LO7 – Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions

Through my CAS project of volunteer teaching, I was made aware of the consequences of my actions. I knew that teaching english would be difficult for not only me but also the students involved, so I had to often consider how much the students would actually take in given what we taught. I knew that on one hand, if I made the class entered around topics that couldn’t yet be grasped, it would essentially be pointless, but on the other hand, if it was too simple, they would be taking in information that they already had, hence also being useless. I knew that through my prior investigation into the backgrounds of the students, a large part of their learning would be related to the use of Mandarin to explain the ideas (as they came from different parts of mainland China), so by occasionally using Mandarin for explanation as well as forcing them to use as much English to articulate their points as possible, they were able to improve their understanding and speech of English and taking away the most from my classes.

LO6 – Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance

Through my volunteering experience as a teacher at the New Home Association, I believe that it was because of the issue at hand: a lack of education and a lack of ability to communicate in our present world. The students (aged 20-50) arrived in Hong Kong in search of better lives: better education for themselves and their children, better jobs, standard of living, etc. However, they were missing one thing: a mean of communication. With english being an integral part of Hong Kong, it was crucial for them to understand, if only the basics, of english in order to survive in their new environment. As I was a teacher, I believe I was teaching for a great cause, benefitting the lives of those in search of better lives, and has allowed me to develops awareness and responsibility towards a shared humanity.

LO5 – Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

During my CAS project as a volunteer english teacher, a lot of my job consisted of collaboration and discussions with multiple parties in order to improve the class. For one, I had to collaborate with my partner when planning every class, with things such as how to go about teaching, whether it be verbal or written, what to teach (often debating the skill levels of the topic: my idea of telling time on the first class was too difficult, and upon reflection  my partner’s idea of teaching the students basic greetings was a better option, etc. ), or even certain logistics of where and when the class would take place. This allowed us to fine tune the class and allow the students to take in as much as possible from their limited time with us. Not only that, but as teachers, after every week we would ask the students individually what they liked and didn’t like about our classes. We received verbal feedback such as the topics being too repetitive, or that some concepts such as grammar was too difficult to understand, my partner and I made sure these points were addressed in the next week’s class. We would often scrap ideas entirely in response to that feedback, as that was what we thought was the most important aspect of this teaching: allowing the students to get as much out of it as possible.

LO4 – Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences

I have shown commitment to my CAS project and to extracurriculars, such as school clubs and outside sports. For my CAS project, I try to organise classes (albeit for different students) when I have a school break. Regular classes is just not realistic given the challenging schedule of 12th grade, but I still try to make the most out of my time on the holidays. The classes take roughly the same format: teaching basic english topics to refugees and immigrants staying in Hong Kong, around 2-3 times per week when the classes do happen. Through the school club, particularly the business club, I was able to show my dedication during the club when trying to set things up for the family fun fair. As I was the product sourcer, I spent countless hours arranging details with the supplier of our product (water bottles), as well as sorting out logistics for payment and delivery. Though there were many barriers along the way (for example our school requiring a receipt of the order and the supplier going dark for a few weeks), I was able to stick by the club and sort the whole thing out, resulting in a successful family fun fair booth and sale. Though my schedule will only get busier from here, I hope to be apart of these activities for as long as possible.

LO3 – Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience

For my CAS project, teaching english to new immigrants and refugees in Hong Kong, the CAS stages were something that were demonstrated to a great degree. Investigation required me to contact the New Home Association, the place at which I would be teaching, as well as get background information on those that I would be teaching. This was closely linked with preparation, as I could plan lessons accordingly. Learning that the students were mainly from mainland China and knew little to no english, I knew that the classes had to only contain the most basic information, but was still necessary (such as telling the time, or buying groceries). Not only that, but I had to book the venues at certain times in order to organise the class beforehand. Next was the action. To actually teach, I involved a partner with me who had some experience with volunteer teaching in order to smoothen out the lesson. As well, they were more fluent in Mandarin than I was, so that allowed our ideas to get through to the students more easily. An hour class is conducted around 2-3 times a week, and has allowed for the students to gain a better understanding of the english language. I have reflected on the fact that our education is very important and means a lot in the real world. The people that I have taught have often come down to Hong Kong from mainland China in search for a better job and better quality of life, often as farmers or without much education back at home. It goes to show how privileged we are because of this, and that all types of people exist in this world. It also made me realise the importance of being a teacher, and how they are highly necessary for many people in this world. I also believe this has helped me with my planning and leadership skills, as I have been an integral part of making this happen, starting with little to no knowledge about teaching and leading a class to going and teaching 2-3 times a week on a consistent basis.

 

 

preparation, action, reflection (ongoing) and demonstration,

LO2 – Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills

A challenge that I have recently faced is with running. Previously not being in the best shape, I decided to change this and as a result, aimed to run on a regular basis. Starting off little by little, every week I would increase the distance by 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and so on. Over time, this allowed me to run for a longer period of time without getting too fatigued, and has also allowed me to increase my pace. However, starting off wasn’t the easiest thing to do. I knew it was going to be a huge commitment, taking out 30-60 minutes out of my day everyday during a packed last year of high school. Because of this, I developed my determination and perseverance skills, making time when there was little to just go outside and run (no matter the weather, no matter the time), and as a result has gotten me to where I am today.

 

LO1 – Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth

As I believe part of the high school life is rooted in extra curricular activities, I have tried out many different sports and activities over the years. Through these activities, especially through the swim team I was apart of, a strength I have found in myself was endurance. Not only physically, but mentally as well, having to push through tough times and to win at all costs. Apart from sports however, a weakness that I have identified in myself is the ability to change. Normally content with what is comfortable in my life, I decided that progress was not going to be made like this. As a result, change has been a focal point of improvement for me over the past few months, and I have been working on this through trying to going to the gym and running daily. This has not only improved my perspective on trying new things, but has also shown results both through stress level management and physically. I believe that I am on my way to bettering this aspect of myself, and with university life coming soon, change will soon be inevitable.

Historical Writing

Is it possible for historical writing to be free from perspective?
It is impossible for writings of the past to be free from perspective. There will always be bias depending on the writer. For example, if conquerers of England made the Bayeux Tapestry, we only get the winning perspective of the event, and perhaps facts that may hurt the conquerer’s image would be omitted in the end.

 

Is it a problem that it might not be free from perspective?
It is an issue, as historical information tied to a perspective would render it biased and untrustworthy. Because details are omitted if one particular party documents information, it is hard to know what the truth really is and how it differs from the recorded data.

Intuition

  1. What is intuition?
    Intuition is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. It can be described as a “gut feeling” as well.
  2. What is system 1 and system 2 thinking?
    System 1 thinking is essentially effortless, quick, instinctive thinking, whereas system 2 thinking is effortful, slow, logical, processing of information.
  1. How could you incorporate system 2 thinking into TOK?
    For certain activities that we have done in the past such as optical illusions or awareness, we can incorporate this system into making our brains fully process the situation around it. For example, instead of just looking at an optical illusion and saying the obvious answer (which is often wrong in optical illusions), we can take a step back and look at the other possibility, that there is a more correct answer, although it may not seem like it at first. This is the same as the awareness tests, where instead of focusing on what they want you to focus on, for example the ball passing, we can use system 2 thinking and recognize that the main focus is not what they want you to focus on. Thus, we are able to see more of the bigger picture, for example the moonwalking gorilla.

