Young Americans

This week we did Young Americans, you probably don’t know what that is let me explain it to you. Young Americans is a group of well, Young Americans that come to our school to teach us how to sing and dance. They do this for three days and on Friday we have to perform everything we learned into one big performance where our teachers and our parents come to watch. Most people say they love it my opinion is a little bit different.

On the first day, I was the most doubtful I have ever been because I don’t like singing or dancing and then when I saw them perform what was going to be our beginning dance I was completely blown away it was insane to even imagine us doing that but on Friday we did  I am not sure how we looked but I hope it was somewhat similar to what they did. Then the thing I had been dreading most came up, Quarrel Singing. Which is basically singing in a group, the reason I didn’t like singing is that I figuratively cannot do it, I am really bad at it. Once a Young American told me “If you can speak you can sing” to this I replied “I guess I can’t talk then”, that is how much I dread singing. One thing that I was really happy about was me getting a solo because then I would be in the middle of the spotlight doing the thing I dread the most. It was very good that we sang in groups so that it would wash away my voice with other peoples louder voices.

On the second day, we had some activities that weren’t too bad, they had improvisation which I didn’t mind because I enjoy acting and then we had songwriting. In songwriting, our group and I came up with the most random song this is how it went “Jimmy and Timmy were walking one day, looking for some fresh grown hay. A moose came along to save the day he said: “Hey Llamas I will help you find the hay”. They travelled til May til they found it one day and they said: “yay hooray we found the hay” X3″.

On Friday the show day, we performed everything we learned and there were multiple sections/medleys of the performance one was the creative medley another was the disco medley then came the sports medley the lion king medley (the most complicated one) and then the ending medley and we performed it as well as we could and in the end I am proud of the people that did it and the Young Americans that taught it to us.

Final Weekly Reflection Of 2018

Final Weekly Reflection Of 2018

This week’s weekly reflection will be structured a little bit differently to how most of the people who read my reflections are. It will be structured in the format of the key concepts, what I mean when I say this each paragraph will have something to do with the key concepts. I will be telling you what key concept I will use for each paragraph when it starts.

Change is the key concept I will be using in the first in the first paragraph because I changed when I realized what my lines of inquiry are for the exhibition because now I know a key part of my exhibition plan because I know exactly what I will be researching so I have a full-fledged plan on what I am going to do for my exhibition, I finally can start researching my exhibition.

 

The form key concept is the one I chose for my second paragraph and that is because I would like to tell you what it is like having to have finished everything you need to finish on time and in one week. It is literally like a 100-ton crate being lifted off of my back, it is so comforting not having to worry about all the things that I would normally worry about. Like the exhibition, I am not too worried about not completing it now because I have already done three-quarters of the process of making my exhibition happen.

WORK IN PROGRESS WILL COME BACK LATER.

Camp Reflection

Camp Reflection

Last week we had camp and I have quite an opinion on it, I generally don’t like camp and this is no different although there were a few ups in that 4 days of downs. First I will tell you all the downs and then I will tell you about the ups. Finally, I will tell you about all the things I think that the camp could have improved on, now for the downs.

 

There have been a lot of downs but the main one is definitely that it was raining super heavily on the first night. This wasn’t just your stereotypical heavy rain but I mean that it was actually pouring it was like the clouds were spraying a hose down on us. The counsellors said that we had a choice of sleeping in the main hall (Length: 50 metres, Width: 17 metres) or tents, (2 metres by 2 metres) the decision my group made was the worst one I have ever made! We decided to sleep in the main hall but the thing was it was split in half because of the girls and boys having to be split up. This made the sleeping area tiny and even worse we had to sleep on a big mat (10 metres by 3 metres) and now we were actually squished at this point I thought nothing could go wrong because I have already hit rock bottom, I was very wrong. In the when I was trying to sleep there was someone who kept on kicking me and this went on for around thirty more minutes until I told him to stop and to make matters worse someone started snoring super loudly in the middle of the night. The next day we had to go on a long hike and it was for around 6 hours it was around the most boring thing I have done in a long in a very long time. Finally, the 3rd worst thing I had to do was kayaking and I know it is meant to be really fun but I was in a Kayak with someone who is super weak and barely affected our speed and then the final person just didn’t do anything and sat there.

