Service: True Light Elderly Centre Visits

As an IB student, we are constantly being encouraged to learn through hands-on experience, be open minded and to get involved in our community. Therefore, being able to participate in the seasonal community outreach to the elderly at True Light Elderly Centre has not only allowed me to further my leadership skills, but also my organisational skills. I have participated in the elderly visits/events three times, however, the most memorable visit that I felt was closest to my heart was the most recent one when I went during Chinese New Year. This is because I was had a more significant contribution acting as the activities coordinator of the CNY visit, managing responsibilities such as hosting games and putting on performances for the elderlies, as well as ensuring that the awards ceremony for the founders of theTrue Light Elderly Centre runs smoothly and successfully.

Hosting Events and Activities for the Elderlies!!

After visiting the centre multiple times, either acting as a general helper or as a key coordinator for certain activities, with each visit, comes more growth – both socially and mentally. I strongly believe that this service opportunity allows me to develop my social skills in a more unique manner compared to other service opportunities; from conversing with adults regarding the schedule or plan for the day, to engaging with the elderlies and better understanding them through playing games. However, in the future, I hope to improve on my self-management skills and push myself to take more initiatives during these visits.

Hosting a Game Show

Hosting a Game Show

Though I really enjoyed the idea behind bringing joy to people during this service work, one aspect of this task that brought me anxiety was the need to speak Cantonese in a fluent manner in order to properly host an entertaining game show and activities for the elderlies, though at the end of the day it truly allowed me to further immerse myself into the local community, Cantonese is considerably my weakest language and it was terrifying to speak, let alone perform in front of a crowd of native speakers. However, as the activities progressed, I grew to be more comfortable speaking and communicating in my 3rd language, despite so, I still perceive it to be a great challenge of mine and aim to improve my communication skills in the future. By doing so, not only will it evoke greater joy and comfort for the audience(elderlies), but will also benefit me in the long run.

Ultimately, this service opportunity develop international-mindedness through multilingualism and intercultural understanding as it enables me to push myself to go to greater lengths to overcome a challenge that I’ve faced my whole life, and to finally create further connections with my own culture, seen through the traditional CNY celebration activities hosted by me) and my mother’s tongue.

Here, we are playing pictionary, allowing the elderlies to make guesses that are relevant to the traditional Chinese proverbs.

Here, we are playing Pictionary, allowing the elderlies to make guesses that are relevant to the traditional Chinese proverbs.

I owe my experiences with the visits to the elderly centre to my friend, a member of the Amnesty International club in CDNIS who convinced me to join her with one visit, and since then, I have been trying my best to participate in every elderly centre visit.

Though I may not have achieved something spectacular or remotely amazing on a large scale, however, I was able to bring joy to the local communities during the most festive times of the year, ultimately, it brings an abundance of joy to me knowing that I was able to give back to the community, even at a small scale.

I hope to continue persuing these elderly centre visits, as I hope that together, we can foster a greater sense of joy and appreciation within the local community.

History-Design Documentary: The Handover of Hong Kong

As a result of my final design-history integrated project, my group and I have designed, direct, created and produces an eight-minute documentary ‘exploring the causes and consequences of the 1997 British Handover on the economic and political structure of Hong Kong then and now’ that aims to educate and further the CDNIS Parent Community’s knowledge concerning significant Wartime Events, specifically, the chosen event of: The British Handover of Hong Kong in 1997; ultimately fostering a greater cross-cultural understanding within the target audience.

Here is the documentary “The Handover of Hong Kong [1997]” by The Compass Productions

Director: Katie

Editor: Tiffany

Videographer: Scarlett

Sound & Lighting: Tiffany & Scarlett

The journey of editing, directing and video graphing for the documentary was a long yet challenging process in hopes of executing and incorporating components of a strong documentary, on that includes key art, an introductory signature, a creative opening sequences and most of all, logical and emotional flow. However, through investigating inspirational films as well as consulting many peers regarding the quality, technical and design expectations, as the editor of the documentary, I have learnt many worthwhile lesson not only regarding the editorial and technical process, but also about collaboration and the process of succeeding versus failing.

As the editor of this production, I was responsible for the execution of the documentary, ensuring that it will and must touch the audience on an emotional level. During the editorial process, I was able to think beyond the technical aspects while working closely with the director before shooting begins in order to decide how to maximise the potential of each frame; keeping up to date with my whole team and effectively collaborate with one another in order for me to maintain a good sense of how the story being told is unfolding.

There were many unperceived and unpredicted technical challenges and difficulties I encountered along the way. For example, the inability to download extracts of an archive from youtube – overcame through the tool of screen recording, the imbalance of lighting of the footage taken by t e videographer – overcame through the ‘light-balancing’ tool on iMovie, to even the lack of artistic judgement with the overuse of double exposure – overcame through the means of peer feedback and consultation with my team members. Those are just a few of the many challenges I have encountered regarding both the technical and artistic intentions of the documentary, decisions and actions that were unplanned prior to the making. However, one concept that stuck with me as the editor of the group was the “fail fast” concept that was introduced to us during the first design project — in which the process of failing will allow us to learn and make further improvements. I strongly believe that this journey was a process of trial and error, a means of ensuring that my group as a whole was able to satisfy the must-have specifications. Overall, due to the ability to collaborate effectively, to overcome challenges in a diligent manner as well as taking into consideration the feedback received from peers, the final product was able to encompass every element my group desired for.

劇本:反思

讀完「人間有情」的文章後,我能夠學到文章中利用雙關語的原因,作用和重要性會對讀者到底有什麼的效果。雙關是同一詞語或句子涉及到兩種事物的修辭方式,往往造成言在此而意在彼的趣味效果。 老師就叫我們跟另一位同學利用雙關語來寫出一個劇本(最少要寫700字)。我的劇本是關於一個悲慘的愛情故事。有一位女孩和男孩愛上了對方,但是最終分開了。兩年後就發生了飛機墜毀,這就讓那位女孩找回男孩。我們就用了劇本裡的墜毀來代表愛情的脆弱性。

為了順順利利地寫一篇劇本,我們必須要有計劃。我們就集思廣益不同的故事情節,這最讓我們在最後能夠消除壞的故事情節。下一步是考慮和想出不同的人物和他們在故事中的角色或重要性。我認為寫劇本的最具挑戰性的部分一定是考慮劇本的組織;這是因為我從來只是寫過一個劇本,我還沒有很多的經驗,所以我寫的時候常常懷疑自己的寫作。還有,我知道的弱點是語法,所以寫作時我是很猶豫,我一直寫的時候都會優柔寡斷。

總之,雖然我寫這篇劇本的時候有些挑戰性,這個寫作功課讓我得到了一根很好的經驗!

Design 10 – Process & Evaluation

What makes a product successful? Through posing this question to myself throughout the planning and building process of creating my final product, I was able to remind myself to take every necessary step required to achieve my goal as I strongly believe that stages prior to building the product, the planning stages, are extremely crucial in order to allow a smoother journey. However, although planning and designing of the initial product may be a direct and simple process, many challenges surfaced when it came to physically building the product itself. This helps reinforce the “fail fast” concept that we learnt on design day, by failing fast and failing often, failure will often result as the key to success when attempting to reach any goal. Hence, I see the challenges and failures that arise when building my product as a sign of success, the “fail fast” concept reminded me to not get discouraged by failure, but get encouraged and motivated as it indicates that I am one step closer to success. As Woody Allen once said “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.

As mentioned previously, planning is crucial to success, hence, in order to create a newer and more innovative design for my product, I reflected upon and referred back to my prototype evaluations as well as the specifications to determine and put more emphasis on certain requirements. By doing this, it will allow me to identify areas of my design that I should focus on in order to create an improved design, rather than a product that mirrors and satisfies merely the same amount of specifications. An example of me “failing fast” was when I realised that I had an inadequate amount of supplies at home, which limited my designs to manipulating the most basic materials. This poses a challenge towards my design as I often encountered problems regarding the lack of stability the AA glue provided, causing leakages within my prototype. This is an example of a failure I had, which then resulted in returning to the planning stages of the product as I had to re-evaluate how I was able to create a successful valve taking in to consideration the availability of the materials.

Moreover, considering that 2 out of 3 of my prototypes were very successful in terms of evaluating it against the design and science specifications, I was able to take the design/idea of one of the prototypes and use it as a reference design/concept for my final product, as I will be changing certain aspects of the structure and design in order to further satisfy desirable specifications. The use of materials played a role in contributing towards the lack of success in my previous design, hence I was able to set my focus on weighing the pros and cons of each material that I planned to use for the final product.

To conclude from these examples of the different failures I encountered through this journey, although the challenges created a set back in time, these challenges were more benefitial in the long run as they allowed me to apply problem solving skills in creating a better and more improved version of my final product.

 

Grade 10 Design Day: Science

Since this will be one my last design-days, not only was I more determined and immersed in my my work than most days, but more appreciative of the project itself. With our substantial knowledge regarding the human heart, our task was to collaborate as a team of 3 to build/create a one-way valve from scratch with the materials provided: Ziplock bag, toilet roll, elastic bands, ping pong balls etc.

One of my key takeaways from today is to be able to understand and experience the importance of team work as well as the significance of putting our heads together to develop a well thought out plan/ideas. I learnt that by working together, it will allow the team to further their problem solving skills. Moreover, I believe that another key takeaway from today is to understand and acknowledge that there is always more than one way to solve a problem, more than one solution and more than one method of completing the task.

Since my team was able to create a functional one-way valve on our first prototype through trial and error of ‘The Water Test’, if I could do it all again, I would change the fact that my team and I were successful on your first trial, this is because If my team were to had failed, it would allow more room for problem solving skills and further investigation/scrutinising of our product to allow success.

Testing Our 1st Prototype

I use to think that creating a one-way valve from scratch would be quite simple, however, through todays experience, I have realised otherwise through encountering numerous problems. One of the few elements that I believed worked in my first prototype was the

Timline Of The 20th Century (History10)

Although there were many historically significant events that occurred in the 20th century that has impacts not only my life, but the world we live in today, I strongly believe that World War 2 and the Independence of India are the two most significant events of the 20th century.

Not only has WW2 shaped/changed the world and society we live in today, but it also allows human kind in the present day to reflect upon the mistakes, tragedy, victories and conflicts that occurred during the event, as it was the deadliest military conflict in history with over 60 million casualties. Despite the tragedies, it allows us to study and understand different forms of leaderships, various allied countries and most importantly, allows us to reflect.

Secondly, I believe that the establishment of India’s Independence in 1947 was as significant as WW2. This is because not only has the leader of the Indian independence movement, Gahndi, become one of the worlds most influential person, but has also highlighted the importance of passive-resistance campaigns.

Business – Unit 4: Functions – Questions Of Inquiry

Factual:

What are the production methods businesses use?

Every product and service created has several different methods of handling the conversion or production of the process. There are 3 methods that we’ve looked in deathly in to, Job production, Batch Production and Flow.

Firstly, the Job Method is when the completed task or specialty of creating a product is handled by one single worker or a group of workers to help alter the product to a specific specification or modification compared to the rest of the products. Job production can either be small-scale/low technology as well as complex/high technology. One of the most obvious example to understand of a job production is going to the hairdresser and getting your hair cut, this is a job production because each customer has a different requirement or taste to be included, in which they would like their hair to be cut therefore would require the employees to alter their “product”(finished hair cut) to their own likings or needs, this also applies to other examples such as designing your own house and also when tailoring clothing.

Furthermore, the second method of production is batch production. It is when the work for any task is divided into parts or operations, this means that each operation is completed through the whole batch before the next operation is performed. One example would be a bakery when making pastry, first you would mix all the dough and then shape them in to the bread, you would do this for every pastry and then move on after all the dough’s are shaped, then you proceed and place them in the oven. This is a series of completing one type of task for several products, then moving on to the next task, therefore by using the batch method it is possible to achieve specialisation of labour.

Lastly, the final method of production is the Flow production. The Flow method is quite similar to batch methods, it is when a specific task is worked on continuously or where the processing of material is continuous and progressive. It is similar to an assembly line/production line as it also does require making a lot of the same things nonstop. However, this method is often more about suing machinery rather than using human skills/resources. An example would be the construction of a television,  this is because very rarely can you customise your TV, so this can be constructed by machinery rather than human resources.

2) How do businesses organize their financial information?

3) What motivates employees?

There are various methods and ways to motivate employees, this is because there are different aspects in which motivates people, some are driven by wealth and money, and others by interest and taste. However, there are 2 specific types of methods that motivation could be classified as, Intrinsic and Extrinsic. 

Intrinsic motivation essentially means being internally motivated as it comes from your personal self, this means that it is what trull motivates you as a person, not driven by a prize or a reward in return as you solely receive self satisfaction. This often applies when employee’s jobs are challenging, stimulating and interesting, this allows them to draw interest….. – not done-

Conceptual:

4) How do businesses determine the profit potential of goods and services?

5) How do marketers satisfy the needs and wants of markets?

Debatable:

6) What is the best way to motivate employees?

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7) To what extent has ICT created opportunities for business?

8) Is there an optimal leadership style?

Chinese – Tourism Communication

After a brief unit on tourism and the ideal and importance of experiencing cultures and diversity through travelling in chinese class , we had a oral presentation through conversing in pairs to  discuss different  values and opinions of and from tourists. Before doing my oral, I managed to review previous notes and articles based on different countries and the different aspects of CAS/ the trip or activities cover and how it may allow you as a person to develop or learn new things.

I think I did very well on elaborating my partner’s ideas and points as I was able to build on their ideas while contributing new ideas to further the conversation. Although I have noted down extensive vocabulary on my cue card, I was able to manipulate and use them when speaking. However, one of the weaknesses I had while conversing with my partner is the continuous stuttering when I was unable to conjure up ideas or put ideas together in a fluent way, resulting in the fact that I rumbled sometimes.

Business – Globalisation Presentation Reflection

Over the past month, our class has gotten in to groups of 4 in order to create a PEST analysis on a certain company by proposing a new branch in any country to help determine if the company would appeal internationally based on PEST factors.

PEST:

Political

Economic

Socio-Cultural

Technology

1) What did your GROUP do well?

One aspect of the presentation in which my group did well on is the consistency of the slides as well as creating different segue ways to help enhance the flow of our presentation in terms of content.

2) How could your GROUP improve?

Personally, I believe that my group could’ve made many improvements as a whole, one being the stiffness and statue-like stance within the whole presentation, we could’ve been more active and interesting/engaging by moving/walking. Another improvement that could’ve been made is to increase the creativity within our interactive activity, although our activity actually got the class to stand up and move around a little bit as well as have a mini debate, it could’ve been more creative, as this interactive idea is rather generic.

3) What did YOU do well?

I think I did well on communicating orally as well as physically in general, this is because I was able to make consistent/constant eye contact with the audience, this also adds on to the fact that I rarely looked down at my notes, thus, increasing the understanding of the audience as well as the flow of my presentation despite minimal stutters occasionally.

4) What could YOU do to improve?

There are many factors that I could potentially improve on, such as the fact that I was almost statue-like during my presentation, beforehand, I was actually planning to walk around and move around while talking/presenting to make it more engaging, however I was not able to do so during the actual presentation. I can also improve on increasing my background knowledge on other outside factors relating to my topic in the PEST analysis, this way, I will be able to answer any questions from the audience that re indirectly relating to what I spoke about.

 

5) What did you like about the assignment?

I liked how there was a requirement to include an interactive activity to help engage the audience, this makes presentations much more withstand-able, this will also stimulate the audience’s mind based on the specific presentation in order to get the audience more involved.

6) What would you change about the assignment?

I think that the only change I would make to this presentation is to change the presentation dates to an earlier time, this is because we had a 1-week CNY break in between working on our presentations, and presenting it right when we got back. Personally, I thought it was a disadvantage, this is because my group became extremely distant over the break despite the many emails, we weren’t able to properly communicate and collaborate on the project as some of my group members were behind on doing their part of the project therefore it was crucial to work on it. This ‘change’ may be unrealistic due to time constraints before the break, however it could’ve changed my performance and work quality if we were to have presented earlier.

7) What was the BEST presentation? Why?

The best presentation in terms of engagement and creativity was probably the Best Buy presentation as they were the only group that truly got the whole class to be more engaged and moving around throughout the entire presentation. Also, their way of presenting was more unique and interesting as supposed to the rest of the groups that did an average-interactive activity at the end of their presentations.

