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Featured image used in this post by Nathan via Flickr Creative Commons

My MYP Design Coffee Cup

I used design in my first coffee cup by using the method of intersecting and locking it. I intersected it but it wasn’t fully locked, the cup kept leaving it’s place and it wouldn’t be able to stay together. The bottom of the cup was rushed and it could stay up.

Prototype 1

I used design in the second cup by improving from analysing the first one. I saw the problem and thought of it, and found a way to better them. I made the bottom able the stand and the intersection lock together. I didn’t only change the method of of the intersection, I also used a stronger and sturdier kind of paper.

Prototype 2

Camp Helped us!😄

             After  a week at camp, I learned many PYP elements that would help me a lot during the future. The point of camp was to help us have better PYP elements; including attitudes/attributes, skills, concepts, actions, and knowledge.

                A skill I achieved in camp was communication; includes listening,speaking. An evidence is, we had to set up our tents. But we were only allowed to set up one at a time all together. We had to talk about who would do what and how we can make it efficient. In the end, it worked out really well and we got all the tents finely put up. We did not get of track and stop suddenly, we’d do the tents one after another. Also, this does not just help with tent setting, it can benefit us during the PYP so much.

              Another example is, we had an activity where we had to tie three rafts together with bamboo and string. At first not all of us knew the plan and stood there watching others tie the knots. But after the instructor told us a strategy and said to help each other, we were pretty successful. For instance, we wouldn’t have only one person doing everything by themselves. We used the skill of communication to listen so when someone said to lift the raft, a person would lift the raft.

              An attitude that was really useful is commitment. To begin with, it was the hike. Though the hike was the most tiring thing ever, I still put a lot of commitment into it. I felt like giving up at a lot of times, but I still was desperate to get to the top of the mountain. After we took a break, we would keep going and not complain about the break being too short or anything. When we reached the top, I was so proud of myself and others for putting so much commitment and effort into this. We put our blood, sweat, and tears to get to the top. We all felt victorious.

Naomi and I on the peak of the mountain.

            Another anecdote I have is the high ropes. There were 2 parts in the high ropes. We had to climb up and also hold the string for the person climbing. Both of those had to take a lot of commitment. First, we cannot just let go of the string. For example, if you did you could seriously injure your friend and even if they don’t get hurt they wouldn’t want to trust you anymore. So we had to make sure we make sure that the person climbing is safe and we have to keep watching to support them. Next, when you are climbing, you have to be committed and believe in yourself. If you are already close to the top but you look up and think to yourself, oh shoot! How am I going to ever get to the top? You have to finish what you have started and be committed into the things you do.

            Last but not least, responsibility was a really effective concept I have accomplished. First of all, every time we did something and it left quite a mess, we would be expected to clean up after ourselves. To add on, whenever we finished eating, we would clean our bowls and the area we ate. Furthermore, of course we had to take down our tents after we used them and also wash them in water.

           Another anecdote is, we had an opportunity to decide the amount of time we needed to do a task like changing or packing for example. Also, I was the timekeeper which lead me having to look at my watch and make sure everything was done and everyone has the task done throughout the time. Responsibility is not only a good PYP skill, it is also an incredible life skill.

          When you grow up, you won’t always have someone there wrapped around your fingers and doing everything for you. So I believe camp has taught us so much that it would let us be really successful in the PYP unit and can also help us so much when we grow up!

Analysis

First, what I achieved after the decimals unit was multiplying and dividing decimals. I now know many different type of strategies to do those 2 things quickly and efficiently. For example, if you are multiplying a decimal with 100, you move the decimal right 2 times; move decimal 2 times to the left for division.

Next, I am also pretty good at word problems with decimals because I like to solve problems that have an actual real life situation. For instance, I got all the real life situation problems correct; it was about someone buying cherries and she had to pay but the clerk charged her the wrong amount. I showed my work and made sure it was correct.

