soon as possible and get help. This is because once we start learning something new, most likely the previous unit will have something to do with the new unit. Without knowing what I learned on the previous unit, I’ll get even more behind. I have a few goals for this semester. My main goal for this semester is to get good grades. I can do this by studying hard and doing homework. I can teach other around me that working hard can get you to great places in life. I think that if we put ourselves a little more to school we can achieve what we want.

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  27. During the first semester I learned how organisms are built and how to understand the world around me. Without first semester I would have an extremely hard time trying to go through the rest of my science education. For this semester I would like to improve my explanations in my writing assignments. I believe that I can move closer to this goal by asking family and friends to look over my work to make sure that I am being specific. The wrong thing to do is to decide that you are wrong and move on, if you aren't sure then ask the teacher or your classmates, don’t doom yourself to fail by moving past a problem without fixing it.

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  28. During the first semester I learned how organisms are built and how to understand the world around me. Without first semester I would have an extremely hard time trying to go through the rest of my science education. For this semester I would like to improve my explanations in my writing assignments. I believe that I can move closer to this goal by asking family and friends to look over my work to make sure that I am being specific. The wrong thing to do is to decide that you are wrong and move on, if you aren't sure then ask the teacher or your classmates, don’t doom yourself to fail by moving past a problem without fixing it.

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  29. During first semester I learned that in the real world, you can't expect a way out of everything and that you can't just get things that you want for free, you need to work for them. I also learned good work habits to keep my grades high and how to study since I never really used to do that. High school has been so much different than middle school and although it's more work, it has been so much more fun and we have more freedom to do what we want and that someone won't always be there guiding you and its up to you to do things for yourself.

    In second semester I hope to continue my good grades and work and maintain a good GPA. I really want to put in extra effort this semester to have an advantage rather than be struggling to keep A's during the last weeks of school. Another goal of mine is to understand biology and other classes better instead of trying to learn everything the night before a test and then forgetting it when the test is done. Overall, I would like to improve my work habits and be a better student.

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  30. Last semester I learned a lot about how to prepare for tests. Reviewing the knowledge checks, watching podcasts, and checking over my notes were all helpful for my success. I enjoyed learning about all parts of the cell and why exactly they do what they do. I loved developing my interest in the all kinds of life.

    This semester, I would like to achieve the same grades as I did last semester. I am going to try to improve my homework habits so that I can make sure I get everything in on time without having any kind of stress involved. I'm looking forward to the rest of the year!

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  31. In the first semester of Bio, I learned that it was not a class that you can just ignore. It was a lot harder than science the year before. But it was necesary to prepare me for future science classes. I feel like I did well first semester, but for second semester I want to understand the material and get an A in the class. I think I can possibly enjoy the class more if I think of it in a different light because I originally just thought of it as just another class I had to take. But I have some good friends in my class and if I just enjoy and learn, it will be a better expierence.

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  32. During the first semester of Bio, I learned a lot about how important it is to make sure you pay attention in class and how much it can help you in the long run. Because of the notes that I took, when it came to studying for tests, I was able to find all of the information that I needed to study from. I also learned how important it is to make sure you find out what you missed if you were absent. There is never a day in Bio that isn't important we are always learn things that connect to each other and are vital.

    During to the second semester I again want to get a high A as well as make sure I learn and grow a lot as a student. There is a very simple way to achieve this and this is to simply try as hard as you can. You can't slack off, you need to make sure you put in work and study hours to make sure you can achieve your goals. I would like to help other students learn just how much it helps to just pay attention in class and make sure you take good notes. If you pay attention and work hard you will achieve your goals.

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  33. Last semester I learned mostly about how things roll in this school as a whole, but a lot of it from biology, because most of my other classes were not too difficult for me. I used this class as an opportunity to build efficient work and especially study habits for tests and other work. For second semester I want to force myself to actually work on some off hours rather than just browse the internet, and I think that would relieve a great deal of stress and worry.

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  34. In first semester I was learning a lot of the study techniques and ways to manage homework and other activities at the same time. Since I have no older sibling I learnt my way around the school and learnt the proper ways to study for each teacher's test. In biology I was able to use the podcasts and knowledge checks to further help my learning and I think it really showed on the tests! Also with the variable schedule I had to learn how to deal with my time and hope to continue getting better with that throughout second semester.

    During second semester my goal is to work harder and make sure to utilize all the materials I can. I would like to get a good grade this semester and know that the only way I will be able to achieve that is through hard work and learning. I would like to teach those around me to pay attention in class, learn and put in time throughout the semester. I think through determination and hard work as well as studying my grade will benefit.

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  35. In the first semester of school I learned the importance of studying and good note taking. I realized that when you have good and organized notes studying will become a whole lot easier and it will be more efficient. I learned that the knowledge checks are very important because they help you know what you have done right and what you need to work on for the betterment of your learning. Throughout the semester I learned a lot of different ways to study that ended up really working and helping through the tests.

    My goal for this semester is to really utilize the tools that are provided to help me. I really need to work on asking for help and going to the science department for it. I need to better my habits on homework and make sure that everything is in on time and that I have no late work. I need to ask for help when it's needed and be very patient with myself if I don’t understand. I also need to work on my focus, I need to think about my work rather than multiple things at once so that I can succeed.

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  36. Going into high school is a very new experience that helped me learn some new things. I learned that studying is needed for classes and you can't just mess around all class, you really have to pay attention and do your work. My first test really made me realize this and I'm glad that I've learned how to study.

    This semester I would like to get the same grade overall that I did last semester. I would want to do better on my tests though and really don't want to do an intervention again. I also want to improve on the timeliness that I do things, I just don't want to keep procrastinating. I really looking forward to learning even more about how life works the rest of the year!

