About Me

Welcome to my CDNIS iFolio! I am Danielle Klappstein and I am currently a student at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. This iFolio explores my learning journey through the MYP and DP throughout the past years. I would like to share my academic as well as personal experiences with you through this blog. Enjoy!continue reading →

[PE] Danielle’s Healthy Habits

Physical Activity #Fitness Goals: Take part in moderate-vigorous exercise 3 times per week. Walk 10000+ steps per day Nutrition #Food Goals: Bring a healthy snack to school at least twice per week (see list below for ideas). Sleep #sleep Goals: Disconnect 1 hr before going to bed. Read a hard copy of a book/magazine 30-60min before bed.continue reading →

The Arts #2

What is the methodology behind the lightsaber as a piece of Art? The lightsaber featured in the films Star Wars, was a piece of art because it was designed and created in a specific manner in order to achieve a specific target. The goal of these "swords" was to create a futuristic weapon which matched the theme of the films (dystopia genre). The Jedi Knights were highly regarded warriors who protected the galaxy, therefore, George Lucus (director) decided to craft these weapons to be both powerful and an honor to have. It took…continue reading →

The Arts #1

My Definition of The Arts: The arts are a broad range of subjects relating towards human creativity. The arts typically express one's personal/individual emotions and perspectives. They can sometimes be used to inform the target audience about a specific topic or theme. Arts typically have an intention associated with it, however, intentions don't necessarily have to be present for something to be considered art. Good art depends on what the audience is looking for an arts and what they consider to be good.continue reading →

Natural Sciences #3: Historical Development

What were five key events in the Historical Development of the Natural Science? Historical Development is very crucial to the way Natural Sciences have evolved. All these developments have helped shape the way the methodology for natural sciences is performed. 5 crucial developments have been listed below: The pre-literate discoveries such as fire and clothing helped sparked the curiosity in humans to investigate into the way our world works. These discoveries have built the foundation of everything us as humans live by (such as food, clothing, heat, etc.) When people began writing down their…continue reading →

Natural Sciences #1

Natural Sciences Definition:  In my opinion, the natural sciences are a grouping of topics/subjects related towards the study and investigation of our natural/physical world. These include biology, chemistry, physics, etc. This area of knowledge includes factual, creative and observational elements to explore how and why our world is the way it physically is. The study of natural sciences simplifies complex concepts by producing generalized terms to understand why certain things occur as well as to further trigger investigations. The area of knowledge acts as an individual in which culture and location aren't very relevant to the discoveries.…continue reading →

Natural Sciences #2

In what ways does this quote help us to understand the methodology in Natural Science? The quote created by Carl Sagan helps us to understand the use of the methodology in this particular area of knowledge. When conducting a scientific investigation, the goal is to either prove a hypothesis or theory to be correct or incorrect. When it comes to science, the real truth is difficult to discover therefore we must find the best possible solution to answer the questions we have regarding our natural world. This quote expresses the importance of being…continue reading →


1) What is intuition? Intuition is a decision-making process we (as humans) make without the need for conscious reasoning to understand something. In our everyday lives, we make both conscious and subconscious decisions based off of our previous experiences and the feeling that arises in certain situations. Intuition may sometimes be expressed as a gut feeling or something we understand instinctively without the need for reasoning. 2) What is System 1 and System 2 thinking? There are commonly two types of ways of thinking which can be split into System 1 and System 2 thinking.…continue reading →


1) What are characteristics that you feel best to describe language? Why? Language is a crucial element to life. Without it, we would be unable to communicate and our world wouldn't be where it is today. Language doesn't necessarily have to be verbal, it can be expressed through symbols, writing, actions, etc. The purpose of languages is to express ideas, thoughts, and feelings. It is a method of communication either between a large or small group of people. In my opinion, the most important characteristics describing language would be that it is meaningful.…continue reading →

IB Retreat 2017

The IB hits with full force the first day of Grade 11. The first few days of school was hectic with homework on the first day, trying to figure out the new schedule and meeting teachers. Luckily our confusion was resolved through the IB Retreat. The two-day action packed retreat occurred on the 17th to 18th of August. All Grade 11 students along with multiple teachers stayed the night at The Gold Coast Hotel where we partook in a variety of informative activities targetted to prepare us for the upcoming years. I enjoyed this trip because it…continue reading →


Explain the difference between deductive and inductive logic? Logic is separated into two counterparts, deductive and inductive. Inductive logic works by creating rules based on observations. An example would be "a pen fell when I dropped it, therefore all pens will fall when I drop them". These statements are created based on the assumption that anything that has occurred previously will continue to occur. These statements come from the observations/experiences the created have witnessed within their life. As for deductive logic are a series of statements which form a conclusion. When conclusions follow logically…continue reading →

Sense Perception

Do you agree more strongly with perceptual realism or perceptual relativism? Perceptual realism is a concept which expresses that we (as humans) are fully aware of our surroundings, and the way we perceive things is truly how they are in the "real" world. This implies that every sees and experiences physical objects the same way because we can all see the "real" world. However, in comparison, perceptual relativism is a concept which relates towards how we only know the world through our own individual perceptions. Every person is constructed with different backgrounds, skills, opinions, and…continue reading →