On the other hand, I still do not understand how to estimate sums and differences. I wasn’t sure what I was suppose to do because I didn’t know that I had to round the whole number. I kept doing it my own way which wasn’t a proper strategy so I got all my estimating answers wrong.

Another example is, converting decimals into standard form. But this one is more of a still need improvement but gotten better. I just wasn’t reading the instruction clearly. I just didn’t read the word thousanths at the end of the number.

A thing I improved on and now really good at is listing decimals from greatest to least or the other way around. To begin with, I now understand that it isn’t just looking at it and thinking since it’s longer the number would be bigger than the other; I know that it’s a decimal number not a whole number. Furthermore, if the number is 2.004 doesn’t mean it’s bigger than 2.9. Since there are more zero’s it means the number is broken down even smaller.

Now I know that I am not the best at decimals but I actually can understand it and I know that if I look more into it and analyse more, I would know what I should be working on or not.

My decimal pre-assesment
My checklist for my summative assesment.

Math Comparisons

On the Pre-Assessment I did really well because I only got 2 incorrect. On the other hand, my summative was okay. I got a few incorrect but that is normal for me.

There are many comparisons I can make and I have one right now. For instance, for the pre-assessment, in the problem where I had to write it greatest to least, I did it correct. But for the summative I didn’t do it right. An evidence is, I wrote from least to great instead of the opposite consecutive order.

Next, I also improved my recognition towards expanded form and like all those forms. For example, when we were suppose to write the number in expanded form in our pre-assessment, I accidentally wrote it in word form. But for the summative, I looked at the directions more carefully so I do it correct.

Finally, my order of operations improved. Even in both of them I did not get wrong, I still think I improved. To add on, I am saying I can see I do it a lot quicker in the summative but still show my work in an efficient way. I can get the numbers out of my head easily and smoothly because I had a lot of practice. For the pre-assessment, I did know how to do it but I just felt like I could improve just a bit and I did in the summative.

Looking at both of the tests I can point out the differences between them. I really did try to improve on the summative and I somewhat was able to. Even I only got beginning to meet I still see big improvements I made after the unit.

The order of operations section of my Summative
The whole page of my pre-assessment

Math Comparisons

On the Pre-Assessment I did really well because I only got 2 incorrect. On the other hand, my summative was okay. I got a few incorrect but that is normal for me.

        There are many comparisons I can make and I have one right now. For instance, for the pre-assessment, in the problem where I had to write it greatest to least, I did it correct. But for the summative I didn’t do it right. An evidence is, I wrote from least to great instead of the opposite consecutive order.

       Next, I also improved my recognition towards expanded form and like all those forms. For example, when we were suppose to write the number in expanded form in our pre-assessment, I accidentally wrote it in word form. But for the summative, I looked at the directions more carefully so I do it correct.

       Finally, my order of operations improved. Even in both of them I did not get wrong, I still think I improved. To add on, I am saying I can see I do it a lot quicker in the summative but still show my work in an efficient way. I can get the numbers out of my head easily and smoothly because I had a lot of practice. For the pre-assessment, I did know how to do it but I just felt like I could improve just a bit and I did in the summative.

        Looking at both of the tests I can point out the differences between them. I really did try to improve on the summative and I somewhat was able to. Even I only got beginning to meet I still see big improvements I made after the unit.

The order of operations section of my Summative
The whole page of my pre-assessment

Writing Improvements

Throughout my phase of writing, I really improved a lot. At first, I always found the writing checklists really annoying but after we wrote our own checklists I find them really helpful because it will benefit our formatting, language, and organisation. For example, my verb tenses aren’t always right so I wrote that down on my checklist, then each time I look at my checklist it’ll remind me.

My final memoir draft.
My brainstorm for the persuasive writing.