 

The 2 things I enjoyed were named “The Tunnel” and the second one, I am sure that you know this it is called s’mores. The s’mores had a few more ups and downs and so I will share about that first, basically, there was another group in our campsite that also trying to have some s’more and we had a race to see who got it first. When we saw smoke coming from their fireplace we knew that we had lost but we didn’t stop trying and after around 30-45 mins we got a fire and when we did we kept blowing air on it so that it would rise up, when we did that we had a majestic fire and when we had the s’mores they tasted so delicious that I almost started fainting right then and there. The other group realized what we had created and decided that they wanted to have a piece so they came over and almost destroyed our fire while trying to roast their marshmallows and it got really annoying because when they had a fire they kicked us out so we did the same to them which I am happy about. Now I will tell you about the tunnel well it is a tunnel and it goes for around 25 metres until you come out the other side of a hill. It looks so fun but there was two claustrophobic and one of them did it which is good, I was really excited to do it and when I did, I had mixed feelings about it because I thought that you would slide down but you had to shuffle down and it was just a big let down.

 

I think one thing that the camp could have done was to see what food they have and recommend the food that we enjoyed so then there would be less of a waste of food and I think that would be the smartest option rather than to have people not eat food and just waste it. I also think that we could have gone at a faster pace then we did on the hike I think that might be the reason it took around 4 hours to hike only 3 kilometres, I did that in only thirty minutes I also found it irritating that we had to orienteer so that and that we couldn’t just go on the hike, I think it was probably on purpose that it took so long. I don’t understand why I would need to learn to orienteer because when will I be lost and have a compass and map? See I just think that it is absolutely pointless I really just think that we could have done it a lot more quickly with a lot less effort!

 

Thank you for reading my camp reflection I hope you enjoyed it and now see that camp isn’t always the beautiful place that teachers and others alike paint it out to be. It is instead a place where one or two good things come out of it but the rest is unneeded and indeed useless and very boring.

Weekly Reflection

Weekly Reflection

Weekly Reflection

This week has been quite chaotic, we have had lots of different things happen to us including the Trade Game which I have really enjoyed but the item you saw in the picture above is math and I will be telling, what it is, what I learned and how I will use it.

 

Well as I am sure you saw it is equations and it is from a slideshow that our teacher shows us at the beginning of the week and we have to answer all the questions in it. Some of the questions lead to another slideshow and we have to answer the questions on that one, the main thing the questions were about was decimal adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. I learned how to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals because before I wasn’t so good on the multiplying and dividing part, but now I feel like I could do it in an instance maybe even teach someone it. I can use this in the future if I ever go to the shop and there are cents on the item that I am getting multiple of I can multiply it to see how much cash I have to pay or if I am getting lots of different things with different costs I can add them all up to see if I have enough money to purchase all the items I would like.

 

Now we start talking about the trade game! The trade game is a game where you have 3 goals, 1 is to build the tower of unifix cubes and you can get unifix cubes by trading KitKats, another is to create an informational poster about report writing and the final one is to clean your tray and your locker. There is a hierarchy where 1-5 only have 4 cubes but 6-10 have 7 and Jack and Queen have 10 cubes and the king has 15 cubes. Right of the bat, my card was not too lucky and I got a 7 but I determined to make myself the highest in our class and I had a plan. My plan was that since we only have 30 minutes of computer time I do my poster at home so then I can sell my computer time for more cubes. Right on the first day, I increased my net worth by 5 cubes, the way I got these cubes was because I told people that I would do things for them and they gave me 2-3 unifix cubes each. That same day I realized there was a group of girls who had made a group to combine their cubes and I realized that this would be an imminent threat to me winning, but you know the old saying “if you can’t beat them join them” and that is exactly what I did.

