HWOO Blog Post End

 

Our How We Organise Ourselves is ending now. Our central idea was “ Being organised empowers us to take action more effectively. ”

Our lines of inquiry were

  • Reasons why people organise themselves
  • Interactions between parts and people within organisational structures
  • How to develop actions that are

Our key concepts are

  • Causation – What empowers people to take actions?
  • Function – How do different organisations operate?
    • How are decisions made?
    • How are roles assigned?
  • Connection – What is the connection between an individuals or communities needs and the organisations that support them?

 

In our unit, there was a very important chart/graph that we used. It is called Parts, People, and Interactions.

This is how it looks like:

In this chart, it makes us think about the organizational structure.

 

During this unit, we did a Two Presents project.

Two Presents is an organization that is for birthdays. What they do is that they give half the money to the charity you want to support. Like two presents. One to charity, one for you. This is the link : https://www.twopresents.com/

 

How two presents works :

  1. Invite – send an invitation and share with guests. You will have to choose a charity you wish to support. Add details to it
  2. Collect – Guest can contribute money into a gift fund instead of bring individual gifts.
  3. Share – They split funds. One part is for your gift, one for charity.

 

Basically, we split into many groups to support the charity we wanted to help. Then, we made a product that we could put on the website for other people to use. The makers of two presents/clients came and we had to show them our products. Me, Helena and Chloe supported Changing Young Lives. This is the link: https://www.changingyounglives.org.hk/. Changing Young Lives serves underprivileged young people in Hk and Mainland to and strive to change their lives for the better. They help their education. This is our final product.

We made a card, if you can see.

 

In our group, we divided roles. Here were our roles.

Leader / Organiser: Caitlyn

Communicator: Helena

Research and Development: Chloe, Caitlyn ,Helena (Mostly Helena)

Tech Guru: Helena

Product Creators: Caitlyn and Chloe

Quality Control: Chloe

Editor: Caitlyn

 

As we did this project, we learnt that every company has their own organisational structure. It is very important to have good organisational structure so that everything is ready, set go.

 

I forgot! Before we started our projects, we wrote down skills and things we could bring to our group. That made it easier to decide our roles.

The strengths that I could bring to the group was:

  • Art/ Drawing
  • Computer (Canva)
  • Leadership Skills
  • Research skills
  • Explaining ideas
  • Creativity
  • Organised
  • Good Memory

Later, we had a paper, and here are my type of leader and gifts in different terms.

  • Gifts
    • Musical
    • Artistic
    • Good writer
  • Type of leader
    • Visionaries
        • AKA – The idea people
        • Talents – Imagination, passion, inventiveness and the courage to dream
    • Doers
        • AKA – The hands on people
        • Talents – Energy, perseverance, flexibility and artistic skills

 

Also, in our unit we went to Asbury. This is a little reflection:

Asbury Field Trip

 

Last Friday, we went to Asbury, which is a foundation that help people’s living space. Their mission is to help low income families have better living space.

 

First, we were in groups. I was with Chloe, Ishaan, James and Joseph. We were team 1. Ms. Uhlir was out parent in charge and Agnes was our group leader.

 

First, we met someone who lived in a caged house and we were asking him questions about his living space. He told us that he lived in a 18 feet long and 6 feet wide apartment. He lives in a industrial building. He says that industrial buildings costs less, but there are many downsides to it. First, you can not cook there. He has to always go out to eat. Second, fires are easier to happen. Industrial buildings have thin floors, so the fire can spread quickly. Thirdly, if the police or firemen find out that he is living in an industrial building, he will be put in jail. Next, we had a Q and A. Our group got most of the questions right, for instance : Q : How long does an immigrant have to wait to get public housing? A : 4 – 7 years. I think that is so wrong! I think everyone should have a house to live in.  

 

Our first task was to follow our group leader , and our teacher/ parent, and go into the market to buy things for the people we were going to see in the caged homes. We had to buy: vegetables, fruits and paper rolls. When we completed that task, we went into the caged homes. A nice woman came out and showed us around her house. Actually, I should say, is a super super tiny room. We gave her the things we bought, and we asked her question about her daily life. She told us that she had a husband and two sons. She has a bunk bed, ( She and the smaller son slept on the bottom, and the father and the older son slept on the top.) one desk, a toilet (In this place, it is very very lucky to have your own toilet), and a computer. She explained that in the summer, the kids would get sick easily, because it would be too hot, and in the winter, it was just right. They live in this tiny space because she did not want her family to be separated, and that would be bad for the family. Luckily, she was able to send her sons to school, and they can learn. After that experience, I realize how lucky I am. In the future, I want to help these people. After escaping the tiny apartment, or should I say leaving the tiny apartment, we went to this community square and took a picture. I think this experience is very important.