IB Retreat Blog Post

After attending the IB retreat from September 1st to 2nd, I believe that I learned a lot and developed myself and adapted it better. I believe the small seminars in the house groups were particularly effective as I could focus better in smaller groups. I managed to take away quite a lot from those seminars, and especially liked the talk with the alumni. They provided great tips, as well as cleared up different rumours about the following two years of IB and also lightened up the mood, making IB seem less daunting. This relates to the uncertainty theme present in the retreat, as I was able to take away a lot of useful information that I was uncertain about or had half the answer to.  I think the main reason I liked their talk was because we could relate to them, and they are essentially in the position that I will be in 2 years from now.
Another thing that I enjoyed was the stress relieving portion, with the main one being Mr. Lobo’s yoga session. I was able to set a new mindset and change how I thought about not only IB in general but everyday life as well. The theme “peace and mindfulness” was explored thoroughly during this 20 minute session, and I think relieved a lot of stress. During the beginning of the year, I tend to have some anxiety about the year that is ahead, worrying about how difficult it may be or how much I will have to do in comparison to last year. After attending this session however, I learned to control my stress levels more effectively and make myself more effective.
One of the talks, which involved Mr. Aldridge and  universities helped me a lot in deciding what to select for university. A key point I took away from that was to not always aim for the best and hardest universities, but rather the ones that you will be able to do very well in and stand out of the average crowd. If you do average in a good school, it may not mean as much as doing exceptionally in a less challenging school but gaining scholarships and different opportunities in relation to how well you do. I think this activity really helped me sort out a different list of colleges to apply for in the future. Compared to before, I would always want to apply to the best sounding college (most famous), but after this talk I realise that may not always be the best decision.
The last thing I really enjoyed was the poverty simulation on the second day at crossroads. We basically had to make paper bags out of garbage, and that mimicked the lifestyle of people who actually do this job on a daily basis and earn less than 25c USD per day. It really puts into perspective how privileged were are, and how difficult life is for the people who live like this in 2×2 sq.m houses in slums all around the world. Particularly, I liked the speaker as he was very motivational and passionate about this topic and really made me care a lot more about this topic. I recommend this simulation to anyone that attends crossroads in the future.

Service Post

I helped the community by doing charity work for the elderly by giving them gifts, teaching underprivileged kids english, as well as partaking in the Fiji CAS week trip by building a usable road for an underprivileged school.

1. How did I become more aware of my own strengths and areas for growth?

I believe that through the activities, I am able to be understand the community around me and through communication with the elderly people, I believe I am quite good at interaction and communicating with others. Through this, I believe I am more sensitive to the world around me.

2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?

I believe that the service itself is not too challenging. I believe sometimes, the challenging part of the service was actually talking to the elderly, as some of them may have trouble hearing and understanding what you say to them. Also, there was a bit of a language barrier as they spoke mainly cantonese and I did not speak cantonese too well. However, I was able to overcome this by trying my best to use my language skills to communicate with them.

3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?

I organised something that involves me teaching underprivileged children english. The children are often from poor backgrounds, and teaching english would greatly benefit them and the wider community. I organised this by sending out an email to the organization saying that I was interested in teaching the kids, and got in contact with their mentor.

4. How did you persevere in action?

I aim to continue doing the service that I do in the future for years to come, and wish to help the community continuously. For my action, during my CAS trip I had to do manual labour and helped lay down cement and build a sustainable pathway from scratch. Due to this, I am able to see the full process of road building and just how difficult it is.

5. How did you work collaboratively with others?

I think that I had to collaborate with others on many occasions. First off, for the outside of school community work such as the elderly home visit and teaching the children english, I had to use different languages in order to communicate with them and cooperate and coordinate how I was going to do the service, including dates, content teached, where I am supposed to teach, etc. For the CAS trip, we had to work as a big group to see what tasks needed extra help on, or what could be done so that we were all of use.

6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

I think that through teaching the children especially, I am able to see the different backgrounds different people come from, and it is really striking to me. I realise that I am very privileged, and should give back to others. I think that through teaching children, I am able to connect with them as people and able to relate to them. However, there were some linguistic challenges that were encountered with the children, as some were not proficient in any language I spoke, so rather than speaking to them, I would rather show actions, act out certain words and that way, the understood the meaning.

7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

Overall, I think that what I did has helped out the children by making their lives and education journey easier. I think that ethically, it is respectable and I did not really do this service to look good, I just liked to give a helping hand to those in need. Hopefully, my actions have a positive implication on other’s lives and I wish to keep doing what I do in the near future.

Music Composition Final Reflection

In music class, our most recent task was to compose a minimum of 24 bars of our own melody. We achieved this by using an app called Finale 2014, and everything was made from scratch. As I had nothing to begin with, I had to look for inspiration. I immediately thought about how songs related to human conditions, and thus composed a song representing life of humans. Contextually, humans have 3 periods in life: childhood, adulthood, and elder hood. I can represent the different aspects in the music by using an ABA form. The two A’s are sections in the piece that are quite similar (same tonality and key signature in my case) and can evoke the same mood. the B part, however, is between the two similar parts to show a turning point in the piece. I thought that by using this template, I could also represent how someone could start off as a baby without any knowledge, and as the song approaches the B part, it symbolises that the baby is growing up into teenage years, and then adulthood. In the B part, my tonality changed from minor (A) to major (B). Following adulthood, the song would slow down and turn back into a more serious mood, changing again from major (B) to minor (A), relatable to someone’s life slowing down from their peak years into their elder hood. This inspiration helped me come up with structure and an idea of the flow of my piece. I believe my piece demonstrates creativity because of many elements I have incorporated into the song, with a main point being dynamics as I had varying dynamics throughout. When section A was about to transition to section B, there would be a crescendo. Pairing that with a now major tone gives it a bright mood and feel to the piece. Then, from section B back to the second section A, a decrescendo is present, giving it a more solemn mood. Also, the chords I used give a solid enforcement to the main melody, emphasising the instruments and ideology of the piece. I wanted to go for chords and notes that flowed well with each other, unlike other genres such as jazz using dissonant chords often. I chose not to do this because it would ruin the mood, and clashing notes would not sound as good.

 

Self evaluation:
I believe that a strength of my piece is that my inspiration can be quite clearly seen in the piece itself. There are clear sections that can be easily told apart, and I have used the different elements (chords, major/minor, dynamics, etc.) to emphasise the parts effectively. The structure of the piece is also quite good. There are smooth transitions, and as a piece itself, the ABA structure organises the melody quite effectively. The A parts could be matched up together a bit more (have more in common), but I did not want to basically copy the first A part, add a few notes, and call it a conclusion. Another weakness I have is being able to identify different chord tones. I had to take extra time to figure each one out, and I may have even left out a few or gotten them wrong. I can improve this next time by practicing more and reviewing the old worksheet’s notes.  A weakness that I have is that my piece may contain too many solid chords from the piano’s left hand portion at times. Personally, I believe I can work on my harmony between the chords. I think that there may be too much of an emphasis on the chords at times, and they can be too dominating and may overpower the main melody. I could make it flow better that way. Also, I think that the slurs give the piece a good shape and nice phrasing, and I think I did that part quite well. The last thing that I think I could improve is that I could make my piece longer. However, I was not able to think of other ideas relating to what I had already, but more of the piece could improve the song’s pace.

Process:
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When starting off, I had to decide on the core fundamentals of my piece. This included the key signature, the tempo, the time signature and the instruments. I did this by first thinking of a dominant idea or mood I wanted my piece to have, then went from there. I had actually changed the tempo and the key signature multiple times after starting before settling on the final one.

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Once that was done, I had immediately started composing the piece. I had around 8 bars at this stage before I consulted with Mr. Dacho about the direction of my piece. I had chosen to create the chords first, and then the melody. This way, I could have a certain picture in my head of what the phrases would sound like, and I went from there. Composing them separately helped me keep an organised idea of what it should sound like too. At this point, it was a very rough idea, yet this section still made it into the final piece.

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After finishing the composition of both the piano and the clarinet sections and I was content with it, I then started to add more details to the piece, including more dynamics and rits. My two A parts consisted of a softer dynamic, whereas the B was a total opposite, so it was mainly forte. The dynamics helped with the transition from section to section. I chose to stick with these two only because they suited my mood quite well, and anything else such as staccatos did not go well with the notes. Also, once those were done, I had started to add the labeled chords in, as shown by the picture.

Finally, my last step was to create a title. I wanted the title to both represent my idea, and also my piece in general, yet still wanted to keep it super simple and understandable. I called it “Life”. I thought this was a suiting title because of the different aspects of the piece that show the different stages of life, and that was basically the idea that got me started on this piece.

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After we were done composing our own melodies, we were given the task of commenting on other peer’s work. I had commented on three other people’s compositions, giving my thoughts and feedback so that they could potentially improve.

Jonathan:
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Nathan:
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Ryan C:
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Music: Line 120 Crit D Reflection

1. How do you think you did with your performance assessment? Did you perform as well as you thought you would, or not?

I think that I did fairly well during the assessment, but I believe I played worse than I thought I would. It was a lot harder playing inside the room than when I was practicing outside of it. I believe that my performance was not up to my standards because normally, I put in quite a bit of effort into performing the song correctly according to the book. For some reason, I did not play as well compared to the times I practiced this song.