Business – Unit 3: Globalization – Questions Of Inquiry

Factual:

Why do businesses expand globally?

Both small businesses as well as large corporations can reap the benefits of expanding operations globally knowing that growth is known to be a typical objective for businesses.  There are various reasons to which businesses do so such as retaining new personnel (ex. new employees that bring certain talents), remaining competitive, benefits in terms of the environment of the area (ex. HK – no tax), create or increase exposure (ex.promote brand world-wide), expand market size etc. In terms of expanding businesses globally to benefit from new personnels, this would allow major advantages in favour of certain businesses as it acts as an opportunity to staff the new firm with new and qualified people knowing that people are often recognised as the most important assets of a company as they are able to bring fresh ideas to the organisation (ex. new and innovative products/services such as the new iPhone 6 functions) as well as a sense of camaraderie/solidarity due to new and talented personnel as a result of the business expansion. This helps the business attain different employees that possesses different skill sets based on the location of the new branch.  Furthermore, another benefit is the increased exposure of the business as well as create a larger ‘global footprint’ in terms of what your business serves (ex. iPhone/apple —> Millions of people are using it); as a result it enables the business to gain a larger and greater brand recognition and possibly facilitate even more expansion in the future as well as attain greater ‘respect’ from customers & potential business partners  (domestic market), as they may now view you as a bigger competitor/player in your industry. Lastly, one of the most important aspects to which business owners expand is due to possibly a more favourable work environment for the business in the new branch (ex. offers more favourable economic Conditions that in the ‘home country’ , lower taxation  and fewer environment  regulations). For examples, workers in other parts of the world are sometimes willing to work for lower wages than those in the ‘home country’, which then reduces labor costs (it is more ‘business-friendly’) and results in more profit for the business in the long term.

Conceptual:

2) How can we analyse a market’s suitability for expansion?

Before expanding a business globally, you must consider different factors that are favourable and unfavourable for your specific needs. There are various ways to analyse a market’s suitability for expansion such as analysing the environment in terms of PEST factors that shall be analysed by the company to achieve optimum and idea performance, it is also a concept in marketing principles consisting of environments and factors such as Political Economic, Socio-cultural and technological to help determine the different opportunities and threats that the new branch you are expanding your business to will pose as well as how these factors will affect the performance and situation of your business in the long term. This is because expansions or new branches can pose threats for companies that are not ready for the challenges of growth or change as it will be essential for the company to expand on a profitable level as well as have the capability of sustaining, not just from a sales growth level (ex. there should be a defined reason for expansion such as entering in to new and potentially portable market segments in terms of socio-cultural and how the environment will affect the business). Other ways I’ve heard of to analyse a market’s suitability for expansion is also by using other similar analytical tools such as the SWOT and PESTEL analysis. However, the PEST analysis is a useful tool for understanding market growth or decline and possibly the potential and ‘direction’ and planning for your businesses as it acts as a business measurement tool, the acronyms for PEST are a framework that helps review the situation of the area/location in which the business would expand to by taking all environments in to consideration.

3) How does one determine if an action is ethical?

Ethics are about what is morally right and what is wrong. However there are various ways to examine and discover wether or not an action it ethical, however, an ethical decision is one that is both “legal and meets the shared ethical standards of the community”. In terms of businesses and companies, there is a link between business ethics and corporate social responsibility, CSR as the two concepts are closely linked. Businesses face ethical issues and decisions almost every day, in some industries the issues are very significant as it can greatly impact their business in terms of factors such as profit, branding and reputation (ex. Using fur from already endangered animals to make a fur coat) etc. One will be able to determine if wether or not their actions are ethical based on themselves questioning as well as taking in to consideration their own well-founded standards of right and wrong in terms of rights, behaviour, obligations, benefits to the society or to self (ex. Deforestation will not benefit the society and will not be fair to mother nature/destroying animal’s habitats just for the means of producing paper/notebooks), fairness etc. Another way to determine if an acton is ethical or not is to examine one’s standards to ensure that they are reasonable and well-founded and wether or not the action lives up to moral beliefs and moral conducts and possibly live up to the standards that are reasonable yet solidly based.

Debatable:

4) To what extent do businesses behave ethically?

I strongly believe that businesses only behave ethically to a certain extent, especially in the public eye since businesses are under increasing pressure to behave ethically.  As such, the actions of businesses are under constant scrutiny by the news media, government and various pressure groups. Also, knowing that the industries are getting more and more competitive in todays world, it becomes easier and easier for businesses to behave unethically due to greed, competitiveness and advantages.  For example, in practice, fairness is incredibly difficult to enforce as businesses and people are trying to gain some unfair advantage for their own selfishness of wanting whats best for the company despite other impacts it may have on other factors and environments/ people. As mentioned before, the increased pressure and competitors within a business or an industry is increasing, which will either force many to make unethical decisions or influence them to make more ethical decisions in the public eye. Furthermore,  our perceptions of whether we do “what’s right” depend on such things as the situation and our own values therefore many companies may value one thing and others value another, therefore ethical behaviour may vary based on the business’ values and expectations or standards. Also, it also depends on to the extent that fairness and ethical  behaviour are in the ‘eye of the beholder’ as it may vary with different operations/types of businesses. For example, while a paper-making factory may find it necessary to chop down trees to meet the demands of the society of having paper, on the other hand, environmental organisations will find the act extremely unethical, however in the factory’s defence, its what the public wants — shows how the factory values the public opinion). However many business may act unethically intentionally to have their personal gains such as profit, however we must understand that this short-term unethical act may leave a long term impact (ex. on their reputation).

5) To what extent does globalisation create opportunities for business?

I think that globalisation does create opportunities for business to a certain extent, however there are many threats and disadvantages that includes, it is also known that business do not ‘create’ globalisation but merely react to it. In terms of opportunities, firstly, globalisation means more business opportunities and increasing efficiency and opportunities that open markets create therefore creating more and more competition than ever before as new markets are available while new competitors are emerging. This way, businesses are able to communicate efficiently and effectively with  their partners, suppliers, and customers and manage better their supplies or inventories, and distribution network, which are all vital to ensuring a successful business. This would allow local producers to sell their products/services in distant markets with the same ease as their ‘home country’ knowing that the ability to conduct business internationally is an absolute necessity to remain competitive in today’s industries. For example, Apple can now sell their high tech gear with the same ease in Hong Kong as supposed to in Canada due to globalisation as different functions such as technology will help broaden their involvement into new international markets, as a result as mentioned in question 1, it will help expand and promote their brand. Although it may bring many opportunities, mainly in expanding as a business, however there are also disadvantages of the impact of globalisation towards posing opportunities for a business. This is because, knowing that globalisation his all about new risks and uncertainties brought about by local markets, intensification of competition and high degree of imitation; however, although there are many opportunities that have been brought, businesses and corporations will now face unstable demand and business opportunities as their products or services may possibly quickly become commodities (leaving them  with no pricing power/under constant pressure by new competitors).  To conclude, knowing that globalisation provides efficiency and increased quality of the service of product, I believe that the disadvantages that come with the opportunities counterbalances as many of the benefits and opportunities to the effects of globalisation would naturally trigger a larger and more intense amount of competition anyways, putting your business under constant pressure.

Civics – “Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.”

“Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.” -Paul Collier

This quote was mentioned and said by Paul Collier, a Professor of Economics at Oxford University, in the book he wrote “The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It” that explores the reasons why impoverished countries fail to progress despite international aid and support. I believe this quote portrays the reality of our world today, and how it should be. If someone is elected leader it does not necessarily mean they have the power to make all decisions, it doesn’t give them the right to choose what to do with the power for his/her own advantage, it is us, the people, who truly has the power, or, who truly should have the power to choose as well as participate to make choices. It is then, where the person in power that gets to have the final say based on the demands.

Although I could not find out his objective from saying this, although I think the reason he felt the need to mention this quote is to speak the truth, possibly because some of us have not yet realise this. I chose this quote amongst many since it stood out the most to me. When reading this quote, it wasn’t necessarily the one quote I agreed with most, but it was the most thought provoking one. It made me wonder if this is true, yet, it is. In our world today, many of us perceive our leaders as the one who makes the decisions, and is allowed to. This acts as a reminder to what should be true to our society instead; of how everyone should have the right to make decisions and participate and voice their opinions on what they want.

Grade 9 Math Design Day

Like mentioned before,grade 9 consists of 2 design projects, one for English and one for Math. So far, we have completed the english task and is now moving on to the math design project. Personally, I will naturally find the math topic slightly harder as I know my strengths and weaknesses in subjects. Therefore, I am motivated to put all my effort in to creating a well written and planned product.

Our task is to create a professional proposal/report about any chosen topic, preferably about tourism as we ave studied that in Geography class making it more convenient because data has already been collected. Today, we have been introduced in to new application called “Adobe inDesign” in which we will use to help create our proposal. The variety of tools is quite similar to Adobe Illustrator in which we have used in our English design projects, therefore this time I am slightly more confident about my process and understanding of the project and tools as a whole.

Creating My Own Graphic Novel Sequence!!

Each year, we have approximately 2 design projects and each project will focus on one subject. This year’s design project will focus on English graphic novels and Statistical Case study proposals for Math. Right now, we have just completed the english design project as the goal was for us to create a graphic novel panel Sequence based on the book “The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway in which we were all given a scene in the book to illustrate through our design. This novel is based on the siege that occurred in 1992 in Sarajevo in which the plot revolves around a cellist who decided to play his cello in the town square for 22 days, one day for each individual who died the day of a shooting when they were buying bread.

Sarajevo 1992

Sarajevo 1992

In this project, we are meant to document our process of this project on a Google Document consisting all the work we’ve done as we have been required to do process journals, gantt charts, storyboards in order to show our learning through the process of creating our final product.

Project Documentation!

Project Documentation!

In my opinion, creating my graphic novel sequence was a difficult process as I have encountered many challenges consisting of my lack of knowledge on the application we are meant to ‘ink’ our panels, Adobe Illustrator. Challenges such as not being able to manipulate the techniques and functions of this application has affected me in the beginning, but after watching great amount of tutorials, it has significantly aided me in creating a successful panel sequence. Although Adobe Illustrator has aroused frustration at times, I have to admit that it has played a positive significant role in me being able to successfully communicate my ideas/scene towards the audience, based on the evaluation of my work. The photo below is a representation of the difference between an inked version of my design as well as an un-inked version of my design. The photos below proves that the technology significantly facilitates the communication of ideas as it allows the illustrator to create a deeper connection and understanding between the characters/panels within the design towards the audience.

Inked Version

Inked Version

Un-Inked Version

Un-Inked Version

As I mentioned, after going through the process of inking as a whole, I have overcame many challenges, technical challenges as well as challenges based upon patience! I admit that this process requires a large amount of patience and motivation to finish, luckily I had both and successfully created a final product that I am quite proud of considering that the appellation “Adobe Illustrator” use to be completely foreign to me, making me completely oblivious to majority of the functions available.. 

If I were to do this project again, I would like to create a gantt chart from the beginning of the project since after completing this, I have realised that time management plays a large role in it and is crucial to success knowing that this project consists of many stages and requirements and will be difficult to complete without a fairly good amount of time management skills. 

Overall, it was a great experience as it taught me many technological and mental skills throughout the process. It has really been a great learning experience as it has opened me up to new applications and different types of unique communication!!

Science – Introduction To Electricity

After a unit on Chemistry and the relationships between elements and atoms I’ve learnt a lot about the behaviour between different types of particles. This may aid my understanding while we progress on to the next unit about electricity and the physics on it.

To start off the new unit, we were to test different machines and experimental tools such as the Wimshurst, Tesla Coil and the Van de Graaf to help us gain an insight in to electricity and how it works.

Wimshurst

This machine is used to generate high voltages, this visually appeared between the 2 metal balls in front of the wheel as a small charge of electricity appeared. In order for this machine to generate electrostatic energy, we had to manually rotate and turn the handle on the back of the wheel to gain energy. While doing this activity, I noticed that there were 4 “wires” and metal wires that would brush along the wheel when being turned, my theory is that it would help create friction in order for the energy and electricity to get to the end of the stick (metal ball).

Wimshurst Machine

Wimshurst Machine

Van de Graaf

Another machine that we got to use in class was the Van De Graaff, an electrostatic generator. One of the demonstrations and experiments that were shown in class was to place a piece of cloth fur on the hollow metal globe on the top of the stand to see how the static electricity would cause the fur to raise up/stand up. Another trial we did was to use small pieces of paper and dropping it on the hollow metal globe on the top as well to see how the energy would travel causing the piece of paper to bounce off of the ball/machine.

 

Van De Graaff

Van De Graaff

By the end of this unit/during this unit, I would really like to gain a better  understanding on the relationship between the energy and charge causing to make things happen the way they are.

 Image Citations:

Wimshurst Machine

Van De Graaff

North Island, New Zealand – CAS 2014

My experience at a completely new and foreign environment was truly mind opening as well as an amazing experience, through out the 8 days that I have travelled around in the North Island, it has allowed me to open up to new experiences, culture, relationship as well as different activities! As a student, we are constantly being encouraged to push ourselves and step out of our comfort zone, this trip has created an opportunity for a large part of myself to experience new things as mentally & Physically challenge myself!

Sheep Sheering!

Sheep Sheering

Throughout the trip, I have opened up myself to form new relationship with new people, Knowing that we didn’t have a permanent accommodation in NZ (since we moved around almost every night), it allowed me to learn how to be more flexible with myself as I learnt to adjust every night . Many of the accommodations did not consist of any bathrooms within the cabin/room meaning that there was a communal bathroom and shower for everyone to share, after experiencing 8 days of it, I think that everyone has learnt to become more independent as a person as well as facing different challenges, large or small, some such as sharing a bathroom with someone else!

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I have never really seen myself as a risk taker before, but after mentally challenging myself, I can now saw that I was willing to take risks during the trip. For example, I have completed an activity called “The Sky Swoop” , it is a free fall high adrenaline activity where you get lifted up in to 40m up in to the air. This activity needed someone on it to initiate the drop (the person who rips the cord), I have taken leadership by volunteering as it added on to the mental challenge to initiate the fall. Normally, I would not have been brave enough to do something like this, let alone initiate it!

Sky Swooping with Keona and Viva!

Sky Swooping

One of my favourite activities was being able to surf on the famous Whagamata beach with icy cold water! Considering I have never surfed in my life, this was a great challenge to overcome mentally as I was afraid of not being able to stand up on the board, not to mention the freezing weather and ocean water! I have completed many attempts and it resulted in me falling off the board because, at first I wasn’t use to the momentum of the waves and ended up loosing balance and slipping of my board. But, Surprisingly, I was able to stand on the surfboard quite a few times at the end.

Cathedral Cove Kayaking Beach!

Cathedral Cove Kayaking Beach

A factor that has played a large role in making this trip so amazing was the positive attitude and vibes everyone gave as I even noticed myself enjoying every part of the trip! This was truly the highlight of my year as a student as I have acquired various skills physically and mentally! Thank you to “Little Brown Kiwi”, the teachers who organised this and the students that participated for making this trip truly memorable.

Grade 9 English Design Day

 

 

 

Today was one of the first of two design days we will have in grade nine. In English class, our previous summative was for us to create a graphic novel panel sequence based on the graphic novel “American Born Chinese”. Recently, our class has read the book “The Cellist Of Sarajevo” featuring the day in the life of ordinary citizens living in the siege in Sarajevo and the different challenges they face.

As our design task, we will be required to document the process of creating a digital graphic novel panel sequence by using the “Adobe Illustrator” application, it allows us to perform certain functions that can help benefit us when creating and refining our panel sequences. The photo below shows the completed practice template of our tutorial on this application. Through this, I have learnt a bit more and gained a better understanding on the basics of this app. We were required to use the guidelines shown to outline the word “VECTOR” with straight and curved lines.

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Another principal part of this design day is learning more about how to create  Grantt Chart as well as finding about how to use one and the different things you may use it for. We were given a scenario at which we were responsible for planning different factors and processes of the trip, when planned, we had to then transfer it on to the chart and mark it by using different color fills to indicate the markings.

 

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I really look forward to finding out how we are able to use the “Adobe Illustrator” application as it may be useful in the future!

