MND Question

How do our emotions influence our perceptions of the world around us?Consider these ideas: How do we act when we’re in love / angry / ecstatic? How do we see the world differently in these states?

When we are angry, any minor inconveniences can seem like huge conspiracies planned against us. For example, if the barista gets your coffee wrong, it could seem like a huge deal when you’re angry where as it might not seem like anything at all if you’re in a good mood. In the same way that others actions can affect the way you feel, your actions can affect the way others feel. If you are in a really bad mood and you don’t hold the door for someone, or you don’t wave back at someone from across the street, it can affect their mood. It can cause them to become angry, or sad, which can cause them to affect someone else’s mood, and so on. This relates to A Midsummer Night’s Dream because when Titania and Oberon argue, the world is affected. When Titania says “Have every pelting river made so proud / … And this same progeny of evils comes / From our debate, from our dissension. / We are their parents and original.” She is saying that because her and Oberon are arguing, the human world is falling apart (2, 1, 76 – 100). The temperatures are dropping, the fields are turning to mud, and the seasons are all mixed up.

However, when Helena is in love with Demetrius, she can’t see anything but good things about him. Even though Demetrius says “Do I entice you? Do I speak you fair? / Or rather, do I not in plainest truth / Tell you I do not, nor I cannot, love you?” she continues to follow him through the forest because she is so blinded by love that she has lost control over her emotions (2, 1, 184 – 186). When Helena and Hermia were talking about Demetrius, Helena said “The more I love, the more he hateth me.” which shows that she loves him even though he doesn’t love her back because she is too in love to care (1, 1, 199). This is an example of your actions affecting others emotions because Helena is making Demetrius angry by following him around.

In depth Introduction

For my in-depth project this year, I am going to be doing guitar! I am very excited about it, as I have been wanting to learn for a few years but haven’t found enough time. I decided to do guitar for my in-depth because I wanted to finally have something to motivate me to learn to play. I got a guitar for my 12th birthday after learning a few simple chords in music class at school. However, that year I had also started two extra dance classes and school was getting much more difficult. I tried to teach myself little things on the weekends, but it started going downhill when one of my strings broke. I didn’t have time to go in and repair it, and by the time I got it fixed, I had lost my motivation to play. Not even a week into this project, and I already can’t wait for the final presentation when I can present the skills that I will learn over the course of the next few months!

My mentor for this project is my moms friend from work, Nick. I met him as well as his wife and three year old daughter over the winter break, and found out that he played the guitar. After he had left, I asked my mom if she thought it would be a good idea for me to ask Nick about being my mentor, since I was having trouble securing one. She thought it was a great idea, and so did he! I am so lucky that he is able to be my mentor for this project, because he only lives 45 minutes away, which is an acceptable distance to travel every two weeks. We will also be communicating via Skype and email.

In conclusion, I am extremely exited to formally begin working with my mentor on this project, which is an amazing opportunity to learn a skill I am passionate about. I don’t have very much time outside of school for extracurricular activities other than dance classes, and since being able to play guitar has been a dream of mine for a long time, I can’t wait to finally get the chance to learn from a professional.

Doc Of Learning #3

What is a specific source of information that you have found valuable in answering your inquiry question? How has it proved valuable? Explain.

The most valuable piece of information I have used for my project is a survey I conducted with the students in the TALONS class. I asked questions about body image, and I received the answers I needed to complete my project to the best of my abilities. The survey gave me the specific answers I needed that were up to date and extremely helpful for my project. I was able to ask whatever questions I needed to, which made it easy to gather the information that I needed. All of the information fits perfectly into my project, and the questions flow nicely so that I don’t randomly start talking about one question seemingly out of the blue. I believe that if I hadn’t decided to conduct this survey, my project wouldn’t be complete and it wouldn’t be personal enough. The survey definitely makes my project more interesting, and it is helpful to know how many people are struggling with body image issues, people our age in this year.

Doc Of Learning #2

Describe the ups and downs you have encountered to date in your inquiry. Specifically, when you were frustrated or struggling in your inquiry, what did you do to address the situation?

The biggest struggle I went through to date is not finding any helpful online surveys or data that was relevant to my project. I was hoping to have a few charts detailing how significantly impacted we are by the media, but I couldn’t find enough to gather helpful information. I spent almost an hour looking for surveys, but none fit in to my project the way I needed them to. The way I decided to overcome this challenge was by creating a survey of my own. I decided that the only way I was going to get the information that I needed was by collecting it myself. Once I conducted the survey, I posted a link to it on Facebook. Almost immediately, I felt relieved. I knew what steps needed to be taken next, and how I would be able to accomplish them. After creating the survey, I had an “up” period of time. I wasn’t stuck, and it was just smooth sailing. When I encountered the next problem, I tried to do a similar solution. If I don’t like what I see, go find something better. I think that initial problem ended up helping me a lot with my project.

Doc Of Learning #4

What new questions have come up in your inquiry? Will you include these in your final presentation or might they be saved for future research or assignments? Do these questions help narrow your focus or do they distract you from your original proposal?

I have many questions that I have come across along the way, that are all tiny branches reaching away from my big question. I want to be able to incorporate all of them into my project, however I know that I won’t have the time, and even if I did I would go off on a tangent and my original question would never get answered. One of the next things I need to get done to move forward with my project is deciding which sub questions I will touch on in my project and which I won’t. The only problem is, all of my sub questions relate directly to my big question, which is why I have been procrastinating on cutting some out. I think I have decided that I will use as many as I can in a rough draft of my presentation, and as long as they tie together well, I’ll keep them for the final copy. And maybe if I have some extra time at the end, I can incorporate another small point into my project if I have room.