In science a few weeks ago, the class started a really big summative assessment; the court case. The research took a very long time, but the overall court case took only 3 days to finish. I was on the defense side, which meant I was supporting KMT (kinetic molecular theory). Sadly, my side didn’t win. I did not agree with the jurys’ decision because I thought the prosecution side had no enough evidence and they did not prove their point. Their lawyers wasted time all on the dates of when you did it and how that made it un-credible. Doing any lab on any date won’t change all the data, it’ll still be the same, so that is one of the reasons why I don’t think they should’ve won the case. They also only used one lab as evidence. We conducted many labs, so I think we should use a majority of them instead of one only. On the other hand, the defense side had more than 1 lab evidence and I think they clearly stated how KMT was accurate.
In this court case, my job was the court reporter. To be honest, it was actually really difficult because I had to record almost everything everyone said. And the majority amount of people that spoke had soft voices and spoke very fast. I couldn’t really do anything about it, so I just had to write as much as I knew. If I had a chance to switch jobs with someone, I would choose any other job.
When I was learning fractions, I would fall in the “apathy” part in this graph below, because personally I think fractions are one of my best subjects in Math. But, when learning the decimals part of the unit, I started getting more stressed because I didn’t get why the number would become smaller than what we started with when we multiplied. But, that was only at the beginning because when it was explained more by our teacher and my peers I got to understand it more.
A month and a few weeks ago, my class started reading a book called The Other Side of Truth. It is about 2 siblings, Sade and Femi that have to take extreme risks to leave their home because of danger caused my the government and the police. Their father, which is a journalist, wrote an article saying bad things about the government, causing the government going after him and trying to kill him. Because of their father, Sade and Femi had lost their mother due to a gun shot by the police. I’m not very sure if it was a warning (threatening their father not to write anymore bad things about the government) or it was an accident as their mother was in the way. But both ways, I think it was wrong to do so.
In The Other Side of Truth, I disliked how in the beginning, the story was a bit boring as they was not much action or drama. I enjoy reading books with a special twist, or plot. But, as I was coming to the middle bit of the novel, it started becoming more interesting because Sade and Femi almost got beaten up and arrested.
In a project that we had to do relating to people taking extreme risks to leave their own country, my partner and I choose North Korea as a topic to focus on. This was because North Korea is a very protected and strict place, making people their take extreme risks to leave and have freedom. We were focusing on refugees and the difficulties is leaving. Personally, I didn’t dislike much of the presentation. This was because it was really fun to do as we got to choose our own topic and choose our own way to present it by ourselves. This makes my “creative juices” flow. My contribution to this project was quite a lot if I say so myself. Although I was sick on that day Ms. Kirchner explained all the outline and script things to the class, and although my partner did almost more that half of the outline, I helped out, added more reliable and detailed information, and proof read it to see if it was okay. I choose most of the visuals to go with the slides as well. Atiya (my partner) made the draft version that helped our evaluation, and I did the final. Her draft was a guideline for the final so she contributed a lot as well : ).
Look out for the short documentary of the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in HK in April 2013! Created by me and my partners Samantha and Austin L.
Here’s the link to my online process journal for now…… STAY TUNED until the movie comes out on that link!
A few weeks ago, I had to write a short story based on what I’ve experienced before, then make a presentation about it called ‘The Author’s Choice Project’. My story is called ‘The Death of Miffy’.
My topic to focus on was Character, and I tried to focus on describing the appearance and traits/behavior. In the presentation I tried to show my process by showing how I changed from draft #1 to the final draft. I was happy with this presentation because my audience understood my process and what I changed.
Overall, I think I did well in my presentation but I could tweak it a bit more. If I had the chance to make my presentation over again there wouldn’t be A LOT of things I would change — I’m happy with what I have now… But, I think next time I could say which visual I was proud of describing the best, which is the picture in the slide below. You can see how I’ve improved from draft #1 to the last draft.
Write a paragraph describing one habit you want to change and why.
