This week had a long weekend! Yay! I worked on A lot of studying to make up for it though. I worked on a bit of world history on Khan Academy, where I learned about WW1 and WW2. I also found out about the Battle of Midway, and I watched a video about it. I also looked at checking if a series would converge or diverge. Other than that, I worked on studying for a Science 8 final test.

I learned about WW2 and I actually really enjoyed learning about it! I think it was fun because so many things happened, and so many people made small decisions that could have changed the war. For example, in the Battle of Midway, there were so many decisions, such as “when to send out the carriers” or “where to attack, and what if the enemy isn’t actually there”.
I also learned about WW1, and I learned about how the war started. It started because of the group that assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. Then people got angry and then the war started, basically.
I learned about how geometry can be used to create beautiful shapes. For example, you can tile the plane with a hexagon, and it can tile the plane infinity, which means that you can have an infinite number of hexagons, and they fit together perfectly.
I learned about how to classify series using an integral. For example, the integral check tests if the series
1 + 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + …
converges (comes to a single value) or diverges (goes to infinity).
I studied for the Science Final Exam.
And finally, I worked on a Tetris game! It was actually pretty challenging because I had to do a 100% pen.

LC Response

Hi Ethan,

Thank you for your final Observing for Learning of the year!

It does sound like you packed a lot into the week with Tetris, math, science and learning a lot about World Wars I and II. The spark for WWI does seem like an astonishing reason for starting such a massively destructive conflict — there were certainly a lot of complex tensions between countries in the lead-up to Ferdinand’s assassination though. Even more mind-bending to me is just how much WWI changed the world politically, socially, culturally, technologically, economically, environmentally…

I agree that hexagons are cool. They always make me think of beehives!

I’m keeping this final response short again as I complete your Year End Summary.

I hope your Science test goes well.

It’s been a joy working with you this year Ethan, and I wish you the very best on your new school journey next year. Have a great summer!