Reflection questions

 

How much did you know before we started?

I knew a little bit about caged homes because I read an article about this in school. I know that caged homes are really really small, and we are very very lucky to live in apartments.

 

Have you changed any ideas you used to have on this subject?

I realized that we are really lucky and I think this subject is much more important than it is.

 

What is the one thing you want people to notice when looking at this subject?

I want people to notice just how lucky they are for living in such a nice home, and be grateful for everything they have.

 

One thing I would like to improve on is……

I want to improve on being more grateful for everything I have and I also want to improve one asking better questions because my questions I asked her were not so important.

 

<<THE END>>

 

There are three different types of organisations. Corporations, Co-ops and Family organisations. If you want to inquire more into this, you can visit this site https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/interactive/business-structures-sustainability-connection-interactive

 

Anyways, That is it for this unit!

 

Tchau!

(That means bye in portuguese)

Asbury Center Field Trip Reflection

Last Friday, we went to Asbury, which is a foundation that help people’s living space. Their mission is to help low income families have better living space.

First, we were in groups. I was with Chloe, Ishaan, James and Joseph. We were team 1. Ms. Uhlir was out parent in charge and Agnes was our group leader.

First, we met someone who lived in a caged house and we were asking him questions about his living space. He told us that he lived in a 18 feet long and 6 feet wide apartment. He lives in a industrial building. He says that industrial buildings costs less, but there are many downsides to it. First, you can not cook there. He has to always go out to eat. Second, fires are easier to happen. Industrial buildings have thin floors, so the fire can spread quickly. Thirdly, if the police or firemen find out that he is living in an industrial building, he will be put in jail. Next, we had a Q and A. Our group got most of the questions right, for instance : Q : How long does an immigrant have to wait to get public housing? A : 4 – 7 years. I think that is so wrong! I think everyone should have a house to live in.  

Our first task was to follow our group leader , and our teacher/ parent, and go into the market to buy things for the people we were going to see in the caged homes. We had to buy: vegetables, fruits and paper rolls. When we completed that task, we went into the caged homes. A nice woman came out and showed us around her house. Actually, I should say, is a super super tiny room. We gave her the things we bought, and we asked her question about her daily life. She told us that she had a husband and two sons. She has a bunk bed, ( She and the smaller son slept on the bottom, and the father and the older son slept on the top.) one desk, a toilet (In this place, it is very very lucky to have your own toilet), and a computer. She explained that in the summer, the kids would get sick easily, because it would be too hot, and in the winter, it was just right. They live in this tiny space because she did not want her family to be separated, and that would be bad for the family. Luckily, she was able to send her sons to school, and they can learn. After that experience, I realize how lucky I am. In the future, I want to help these people. After escaping the tiny apartment, or should I say leaving the tiny apartment, we went to this community square and took a picture. I think this experience is very important.


Reflection questions

How much did you know before we started?

I knew a little bit about caged homes because I read an article about this in school. I know that caged homes are really really small, and we are very very lucky to live in apartments.

Have you changed any ideas you used to have on this subject?

I realized that we are really lucky and I think this subject is much more important than it is.

What is the one thing you want people to notice when looking at this subject?

I want people to notice just how lucky they are for living in such a nice home, and be grateful for everything they have.

One thing I would like to improve on is……

I want to improve on being more grateful for everything I have and I also want to improve one asking better questions because my questions I asked her were not so important.

Art Reflection ( Peace Flag )

This is me and my flag
This is my flag

In art class we made a flag. First we used tie dying and we tie dyed our flags. Secondly, we made plan on what we would do for our flag. After that, I started making. I cut out the J, O and the Y. Then I started sewing it on to my flag. That took a long time. Then I cut out the heart and sowed it on. Then I painted my JOY and that’s how it looks like now!
Bye!
Caitlyn

 

Pok Fu Lam Village Field Trip

Pok Fu Lam Village

Hi again!

Last week I went to Pok fu lam village and saw many cool things. I saw the dragon’s museum, market stalls, restaurants, the Dairy Farm staff quarters, The Bo Gong shrine, The Hay Silo, Wall graffiti, The li Ling Pagoda, The silver dragon head spouting water, cartoon signs, cultivated crops, metal mailboxes and lots of different kinds of houses.

 

The Bogong shrine was near the market .

That is how it looks. Sorry it’s blurry…

It is for worshiping their ancestors who moved in along time ago.

