Paradigm Shift

write about a significant paradigm shift in your life. It could be an event, a book, a person, a learning experience. Reflect on how life/perspectives have changed and what it means to you now.

Recently in class we have been learning about paradigm shifts in peoples lives. Mostly paradigm shifts by people who were in the war. The definition of a paradigm shift is basically a fundamental change. In drawings, a paradigm shift can involve illusions. Here is an example of one;

In the 1960’s, Thomas Kuhn used the phrase “Paradigm Shift” in his book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn used the duck-rabbit optical illusion to demonstrate the way in which a paradigm shift could cause one to see the same information in an entirely different way.

Paradigm shifts can occur in many different things. Drawings, writing, pictures, and even people’s lives. I’ve had many paradigm shifts in my life. Many of them were good while others were bad. Here is an example of one of my shifts in my life…

As a kid I didn’t think moving would ever happen to me. I liked where I lived. I was born in Boston Massachusetts and didn’t stay there long enough to remember much. I remember that my school had the biggest pool and the library was so cool looking and I remember that I had a bunch of friends and the school playground was my favorite but that’s about it. I don’t remember my teachers name but how could I? I went to school in Boston for 1 or 2 years. It was so long ago I don’t even remember. After Boston, my family and I moved to New York. Within New York, I went to two different elementary schools. For the first school (I forgot the name) I went to the school for 1st grade. My teacher, a name I also have forgotten was a amazing teacher. I loved all of the students in my class and field day at the school was the best. I still have a shirt from field day that year:

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And the initials on the back:

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After staying at that school for 1st grade I moved again and went to another elementary school called “Eugene Auer” it was a great school and I loved all of my teachers and my school principal. The house I lived in, in the beginning was so nice and I became friends with my next door neighbors who were near the same age as me but younger or older. I stayed at Eugene Auer the longest out of all the elementary schools. I had stayed from 2nd-4th grade. Sadly, I moved again to Cos Cob Connecticut where I live now. This was a paradigm shift for me because I didn’t want to leave so sudden and move. I hated moving. I just wanted to be in one place and stay there. I also actually liked Long Island New York, where I lived in. I liked the people, the school atmosphere and everything about that part of New York. After moving from New York to here, CT, I spent 5th grade at the Cos Cob school. It wasn’t the best year, everyone in my class were very different. I had less friends and I didn’t know everybody like I did in Eugene Auer. I honestly liked the schools in New York better than the elementary school here but I survived. High school was an even bigger paradigm shift because I didn’t know even more people and my anxiety began to grow more and more by the second but I’m now in 10th grade, in Innovation lab, and I’ve made it this far, I actually think it’s not that bad here.


Learning About The Nitrogen Cycle

The most important part of the Nitrogen cycle is the Bacteria. Bacteria helps the Nitrogen change between different areas of the cycle so it can be used. When Nitrogen is absorbed by the soil different bacteria helps it to change areas so it can be absorbed by plants. Animals get their Nitrogen from the plants. For us, people, we need Nitrogen to make amino acids which make proteins and our whole body up of DNA and RNA. DNA is a molecule that carries most of the genetic instructions used in the development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms and viruses. RNA is a nucleic acid present in all living cells.

Nitrogen in plants is used to make proteins. They take in Nitrogen as Nitrates from the soil and they can’t absorb Nitrogen from the air. In what form is Nitrogen taken into a plant? ‘Nitrogen is taken into a plant from the Nitrates. Mutualistic is the word to describe the relationship between the plant and the nitrogen fixing bacteria. The Microorganisms that turns Nitrogen into gas into Ammonia is called the Nitrogen Fixing bacteria. Nitrifying bacteria can convert Nitrites to nitrates and Denitrifying bacteria can convert ammonia into Nitrates.


The Nitrogen cycle relates to my STEM Air, Soil and Water Project by the whole set up. The fertilizer is going to have Nitrogen in it and it’s going to affect the Nitrogen Cycle. To Grow more crops people have been transforming Nitrogen from the atmosphere into Nitrogen fertilizers and then adding the fertilizers to the plants. This has been a little successful, letting people farm on lands that had not been as productive in the past, and to produce enough food for growing populations of people. But, fertilizers are overused and that can cause big problems. Nitrogen from fertilizers sink into soils, often creating conditions that favor the growth of weeds. Nitrogen then washes into waterways, causing a surplus of nutrients, a situation called Eutrophication.

Leslie Yager Visit

A few weeks ago a Journalist named Leslie Yager came to our Humanities class and talked to us about her articles she has been writing for a few years. She wrote many articles about our school; Greenwich High School, Dog Hounds, and stuff all around Greenwich Connecticut. She started writing about how dog hounds treated the dogs and how the dogs were helplessly waiting for somebody to adopt them.Then she started to expand her writing and started writing about more things that people might not hear on the news. Some examples may be new opening stores, things to do with politics, sports, and many more.

At the time we were learning about Muckrakers. In some sort of way, Leslie was a Muckraker journalist. She went out and experienced how news reporters find their information and published things and little details that the news may not have covered. She wrote things like how the law catches up with a Greenwich man who was charged for driving with a suspended license. This may not mean anything to some people or be relevant to anybody but to some it may show that the Police Department in Greenwich are becoming more harsh and you should be careful on the road. Also it is good to be aware that driving safely with your license up to date and that you are aware of the police and other cars as well. Not all police cars have to look like police cars. Take this picture for example:

Some cars may look like this and they would have the ability to turn off the lights so it looks like any other car on the road.

Other than that article she has written multiple articles based on the Greenwich High School. When I had had my first Orchestra concert in the new auditorium, she went and took a few pictures and wrote an article on it. I think writing about things you see is good. Not only so that you have that memory of it but for others to get to know things that they may not have been able to be there for or just to get more information.

If you were wondering, Leslie’s website is: