我覺得在第三個學期，我們班雖然沒有學很多課文、句子、或者詞語，但是我在很多地方進步了。因為我有用心溫習placement tests，當我溫習的時候，我就會學到新的中文詞語。另外，每日一片和讀書報告也幫了我很多。我以前很小讀中文書，可是功課不能不做，所以我就開始常常讀中文書。 最主要學了的東西是戰爭時期的歷史，我學了關於藺相如，秦王和趙王等等。 我現在知道負荊請罪的故事了。第三學期是一個很好的學期。
This week was mostly focused on ending the unit Sharing The PLanet and starting How We Organize Ourselves which is about energy and systems. For the past few days, I’ve learnt about the solar energy, wind energy, kinetic energy and potential energy.
Something that was good was that I learnt a lot from just a few days. Like how renewable energy comes from a natural, ongoing process that will continue into the forseeable future. Also, wind energy are used for egyptian to power their sailbote along the Nile river. Overall the unit is related to energy.
Another thing that was fun is that we had our second learning cohort this week. A learning cohort is basiclly to group with other people who have kind of the same topic for exhibition and share informations with each other, and I got a little information from my learning cohort groupmates. I also sent an email during learning cohort to schedule my interview with a Chinese teacher who can help me with my exhibition since she had learnt Chinese Calligraphy for a while.
This week was really fun and I’m glad we had a little bit time for exhibition. I hope next week will be the same.
Grows – I wasn’t clear on my three reasons and I didn’t speak loud enough for the video. I should speak louder since there are background noises, but at least people who watched me present can hear most of what I said. I also need to memorize my speech better.
Glows – I was confident when I spoke and I was able to complete the whole speech just on time. I made eye contact to the audience and I’m glad that my speech was not too boring.
link to my video in red binder
These few weeks we had been working on probability during math, there are two different probabilities, theoretical probability and experimental probability. Theoretical probability is a probability based on reasoning written as a ratio of the number of favourable outcomes to the number of possible outcomes, and experimental probability is a probability based on an experiment written as a ratio comparing the number of time the event occurred to the number of trials. This definition is in my math journal so I can always go back to it if I forget it.
Something challenging was that for example, all the possible outcomes for rock paper and scissors (two people) are rock paper, rock scissors… but always think paper rock and rock paper are different when it’s count as one outcome and mess it up. But now I learnt that I was wrong and improved on my experimental probability.
Probability wasn’t new to me before we started this unit but I learnt a lot and I’m happy to have a new math skill.
This week I learnt a lot about math, probabilities, I learnt there are theoretical and experimental probabilities. Theoretical probability is based on reasoning written as a ratio of the number of favourable outcomes to the number of possible outcomes, experimental probability is based on an experiment written as a ratio comparing the number of times the event occurred to the number of trials. It was actually quite fun and easy to learning about probabilities especially when we play dice or card games while learning about probabilities.
I also learnt about the story about Jordan Hattar from his guest speaker on Monday. He told us a lot of quotes and a few of them that inspired me to help others are
‘You don’t always need skills to help, just your heart’
‘We are never too young to make a difference’
‘start small then big’.
These quotes inspired me to donate clothes and toys to kids and other people in need, I can donate to the donation box near my house. In the future, I will donate to others and try my best to take good actions like picking trash up even though it is not mine. I will start from small to big, and do activities like the Box of hope at school.
Last week the whole grade had three days to learn a performance that the Young Americans taught us, it was so fun every day when learning new dance moves and songs. Everything happened so fast and I really wish they can stay longer and teach us more.
I didn’t only learn to dance and sing songs, I also learnt how to not mind other people’s judgment. I learnt that from one part of a dance which you can freely dance whatever you want. I was a risk taker when practising and performing, normally I would not dance because I will feel embarrassed when I mess up something. But the Young Americans help me a lot and encouraged everyone to do their best, and I actually feel better and showed my best on the performance. Being a risk taker was one of my goals of last week for Young Americans, and I achieved the goal. Something I wish I could do better was that I should practise more so I can remember all the moves, and I won’t need to miss any parts of the dance or follow keep looking at what the Young Americans did.
This year’s camp was so fun and I didn’t want to leave last Friday. I liked it because I challenged myself to do getty jump and also I am not scared of huge mosquitos anymore. I used to hate the feeling of sitting on the grass or the floor but after camp, I just sit on the floor comfortably without being annoyed by the ants.
The getty jump was so high (for me), and I never did it before. I stood on the platform for one minute and finally, I had the courage to jump down. I wanted to skip this activity at first but everyone’s doing it and I convinced myself that it wasn’t scary at all, which obviously didn’t work. My friends and the instructor encouraged everyone to do it, so I successfully jumped down at last.
This week, my group mates for trade game and I started and finished the poster. I will be sharing the piece of poster and reflect on it. I also reflected for the trade game and key concepts that I used for it.
The poster is 10 tips for report writing, and an important tip that I already knew is that report writings always provide true facts and information. There were three goals to reach for the game, and making the best poster is one of the goals. I worked in a group for the work and everyone worked hard to make the poster the best. Since everyone has to write a report for their historical event, the poster will come in use. I know I will use the poster to learn tips because I don’t really know what to write in each paragraph, this poster will help me with my learning in the future.
The three key concepts that are related to the trade game are form, connection and causation. For form, it’s the format of the poster and how was the pieces of information can be organized. This trade game relates and connects a lot to the unit Where We Are in Place and Time. I never experienced how traders/sellers trade things and how can they make more money out of something they bought or traded with others. But after the trade game, I learnt some tips and tricks that traders and sellers used. Like selling something from someone else for a higher price. And lastly, causation. There were lots of things that happened during the trade game and everything had a cause. The cause of the trade game is because the teacher wants us to experience what trading is like. Another cause is why I worked in a big group. The reason is that I think working in a group have way more advantages than working alone, one of the examples is my group now have a lot of resources. And also so the poster will be more colourful and interesting since there’s like eight people each with different strengths. (Eight brains are always better than one brain) We also shared all the cubes, which means fake money for the game together so we won’t be selfish use it for ourselves only.
I really hope I can play the game again for fun after this unit because I learnt a lot and had fun at the same time.
We just started a new unit Where We Are in Place and Time, so far I’ve learnt about Adam Smith the economist, and also about trading and the past events related to economic. talking about past events, I’m now researching about the stock market crash in 1987, and my task is to analyse the informations so I can make recommendations in the future.
For this reflection, I chose to reflect on one specific work I’ve done over the week, and it’s about the first opium war. That was my first time using the cornell note taking format, it was kind of confusing at first because the left column had a word called ‘ Cue’ and I didn’t get it. I actually learnt a lot just by researching about the war, one of the main ideas of the opium war is that British wanted to trade opium with China because they wanted silver for tea. A lot of Chinese people got addicted to opium and so Emperor Jiaqing made opium illegal to be traded with other countries by 1796. But people still did it illegally so he had to make opium illegal, people can’t smoke it or sell it.
I really liked how I knew much more about the opium war by taking notes in the right column, I summarized the informations I had in the bottom column