2. If you performed worse than you expected, explain why. If you performed better than you expected, explain why.

It was a lot harder playing inside the room than when I was practicing outside of it. It was harder to put air into the instrument to blow the notes out, so I believe that I sometimes ran out of air, or that I could not play the note accurately. I tried to correct this by playing softer to make myself use less air, but that did not really work. Also, I squeaked the first note, so I tried to make a reed adjustment to see if it would work, yet it did not do much. I believe this partially contributed to why I believe I did not do as well.

3. Explain your rehearsal process.

I spent around 15 minutes each day at home this week, and also spent time in class to rehearse this line. I practiced all aspects of the song such as dynamics, articulation, note accuracy, etc. I make sure to follow the song exactly the way it is written. Also, I start by using an online tuner to make sure my clarinet is tuned properly. However, in the 15 minutes that I had in class prior to taking the test, I did not do this step.

4. Which of the following was the most successful: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing?

I believe that rhythm accuracy was the most successful. I was able to play the rhythm correctly, and still maintain a solid tempo. I was able to do the majority of the slurs, and the notes were consistent throughout. I also believe that my note accuracy was good, as I did not play incorrect notes during the test.

5. Which of the following was the least successful: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing? Can you explain why?

I believe the least successful was tied in to what I mentioned previously. I did not have enough air going into the clarinet, so I believe that the breathing/phrasing was not done as good as I hoped to be. I also struggled a bit with tone quality, as I could not play the notes with 100% of my air. This also tied in to how I believe my articulation was lacking in the performance. I could not fully do all the articulations such as the staccatos. Also, I did not do very well in the dynamics aspect as I was running out of breath throughout the piece.

6. How can you specifically (not musicians in general) improve your level of skill in a realistic manner?

I think that definitely more practice in the future could help me improve my level of skill. Also, getting songs that are more challenging and learning them (perhaps off the internet) could also improve my exposure to the instrument. Also, I need to get more prepared for situations that involve performing in front of people, as I believe I have a certain level of stage fright, so that could also impact the quality of my performance. This could include performing in front of my parents more, attending more competitions outside of school, etc.

7. Discuss how another musician has inspired you to be more successful (this could be someone in school out in the community, or can be someone who doesn’t even play the same instrument as you).

I think that a musician that has inspired me is my piano teacher. She has exposed me to much music over the years, and I believe those skills I’ve learned from her (theory, ways to have a perspective on music, etc.) can be transferred into all aspects of music. Although she does not play the clarinet, I believe the skills I have learned from her over the years have benefitted me when playing the clarinet.

CAS Week Pre-Trip Post

Before going to Fiji for this year’s CAS week, I am excited for what is to come this week. I chose this trip because I wanted to experience Fiji for what it is, eg. it’s strong history / culture, sights, activities, etc. I have never been to Fiji prior this trip, so that makes me even more excited for this week. I expect us to be doing a lot of service work, and I also am hoping to experience the spectacular scenery of Fiji. This week, I am also excited to meet new people I have never had the chance of knowing beforehand. Hopefully, this trip will give me an experience that I will not forget for years to come.

Line 60 /72 Reflection

Line 60:
This was the piece we had to play. Prior to the recording, I had practiced for 20 minutes straight, and before today I believe I have played this song around 1-2 hours alone at home, not including class time. Typically, I tend to practice this piece once or twice a week leading up to the recording. In my recording, I tried to use the articulation and try to follow it as best as I could, and I also tried to follow the dynamics properly, but I don’t think I did that too well. I will have to pay more attention to that next time in order to improve my performance. I will also aim to practice more frequently, as I believe 1 to 2 times a week for a song is just not enough.

Line 72:
This scale study was the more challenging of the two. I had many problems when trying to play this piece, and just trying to record this took me around 10+ tries. I had played this song a bit more frequently than the other piece, simply due to the fact I believed it was a harder, so I practiced 2-3 times a week, for around 15-20 minutes each time. For some reason, my metronome did not show up during the recording and I could not get it to work, so unfortunately the pace and rhythm of the recording may be a bit off. Here, I have also tried to follow the staccato and slurs as best as I could, but the note switching for the c sharp and b on the clarinet were too troublesome, and my attention was mainly focused on that. The most challenging part of this piece is the switch between those two notes, and I believe that was what impacted the recording the most. Next time, I will once again need to practice more and more, to ensure that I can play it perfectly.

Heart Valve Design

This is my video about my final model. This model is an elaboration of my prototype B. Some significant changes I made was that I ensured that masking tape would not be in a place where it could get wet. I used see through clear tape for that instead, as masking tape is paper based and will not hold up the model when wet. Also, the most important thing I changed was the material I used to build the model. Instead of cardboard, I used plastic folders to create the four walls. Even though there was cardboard, the plastic folder helped to prevent it from getting wet. Also, I wrapped the cardboard on the flaps with salad tape to make it water proof. Some other minor changes was the colour of the model, and the size of the model was scaled up quite drastically.

The Two Most Significant Events of the 20th Century

This year in history class, we had the task of coming up with the 10 most important events in the 20th century. Once we came up with them, we as a group created some sort of presentable timeline that we would share the next day. After everyone presented, we had a small discussion about what we thought the two most important events in 20th century history was, and in the end we decided it was World War 1 and World War 2. We decided that this was the case because we thought that the sheer size of this event was incomparable to other, smaller events. Millions had died, and the world was basically in chaos in both wars.

Below is our presentation, and you can see what we thought were the 10 most important events.

End of Year Reflection

 

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Today, we finished all the summative assignments related to music. For my theory test, I received a 5/8. I am not satisfied with this score as I did review quite a bit prior to the test. I think I am most weak on transposing and creating 7th chords, and that is what I will focus on for next time we have a test. I do not often study for transposing at home, so that I believe would be my main priority. I will use the notes I got from grade 5 theory tests (ABRSM) to revise for the next test in grade 10. An area I did improve on was writing triads and intervals. Last test, I remembered that I did quite poorly in that section, so I throughly went through my notes to fully understand how they work. Although I got one or two wrong, it was an improvement from the last theory test. I believe I also improved on drawing key signatures. I used to be quite confused with all of them, but now I memorised them all and know what major / minor has what key signature. However, another point I could focus on is alto / tenor clef. I didn’t remember what they were coming into the test, so I did not do a question about constructing a scale in alto clef well. I got them confused, and that cost me two marks. I need to learn what they are for next time.

 

For my performance, I can say that I have improved quite a bit from the beginning of the year. I think that I did the performance piece Etude quite well. I had tried my best to follow all marks of dynamics, articulation, tone quality, but most of all breathing. Mr. O’Toole had told us in class to breathe every 2 bars so that we can link our notes better, so I aimed to do just that during the test. However, up to about 3/4 of the way, I started to run out of breath. The last few notes in my opinion were quite unclear and was not played well because I completely ran out of breath and could not play anymore. This made it very hard for me to connect the notes and make a proper slur. I tried to speed up the tempo during the middle – end section, but I started speeding up rapidly and it became very noticeable, so I decided to play back in the original tempo. For my articulation, I had a hard time tonguing throughout the piece. It was very long, so I ended up being quite inconsistent at the end as I couldn’t keep my composure. That is an area of improvement for me. Rhythm wise, I think I did pretty well. I followed the right tempo  But for the rest of the piece, I believe I practiced enough to make sure I hit the right notes, but I still had a bit of errors at some places. Overall, my grade was a 7 and I am quite content with that score. I need to mainly work on my technical skill such as playing properly after a period of time. What tends to happen is that my cheeks can not squeeze in the air, so it starts leaking and gets very hard for me to play. I need to train this up by practicing more out of class time, but that has been difficult as I could not make much time to play the clarinet due to my leg injury.

I think the IB learner profile that reflects my learning in music this year would be open minded. This is because throughout music, I have learned much more about the music world. I know more about jazz, I know more about new theories in music, different styles, etc. It has really opened my eyes to the world of music more, and I am now a lot more accepting of different types and styles of music. A learner profile I need to work on is being a risk taker. I need to learn to try new things, probably a new instrument if possible so I can broaden my variety of instruments played.

 

Ternary Composition Draft

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This is my ternary composition draft. I had previously finished the first 16 bars, but since this was still a work in progress I was still figuring out what to do for the remaining 8 bars to make the 24 needed. After posting this, I realize that my last 8 bars are in the wrong key, as the flow of this composition should be A B A. In my case, the A does not really relate with each other, and that has to do with the key that my last part is in. I am trying to work on it and fix it currently. The piano part also needs a bit of development, and I will add dynamics and name the chords before my final post.