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  37. Last semester felt a lot easier than freshman year. I learned that sometimes you need to relax about school and not always put it at the top of your priority list. With the right help and support, I was able to struggle a lot less than I expected in the beginning of the year. I also learned that you can’t like everyone, and not everyone will like you. Deep in the back of my mind, I knew that, but that idea really clicked last semester. You can’t exactly pick out who you want to stay in your life, but it is your decision on how you will treat them. The people you treat with love are the ones you’ll most likely see after high school. Morals of the story: take a chill pill once in awhile and choose your actions wisely.
    My main goal for this semester is to do more than the bare minimum. I think I took first semester a little too lightly, so I want to try to go the extra mile. I find it important to take advantage of the opportunities like extra credit or a redo on an assignment. These things don’t come very often, so I want to be a more diligent person about it. I don’t know what I can teach those around me. They only thing I have to say is as follows: do what you want in school, just remember you are responsible for your own actions and consequences.

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  38. Last semester my goal was to figure out what job I wanted to do so when the time comes I can prepare for whats ahead. Last semester taught me about what kind of person I am and how that impacts the type of job I want. Classes like Drawing and Drama really got me to express myself better and reflect more about what I want in life.

    My goal for this semester is to continue looking for a career I want and to challenge myself. I want to push myself to be a better person and push my understanding of the people I effect in my daily life. I want to do better in the classes I am in and work to get more than a B in all classes.

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  39. Last semester I found that I enjoyed simple times, when homework didn't pile up and get in the way of other things, such as hanging out with friends, going for bike rides, and having a relaxing evening. However I also learned that you have to do your homework on time and turn it in on time.

    This semester I fully intend on finishing my cathedral with hard work and dedication. Last semester may not have been great but this one will be great, because I will turn in my homework, and turn it in on time.

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  40. Last semester, I learned the best way I study and learn is for me to take handwritten notes in class and to keep organized. I should write down what questions i get wrong on knowledge checks so I know what i need to work on. I didn’t try as hard as I could’ve last semester and I’m upset with myself because I didn’t try hard during notes and the night before the tests I would cram and hope to get a passing grade on my test. This next semester I aim to get an A in the class, take notes in a notebook i’ll have with me at all times, and keep writing down problems I struggle with on knowledge checks. I aim to ask more questions on the lessons if I have them. I won’t cram on a test night and I’ll do the review guide thoroughly and ask any questions that come up when doing so.

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  41. Last semester I learned that science is hard for me. Some concepts I understand right away, others take a ton of practice and extra help. However, I also learned that I am good at getting that help. Whenever I just wasn't getting it, I would always go in, or send an email so I made sure I would understand. I did learn a ton about biology as well.

    2nd semester, I really just intend to continue doing what I did last semester. The one thing I'd change is doing more question asking, and really making sure I fully understand concepts before being tested on them.

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  42. My first semester at Arapahoe was sometimes a challenge academically and I learned how to manage my time and my grades. I had to adjust to having off hours, activities everyday after school, and having more homework. I learned my off hours are a great time to get ahead on homework, but I can't sit with friends or I won't get anything done. I learned balancing too many extracurricular activities can be overwhelming. I learned that in order to get my homework done, I can't procrastinate.
    This semester, I want to continue to manage my time wisely, but because I have two less off hours than last semester, I need to be more proactive during the time I have. I spent a lot of time after school last semester with my friends, so this semester I will finish my homework first so I am less likely to procrastinate. I can also help classmates who don't understand concepts that I understand. By doing these things I can not only help myself feel less stressed out, but help others as well.

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  43. During first semester, I learned that though science may be concrete- unlike English, for example- it can also be hard to visualize, and thus making it hard for me to understand. However, and more importantly, I've learned to cope with struggles like such. I've adapted to using my resources including Moodle, the science office, and past labs. I've also learned that I do best when I know dates and plan ahead while staying organized.

    During second semester, I'd like to think ab out what I've learned and how it can be useful to me outside of getting a good grade. In other words, I want to find a reason to WANT to learn, rather than feeling forced. This way, the information will stick with me even after the exams with the knowledge that the information will be useful another day. As opposed from last semester, I will continually review notes from last semester.

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  44. Throughout first semester I learned, that things aren't always going to come easy to me. In middle school I never really had to work that hard to do well, but now in high school I learned that if I want to do well I have to work for it. This applies in sports, schoolwork, and social life.

    During second semester, I would like to focus on being more organized. I am kind of a messy person, who's homework, friendships, and really everything are all over the place. This semester I really want to get it all together, I want to finish my homework on time and well, and just figure out a good schedule to keep it all moving.

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  45. During 1st semester, I was pretty successful in Biology. I maintained good grades and turned everything in. But by the end of the semester, I had stopped putting work into stuff and I ended up stressed out by the final. It wouldn’t have even been that hard to work harder on stuff, I just didn’t. So my goal for second semester is to work hard for the whole year because I don’t want to be stressed out for this final again. It’s going to be as simple as putting effort into all my assignments, and I encourage my classmates to do the same. All throughout finals week, I always hear people complaining about how stressed they are. Honestly, if you work hard throughout the semester, finals week is super easy because you have nothing to worry about. Hopefully, my attitude towards my goal stays the same until May, and I will have a more successful semester!

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  46. First semester I learned a lot about myself not only with what type of notes work best for me or how I learn best but with who I want to be.
    My goal for second semester is to manage my time better so that I can balance out soccer and school. This semester I need to be more responsible with work that I miss when I am absent and start to have better communication with my teachers. I want to have a positive mind set on everything this semester.

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  47. Last semester, I learned a lot about myself academically. I learned that I struggle with some topics, but do great with others. I also learned that I have to study for more than thirty minutes if I want a good grade. I was expecting first semester to be like freshman year, but I was wrong. Overall, I learned that it is okay to ask questions and get help from teachers.