Business – Unit 2: Business Fundamentals – Questions Of Inquiry

Factual:

1) What influences supply & demand in a market?

There are many factors that may influence the change in the supply and demand curve such as non price determinants. For instance, factors such as a change of income, preference, market size and expectations of future prices may influence the demand of the society and active buyers. On the other hand, non-price determinants of supple factors such as cost of resources, taxes, subsides, price of a related good, weather, technology and the number of producers may influence the increase or decrease in supple, which will shift the curve to the right or the left, this applies to both demand and supply. Furthermore, price determinants will affect the quantity demanded/supplied as it will move slog the curve.

2) How can economic sectors relate to each other?

The production process consists of 4 different stages and sectors such as the primary industry, secondary industry, the tertiary industry and the quaternary. The primary industry consists of the extraction of materials and natural resources which will later on be needed in the following industries as it the base of the production process, without it, other sectors may not be able to sell anything. The next sector is the secondary industry where it is the output from the primary industry, where it takes the raw materials from the previous sector to be processed into manufactured goods which will then be used in the tertiary industry, it is the production of service where it takes the manufactured goods from the first 2 sectors to provide services to private and corporate clients for selling/buying, showing the importance of each one that actually leads up to the final stage. The sector that relies least upon others is the quaternary, it provides a service that is knowledge based as it will not affect other sectors and is not reliant on the others to function. These economic sectors acts as a cycle and is interdependent and can often be switched up/modified in order to suit the situation to produce a product as each sector has their own role in this chain.

Conceptual:

3) What path do raw materials take to consumers?

There are different ways and paths that apply to each good as they all begins at raw materials. The goods produced would go through different industries called the chain of production in order to reach the state it is at when the good has been finalised. Certain products may not take the same path as others such as modifying the different steps in the chain of production. For example, the Crocs Shoe brand goes through many/all of the economic sectors. The raw materials such as rubber is extracted and collected in the primary industry and will be given to factories in the secondary industry to manufacture the shoe. Afterwards, the sandals/shoes are then shipped and be sold globally which is part of the tertiary industry. This shows how this brand and product went through the every economic sector, meaning that other product may vary accordingly. An example would be cotton balls/cotton. The cotton will first be collected through the cotton plant, which belongs in the primary sector as it is a raw material being extracted. Then, this is where we see the difference between this example and Crocs, where as the cotton will not require manufacturing for the product resulting in a modification of the process as it skips the secondary industry, going straight in to the tertiary industry where the product will be sold globally/to buyers. In conclusion, the process and path that a good/product takes from raw material to consumers may vary as different products will posses and have their own method of production.

4) How is equilibrium reached in a market?

Equilibrium is met/reached when the quantity demanded by buyers is equal to the quantity supplied (qd=qs). This is where both the buyers and seller are satisfied. If price are above/below equilibrium, it would either create a shortage/surplus meaning that market forces will have  to put downwards or upwards pressure on price (depending on if the price is above/below Equilibrium). In this case, the shortage/surplus will have to decrease until equilibrium will be reached.

5) How is price determined in a market?

Price is determined by a change in quantity supply as well as a price of related goods (Compliment, Substitute)/Related good. If the quantity supply increase, the price would increase, meaning that there will be a shift up the supply curve as well as an upward increase on price (x-axis) — vice versa.

Business – Unit 1: Entreprenuership – Questions Of Inquiry

Factual:

1) What creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to start a business?

One of the key opportunities for entrepreneurs to start a business is acknowledging and realising the unmet needs and wants of the society. For example, there will be different demands coming from the society, this creates the opportunity for entrepreneurs to further develop their visions accordingly and find inspiration through these demands. These requests also acts as a new idea that your business can revolve around, for example you can either invest in a certain product that is on high demand, or even create a product according to how fast its advancing at (ex. You can take advantage of how fast technology is advancing now a days, more functions and options can be offered/created). Another business opportunity is to meet the needs of people who don’t have a voice in the society, this way, you can not only meet the wants of certain people, but also the needs. There would be other factors affecting this such as how the economy is doing, which many manipulate many people in to starting/investing in to more business which encourages more people to take risks and possibly receive the reward of profit and gain. Furthermore, other factors such as different methods and inventions may trigger the society’s perspective towards a certain good, for example a new idea may result in a larger demand of it from the community. This may mean that people may want to keep up with the “latest trends” and products.

Conceptual:

2) How do entrepreneurs respond to the needs & wants of society?

Needs and wants of the society allows Entrepreneurs to gain a better understanding on how to further develop their ideas (services and wants). Often, entrepreneurs may find inspiration or new ideas coming from the society, this can drive innovation as well as invention for a certain product. It also allows the business to grow as a whole due to the fact that there are demands that need to be met, creating more opportunities for the business to develop. Entrepreneurs may respond by doing what is asked by the society or, finding inspiration from is and innovate from their previous ideas to create a more advance/improved good.

3) Why do individuals become entrepreneurs?

There are many factors that can drive people to become entrepreneurs. Factors such as the want to implement a new idea upon the society, perhaps someone came up with a new idea for a good/product or service that no one else has thought of that can both improve and make people’s lives better. The idea may help people, while giving you the chance to earn a substantial income. Being an entrepreneur allows you to give back to your community and take action by meeting the demands of other people as well as creating a better living environment for people in a positive way. Many just wants to take part of the society as entrepreneurs requires for analysing the state of the world, and are always searching for places/communities where their passion, ideas and strengths can make a larger impact on the world. It may give joy to the entrepreneur as they share their idea with the world, as well as taking on the responsibilities of responding to what the people want/people’s voices. In conclusion, many would be compelled to become a entrepreneur simply because they possess the traits and skills needed of good entrepreneurs and would like to share it with others and become their own boss as well as the sense of taking control of your own life as the business will allow you to work at your own pace which creates a flexible work space.

4) What drives innovation?

Many factors such as the advancing of technology & demands/wants of the community etc. may drive innovation towards the entrepreneur. For example, a new feature of technology ay drive innovation as it inspires the entrepreneur to develop new ideas while taking advantage of how fast the technology in our society is advancing. It creates more opportunities to manipulate different functions and designs to incorporate in to the new product. Another factor are the needs and wants/ high demands of the society, this pushes the company to create a newer and better product in order to stay on top and sustain their reputation. It also, creates a sense of competitiveness and the need for the entrepreneur to create a new product that will become more popular than others.

Debatable:

5) Are the traits that are needed to be successful as an entrepreneur always the same?

The traits may vary according to your type of business, but you must understand the different steps  that entrepreneurs are willing to take to build a successful business. For example, you need to make sure that your proposal/idea is unique and different compared to your competitors (distinctive) making sure that you will be able to stand out amongst everyone else, this way, it allows your company and other people to innovate from it. Also, you need to maintain a good attitude and keep an open mind towards the different opinions and wants from the society. The first principle to consider in selecting any new product or service is to determine if it fills a genuine, existing want/need that customers have right now. This shows how you cannot keep a close mind about creating a product, this is because if you think the product is amazing, others may not agree. So, you need to see how your idea will affect different people (negative and positively). Another trait that may come in handy is knowing the fundamentals of taking risks to help your business grow, and as a result you may be able to profit from it (with risk comes reward). You must be organised in a sense of having a vision of what you want your business to achieve. One of the most important aspects of running any business is to have a clear vision of what you want that business to be like (ex. What do you want to be known for in the market). This way, you can build a steady base to build on over your progression. Once you gain clarity on your vision, you must be willing to develop a plan. You need to take time to map out what needs to be done to achieve your outcomes/reach your goals. This means that you aren’t able to “wing it”, as you should set goals for what and when you want to complete. Determination is also a key/important trait to being a successful entrepreneur. This means that you don’t back down just because there is tough competition, you must also be determined to meet the demands of the society. For example in class, I took an “Entrepreneur Computability Quiz” that asks questions about you as a person and if you’re fit to become an entrepreneur. One factor was to be determined and not be afraid to share your ideas with others, this way, you don’t just sit back and let other people do the talking, you must be the one who takes action and contributes as well.

6) To what extent should competitors work together?

There are different perspectives and choices that will be made from different companies depending on the type of business and product they sell/have. Having to work with your competitor may be a good choice to make as it may benefit your company as well as theirs. For example, if both companies sell sports clothes they can come to gather and advertise cooperatively in order to save resources (ex. money, people, space), but in this case, it would only work out if they make different types of the same products (ex. shorts and clothing instead of both companies selling the same product). By doing this, it may also raise the reputation of one company if the other is doing well in the industry. For example, if knee socks are trending in society right now and, that company advertised with another company that sells shoes, it may help the company that sells shoes to raise awareness as well as attention from buyers. Also, it can build a stronger business in the marker compared to other businesses when 2 companies cooperate with each other. This way, there will be less competition out there. Furthermore, there are also many reasons being that companies would not agree to work together and there will be existing factors that support this POV as well. One of them being that one business owner might not think it is not logical to cooperate with your competition and that overpowering them & eliminating them is the only way for their business to grow and develop in the market. Generally, it is possible for any types of entrepreneurs to adapt in to a successful business despite his/her decision in cooperating with competitors, many entrepreneurs posses different traits and it still allows him/her to be successful as it supports the fact that not everyone has to has a set/certain skill set in order to achieve success in the business. Both cooperating or non-cooperating with other companies still may allow success in accomplishment of an aim or purpose of your business. There is no justifiable answer towards this, this decision simply lies in the hands on each business and what is best for them.

7) Is there an optimal form of business ownership?

There is no optimal form of business owner ships because, there are different factors to which the best ownership structure for your business depends on the type of services or products it will provide. For example if your business involves in high-risked activities and services (ex. stock trades), having a business entity that provides personal liability/limited liability may be your best choice as it protects your personal assets from business debts and claims, meaning that a limited liability company/LLC may be your best choice of ownership. Another form of structure is ‘Partnership’, in this case, this type of business structure may benefit businesses that require different types of expertise as well as businesses in need of further financial aid as both owners may take out loans. There are also disadvantages such as having unlimited liability, meaning that if the business fails, so will the individuals as their collateral/personal assets may be in risk. Other forms of business ownerships includes sole trader, this type of structure may benefit small startup businesses as this type of structure is Quick & easy to set up meaning that the business can always be transferred to a limited company once launched. One the other hand, some businesses do require and have an optimal form of business ownership hat suits them very well, allowing success through the business depending on which type/industry it is in as well the justifiable reasons to further support a certain choice of the ownership. It is truly up to the business itself and believing in which ownership it suits best and how it will both benefit and provide loss despite what type of industry it is in, in order to build on a more successful business.

Music-Playing & Theory

I think that my performance in my playing test in class the other day was pretty good as I did practice and worked very hard in order to “perfect“ the song. I got a 9/10 for my scales and a 9/10 for my playing solo, I think that I have come really far from my first playing test as I got a good mark for the first semester. It acted as a motivation to continue to do good and improve, instead of just slacking of. I wanted my work and effort to be consistent in order to achieve more and better things.

playing scales
Playing solo song

I did practice consistently on a daily basis as it shows in my practice diary that I keep playing for at least 20 minutes a day in order for my playing will improve and be consistent.

THeory 1theory 2

Looking at my theory, I don’t think I did that well as I spent more time practicing my flute rather than studying and understanding the concepts of theory. I got a 5/8, I think that there is a LOT of room to improve and I hope to do so in the future. I think I did deserve the mark I got as I know myself that I’m not very familiar with some of the concepts.

Throughout the whole year in music, I have consistently brought my flute home and review/practice the content and compositions we have learnt in class in order to acquire good skill, so that I can apply it such as on to my playing test for this semester. By looking and refereeing back to my practice diary, I have consistently marked down the dates and the amount of time I practice in order to keep track of myself. I think that I deserve a 6-7/8 as I played fairly well but made some mistakes through out the piece. I practiced for about 30-45 minutes the night before and perfected all the pieces, but when I did the actual playing test I got quite nervous and didn’t hit some of the high notes on my flute. For the following years, I really want to focus on music theory as that is one of my main weaknesses, in the beginning of last month, I have already began to review all my theory notes consistently maybe on alternating days so that I can keep a fresh mind, as I find theory difficult to do. I aim to develop new and better skills in terms of playing and also knowledge. I practice on average for about 4-5 days a week, and whenever I don’t practice consistently through out the days, I make sure to even out the times to make up for the loss such as practicing for 30 minutes the other day since I didn’t practice the day before. For each session, I do meet the minimum time of at least 20 minutes. I do hope to learn more about my instrument in different ways in order to improve my skills.

French – End Of Year Reflection

This is my last year taking french as part of my academic courses so it acted as a strong motivation for me to further improve on my skills to enhance my techniques and variety. I think that taking a third language has really helped me open up to new experiences such as the different cultures and how this language actually plays a role in their daily lives.

I think that my participation throughout the year has gradually increased as I became slightly more confident with/about my knowledge, not being afraid to share them with my peers. My teacher and classmates has both encouraged me and push me to help me take risks. Now, I think that I have participated more often compared to the beginning of the year, because as I learnt more, i became more confident so I wasn’t afraid to share my thoughts.

If I was taking french next year, I would really like to improve on my grammar and range of vocabulary as I usually make many careless mistakes due to the lack of focus and attentiveness. In the future, my goal is to become fluent in french.. Well, at least be able to hold an actually conversation with a local/someone who’s fluent in french as it would be able to test my skills and all the hard work I’ve done to build it up.

Learning french has been quite difficult for me as there are many challenging aspects and concepts to learn and get a grasp on. But, I think that my teacher has made it easier to do so by providing extremely useful activities to either help us with our skills or even on our tests! She provided many creative and effective games that together as a class we can do and can assure us that it will help us enhance our knowledge/skills while engaging us as well.

Although, this class is coming to an end for me, I will always miss those times where people pointed out my careless mistakes. Having french as a weakness in my subjects, I really do think that this experience can help me grow as a student and as a learner.

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Mus-Criterion D- Reflection

During class I do participate and engage in playing songs or compositions, I do put in effort in order to play my best and try and improve throughout the whole year/semester. I take my flute home almost everyday and practice for more than the minimal requirement as music isn’t one of my strengths, meaning that I know it would be beneficial to my performances for me to practice more than required. I think that I deserve a 6-7/8 as I do put in my best effort every class and never hand in any assignments late and make sure that I try my best and attempt to make further improvements on my work, knowing that music is one of my weakest subject. I take my time and reflect on my whole journey in music and put in a lot of effort to look for improvements in my reflection (wordpress). This year, I attempted to participate more in class in order to take more risks and grow as a learner. By doing this, it can help broaden my knowledge and gain a better understanding in music in general.

 

 

桂玲之旅

烹飪學校

 

      今年學校帶我們到桂林和陽朔去旅遊。我們整個星期都過得很開心。老師帶我們到處探索,其中包括烹飪活動。到了烹飪學校,有一位本地人教我們怎麼做各式各樣的食物。蛋餃子是我最喜歡的菜,也是陽朔的傳統食物。 菜飯裡加了蠔油,使菜味發出一股香噴噴的味道。做菜時大家口水都流出來了,做完菜後,大家吃著自己煮的食物,個個吃得津津有味!學了烹飪,我學到更多的烹調技巧,還體驗了不同地方的文化。況且我們還能夠吃我們自己煮的菜,真是難忘的經驗。

 

Physical Education – Personal Survival Level 2 Quiz

Quiz:

  1. Why should you keep your clothes on in cold water?

 

Answer: To conserve the heat and energy in your body since the warmth gets trapped under your clothes preventing the heat form escaping

 

 

  1. What clothes should be removed?

 

Answer: Heavy clothes that are not suited for water and can possibly weigh you down

 

 

  1. Why should you keep your head out of the water as much as possible?

 

Answer: To conserve heat, since it is very easy for heat to escape/be lost through the head area and also to be aware of what’s around you, either danger or any signs of help

 

 

 

  1. If you have to swim during an emergency, why should you take floatation aid with you?

 

Answer: So it can help you float above the water meaning that you can save energy instead of wasting your energy by treading in the water.

