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According to the Multiple Intelligence Test, I learn well in many categories, excel in one, and bomb another. I learn extremely well in Kinaesthetics, body smarts, which is no surprise to me because I love working with my hands and I like doing things physically. I failed on the word smart category, which is also known as Linguistics. I am not surprised at this result because I am horrible at explaining myself and my vocabulary is not expanded. I apparently learn best by using visuals and working in groups, which is no surprise, because I enjoy our class discussions. It gives me a chance to see what everyone thinks so I can compare their thoughts to what I am thinking. Over the first semester, I am really proud of maintaining an A in the class, and by keeping up my A, I have learned more. In my family, good grades are a big deal, and I want to make my family proud by showing what I can do.

Paul Leara

Learning Style

Throughout the first semester, I think that the most challenging part of Mrs. Sartorio's History class is being able to apply facts and knowledge she teaches us from our brains to essay questions on tests. History is no longer just about memorizing facts and dates, but rather using that knowledge to put pieces of history together piece by piece. I believe that with more practice, I can get better at applying my knowledge rather than memorization. Just like anything else in life, if you practice, you get better. That is the only way I can think of improving my skills to write and expand on essay topics on tests. If I practice, then I will grow as a student, mentally and confidentally. My writing, vocabulary, and speaking will improve if I focus on thinking things through and applying facts.

Challenges in the Classroom

So far we have learned that Democracy has shaped the way we live in the United States on many different occasions. At the first stages of our country, when Great Britain still controlled the colonies, two minor forms of democracy arose,the Mayflower Compact and the House of Burgesses. These agreements, both founded by colonists, stated that "we, the people, will make decisions on our own and for our own benefit." This limited the king's power, thousands of miles away. This way, the people voted on issues that were discussed. The Mayflower Compact was drafted and signed on a ship, and the House of Burgesses was held in a building in Virginia with a more organized manner. Either way, both groups voted on issues by the people, for the people. Later, before the Constitution, a bunch of wealthy well-respected delegates got together and came up with the Declaration of Independence. This document was the beginning to a long road called the Revolutionary War. It stated that we were separating from Great Britain and becoming our own country, made of free men with the three basic rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


By doing this project, I have noticed that everything we do has a purpose. Not just a chronological order of events, we tie everything to a theme, or to a reason why an event happened, or to what would have happened if that event did not happen. Even if something does not directly relate to a theme we study, there is always a way to relate it to something we can learn about.

The Declaration of Independence: a trademark in our history. As you can see, all of the delegates are gathered around, in a serious tone, and looking to change a country for the greater good.

The Mayflower Compact: a first step to Democracy. All of the men are signing the document, making it official. See how everyone has a voice in the matter, no matter of social or economic status.


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