    For second semester, one goal is to ask more questions and go into the science office when needed. Also, I could help others around me by answering their questions and adding my opinion when asked for. When collaborating, I could add my input and ask for my group/ partner’s input as well. My overall goal for second semester is to help others and myself. I want to be able to help my grades improve as well as others.

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  48. In first semester, I learned that it’s okay to go in and get extra help if you need it. Just because you need help doesn’t mean you’re stupid or dumb compared to the rest of the class. I also learned that time management is really important. Although I’m still pretty bad at managing my time, I definitely learned the importance of it so I can work on it more this semester.

    As for this semester, I want to be myself in the classroom. Though I can be quiet and shy around my peers, I’m actually crazy when it comes down to it. I want to branch out and cease my fear to be myself. I also want to have a stronger connection with all my teachers in every class, not just biology. For, I feel that if I do this, I can be more comfortable turning to peers and teachers for help when I need it.

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  49. During the first semester, I learned that although I can just squeeze by without really applying myself. But if I really want to do well this semester, I need to go all in and fully apply myself to school. I also learned that for certain classes, studying is necessary to do well.

    As for goals for this semester, I want to fully engage in class and school and be able to take away a better grade and a further develop skills such as studying and time management.

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  50. During the first semester I learned that I can make it through without working hard and not focusing in class, but it only hurts in the long run regardless of my grade first semester if I didn't learn anything then i'm only hurt.

    Goals for this semester I wan't to work hard and actually pay attention and learn the information and snot squeeze by, but actually getting a decent grade and learning all the information as well.

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  51. During first semester I learned more about what I’m stronger in and what I need to improve/work on more. I learned that I work better when I’m taking notes on paper rather than my computer I also learned that the more time and effort I put into my learning it shows in my grades. My goals for second semester are to really focus on my learning and bio. I want to go in and ask for help more often and try more things that can help me improve my learning. Something I could do different is when i'm studying I could study in a more quiet environment and ask more questions. I could teach the people around me what I learned and that you should always keep trying new things to improve yourself.

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  52. Something that I learned last semester was how to put myself first. A lot of the time I would do things to make other people happy, however I came to realize that i wasn't happy. I learned to focus on myself and I realized I wasn't happy in the place I was anymore. I learned how to put myself first and to not only take care of others but me. My goal for second semester is to keep growing towards the things I want to be. Starting at a new school has given me so many opportunities to start over and I plan to use those to make myself a better person. I want to teach others around me to learn to love themselves not because of what others think but because it makes them feel their best. By helping others realize that I think it will not only help them but me, in showing myself to continue to strive towards my goals.

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  53. After first semester I realized I was always focused on keeping a good grade more than actually learning the subject in class. My goals for this next semester is to focus and learn instead of just trying to pass with a good grade.

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  54. During the first semester, I learned a lot of new things. Along with all of the new things I learned in my new classes, I also learned new things about my friends and other people such as my teachers. Some of the things that I learned about my friends were bad things, but the majority of things that I learned were good things. The class which I learned the most in was definitely Biology. The class I learned the least new information in was English. I also learned that in high school, you need to do things on your own, and you can't always rely on friends for everything. My goals for the second semester are to keep my good grades, and spend more time going in to talk to teachers in the classes that I need more help in. The main thing that I can do differently is I need to spend a lot more time studying for tests and quizzes. The only reasons my grades dropped last semester were because I got poor grades on tests and quizzes. If I spend more time studying, I won't have to worry about my grades dropping.

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  55. 1st semester I learned about all the themes and how to connect them through glucose and other processes. I learned how to connect all of the themes and tie them together at the end with evolution were I could connect all themes to evolution.

    2nd semester I plan on learning how to connect and apply all of the themes to the project we are putting together this semester. I also plan on learning how to apply all the themes to the location we were assigned to study.

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  56. I learned in first semester not only new science subjects, but how to relate to others in a new environment. I came into my freshman year not knowing anyone, but then, I started reaching out. I learned that fostering relationships is not an easy ordeal, but by taking risks it can be done. I also learned that everything WILL be okay in the end.
    In second semester, my goals include finishing something. I'm notorious for a sparking an idea and never doing anything with it. To put it simply, I want to actually complete something I start and attempt to do something with it. I also want to work my hardest and not do the minimum, especially on my ecology project.

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  57. I was the first/second person when it came to first semester. I was doing my work, but wasn’t enjoying it, or excelling in it. I was just doing it to get it done and so I wouldn’t fail. I was the first guy because I wasn’t really knowing what I was doing, I was just doing it because I was told to do it. I’m also the second person because I didn’t give up, I kept with it, but I wasn’t the third person because I wasn’t happy about it and didn’t excel at what I was doing. This semester I want to be the third person. I want to learn and enjoy it. I want to be excited about every assignment and the things we are learning. I don’t want to be average and get another B. I want to get an A by actually enjoying and paying attention to what we are learning.

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  58. Something that I learned 1st semester was that I need to use my resources better for the 2nd semester and get help when I need it

    Some of my goals for second semester is doing better on my tests and turning all of my stuff in. I can actually use the study guides I get and go in for help to achieve my goal.

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  59. Something that I learned First Semester was that I didn't enjoy doing the work for science I was just doing it to get the grade. I was doing the work but I kept up and I didn't give up. Some of my goals for second semester is to get an A but enjoy what I'm learning.

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  60. I learned to stay organized and to make sure I am utilizing my planner to write down knowledge checks. I also learned about some cells and cell functions that I previously had only shallowly known about. I also learned how to conduct business as a freshman, and what Arapahoe is like.

