中国反射

i think i have improved in chinese class through november till now, not only making my vocabulary more advance but also having a better understanding of reading and writing. Before entering the school I had a very bad ability to write or read but after joining CDNIS and experiencing the chinese classes I believe my skills improved. I have learned a lot of vocab that not only helps me to become more fluent in chinese but also allows me to have a conversation in chinese. In Criteria C and D we were tested on the content and language in which I’ve gotten a 4 in content and a 5 in language, I believe this is actually one of the best marks I’ve gotten throughout the year and I felt proud of myself, but of course there is always room for improvement. In Crit A we had to listen and visualize and for that summative I have gotten a 3.8, I believe that I didn’t try my best and could have done way better if I practiced and reviewed. All of the summatives were hard for me but if I were to try harder and push myself to my limit I think they would be a lot easier. I have many goals that I would want to complete before the end of the year, first being doing my homework. As chu lao shi said it is very important and can get you to improve both your chinese skills as well as your grade, I believe so too. But with my tight schedule and laziness I often do not do it, homework also improves responsibility skills which I lack so, doing my homework would benefit me a lot. Another goal of mine is to improve on both my reading and writing skills because it is one of the weakest skills I have, and if I improve in the two skills I think it will influence everything in my chinese. And the last goal I would want to achieve is to work a lot harder because, if I don’t work hard and challenge myself there will be no improvements, by achieving this goal I will practice my vocab, writing and reading daily as well as learn more new things. As Chu lao shi said my attitude in class has slightly changed and not in a good way, at the start of the year I believe I payed attention more and didn’t talk as much but after a few months went by I became a lot more distracted with talking. I really don’t want that to have an effect in my chinese as I really want to improve. In class I usually participate, ask questions and answer questions.

Math Unit 3 on Geometry

The unit on geometry was really fun and I have learned a lot throughout it. We have done many hands-on activities that had helped me understand more about it. I’ve done rotations, translations and reflections in my old school so, everything we have learned in class was pretty much a revision.

Finding the circumference and area of the circle was a brand new concept, and I had never done it before. I didn’t quite understand everything and did not do as well as I thought on the summative. Therefore, on Thursday I went to Mrs. Kirchner’s math help to revise and understand how to properly do the task assigned. We had a similar task where we had to find wether or not the plate fits the pancake by finding the perimeter of the circle/pancake, as well as for the second question finding the area of the circle/pancake. This activity really got me to understand the mathematical concept and how to deal with both the area and circumference of the circle. I think that math help was one of the main elements that helped me throughout unit three, as in class we do not do extra activities.  

Invasion Games

I’ve learned many skills throughout the P.E classes to persevere, push myself to my limits and have fun. All skills I need in my daily life because, in life you will not always have it your way and you will not always take the easy way out of things, in P.E we play games that are challenging and learn different techniques that might not be the easiest and with learning that I build up my skills. I enjoy each and every class and I love learning about new games!

Strength and Weaknesses

7 MYP Design

 

Assessment: Personal iFolio4Learning

 

The purpose of your WordPress iFolio using WordPress as blogging software to to document learning across all subjects as a base for Parent Conferencing discussions and Development of an Innovation Fair project.

 

C: Creating

 

To meet this you are required to create and manage a personal iFolio that includes the following Design Specifications

 

  • MYP Menu with subject listings and content (posts)
  • Tag Cloud with subject tags
  • Feedback through comments (this will be used for Teacher feedback in Design for this project)
  • Engaging Welcome pinned post
  • Appropriate media / snapshots that provide evidence of learning with accompanying explanations
  • Design elements that adhere to Design Principles covered in MYP Design (CARP, Logo, Colour, Typography, Shape, Principles (Simple, Appropriate, Timeless, Memorable, Versatile)

 

Task

 

  • Ensure your iFolio meets Design Specifications

CRITERION C

Creating the Solution

Achievement Level

Descriptor – What the IB says

What it looks like for this Design Challenge

0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below. Chances are I forgot to hand in something. This achievement level is completely avoidable, and I will stay on top of my assignments.
1-2 The student:

  • demonstrates minimal technical skills when making the solution
  • makes the solution which functions poorly and is presented in an incomplete form.
I have demonstrated limited knowledge and understanding:

  • I have an iFolio
  • The iFolio structure is incomplete
  • I have included minimum posts
3-4 The student:

  • demonstrates satisfactory technical skills when making the solution
  • makes the solution which partially functions and is adequately presented
I have demonstrated satisfactory knowledge and understanding:

  • My iFolio satisfied the basic requirements regarding
    – menu
    – posts (for some subject)
5-6 The student:

  • demonstrates competent technical skills when making the solution
  • makes the solution which functions as intended and is presented appropriately
I have demonstrated sound knowledge and understanding:

  • My iFolio satisfies all the basic requirements
  • The structure is complete
7-8 The student:

  • demonstrates excellent technical skills when making the solution
  • makes the solution which functions as intended and is presented appropriately
I have demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding:

  • My iFolio provides an impressive collection of learning from all subjects
  • Media is used to help explain and extend
  • Feedback comments are obtained

 

D: Evaluating

 

Task

 

Provide a review of the strengths and weaknesses of your iFolio against the specifications (create a new post). Identify a plan of action to identify what still needs to be done.

  • The assessment feedback will take into account where you are currently at regarding content.

 

CRITERION D

Evaluating

Achievement Level

Descriptor – What the IB says

What it looks like for this Design Challenge

0 The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below. Chances are I forgot to hand in something. This achievement level is completely avoidable, and I will stay on top of my assignments.
1-2 The student:

  • states the success of the solution.
I have demonstrated limited knowledge and understanding:

  • My iFolio evaluation lacks consideration of required design specifications
  • A plan of action is lacking or unclear
3-4 The student:

  • states the success of the solution against the requirements of the design specification based on the results of one relevant test
  • states one way in which the solution could be improved
  • states one way in which the solution can impact the client/target market.
I have demonstrated satisfactory knowledge and understanding:

  • My iFolio evaluation
  • My iFolio evaluation identifies clearly its strengths and weaknesses against the design specifications
  • A plan of action is provided to help ensure the iFolio meets the purpose
5-6 The student:

  • states the success of the solution against the requirements of the design specification based on relevant product testing
  • outlines one way in which the solution could be improved
I have demonstrated sound knowledge and understanding:

  • My iFolio evaluation clearly identifies clearly its strengths and weaknesses against the design specifications
  • A workable plan of action is provided to help ensure the iFolio meets the purpose
7-8 The student:

  • outlines the success of the solution against the requirements of the design specification based on authentic product testing
  • outlines how the solution could be improved
I have demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding:

  • My iFolio evaluation clearly and comprehensively identifies clearly its strengths and weaknesses against the design specifications
  • A clear plan of action is provided to help ensure the iFolio meets the purpose

 

 

Hyperlink to your iFolio (clickable)
http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/170293/

 

Discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of your IFolio
Strengths:One of my strengths in my ifolio is having all my posts tagged.

My ifolio is very organized and easy to know where everything is.

  • Tag cloud
  • The home and MYP button works

Weakness:

  • I did not have some post categories.
  • Blog is cramped

 

Plan of action to help meet the purpose of your iFolio
  • Add post categories when needed to make my ifolio more organized
  • Make my blog more simple so it’s easier to see
  • Ask friends to comment on my new posts
  • Ask Dr. Turner for feedback on my ifolio.

 

The apps I made

In Design we learned to create different apps using coding and “xcode.” In class time we made three unique apps that really stood out from one another, first one being about clicking a button and it saying “Welcome”, second one about guessing ones age in 2050 and third being about finding any kind of figure. All of these were fun to make and definitely enjoyed the process but sadly, the only app that worked was the first one as the other two had some kind of errors.

 

For the first app we had to add a label saying “My first app” and then dragging it into the coding area were we made named it labelTitle (not action), then we made a text field which was blank, repeating the process of dragging it in and giving it a short name like textfieldHello (again not an action) and lastly we made a button saying “Click here” again dragging it into the coding area afterwards and naming it buttonHere then in brackets saying (textfieldHello.text = “Hello World”. We did that because after clicking the button we wanted it to say Hello World in the text field. After finishing the coding, I switched it from “Iphone 7 plus” to “Iphone 7” and later starting the project to see if it worked.