 

 

  1. What is the safest way of entering the water?

 

Answer: Sliding in to the water

 

 

 

  1. Why should you avoid jumping into unknown water?

 

Answer: because the contents in the water is unkown, such as rocks, waste, living things etc.. , it may be harmful to you or your body

 

 

  1. What should you wear when going out in a boat?

 

Answer: Life vest, light/warm clothing, appropriate shoes (Not slippery),

 

 

 

 

 

  1. When and why would you use the huddle?

 

Answer:  To keep warm and stay with others/in a group in order not to lose each other and also to conserve heat as well as energy

 

 

  1. If you were alone in cold water, what position would you use?

 

Answer: I would use the position HELP, heat, escaping, lessoning and position to help endure a longer period of time in the water since it conserves and saves energy instead of treading in the water.

 

Art – Color, Texture, Tonal

 

Tonal

Explain the process of adding value to your drawings.  What needs to be done so that shading is effective?

It was fairly simple to add value to my art composition since I personally think that I have good control and knowledge over my shadings meaning that I know the amount of pressure and the different types of techniques to apply/use on to my art. In my practice pieces, I had practice different techniques and effective ways to shade my art to add depth in to it to develop the type of shape and form the object has in my art. The process of adding values to my drawings is rather the technique used, such as if there were light shining on the specific area of the object, I would apply slight pressure on to the pencil to create a lighter value/shade showing where the light is hitting the object, I will then slowly darken the area around it by gradually making the value darker and darker by adding more pressure on to the pencil to represent the depth in my art composition. The contrast between the lighter value and the darker value in my art composition also represents the perspective of my object making it clearer to the audience. One aspect that needs to be achieve in order for the shading to be effective, it is to make sure that you’ve made it clear and contrasted the different areas of the object to show its dimensions and the perspective that the audience will be looking at it from. In order to create effective shading, you will also need to make sure that the different tones and values are applied on to the correct areas of your object in order to create dimension, angles and perspective making it look as realistic as it can get, to give it a better concept, making it more visually pleasing to the audience.

 

Texture

Explain the process of creating texture in your drawing.  What do you have to do in order for the viewer to see an implied texture?

It was a rather long process for me to create my texture for my art composition since the texture that I wanted to imply on to my art was animal’s fur such as a rabbit and a hamster in my composition. It was quite a challenge for me to create my texture since there were many different varieties of shades and colors to my texture meaning that I would have to both focus on the texture while blending and matching the colors of the fur accordingly. The process that I went through is layering the furs to make it neater and so that none of it would look out of place also to show the thickness and the amount of fur the animal has which compliments and contributes to the texture of the fur. I created these layers corresponding back to the colors that were used. For example, even if the fur was white, I used a white color pencil to layer the fur making it look neater and also giving the whiteness in their fur a more detailed texture. In order for the viewer to see an implied texture, you would have to use the right kind of medium in order to make it look as realistic as possible, another aspect is also to use the right kind of technique and tools to help enhance the texture such as coloring softly comparing to putting pressure on the pencil, or using an eraser to create value, too. The type of technique I have applied to my texture of fur is to start the piece of hair out with slight pressure on the tip of the pencil and then bring the line out in a swift motion creating a neat hair/fur, also making sure that the pencil is sharpened in order to get the full effect to make the fur look clearer and more defined.

 

 

Color

Explain the process of blending colors with the color pencils.  What do you have to do in order for the blends to be effective?

Since I focused on “cool colors” in my art piece rather than warm colors, it would be easier for me to blend in the different shades of colors used since there isn’t a large contrast between the colors, making it easier to blend. My process of blending was rather quick and fast since I had previously grasped and learned this concept meaning that I have a good understanding on the different types of techniques to use when blending. Since once of the areas that I had to blend included the colors light blue and White. I first started off with the lightest color and slowly started with a lot of pressure on the color pencil and gradually decreasing when reaching the middle line so it fades in to the color white (Make sure that the color pencil is tilted in order to get a better effect from it), I can help create a better effect of fading in to white by using an eraser to smudge or ‘dab’ with it to help the colors blend more without having it give a sharpened effect feeling. In order to blend effectively you need to make sure that the two colors that are suppose to merge together are correctly combined together in the middle to create a gradient effect so that there wouldn’t be a sudden dramatic change in colors (with out blending). By doing this, you can adjust accordingly to where the two colors will meet and the amount of pressure you will put on to the color pencil until they meet meaning that the closer the colors are going to get together, the less pressure you should put on to your color pencil making it easier to merge both colors in to one, avoiding the over-tint/darkness of both colors.

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Art – Klimt’s Fulfillment

How did Klimt use the elements to create PATTERN?

Klimt used different types of shapes and lines to create repetition. He used different shapes and emphasized it by drawing various versions of it whether it was the same portions or different. Klimt has also used the elements to create a pattern of swirl-like lines and shapes in the background and also in different places on the art to express his emotions and convey a message by creating repetition and eventually be seen as a pattern. A pattern is also formed by the different colors he has used. Most of the colors blend very well since they are not bright colors meaning that Klimt has a pattern of different colors and shapes used. Also, in the center/main attention of this piece, he has used the same shapes again and again to create a pattern, some larger than others and also the different color schemes which forms a pattern. The type of pattern Klimpt has applied on to his piece is that it makes the art more exciting by repeating an element as a way of decorating the art. One type of pattern that has been shown is that the artist has used various kinds of geometric shapes, which can express the type of emotion such as excitement through the forms and shapes or happiness through the repetition of each color in the elements as a pattern.

Durer’s Head of a Boy

How did Durer use the elements to create UNITY?


Durer used the elements to create unity with the use of colors and different tones and tints has made the art work a sense of completeness since the colors and textures of this piece seemed to be in harmony and they have a great match. This expresses and creates visual excitement for the audience. Since there were complexity and form in this piece, it is shown to be visually more pleasing to the eye compared to as if everything looked too much alike which would make a significant difference between what the artist would be portraying in the art piece. Also, by creating unity in this piece, the artist has also implied depth in to the piece. Another element Durer has used to create unity is by creating “implied texture” to express/convey a meaning, that meaning could be unhappiness or confusion since the texture implied in this art is rough which the audience can think of as ‘harsh’ or maybe even ‘anger’ as a metaphor through the rough strokes of his paint brush implied on to the composition.

 

Stuart’s The Skater

How did Stuart use the elements to create EMPHASIS?

Since the artists intention was to emphasize the most important part of his art/focal area, Stuart has  used different colors to differentiate the focal area of the art piece and the less important parts (ex. Background). Since the focal area of this piece is the man skating, Stuart used dark colors such as black/dark blue for the man and bright colors such as white for the background, this way, the audience will focus on what stands out since darker colors stands out more compared to white/light colors since it contrasts in colors and different values used in the piece. Also, Stuart created emphasis by using space, the ‘background’ and the space around the man is very simple and plain since there were not a lot of objects around him while the man was drawn/painted very detailed causing the audience to be attracted to it/turn their attention towards it, which in this case emphasizes the focal point. By putting the man in the middle of the paper/piece of art, it informs the audience that it is the most important part of the art since it refers back to the man being “the center of attention”.  With the use of emphasizing, the message conveyed can also be the feeling of loneliness or even calmness since it is portrayed int he art as the man being alone while wearing dark colored clothes.

O’Keefe’s Grey Line

How did O’Keefe use the elements to create BALANCE?

O’Keefe used the elements to create balance O’Keefe used the elements to create balance since the arrangement of the elements in the art work was intended to create a sense of comfort and balance. In this art piece, it shows a symmetrical balance since the implied effect on this art piece is mirrored. Since this piece of art is balanced, the visual weight is about the same on each side even though there were different colors used and a different variety on each side of the design. The 2 mirrored side of this piece are visually equal, this is created by lines and shapes the artist has used. The different forms and space implied in the art has created balance since the spacing between each line on the sides of the art are visually equal, which creates a sense of  unity and harmony. For example in this case,  A large shape close to the center can be balanced by a small shape close to the edge, and the balance provides stability and structure to this composition. It’s the weight distributed in the design by the placement of the elements. Also, the colors and values used in the composition gave a sense of balance and complexity since the darer shades and tones were applied to similar areas on each side of the symmetrical face.

Miro’s People and Dog in Sun

How did Miro use the elements to create CONTRAST?

Miro used the elements of design to create contrast in his composition by emphasizing the focal point of the art work and using the different colors to make the most important element stand out to the human eye/the audience. Miro used a combination of shape, line and color to portray a sense of contrast in his piece. For example, in the center of his art he used dark and bold colors, while as the background/ other areas in his art he has used dull colors, and in comparison, it creates a dramatic different between the two colors and elements meaning that it has emphasized it and created contrast between the two focal point and “background”. The contrast between colors has made the piece more exciting and it changes the mood compared to it having the whole art covered in bold colors, the composition gives a feeling of simplicity. There is also a bit of contrast between the textures implied between the focal point and the background. The focal point/most important part of the art work had a smooth texture while the background was a bit rough compared to the focal point, this shows contrast in texture and how the artist has used it. By contrasting the colors and textures, the messaged can be expressed as confusion since the colors and textures were completely different.

 

Degas’ Frieze of Dancers

How did Degas use the elements to create RHYTHM?

The artist has created rhythm by also forming and creating repetition of different types of elements such as colors in the tutu, shape of the people/tutu, the form of their bodies, the lines of their body shape and also the different value contrasts in the piece. Those aspects of this composition has helped develop rhythm in the art work since it will also unify it visually and creating a feeling of organization through the different elements. One of the most obvious element Degas has used to create rhythm is the repetition in the focal point, meaning that there will be no focal point since it was repeated 4 times (4 ballerinas). The colors were repeated as well as the different elements used. The different values and colors were the same especially when it was very well blended meaning that it gave a smooth feeling towards the audience, this also has impacted the emotions expressed since the colors fitted very well together and has very little contrast between it. Degas portrayed a calm feeling through his art. Another way Degas has created rhythm is also by having all the ballerinas in the photo doing the same action which is visually pleasing to the eye since the composition was not intended to emphasize or create a focal point between all of it, it is also a movement which is repeated/occurs regularly between different types of elements and creates a type of flow in the art piece.

Van gogh’s Starry Night

How did Van gogh use the elements to create movement?

Van Gogh used different elements such as color, texture, line, form to create movement in his composition “Starry Night”. By using the same colors as a repetition but with different values and shades applied to the piece, it has created an atmosphere where it seems like the colors flow really well together in the sky as if there were different shades of it. Since the same color was used in 95% of the art piece but with different shades, it creates a feeling of movement since the values and shades can represent the different stages the flow is at in the composition, this can give the audience a feeling of calmness and sadness at the same time. The use of texture has also helped create movement because of the different strokes Van Gogh has used to form a sense of direction and flow to create movement in the art piece. Also, all the lines were flowing in the same direction meaning that none of it looked out of place which creates movement since the directions of the lines are very smooth and also implied in the elements such as the swirl-like lines compared as the wind to create the realistic movement through it.

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English – Katniss’ Characterization

 

Katniss is brave and a leader.

 

Through out The Hunger Games book, Katniss portrays bravery and leadership through her actions and thoughts. Firstly, Katniss shows bravery by volunteering as a tribute for the Hunger Games. Katniss risks her life and volunteers as a tribute to take her sister, Prim’s place in the hunger games. She shows a lot of bravery through this action partly because District 12 rarely has a volunteer. This is because tributes from district 1,2 and 4 are Career tributes, and they have been training their whole lives for the games, as for district 12, they are very poor and has little or no experience or chances of winning. According to this quote, “So now at the age of 16, my name will be at the reaping 20 times” (CHPT 1). As you can see, Katniss has entered herself in the hunger games for more times than required. Through this action, you can see that that is her motivation and also she has a strong mind in keeping her family alive because Katniss is the only one in her family that can do that since, she has taken the role of her father as the “leader” in her family. She is doing this by trying to get in to the hunger games and try to win so she can support her family, as well as herself with food and other needs. Although, she knows that it is extremely hard to win the hunger games, she is brave by finding motivation through her sister Prim and keeping Prim alive, and trying her best to fight even when the odds are against her. Secondly, Katniss is the breadwinner of her family ever since her father died. Katniss’ father was the one who worked as a coal miner to supply their family with resources to keep them alive. Ever since then, Katniss has given up her childhood to work and risk everything she has to hunt in restricted areas or sell things to make money just to keep her family alive. Katniss shows immense bravery and leadership skills through these actions because it is very difficult for her to be the one that her family relies on, especially at a young age. It takes bravery to become a leader.

English – The Hunger Games “Rue’s Death”

Tension was created in this scene when Katniss has shown rebellion and hatred towards the Capitol through her actions during and after Rue’s death. The director used this scene to create tension by using different techniques such as using the camera to tell the audience something. For example, when Rue died, the camera zoomed in on Katniss’ face, the director did this so the audience would focus on her emotions, anger and hate.  This scene has created a lot of tension through out the movie because, Rue’s death has affected many different events that has and will happen in the movie. Firstly, Katniss’ feelings has changed drastically through Rue’s death, all the pain she has felt has turned in to anger towards to Capitol. Katniss’ feelings of rage toward the Capitol builds in her,her anger is what motivates her to take action. She does this by thinking of what Peeta said to her, “To show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games” (P.172). Katniss decides to show the Capitol that Rue was more than just a piece in their game, so she decorates Rue’s body with flowers to that Rue was important and that the Game-makers couldn’t care less. This shows that Katniss still had her humanity in her so that she could shame the Capitol in have they have done. Secondly, after Katniss has finished decorating Rue’s body with flowers, Katniss holds up the respect sign up to the camera as if she is trying to make the Capitol feel remorse and shame, and also to show her respect to the District Rue came from, District 11. Afterwards, people from District 11 started to make a mess of things while attacking peacekeepers to express their anger and feelings on Rue’s death. This shows that conflict is being developed firstly by Katniss, then with the other Districts, between the Capitol. This develops tension between the Game-makers because, Katniss’ act of rebellion is affecting other districts, causing them to rebel with her against the Capitol.

Drama – Shark Attack Teamwork

 

Describe the activity

The Teamwork activity (shark attack) required a lot of strategies to get your whole team across from one island to the other. So I would say that this activity was a bit challenging since this activity required a lot of communication. It was also very suspenseful and a bit nerve-wrecking since it was very important to follow the rules of not letting go an item, so everyone was very cautious of every move they make (physically).

 

What makes a good team?

I think that cooperation and reliability with each other makes a good team. This is because the point of having a team/team mates is so that you can rely on them and work together as one to accomplish your goal. A good team also communicates with each other and contributes equality towards a team (ex. sharing ideas, thoughts and helping each other out etc ). A strong team also shows commitment by putting effort in to it and not letting your team mates down on purpose.

 

What role did you play/How did you contribute?

During this activity, I contributed by communication with the “leader” (the person at the very front leading) by handing him/her an object such as a chair, paper or mattress so that they can cross to the other island. I did that by handing the closest person an object so that they would pass it down towards the person at the front and I often reminded them not to let it go, or else we would loose that object (I was kind of looking out for them).

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Drama – Stock Characters

Unit: Melodrama

 

Hero

In class, we did an activity about one of the characters of melodrama, Hero. Each one of us had to portray the characteristics of a hero. For example, my partner was Keona and we had to sculpt each other in to an action that looks and represents a hero. so I sculpt Keona as someone who is standing with her legs open and holding a bow. I also chose her dialogue to be: No problem, its as easy as flexing my fingers!” This shows that the hero is very brave and protective. For her gestures, I made her sway her shoulders when she walked to show that “nothing can stop her” and that she wont give up. When I, performed my scene, my given dialogue was “Ill be done in no time!”. For gestures, I used my arms to show that ill be done in literally NO TIME (exaggerated movements). I think that I can improve on the volume of my voice, because even though I spoke in a lower tone, I didn’t speak loud enough to portray the characteristics of a hero.

 

Villain

Today we practice the different gestures, motions and behaviors that a villain would do. A villain is usually hunched over and goes on his tippy toes to seem sneaky and creepy so that he/she can try to get to the heroine. So when my partner, Rachel and I volunteered. I was the hero and she was the villain. So first, I came out from the curtains looking for the villain. Then afterwards, Rachel comes out as the villain and follow closely behind my back, when I turned, she turned. So I would never see her, since the hero is not that intelligent, he would never see the villain behind him. Another skit that my partner and I prepared but never presented was that, I was the villain and she was the hero. So first, I would sneak out and look around at the audience to look for the heroine, then Rachel as the villain would come up from behind and whisper ‘Boo’ in to my ears, then I would jump backwards and fall (exaggerated), then one of my dialogue is to say “You will never win!”.