    My goal is to have little or no missing assignments and maintain positivity. I can inspire people around me by always being and having fun, and keeping everything light hearted and not serious, but get more work done and not procrastinate.

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  61. First semester, I learned that procrastination is not always bad but it helps to reduce stress by getting things done ahead of time. I also learned by only focusing on grades you will never be fully satisfied. Focusing on the content of what you are learning is more important and in the long run will help your grades without letting them consume you.

    Second semester, I want to meet new people and go out of my way to make others day better. Also, I want to work harder in all of my classes and give it my all even if I don't want to. I want to focus on the end goal of setting myself up for success in the future.

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  62. Through the duration of first semester I learned that it is key to manage my time correctly, as well as not procrastinate to complete any assignments. Work will pile up if these actions are ignored, and I will feel pressured to complete all of the work in one night. I also learned that it is important to begin studying the material taught right away. This will ensure that I have learnt all of the concepts prior to the test. The goals I have for second semester are to focus more in class, making sure I have incredibly detailed notes, and that I utilize them as much as possible during studying. By not only completing required assignments, I will make sure to further my research on the topics we have learned, whether that be by listening to podcasts, reading articles, or watching videos. Instead of not always doing detailed work, I will fully and accurately do worksheets. I can teach those around me that that extra mile can always be taken to further your learning. It might take a little more time. But it’s worth it to see the result.

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  63. first semester I learned that you can skate by in school but the only problem with that is you cant skate by in life, you have to put 100% in everything you do.

    second semester I am going to put forth 100% in everything I do and to have C´s or higher in all my classes. I will do that by asking questions and actually going in to talk to the teachers about things I need help on.

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  64. In the first semester, I learned to check the class website a lot more and use the resources given to me by Mr. Craig.

    In the second semester, I don't want to miss any of the knowledge checks. I'll make sure to check the calendar before every class period.

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  65. In first semester I learned that you need to try your hardest throughout the whole semester. To I also learned you need to keep up with homework so your grades don’t drop.

    My goal for this semester is to keep up with assignments and to make sure my grades are not dropping. Also I don’t want to be afraid to come in and ask questions.

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  66. My first semester taught me that there are lots of different resources you can use to assist your learning. From seeing your past knowledge checks to see what you missed to listening and watching class material in the podcasts. There are lots of resources you can use to help you.

    Second semester I want to to expand my prior knowledge and I want to give all I can for the class. I want to try my hardest and I want to get all A's this semester. Last semester I had one B in math and this semester I want to maintain my good grades and improve till I can get all A's.

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  67. First semester I really struggled with staying organized and on top of my work. I realized that it will always be hard to manage sports and work and school but i need to set priorities, goals and parameters to stick by. My goals for second semester include no missing work and at least a B. I want to live up t my potential in bio.

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  68. First Semester I really struggled with keeping organized and getting my work done. I realized the importance of school and that made me put my all into my school work for the first time. Keeping on top of my school work has made me recognize I could be doing so much more with my life.

    My goals for the second semester is to get all my work in, ask teachers for help if I'm confused, Be more productive with my school work and my time in general.

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  69. What I learned from first semester is that procrastinating doesn't really solve anything, it only stresses you out when everything starts being due and you only have a couple of hours to complete it. Then everything starts to snowball into a huge ball of unfinished work and assignments. When you have to finish a couple of projects last minute you get no sleep and end up not putting the effort that they deserve in.
    Something i've wanted to do since last year but have always been too lazy to actually make myself do is to complete assignments/Homework as soon as it's assigned and not wait until the night before. Also I need to start making myself pay closer attention in my classes, I mean you’re in class for an hour anyways, you might as well make the best of it. To anyone reading, just do that thing you don't wanna do now, you’re gonna have to anyways why stress yourself out tomorrow.

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  70. First semester I had a hard time remembering when knowledge checks were due. I learned how to better keep track of my stuff.

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  71. Something's that I learned in first semester were that knowledge checks are meant to help you learn and help you study for tests or quizzes and not just for the teacher to see your progress because knowledge checks are not for the teacher they are for you and you only to reflect on and to help you have a higher chance of passing the class. Another thing that I learned was that the teacher is there to help you and you can come in anytime and get help during an off period from any of the teachers in the science department. My goal for second semester are to finish this class with a higher grade and the way that I am going to that is reflect on my knowledge checks and come in for help more often than I did in first semester.

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  72. 1st Semester, During first Semester I was lazy not only in class but also with my studying habits. I fell behind very fast and was trying to dig out of the hole I had created and I struggled with that. Then eventually I fell short of my ultimate goal because of the fact that I was lazy at the beginning of the year
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    2nd Semester, For 2nd semester I hope to continue to better my study habits in the classroom and outside it. If that means going over podcasts, looking at notes, or going over old Knowledge checks I am going to try and be on board. I think if I stay ahead of that and really focus on not being lazy I can achieve my goals set for second Semester.

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  73. First Semester I learned how to keep track of my work. I was having trouble remembering when my stuff was due. Later on I found out that i could use reminders on my phone. This really helped me remember what was due and what I needed to do.

    For second semester i want to be able to communicate with my teachers better. I want to be able to have the best grades possible. Overall Second semester will be a time for me trying to figure out skills that i need in order to become not only a better student but a better person.

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  74. A couple of things that I learned last semester were to keep an open mind about life and to keep and that it is important to have a hobby. I have learned that it is important to have an open mind because it allows room for expansion. If you never try anything new, then you will never know if something works out, whether it be a science experiment or a new food. I also feel that everyone should have a hobby that they are passionate about because I have learned that it really helps relieve stress. My hobby that I am very passionate about is playing guitar; it really helps me focus on something positive that I've created rather than the stress that life throws your way.

