Grade 6 camp has just passed and it has been the best camp I have been to so far. When my group was put together I was really happy because everybody in my group were really nice and did not cause a lot of trouble.
We all quickly became close friends and we made a bunch of weird songs that are now stuck in my head.
Everyday we would have a few challenges. For example there was a challenge called the tunnel. We had to slide our way down a small tube underground in pitch black that was about 35 meters long and the entry way was about 50 cm wide so it was really small. This was a key highlight for me because at first I would not do it because I was afraid I would get stuck but then when I saw my friends doing it they really came out easily so they encouraged me to go through the tunnel. We had to scooch ourselves down and slide down using our feet. Midway through the tunnel I was stuck and I was starting to doubt the possibilities of me getting through but I realised that if the adults and my friends can go through then I can go through so I was not as worried. As soon as I got out after I deep sigh of relief I wanted to do it again.
Another challenge was where there was a giant life sized spider web and we had to get everyone through the holes without touching the web at all and we could not go through the same hole twice. During this challenge our team cooperated and commmunicated very well to each other.
For the first night since it was flooded near our tents so we (half of the grade)had to sleep in the main hall of Outward Bound squished together.
My sleep in the main hall was not very good because I kept waking up to bees buzzing in my ear and mosquito bites all over me.
The second night we had to hike to the camping site where I slept great because we were in tent with no bugs. The hiking was another challenge that was given to us. We had to navigate and go from one place to the other without adults telling us anything. Before hiking we learnt navigation and where we were going so this is where it would come in handy.
Hiking all the way was a challenge because we were walking up and down for 6 hours and sometimes we did not know which direction to go but later when we finally made it we were all bursting with joy.
Navigation skills come in handy in real life because then we won’t know how to find our way around. I can apply this when I am new to a region or place or I don’t know where to go.
The last night was amazing because I was with all of my friends in one dorm and there were really cozy mattresses and blankets. The dorm also had storage compartments for our bags and really clean showers.
Out of all the challenges and activities we have done I learned courage, responsibility, risk-taking and most of all independence.
It has been almost 2 months since I started home learning and I would like to tell you how I am setting myself up for success. First of all, if I want success I am going to need a good working space which has no loud distracting noises, the right level of comfort and coziness in what I am sitting in, and a table that is not overflowing with other papers I don’t need. I also need a piece of paper beside me just in case an amazing idea sparks in my head. Having the right stationary/equipment is important too because if I have stationary that always breaks I am going to be kind of frustrated.
A goal for me is to not get distracted by small things in the room such as noises, other things on the computer or which slime I should make next. A way I can achieve this is by making my own schedule when I get home and sticking to it. Another goal for me is to get a deeper understanding of what I am learning. A way I can achieve this goal is by researching for other sources about the topic, comparing notes with classmates, checking the information with your teacher and using educational apps.
The 4th week has passed really quickly and it has been so exciting. This week one of the highlights was putting up the 6avocados poster on the door. I was super excited about this because not only have we been waiting to put our sign up for a few weeks but it also gives our class an identity. Making our class poster is part of our classroom design challenge. I think that having a classroom design challenge is very effective and useful because at the start of the year the classroom is normally looking very boring so it encourages us to make our classroom look nice and be creative. We all have a different job to do whether we are searching online for better furniture, retrieving something to decorate our class or making a schedule for morning meetings.
All of the examples above need responsibility and cooperation. In grade 5 we did not think of doing anything like a classroom design challenge so I am happy to be doing it this year. We have not finished the classroom design challenge yet, however, we got a lot of it out of the way.
So far so good.
Imagine doing home learning in a peaceful dining room at a large round wooden dining table. You sit down on a soft cozy chair that has just the right level of comfort. Not too soft to sink and fall alsleep but not too firm to leave you with a sore back. Like Goldilocks it is just right. Around you is an open feel which provides a well lighted atmosphere. The air conditioning gently cools your skin as you gaze at the endless ocean view and look for insparation. The view kind of distracts you but also relaxes you. A crinkle of a chocolate wrapper echos from the kitchen and you know your Mom is home and has just brought sweets. The cat’s fur tickles your legs which momentarily urges you to play. Oddly enough there is a big life sized elephant next to the table that you sit at. Not weird at all. They say it is art.
I do have another home learning space which is inside my bedroom. In my bedroom there are many good resources from the past years (like past assignments or homework) that I can review and there is lots of stationary, however, there is no WiFi and there are many distractions such as photos, slime and toys.
I would much rather do my home learning in the dining room but on some occasions I prefer to do it in my bedroom, like when I need to use my old assignments for reference. The dining room has a better environment which helps my learning because of the lack of distractions and the quietness. If it had stationary nearby and maybe a shelf with more resources it would be a even better place for me to do my home learning tasks. Usually I have finished my home learning by the time the rest of my family get home, so this timing works out well for me. Having a good environment to do my home learning (as stated above) will help me thrive as a learner.