 

Heroine/Damsel In Distress

 

Todays focus was the heroine, during class discussions, we talked about the different ways she would act. For example, we talked about the difference between the damsel in distress and the heroine. The heroine is stronger compared to the damsel in distress, the damsel in distress is always in trouble and is a weak character. The heroine is usually brave and smart. But the two are similar because they both will/have to end up with the hero even though their personalities are different. In class, we had to pair up with a partner, so I decided to pair up with someone who I have never worked with before, my partner was Sachin. I was the heroine and he was the villain.Since the heroine always daydreams about the hero, i decided to start the skit out by sitting down with both my hands on my heart/chest and staring in to mid air. Then sachin, as the villain creeps up behind my and asks me to marry him, then I would deny and get dragged away. I think that I can improve on the tone of my voice and facial expression. This is because the heroine’s voice is really high and smooth, and my facial expressions needs to be bigger to show the emotion. I did achieve one of my goals by working with different people.

Exaggeration {Silent}

Today we had to do an activity working with exaggeration but with no sound or words. This means that we had to tell a story using exaggerated emotions so it would be obvious enough for the audience to tell what the story is and what the performers are saying or their script.

Our task was to (in partners) follow the script that was given by Ms.K and then perform it to the class with exaggerated movements.

 

Exaggeration:

I think that exaggeration is very important, especially when the performers/character are not using their voice or words. This is because it would be very hard for the audience to tell what is happening if the performers were not speaking. So people use exaggeration to make their actions more noticeable and that will allow the audience to have a better understanding on the story.

 

Improvements:

I think that I did okay for exaggerating my body language and movements. But I would really like to improve on exaggerating my facial expressions. This is because they can convey emotions, develop the story and communicate the feelings and thoughts of the characters to the audience. So this means that it would be much easier to let the audience know what you are trying to express through your facial expression.

 

Participation:

I contributed to the class by volunteering to go first and demonstrate to the class when Ms.K asked for volunteers For Script #1. At first, I was a bit nervous since I wasn’t very confident about how I would do. But then later on, I was feeling a bit more confident so my partner and I decided to volunteer for Script #2 again even though we didn’t need to since we already did for Script #1. In the future, I am looking forward to gaining more confidence when volunteering in class. I am working towards my goal by showing participation by going first.

 

 

Script #1:

Me: Hey!

Sam: Oh, I didn’t see you there!

Me: Would you like to go for some Hot chocolate with me?

Sam: No I cant, I don’t have time.

 

First, I jumped in front of sam and I used my whole arm instead of just my hand to wave at her face so I can exaggerate it even more. Then, sam jumped back with her hands in the air to show that she was surprise because “she didn’t see me there”. So then I used my arms to point at her and then tilted my head to the very back and used my hands to hold the imaginary hot chocolate. I exaggerated this movement by tilting my head back so the audience can tell that I was drinking something. Lastly, Sam shook her head really hard and then pointed to her wrist to show that she couldn’t and that she didn’t have time.

 

Script #2:

Teacher: Where is your Homework?

Student: I forgot to bring it, I’ll do it later

Teacher: No you cant!

Student: Im sorry *Cries*

 

My partner Sam and I exaggerated this scene by having her pretending to slap me and pushing me away when I tell her that I forgot to do my homework and that I’ll do it later. After she pushed me away, I exaggerated the crying scene by dropping to the floor and crying.

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Drama – Improvisation Unit Reflection

In the beginning, I was slightly scared of the thought of having to do improv since improv is where most/all of what is performed on stage is created on the spot meaning that it has spontaneity. I am always use to having a script or planned dialogue/actions to do my scene because I am the kind of person who likes to be prepared. This means that improv is a bit of a new territory that I was yet to experience. I was mostly shy and usually kept my ideas to myself due to my lack of confidence I have in improv/drama in general, but, I was still eager and interested in learning more about this form of theatre.

 

One of my failure moments was when I started to block the scene by saying “no” instead of “yes”, causing the other actors to have to re-build from another idea and eventually further develop the scene. I failed because I panicked and said something that I shouldn’t have, meaning that I have blocked my partner and that they will then have to endow the scene and take control. Along the way, I have learnt that even if I panic I should keep accepting and offering new ideas to advance the scene so my partner can build on my ideas and develop a direction for the scene. Another reason I had blocked the scene by saying “no” was because I ran out of ideas and wasn’t willing to take a risk to be spontaneous thinking that it might not be good enough and that I was afraid to fail. While I was blocking, I had moments where I was trying to speak but others tried to lead the scene on and maybe unconsciously started to go on and on about the scene while others, like me were trying to help develop the scene too.

 

One of my success moments was when my partner had offered me something such as an idea or question, I answer it in order to succeed in accepting it and then add on to it such as possibly redirecting the conversation back to him/her by asking a question or bringing up an idea/topic. This shows how I have succeeded in accepting his offer and further developing by turning it back to him by asking him a question to advance the scene. I have also failed by saying “no” to an offer instead of “yes, and…”, but I recover from that by offering something else related to the topic in order for my partner to accept. This shows how I have blocked the scene, but I have made a new suggestion which can cause the scene to turn to a different direction and it also shows how I have recovered from the blocking. One of the reasons I succeeded was because since this success moment was near the end/middle of the unit, I gained more confidence in this form of theatre and started to take risk and not panic. I did this by staying calm and listening to what the other actors are saying and which direction they are drive the scene towards. I also did this by saying whatever came in to my head spontaneously, since I wasn’t afraid to fail since failing in improv is okay.

 

During the summative and formative work, I was given very similar feedback each time, maybe this is because I focus too much on other aspects of improv. One of the feedbacks I got was to be more confident and don’t be afraid to build on to the scene in order to further develop it. I can also do this by staying focus and also keeping the scene focused so that as actors, we can all listen carefully to what each other is trying to say. Another feedback I got was to end with a good line and prevent yourself from keep leading the scene on when I’m running out of time and also that actions do make an offer, not only dialogue. This means that using gestures can speak or itself, for example putting your hand out to shake someones hand to represent yourself meeting someone or making a deal.

 

I have gained a lot of knowledge and understanding compared to the beginning. I have developed a skill of creating a scene/dialogue on the spot so others can build on it and develop it. I have learnt to take more risks and be more confident in life and that failing is okay.

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Drama – Improvisation

 

The drama concept of Accepting is embracing an offer made by your peers to further advance and develop and idea or scene. Often in drama, to accept a scene and develop the scene with the given idea from the other performer, it is the best to say “yes, and…” to build on the scene rather than block the scene by saying no. In the improv activity where 2 people had to sit in the chair and another 2 people had to be its hands, I ‘jumped’ up and volunteered to be the person talking. So my partner offered me something such as “So, is business going good in the farm?”, since the scene was set for me to be a professional milk producer from a cow, I got to build on to his offer by saying “Business has been going great and life with the cows are amazing. What about you?”. This shows how I have succeeded in accepting his offer and further developing by turning it back to him by asking him a question to advance the scene. I have also failed by saying “no” to an offer, but I recover from that by offering something else for example “No, but I do squeeze fresh milk from my cows”. This shows how I have blocked the scene, but I have made a new suggestion which can cause the scene to turn to a different direction.

 

An offer made in improvisation is an action or dialogue suggested by another actor/peer that gives a lot of possible direction for the scene to advance in. In the improv activity where we were given a scenario and 5 minutes to talk about it, I had offered my partners an action that can lead to some direction to advance the scene. For example, the scene was set in the hospital and I was visiting a patient so I said to the nurse “May we please have a moment? Ill only be 2 minutes”. It shows how I had offered an action for the nurse which can lead to another point in the scene. I have succeeded by making an action offer, since the ‘nurse’ would have to accept it. I have also attempted to make an offer of dialogue in the activity “Animal Experts”, I asked the people who played the experts “So, would you mind demonstrating the mating call of an eagle?”, by doing this I have offered and action/dialogue for the actor to do. This shows how I have succeeded in making offers that engages the audience too.

 

The focus is the center of attention of the audience, focus should be in one place at any time, if more than one act/gesture is going on concurrently, the focus is split. During an Improv activity where we were given a scene, my partner was a very ill patient while I was the visitor. I started to talk while he would constantly shake and occasionally shout or let out pain, the focus point was split between us two because the audience has to focus on 2 different people making noise. This shows how my partner and I have failed to maintain focus since there wasn’t really a center of attention for the audience. But during the “Animal Experts” activity, I have succeeded in maintaining the focus point during the scene. By doing that, there weren’t a lot of distraction while the center of attention from the audience is on the person who is talking. For example, when I was interviewing the experts, all the attention was on me since my other ‘interviewer’ did not interrupt.

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Is my iFolio ready to be included in school reporting?

Through out the year, I haven’t been consistently updating my iFolio due to the lack of time. But whenever I do, I make sure to update my audience/my peers with the progress and process I’ve made shown through the evidence and reflections on my blog. I reflect on the growth and improvements I have achieved throughout the school year and also, sharing my knowledge and growth with you.

Overall, I think that my iFolio is ready to be included in school reporting as it shows my progress and my true learning and personal experiences about different tasks and units.

Best Digital Work

I think that my best digital all year was the different widgets I have created on my iBook since it has helped me gain more knowledge about these programmes and has also helped me acknowledge how to add more variety towards any project to help the audience gain a better understand and also enhancing its effect on people, attracting more and more audience as it will not only include words and facts, but also different interactive activities and widgets.

iBook: Pneumonia - Interactive Image Widget

Since it was my first time creating or even acknowledging how to work and create different widgets on the iBook application, I think that I did a pretty good job on my interactive image as I have put in a lot of effort in to making it visually appealing to the audience. In order to make and complete this widget, I had to consider different factors such as the audience’ interest and how the widget will HELP and NOT confuse the audience.

I took a great interest in the science design project as science is a very interesting subject to me, it has allowed me to learn and touch on different subjects like I have never done before. It allowed me to share my knowledge in the world and also get introduced to a type of function in technology.

It was simply amazing!

CAS Week

About a week ago, Grade 8 went on their 2014 experience week to their chosen location. The choices were Guilin, China or Vietnam. One of the reason I chose Guilin, China is because of the different adventurous activities it included such as rock climbing (Non-artificial), kayaking and a LOT of hiking. This is help build up to more experiences and challenge myself as a person, it can also help acquire more IB learner profiles such as risk-taker or inquirer! Although my choice of China for experience did not involve a lot of Community and Service compared to Vietnam, I still gained a great experience from it, physically and mentally. Although, it would have been great if more CAS was involved.

Rock Climbing

This was one of the best activities I’ve done and experienced on this trip, since I have never climbed ‘real’ rocks like this. This has been a great experience as I gained more experiences and have learnt to be a risk taker and not let fear get in the way. At first, I was quite scared to try this activity, but I decided that I should be more of a risk taker and try new things out. When I began climbing, it actually became quite easy as I began climbing on the easiest wall so I can slowly build up my strength.

 

Hiking

This activity has challenged me physically as I rarely and almost never go hiking on a daily basis. During the week, Guilin was having different weather issues such as pouring rain and even small floods! The weather was extremely humid and has made the hikes harder as it took more energy and strength. But overall, the hikes were easier than expected but the weather had much to do this decision. This activity has given me a chance to connect with nature and really appreciate the scenery as Guilin is known for its greenery and erect mountains. The sight was just breathtaking.

Caving - Mud Bath

 

Caving has given me a new experience as we had to find our way out of the cave, the environment was new to me. I have never seen anything like that before, I have learnt a lot of new facts and has actually personally experienced how it feels like to be in a place where it is pitch black. One thing I have taken away from this is that science really IS everything. Some areas of the cave were challenging such as attempting not to touch the stalic mites, as it would interfere with its growth. Overall, this activity was my personal favorite, one of the reason is because we had the chance to have a wonderful mud bath in the cave.

 

This trip has exposed me to new traditions and culture, it has really opened up my perspective on the world and the different kinds of living environment. I have grown through this experience. It was truly marvellous.

Math Exam – Reflection

Through this experience, I have learnt that expecting and wanting to do well on exams DOES mean that you will have to work hard for it, as far as starting to work hard for it from Day 1.

This math exam has been different from all the other ‘summatives’ and ‘tests’ I’ve done the whole year. This type of exam is new to me, since it tests us on our knowledge and the things we’ve learnt through out the whole year, starting from the very first day of this course.

Through this, I have learnt to be more aware of how to change my studying ways. Such as making sure to do the homework assigned, not to get better grades, but to help myself grow as a learner and student. Doing your homework can be thought as as a time consuming situation, but in reality, you won’t know how the little things you do to help can help your growth of learning altogether and that it would eventually pay off.

My goal in grade 9 is to be take more initiative and be more enthusiastic about my own learning in order to improve and grow as a person. I can do this by paying more attention and possibly taking more notes from Day 1, so that I can make a change for the positive (results & Knowledge).

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Algebraic Crime

Here is a poster of a mugshot of me and the crime that I have committed.

These are one of the many careless mistakes I have done/committed in my algebraic unit test. This wanted poster shows the solution to one of the questions I have done wrong. I have made a lot of careless mistakes such as flipping or reversing many signs. I think I can improve by making sure I understand when to and when not to do something with the equation, this shows how I need to gain a better understanding

Motivation

Every now and then we assess our life, we think of who we are and who we want to be as a person, and what motives you and feeds multiple aspects of your life as a person.

I think that my motivation to strive towards what i’m passionate about is always gaining new knowledge that can benefit me in different ways as well as gaining more/new experiences in life, this can also influence the lives of other people around me  in different ways. Motivation can be a great form of technique used to help you strive towards your goal, in order to accomplish what you want to.

La réflexion – Présentations des artistes francophones

Mardi, 1er avril 2014

1. Comment qualifies-tu tes efforts et ta participation dans le cours de français?

I think that my participation  during the whole course of french has been fairly good since I try my best to participate in class and join in on a class discussion if I know the right answer/have a good idea. There can certainly be more improvements such as taking more risks and joining in even though you don’t know if your idea/answer is correct/good since we all can always learn from out mistakes.

2. Qu’est-ce que tu aimes dans le cours de français? Pourquoi?

I really love how Ms. Nobert teaches us different games once in a while that can help us develop more skills as well as engaging us instead of listening to lectures all the time. I think that this can help us learn in a more effective way as we can gain a better understanding by applying it on to really life. I also really like how we have mini activities for about 20 min of the class focusing on a certain aspect of the language to help us develop stronger senses and knowledge. I really enjoy how she makes sure we all understand before we move on to another topic so, we wont get confused.

3. Qu’est-ce que tu n’aimes pas dans le cours de français? Pourquoi?

There aren’t really anything I dislike about the course, but maybe sometimes Ms.Nobert can write notes on the board in case she’s talking too fast so us, students and follow what shes saying and discussing about. It can also help us learn in a more effective way because I am a visual learner, it will also create more opportunities to take notes in class so I can review them at home.

4. Quels sont les deux aspects que tu veux améliorer (2 objectifs)? Comment est-ce que tu vas faire?

I really want to improve on gaining more confidence and taking more risks in order to engage more in class or participating more in class as it can/will help me gain more knowledge and a better understanding in class. Also, I want to work on asking more questions because I am usually the type of person who is afraid of taking risks or speaking in front of the whole class being scared of what I am asking would be unreasonable. So I think the next time I need help, I will try my best to ask or go to others for help.

 

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Music – Composition Reflection on Using ‘Finale’

After creating my own piece of music by using an application called “Finale”, I have learned many different things. I really enjoyed my experience with it as I benefitted from this by learning how to work and function the application, as it is very easy and efficient to work with. I really liked how it allowed you to perform many functions that will not be possible on paper such as, replaying the piece, adding dynamics in one click, changing the tone and rhythm. Although this wasn’t my first time with Finale, I still gained a lot more knowledge in terms of my music vocabulary. I hope I can get to use this application in order to create more composition pieces in the future.

Composition – Final Reflection (Strengths & Weaknesses)

Many of my peers really enjoyed the repetition used in my composition to give a better flow and sound to my melody so that whoever is listening can recognize the same tune used. I used it to make my melody more interesting and catchy also, to enhance my rhythm. My use of articulation has helped made my composition more interesting in way since it can catch the audience attention and also helps with the repetition since I used the articulation mainly on eighth notes to make it sound jumpier.