    Rather than thinking of a goal for just 2nd semester, I will be focusing on a more impactful, long term goal: making life more positive for people around me. I believe that we don't have enough happiness here at AHS and I would like to change that by being that light for someone who is in the dark. I have been that person in the dark before and luckily some people were there for me. Even doing something small like saying hello to a person that looks like they're having a bad day can have a great impact. I am very hopeful that our warriors can get behind this message and change this school for the better. Go warriors!

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  75. The biggest thing that I learned last semester was to not wait around to ask for help. That became a pretty big habit for me for almost all of my classes, and unfortunately gave some of the grades I had last semester as well. I also unfortunately continued to be a pretty big procrastinator, and waited until the very end to get a lot of my assignments done, that too costing me quite a bit. On the bright side of it all though, I did manage to learn a whole lot more about biology and how life works for different organisms and so forth.
    My biggest goals this semester are very simple, stop waiting around, stop procrastinating, and build better study habits for myself so that way I know I’ll do good on a test, instead of hoping that I do good on a test. I’ve had all these habits for a long time, and I finally feel that it’s seriously time to make a change if I want to go somewhere in life, because one thing I do know is that if I keep up with these habits, things will only continue to get harder than they need to be. Also, I want to show some pride in what I do at school. Lately, I’ve just been coming to school simply because I had too. I want to come to school excited and ready to have a great day.

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  76. During the first semester, I learned many things beyond just the science. I learned that stress and struggle definitely happen often, but it’s what you do about that that shapes you. If you let it get to your head, it will reflect in your grades, attention, interactions, and pretty much anything, including your attitude. If you take this out on friends, teachers, coaches, etc, it will only backfire on you Therefore, for second semester, I want to come to classes with a good attitude and a smile. Sure school is rough and not that fun, but if you keep friends close and have a good attitude, you can make it as fun as you want without hurting other people or yourself in the process. To be able to get to that cathedral stage, attitude is the only way. That is a big thing that I will do differently in the second semester. As someone once said, “a smile is contagious”. I think that this is 100% true and because I didn’t do a very good job with it overall last semester, I owe it to a lot of people to be a more positive student in and out of the classroom.

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  77.     I took a lot away from first semester. I expanded my learning about the human body. I learned new interesting ideas and expanding my learning on topics I had already been introduced to. I also learned how to better manage my time with my work given to us in the class. If I hadn’t learned how to manage my time better most of my assignments would have been late or not completed well. My goal for second semester is to end with an A and further my knowledge of Biology. Science is one of my favorite and also in my opinion one of the more important subjects in school. To achieve this goal I will have to pay constant attention in class, take good notes, and study not just before a test but throughout the unit.

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  78. There were a lot of things about last semester that I was successful on, and many that I could have done a lot better. Some things that I learned were useful to me were: always, even if it is completely boring, pay attention in class. Use different colors when taking notes, so I can remember the information easier on a test, and most the time I don't even have to study. Podcasts are so easy and extremely helpful to use, and I will continue using those in the future. Something that I learned and will definitely change this semester is to never miss a knowledge check, and take my time to do well on each one to get a good grade. Another thing that I plan to take more seriously is my time. Time management and procrastination do not go well together, and it creates a lot of unnecessary stress. My main goal in biology second semester is to learn. It sounds cheesy, but the class has by far been a breeze and so easy for me to comprehend. I just want to enjoy the time I get in class to learn all that I can. Science is one of my favorite subjects, and also one of the most important in my opinion. I plan to continue what I have been doing in class to achieve this goal.

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  79. I learned that my goals are more educational than personal. My goal for last semester was to achieve 3.5 Honor Roll, and I was unable to achieve it. I fell just short, but I learned a lot.

    The Idea of a fresh start is a second chance. A second chance is the option or idea to restart a past option. My goals of Honor Roll must keep ongoing, as it will help my future. The idea of building a cathedral is an idea, but in the future it can be an actual cathedral. The pressure is on the future, and ideas contribute to your future.

    Goals are just that; goals. Goals are meant to be achieved, but are more than often broken. But if goals weren't broken, would they be goals? If you don't set out to build a cathedral, is it a goal just to lay bricks? Goals must be hard earned, or else... They aren't true goals.

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  80. I definitely learned a lot from 1st semester. But, the one thing that I really learned is to stay organized and no matter what do not get lazy. There were times where I would go home go to work and come home and sleep and get lazy and have no motivation to do school work. I learned that even though you will get busy, you need to stay on top of your work other wise it will build up and soon enough it's time for finals and it will stress you out big time and you will wish you stayed on top of your work.

    My goals for second semester is to be more motivated and organized. I can move closer to that goal by sitting down and really working and stop being lazy and to try way harder. What I can do differently is writing things down in my planner and asking for help when I need it and stop thinking I can do things on my own all the time.

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  81. Last semester I learned that I need to procrastinate less and focus more on school. While I got good grades last semester, I felt like I didn’t earn some of those grades. By not procrastinating and focusing more on school, I can hopefully get better grades this semester. Last semester, I also learned that this year is a lot harder than last year was. However, my teachers are willing to help me with anything I don’t understand, and I need to take advantage of this more often. In addition, I also learned last semester that I need to find an equal balance of school life and my personal life. Last semester, I found that I was either doing one or the other. This semester, I need to focus on having equal amounts of school/homework time and personal time, especially on the weekends.

    My main goal for this semester is to get better grades and focus more on school. In order to accomplish this goal, in order to ‘build the cathedral’, I need to not procrastinate and go in and get help more often. By doing these things, I can get into a rhythm of better study habits, which will ultimately help me to stay focused on school. By me setting better academic standards for myself, I hope to influence others to do the same. I know that some students can be scared to get help from teachers or ask questions, but that is what helps us to comprehend subjects better. If I set an example of being an active and engaged student, hopefully others will follow.