 

When I joined them I had a warm welcome since I had given them 12 cubes and that I was an excellent persuader, the next day I realized I had to do something to get my groups cubes up so when we had the period “trade game” it was my time to shine so I immediately sought out trying to get as many cubes as possible so I decided to trade all my computer time for 3 cubes and then I had an epiphany, food doesn’t matter so I sold every last one of my KitKats and I told my group to do the same so now we had an amount of 40 cubes some people realized that we were gaining a monopoly on the food market so more people started joining especially important ones so by the end of that day we had around 60 cubes and I had a net worth of 18 by Wednesday I realized I wasn’t going to have enough time to finish my poster so for two periods I had the amount of twenty  cubes and a well-made poster That same day the king decided to join forces with us because by then everyone about the number of cubes we had accumulated so we had 87 cubes and rising. Then the second last day we could trade was one of m least successful ones and it is also the day where my past came and decided to bite me in the back. On Thursday I had to do my part in the deal with my friend and I really didn’t want to so I decided to make a contract that stated that I could do as much of his poster that I wanted and he had to give me 1 unifix cube as interest. I knew he would deny this offer so I may have forged his signature, his friend realised and reported me to the Government (the teacher) I was going to be fined and maybe all my cubes took away from me so I decided that I would give back the 1 cube interest and since he is a nice guy he agreed and I got with nearly no cubes taken away.

 

Also on Wednesday, I heard that my group was going to split all the cubes individually and I thought to myself then none of us would win so I decided to go up to my group and I said “I have a plan, we are going to give one person in our group 20-30 cubes and they will win and then our entire group will share the reward”. That is what we are doing now and I hope that we will win because I have put quite a lot of effort put into this game. There is only one thing that I can’t believe and that is that I started with 7 cubes and have grown my net worth by 13 cubes, that is the largest growth in net worth I have seen in this classroom even if I don’t win I will still be proud of myself. I think that this could help me learn the past because this has a lot to do with economics and it can also help we understand that other people have also committed the crime of fraud and have been corrupt and things like that so this has been very historically and economically helpful. I hope you enjoyed reading this very long weekly reflection and also hope that you hope that I win. Thank you for reading.

Weekly Reflection

Weekly Reflection

This week has been really crazy and today I will be telling you about one thing I like one thing I didn’t like and one thing I that I could have done more of. The thing I like has to be that I was an emcee in our remembrance day assembly. The thing I didn’t like has to be that I now have a dance class, and finally, the thing that I think I could have done more of is PYPX.

 

How I got the position of emcee was really simple basically my teacher offered me I asked if I could look at the script and I said yes. When I was sitting there in front of hundreds of kids and teachers I was completely nerve wrecked, it was the most frighting moment of my life. For some strange reason, it was also one of the happiest moments that I have had in a long time. When I was speaking I felt so relieved because having that enormous amount of stress was just lifted off was extremely comforting. The subject of what I was talking about was actually very solemn, it was about the fallen soldiers of world war 1 and how we should wear a poppy to remember the fallen soldier.

 

What I don’t really like about this week is that we have a new subject that completely takes over P.E which is one of my favourite subjects and is replaced by what is now my least favourite subject which is dance and it isn’t one of those fun dance classes like we don’t learn the Fox Trot or the Charleston we learn how to balance your body onto your partners I just think it is a big waste of time for me because I really will be surprised if I have to use this information when I am older. To be honest it just isn’t fun in general and I wish that my dance teacher could have taught how to do the cool dances like the Fox Trot or the Charleston.

 

Something I think we could have done more of is exhibition because we have to propose to the teacher before the end of November so it is good to get a head start on the research and we didn’t do any exhibition practice this entire week and I am really starting to get worried because exhibition is one of my favourite and most important subjects because it is like the peak of PYP and probably the main thing of grade 6 it is kind of like the defining feature of the grade and so yeah that is the most important subject.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading my weekly reflection, I know I was a little hard on dancing but it is just my personal opinion that I don’t like it. I am quite nervous because I will be proposing my exhibition idea next week I hope it doesn’t get denied. Finally, I hope you enjoyed reading and come back for more.

