I think that during the Thailand trip I demonstrated communicator and open-minded the most at the Thailand Trip. I demonstrated communicator by always talking to people in a good manner for example when I was learning jungle survival with my partner and we needed to get a fire, we went into the other group’s area and took some wood that belonged to them. One of their group members went into a rage and was talking quite loudly to my partner about how he shouldn’t take the wood and I managed to calm him down by talking normally and persuading him about how wood can be found anywhere. I demonstrated open-minded by considering other people’s ideas in Team Technology 1-2. Team Tech is basically you have to build something like a parachute that can hold a egg and not break the egg with a group. At first I only looked at my own ideas and thought about my own ideas but then when one of my other group mates came up with a great idea, I reconsidered and started thinking about other ideas that my group mates came up with like putting a plastic bag on top of the balloon and wrapping everything around the egg. I also did get to know someone new this trip and that was my instructor, his name was Charlie and he was a fantastic instructor. He was very considerate of our opinions and most of the time he was very energetic and he engaged with us(Students) a lot more than the other instructors I have come across in this world. I showed personal responsibility in this trip by taking care of my own things, I didn’t lose any thing during the trip and I had packed everything neatly in my luggage so that I could easily see if I had lost anything. Something that surprised me was my roommates untidiness. One of my roommate had slept in nothing on the bed, even the bed sheet was gone and there were a lot of dirty things that were on his bed and he didn’t care about anything. He just slept on his pillow and the next day he would wake up and pretend nothing happen. (His pillow also fell in the trash can). This trip didn’t particularly help me to appreciate nature particularly because only the hike in the area made me appreciate nature more. The scenery was awesome in the hike (We got to see into Myanmar) and we went into a temple that is well known around the whole world. I saw an amazing sight at the tope of the temple and saw into mist and fog far far away which made me think of the Hobbit where the main character says “I’m going on an adventure”. The community and service activity made me think about how these kids could live because the conditions are poor at the school and just all round very hard to live in those conditions. I hope that I could actually revisit the school and build more for the school to improve the conditions that they are living under.
2. I do agree with the verdict because I am actually part of the jury that decides the verdict. First I agree because the verdict stated a point that the defense could not cover which was that one of their members were proving “His Lab Partner” a incredible scientist because he couldn’t state the postulates of KMT and he couldn’t state the movements of the KMR which was supposedly a basic “Know It All” for the people in the class. Second reason the verdict is correct and KMT is guilty of tricking us (In the court case, Not in real life) is because they had one flaw which disapproved with what the KMT was saying and like they say, it only takes one flaw to make the whole thing a little bit faulty or incredible. Third reason is that the defense side (Defending KMT) didn’t put out as much incriminating evidence as the prosecution side, the prosecution side put out a lot of good evidence about the salt and ice lab. For example questioning why the temperature still dropped to one of the witnesses. The fourth reason is that as I said earlier, a lot of the defense scientists were proved incredible because of their lab partners being not able to answer some questions.
3. My job was to be a jury member and listen to evidence presented to us by the prosecution side and the defense side. I think I fulfilled my responsibilities by talking with my team and delivering what we thought was the final decision if KMT was not guilty or guilty. I also considered evidence of both sides when the jury members were discussing the verdict and didn’t look at the evidence in a biased way (I am on the defense side by the way), I pointed out all the evidence that both sides have delivered to us and I considered each piece carefully and finally with all the other group members voted if KMT was guilty or not guilty carefully.
4. If I had another choice and could re-choose my role I would still be one of the jury members because I like being the kind of person who has power and think about how I can change the outcome of the whole court case. Its also fun debating with your team members about who won and talking about how a team won.
5. I learned that KMT can be proved by so many things with different experiments but it only takes one piece of evidence that does not follow what KMT is saying to prove KMT wrong. For example the Salt and Ice Lab was one of the main pieces of evidence pointed out by the prosecution side that decided the final verdict of if KMT was found guilty or not guilty.
6. I think that I improved as a scientist by learning about all the other things that KMT talks about like at first I didn’t really have a clear understanding of why we were doing all those labs but now after everything is done (The Trial, All the experiments) I now know how KMT is proven and how KMT is not proven by the experiments like the salt and melting ice lab.
1. I think that I would fall between 2-3 in the stress and learning scale because I got mostly everything the teacher taught me but some important concepts like how to multiply and divide decimals was a concept I was unclear with and had to go look up myself. I mainly got most of the concepts and I was fairly comfortable with fractions because I learnt most of the things about fractions already.
2. The part that was challenging about the fractions and decimals unit was showing decimal values because I was unclear about the decimal values and didn’t really know where the thousandths, hundredths and tenths units places where. For example on the test about fractions and decimals I didn’t really know where the tenths place and the thousandths places were.
3. Well my effort was reflected that I put in a OK amount of effort in because the test results weren’t that bad, the only part that I have to improve in is the reflection part because I got a reflection part totally wrong and that part came back to me and took down half of the full grades I could have possibly gotten if I answered the question correctly.