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  82. I learned a lot of new things in my first semester of Biology. I learned what homeostasis is and how important it is to life on this planet. I also learned more about cellular division, even though I already had some good background knowledge about mitosis and meiosis from middle school. I learned a lot more about genetics, and protein synthesis was pretty much completely new to me. Even though we didn’t spend a whole lot of time on it, I also learned a lot about photosynthesis and cellular respiration and how the are related to one another. With everything I learned in the first semester, one of my goals is to learn even more in this upcoming semester. I also want to become better at participating in class and hope that the rest of my class does too. Overall, I’m proud of what I did in first semester and hope to carry the same attitude and habits over to this next and new semester.

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  83. I learned a lot about how being organized and managing your time becomes a more important thing as you get older. This became more evident as the football season went on. Me not managing my time well and staying organized became more of a problem when it came to homework and assignments. I learned that taking more time to be organized can help a ton with not forgetting about homework assignments the day before it's due. Managing time became tougher because there is always a want to hangout with my friends on the weekend and that got in the way of some well needed studying. So this semester I really want to focus on becoming more organized so that I don't miss as much as I did last semester. Also managing my time better on the weekends and less of spending time with friends, more studying or doing my homework the right way. I don't really think I can inspire other people with this but maybe remind my friends to just not hangout as much and focus more on school work.

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  84. I learned a lot last semester, most has helped me see the flaws in my past decisions. I learned that organization and writting homework down is key to being successful,when I failed to do these things I ended up falling behind trying to catch up. I also found out how much of a procrastinator I am, though I probably won't change this. Next semester I want to get organized and productive. I'm tired of having to catch up because of my poor late night decision to watch netflix. I'll try to do this by setting alarms to motivate me to stop what i'm doing, I could also try to refrain from getting on distracting sites such as netflix too. All in all I hope that I can help myself by organizing and managing my time in a better manner.

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  85. I learned that I really need to work on managing my time and figuring out how to finish everything in the right time window. I learned that if I don't come in for help when I need it I’m ultimately going to struggle and have a harder time in Biology than I would if I had gotten the help I needed. Some of my goals for this semester are to stay more focused on school work and become a better test taker in general. I have a hard time remembering a lot of information all at once so I also need to improve my study methods. I can teach those around me by sharing my past experiences that were not so great and help others and myself find the best possible way to study and do well in school.

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  86. I learned that school is more than just class. Its about a community that loves each other through hardships, and celebrates together during the great times. I finally realized what "Warriors Take Care of Another" really means. In terms of school, I learned that your hard work directly reflects in your grade. There is no other way to say it. If you do your best, your best work will reflect in infinite campus. Therefore, my goals are to step it up this semester, actually do my best. Because there was a couple times I slacked and I didn't persevere. My goal is to persevere all the way to the bell on the last day of the school year. This will help me build the cathedral because Im looking at the big picture. I would encourage anyone to keep each other accountable this semester. I am going to do the same and I expect my friends to also do it. Sometimes you need that extra encouragement to fight the voice in your head that tells you to procrastinate or blow off your work. Think of it like this: finish strong this semester as an arapahoe warrior, you will never get to redo second semester of sophomore year.

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  87. 1. I learned that doing well in the little things, assignments and turning in work on time really makes a big difference. I believe I could have gotten a much better final grade in bio if I did the little things. I learned that biology isn't was difficult as it sounds once you start understanding and linking the different themes together.
    2. My goal for second semester is to keep up on work although it can be hard with hockey and finish with a B in this class. I believe staying on top of things and studying will help me accomplish that.

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  88. I think that one of the most interesting things that I learned this semester was cellular respiration and photosynthesis. I really learned a lot in this unit and I had some really interesting conversations with my parents about it. What I mainly took away from that unit was the fact that what is produced by photosynthesis is needed for cellular respiration That then explains how plants make their own “food”. It was really interesting to talk with my parents about how I learned how our food is broken down and turned into glucose which can then turn into usable energy.
    I think that my goal for second semester would have to be to come in and get help connecting everything on a deeper level to make sure that I really understand everything. I of course would also love to get an A in the class. I think that something that will help me move on to building the cathedral would have to be to do my homework without procrastinating and not looking at it as working but an opportunity to expand my knowledge in science. Not thinking about how much homework I have in Biology and making it more positive would help me build that cathedral. I think that something that I could teach others is the power of working with others and using everyone’s talents and strong suits to the maximum. I also think that I could teach people to work hard but also ask and seek help when they need it. There is no shame in getting help if you need it.

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  89. Last semester didn't go exactly how I wanted it to but thats how I developed a different mindset which has led me to some great lessons in not only bio but in life as well. If life went exactly how you wanted it, then it would be so dull and pointless. It's like you would be living just to get through life perfectly. If everything went smoothly, no lessons would be learned, no person would develop independently, & no one would get a chance to show their true colors. In bio last semester, I wanted everything to go smoothly just so I could get through the class. When everything definitely didn't go how I wanted it to, that's when I learned the best. This upcoming semester I hope to be more focused and try to learn the material rather than just memorizing vocab words to get through the unit test.

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  90. Throughout First Semester, I learned many ways to improve my time management skills, as well as the consequences of procrastination. I also learned how to connect everything we had learned and are still learning in biology to the world and to each other. One goal for second semester is to be more organized with my work and study habits to obtain better grades in not only biology, but in other subjects as well.

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  91. A lot changed in my life from last semester, and I hope that I am a better person and student because of it. I was a horrible procrastinator last semester, and most times I did no work, but that mindset will not carry over into this semester. That “The H E double hockey sticks with it” mentality is not who I want to be. I’ve always strived to be the student that is always raising their hand to the point where the teacher doesn’t call on them anymore, because they know that student has the right answer. I know if I give 110% I can be that, which is precisely what i’m going to do. There is no excuse for what I did last semester, but I have learned way more than I ever have in my life between then and now.