 

History of Pok Fu Lam Village

People from china moved to hong hong and settled in Pok Fu Lam Village. Pok fu lam village had a river, and land for crops. After a while, the dairy farm realized that Pok Fu Lam village had nice land for their cows so they built a dairy farm building there. That change was very big. Soon lots of people moved in because staff had to move close to the dairy farm headquarters. So now there is more people living there. When people realized that there were much better places to live out of the tiny village, People started moving out. Some people stayed because they liked living that way. The village lasted until now and even now days there are still people living there.

 

When I went there, I saw many different kinds of houses. I don’t know if some of the houses are stable, because they are made out of tin and bricks and sometimes concrete.

 

The villagers circumstance How is it an advantage? How does it depend on perspective? How is it a disadvantage?
Live on the hillside You get more exercise Some people don’t like living in a steep place It can get very steep, like hiking.
Villagers live in a tin house They at least have a house Some people don’t like it because it is old inside and unstable. It is unstable and very very small.
Water coming from a river  / hillside It is clean water Some people like bottled water more The water can have random leaves in it.

 

Refugee Simulation

Today in class we had a refugee simulation.

So we separated in groups, and Miss. Liguori handed us a paper that had greek writing on it. We asked her what it said, but she replied to us in Spanish! That is how it feels like to be in a place that speaks a different language. We randomly wrote on the paper and handed it to the teacher. She talked to us in spanish again and we could make out some words, so we tried again. We passed. Ms. Miller gave us 2 people infection cards and one person a gas problem. We finally got to our base and we were given paper. Mr. Minor explained that we had to make paper pockets exactly like the example. We only had 10 newspapers. Rhea figured out how to make a paper bag. We made some, then we tried to make it better, so we could get more money. Me and Rhea made a stronger version, and because of that we got 2 extra dollars. We sent 5 people to sell our paper pockets and we got more money. Now the market closed. We could not sell our things anymore. We now had enough money to cure the infections and the gas problem. We bought a straw mat and food, so we ended up successful.

During the simulation, the teachers were very harsh. They didn’t speak english. They also stole our stuff and sold them. We felt like a real refugee. Now that I know what it feels like ( but of course being a real refugee is worse), I fell really bad for them.

4 reflection questions

Forward looking : How much did you know about being a refugee before we started?

I didn’t know much. I always have looked down on them and now I really feel bad because they are going through very hard situations.

Inward Looking: What did you learn about yourself when you did this activity?

I learnt that I like to make things and figure them out when we were doing the paper bag because me and Rhea figured out how to exactly make the paper bag the same way the teachers made it.

Outward Looking: What is the one thing you want other people to know when looking at refugees?

I want them to know that we are all human. We all have feelings. These refugees are children. They had to leave their family and go to other countries by themselves.

Forward Looking: One thing I would like to improve is…..

One thing I would like to improve is planing  everything better.

Bye!
Caitlyn

Camp Reflection

Camp Reflection

Backward – Looking

Q2 – What process did you go through to get ready for camp?

Before camp started, I had to find everything. That task wasn’t so easy. I looked everywhere for my sleeping bag. I couldn’t find it. I got scared. I did not want to be the only one sleeping without a sleeping bag! The next day, when my mom came home, we started searching again. I finally found it in a pile of pillows. After finding everything, I got so tired, I didn’t want to pack anymore. I avoided packing for about 2 weeks, and finally on the night before camp, I started packing. Packing wasn’t as easy as I thought. First, I packed and put everything in a pretty small night bag, then after I packed everything, I realized that that wasn’t going to fit when I was packing to go back home. So, I packed again……. Into a bigger bag. After I was done packing, I felt so relieved. I fell asleep in one second.

Inward – Looking

Q9 – How do you feel about camp? What parts of it do you particularly like? Dislike? Why? What did/do you enjoy about camp?

I think it is a good experience, but sometimes I get homesick. I get scared when we have to go to sleep because I think about everything I do when I go to sleep, and I always think about home. I also did not like that we didn’t get to shower. I liked my facilitators, because they were fair and made most things fun. I enjoyed having time with my friends, and learning about them.

Outward – Looking
Q30- If someone else were to be in your shoes, what might they learn about you

If someone else was me, they will learn that I  and very neat and organised and don’t like the sun and being hot. They will also find out that I hate the dark and I get really homesick. I also don’t like to be alone and bossed around.

Forward – Looking

Q31 – One thing you would like to improve is…

One thing I would like to improve is probably packing better. I was unprepared and I did not have all my things ready.

Thank you for reading!

Caitlyn

Math- September

Hi there!

This post is about Math. This is an example of me measuring angles. Now we have moved on to fractions, decimals, and percentages.

 

 

 

In this picture, I am labeling:

  1. The angle of the triangle
  2. Why it’s a ______type of triange
  3. Side length

I hope you have learned more about sides and angles!

Feel free to comment!

Bye!

See you next time