Business Unit 3 – Inquiry Questions

Factual:
1) Why do businesses expand globally?
Businesses expand globally because the company’s aim in the end is to do one thing: to make money. They can do this by reaching out to other unexplored regions in which their company is currently not operating in and draw customers in that way, expanding to a larger global audience. The more franchises of a company there are around the world, the more money they can make as a whole. Also, there might be a big demand for a certain company in a certain place. Let’s just use Taco Bell in Hong Kong as an example of this. Socially and culturally, 8/10 people said that they wanted a Taco Bell in Hong Kong, meaning that it is desired even outside of the U.S.
Conceptual:
2) How can we analyse a market’s suitability for expansion?
 There are many ways to analyse a markets suitability, but the main and most efficient way of doing so is with the P.E.S.T. analysis method. It stands for political, economic, social / cultural, and technological factors. If all factors are taken into consideration and there are benefits that outweigh disadvantages (if any) for that specific factor, than it is safe to say that a company will have a fair chance in the market it is looking to expand into. The main 2 points are the political factors and economic factors. These do impact the business’s chances of survival the most, because they may have restrictions (depending on the location) on the expanding business, thus they may make less money. An example of this would be the rental prices of a place. The business has to consider the advantages and disadvantages mainly, and only then should they decide to expand or not.
3) How does one determine if an action is ethical?
We determine this by seeing if they are doing actions that are responsible for the citizens, for the company itself, and to the community they are wanting to serve. A company may be deemed unethical when they do something very controversial, such as Nike using unpaid workers and putting them in conditions that are not suited for the average person. Many believe this is breaching a moral aspect of the company, and that is why they are known for being “unethical”. Society have generally been influenced by companies that they are flawless and make the best products, but behind the scenes is where it happens the most. An ethical action would be something that is the opposite of unethical. The company could have been doing something that benefits the society, such as using environmentally friendly materials to prevent harming the environment.
Debatable:
4) To what extent do businesses behave ethically?
Many businesses try to act ethically, to earn reputation, to earn more trust from a local and global community to earn more money that way. Despite this, some companies believe that being unethical will benefit their company, such as not paying workers, or using unsafe materials / machines to get the job done quicker. They are often to benefit themselves, and do not really take into consideration society’s views on their company. To an extent, many companies do behave ethically in certain aspects, whether that would be making sure their products do not harm the environment, even little things such as Goldman Sachs voicing their opinions on gay marriage and supporting it, all deem a company “ethical”.
5) To what extent does globalization create opportunities for business?
Globalization is something that can not be stopped or will be stopped in the near future, so as new cultures expand into new countries or continents, many people see that as an opportunity to start their business in that country. It creates opportunities as maybe there are branches of that company already in that area, and may want to display their company to a much wider audience as mentioned previously. More customers may result in globalization, and that comes naturally along with globalization itself. Globalization has also brought many new people into an area. These people may have great ideas on creating a business that suits the local area. This happened in Vancouver, and the place is currently known as Chinatown. Although China did not “invade” or “colonise” Canada, their impacts have been viewed worldwide, and Chinatown is a replica of China’s culture and experience. Chinatown also provided a lot of business opportunities to smaller entrepreneurs, with many small street vendors selling miscellaneous items such as food and jewellery. Without globalization, Chinatown could not have been possible, let alone allow America to see China’s lifestyle and culture.

8 Bar Rhythm

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This is my 8 bar rhythm. This is the very first and basic draft of my ternary composition. I first laid out a basic rhythm for my to use and reference in the future. However, after receiving feedback from the teacher and from peers, I think that my rhythm will be too fast for the clarinet part to play, as that is what I am going to be composing my piece for. If the clarinet part can not be “playable” by me, I won’t do it, so I will make some major changes to parts to make it possible and realistic.

 

Civics: Alan Moore Quote

Quote: ‘People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.’ Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

 

This quote is very powerful to me, because it uses a few techniques to make the reader drawn to it. Firstly, the meaning of this quote I believe is it is talking about how the government should listen to the citizens, instead of brainwashing them and getting them paranoid. It also makes it seem like the people have no control over anything at the moment, and Alan Moore wants some change from both sides. The quote uses a rhetorical technique known as chaismus, and is effective at doing so. I like this quote because it relates to the world we live in today, with the government taking over a lot of the freedom, making people fear it.

Design Crit D Reflection

  • What have you learned from completing this project?
    I have learned how to use Illustrator with confidence. I came into this project not even knowing what Adobe Illustrator was, but after using it a lot over the past month or so, I am quite confident with my abilities. I believe that after using this effective tool for a couple more months, I could take on some more challenging tasks.
  • How does it relate to the unit question(s)?
    I believe that the visuals of a graphic novel do reinforce a message, but in a way that is more interactive and more interesting to read / look at then pages of text. Also, text can now be visualised through images in a comic rather than having to imagine it yourself. Technology does, in many ways, facilitate the communication of ideas, such as this task. Without current 21st century technology, we wouldn’t even have been able to do this task. Visuals reveal meaning by giving the reader a better understanding of everything in a scene of a book. Most chapter books do not have pictures, so it is hard to show all of the scene in just words. Perspective does change through the use of visuals because maybe you can imagine a particular scene in a different way.
  • What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome these challenges?
    When I started inking, I had gotten the wrong format for the Illustrator page, so that was one of the challenges, but I simply started over and set it up correctly.

If you were to do this project again, what would you differently?
I would do a bit of prior research on how to use Illustrator. I believe that this would speed up my pace when inking and also save me a lot of time trying to find out how to use a certain technique or brush on Google.

December Tests Reflection

On December 15th, we had a playing test. For this test, we had to play 5 scales, a chromatic scale and a song, which was essentially a simplified version of the nutcracker. While playing the songs, I felt quite nervous, because I had troubles playing the chromatic scales at home. I decided to play concert g major chromatic scale, and when I actually played in front of the teacher I didn’t make any major mistakes, apart from maybe breathing a bit too much. I felt like I did quite well in the scales, and I didn’t make any noticeable mistakes. My timing was a bit off, but that was only because I felt a bit nervous and could only hear my heartbeat, which drowned my playing. After playing that, I had to play the song. I also had a bit of trouble in the fast part of the song, but I believe I did quite well in the end. I played the stacato bit quite well, and were played quite clearly. I think I paused a few times because my clarinet squeaked while playing the high notes. Also, at the end of the song, I ran out of breath and had to force the last few notes out, but I barely managed to squeeze the last few notes out. I kept a steady tempo, without speeding up too much and didn’t drag my notes. For dynamics, I did quite well, but I feel like I didn’t emphasise it too much, so that is why next time I want to focus more on dynamics.

On December the 17th, I had taken a theory test. No marks have been issued back yet, but I thought it was quite hard and struggled a bit. One part that was hard was the transposition. I forgot what the instruments transpose to (french horn, clarinet in a, etc.)  I asked around with a few of my friends, and I think I got one of the correct, which is good. I predict I got a 4 or a 5 out of 8 for this test because I really did struggle and made a few mistakes.

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I just received my marks back for the theory test and the playing test. For the playing test, I got 7/8 for the scales and 7/8 for the song, which was quite surprising because I thought I messed it up a lot more. This caught me off guard because I thought I made quite a few mistakes, so that is why I was quite happy with that. On the other hand, for my theory test, I received a 4/8. Like my prediction earlier, I had seen this coming already, so there wasn’t a big surprise there. With that being said, I believe that I did poorly because as I have taken ABRSM grade 5 music theory, I should’ve received a much higher mark than a 4/8. I am quite dissatisfied with my performance, but I probably forgot all that was learned in preparation for the ABRSM exam. Next time, I need to study more on the conceptual side of things and make sure it is all memorised in order to get a higher mark next time.

 

Here are my scanned theory test results:

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Oct. 30 Design Day: Say It With Style

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In this task, I had to use Adobe Illustrator to create words using the pen tool. Unfortunately, my Adobe had problems with logging in, which meant I couldn’t use the program myself, so I did this task on someone else’s computer. There were instructions on what to do at each point, but at times it got quite challenging and I struggled a little bit. Although I need a lot more work on Adobe, I think that it is quite interesting and want to learn more about this program. I believe that we will have more opportunities in the future to use this app, so I will be looking forward to that.

