Last Friday was my proposal for the PYP Exhibition (PYPX), and guess what… I got approved!
I chose to do my PYPX about screen addiction because I think it’s a huge problem in school. I’m aiming to help Lower School because if I do the entire school, my target would be too big.
I have three main questions I want to ask to help drive my inquiry. First, what is screen addiction? Second, what causes screen addiction? Last, how do we prevent screen addiction? During my research sessions, I’ll be trying to find information about these topics. I also need key concepts to drive the inquiry and they are responsibility, change, causation, and form. I chose responsibility because you have to be responsible to be able to prevent screen addiction. You can’t always have someone looking over your back to stop you from overusing screens, you’ve got to be self-aware and stop it yourself. I chose change because, without change, you literally can’t get out of your habits. Finally, I chose causation and form because they’ll help me with my research.
My final product might be making a game that has a pop up appear after 30 minutes to tell them to take a break. Another idea is to have a monitor at the back of your computer to alert them after a long time on the computer. My last idea is to spread the word and make a whiteboard animation or infographic to post around the school.
So far, I only have 3 sources. First, I found a guy called Dr. Nicholas Kardaras who’s an expert on screen addiction. I have his email to contact him and I can contact him to ask him a few questions. I’m also thinking about contacting SCMP to, again, try to spread the word and publish an article about screen addiction. I also might contact a OneDoor teacher to help me code the monitor program.
At last, after a month of planning, it was proposal time. My teacher came and I spoke to her about all this information. The hardest thing for me was to keep straight eye contact with the teacher. In the end, I got 6 fours and 2 threes. The teacher recommended me to narrow down my ideas and find more primary sources.
During November, we had G6 camp at Outward Bound. In my opinion, it was my favourite camp out of all the grades.
On the first day, we got together as a team and introduced ourselves. Since it was the first day, we had to learn to have teamwork and be friends. Our first activity was something called the “Spider-Web”. It looks like this:
Every person has to go through a hole without touching the strings but you’re not allowed to use one hole more than one time.
We did a lot of teamwork activities just like the spider-web that taught me that you can’t do anything without cooperating. At night, we cooked our own food using chicken and rice which was really fun because I rarely cook my own food. We also set up tents so we could sleep there that night. Unluckily, it started raining really heavily so we had a change of plans and had to sleep in the main hall. That night was the worst because there were like 7 mosquitos in the room that feasted on us during the night.
On the second day, we did more teamwork activities, just like the first day. For example, we made a circle and held hands in weird positions. The goal was to untwist our hands to a normal circle without letting go of our hands. After, we took a long hike to a public park to start camping. The hike was one of the hardest parts of the camp, it took 6 hours and it was really tiring. When we finally got there, it felt really satisfying that we completed something so hard. We set up little tents and finally got to sleep in it. Sleeping in it was really fun with my friends, at night, we got to talk and play cards.
The third day = Water day. We took a bus back to the base camp and started the long-awaited water activities. First, we went kayaking, it made my arms really sore but it was really fun. It helped our teamwork abilities again because we had to have the same rhythm to be able to kayak. After, we got to do the most exciting activity, the jetty jump. I felt the rush through my face and it was really fun. It felt like the fall in Jurassic Park. At night, we had an activity that taught us to take risks whenever possible (should be reasonable). There was a small little tunnel in the mountain that we had to crawl through in the dark, not knowing what was at the end of the tunnel.
Finally, it was our turn to take the dorms. At night, it was one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept on after 2 nights on the floor or in a tent. On the last day was the final test, we had to raise our teammates to get over a pole. This was the final challenge and we took many tries to get it right. I was really sad at the end of this camp because we learnt so many lessons and taught me so many lessons.
Next topic! Assembly! We’ve been planning this special skong for two weeks. What is a skong though? It’s a mix of a skit and a song, basically a musical. During our planning stage, we wanted to do it about Christmas spirit and how giving is better than receiving. We made a plan on a whiteboard with all our ideas spread acroos it. We then transferred all that information into the computer and started writing the script. Here’s a sneak peek. 😉
The skong is about a boy named Desmond who doesn’t have much but is always grateful to whatever he gets. One day, he sees his friend, Alicia, in the park. Alicia isn’t grateful for anything and complains about how she didn’t get the new Gucci iPhone case. *Alicia and Desmond break into All I Want for Christmas is You Remix* At night, Alicia’s mom and dad come back to give her a better present, hoping she’ll be happy this time. They gave Alicia an iPhone 8, she suddenly throws a tantrum about how she gets the worst presents ever and that she wanted the iPhone Xs. She throws the iPhone 8 on the ground and it cracks open. (The audience reaction was great) Alicia runs back to her room and “cries”. A mysterious Christmas ghost comes to visit her to teach her a lesson to be grateful for whatever she has. *Christmas ghost starts singing You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch Remix* The ghost snaps her fingers and they are teleported to Desmond’s house to see how they celebrate Christmas. Alicia and the ghost look through the window and sees Desmond’s family swapping gifts with each other and singing Christmas carols. *Family starts singing O Christmas Tree Remix* Alicia finally learns her lesson and goes back home to spend a nice Christmas Eve.
The next day, Desmond’s family comes to visit for Christmas morning. Alicia doesn’t get mad at Desmond, nor is she ungrateful anymore. Alicia and Desmond exchange gifts and have a happy Christmas together singing Let It Snow Remix.
Wow! That was one long paragraph. This took ages to plan and was really fun at the end. At first, I was really nervous when I was about to say my line. But, I reminded myself that there’s nothing embarrassing about this, I’m literally just talking, I’ve done this all the time! The reassured me a lot and now I’m not as stage-frightened anymore. In the end, I loved the assembly, it was really fun and the audience seemed to enjoy it. Even after the assembly, I would hear compliments about how good the skong was.
Now, onto Math! In this unit, we’ve been learning a lot about decimals, fractions, ratios, and percentages. I’ve learned a lot so far even though we haven’t even finished yet. We’ve done many exercises such as the Cuisenaire Rods that taught us ratios. For example:
If the purple rod was six, what is one red rod?
Of course, it would be way more challenging. We also did a murder mystery game based on fractions. We were tasked to find a solution to different fractions problems and find out who the murder is, where he did a crime, and when.
Last topic, UOI. Our unit for this month was about the economy, it was for WWPT. We learned about how economic events have a big impact on humanity and how humans use the money. We also learned about the economic events that happened in the past such as the Great Depression, the Brexit, or the Industrial Revolution. Our writing unit was tied in with UOI, we had to write a report about an economic event that happened in the past. Here’s my report:
I’m really proud of this report because if I do say so myself, it’s really good.
That’s all I have to say for this month’s month review. This month had so many special moments that was so fun. Even if it was tiring. See you in 2019 January!