My Image of Greatness was Mikhail Gorbachev. Mikhail Gorbachev is a former Soviet leader and he ended the Soviet Union along with it's communism. I believe Mikhail is great because communism was a terrible thing, and he took a stand and took it down. I admire how hardworking he is, because even now, he is 86 years old and still a politician. When he was a kid, he was constantly working his father's farm, and he excelled in school. I grew as a learner in this project because it was the most difficult project we have had to do in probably my entire middle school career, so it really made me think about what stuff is going to be like in high school and college. I grew my public speaking skills as well because we had to present a memorized bio-riddle in front of about 150 people. I think the most challenging part of the unit was memorizing the bio-riddle and then having to present it in front of so many people. I think the one thing I would improve would be taking more time to prepare my food. We all had to bring a themed food for our presentation, and originally I was going to make Pelmeni, a Russian dumpling, but stores around town only had Asian dumplings. If I had taken an extra day or two to make my own Pelmeni, I could have done that. Instead, I ended up bringing pickled herring, which is another Russian delicacy. Something I would do differently would definitely be how I presented. I got quite nervous and I was fiddling with my hands a lot. The best part of the Images of Greatness celebration was the field trip. It was so much fun being able to go out with all of my best friends and spending time learning at the museums we went to. We also watched a really cool iMAX movie. My favorite educational part of the field trip was the iMAX movie. It was called "Dream Big: Engineering Our World" and it was about engineers of the world and all the different impact they have. It was really interesting to me because engineering or architecture are two things I definitely want to do when I grow up and I'm out of college. I think I learned the most at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. There were many exhibits about the Civil War, World War 1, and many historical aspects of Iowa. It was really interesting to learn about how involved Iowa has been in U.S. history.
The above picture is of all the kids on our field trip, I am the fifth one from the right in the gray hoodie with my arms crossed. One thing about the trip that really surprised me was how fast it went. We were there for almost two whole days and it only felt like an afternoon. It made me pretty sad knowing that this is the last big field trip of the year with the GOAL kids. One of my categories on the paper we wrote from the art museum was my favorite piece of art. I really liked a piece called "Red Planet "J"" by H.C. Westermann. Below is a picture of it. I really like this piece because of how abstract it is. Abstract and colorful art like this piece has always interested me. There are so many
together, and how many different things there are going on in it. I also really like it because it kind of gives off that mid-1900s sci-fi feels to it, like something from an old movie. The final part of the trip was an event called the "Escape Room." It was pretty much a breakout box, but it is life size and you have to find a bunch of clues
and answer the correct code into a keypad to open the door. My group and I escaped from our room. I think a big part of why we escaped was our communication. We were all communicating very well with each other, and we helped out when someone needed help. My favorite part of the trip was the escape room. It was really fun because we had to put all our skills to the test, and when we all came together we were able to escape. I love things that challenge my brain, and I would totally go back to the escape chamber. Since we only have a few weeks left of eighth grade, our days in GOAL are running out. I think the best part of GOAL is the many different projects and weird, fun things you will learn about. Mrs. Edlin is a really great teacher, and I'm sure everyone else in GOAL would agree. Some advice I would give to students about how to be successful in GOAL is to always try your hardest and have a growth mindset. These, in my opinion, are the two things you absolutely need to succeed in GOAL, and ultimately, in life. Something I would warn students about is how challenging some of the projects can really be. The researching phase goes by SUPER fast, even though you may have a whole two weeks. You just need to always be prepared for whatever school throws at you. Something students should be excited about is the amount of fun we have in GOAL. Our field trips are easily the best in the school, and the students in GOAL are all very well rounded, making almost every aspect of the GOAL field trips and things we do in class fun. People in GOAL also tend to understand each other better, since we have been in these classes for four years together. One thing I will definitely miss about GOAL is Mrs. Edlin. She really made this class what it is with her insanely good teaching skills. Mrs. Edlin is also funny, and really nice. I will also miss the nice, fun environment in this classroom. With GOAL being my favorite class, it will be really hard to forget this class, because it was pretty much like a second family. I will miss everybody in this class, including Mrs. Edlin, and I hope even though we might not have this class we can all still stay close friends.