 

Harmonic Minor Scales Presentation Reflection

After presenting our music presentation on harmonic minor scales, I believe that I did not do as well as I thought. The work and presentation itself was okay, but the way Ryan Chiu, Nathan and I presented the work was all over the place. All of us had collaborated to do the presentation, but some of the information was quite irrelevant, such as the example of where the harmonic minor scale is used, such as a blues piece. The example we presented was quite good and added some interaction between the presenters and the audience, but we had too little info on how to find the harmonic scale, which was one of the most important slide of the entire presentation. Our group also incorporated a piano to further explain some points, but I couldn’t really hear what Ryan Chiu told me to play, so I didn’t play it correctly. Next time, we have to throughly focus on what matters, instead of elaborating on something that doesn’t even have significance to our topic. Also, our presentation I thought looked quite engaging with pictures of piano scores and pianos, which didn’t bore the audience unlike the original bland theme. Some points we wrote were quite confusing too, such as the slide with the ascending / descending scale. We tried to explain that slide, but it our thoughts came out all over the place. I think that Ryan Chiu was the main presenter, while Nathan and I were on the side explaining the less important things, which I think next time could change. I have to take more initiative to become the main presenter of the presentation. I can learn more about the topic myself to give myself the edge when presenting. I believe I deserve a 5/8 because I did most of the worksheet, but did not present our topic too well.

Grade 9 Business – Unit 2 Unit of Inquiry Questions

Factual:  

1) What influences supply and demand in a market?
A factor that influences supply is the price it takes to manufacture / supply a certain good. Prices include resources, which are human, natural, and machinery. Basically, the lower the price is to make a certain good, the more companies can make it, supplying more to the citizens that are going to buy it. If the price it takes to manufacture the good is a lot higher, then the company may not be able to afford it, so less of it will be made. Another factor that influences supply is the weather / act of god. For example, there is an apple farm growing apples, but suddenly a typhoon strikes and all the apples are unusable, therefore there will be a lot less supply than a normal day. A factor that influences demand is incomes of the consumer. The more the consumer is payed, the more of the product he can afford, increasing the demand for the certain product, and vice versa. Another factor that can influence demand in the market is the price of related goods. For example, a related good would be cars and fuel. If the price of the fuel goes up, the demand for cars will decrease because consumers know that they will need to spend more money on both of those things. If the price of fuel goes down however, the consumer will want to buy more cars as they know that they will have to spend less on fuel.

2) How can economic sectors relate to each other?
It is usually chain of events, known as the chain of production. All sectors rely on each other to make a finished product. Without one sector, the process can not be completed. The first sector, known as the primary sector is responsible for gathering the raw materials such as wool from sheep for clothing and leather from cows for shoes. Without this industry, shoes can not be produced as the cow was never slaughtered. Without the secondary industry, goods can never be sold as the materials gathered are not refined. You can not just take a piece of pork and sell it on shelves in a market. Without the tertiary industry, the materials that were gathered and processed in the primary and secondary industry will be wasted as there is no where for the product to go and be bought, so money will be lost.

Conceptual:

3) What path do raw materials take to consumers?
The raw materials go through the chain of production to reach the customers buying it. The primary industry is the first industry that starts off the product. Materials have to be gathered in the environment first, usually in unmodified areas such as forests for trees. The wood that is cut down is then shipped off to factories which are the secondary industry to start forming the finished product, wether it would be shaping that piece of wood into a table or making paper. Those products are then put on shelves of the tertiary industry, and an examples of this are stationary shops for the paper or IKEA for the wooden table. The product that had originally costed a few dollars to collect in the primary industry can now be sold for a lot more than it was originally worth.

4) How is equilibrium reached in a market?
Market equilibrium is reached when the demand and the supply of a certain product at a certain price is equal to one another. If a market is at equilibrium, prices will not change unless demand / supply factors as mentioned above affect it. If the price is below equilibrium, it is called a shortage. When there is a shortage, the price of the good / service will increase, making less people want it, so the shortage will be gone. If the price is above equilibrium, it is called a surplus. When there is a surplus, there is more supply then there is demand, which means that prices should decrease in order for consumers to be willing to pay for the good / product. 

5) How is price determined in a market?
The price of a good / service is the point where the supply and the demand at a given price meet each other. Price is determined by supply and demand factors. For example, there is a market for pencils. Let’s say that 500 people will pay for pencils that cost $5, 300 people will pay for pencils that cost $15, and 100 people will pay for pencils that cost $25. There is a decrease in demand as the price of the pencils go up.

Debatable:

6) To what extent do companies compete indirectly with each other?
To a large extent, companies compete with each other as long as they are in the same type of industry, meaning that they can compete directly or indirectly. For example, the food industry. There are two fast food companies, KFC and McDonalds. They compete with each other directly because they both sell fast food. But then, KFC is indirectly competing with restaurants such as Ding Tai Fung. They indirectly compete with one another because they both are in the food industry, although Ding Tai Fung is not a fast food restaurant.

PE: Aquatic Movement Reflection

Here is the link to our video.

When setting your goals, decide on an area you would like to improve. This could be an area of assessment or your activity levels. Ask yourself:

1. where am I now? (what level do you think you are at?)
I think I am at a 5 out of 8.

2. where do I want to go? (what level do you want to achieve?)
I would like to achieve the highest mark, 8/8.

3. how am I going to get there? (what action am I going to take to achieve my goal?).
I am going to get there by putting more time and effort into P.E. and making sure that I am pushing myself to the limit every class no matter the sport.

When reflecting on your performance, ask yourself:

1. What did I do well and why?
I think we did well at making sure our moves in our plan had matched the requirements of two arms, two legs, and two core exercises. We had carefully planned our basic set of moves before practicing and we eventually agreed on a aqua exercise based routine that included all the movements.

2. What level do I think I have achieved in my performance and why?
I think that I achieved a 5 out of 8 in my performance because although we did all our moves correctly, we had not fully considered all of the attributes to make the perfect routine. We also had some synchronisation issues while demonstrating our routine, which resulted in a messy and at times sloppy looking performance.

3. What do I need to improve and how?
The main thing that we needed to do to improve is to practice more, wether it would be in class or out of class. As mentioned previously, I need to improve on synchronisation, timing, aesthetics, etc. and that can only be achieved by practicing more.

When reflecting on your interpersonal skills, ask yourself:

1. how well did I work with my team members?
I worked quite well with them most of the time and we could usually use all of our time to either perfect our routine or practice.

2. was there any difficulties working with the team and how did you over come them?
For the small majority of the time, my group would either not focus or just ignore everything that was going on, so it seemed like I was the only person who wanted to do something and get a good grade, so I would have to remind them constantly that this actually counted for something in grade 9, and that got them motivated.

3. was there anything you were particularly proud of?
None.

4. Is there any part of being a team member or leader which you feel you need to improve on? e.g communication, taking into consideration other people’s views, making a compromise to achieve agreement.
I think I need to improve on listening to other’s ideas. I may have some pretty good ideas and opinions, but sometimes others also have some good views and I just don’t really accept it. I need to really improve on that to benefit our entire group.

Business Unit 1 – Questions of Inquiry

Factual:

1) What creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to start a business?
Entrepreneurs find business opportunities when the market advances and customers like a certain product or good. The entrepreunuers then can create a product of the same nature and and add some features to attract the customers. Also, when there is a small pause between the supply and demand, entrepreneurs will take this opportunity to create a business. For example, when Apple were making phones, Samsung saw a small delay and created their first smartphone with the capabilities of an Apple phone, with some extra features such as better accessibility, etc.

Conceptual:

2) How do entrepreneurs respond to the needs & wants of society?
They start their own creative business that caters to whatever the trend or fashion is at the time, such as the clothing industry. As fashion keeps on progressing as time goes on, different styles of clothing are wanted by the public, so the entrepreneurs probably have to change their plan as to what their selling, how well their selling, and what they are selling.

3) Why do individuals become entrepreneurs?
A lot of people become entrepreneurs for money. They believe that if they predict what the public wants and invent a product that is innovative or is completely never-before seen by the public, that they will have financial stability. They believe that the payout in the end of all their hardships and long hours will pay off more than a normal office job. For example, the fan company Dyson had spent millions on testing over 5000 fan prototypes to eliminate flaws. As long as they can cover the expenses, then the reward will be much bigger.

