Today is the first school Friday of 2019!! It is a new year, and this is the first blog post (other than the Adobe Illustrator post) of the year. We have begun a new unit, How We Organize Ourselves, or HWEO for short. There are many endings as well, such as our old unit and also linear measurement.
Last year, I have made many new friends. I enjoyed 2018 a lot, because of the new beginnings of grade 5. When I reflect on last year, I think of many things, but the first thing that comes to mind is school. I really liked school last year, and I hope I enjoy it this year too.
I feel sad to leave 2018 behind, because of all the fun that has now only faded to memories. Even though I am sad to leave 2018 behind, I am also kind of excited of starting a new year.
For this year, my goal is to improve my learning in many ways, and be more organized, even though I have already started organizing myself. I also want to improve my leadership skills, because I am not very good at being a leader at school.
Today we did something called book speed dating. It is where we move to different tables and pick up random books to read. Then we wrote down whether we liked the books or not.
I read three different books. They were called “How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get A Life (And A Dog)”, “Toro! Toro!”, and “Randoms.” I liked all of these books, even though “Toro! Toro!” was a little easy for me (because the text was so big). “How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get A Life (And A Dog)” was categorized “mystery”, “Toro! Toro!” was categorized “historical fiction”, and “Randoms” was categorized “science fiction.”
I like that we could try new books, but what I didn’t like was that we couldn’t finish them. All of these books were really good, and I’d recommend these books to anyone. I was sad that we didn’t have enough time to read more.
Not everyone liked their books, but I think that is because they don’t know what they like to read. They haven’t read much in the past before, so they don’t know their preferences.
Yesterday I wrote a letter on poverty. It was to try to convince people to take action and solve this HUGE problem in Hong Kong.
I knew that poverty was a very serious problem even before we started. I have done a similar type of work in the past, when we wrote to Mr. Baird about the wifi problem.
I was satisfied by the fact that I finished it very quickly, and that I wrote a lot in a very little time. My standards were that I could write 6 paragraphs as quick as possible, and the paragraphs need to be detailed. I met my standards, and I was pretty formal and respectful as well.
I had the same main point as my classmates, but I did not have the same reasons. My reasons were pretty unique, like the one that says you can afford it. I gave a lot of facts in my work.
The goal I would set for myself next time is to research more before I write the piece. I might want help with this, because this time I did it with my group. I would like to improve on my note taking skills as well, as it will help me research.
On Tuesday, we started PE (not dance) class. It is now HWOO, and in PE we decided to organize ourselves by making a league. The game we are playing for the league is Matball.
I knew that Matball was a game, and I knew how to play it before we started. I have played Matball when I was in grade 4 in the school. One of the problems I encountered was that not everybody was working together. The next time I play Matball, I think I could improve on teamwork.
My standards for this time were to cooperate with others and let them know when I am open, and make the right decision for who to pass to. I met my standards mostly, because I took some time to think before I passed.
I did not do my work the same way as the others, because me and my friends worked out signals for different strategies. I do not think that they did anything like our plan. If I were to grade my work, I would give it a Meeting because we were okay at teamwork, and some teams hardly passed at all.
Next time we play Matball, I think we could take some time to work out more strategies. One goal I would like to set for next time is to pass at least 4 times before we try to score, instead of the minimum of 2 times.
My choreography showed different dance elements (use of body, space, time, energy, relationships)
My choreography showed I used my time effectively and collaboratively (did I work well with my partner improving and developing our choreography for the best outcome? Did I stay focused so that I properly memorised my work?)
At times I focused and collaborated well, improving and developing our choreography
Mostly I focused and collaborated well, improving and developing our choreography
I always focused and collaborated well, improving and developing our choreography
My choreography was prepared so that I performed to the best of my ability in front of an audience
I was not prepared
I was partly prepared but could have worked more on my piece with my partner
I was confident and well prepared – I performed well
My choreography showed I understood how physical theatre works and I was able to use some of the ideas I viewed (Frantic Assembly style improvisation etc).
I don’t understand Physical Theatre and did not use any idea I viewed.
I kind of understand Physical Theatre and tried an idea that I viewed
I feel really confident about future learning in Physical Theatre and I used lots of the ideas as inspiration for my piece.
What I did well was that I practised and practised with my group until it was almost as good as we could get it. We were very prepared.
What I could do better next time is to use more of the ideas that I viewed.
In the first two weeks of grade 5, I have learned a lot, but today I would like to share what I have learned in PE (Dance) class.
I have done dance class before, in grade 4. In grade 4 we didn’t do all the fun activities that we did in the first to weeks of grade 5. In grade 4, dance class didn’t take up PE (Physical Education) time but took up PA (Performing Arts). What we did was a hand activity where we created movements in partners. It went really well, and was also naturally very fun.
I met my standards for dance class because I did the best I could, and I cooperated very well. I was satisfied by my work and improvement, but I think I could’ve done better if I practiced some more with my partner. My standards were: Trying my best, cooperate with my partner, and practice until memorized.
I did my work trying not to copy others, but modifying their ideas and making them mine. Mine was different because I tried to make mine unique, along with my partner trying too. But our routines were still kind of similar, because we modified it based of something else. I want people to notice that we are unique, inspired by others, when we present.
A few things I would like to improve on is to do it faster, put more practice and effort into it, and make it longer. The main goal I would try to reach next time is to put more effort into it. I saw balance being used in my classmate’s pieces, so I would like to use that to improve my dance routine.
I did a scavenger hunt with my learning buddy and my group as well. Unfortunately, 2 buddies didn’t come to school and both were in our group, so our group only had 2 buddies (my buddy and another buddy). We searched for some riddles on the web and got our buddies to come up to our classroom and answer them (because they never came up to our classroom, we went to theirs) and get prizes. Of course, we hid the riddles throughout the school, so our buddies had to find them.
What went well was that we didn’t run out of riddles – our booklet was still full of them. We didn’t have time to tell even half of them!!
What we found challenging was to get the other buddy in our group to follow us (my buddy could keep up). My classmate had to practically carry her around!!
I learned that my buddy wouldn’t easily give up, and he will think very widely if you give him a clue.