 

My Goals!

My Goals!

This week I have been doing my goals and I will be sharing them with you today. I have 3 goals they are “1. Expand my understanding of my math strategies to do different problems” then there is “To know what I am doing for the exhibition” and finally there is ” To reflect on my work rather than being annoyed that I got it wrong”.

 

How I will achieve my first goal is to get 70% on Khan Academy (Grade 6), Khan Academy is a website in which you can learn maths for free it is online and I learn a lot and you get a precent if you master a task but as grades go on you have to master multiple tasks so in grade 6 you have to master 3-4 tasks to get a precent. The second way I will achieve this goal is to be getting at least 4 precent a week because I am trying to do this before December break (December 14th 2018) so I really need to hurry up I am currently on 37 percentiles so I only have to get 33 more which should be quite a challenge but I think I can manage! The third and final thing I will do is having a schedule of when I will do it I think this is a really good idea because now I will know what and when I am doing Khan Academy and that is really just amazing!

 

Ok, the next thing will not be as in-depth but it is by far one of the most important ones it is to know what I am doing for the PYP Exhibition. How I will achieve this goal is that I will think about what I am doing for it and see what I am interested in. This will be quite easy because I have a very active brain, I am really interested in editing videos and entertaining people because it makes me laugh and smile when others do the same and I also really like history so I decided to combine the two together so now I want to create a video about history but I haven’t really decided what it will be about. The second way I will do it is by working really hard on trying to explore what I am doing for the exhibition so that I can get a bit of a head start on the research because that is always good and also that I can start researching and finish my project a little early and then I won’t have to worry so much about as I would or I could just get to starting the project faster which in turn would make me finish earlier. The third and final way I will do this is by over the holidays I will do things I am passionate about like videography and read books on my favourite subject (History) and I will do this because it increases my chances of getting to my project faster.

 

My third and very last goal is To reflect on my work rather than being annoyed that I got it wrong. I am sure we all have experience with doing this but I just get really angry when I get something wrong because well for example in Khan Academy you cannot get a precent with that exact thing you either have to get everything wrong or everything else right and then you have to do it again and get them all right then you get a precent and that is really annoying some ways that I will stop this is to see what I did wrong because then if I do it again I will know what to do. The reason I don’t usually do this is that I get too annoyed and I just move on to the next question and that is a really bad habit to get into so from now on instead of raging I will look at how you do the question, do it again then move on to the next one. Another way to stop me from getting things wrong and not reflecting on them is that I will find out why then I will just move on and act like nothing happened because in my mind that is the easiest thing to do.

Thank you so much for reading my goals I hope you enjoyed reading them and got inspiration from them and maybe you could try out Khan Academy it is a really good website/ app and you learn a lot. Ok, thank you and goodbye.

 

 

 

Weekly Reflection

Weekly Reflection

This week has been full of tests which I don’t particularly like but it has also been full of excitement and I love that. This week I will be sharing about the pros the cons and the things I would add/change, what I like is that we are doing an experiment about our UOI and the best thing is that we get to chose. The thing I didn’t like is called a MAP test, map tests are tests you do on your laptop in the beginning and end of the year and most of them are quite boring but sometimes they can be kind of fun. The thing I would like to change is our physical education (PE) because we are playing badminton and I really don’t enjoy badminton.

 

Now I will tell you about the experiment and why I like it, I like to so much because you get to chose what you will do and you can do it with your friend which is the best. I and my friends Luca and Nate are doing something called a bouncy egg which is an egg you put in vinegar, leave it overnight and then you wash it and it becomes bouncy. If you bounce it from higher up and then it explodes my friends and I are trying to see if we can reinforce it by putting it in the freezer overnight. We will make two of these eggs to put one in the freezer and one in the fridge and a normal egg in the freezer to see the difference and see which one is best to drop from high up, I find it really interesting.