 

After I have shared my composition with my class, I have collected feedback from each classmate in order for me to make improvements and suggestions to help me gain a better understanding. Most of my peers said that I should’ve made my crescendo’s and decrescendos in my composition more clear since they didn’t know it was headed to and also that I shouldn’t have built up the end with louder dynamics. I could improve for next time by remembering to add a tempo to the music such as “moderato” etc to give my composition more variety, and to end my last note on a tonic. But, if I had to re-write my composition, I would use my peer’s comments and suggestions as a reference in order to help improve my music.

Service Day – Beach Clean Up

Today, we spent our day helping and doing activities for others rather than for ourselves. I chose to go to the Beach Clean Up because I think that Environmental pollution is getting worse and worse and has a dramatic impact on the world, therefore I thought I can help by cleaning up and picking up trash from the beach to create a cleaner and safer environment for humans and animals. Since there were 2 groups who went to different beaches, we took garbage bags with us to put our trash in while we would have to pick and mostly forcibly pull the garbage out of rocks, sand, bushes. We found many large and harmful garbage such as sharp metal that might’ve belonged to a machine, or plastic that could’ve been a part of furniture etc.

 

A new skill that I have learnt from today is teamwork and also giving your best effort. I’ve learnt to work as a team with others since most of the trash found requires a lot of skills and energy in order to pull/get it out, therefore you will need to provide help to each other. Also knowing that to some people, cleaning the beach might not be the most exciting thing, but I have learnt that it isn’t about you all the time, its about thinking and helping others and giving 110% every time no matter what.

 

Cleaning up the beach can help many living creatures such as humans and animals. It can help us since during the activity, I’ve found many cigarettes meaning that there is a lot of bacteria which people would not want to get infected with. It can also help animals or any other organisms because it can help them live in a safer environment.

ChungKing Refugee Center (Speaker)

The other day in tap, a guest speaker from the ChungKing Refugee Center (Ali and Julee) came to talk about an issue thats happening all around the world and helping to raise awareness for this. Ali is a refugee and has been sent to Hong Kong where he will be safe, but in the process of escaping his country, he and his brother were separated, his brother is now in Canada, and in about 2 weeks Ali will get to “reunite” and go to Canada.
What other work is currently happening to address the issue?

Many organisations has helped and funded to give a place for refugees to stay in and also donating many things such as clothes, stationary as a daily necessity since refugees will be taking minimal things with them.

What would you like to learn more about, related to this project or issue?

I learned that if you enter the country as a refugee, you are not qualified as a citizen therefore you are not allowed to work, although the government does provide money each month for food and necessities, which is about $2000. I’ve learnt that it isnt enough for what the government has provided, and considering that they are not allowed to work until the board accepts the person which can take up  to 10 years time. It would be extremely difficult for them to survive especially when some/most of them have been separated with their families.

 

Music – The Greatest Song Every Finale Process

Today, it was the first time I’ve gone back to using Finale Notepad since a year or so, meaning that I have forgotten a lot of tools and techniques in this applications. Since I have figured out the basics and asked for help when needed for example inserting crescendos and diminuendos signs in to the composition. But once I have grasped the concept, it was quite easy for me to complete the rest of the composition. I do look forward to learning more and new things about Finale Notepad and also using it to compose music to help me gain a better understanding in both the application, and music.

Music – Grade 8 Theory Test Reflection

Reflection During Test:

I think that I didn’t do too bad on this test because I spent some time to study the content of what we have learnt in class. During the test, I am most confident about the “naming notes” section since it is really basic and that we should all know how to name the notes. I am then most confident about identifying which scales the key signatures belongs to since I know the rule of finding out which key signature the flats and sharps are in. I think I did a fairly decent job on it since I spent time studying it and have memorised the rules and the ways to do it. However, I am not very certain that I did that well on drawing the sharps and flats of the key signature given since I am not very familiarised with that concept. Although, my music teacher has provided many worksheets and practices/activities to help us gain a better understanding on music theory. Overall, I didn’t think I did too well or too bad due to the fact that I studied for a short period of time for this test.

Some options of improving is to do more activities and review the content/music theory worksheet every 2 days/frequently in order for my brain to fully understand how to do it.

 

UPDATE:

I got 42/54, meaning that I got 78% on my test. I had made a lot of careless mistakes such as naming the notes, this was because I kind of rushed through that section thinking that it would save time and be more efficient since I had predicted that other parts of the test will be more time consuming so I have spent more time on more difficult parts of the test.

 

Reflection AFTER Test

The theory test was quite challenging since I wasn’t very familiar with semi-tones/tones and the different key signatures. But when I studied and learnt the different techniques and ways to find the right answer, it was like a rule/formula for the right answer so I familiarised myself with it and I think that I did okay on this test, I got 42/54. I made a careless mistake while I was naming the notes, meaning that if I had looked over my test properly or concentrated better I wouldn’t have lost that one point since it was the easiest part of the test. The key signatures and tones section was rather okay since I knew how to find the answer although I got 1 or 2 wrong, it wasn’t that challenging. The most challenging part for me was identifying the key signatures because I wasn’t really familiar with the concept and needed more help to perfectly understand it.
Overall, I think I did average on the test since I haven’t made any major mistakes and half of them were careless mistakes due to the lack of knowledge and concentration.

 

Music – Scarborough Fair Recording

Reflection On Scarborough Fair 

 

I think That I did okay on recording “Scarborough Fair” on my flute since I have tried my best to meet all the requirements such as having the right tone, keeping in pace with the rhythm and the different dynamics. I think I did well in keeping in pace with the rhythm since I focused on the different notes and made sure that it sounded connected and well played. But, I don’t think I did well in keeping my flute/notes in the right tone since I would occasionally play the note too flat or play the wrong note. It was a bit challenging for me to play the correct dynamics since I mainly focused on the rhythm rather than the dynamics, although I still made an effort to keep in with the volume and dynamics. So, overall I think that I did well in playing this piece.

Music- Instrument Care Reflection

 

What went well?

I think that our research and presentation went very well. This is because we were prepared and ready to present our information to the class. We did this by having enough research and even doing something extra in our presentation such as making a tutorial video on how to handle/put your flute together carefully and properly. I also think that the group cooperation went really well since we did not have any major arguments or problems, we worked with each other really well and did our fair share of work.

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

My group decided to make a google document and share it with each other so that we can all contribute equally and gather our research together. We have assigned each member a role, meaning that each person was responsible to complete the research for about 2 or 3 slides in our presentation. Each of us had to answer 3 research questions about the flute and paste the information on the document so our team members will be able to see. Afterwards, we would make another google powerpoint presentation and share it with each other so we can all organize our data and make them in to jot notes to put on to our presentation. There was an equal division of work since we were all responsible for an equal amount of slides and shared our data equally.

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

If I were to do this project again and improve, I think that my group would’ve made another tutorial video on how to clean your flute on a daily basis, since we only made a video tutorial on how to handle/put it together. By making another video about cleaning your flute, it will give the audience a better understanding about how to take care of the flute and the types of responsibilities that comes with it.

Is your poster clear with detailed specific instructions?

My poster was clear and detailed with specific instructions since my group has specified and simplified the notes we had on our presentation and put it in to even shorter notes and information so it would look visually pleasing to the audience, while it also has a good amount of information needed to know about the instrument (flute).

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

I think that poster is appropriate for the assignment because the amount of information that we put on the poster was not too much and not too little. We decided to put the most important things about the flute on to the poster since the data should all be in short jot note forms. The data that we put on the poster was also very specific, meaning that even though we couldn’t have put long sentences, we managed to find the key words and try and shorten our information with out actually taking any information out (simplifying it).

 

G8 Design – Packaging Nets

Today was the first time the grade 8’s had the D.E.A.D Day (Drop everything and Design). This meant that we didn’t have any classes for today, so we focused on our design project the whole day. Our goal for the end of today was to gain a better understanding on how marketing designs and how maths has affected our daily lives and how we can design a packaging for an object that will be sustainable out of paper. The first activity we did was to use evaluate different types of box packaging so we can get an idea of what the day was going to be about.  We n A4 paper and

 

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Design8 – Waste Not, Want Not II

Earlier today, we had to create sustainable packages out of paper and draw its net out. Now, our task was to use “Sketchup” to create our package, but virtually. We needed to create our packages by using different kinds of techniques on the application to help us create our packages.

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Music Theory Test Reflection

A few days ago, I took a music test  about theory and all the things that we have learnt so far in class. I think that I did well on section #2 where I had to use different notes to create the amount of beats needed. I think that I need to improve on naming my notes, this is because in the test, I have been naming the amount of beats the note has and not the name of the note. I can improve on this by reviewing on the handouts/homework my music teacher has given me to help me gain a better understanding on this topic. I can also ask for help if needed (peers/Teacher). Overall, I don’t think I did that well but my goal for next time is to improve by reviewing and making sure that I understand the content.

Math Summative – Doubling an Investment

What did I learn about how to be a SMART Investor?

To be a smart investor, you need to understand how the process works and which variable to change (rate, investment). It is also really important to get a good range of your variable.

What is so important about rate?

The rate of how much you are going to invest in your money is really important, this is because it affects how much money you will gain/make when you deposit your money. This is because even a small percent of the rate increases, it will significantly impact the amount of money you gain even though if its just 0.025%

Is there a difference between 4% and 6% or 86% and 88%? Consider your graph.

The higher the percent is, the less of the difference is, this is because the bigger the percentage the smaller the range is (doesn’t change much). The smaller the percent is the bigger the difference, this is because the line in the line graph is straighter and steeper, therefore a more dramatic change).

First Unit Test – Toolbox

What did you do well on this assessment?

I did well on fractions and converting & Simplifying them. This is because I got all the questions about fractions correct and I also have a very good understanding on how they work. I also did well on ratios and finding out what the units and values are of different things that will be expressed in a ratio.

What do you still need to work on? How will you get help you need? (attend revision, practice on own etc.)

I believe that I need to improve on plotting graphs, this is because in the test I was a bit confused by the different graphs and how I was suppose to plot them. I would also like to improve on finding the pattern in a line graph. I think that I didn’t do that well on plotting graphs because, I never really learnt about graphs as a whole unit, so I have little knowledge about them. One way to help myself improve on this is to do more “Brain-stretchers” so that it would train my brain to think and find different skills and strategies to solve the problem.

You were given a lot of freedom Im this unit, especially in terms of the math toolbox and you personal review for the test. What was you strategy  for making sure you knew the content of the unit? Was it effective?

My strategies for making sure I knew the content of this unit is to make small note cards and write down all the main points that I need to know and then review them and test myself, so then I would remember the information. Another strategy that I use is to look over my note book and see if there are any extra exercises on there or on the math textbook that I can do so I can gain a better understanding on how to do it. I also like to play math games that the teacher has suggested so it would be easier for me to learn.

Where would you rank yourself on the stress and learning graph?

Stress Performance Graph

Stress: Between Optimal and Alertness

I think that this is because, I have a very good understanding on half the content in this unit, and for the other half I would still need to review. Since this test was to see if we remembered how to use all the math tools, I was not very stressed about it. This is because most of the content was all what I have learnt before.

Math Toolbox

What are the basic tools that mathematicians need to fill their toolbox with to be skilled at their job?

I think that the basic tools that mathematicians need to fill their toolbox with to be skilled at their job is to master the basic skills such as fractions, decimal etc. They would need to know how to solve problems using the basic aspects of math. This is so that they can use the tools/skills that they know to help themselves solve bigger and more broad problems such as algebraic problems and other questions that would require all the basic tools.

Some Of The Basic Tools:

– Fractions, Decimals, Percentages (Moving fluidly between them)

– Ratios, Rates

– Patterns

– Order Of Operations

How has our invention of math tools further developed our existence?

The invention of math tools has further developed our existence, this is because humans use math in their daily lives and it also helps out mathematicians by having different tools/skills to use when solving problems. It has also helped us further develop our existence by using the different tools and applying it in to human’s daily lives. Math has also helped many things to grow, for example when people need to find patterns, they can use algebra, ratios etc.

Where can we find these tools in human activities?

Math is a very big part of people’s lives now. This is because some people will apply their knowledge in to their jobs or studies. For example, if you work as a cashier person, you would need to know the basic math in order for you to do your job.

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Experience Week – Chiang Mai, Thailand

About 2 weeks ago, grade 7 went on their experience week to Chiang Mai (in Thailand). During experience week, students get to experience new and many different things that they wouldn’t be able to do in Hong Kong. We got to do a lot of activities, majority of the activities are physical. For example, kayaking, hiking, confidence course, rock climbing etc.

Maekok River Resort

Risk-Taker

I was a risk taker during the trip because I tried my best in unfamiliar situations. For example, we did an activity called ‘The Confidence Course’, it was a special activity pushing you to try new things and gain more confidence by doing it. It takes a lot of courage and bravery to try new things or even things you know you’re not good at. For example, the confidence course has 4 stages, and if you fall, you fall in to a mini pond of water. The last stage was to either do the monkey bars or the rings. Knowing that I haven’t gone on the monkey bars or the rings for years, I was a bit scared and I was almost sure that I was going to fall in to the water. But when I actually got to that stage, I went on the monkey bars and surprised myself because I didn’t fall in to the water and passed the confidence course.

The Confidence Course

Another reason I was a risk taker on the trip was because we did an activity that I have never done before, kayaking. Since it was my first time, I was kind of nervous. But it turned out really fun because we all had to cap-size (another thing I have never done before), and then paddle for a really long distance. It was one of the best activities during experience week. It was better than I had expected.

Kayaking Pond --> River

 

Balanced

During the experience week, I think that I became more balanced than I have ever been. This was because for everyday of that week, we did a physical activity which required a lot of knowledge and exercise. Although we were mainly doing physical activities, it still required a lot of thinking. I have learnt a lot from doing those activities, I learnt many techniques and strategies.

Rock Climbing Wall

I was also balanced during the trip because I became more social than I was when I was just at home sitting in front of my computer. I became healthier during the trip, this was because we learnt how to cook stir fry and curry. We also got a very different food choice compared to Hong Kong.

Social - Student Pool

I surprised myself by doing the physical activities. For example, like I said, I didn’t think I would pass the confidence course with out falling in to the water. Also, for rock climbing, I didn’t know that I could achieve the level that I did.

The Community Service activity I did made me realize how fortunate we were to have what we have right now. It  made me more aware of what is happening around the world and the people who are less privileged  I’m glad I got to help out by making bricks and painting the wall to help the school build a cafeteria.

Making Bricks

Experience week was great. I got to learn and do many new things, I also met many new people. It was really fun. :)

Millenium Goal – MUN

My class is now studying MUN also known as Model United Nations, in Humanities. MUN is basically where 192 countries all around the world who would come together and talk about global issues such as hunger and poverty, human rights and freedom. Their goal (MUN) is to try to solve or help with the important global issues to make the world a better place.

UN’s Main goals: Peace, Human Rights, Foster Freedom, Poverty & Hunger

8 UNO Goals/Millenium Goals: Eradicate Poverty & Hunger, Education for all, Promote gender equality, Reduce childhood mortality, improve maternal health, combat diseases, environmental stability, develop global partnerships.

News Article :  Long Term Study Says Global Warming Is Epic – Environmental Stability

This article is about how global warming is taking over the earth and how much it has impacted on us and our lives. According to the news article,  ‘global warming has propelled Earth’s climate from one of its coldest decades since the last ice age to one of its hottest, in just one century.’ The cause of this is mainly because of the man-made resources that we produce that has impacted the world greatly.

I think that even if one person contributes to the world such as recycling, save electricity and reduce, it would make a huge difference towards the environment. I do think that if MUN comes together and tries to raise awareness or to even help with this issue, it would make a great impact (everyone can help). Since there are a few representatives for each country in MUN, each of the countries can help by starting a campaign, raise awareness etc…

I think that MUN does help our world become a better place since they are trying to solve and recognize important global issues.

Fractions & Decimals

Where would you fall on the stress and learning graph? Why?

Learning: 4 (good)

I think that I put myself on a 4 out of 5. This is because the content of this unit was pretty easy. I think that this is because of the different activities and explanations Ms. St Amand taught and gave us so we can understand the concept and problem. I also gave myself a 4 our of 5 because to me, it was a review, and the exercises we did were very affective.