4) What drives innovation?
Entrepreneurs are often faced with challenging rivals in the industry. A lot of that drives innovation, as they always want to be better than one another, and that cycle goes on. Take Samsung and Apple for example. Apple started producing the phone first, but Samsung probably saw that as a business opportunity and they made an Apple like smartphone, with more features. Then Apple releases a product like the 5, and Samsung comes out with the S4. Then Apple takes their “5” and adds a fingerprint scanner, calling it the “5S. Samsung responds with the S5, which was an advancement from the S4. Apple’s next phone, the “6” is due to be released in five days.

Debatable:

5) Are the traits that are needed to be successful as an entrepreneur always the same?
They do not all have to follow a set of rules to be successful. A company named Phonebloks, created a phone that consisted of a circuit base, but the screen and all the hard drives, cameras, wifi, bluetooth etc. blocks were connected to it. That meant that when one part malfunctioned, we wouldn’t have to throw out the entire phone, just replace the specific part. This is a big step in the phone industry as this could save a lot of natural resources. This company didn’t play by any of the modern “smartphone” rules, but instead innovated the “phone” in its own ways and has currently raised over 380,000,000 million dollars.

6) Is there an optimal form of business ownership?
There is definitely no optimal form of business ownership. Many different types of ownerships such as partnerships and sole traders all have a chance to succeed, despite the challenges one may have over the other. For example, a sole trader is easier to run than a partnership as all decisions are catered to your liking, but partnerships are better and earning money and getting noticed. People choose a certain form of business ownership that caters to what they want to accomplish.  For someone who just wants to create a new product and choose the path in which their company will go, then they would choose being a sole trader over being a partnership.

7) To what extent should competitors work together?
They should work together for research and development if they want to advance the industry or cater to the customers rather than making money for themselves. Working with other companies that have better ideas than you in some areas that are combined with your great ideas in another area can be a win win situation as both companies are contributing to form one better service or good. The two companies can still make money off of the new product, but will be split according to how many contributors there are that made it.

Mask Reflection

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In art class, I had recently made a hockey mask using paper mache. I essentially drew circles around the border of the mask to make the holes and painted under the eyes for the simple but effective design.

Reflections on Playing and Theory Tests

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Over the course of the last week, I had taken a music theory and clarinet playing test. For the playing test, I got 8/10 and another 8/10, and for the theory test I got 7/8. Looking at these marks, I think they are above average and the amount of work I put into it shows in the outcome. For the playing test, I prepared by practicing every other day of the week, and usually for about 15 – 25 minutes a day. This helped me steadily improve my playing and although I might have skipped a day or two because I was too busy, I was still able to progress every time.

My goals for next semester (grade 9) will be that I have to achieve full marks, and play everyday (if possible). I think that playing everyday will significantly improve my performance in music and will help me achieve the higher marks.

 

 

Criterion D Music Reflection

I think that I deserve a 6/8. In class, I can keep up with the clarinet playing and don’t find the songs too much of a struggle. When there is homework, I usually get it done and bring my clarinet, practice book, and instrument the majority of the time. I also practice every other day, so that helps me stay warmed up with my clarinet and it is easier to play in class. Although I practice at home, I sometimes forget to write it down in my practice journal and that may cost me marks. I think that music class in general is a good subject and is very interactive, with a lot of songs and every tap day, we get to do theory which is interesting. I do not participate in a band, and that is why I think I can not achieve a 7 or 8.

Math Exam 2014 Reflection

About a month ago, the grade 8s took a math exam. This exam consisted of everything we learned throughout the course, and included topics such as geometry, integers, simple and compound interest, percentage, ratio, indices and algebra. To study for this test, I had not only reviewed all the past assignments and textbooks, but I also downloaded extra worksheets about each topic. On the exam, I got a 5/8, which is a decent score. I could improve this by focusing more on the topics that are more unfamiliar to me. On the test, I saw that I had the most problems on hard geometry problems. I needed to study the volume and area formulas to understand how to properly do the question. I also had problems on the percentage questions involving compound interest. I can work on this by practicing more on these topics. I had studied for this test for about 7-8 hours over the course of 1 to 2 weeks.

Celebration of my best Digital work

I think my best work I did digitally is the music 16 bar composition. My composition was made in Finale Notepad, and the melody sounded really good. I learned a lot from this project, especially how to operate the program itself. This will help me in future assignments that require the use of Finale.

My composition:

Service Day Reflection

How did the day begin – with Mr. Lobo’s focus activity? What does mindfulness have to do with service work?
I think that the activity helped me focus on what was important.

How did i feel while I was doing the service work? Did it feel worthwhile?
I feel like I did the community a favour by painting the recycle bins, which was quite a rewarding feeling.

Our bin:

How do I feel after we did this activity?
I actually feel more confident with spray painting. Also, I think that it is worth painting these recycle bins that will (or will not) be used on the streets.

Did I learn anything in our group’s final sharing at the end of the day? Do I see serving the community different than I did before?
I do think I look at community and service differently because I realize how good it feels to help people in a good way.

 

Design Reflection Journal

I think something I learned from the Waste Not Want Not project was to use time effectively. I really need to prioritise my tasks according to what is more important, or what is due in a shorter time span than others. In our project, we only had about one to one and a half weeks of completion time for each criteria, which was quite tight on time. I think a personal strength that helped me succeed in this project was that I was able to use sketchup to make drafts of my container. I had started out as a person who had never even heard of Google Sketchup, but then as I got to use it more it became a very unique and useful tool. I used the app to make a rough idea of how the container was going to look and went from there. I think something to do better on the iBook project was to make a better script. I think our group’s idea was on the right track, but we could not really express it through the iBook as we got a little off track the main idea, tuberculosis.

Our YouTube video:
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EDIT:
I’m sorry that this post didn’t come out earlier. I didn’t realise I only made this a draft and never published it.

8 Bar Composition

For this assignment, we were supposed to make a 8 bar rhythm. As we were only making a rhythm, l only used one note during this assignment, which was B flat (since my chosen instrument is a clarinet in Bb). I had a few problems such as putting a triplet sign. I always had an extra note stuck to the triplet making it four nots in the time of 1, which was not what I wanted. I ended having to change the note at the end to a 4th note to avoid this error. Also, I had to redo like a few bars because when I first started making the rhythm, I realised that I had put the key signature to c major, not B flat major.

Please follow this template if you want to leave constructive criticism on this post.

Does the piece have conjunct and disjunct motion?
Does the melody have an appropriate range?
Does it start and finish on the tonic note?

Waste Not, Want Not Reflection

Something I learned from this Design project is that I have to manage time effectively. I think that this is something I did fairly well because I could do everything on time. I had actually set personal dates for myself to complete different tasks at different times so I could basically prioritise the more important tasks first. A personal strength that helped me succeed in this task is how I can mentally handle the stress. There was quite a lot to do in this task but I could handle it. I think a strategy I could do better in the iBook project was to come up with a logical script the first time.

iBook video link:

December Theory Test

Today, we just finished a music theory test. I don’t think it was too hard because I had already learned all this previously. I studied for this test for about 30 minutes and I looked over all the past homework assignments on my blog. Also, I used Father Charles Goes  Down And Ends Battle and Battle Ends And Down Goes Charlie’s Father to help me remember the key signature positions. Also, Mr. Shane O’Titus pointed out that I needed a natural to change the note tone. After I saw the results for the test, (80%) I feel like I didn’t do too bad. I definitely could do better by studying more.

Instrument Care Reflection

I think that our group presentation was very detailed and I did not mess up what I was supposed to do.

How did you interact with your group? Was there an equal division of work?

I interacted with the group by giving ideas to the team. There was an equal amount of work between us but that was because we did not have enough people.

What aspects of your presentation would you improve if you had to do this again?

If I could do this again, I would put more time into how I present because I found out that people didn’t really hear me clearly.

Is your poster clear with detailed specific instructions?

It is not the clearest / prettiest thing in the world, but I think it is readable and understandable.

Is your poster appropriate for the assignment and reflect the required amount of work?

It reflected the required amount of work because it was kind of sloppy since we only had about 2 days to do it.

Math Assessment Reflection

What did I do well?

I did well on the 7-8 questions. I did well in explaining the steps, but what I found easy about those questions was that the questions were explained in detail. I also did well on drawing a graph and making relationships.

What are my areas that I need to work on?

I need to work on the basics like dividing decimals / fractions. I had the most trouble with multiplying and dividing them.

Next steps:

Next time, I would have to know my strengths and weaknesses and work on the weaknesses first. I also need to explain my steps better because I usually do it mentally, but it is not always correct.