 

I don’t like the MAP test because it is quite boring but I will explain in detail to you now. Map test is basically a test in three subjects math, language and finally, there is reading. We did the math one yesterday and that one was really boring because you don’t know whether you got something right or wrong and also you don’t know how many questions there are which can be extremely irritating because you don’t know how long it will take to do it so then you could go into overtime and miss your break or lunch and that is very annoying. Also, the question can be really boring with things you might have no idea about and that you have never heard of but then there are questions that you know from inside and out.

 

I wish we did more of the experiment because if we did more of it last week we could have gotten more things done and that would be perfect. It is due next week on Friday which is really soon since we have only started on Tuesday and that is really hard because we have less than two weeks since we started.

Weekly Reflection 3

This week I will be structuring my weekly reflection a bit differently I will be writing one pro one con and of course one thing that I think I should have done. The pro will be getting a lot of time to read, the con will be having so much own it that I got quite tired of it and the thing I could have done,  well I guess you will have to read on to find out!

You may be wondering why reading would be a pro, well I guess there are a lot of reasons but the main one is that I found a new book that I love called “The One And Only Ivan”. It is about a gorilla trapped in his domain and about his friends in the other domain, it is very entertaining and tells me about his past and the present. There has been a bit of drama lately because a new animal has entered the group and it is a baby elephant taken from her home, her name is ruby. I think it was an extremely good choice for picking up this book and reading it I am happy I did not just skim past it like I do with so many other books.

First I will tell you what own it is, it is basically a subject where we can do whatever we want from a list of chosen things including Literacy and Mathematics. I didn’t like this week’s own it because there was so much of it at once but I also didn’t really like the things we got to choose from that might be because there was no big project and I love doing a big project. Especially when there is a deadline racing towards you like a car on a green light, that may sound weird but I work a lot better under pressure because I do not get as distracted as I would with no deadline.

I think I what I would have done differently is I would have done more math and less of read theory, read theory is a website that you can do random quizzes it is really very fun. I would do that because today I  was completely rushing the math trying to get it down. In the end, I did finish it but I did a little bit of a sloppy job doing it. I really hate that feeling of non-self accomplishment I don’t really know if anyone else has that well I really don’t like it.

Thank you so much for reading my reflection I hope you enjoyed it more than the other ones I have made and please comment if this way of organizing okay goodbye.

Harry

Weekly Reflection 2

This week I did lots of things, I mean it is the first week of grade 6! Mainly there are 4 things that I did I think we can start with what I think is the least important.

This week I started playing the ukelele in the performing arts, it was the first time I had ever played so I was definitely not too amazing. One of the more irritating things that happen after you play the ukulele is that you get calluses on the side of your fingers because we weren’t allowed to play with a pick which was as I said earlier it was very annoying!

Something else that we did is that in physical education we are learning how to play badminton and this week I learned how to serve! It took a while for me to learn because I usually play tennis and I am used to having a shorter racket so I decided to try holding the birdie (badminton ball) right above the face of my racket and then letting go and swing right when I let go and that is how I learned how to swing a badminton racket.

This week I also completed the week 1 math one day early, we did patterning in the math this week and probably what the hardest thing was that we had to have a blank piece of paper and write down numbers 1-20 and do a pattern for each number and lets say if it was pattern 8 it would somehow have to relate to 8 so 8 would have to be the key or the solution.

The final important thing I think I did this week is starting our personalized work which is basically where we get a list of things that we can do and chose what out of the list we do and when. I wanted to finish the week one math for one of the things I would do for two periods (80 mins) and that is also how I finished the week one math.

I hope you enjoyed reading my weekly reflection and didn’t think it was too much of a bore to read it all and please give me feedback in the comment section below! Once again thank you for reading!

Harry