Sunday, April 24, 2016

Final Genius Hour Post (number 7)

This is my final blog post regarding my genius hour project.  Overall, I’d say that I was satisfied with my work.  I would have liked to have gotten more responses (I received 55) but I sent it out in every way I possibly could. I knew a lot about my project from the beginning but reading and annotating definitely broadened my knowledge.  Also, by doing some sort of action research I learned a lot about what were the problems in my school, and it was very interesting to see. I am proud of my survey since I think it hits the key points of what I thought would be affected by sleep.  I am also very proud of the presentation that I made since I spent some time making it and it is very pleasing to the eye. One of my main challenges was analyzing the survey data and trying to draw conclusions.  Since only one person answered they were at the recommended amount of sleep, I didn’t have much to compare my results to.  Also,  all the data was all over the place, it wasn’t necessarily like everything I read about during my literature review. Since the data didn’t really turn out how I expected I couldn’t really do what I had planned to do when I first started the project.  I had to adjust and just have my peers be my audience.  By giving my class presentation and posting the link online for people to see I think I am reaching the people I now intend my project to be for.

Here is the link to my project and presentation.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Blog Six

This is my sixth blog post. I have been very wrapped up with a second genius hour project that I started my surveys late.  I am still waiting on my teacher to approve it so I can then post the link in various groupchats and online on Twitter and Instagram. Through my literature review I have made up questions that I think will address the current problems. I am curious to find out if my personal hypothesis will match the outcome of the survey.  I am very very excited to get started and can't wait to share my results with the rest of the world. My survey has questions such as how many hours of sleep do you get on an average weekday, what factors contribute to your lack of sleep, or ability to get the recommend amount of sleep.  I also ask questions that have been shown to be outcomes of sleep deprivation such as unhappy mental state, catching up on sleep on the weekends, napping after school and many more things.  I hope you will enjoy what is to come. :)

On a side note, I am presenting with a couple of classmates and my teacher at a conference about how we use technology in our classroom. It has been a really fun experience despite getting scolded for not answering a text message promptly and giving up half my off periods the past two weeks.  I will blog about it after it is over to elaborate on the experience.  (PS I am excited about the food.)

I procrastinate so instead of doing my homework at a normal time I am doing it now, on a Monday night at 1:30 in the morning. I am blogging about sleep wishing I was asleep as I distract myself as I watch a pathetic true life episode. #UCBerkbound #DreamsIllNeverAchieve #Goingtosleepnow

Check out the annotate bib I just wrote:

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Post Five

Since my project deals with high school students, it will be very easy to send out a survey and get feedback.  The survey will be on a google forms, so it can be shared and accessible by a link.  I plan to post this link on various communities, and send it out to my friends.  Since many high school students are busy and lazy, I don’t want to make the survey too long or intimidating. I plan to ask simple questions such as how much sleep they get on weekends or weekdays, what factors they think contribute to their lack/gain of sleep, and a few other things.  Overall I think it should be concise and to the point.  I haven’t found one particular person that I have decided to contact as my expert, but I definitely have options that I am going to look into. 


Monday, March 7, 2016

Reflection 3/7

My goal for the #GeniusHour project is to find a solution to the problem about sleep deprivation in teens and eventually make an argument for implementation of these solutions. I want to learn as much information and statistics as to why teens are getting nowhere near the recommended amount of sleep; and how this affecting their health, safety, education, growth, etc.  I haven’t found a definite expert but I did read an article which mentioned a doctor heavily involved in the current research and I am hoping to contact him for his input and opinions on the issue. My next steps are to contact this expert or a blogger if I can find one (since they are more likely to respond).  I would very much enjoy conducting my own little survey in OHS asking students how many hours of sleep on average, and what factors contribute to their ability to either get the recommended amount, or what makes them unable.   

Maddy's all smiles because she sleeps 24/7. :D

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Literature Review One

The current generation of high school students are more sleep deprived than ever. 87% of high school students get less than the recommended nine hours’ amount of sleep per night. Most of these students' biological clock is being pushed forward, forcing them to fall asleep later.  Early school start times force students to wake up early, engage in an intense and long day of learning, even when research has suggested that focusing and learning on a small amount of sleep is much harder than if one was well rested. Not only is sleep deprivation linked to poor concentration and grades, but it is also linked to mental illness and heightened stress. Then these students believe they can sleep into the afternoon on the weekends. This assumption is a common misconception. There is no such thing as "catching up," in fact it only worsens their ability to sleep on school nights.

I am jealous of my dog because she sleeps more than I do.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Schools Holding Kids Back From Full Potential

Another thing that bothers me is that in elementary schools, children who excel are being held back from passing what the standards are for that level. For example, in a math class in third grade, a child may take a day to understand the concept but other children may need more time. The child who learned in a shorter amount of time has to stick around instead of learning the next topic.  Kids are being held back from reaching their full potential, so they are unable to keep advancing at the rate they can handle.  Students should not be forced to keep learning the same topic, rather after they grasp one concept, and then are able to move onto the next. Students who do well in school should be moving at a faster pace.  In most schools, especially in mine, there are only programs to help students catch up if they are behind.
My expression in elementary school when my teacher wouldn't               let me start multiplication. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Teens Love and Don't Get Enough Sleep

What really pisses me off is the fact that teenagers do not get enough sleep due to an abundance of homework and early school times. Teens in high school have 30 minutes to over an hour of homework per class a night. If they are taking an average of seven classes, that’s up to seven hours of homework.  After school, some teens work a job or have a commitment to sports, not to mention eating, showering, religious responsibilities or family time. How is a teen supposed to stay on top of their homework and get the recommended eight hours of sleep?  In the teenage years, the biological internal clock shifts forward, resulting in teens naturally falling asleep and waking up later.  Waking up around six every morning in order to get ready for school five days a week is unhealthy and takes an emotional and physical toll on these individuals. The sleep deprivation of these students makes them sleepy in class and less able to focus and not able to learn the content being taught.
This is me sleeping in class as usual. #2018sleepyhead