Kaitlyn Warlen

February 2016 Student Portfolio

English 1

Along with discussion of Renaissance writers, the class read a historical novel set in the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci. Inspired by early Italian fairy tales, they wrote and illustrated one of their own. Kaitlyn sometimes is reluctant to explain what she's thinking. I'd like to help her to learn to, express herself more forcibly. She is moving from writing in a linear, narrative style; toward one that is organized, layered, and argument-based.
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Pre-algebra students have been progressing through 1 and 2 step equations, algebraic reasoning, creating problem solving models, rates, ratios, proportions, and linear relationships. They have been working with Get the Math online program that provides them with real world situations. Students have helped music artists and fashion designers with their day to day math problems. At first Kaitlyn had some difficulty solving ratios and proportions without being cued but, after enough sample problems she has been able to solve more questions correctly. She is able to remember the steps to solve equations and to create models but still has some difficulty with computation accuracy. She is encouraged to check her work with a calculator after she has worked it out. Kaitlyn benefits from understanding how these math concepts are used daily and this motivates her to understand the math problems.

European History

Kaitlyn works very hard and she is a good student. She has become more self-confident and actively participates in class discussions. We will be working on developing her expository writing and presentation skills for the rest of the year. We will concentrate on writing structure, development of a thesis, using evidence to support the thesis, and formatting (citations, bibliography, etc.) as she develops her individual voice.

We have finished our unit about the Enlightenment philosophers and we will begin a new unit about the Holocaust. The students will be learning about the use of propaganda and its impact upon the people of Germany. We also will read Night, written by Elie Weisel. The unit will prepare our students for a field trip on Friday, March 31st to the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, the Wolfsonian FIU Museum, and a performance of the opera The Passenger, which is about the Holocaust. At the Wolfsonian FIU Museum, the students will be participating in a program that includes examining artifacts that were used for propaganda during WWII.



In this class students are learning about Acceleration, Buoyancy, and potential energy. We have built boats with different materials available. We took the boats to the pool to check if it will float or sink. It is a pleasure to have Kaitlyn in my class. We worked with formulas for buoyancy in which she has some issue in the start but after solving a few problems she was able to understand and do the rest of the problems. I will be working with her closely to further enhance her education.

Latin 1

The students assessed themselves by translating thirty lines containing all of the new forms they learned in this unit. They are now completing an essay and artwork based on the major deities of the Roman pantheon. Kaitlyn's sporting competitiveness comes in handy when she's translating Latin along with her classmates. She is lively and attentive. This semester I saw Kaitlyn reach and surpass a benchmark in the learning of this inflected language.
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Pre-Algebra Arts Integration

To compliment their Pre-Algebra lesson plan, we are looking at the use of a systematic grid- a predictable repetition of squares and how that can be used to create a universal image. The Egyptians used the grid system to assure that the figure would always be depicted the same way- in it's most ideal proportions. This lasted for 3000 years and introduces the notion that a math formula can equal beauty/truth. The Greeks and Romans embraced this as well as the Renaissance artists in the form of the Golden Rule. We also use the grid transfer to accurately enlarge a design, as in theatrical backdrops. Kaitlyn did a great job with her proportional grid transfer. It was a great exercise in evaluating and then recreating the relative relationships between shapes and values. And also in building confidence and showing what is possible.

European History Arts Integration

We are following up their studies of the Golden Rule and the Renaissance with the use of Atmospheric, Oblique, and Linear Perspective- 1, 2, and 3 point. We will create drawings from the different vantage points and see how it effects the narrative of an image.

Kaitlyn's Update

Total Documented Community Service Hours: 12

Kaitlyn currently has logged:
2 absences from Pre Algebra
2 absences form English Class
2 absences from Latin I
2 absences from Physics
2 absences form European History