Stress: 1-2 (not so much)

I gave myself a 1-2 out of a 5 for the stress rate. This is because I didn’t really worry about how or what to do in math/math problems. I think that it is because I had a good understanding on what we are doing and also because I revised at home so I don’t have much to worry about.

What was challenging about this unit? What was easy?

There weren’t many challenges things in this unit. But if I had to pick, I thought that word problems were the most challenging. This is because it makes and helps your brain think about what the question is asking you. For example, I think that word problems that depend on each other are the most challenging. Like if you get the first question of the word problem wrong, you get the rest wrong.

How was your effort in class and at home reflected in your assessment results?

I think my effort in class and at home did help my assessment results, especially for fractions. This is because I did spend time at home doing self revision and searching up online how to do math problems. I also asked for my friends help on how and what to do in order to find the answer.
My effort in class and at home did help me in my decimal assessment, but not as much as it did for my fractions test. I think that this is because I didn’t really revise/look in to word problems for the assessment.

What activities did you like in this unit?

One of my favorite activities for this unit is converting fraction in to decimal. I like this activity very much because I think that it would help both, fraction and decimal. Converting fractions and decimals are my favorite because it give you a better understanding on the value of the number and on the overall topic.

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The Other Side Of The Truth

From the beginning of this unit, our class had to read a novel called ‘The Other Side Of The Truth‘. This novel is about refugees trying to seek asylum and stay alive. Right now, we are working on presentation about refugees. My presentation is about the challenges that the North Koreans face when they cross the boarder to China. I think that the novel really helped me to understand different parts of the topic. This is because, I think that my presentation can relate back to the novel and make a connection between them. Both, my presentation and novel, have a similar story to it, it is about families seeking refuge and asylum in another country. There are also similar points that connect between the book, and presentation.

Connections Between the Novel & Presentation

I was really interested in this novel because of its story behind it and what it meant. It also gave me an idea of what people are going through around the world. It talked about the process and changes through their lives and what it meant. I liked  how the author explained in depth about how and why people want to seek refuge in other countries. It really helped me in my presentation. It gave me a clear overview of what I’m suppose to research on, I applied what I learnt from the novel to my project by giving a clear explanation/introduction on to ‘why’ people would want to seek refuge. This is because the audience can understand and engage in to my topic even more.

Process, Changes, Experiences

One of the skills/techniques that I have learnt is to ‘create a conversation’ so the audience would be more interested. I liked this project because it gave me a chance to understand what people have gone through and how to raise more awareness around the world. I also really liked this project because creating this presentation, it could teach people to stand up for whats right/what you believe in, instead of hiding in the shadows.

 

Background Information

For my refugee project, I did work with a partner. We came up with small sub-topics to talk about in our presentation to help us answer the unit question and our research questions. We talked about the changes, challenges an experiences. We also talked about the the people who were doing that to the refugees. My partner and I decided to split the work up. We both worked on this presentation equally. For example, after one of us had fixed up the script/presentation, the other one would check and edit so it would be improved. We also collaborated through google docs so we can both share and look in to our data that we got.

Overall, I have learnt a lot from doing this presentation. I learnt how to summarize my notes/research data in to small jot notes on the slide so the audience wont zone out because of the amount of words there are.

 

Community Service – Volunteering

In CDNIS, every student from the upper school are required to volunteer to provide community service in and outside of school.

Last month, my friend and I volunteered for community service outside of school. We were volunteers at a BBQ charity event to collect donations that were going specifically to a charity and the Guinness world record of hitting 8000+ golf balls in 8 hours. So then the record holder would  donate all the money to a charity. My friend and I went around selling raffle tickets and accepting donations for the donation box.

I think that doing community service and volunteering to help people is a great way to interact with the world and getting to know different things that are happening around the world. It would also make an impact in your own and other peoples lives.This is because it would help our community because after the money goes to the charity, it could help people around the world in need. I would still try and continue to volunteer for community service when I get an opportunity to help and volunteer myself for the community.

 

Author’s Choice Task Reflection

For the past few weeks, our class has been working on our English summative task. It is to write a short story based on an experience you had (at home) and then make a presentation on why we chose what we chose to use in our story (skills, technique, literary language, sensory imagery,character etc…). Our presentation has to be about 1-2 minutes long, 3 minutes max.

Evidence: Imagery

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think that the skills that I learnt from the Author’s Choice process are the different techniques that I used in my story. I also refined some of my skill of improving my work better. For example, I made appropriate changes to my story when needed (add more personification, literary devices etc.)

If I can make my presentation over again I think I could improve it by adding more evidence and explain the process of my work so then the audience can have a better understanding on why I chose what I chose to put in my short story. Another thing I think I could improve on, on my presentation is to ask the audience to engage more. For example, next time I could ask them questions about what they think the mood was to see if my story was effective.

Evidence: Before & After Improved

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I was pretty successful because I explained why I did what I did and how it relates back to my story. I also thought that I was successful because I provided evidence from my story so then I can support the information that I am explaining. According to the picture above “Evidence: Before & After Improved” I explained how I changed it and why so then the audience can have a better understanding about why and what I created.

 

Math – Patterns Unit

I liked to solve and find the rules for the Input Output Table because there are a variety of ways to do that. I also like to solve word problems/scenarios because there are a lot of interesting ways to solve it. I think that I understand the patterns of the number sequence the best because we have done a lot of activities and learned a lot of formulas to help us better understand the problem. I  don’t have any questions about this unit, but I would love to learn more ways to solve different kinds of problems. The study of patterns is important because you can apply it in to your daily life and predict the patterns of the future/helps you with your real life scenarios.

The Dinner Table – Evidence

We needed to complete this graph and explain the patterns and differences.

Ex. I have created and combined 3 different types of data in to one graph to see the differences.

4= 4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20 etc

6= 6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22 etc

8= 8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24 etc

Going by 2’s (Number sequence)

Dinner Table Graph - Patterns

 

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Science: A New Bird Discovered “The Swift”

I discovered a new bird species only found in the Daintree Rain forest,  it is a tropical rain forest on the north east coast of Queensland, Australia.

Environment & Birds-eye view

 

    Genus: Eurylaimus Purpura

    Common Name: The Swift

 

 

 

Strengths Of My Product: 

1. I think that the color of my bird turned out pretty good because it was meant to be gradient (fading) from the head to the tail.

2. The size of the bird came pretty well, this is because the size of my bird is the actual size in real life (adult size).

 

Weaknesses Of My Product:

1. I think that the shape of the birds wings are a bit too edgy, next time I could smooth out the surface.

2. I think that I should add more of a “wet” feeling to my environment because the trees on the bottom of the box are covering the streams and bodies of water

3. The surface of my bird is a bit too bumpy, next time I could paper-mache my bird so then it will look more natural.

4. I think next time if I was going to make the clouds 3-D (cotton), then I should make the rest of its environment 3-D so then it would be balanced

 

Side-View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Process:

I had 5 classes to work on this project, I think that I did use my time wisely because I was just in time to finish up and hand in my final product including the Behavioral and Adaptation Tables. I think that this was because I had planned out my time on a calendar according to how much time I have. I wrote down when and what I need to accomplish during that class period. I also think that I did use my time efficiently during class because I focused and try to think of different ways to improve my product/bird.

Overall I did manage my time well because the bird/product turned out better than I thought it would. I also had some extra time to prepare for the presentation.

If I was to start over, I would my bird before I painted it because since I had so much time, I could have improved on my bird and how it looks visually. Ipaper-mache would have also thought of more and better behavioral and structural adaptations so then the audience can better understand the lifestyle of this bird.

 

Structural Adaptation:

1. Small/medium in size (length: approximately 25 cm)

  • Can fly fast with speed with out having to carry any heavy weights. (Large/wide wings for speed, but it cannot carry a lot of weight)
2. Black Swiss army knife  bill
  • The swiss army knife bill is used to eat fruits, seeds and other small animals to keep itself alive.
3. Climber (claws)
  • So then the bird can grip on the tree branches and find food. It is also for the bird to live on the branches.
4. Slimy skin (poisonous)
  • This is for when the predators attack, they would get poisoned by the skin of the bird. This is also why the color of the bird is purple. The more the bird gets attacked/touched by the predator with its poisonous skin, the more damage it makes to the bird (energy loss).
5. Purple Body (Head, Back, wings, etc)
  • The color of body reflects on how it uses it to protect itself from predators. (Poisonous layer of skin)
6. Lays white eggs with purple spots
  • This is so it resembles to the color of the bird when it hatches. (A hint for the predators)
7. Eyes glows at night
  • So then the bird can see clearly at night and warn its predators that he itself is dangerous and also to keep himself safe. (night vision)
8. Sharp claws
  • This bird has sharp claws so it can hunt – Grab and sink its claws in to the preys flesh.

 

Behavioral Adaptation Table:

1. Likes to hunt for food  in the low areas (forest floors)

  • Easier for the bird to find food such as insects. Most prey for the bird lives on the low areas in the rain forests.
2. Hunts more when its wet (ex, raining, wet season) than when its dry
  • The birds skin gets even more poisonous when its wet, this is because the moist in the air makes the skin even more slimy (especially when it rains). This is also an advantage because most predators won’t be hunting/attacking or even fighting for food when its raining.
3. Does not travel in groups/flocks, this bird travels solo unless with baby
  • If this bird flies together in a group, they won’t have much food to go around. Their skin gives them enough protection. It is rare to find this bird flying in a group.
4. Stays with parents after birth for 4 weeks max.
  • So then the baby bird could know where and how to find food. (The slimy and poisonous skin on the baby bird will not come in immediately after birth, it takes 1 week for the birds slimy skin to become deadly) <– The baby bird needs their mothers’ protection until it learns how to be independent
5. Likes to stay on low branches
  • To track prey and food. This bird also likes to hang out there because predators are usually flying high up in the sky, so when the predators attack, they would aim for the slimy skin on this birds back.


Self Assessment – Criterion C

I would give myself a 5/6 for Descriptors and a 5/6 for the Indicators. This is because I think that I have listed more than the minimum amount of structural and behavioral adaptations, I also have explained them very clearly. Another reason that I would give myself a 5 is because I have clearly explained and indicated the environment my bird lives in.

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this project and the process. This is because I had so much fun “discovering” a new species and the steps it takes to complete the process. One of the best parts of this project that I really enjoyed was designing the bird, this is because you could create whatever bird you want, color, shape, size, and even its life.

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Reflection On Shi Huangdi Unit

What I learnt: 

In this unit, we had to learn about Shi Huangdi. Our goal for the end of this unit is to know what extent did Shi Huangdi’s achievements help modernize China. One of our main assessment is to create a poster about the given topic/question about Shi Huangdi with our own groups that Ms. Kirchner chose for us. The second part of this assessment is to create one paragraph based on what we learnt in the process of making the poster. My group was suppose to answer the question and teach the class how Shi Huangdi’s leadership impact society and culture. In the poster we talked about what Shi Huangdi did (eg. legalism, burning of the books, killing the scholars). Another thing that I learnt from this unit is Shi Huangdi’s negative and positive achievements. For example, Shi Huangdi ordered about 4-5 million people to build the Great Wall of China for him to protect the country (positive), but in the process of making the great wall, many of those innocent people died because Shi Huangdi worked them to death 2-3 million people died in the making of the Great Wall). This shows us that even though Shi Huangdi has achieved positive things, there might also be a negative side to it.

Skills That I have learnt:

In this unit, we have done a lot of different activities that helps us improve/learn about the different skills such as sentence fluency, taking notes, researching, writing format etc. One of the activities we did was to take notes on Noodletools and create notecards and form our own ideas to help us with our paragraph about Shi Huangdi (assessment). We practiced on talking notes and thinking out of the box to form new and different perspectives on the data that we have collected.

Our class also learnt about sentence fluency when we had to do out summative assessment (essay about Shi Huangdi in different perspectives). We learnt how to revise paragraphs so it won’t sound that awkward.  My teacher also taught our class how to us different kinds of transition words so the paragraph/ essay/ writing would sound better and not so repetitive.

During this unit, the third thing my class learnt was how to create a timeline. We needed to know how to create a timeline because we needed a reference for Shi Huangdi’s life and all of the positive and negative achievements. Another thing related to timelines that our class has learnt was chronology. We needed to order all of Shi Huangdi’s life achievements/ what he did in to a timeline.

Noodletools Notecard (forming ideas):

This is an example of one of the skills that I have learnt. It is creating notecards, I have made these notecards so then it could help me with my Shi Huangdi paragraph. On the top left box, we had to copy and paste the data directly from the source so we can decide which information we would use for our research. The box next to that (top right texts), we needed to use our own words to re-state the information that we found (use our own words to explain data). The most important part of creating a notecard is to form your own ideas about the data that you have collected (bottom box).

Humanities – AOI

In humanities we are studying Shi Huangdi. I am looking at Health and Social Education as the area of interaction because we are looking in to how Shi Huangdi has affected the society (eg. Burning of the Books, Killing the Scholars etc).

Is Nam Long Shan Worth Saving?

AOI: Environments

Unit Question: How and why do people organize and classify?

“I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” -Dr.Suess

– Our voice is stronger than we think

– Speaking for whats right

– Stand up for what you think is right

– Speak before its too late

 

Ocean park is thinking of expanding so they can make more money, but the problem is, if Ocean Park wants to expand it will have to take up the hill in Nam Long Shan so they would have enough space to make The Park larger.. To expand Ocean Park, they would have to destroy many inhabitants, that would have a major impact on us considering that Hong kong has very little land.

It is our job to speak for the environment and all living creatures that live in our world. One day our world is going to tear apart because we have taken up so much unnecessary space and turned it in to things we don’t really need, but want.

Our task in Science is to get in touch with the Hong Kong Government and catch his attention so then we could inform them/him on what will happen to nature if Ocean Park expands. We would need enough data collected in order to do that, so next class, we are going to the Nam Long Shan hill and taking pictures/collecting data so we have evidence on what would happen if the hill was gone. We need to know what is living in the hill and if its worth saving.

 

Yunnan Earthquake

On 7 September 2012, a earthquake of 5.6 magnitude occurred in Yunnan. More than 730 people were injured and 80 deaths after the quakes hit Yunnan. The tremors struck mostly mountainous areas, causing landslides that would block some roads.

Community and Service

– Do volunteer work such as, help clean the roads up, deliver daily needs, help the affected citizens contact family

– Raise money to help build and fix the houses/buildings/roads

– Help find shelter for people who lost their homes

– send rescuers to affected destination

Health and Social Education

– Send Doctors/nurses to help the injured people

– Give care and medication

– Donate blood etc

– Give education about the best way to act during an earthquake

Human Ingenuity

– Explore different ways to avoid a landslide during an earthquake (Safety Nets to hold the rocks/loos pieces together)

– Use different materials and techniques to build a more stable house/home/building

 

 

Grade 7 Hike

On Friday 28 of September,  the whole grade 7 got a chance to get closer with nature and the environment by hiking from the intersection of Peel Rise and Aberdeen Reservoir Rd and walk to Victoria Peak via the Hong Kong Trail (Sections 2 and 1). During the hike, I saw a lot of mini waterfalls, different trees, bushes and even hiking trails! I noticed in certain areas of the mountain/trail, there are some constructions going on. I think that humans (we) have impacted the environment a lot because of what we do, good or bad. For example, we cut down trees, we harm the environment because of our needs, and us humans use more resources from nature than we need. -Human Ingenuity

I also noticed that in some places there are wastes and garbages along the mini rivers beside the trails. I think a way to help the environment and protect the nature, we could have a “clean up session/mountain cleanup” to help and get rid of the wastes and dirt se we could have a healthier environment in Hong Kong to live in. I only noticed some of the clean streams and waterfalls with clear water were not polluted. -Community and Service

Our task during the hike was to observe different nature  resources there are that nature has to offer, and we also to observe about whats happening at different places, and that we all have responsibilities to help the environment.. Me and my group took pictures of different leaves and flowers from trees and bushes for our science task, I also took some pictures of whats around me. -Health and Social Education 

It took us about 3-4 hours to hike from Aberdeen to The Peak. I had so much fun during the hike, because I got to interact and connect with nature in a special way. I also enjoyed the part when we arrived at The Peak, we got to explore the mall/landmark for 45 minutes. When we were hiking around The Peak, I got to see an awesome view of Hong Kong and I love seeing the view of the sea and buildings. This was a great experience. :)

 

Health and Social Education

1. We could help injured people who got harmed during the disaster or situation by donating blood.

– Open a public hospital to the people who live there and provide them health checks or any other health needs.

