Welcome to your iFolio

Your iFolio is a school provided web space that you will use throughout your time at CDNIS. You will use your iFolio to define your learning goals, show your learning journey, reflect on your learning and how you have developed your Approaches to Learning skills, share your best work and celebrate your achievements.

Your iFolio, in time will provide a better picture of who you are as a learner and as an individual. You are therefore highly encouraged to personalize your iFolio. You can start off by selecting one of the 60+ themes available.

Before you start using your new iFolio, follow the steps below to change the ‘Home’ link within your navigation menu to point to your site:

1. Go to your Dashboard menu options (link will open in a new tab)

2. Expand the ‘Home’ menu item by clicking on the downward facing arrow

Home Menu
Change Home Menu Attribute

3. Append the URL to read http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/your_student_number, where your student number is in the form of six digits e.g. 012345 (you can find your student number on your library card)

Home URL
Home URL Link

A final note, please bear in mind that your iFolio is a publicly accessible space, and ensure that the content you post and the language you use is appropriate.

Feel free to delete this post from your Dashboard once you have finished reading it!

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

7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

I understood that the values I believe in were different from others around me. For example, I wouldn’t dress in clothes that were too revealing to service, because I guess people are more reserved in the area I help out in. Not even in just dress codes, when I talk to others, I don’t try to force what I believe is right onto them. I understand people have different values, and I guess as long we are working together with the same focus of helping children, that should be the only thing I focus on.

6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

In the world, there is such a big variety of people with different skills, past, values, and other things. In my school, I am considered to be open-minded because we take many different culture and perspectives into our own worldview. We are after all an international school, right? However, what I don’t experience often, is being surrounded by people who don’t go to an international school, and don’t speak English. Firstly, I worked with people who had some problems in their past like drug usage and anger issues. In school, I guess I don’t really have to be with people like that since most of us were privileged enough to have pretty good families. It was pretty difficult for me to adjust, but this just helped me understand the different kinds of people. Then, I had to speak Cantonese to the people around me. Cantonese is my second language, and so this helped me develop this international-mindedness.

5. How did you work collaboratively with others?

In general, I am capable of working well with others. I relate with others very easily helping me understand other people’s flaws and how to help or cope with it. For example, sometimes people get off tasked and don’t get things done. If this happens, I try to talk it out with them instead of being mad, which really doesn’t help the situation. I understood they had something big to deal with in their personal life, so I decided to help her with her task. We finished it on time and I think that experience also taught her to reach out when she needs help, helping us work as a team more effectively.

4. How did you persevere in action?

This is evident from my constant commitment back to the service I do for children the past year. I never stopped going, because of my pure reason in doing service is really so I could help out others, This is the main reason why I have persevered. However, in just smaller cases, I persevere through difficulties through reaching out to others when I need help, and also constantly bouncing back without letting my failures pull me down. For example, some parents for some reasons were disappointed in the class, and instead of just feeling horrible about the feedback, I tried to make a better class in the coming week. I reached out to my peers to figure out how to solve the issue, and also when I needed to talk it out, instead of doing it on my own.

3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?

I think I did a very good job in organizing and evaluating a different kind of activities. Firstly, it was a very efficient process. We did not waste our time together as a team just laughing and making ideas that won’t ever take place. I was very serious at times when needed. I always remember to share my own ideas and contribute to also everyone else’s efforts. Then, once we were down to an idea, we would all pick different parts to be responsible for. We also took many considerations like time and location and resources when planning. Most programs and activities were successful. Hence, I thought for my part at least, was pretty good and efficient. Or at least I did my role to the best I could.

2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?

During my time serving back to my community, I have faced some challenging. However, this is good because it taught me how to overcome these obstacles. There was a time there was this little girl who refused to listen to any of my teammates. In fact, most of them were terrified by her. She was quite rebellious and never wanted to listen, hence affecting the other children around her. I understood a solution is needed to fix this situation, and so I personally tried to connect with her. However, in the end, this didn’t work out too well. She didn’t want to speak. And so, I had to learn to be strict. I couldn’t have let one person ruin many other people’s experience and time. She eventually or at least tried to remain relatively calm, and the classes run smoothly. This is pretty difficult for myself, as I genuinely am not the person to be strict. But I do believe its necessary, and this is how I developed a new skill from this experience I have.

1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?

During the past year, I have done a few different services. During this year, the more I did service, the more I became more aware of my own strengths and weaknesses. This is important because being able to acknowledge these things, is all part of growth. Meaning I could become the best version of myself hence a good influence to others around my sphere of influence too. For example, during the summer I did a program called Friends of Friends Summer Time from July to August. I created a program for children living in Whampoa, hoping to help them learn and enjoy different activities. Through this, I have realized one of my strengths has to be how well I am able to connect with others. For example, in my group, there are other leaders who can’t seem to talk to the children well, and so I did most of the instructions since the children are able to listen to me. They also liked me enough to feel comfortable and able to feel at ease around me. However, I have also realized that one of my weaknesses, is that I am not capable of being too strict. I don’t like to be seen as the “bad guy” and often times only want to do what’s fun. And so in this program, there are times we go off-track, and hence we do not complete the other activities planned. This is not good, as I waste my teammate’s effort. Furthermore, now that I mainly serve for refugee children, I learn to be more strict so that our time would not be wasted.

Service as Action – Education

  • become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth – Good at communicating with children, but have issues with keeping them under control
  • undertake challenges that develop new skills – Talk to Cantonese speaking children, and therefore, the effort is being made 
  • discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities –
  • Done this by talking to Charis, the person we are partnering with, to plan the mentorship and tutoring (now)
  • persevere in action
  • work collaboratively with others – Work with my classmates with good communication (now)
  • develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism, and intercultural understanding – Through talking to those in a language I am not sure with
  • consider the ethical implications of your actions.