Can you imagine this from my discription above? Here is a video of my home learning space.
Week 3 has passed and it passed really quickly. This week was the first week to have homework. For the homework tasks I chose ‘Interests and Passions’ and ‘Thinking Patterns’. For interests and passions, I had to interview parents or friends and ask them questions about their interests and passions. I wanted to have a different variety of people so I decided to interview my uncle, my friend’s mom, my grandma, and my mom. What I learnt from this task is that passions and interests can lead to change. For example, somebody told me that their passion lead her to change and that she is more aware of what makes her happy. The change she has made was setting up a non-profit foundation to help teach helpers how to swim. Another person I interviewed said that their passion did not lead them to change but they now feel more receptive and open-minded (which kind of is a change isn’t it?).
My interests have not lead me to much change yet but being interested in slime, cats, listening to music and food makes me happy and keeps me occupied. Recently, I have been interested in photography and imagery so I think I might pursue this further on.
For the thinking patterns task, I chose the ‘up and down staircase’ problem to solve. I had to find out how many blocks there would be if there was a staircase with 5 blocks going up and 5 blocks going down. I figured out that if you want to know how many blocks there are, you have to the multiply the number of blocks going up and the blocks going down. So the answer would be 25. I recognised there was a pattern and I found a formula to apply. Can you calculate how many blocks you will need to create a staircase of 11 steps going up and 11 going down? Leave your answer in the comment section below.
I think both home learning tasks went well because I understood both of them well, I put my time into it and, I put effort into it. Overall I think that I learnt a lot from the home learning tasks and found it interesting.
August 27~August 31
Second Week Reflection
The second week of school has passed and I think it went very well considering we got a lot done. From Monday to Wednesday we organized what would be in our class and where we would put it. I planned where the bookshelf should be and I organized the mess that was in there. From Wednesday to Friday we have been doing group work where we had to write how we cooperate well and why we reflect. I learned that we cooperate well by helping others, using time management well and giving constructive criticism. Now I also know that we reflect so we can improve on next time by learning from our mistakes, remember how it felt and see if we reached our goals. Overall this week has been really exciting and we all learned a lot.
This week was a fantastic week. The highlights of this week have been getting to know each other, the murder mystery case and organizing our class. We played some really fun games where we had to know everybody’s name on the first day. During the week we organized the morning meetings for the next few weeks and we planned what our class would look like. On the third day we did a murder mystery challenge where we had to solve a murder case with 5 clues and 32 suspects. It was very challenging but I cooperated well with my group and we managed to figure it out after a lot of working out. Although this week was enjoyable there were some downs where some people would talk while the teacher was talking but other than that it was quite a laid back week. I am sure that next week we will have a bit of homework considering we had absolutely no homework this week! Overall this week was a solid nine out of ten.
A few weeks ago an artist in residence called Yes Talent came to CDNIS. They helped us make and design an outfit made from reusable materials. We worked in small groups on a design and then we would present it on a catwalk with our robots walking next to us. Our first step was to sketch out what the dress would look like and pick our materials. The materials we used were a shower curtain, tape, plastic and some fabric. We worked together well but it was a bit hard to choose the model so, in the end, I had to be the model. I found making the prototype the hardest because at first we had to use so many pins to keep in together but when they said to use tape we had to do it all over again by removing all the pins and replacing it with tape. I am really looking forward to the catwalk so everyone can see our designed outfits and robots but sadly lower school has closed early for the holidays due to an influenza outbreak in Hong Kong. I hope that this catwalk will be rescheduled soon. I can’t wait!!!
In the first week after the holidays, we did a lot of fun things however we were a bit tired and sad that the holidays ended. All of us had great holidays. In my Christmas/New year break, I first went to London to see my friends Sophie and Julia that I have not seen in a long time. I really enjoyed seeing them in London. I then went to Belfast so my brother could see his friend that he has not seen in a long time so we were both happy. We also went to Holland to spend time with our grandparents. We all did loads of fun activities together. Then we went to Austria to go skiing with our cousin Luca also from Holland. My favorite part of skiing was going down the slope especially because I loved the fresh breeze in my face. Afterall it is 2018!!!! I hope everybody had a great 2017. Lets make 2018 better.
Our class is about to finish the first term of CDNIS G5! It has been the best few months ever. Together our class has worked really hard to finally finish the first term and now after the break, we have to complete another term. It was very exhausting but we had so much fun with Ms. Laura. Next term I would like to achieve my goal to ask more questions during class. It is almost Christmas and I cannot wait to celebrate. For Christmas, I am going to Belfast, London, Austria, and Amsterdam so I am going to have a pretty packed holiday. What about you? Where are you going?(comment below) Anyway, I hope you have an amazing Christmas! Bye!