2. Other specialist doctors/nurses could go to the disaster place and help the injured and sick people.

3. Transporting special medicine from other places in the world if necessary because of the lack of recourses.

4. Meanwhile, while the other people are trying to clean up the disaster and help rebuild schools, buildings homes etc, a group of volunteer teachers could visit and give the kids education.

 

Community and Service

1. Providing resources to the community so they could survive until their house is rebuilt.

2. We could help find shelter for the people who’s houses are getting rebuilt. (Tent, cabin, hotel etc.)

3. Helping separated families because of the disaster contact each other. [Communication]

4. A group of people could volunteer to help rebuild some houses and help clean up the mess.

 

Transition Day

Transition day is a day when different grades visit the grades above the,, for example, grade 6 will transition to grade 7 because next year, all the grade 6’s will all be in grade 7. Transition day is basically a day where you meet different teachers from the grade above you they will introduce you to all kinds of new things that they/you should be expecting when you come back to school from your summer holiday.

Today, our class, 6D visited a grade 7 teacher in 7D so she could talk to us about the different expectations or changes that we should expect in grade 7. I thought “transition day” is very special because you get to learn more about what will happen in the following years and what kind of changes are suppose to happen.

The grade 7 teacher our class visited spoke to us about the 2 main things we must really focus on: “Organization” and “Independence”. She explain why and it was because there is a big gap/change from going to grade 6 to 7 because in grade 7, we have to switch.change classroom according to different classroom your classes are in, and if you are not organized enough you could fall behind. The grade 7 teacher also spoke to us about having “Day 1” and “Day 2” through out the upper&middle school. She spoke to us about our marks/expectations in grade 7 because we will be marked differently, for example, during the lower school we all have rubrics/charts that includes our final assessment/understanding about what we have learned, and we are assessed on that by “Approaching, Meeting and Exceeding”, in grade 7 we will be marked by the numbers from 1 to 7.

I think moving from the lower school to the upper/middle school would be very fun, exciting, surprising and full of changes and experiences. But I am also pretty nervous/scared about the grades, it would be a whole new level and I think I am half ready for it! Here we come MYP!

Final Reflection – After Exhibition

Yesterday was the day that I presented my exhibit/findings. During the evening at 6:30PM, we had the grade six opening ceremony, at 7:00PM it was our time to shine, people that presented on June 5 (yesterday) had to explain and talk to any parents, visitors, students, teachers, principles etc about their area of focus and central idea of how it relates to the transdisciplinary theme, concepts, attitudes, central idea, attributes etc.

I expected last night to be really fun, exciting and of course, hard, and I was right, When I presented, there were a lot of teachers from different grade and parents who visited my booth and questioned me. I think I did great, because during the afternoon yesterday, I was a bit nervous because of the questions that teachers, visitors, guests and students will ask me, I was also worried during the afternoon yesterday. But, last night I did better than the afternoon because it was basically warm up for me to get me ready for the evening when parents come.

There are five different aspects in this unit “Where We Are In Place And Time”, such as “The Orientation In To Place And Time”, “Personal Histories”, “Homes And Journey’s”, “Discoveries And Explorations”, “Relationship between the Interconnectedness Of Individuals And Civilizations From Local And Global Perspectives”.

My favorite aspect is “Relationship between the Interconnectedness Of Individuals And Civilizations From Local And Global Perspectives”, because my area of focus that I am working on during the exhibition so I gain more interest and knowledge about how individuals and civilizations are connected. I also like this aspect because it is very broad and I thought it was very interesting and fascinating to learn about who in the past has changed or impacted our world and how we live today.

My least favorite aspect is “Homes And Journeys” because I don’t really know a lot about that aspect even though it would be really fun to learn more about it and gain a deeper understanding. But, in the past, I have investigated in to a topic similar to homes and journeys so I want to learn more about other aspects.

From this wonderful and fun experience, I learned that doing/working on the exhibition could be difficult and frustrating but when you start to present your finding and become an expert on your area of focus, you will understand and see how much fun you could have is you work together as a team (cooperation).

If I could do this investigation/exhibition again I would try and use my time even more effectively, because I didn’t know how it feels to be under pressure caused by how much time you have until its the exhibition. I also would decorate/plan my booth differently and add more graphs, pictures, photos etc so my booth could look more attractive next time I lay it out, because now I understand what it takes to have an attractive booth so more people will come and visit your exhibit.

I learned a lot about the central idea after investigating through my area of focus during the exhibition because our task was to prove our central idea right, so me and my group gained a better understanding of the central idea because of all the research that we have done during the investigation. I learned that the central idea is very true because in the past, individuals, discoveries, explorations, inventions etc has shaped how our world is like today because of the impact that individuals, inventions, explorations etc has caused different things/events to happen and anything/every action in  the past has and will affect the present and the future of how we live today.

I think overall, me and my group did very well while we have investigated in to four different individuals, I also think that my group and I also did a very good job while we have presented our findings on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012.

I want to let the second group know that presenting your findings in your booth, I also want to tell people that the Grade 6 2012 PYP Exhibition is only a one time thing, and I want people to know that we all worked really hard until this point. I will really miss the exhibition, but now I think all of the people in grade 6 are ready to move on to the MYP!

Lastly, I really want to thank all of the people, teachers, principles, PYP coordinators etc that helped us and made the Grade 6 2012 PYP Exhibition happen. Thank-you!

Exhibition – Refining/Brainstorming/Finalizing Ideas

So far, our group met yesterday, we talked/finalized/brainstormed our inquiry questions, supporting questions, List of things we could investigate about and refining our purpose statement. I think our group is on task and everything is going great! :)

Central Idea: The past has shaped what our world is like today.

Task: To create an exhibit that proves that our lives and the civilization we live in today are a result of what happened in the past.

Purpose/Statement: To investigate how certain individuals and their creations have shaped civilizations around the world.

Refine Purpose: [not finalized]
To find out how individuals and their perspectives have changed civilizations around the world.

Concepts: Connection, Perspective, Change

Questions: [not finalized]
1. How do individuals’ perspectives cause them to take action?
2. How did individuals change civilization?
3. What connections are there between individuals and civilizations?
4.Why does the communities of the civilization’s perspectives cause the the individuals to fight and cause change?
5.How do peoples perspectives cause civilization to change? Civilization do change over time right because their perspectives might change.

Lines Of Inquiry:
An inquiry into the connections between individuals and civilization
An inquiry into changes in civilizations brought by individuals
An inquiry into how individuals’ perspectives cause them to take action

Big Inquiry Question: [not finalized]
How have individuals and their perspectives shaped civilizations around the world determine how we live today?

Essential Agreements:

  1. We will be polite and respectful to each other.
  2. We will Participate in group discussions
  3. We will Stay on topic (no games, chats etc.)
  4. We will finish our own work
  5. We will be responsible for our own work
  6. We will use our time effectively
  7. We will have group meetings when needed
  8. We agree to make all decisions with group
  9. We will always cross check our information
  10. We will always cite our sources after we use them on Noodle Bib.
  11. We will cooperate, communicate, compromise and collaborate effectively

Specific things that you want to investigate?
-How it has impacted us
-What happened during that time
-Civilizations [Globally and Locally]
– Individuals that have shaped civilization (inventors, new ideas)

List of Possible Investigations [really specific] [not finalized] [unfinished]
1. Jesus
2. Adolf Hitler
3. Martin Luther King Jr.
4. Thomas Jefferson
5. Albert Einstein
6. Founding Fathers (US)
7. Plato
8. Aristotle
9. William Shakespeare
11. The Wright Brothers
12. Nelson Mandela
13. Thomas Edison
14. Benjamin Franklin

List of Possible Civilizations: [really specific]
1. Sumerian Civilization
2. Aztec Civilization
3. Mayan Civilization
4. Modern Western Civilization
5. Chinese Civilization (past and present)
6. Greek Civilization
7. Roman Civilization
8. Egyptian Civilization


Exhibition Day #2 (Groups)

Hello guys!

So today the the whole grade 6 met and found out who’s in their exhibition groups! :) My statement was about “Individuals Who have Shaped Civilizations #1″, my group members are Irene, Rael and Joey! I was glad and happy to be working with new people also cooperating together! I think it really gives each other a chance for ourselves to demonstrate our communication and cooperative skills when we had our first group meeting today. Today, when our groups met we had to come up with our purpose (statement). I thought the discussion today was pretty good considering some of us not knowing each other, my group was communicating a lot and I really enjoyed it! :)  I look forward to the next meetin for our exhibition groups! 😀

Exhibition Day #1

Introduction:

The Grade 6 Exhibition is about “Where We Are In Place And Time”, we have inquired in to this unit already right before “Sharing The Planet” (our current unit), but we were only tuning in so starting from May, we will have a collapsed schedule of the full time exhibition unit. We got to choose our topics to inquire in to during the Exhibition, everyone will be put in to groups according to which topic you are choosing.

Exhibition Day#1:

So yesterday we had our first exhibition meeting with the whole grade  6 in the library pit, we talked about how to choose topics to investigate on. We were told to choose our topics by looking at the “Success Criteria” and how it relates to the Transdisciplinary Theme + Central Idea. So we had to do an activity where we had a sheet and the success criteria was written on it along with and example topic, we had to analyze the topic and rate it from 1-10, 10 as in the best topic and 1 as in the worst topic. After the activity, every group has to lay their sheet on top of the library shelves so everyone could do a gallery walk and pick their top choices. After the activity, Ms. Holms reviewed some of the research skills, primary and secondary sources.

Top 5 Choices:

1. Impact on Scientific Inventions

2. Migration Trends Throughout History

3. Major Conflicts Through History

4. Individuals Who Have Shaped Civilizations

5. Industrial Revolution

Talk to you guys next time! Bye 😀

SLLR (Student Led Learning Review)

So today the whole Lower School students had a “Student Led Learning Review”, it is when a student brings their parents to school during their time period and show then what they have been doing in school for the past few months, students also have to show them their goals and use at least one of the 5 PYP elements to explain their learning. Students also have to show their parents work/activities from each of their subjects.

My Thoughts: I thought I did okay during the SLLR because my parents understood what I was trying to show them, and I think they enjoyed looking at my work.:) It was also pretty fun showing my parents my work and my thoughts.
Parents thoughts:

Mom: I am deeply impressed by the Maths Tutorial Materials done by you and love the Mask you make very much, especially the Introduction of the Mask. About the PE activities, I appreciated very much the gymnastics you played in the video, it is beautiful! :)

Dad: It is the good opportunity for Tiffany to express herself to us.  We learned a lot of her achievement in the school.  I like her presentation on the maths and it is very interesting to interact with their chinese sentence matching coursework.

 

Power of Masks


So the past week, our class have been talking about our central idea: “The use of power has consequences that affects relationships and access to equal opportunities.” We had to decorate/design a mask to represent a power when that person puts it on.

 

The mask I designed represents evilness. When a person wears this mask, they will have the power to do anything. They could do anything to you, more than you could ever imagine. This mask also represents royalty, for example when that person puts on the mask, they must obey the power of evil.

 

This mask is designed this way because blood, horns, scars and weapons represents evil and power. I added fire to the mask’s eye to show fierceness and danger. I also included a lightning stroke on the mask’s face to represent a terrible event and negativity that the power is representing.

 

This mask affects relationships and access to opportunities for other because when the person puts this mask on, he/she gets to rule, so other people don’t have any rights or opportunities.

 

Alan Dick Memorial Walk

On March 20th Tuesday, 2012, CDNIS had our 3rd Alan Dick Memorial Walk since 2009. CDNIS had to wear a pink shirt in memory of our principal Mr.Dick. CDNIS provided light pink t-shirts that everybody could wear. I wore my PE shorts and a pink t-shirt to school to show school spirit.

Grade 6 left school and started walking to the Aberdeen Sports Ground at 8:00AM. When we arrived, CDNIS sung the Canadian and the Chinese Anthem, then we sung some songs that Mr.DIck enjoyed like The Hokey Pokey. After singing some songs in memory of Mr.Dick, Pre-reception, reception, grade 1-12, staff and teachers gets called down to the tracks and started walking. (Ms.Kwan (My teacher) said that if CDNIS combined all the circles/rounds we walked around the tracks could be laid out to cross Canada.) After walking laps on the track with my friends,Chartwells provided us lunch (Hotdog, Cookie and a banana), it was delicious considering I was starving at that moment. :)  After eating, we watched some Performing Arts performances including Singing, band and choir etc. At 11:45, grade 6 started to head up to CDNIS.

After we came back from the “Alan Dick Memorial Walk”, it was 12:17, it was almost time for chinese. So our class got time to refill our water bottles and do a bit of classroom clean up. I thought that the Alan DIck Memorial Walk was really fun because we go to show our school spirit and we also got to enjoy ourselves with the great weather and Having Mr.DIck being proud of us. 😀

 

KONY 2012

In class, we watched the Kony 2012 documentary from Jason Russell (The co founder of Invisible Children Inc.). KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

KONY 2012 Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

About ten years ago, Jason met a friends in Uganda (Central Africa), his name was Jacob. When Jason and his friends first met him, it was in very different circumstances, he was running for his life.  Jason asked Jacob about his background, Jacobs brother got captured by the L.R.A. (Kony’s Rebel group) and he tried to escape, but they cut his neck using a Panga.

Joseph Kony takes children from their parents and forces them to shoot and kill other people including their parents. For 26 years, Kony has been kidnapping children to his rebel group the L.R.A. Turning the girl in to sex slaves, and the boys in to child soldiers, he makes them mutilate peoples faces, and forces them to kill their own parents, and this is not just a few children, its been over 30,000 of them, and Jacob was one of those children. Kony is not fighting for any cause, but only to maintain his power, he is not supported by any one.

Joseph Kony:

Jacob told Jason something that he would never forget: “It is better when they kill us, and if possible you can kill us, you kill us. For us we don’t want to stay. We are only two, no one is taking care of us, we are not going to school, so I would rather die than stay on earth. How are we going to stay in our future?” So Jason made Jacob a promise that they are going to do everything they can to stop them. Over the past nine years, jason has fought to full fill it, because that promise is not just about Jacob, or Jason, its also about you. This is year, 2012, is our year to fulfill the promise. KONY 2012

I think that this is a very important topic/issue that people should raise more awareness of. I also think it is very kind that Jason Russell promised to help children and people from all around the world with this issue. I think if we are successful and succeed, we change the course of human history. I also think it is a very good idea to post posters, articles, stickers and much more to raise more awareness for this issue. I think I could help by spreading to more people about this issue and do more background research about this and educate myself. I could also talk to my parents, friends and relatives about KONY 2012 so they could be more aware of what is going on around the world.

TO HELP:
Visit:  http://kony2012.com

Information on Invisible Children: http://invisiblechildren.com

Donate To Invisible Children: https://stayclassy.org/checkout/set-donation?eid=14711

 

Math

The last few weeks the class had to work on a math package, inside the math package we had to do exercises about, fractions, percentages, ratios and rates. It was pretty easy for me.

Then we had another task which is the “Math Menu”, there is a rubric about what kind of learner you are (Visual learner, Kinesthetic learner and auditory learner). All you need to do is choose 5 activities it provides and complete them by Friday. Feb 9th 2012. So far I’m done 3 activities and I am working on my fourth one.

Our class gets challenges from our teacher (Ms.Kwan) about fractions, decimals and percentages, last time we had an activity about cookie recipes, I loved that activity because the next day Ms.Kwan brought in backed cookies and they are my favorite! <3

Newsflash Presentation

While tuning in to the “Where We Are In Place And Time” unit the whole class had to prepare an oral presentation that has to do something with the unit. So I did mine on a discovery article: “2,000-year-old Roman Cavalry Helmet Sheds New Light On Conquest Of Britain”. I got my assessment rubric back and here it is:

 

Music Assessment

I did a music assessment during November 2011 and now I got back the results and I think I have reached my goal. I was pretty happy with my results because I just started to play the flute back then and I wasn’t really prepared and it turned out better than I thought. I need to work on my dynamic skills because it was a bit hard when I started out with the instrument.