Humanities Unit 5 Reflection

All the ATL Skills:

  • Communication Skills
  • Collaboration Skills
  • Self Management
  • Research
  • Thinking

What ATL Skills did you present in this unit?

In this unit, we basically did a documentary on a site located in Hong Kong and talking about how these sites are significant to Hong Kong’s culture. In this summative, I think i displayed all the ATL skills. For communication skills, I need to communicate with my group about what we are doing for the video, how are we going to film our documentary, what time are we going to our sites, etc. I presented communication skills by talking to my group mates about our progress, or just talking how are we going to complete this project in general. On the other hand, during our visit to the sites, we need our communication skills while trying to interview someone because all of us are shy in front of strangers so we have a big struggle for interacting with people. I also presented my collaboration skills by putting our group together and going to the sites together. All three of us have pretty busy schedules so it’s not easy for us to put a time together and visit the sites. It needs all of us to co-operate well in order to go together on our trip. I also presented my self management skills by managing my time for all the tasks. This is a quite big project and it requires you to set time limits for when do you finish a certain type of task. I kind of planned out my due dates for each tasks even though I don’t have a action plan so I can finish all the tasks in time. I presented my research skills by searching up the sites and history of Hong Kong before gathering up information for putting up the documentary. I tried my best to find reliable websites because it’s unlikely to find information about recent places in Encyclopedia Brittanica so I have to find sources myself. I did it well because some websites are official websites I found and it’s not easy to find because Wikipedia always pops up first. I also presented my thinking skills by thinking about how am I going to include all the information I wrote in my research organizer in my documentary. It feels hard to turn everything I wrote into a video because you need to make sure the visuals match what you wrote. Overall, I think I did well in this summative and the displaying my ATL skills.

Here’s a screenshot of our documentary:

Sabah – 2018 CAS Week

For 2018 CAS week, I went to Sabah, Malaysia. This is the most challenging trip for me through all of the choices. I definitely learned a lot of things from the service project, trekking, adventures, and cultural stuff. Through the whole trip, I found out some strengths of myself and some areas for improvement. I was aware of my strengths and weaknesses when I was doing my service project. The service project is hard for me because our group was exposed to the hot sun for the whole day and we need to finish our project, which is building the stairs, in time. I was quite a hard job and I personally had lots of challenges doing this such as facing a hot weather, learning to use heavy tools, moving bricks with wheelbarrows up the mountain. The whole project requires lots of teamwork and collaboration overall. For undertaking challenges, I tried to do my best and just simply think of it’s only going to be a short period so keep on the good work. For example, I kept pushing myself through the trek because there are lots of steep uphills and there’s a very heavy backpack. I keep encouraging myself inside because I really need to finish the trail in order to get to the shelter place uphill. For persevering action, there are lots of people and friends and encouraged me through the trip such as teachers, instructors, friends, etc. These people gave me advice and courage when I’m overcoming challenges such as the community project. I sometimes worked collaboratively with others by communicating with them and sometimes provide encouragement. For example, I communicated with people to help out with bringing the blocks on the mountain for the service project because we have 4 blocks on our wheelbarrow which is quite heavy.

Overall things I learned through this trip:

  • How to collaborate with each other (community project)
  • How to demonstrate good teamwork skills (rafting, trekking, etc)
  • How not to give up on challenges (trekking)
  • How to be independent (the whole week!)

 

Unit 2 Science Reflection – How is Everything Connected

 

Unit name: Ecosystem

Key Concept: Systems

Global Context: Human impact on the environment

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For Science Unit 2, we studied about the ecosystem and how everything in it is connected. From unit activities, we learned about ecosystem vocabulary such as biotic factors and abiotic factors. I also did research and learned about human impacts on ecosystem such as doing presentations on bees, sunscreen and marine life etc. During the research, I learned when I do the presentation, I must include details about the problem, the solution of the problem, and implications of science. At the end of the unit, we collaborated with a grade 4 class and taught them knowledge about global problems. Our group did a presentation and game about the air quality in Hong Kong. The first group was really engaged and seems very excited when we are playing the game, which is jeopardy.

    1. How did you research and create the poster, presentation, and vidcast?

For research, I will find reliable sources such as websites that’s just about science in it. Most of the time, we have links to websites for research linked on the instruction sheet. I will divide my research in three parts, the problem, the solution, and implications of science. According to the chart our teacher gave us, we need to find important information from the source and summarise it in our own words. After doing research, we need to cite all the source we used. For creating, I often put the summarised information on my script but for presentations, I only put important point and pictures on my slide, all the words that I need to say are on my script, I used the same idea for my vidcast and recorded myself on Quick Time Player. For creating the poster, I did it about glaciers, specifically Fox Glacier located in New Zealand. I did research on tourist websites, wikipedia, and some from the school’s database, the poster turned out pretty well as a hard copy.

2. How did you prepare for the quiz?

I did a quiz on ecosystem during the unit. For the quiz, I mainly reviewed the vocabulary for ecosystems and the meaning of them. I knew this is a Crit A test so we will be tested on these stuff. Also, I reviewed the flashcards that our teacher posted online so we can do a self-test ourselves so we know what we should mostly study for.

3. How did you communicate and collaborate for the Grade 4 activity?

For the Grade 4 activity, my main job in my group is doing research and creating slides. The main point of communicating is through our group’s presentation. For the work periods, I also planned on what should we do as an wrap-up activity at the end. During our presentation with the Grade 4, our team didn’t read the slides, we let the Grade 4 read the slides so the whole thing won’t be so boring. Personally, I think I communicated really well through my presentation because I included the questions and answers from the jeopardy game (game we played together at the end) so the Grade 4s know where to find answers or where did they come from.