My Summer Adventures

This summer, I was fortunate enough to go to Canada with my cousins. At first, we stayed in Virginia where my cousins live for about 3 days, then we flew to buffalo before we drove to the “Canadian side” of the Niagara Falls. When I was there, it was not what I had expected it to look like ( I thought it would be a HUGE drop), but im sure everything is not as it seems. Anyways, while we were there, we stayed at a hotel called Embassy Suites for 1 night, which had a beautiful view of the Falls, and thats where I took the picture. Before the picture, there was a huge rainstorm so we were basically trapped in the hotel, but after a few hours the rain stopped and the sun came out, making a giant rainbow.  Overall, I really enjoyed the nice scenery and the trip in general.

Experience week trip

Last week, I had a fun time in Beijing for 5 days. We did a lot of things like sightseeing, bargaining for $20 Beats, climbing the Great wall and we ate a lot of food. I think during this trip, I was a risk taker because I climbed the hardest parts of the great wall and I made it 🙂 I also think that I was principled because I didn’t fool around or get in trouble. (actual results may vary) On this trip, I got to meet a new friend called Zhi Wei. He was really nice and did pretty much everything with me. The biggest challenge on this trip was the Great wall because the terrain was so broken it was like stepping on sand. Blocks were missing, and the stairs were very steep.  Also, I had a very fun time bargaining at the Pearl market. The prices there were so high we had to bargain for 1/10 of the price they offered. A lot of the shops there said no, but once we started walking away, they started shouting lower numbers 😀 The original price of my beats were $300, so when I said $20 she said no. Then I started walking away and the owner said $150, then 75$. The farther I walked away, the lower the price. $25! $20! Then I walked back and I got them for 20 dollars 😛 Overall, this trip was very fun and could possibly be the best week ever!

Science KMT Court Case 24-26/4/13

In science class, we just finished a court case to prove if KMT (Mr. Kirchner) is true. There is a prosecution and a defense team and we had individual exhibits to prove and disprove KMT. After we presented everything, the Juries decided that defense and prosecution had the same amount of votes, which in real life would mean that we would have to do the whole case again, but since this is “Science class,” we didn’t have to redo everything and left it as a tie. I agree with the jury because 1, both sides had valid information. 2, both sides also had some incorrect information, which might have affected the jury’s decision. 3, I mean if we did disapprove of their judgements, we as witnesses could not change them anyways. 4, a few people might have been bias as they are close friends with people from a certain team.

During the investigation, our substitute teacher told us not to take any pictures or write down any notes, which I thought was very… interesting, so we had no solid evidence. I think I would have been a lawyer because we could ask questions which would stump the other team which I like :). And yes I know im evil. I have learned a lot about my investigation which was finding iron in cereal. I never knew that looking at iron in foods was possible until we did this investigation / experiment. I think I have improved as a creditable scientist because I know how to refer to my sources of solid information (science books and photos) but unfortunately, there were no photos for this experiment which doesn’t prove my point as a creditable scientist 🙁

Overall, I think that this unit was very entertaining especially the court case because there was a lot of funny moments.

Reflection in Math

In math study of patterns, I am looking at Human Ingenuity as the Area of Interaction because we could sort out things and make it more convenient. For example, when we have day 1 and day 2, we have to repeat the pattern of classes in the week.

Weekly Reflection 18/5/12

This week, we got rid of our desks! But more importantly, our exhibition is going quite smoothly. The only concern I have about this group is that we might not finish in time. I am not saying that it is impossible, but because our group argues a lot about what we are going to do and how we are going to do it. Also, I continued researching my our big questions and I continued making my supporting questions. Overall, this was a very stressful and tiring week.

EXHIBITION!!!

EXHIBITION!!! This week, we were off to a great start and we got a ton of things done. I personally really liked this week because it feels like our group is going somewhere. Our class also did a small math test, which was a mix of a lot of math subjects we have learned ever since we started Grade 6. Lets talk about the exhibition so far. At first, I wanted to investigate into war, but then I guess that the teachers thought that I wanted to investigate into political war, so I got put in a group that had to find out about political tensions. After a while, we got switched to doing colonial issues because we thought that the topic or so called “Area of Focus” was way to broad, so we got switched to colonial issues. Overall, I really thought this week was very productive and I hope next week we can do as much work as we did this week!

Weekly Reflection 27/4/12

This week was awesome! The best thing that happened this week is when we started our exhibition. This is one very big task to wrap the PYP. I am really happy because I am with people I work very well with. So far into the exhibition, we are doing very well and we didn’t really have any conflict with one another. Also, we watched a video called “Canada, Please”. It was quite funny and I really enjoyed it. Overall, this week was very stress relieving.

Tuck Everlasting

Today, we presented our findings on the book: Tuck Everlasting. This book is about a person called Winnifred Foster meeting the Tuck family which is apparently immortal. After we finished this book, I was put in a group where we had to act out a court scene with the witness, judge, and other people. The defendant had 3 charges. 1: Kidnapping 2: Breaking a criminal out of jail and 3: Killing an innocent man. Overall, I had a very fun time making this skit with my group and I hope to do something similar like this again.

Weekly Reflection: 16/3/12

This week was a little bit dull, but I still enjoyed it. For one thing, we did an activity about power, where one group can demand and boss another group around, and that activity was for tuning into the new unit, where we are in place and time. Also today, we watched a movie called “Rabbit Proof Fence” and it was really inspirational. I think that the movie had a message to it and that was to treat all races the same way.

 

Short Reflection: “Power Activity”

Well today, we had to do a small project about power. There were three colours: Yellow, Red, and Blue. The yellow people are the slaves for the Blue and Red group and I was put in the Yellow group to start off. A lot of people asked me to do things for them such as sharpening pencils and filling water bottles. We also had to get a task done and with all these commands, it was really hard to work on our own. We also could not talk to the other groups except for the other yellow people. After almost an hour after this, the yellows could have a chance to switch with a red our blue person, and now I had full power because I was put in the red group after that. Overall, I learned how other people feel like when they are bossed around by their owners.

Weekly reflection: 12/3/12

This week, we FINALLY finished our summative assessment for our unit, How the World Works. Before the unit, I didn’t know how to do a proper stop motion, but now, after I have finished  the first part of the summative assessment, I know how to edit a stop motion with the right editing program. I have learned how a lot of landforms are created and how they work in this unit and I enjoyed this unit more than the others.

Weekly Reflection: 3/2/12

This week, we went to High Island in Sai Kung. We had a lot of fun because we got to see some pretty good views. The worst thing on the trip was the bus ride, which I almost threw up on. Anyway, t he field trip I think connected to the theme because we talk about natural landforms, and we got to see A LOT of it. I was very nice. In my opinion, I think that our trip to High Island prove the central idea to be true because the central idea was to show how natural landforms affect life, and we climbed a huge mountain which was not man-made. It has affected life (In this case, our class) because it created a path way for us to hike up. Overall, this field trip was very entertaining and I really want to go again.

Here is the site for the Geo Park.

The Big Mountain

Weekly Reflection 24/2/12

This week, we had we started a few new projects. One was the math assignment which was due today, and the other was a stop motion for a part of our summative assessment. Our group was drawing the stop motion, while the other groups did clay ( We could choose what we wanted to do ). The most challenging thing this week was Reading Buddies. I know, it doesn’t sound so bad, but my partner was off topic. I was reading a book to him and then he turned around and screamed. He did that a few times and I overcame the challenge by telling him that I was going to go home if he kept screaming, and that calmed him down a bit. A bit.

Weekly Reflection 17/2/12

I didn’t really like this week. For one, we had an ISA test, standing for: International School Assessment. We had to do it for three days straight. It wasn’t too hard, but it was really time consuming. I heard that we will have a break from the ISA next year! A few weeks ago, we did a movie trailer and it has to define a certain strand our group was given and ours was “The Inquirers”. The attitudes I showed when making the trailer was cooperation because I helped my group with the filming and the acting, and I got along with my group fairly well. For the attributes, I showed open-mindedness because I listened to my group and I respected their ideas and opinions. I also showed skill because I has to figure out how to film and what angle I have to film from and that took quite a long time. Overall, this week was packed with activities and I really enjoyed it.