“Never think about tomorrow’
I want to change this ‘bad habit’ of never thinking about tomorrow because I think that thinking about the present is the most important. If you keep thinking about the next day you may get stressed; maybe because there’s a test or a quiz, just something important. You wouldn’t want to loose focus on what you are doing in the present, because you can think about the future another day. Although some may think that thinking about tomorrow in advance is a good thing as you can know what you’ll do but in my opinion, I think that it just may stress people out or make people depressed. I would not want to think and stress about tomorrow when I have much more things to do. This is the main reason why I want to change this habit.
In the patterns unit, the thing I liked the most were making the rules. They were simple and easy to do because it wasn’t like the formulas; etc d=4n. Rather than doing that, you could just simply write down +2 every time etc.
I learned that for the inputs+outputs, there needs to be a relationship between them in order to get the pattern or rule. The study of patterns is important because it can help you find the next number if you are doing something that involves distance.
^Above is my bird… a one that I designed myself. This bird was used for my design-a-bird assignment.
- tweezer beak — to easily pick the only thing that it eats, bugs
- large parrot wings — to fly long distances before it’s predators (ostrich and golden snub nose monkey) attack
- orange skin — to camouflage in the orange trees
- sharp claws — to catch the bugs before they run away
- thick feathery wings — to keep warmth in the cold weather
On the first period I had to work on this project, I was fooling around a bit because I didn’t know that I actually had so little time. But, around half of the time after, I started to write my behavioral and structural adaptations. I didn’t finish them, but I did
finish them at home. I used my time wisely and started my drawing of the bird in the next class. I used up the whole next period to work on it but I messed up so I had to start ALL OVER AGAIN… even the environment. It was difficult as I didn’t have a scanner at home so I had to stay after school to do it. The worst part was, I was in a rush to get back home! But eventually, I had time to finish the bird, hand it in, and buy a drink
. Overall, I think I managed my time well because I still had an hour before it was due. Sadly, when I just wanted to check in on my other moodle assignments, I realized that I didn’t send for marking… and when I did, it was already 4 minutes overdue
If I were to start over again + if I had more time I would rather build the bird and environment because if you were drawing the bird you wouldn’t be able to see the bird’s opposite side, unlike if you build one.
Just recently I have completed the Shi Huang Di unit. In this unit I have learnt multiple skills I can use in future life.
Here are the list of skills I used throughout this unit:
- Citing Sources: I learnt how to site sources in NoodleTools for the essay and paragraph.
- Researching: Researching Shi Huang Di was quite difficult as I didn’t know how to at first but after learning how to use key words and the library website for CDNIS researching because much more easier.
- Presentation: In the presentation the thing I lacked was eye-contact with the audience. I remembered my script but since there were key points on the poster I kind of got carried away with it and only looked at the audience five or six times. Next time what I would do is after looking at one point in the poster I would memorize it so I wouldn’t keep looking back and forth all the time.
- Group work, collaboration: Since the poster was a group project it was much easier as we had 4 pairs of hands instead of just one. I learned how to communicate with my friends well and I thought that I collaborated well as I listened to ideas and said ideas to the group.
- Using Evidence: I learnt how to use evidence to back up my case. I could use it to compare, disapprove or approve a opinion or a fake fact. I learnt how I could back up what I had to say with different pieces of evidence I found in interviews, videos, books or websites.
If I were to do this poster over again, I would make changes to a few things. Next time to really make the isolated person stand out I could put everything but her/him black and white/saturated. I would also change the ‘STOP ISOLATION’ sign red instead of purple so it would be the thing that catches people’s attentions more. I would also try to blur out the faces of my ‘models’ because I didn’t ask for their opinion of their face on my poster yet, I just used it.
The best design features of my poster is how I used my own original picture instead of a picture off creative commons etc. Many people put comments in the gallery about how it really caught their eye as I used the C in the C.R.A.P principles the most. Contrast is very important.
I think my poster should be considered for the USSC because it actually relates to a situation in CDNIS. In CDNIS people are isolating others more and more. I gave a clear call-to-action including the attribute. I think if my poster gets chosen it could really make a difference because firstly, it catches people’s attention with the color contrast and secondly, it really makes people think what they’re doing wrong and right.