Linus Lan – Shenandoah Reflection (Grade 9 Music)

 

I have demonstrated my knowledge of rhythm and effectively by evenly playing the tied notes. Also I keep in time throughout the whole piece. My notes were pretty accurate, I got no wrong notes but some of them could have been more clear. There was a buzzing sound also as I was plucking the string on some of the notes, which is the main thing I need to improve on for next time.

My Educational Board Game – Linus Lan

I have found out through analysing four very famous board games (Risk, Chess, Battleship or Monopoly) that they all need strategical thinking to even get close to winning. For example, in Battleship you need to think from the other person’s point of view. In Chess, you have to try manipulate the other person to get their king in the position you want which is part of your plan to try get the king in Checkmate position. In Risk, you have to try conquer certain territories depending on what troops you have there, or you might even set up temporary alliances. In Monopoly, it is mostly luck apart from the fact that you have to decide which properties/companies to buy, whether you want to buy a few expensive companies, or all the cheap ones.

 

I have done some research about any fun single player games. I found an example of a board game consisting of many cards. Not regular cards with the aces, club, hearts and diamonds symbols. But self illustrated cards. The theme is about someone who gets stuck in the forest. There are a few decks of cards which consist of different stages. Some provide food and water, some provide weapons, some provide obstacles like wild animals, and one deck even consists of clues of where the forest exit is.

 

I will try and follow this idea by adding my math concepts in the map. Basically, you need to get the math concepts correct to progress throughout the map and get certain cards to increase your knowledge of getting out of the forest or some other biome. The concept will be the same, trying to get the character to a certain place while adding educational math concepts in order to progress. This will make learning more fun for the player than just going online and watching tutorials. There is an answer deck, a question deck and a tutorial deck in case you don’t know how to do the problem.

CAS Week Reflection 2017

1)How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?

I have learnt that I can lead a group and I have to work on my communication skills with people I do not know well.

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

Killing 5 mosquitos/mozzies in the hotel room with slippers and deodorant because Diego left the door open for a whole minute.

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

We collaborated in groups when we were making the presentation and doing tasks together.

4)How did you persevere in action?

I had to deal with the unfamiliar environment in Taiwan as it rained really hard the first night and I had to run to the bus from a few blocks away without any shelter or umbrella.

5)How did you work collaboratively with others?

We helped each other when we needed help and collaborated as a group to achieve the goals of the tasks.

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

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

CAS Week Trip Reflection 2016

1)How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?

I learnt to deal with and get used to a lot of bugs in Thailand such as spiders, bees, cockroaches and more. I’m fine with bugs now and don’t freak out like before. My area for growth is my stamina and fitness level. I found out on this trip that I’m not that fit, but this trip really helped a lot because before this trip my average rested bpm (beats per minute) was 79, but now my average rested heart’s bpm is 64.

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

I hiked up a really steep mountain for a long time which was very difficult for me as I don’t exercise at all when I’m not playing tennis. So this hike was really hard for me, so I undertook a hard challenge

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

We collaborated in a way which made us a better team when working as a group.

4)How did you persevere in action?

It was 50˚c outside and we were hiking for a few hours up a steep hill, one of the most challenging physical activity experiences ever for me.

5)How did you work collaboratively with others?

We helped each other when we needed help and collaborated as a group to achieve the goals.

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

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

Waste Not Want Not – Crit D T3

My design was a success and nearly everything was to my expectations. The measurements were totally accurate with the package being durable and being able to stand upright. My package represented CDNIS well as I used the colours of those on the logos. I also measured my lines really well as my measurements were on point and if they were off it would be at most at 2 millimeters. I spent my time efficiently and I am very satisfied with my final product.

There were some things I would do next time I make a package, for example put a window in my design, colour the background, or cut a hole in the box to insert the flap into to secure the package. This was all applying to the creativity and uniqueness of my design, which I was lacking, many of my reviewers exposed me on that part like Jason Blumenthal.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the amount of time I have put into making this design of an environmentally friendly, minimal adhesive using, durable sturdy package. Next time I will put account of spending more time planning ahead my process in making this package earlier.

 

Here are some pictures of my design object, package and package with object inside:

 

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object in package

Waste Not, Want Not

I have found out that Apple wants to make their boxes look better if the sides are filled with many layers of paper to back them up and make them more well built, sturdy and robust. This means if the product inside is fragile and easy to break then it will not break so easily as the strong sides will prevent it from being damaged during the packaging and shipping process. This is very important as companies strive to find a way to deliver their package in perfect condition. This element will make the box a better packaging product as the customer reviews will be better which brings in more customers from other places around the world. There are sites like Using interlocking tabs instead of glue and Measure Twice Cut Once which allow you to learn to use less paper which decreases the amount of the paper used in the world. If big companies like Apple used a few less sheets of paper and sold a few hundred thousand products, then they would save a total of  more than 1 or 2 million sheets of paper which would drastically drop the rate of carbon footprint. 

Year End Reflection For Music

This school year we have accomplished three different units in Music ; Theory, Blues Composition, and Playing. They were all very interesting units which I definitely learned from all of them, but my favorite unit was the playing unit.

I scored high for theory both times, the first time 48/50 and the second time 49/50. I reckon this is because I have completed the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory Exam and gotten a distinction and a total score of 93/100. The unit still helped me revise on the facts that I had nearly forgotten.

The blues composition really taught me how to use more simple rather than complex rhythms to make a solo. My Blues Down Under Reflection can be found here and my Blues Down Under solo can be found here.(This is a extension to my year end reflection for my blues down under reflection) I have improved on the blues compositions by learning that a solo doesn’t have to be complex for it to sound good.

My favorite unit, the playing unit was very satisfying to me as I have improved a lot compared to the beginning of grade 7. I have practiced at home for 10 minutes almost everyday and found it really helped with the quality of my playing in class. I have scored well for my 2 playing tests which showed me that my hard work had paid off. I also really need to improve my time management skills because I hand in my assignments late. I will have to work on my time management which is important if I want to continue to get good grades for Music.

Blues Down Under Solo Reflection

Based on the comments I got for my reflection, I decided the next time I am going to make a solo, I will try use more rhythmic melodies to express the solo’s emotions to the class. It will attract the audience’s attention. I need to add more swing to my song to make it sound more jazzy.

There were a lot of ups and downs during the process of making this solo. My first draft of my solo sounded really complicated as I tried to put all the combinations of different notes like tonic, super-tonic, mediant, dominant (1,2,3,5). I put those notes in different orders to try make new combinations and even tried to fit in acciaccaturas and appoggiaturas in my piece. But in the end I learnt that despite all my effort to make my solo sound good in a complex way, it sounded even better when I tried rephrasing it in a very simple way. So I kept my solo in a simple way and I was very happy with it. This unit has taught me that a solo doesn’t have to be complicated to sound good.