Week Reflection

This week, we did a lot of things. On Monday, we had a half-day but our day was still filled with activities. I thought that day was one of the busiest days I ever had, but I was enthusiastic because I still tried to enjoyed it and in the end, I did.  Then on Tuesday, we started a new project with a group. We had to talk about a specific type of art and we had to research the history of it, the elements and principles of design and we had to make a few examples. On Wednesday, Luke’s mom came in and lectured us about restoration of art and I thought it was very entertaining because there were a lot of examples and she explained her job very well. On Thursday, we had our class photos and we also had a Chinese test, which was very hard, and we only did ¾ of it because we were going to continue it on Friday. I was confident about the test because the first half of the test was quite easy, so I thought the other part would also be easy. On Friday, we continued the test and it was harder than I thought it would be. At least, after today, it’s a HOLIDAY FOR A WEEK!!!

 

My CNY Holiday

On my CNY holiday, I went to Penang for six days. We saw my mom’s friend. She is in Penang because she worked in Hong Kong for 30 years then moved to Penang for good. We went to eat at the Eden restaurant for dinner. The food there is really good. We ate seafood near the beach so we could see the sunset. Every single day in Penang, it was 30 degrees so we decided to swim and stay around the resort. After we swam in the pool for a while, we went to para-glide and we also jet-skied at the beach. I wanted to go again after that and I was happy. We went to eat near the poolside for lunch so that whenever we felt hot, we just jumped into the pool. We swam and then we saw and then we had to meet up with my mom’s friend again. This time, she introduced us to her house and we could see her relatives. Her house was huge. It was 3000 square feet and there was a backyard and a garden. We saw the dragon dance at the hotel lobby the next day. I was amazed because I didn’t know that Penang people celebrate CNY.

When we came back to HK, I went to my grandfather’s house to get red packets. We ate lunch there and then I wanted to know how to play mahjong. My parents taught me how to play and then I won immediately. On the last day of CNY, I went to eat lunch with all my relatives . I got a lot of red packets from them. When I got home, the first thing I did was open all my red packets and then count how much money I had.

Author Visits

Today, we got to see Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook. They are experts in poetry and we got to see how poetry is formed. They told us a little bit about their family, and they come up with poems because of their family. The poems may take up to fifteen years to make, but it usually takes 2-3 days. My favorite poem was called Zombies! Evacuate the School by Sara Holbrook. It was kind of offensive to teachers and it was funny at the same time. Because of them, I want to be a writer and write a lot of poems. They also talked about funky words and we had to act out the words meanings after they said the word. The words were lugubrious and circuitous.

Fractions

At school, we had a fraction quiz. I studied so that made the test a lot easier. This test was not the hardest test I have had. The hardest test I have had was in grade 4, a year ago. A lot of the questions were word problems and we had to explain our answers in word forms. They were challenging, but it wasn’t hard. I didn’t hesitate, and I always thought something was missing, but when I check, nothing was missing. I was in the advanced group, so I got a different test except the other 7 boys in the advanced group. I think our test was a whole lot harder than the standard one. I didn’t look at other’s test because I knew that no one in my table group had the same test as me, so I didn’t bother looking.

My Thoughts About Grade 5 So Far

I think there was a huge change since the beginning of the year, mostly because there is a whole lot more school and homework. Th homework and school work gets a lot harder too. In grade 4, we were still playing while learning but in grade 5, there is no time to play at all.

I think that our teacher is a lot more energetic than the grade 4 teacher because the grade 5 teacher is a lot more funnier and shows us a lot of cool videos. My old teacher rarely shows us any videos or lets us use the computer. When there is a assessment at school. we only have a few days to complete it and we cannot do any work at home. In grade 4, they encourage you to bring your assessment. I don’t think that is a good thing to do because you can get information from your mom or older family members.

I think the things we do in class requires a lot more thinking than just getting the facts and then jotting them down. You have to explain the information you got to the whole class and you must know how to put that information into real life.

My Trash-i-tude

I don’t like to waste things and make it become trash. I like to reuse and I don’t like to throw out the things that cannot be recycled. I just keep them. My family doesn’t recycle practically at all because they think the house is too small so the want to consume as much space as possible. I like to reuse plastic boxes and I use it to build a tower I have been working on for 2 and a half months. If someone throws something out, I will question them in why they threw out whatever they threw out. I always try to not throw anything away because I think about where the waste goes and I don’t want to throw something that has only be used once and then threw out.

“Wasted!” Farmers

This is a reflection of the movie Wasted we watched in class. The problems in the movie “Wasted” was the two farmers that didn’t recycle. They only burned the rubbish. It was a problem because when you burn rubbish, you create toxic gases and when the wind blows, the toxic spreads the gas out everywhere. The implications of their behavior might kill all the animals on the farm and grass. If the animals on their farm eat that grass, they have the toxic gases in their bodies. Then the farmers might kill the animal that ate the toxic grass. When the farmers eat the animal, they might die of lung cancer or they might die also because of the toxics. A firefighter saw the fire and told them to stop burning garbage. The firefighter told them to recycle, so the farmers did recycle. It is very relevant to Hong Kong because Hong Kong doesn’t really recycle. The changes they made was very effective because before their household footprint was 151 times the size of their house. Now since they started going green, their household footprint was 101 times the size of their house. In my opinion, I think the farmers should change the fact that they should start to buy pigs because when the pigs are fat enough, they can sell them or eat them. They should also dig more spaces of the river and then clean the river so they can either try and plant rice, or they can get Mud fish or critters. One more change I think should be good is that they shouldn’t plant any vegetation because slugs will come and eat it. If the farmers want to prevent the slugs from eating all the vegetation, they will have to spray some toxic on the plants. There are two thing that is a bad thing. First, if they have to spray toxic and the farmers eat it, it will be bad for the farmers. Second, the toxic pollutes the air so their household foot print will increase.

My Reflections on Digital Citizenship

The yesterday and today, we went to a workshop about Digital Citizenship and Cyber bullying. our teacher was called Ms. Robyn Treyvaud. A responsible Digital Citizen does not post silly comments on blogs. they also don’t lie about anything, they don’t hack in to any sort of account, they don’t swear online, they don’t intimidate anyone online, they don’t put any embarrassing pictures. I will take action by listening and seeing comments, pictures, etc.online. If I see anyone bullying on the Internet, friend or not, I will take action and sent a e mail or a comment to stop bulling that person. If they continue, I will tell a parent. Something I learned that surprised me was that once you put a comment or type a e mail, even if you press the delete button, the comment or e mail will be there in the history. Anyone who hacks into your account can forward that e mail of comment to his friends and his friend can forward to another person and the e mail or comment will go around the internet forever, that way, everyone can see the e mail or comment.

Art Jam Reflections

We went to a place called art jam today and I think it is really fun. We got to use all kinds of different colours and we also got unlimited use of art materials. First we had to use a sponge that was provided for us and a spatula. We used the sponge to paint and the spatula was to scrape (erase) the paint. We got a lot of paint brush sizes so we could paint faster or more precise. We had to draw a self portrait. I didn’t really enjoy it because when I used my spatula to scrape off some paint, a glop of paint fell on my socks or my legs. My portrait turned out not the way I wanted it to turn out because first, the canvas was too small, and second, I got too much paint on me.

Cooperation

In my opinion, cooperation is when someone helps you on a task. We make sure we could get along by not talking to your group members and not chatting about other things. If you talk about something not related to what you are doing, your partner might do all the work by himself. I can make sure my group is successful by checking on them. I can also try and tell my partners to focus on the job. I can also try and get along with them so I can try to tell them what to do. If you are not too familiar with the partner, you might not have the courage to tell them what they should be doing. I think I should also try to work myself because if I don’t work, my partners might think I have a lot of time on my hands, and they might chat with me. You should try to look occupied with work so you con’t look done. If you look done, the teachers might mistake you and they might take away your work and you might not be done with it. When the teacher checks your work and they see that you are undone, you might get bad marks on that subjects and your parents might not be impressed about that.

The Best Thing About Grade 5 So Far

The best thing that happened so far in Grade 5 is this morning when everyone was finally quiet! Our teacher wanted for the past few weeks a quiet class. We started at our lockers and passed on the message to be quiet in the classroom. Everyone seemed to understand because everyone was shushing everyone when they talked. When we got to our computers, we had to read some interesting articles. After that, we got on to the carpets to talk about the morning. Our teacher said out of a scale of 1 to 10, we got a 9! Except that 4 people didn’t listen to the instructions, we got from 9 to 8. Everyone was disappointed. Anyway, we are on our blogs now. Thanks for reading!