4. I didn’t particularly like any activity at all, the activities were all overall ok and not that bad.
(Screenshot of Part Of Project)
We have recently finished our summative task for the book The Other Side of Truth. The novel was actually a good book and I liked how the novel showed that not all people are helpful or happy to help. For example when the main characters in the novel went to another place and were looking for help on the streets, nobody helped them until a generous foster family took them under their wings and let them live there for a couple of days. I also liked how the novel really described the outside world and places of corruption, it showed what the world was like and how the government can be as ruthless as ever. I disliked how the novel didn’t have a happy ending, the ending made me feel like the people in the novel should get justice, and not become what happened in the ending. I applied my knowledge from the novel to my project by actually thinking about the answers the novel gave me and try to answer our summative question which is “Why do people take extreme risks to leave their home country?”. I also applied my knowledge by thinking about what my project and the novel’s similarities are. For example my project was on North Korean refugees and I was pretty much thinking about what do the North Korean refugees have in common with the main characters in The Other Side of Truth. For the project, I liked how we had a broad choice on what we could use to answer our question, that you didn’t have to stick to very narrow choices to answer the question. I also liked how the project was more creative than most other summative tasks like writing a essay for humanities or writing a test for science. I disliked how the project needed a voiceover because I always stumble on my words and I don’t like to hear the sound of my voice in a recorder. I think that I contributed a fair amount to my (Partnered) project because I wrote 4/7 of the script and had a lot of research as well. Overall this project was fun and I really hope that I get a good grade because who doesn’t!!!
Coming Attractions that will be here soon in April 2013:
2. A movie that will be coming soon.http://www.vimeo.com/65015565
We recently had a design day which is were I (students) do a lot of things about a subject of designing. For us it was Humanities.
1. I liked that the design day pretty much was interesting and wasn’t as boring as I expected it to be because at first I thought design was just hearing about designing and other things like how to design. But now I have a much more thorough knowledge about design.
2. I wish the design day could be a little bit more clear because some instructions that were given to us (students) was not very clear like something about tabs in websites and all that other kind of stuff.
3. What if the design team could try to shorten the amount of talking done because the amount of talking by teachers was quite a lot.
I have recently finished my Authors Choice presentation which was quite easy for me, at first I was having trouble with creating the presentation but the presentation was quite easy. The authors choice presentation is basically a thing where we write a story and make a presentation about the choices we made. I didn’t really learn any new skills from the Author’s Choice process and presentation because everything in this presentation only needs skills that I have already learned. Although some of the parts was quite easy, thinking up about what to write was kind of hard in my presentation because I couldn’t think of anything to write about. At last I just decided to write about my failures in my story. Overall this was a fun project and I enjoyed presenting my choices to my classmates.
- What did you like most about our Patterns unit?
- What did you like least?
- What do you think you learned really well?
- What questions do you still have?
- Why is the study of Patterns important? How has it or can it help you in life?
Our class of mathematics have recently finished the unit of patterns and number sequencing. The thing I like most about the patterns unit was that the patterns unit was fairly easy because I have already learned it before. Most of the equations were only just operations and was not very challenging. The thing I like least was learning about story problems because we had to make our own table and had to do a lot of other different things like having to graph the problem. I didn’t really learn anything because I have already learned all the things the Pattern Unit was covering already. Since I already learned everything, I didn’t really need to ask any more questions about this unit. The study of patterns is important because without the study of patterns, nobody would know nothing about patterns and nobody would even figure out patterns, if nobody studied patterns a lot of great things wouldn’t be there like morse code.
Recently in science we individually had to make a bird in science class which was a big part of my assessment. I generally thought I did ok, my work outside of class was very sufficient because I did a lot of research and I spent a lot of hours on that assessment. I also thought that I used my time effectively during class because I again spent almost the whole class working on this project and researching on this project. Overall I thought that I managed my time very wisely because as I said earlier I spent most of my time working on this project and researching about this project. If I were to start over, I would use more scientific vocabulary to explain about my bird.
Strengths Of The Bird:
-Body Structure and Texture
If I were to do this poster over again, I would have used the C.R.A.P Principles much more and I would have made a lot of changes on my poster. The first change would be to make my background, arrow and words more lighter because I seem to get a few comments on the background, arrow and words about how I can make those things lighter to make my poster more attractive, clear and easy to read. Secondly I would delete some words on my poster like “Unless Its Ok To” in order to make my message more clear. Thirdly, make sure everything is pointed at the right place before I submit my poster because some readers didn’t know where the arrow was pointing at.
The best design features of my poster judging from the comments I got were the mouth to ear feature. There were a lot of comments about how that was good and there weren’t any negative comments on that, my other features like the words I put at the bottom had a few negative comments about how it made the message unclear and the background also had a few negative comments about it, thats why I chose the mouth to ear feature. In my own opinion I thought the background and the arrow was my poster’s best feature because I thought it really stood out and made everything clearer, seem more attractive and more creative.
My poster should be considered for the publication by the USSC because I think that my poster conveys a message that appeals to all audiences and that my poster fits the requirements for the design brief made by the USSC/Mr. Rahman. My poster also uses the C.R.A.P principle and my poster is creative and easy to understand.