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  92. I learned a lot this past semester in academics and in life. I learned academically like the building blocks of our learning for the year. We are basically learning everything that we will need later in the class and our scientific career. I also learned how important it is to write down your homework because you will forget if you don't. In the second semester I want to add on to my cathedral by taking in as much information as possible to grow intellectually. I also want to improve my studying techniques as well as the way I take notes. The thing I could pass on to my class mates is my organization methods. Adding on to passing on my organization methods is possibly managing my time as well as how I organize my time to be more productive to get the most out of this second semester.

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  93. During first semester, I learned a lot about myself. I learned a lot on how I study better as a student and how to stay organized with my school work. And keeping my homework and papers organized, and also writing things down in my planner. I learned I need to stay on track with my school life as well as my life outside of it, making sure I keep up with everything and I try to do my personal best at it. I set personal goals for myself this semester/year, and I wanna try to personally do better with every opportunity I am given.


    My goals for second semesters are to be a kind and more considerate of people and their presence. I want to personally, never take anyone that is put in my life for granted and to always be kind towards people. I want to be a better person all around, but a better student, in that case, looking out for fellow students, being mature and respectful towards teachers and being joyful and kind. By doing these things, I hope I can inspire others to be a light and joy in other peoples life.

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  94. I felt that last semester I was just going through the motions with my homeworks, labs, and the small assignments in between. I didn't feel that I was putting in the effort to learn the material as it was being taught. I thought that I would wait till the unit was over to start learning the information for the test. I think that it would be in my best interest for next semester to make sure all the little things are turned in on time, with my best effort and not depend on my test scores to bring my grade up. That way when I am doing my homework I am also learning the material therefore I will be more time efficient when studying for the test.

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  95. Last semester i felt that I had a good start, but then lost focus and I was putting less effort to class and now I would like to change this by completing HW/labs and turning them in on the due date. I didn't study as much as I should of for tests and it affected my grade and by noticing this I will try to focus more and study in order not to fall behind.

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  96. I learned a lot first semester. I learned that science discourages me often. I also should have studied a lot more than I did and asked for help. I spent a lot of my off hours doing homework when I should have used that time to ask for help. I also learned if you believe you can achieve. If you pursue you can succeed. I always say that "oh I want something" well you have to work for it.

    My goal for this semester is to pursue a good grade in Bio. In order to work for it, I will take notes and study them. I will ask questions about the things I struggle on. I will utilize my resources given to me.

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  97. The most interesting thing I learned in 1st semester was how minuscule cells are and how efficiently they work and move at such a small level. I also learned how important it is to stay on track with all the assignments and get them done on time so that I could be more organized.

    For this next semester, my goal is to continue to stay organized and focused and learn a lot more about the world around me. As I go about learning, I want to help my classmates by staying on task and helping answer questions that they may have. As I work with them, not only will my cathedral grow brick by brick but my friends cathedrals will grow to.

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  98. In first semester I learned that I’m really good at procrastinating and turning things in right before they are due. I learned a lot about myself and that I care deeply for everyone I meet. Even if at first I seem like I don’t care. I learned in Bio that I hate bio and learning about organisms because it really freaks me out. It scares me to think that some of those process are happening in my body all the time. But I also learned that I’m really good at the DNA sequences. For second semester I want to be able to actually begin to appreciate bio and really begin to understand. But I also want to become a better person, I want to become friends with more new people. Being in theater the spring musical is one of the hardest things I may have to do. I want to make it my best show yet. I also want to be better at getting my work in at least a day before it’s due.

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  99. In first semester, the biggest thing I learned about was keeping on top of homework and that not everything can be made up late or done last minute. I've always been bad at turning things in and doing things before they are due, and I'm still pretty bad at it.

    For this next semester, I'm really trying a lot harder to do my homework so I can stay on top of everything and not be struggling at the end of each semester like in my previous years at school. It's a lot of hard work breaking my bad habit of distraction, but I know that if I really try hard to stay focused on tasks little at a time then I can become better at school and live a more successful academic life.

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  100. In first Semester I learned that if I procrastinate I will fall behind in all of my work and dig myself a hole. If i procrastinate I will spend many early mornings and late nights trying to get out of it. In Biology I learned the basis of all living things and how they reproduce and the genetic processes needed to do that.
    This Semester I hope to end with good grades. I also hope not to procrastinate as much as I usually do but that is what I usually say and still do. I hope I learn more in Biology and have a good time.

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  101. In first semester I learned that its better to start on a good note and get to know your teacher, for questions and grade commenting. In bio I learned that the basis of all living organisms and how they can reproduce. Also I learned that the genetics process they need to do to be able to live. In second semester i hope to end with better grades than last semester and I really hope that I can show how I can be a good student and that i am not afraid to ask questions.

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  102. Throughout first semester I learned more in depth about the 5 themes. I’ve learned about most of them before but as we talked it over, there was more information to be gained. It was kind of nice knowing all the information presented in each theme. Also in first semester I made a couple new friends in my biology class. I remember the first day of school, I didn’t really know anyone. Now towards the end I can say that I know at least five more people than I did before, so that’s really nice for me.

    For second semester I feel like I need to stop procrastinating and get my work done the night it’s assigned. I’d like to achieve an A in this class again and I think this could be a good way to start. I guess a lesson I could teach those reading this is just, do your homework. If you do your work now, you will thank yourself later.

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  104. First semester in biology was like a roll coaster. There where so many ups and downs. Meaning either I knew something or I didn't. Science is not my strongest subject but I learned to take care of myself by going in and doing all of my interventions. My goals for this semester is if I am struggling is to get help. I want to make science one of my top strongest class but in order to do that I would need to get extra help with understanding the subject.

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  105. During first semester, I took school for granted. I just went through the motions of all my homework, discussions and papers. I also was really worried about the transition into high school and now that I know what to expect, I want to be fully emerged in school and my classes. In second semester, my goal is to engage and ask questions. I want to be present in social, athletic and academic environments. In this upcoming semester, I do not want to be afraid to put myself out there and ask for help from my teachers. I want to spread positivity and make sure everyone knows that they will always have a friend with me. In order for me to reach the "cathedral" attitude, I will need to show up and hustle in everything I take part in and always see the big picture.

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  106. In the first semester I I always prioritized my friends before school because I always thought if I didn't go with them I would be missing out on so much fun, but now I have realized that if I miss out its not a big deal. I also realized that my friends aren't as important as my school. I also learned that science was more difficult then I thought it would be but its also fun and I love it at the same time.This semester my goal is to try better in all of my classes and do better in my work and work harder. I want to be able to talk to my teachers without getting anxiety or being scared of what they are going to think or say. I need to ask questions when i have them and not be scared that im going to get judged by my questions. I want to get to the point where i can do all this with out struggling a lot.

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  107. In the first semester of bio I learned how important it is to pay attention and take notes.

    My goal this semester is to ask for help if I don't understand something and take better notes and listen in class and I hope ultimately I will get a better grade this semester than I did last semester by doing these things.

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  108. If I had to describe what I learned last semester, it would definitely be what NOT to do in order to succeed.

    My goals for this semester are to get help when I need it and pay better attention to lessons.

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  109. First semester biology was a breeze. I didn't really give it my all and I still preformed well. I have learned that just because something is easy shouldn't allow you to just get by. You have to put in the work no matter what.
    Second semester I am working towards pushing my self in bio, even if that means creating my own work outside the classroom.

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  110. The 1st semester in Biology wasn’t very good in terms of grade. I barely passed, but that’s not the point. I learned that time management was a key to success in school. Which last semester while I played games on my computer and took too many naps, was at an all time low. Though, in terms of Biology, I learned the material, somewhat…

    With that said, I hope to improve this semester. I have more off periods to get any work done as well as less distractions (somewhat). With this semester, I’m keeping my goal simple in trying to get a better grade than last semester. Which shouldn’t be hard if I pay attention and do the homework. I hope to do this.

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  111. The 1st semester of Bio wasn't one of my best. Although I learned more about how important time managing is and how important keeping well written notes are. With that I hope to improve in managing my time, Since we are doing a project I plan to manage my time and make sure I meet all the deadlines/checkpoints. I also want to push myself to learn more and not just go through the motions.

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  112. First semester learned that if I don't try or put in effort then I wont succeed and If i try and cram everything in the night before a test I 1 wont do very well on the test and 2 I wont learn anything. Last semester I didn't try as hard as I could have. I am a good student it's just sometimes I slack off and don't do my work or forget to study and then the night before a test I try to cram it all in and hope I get a good grade. This semester I need to study more throughout the semester and take good notes and do my work. I can do well it's just I just need to put in more effort and get my priorities straight.

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  113. First semester i learned how to plan better and stay organized. i started out very messy doing work whenever and it was very un organized and it caused a lot of problems. so i learned how to be more organized and efficient with my work doing it the night i get it and not waiting till the day before to finish my assignments. In the second semester i want to master this so that i can be on top of my grades and my work so that i don't have any missing assignments. and complete this cathedral with as little mistakes as possible.

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  114. First semester I learned a lot about my teachers mostly. I learned how to communicate with my teachers that I got this year. Which will help in terms of this semester because now if I need help, I know where to go for each class to get it. This semester I do not want to get behind. Last semester I got so behind that it was impossible to get caught up by the end of the semester. I am going to try hard to keep my grades steady throughout the rest of the year so I can be successful for my last semester of sophomore year.

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  115. The 1st semester in Biology wasn’t very good in terms of grade. I barely passed, but that’s not the point. I learned that time management was a key to success in school. Which last semester while I played games on my computer and took too many naps, was at an all time low. Though, in terms of Biology, I learned the material, somewhat…

    With that said, I hope to improve this semester. I have more off periods to get any work done as well as less distractions (somewhat). With this semester, I’m keeping my goal simple in trying to get a better grade than last semester. Which shouldn’t be hard if I pay attention and do the homework. I hope to do this.

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  116. My first semester wasn't as bad as it could have been. I'm not a strong believer in grades, but rather the learning that you experience. I felt fairly confident in all of my grades as well as my learning last semester. I feel like last semester I was a bit too preoccupied with the numbers on infinite campus rather than the knowledge that i had actually retained from those assignments. I never had that great of an understanding of most of the materials I had learned, but to me it didn't matter as long as I had the right grade.
    Although this semester is just about over, I still have goals that I wish to achieve. Having a good GPA is important, but life shouldn't be completely about work. "All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy." This semester I've learned more about myself as a learner and although I'm not as proud of the numbers on the screen, I'm proud that I can describe themes and information to people, when I hadn't been able to before. I'm still trying to fix my mid semester mistakes, and finish out the year strong, but no matter how this semester affects my GPA, I know that my long term goals are more important than my temporary ones. The, I'm not laying brick, I'm making a Cathedral, lesson applies to my life a lot. I try to have that mindset, but life throws things at you that can cause "construction" to stop. It's better to plan how present things will affect the future, but too often it's easier to get lost in the moment. Next semester, I hope to create a healthier medium. Getting my work done, while still living a life that creates a allows for a healthy mental state. I think that it's always important to try and do your best, and as long as that happens, the result of it doesn't matter as much.

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