During the memoir project, we had to do many revisions and rewrite them to improve them and I found that my final draft was so good because of those drafts. All together we made 4 drafts and each one kept getting better! I got a few spelling mistakes but the writing was so detailed because I had many cliff hangers at the end of my paragraphs. For example, one of the paragraphs ended like, “ I couldn’t believe it.” When readers see it they would be like, “ Ooh, I wonder what would happen next?”   

 

On the other hand, my brainstorms weren’t the best. I always wanted to just start right away because I just didn’t know how to start a brainstorm. An evidence is, I would literally end up  writing the whole thing on my brainstorm! So my brainstorming skills aren’t really improving yet.

Going from last year to this year, my writing got better and better because always had checklists but this year I think I would improve even more because we can write our own checklists. This helps us with our strengths and weaknesses is writing.

Assembly Reflection

Prepared material for the class.

I really enjoyed the teaching part because it showed me that teaching isn’t easy and it gave me some experience. I also liked working with my classroom team because we got to learn from our mistakes since we did come across a few of them.

When I was working on the FLASH with someone else and we were kind of stuck for a while. We didn’t really know how to start and what to do. There wasn’t much communication. In the end, we understood how to do it and what to do.

  Meanwhile, for the class presentation, we were pretty good. We all helped each other if we came across challenges, we got everything done on time, and there was a lot of communication.

When it came to the part of the assembly, I definitely needed some confidence, and I am not the type of person who likes to be loud and open to everyone. Since this is a charity, of course I have to be caring. I had to make sure I made everything appropriate. Being an inquirer is also really important! This charity is new to me so I should have many questions in my head that I’d love to ask. But in all, we should always be inquires. There was definitely cause and effect throughout the process. For example, 6B teaching everyone about this charity makes everyone more involved, then it leads to bringing smiles to all the kids receiving the boxes. Doing an assembly requires social skills like listening, speaking, observing, and all that kind of stuff. We have to use a voice and share the action we want to achieve. We discussed and observed on how we would make our presentation on wrapping a box run smoothly and have enough time. I learned that everything you do is an experience and we should never deny them. Also, taking action supports other people’s opportunities.

Reading Preps improvements

For my first prep it was okay. It wasn’t the best but it was still fine. My context were a little too detailed and cut down into little bits. My book questions were decent. But my life questions were both “have you ever” questions. The have you ever questions went on for a while.

Looking at my latest book preps, I was able to tell the difference right away. I did not have anymore have you ever questions because we had a lesson on life questions and how we can make them more engaging. My context were shorter but yet still understandable. One of the questions were ” How would you react to this situation if you were Felix?” I feel like that questions really got my group thinking.

 This is my worst because it was my first one and I was a bit lost. My questions were a bit to broad and straight forward. There wasn’t much evidence for my group to understand.

This was my best one because my questions were more deep and it took more time to think about them. They were no more yes no questions. My context help others understand quickly and does not have a bunch of stuff squished up in there.

These preps help me improve as a reader because it makes me think instead of look when I am reading.

Google Drawings System

 

My wind turbine system

Wind turbine system

 

During our digitime session about google drawing, I learnt many things to make your “drawings” a lot better. The one thing I really liked was how we can have many image options. For example we can make the backgrounds a little faded so we can see the contents clearer. Another thing that amused was how we can make many things with the shapes. You can make labels for diagrams, you can make technical drawings, and even make little cartoons. This feature helps us be more innovating. Next, I liked how we can make word art. It makes words really cool and effective. Another interesting thing is instead of dragging an image from somewhere we can download so it works every time and the quality would be a little better.

One of these features I used was the word art. I used the gradient effect so it has some tone and contrast to the word. It made the title more effective. Another feature I used was the image options. It made my words nice and clear because I faded the background a bit. It’s great to have my words clearer because the information is more important than the pictures.

Next time I’d like to make my diagrams a little more neat because it was a bit all over the place. Also, I’d also want my explanation more clear and detailed. I should do a little more research.

This project helped me improve on my knowledge with google drawings and all these different features. I would love to do it again but better!