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 →

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 →

Personal vs Shared Knowledge

1. Explain the Map Metaphor The Map Metaphor explores a variety of map representations of a specific thing (place, object, etc). Depending on the creator, the map is constructed in a specific way to convey a message the creator has chosen. Often the map is simplified to create emphasis on the most significant points rather than focus on unnecessary parts, which don't benefit the expression of the message. 2. What is the difference between Personal Knowledge and Shared Knowledge Personal Knowledge is commonly unique towards the individual as for Shared Knowledge tends to…continue reading →

Grade 10 Service and Action

Activities: Kids4Kids Reading sessions Fundraising booth for kids 4 kids  Reading tree club Helping out at the Higher Education Fair for 6 hours (no images) Ushering for Elf This year I worked really hard in order to help benefit my community the best I can although I had a limited amount of time due to school work and other extracurricular activities. Throughout these CAS activities, I have been exposed to a variety new skills and atmospheres with different people. I think the variety of activities I participated in allowed me to grow more as…continue reading →

Grade 9 Service and Action

Activities: Mother's Choice Club   Family Fun Fair mother's choice booth (no images) In Grade 9, I didn't participate in as much service activities because this was my first year of high school and it was slightly difficult to adjust towards a new style of learning. Throughout the year I was very focused on school work which didn't leave me much time to do service activities. However, I was still able to join a club which I was introduced to the year before during the card making activity I wrote about. The purpose…continue reading →

Grade 8 Service and Action

Activities: Birthday card making for orphans (Mother's Choice)                           Family Fun Fair athletic council booth (no images) Build a house at Sabah CAS trip (no images) Lions Club in New Zealand                           In Grade 8 I participated in significantly more CAS related activities than the previous year (Grade 7). This is because I learned the importance of helping the community through the activity I participated in the previous year.…continue reading →