I learned in these few design classes that the computer is a very dumb machine and if you make even one simple mistake when coding you have to start all over again! Overall, I enjoyed this unit and want to be learning more about it.

Peer Review for Ukulele

Criteria Cii

Name of Peer:
Moeka (7F)
Song Choice:
 Amazing Grace
Blogpost:
sites.cdnis.edu.hk/student/140273/2017/12/05/playing-the-ukulele-amazing-grace/
Cii
Identify alternatives and perspectives
1.Listen or watch your peer’s final recording submission. After listening, read their artistic intention and thought process behind their work. How does what you thought align with theirs?
Moeka did an excellent job on her ukulele recording, as she was on beat, her singing, strumming and main melody aligned together nicely and created a very nice sound. She played the correct chords and did the correct strumming. As she said in her blogpost she controlled both her tempo and dynamic which I agree on. She had also mentioned that her recording was bright and peaceful, and while listening to it I got that same kind of vibe. All in all I agree with what Moeka said in her blogpost, and think she’s done an amazing job and worked hard throughout this Music unit.
2.What interesting, different, or exciting elements did they use that you would be incorporate into yours next time round?
Sadly, Moeka kept it simply without adding any types of exciting elements, but she mentioned in her blogpost that she would have added a Tambourine to give her musical piece a bit of originality, if she was to add it, her recording would have been outstanding, I would definitely would want to add it in my next recording too!
3.Did the context of the song change through their interpretation?
Listening to Amazing Grace, I thought it was very boring and unoriginal and I would wanted it to have some elements of excitement and surprise. With Moeka’s piece, I thought she gave the song more feeling with an upbeat tone to it, she definitely changed and modelled the song to become her own.

Flute, number 29 /Go for Exellence

Hope you liked it, I tried very very hard!

 

Criteria Bi, Bii:

I have developed the skills required to perform this music successfully over the first music section. Explain… *

Although I have developed the skills that are required to preform the first music section, I am not so confident with it. I can easily play notes such as b flat, c, d, e flat and f as well as have the correct fingering I wouldn’t be able to do it in front of an audience without messing up either the tempo or the over all sound. I think with not knowing how to even make a sound to now playing a song seems to me like a lot of good progress. I would hope to improve myself in the near future!

I demonstrated the application of skills to create a successful piece of music. This is as good as I can get it! Explain… *
Yes, I demonstrate an application of skills to create a successful piece of music by using the correct fingering when playing the notes of my flute, having my mouth on the “sweet spot” to create a good sounding sound and comfortably hold my flute so that it is easy for me play all the notes and to get from one place to another. I also improved my posture and sit with a straight back when playing my flute. These are all of the skills to create a successful piece of music, and I think I fit into all of the categories.

Ukulele Arrangement- Amazing Grace

 

 

Criteria Ai, Aiii and Ci :

Ai
Demonstrate awareness of the art form studied, including the use of appropriate language.
Aiii
Demonstrate awareness of the links between the knowledge acquired and artwork created.
Ci
Identify an artistic intention.
Through the process of learning Ukulele skills and working through Garageband I learned musical terms/definitions. Discuss. *
 I did not learn any new musical terminology throughout this unit because, at my old school we covered a lot of the definitions that are used in the music classes now. My brother plays ukulele too, and one summer he taught me a lot of the terminology.
How were your decisions on your final arrangement informed by the formative unit work? *
 In the first few classes I didn’t pay a lot of attention of what was happening and what the teacher was saying, therefore I didn’t understand what we had to do and how to do it. In the following classes, I realised that it was time to be more serious and start engaging more with not only my teachers but my peers as well. In the last few classes, I completely isolated myself from my friends and started recording, as I am a perfectionist I like my work to be perfect, so I tried and tried recording until I thought it was the best of my ability. I lost track of time and in the end there wasn’t enough time for the strumming. (The strumming is explained later on)
Music is communication, music is compromise, music requires discipline, music means collaboration. Discuss in relation to your work. *
 I collaborated a lot with my peers in the time that we had, we helped each other improve as well as give each other different techniques that we find useful. When having trouble with my strumming my peer Vanessa helped me out and showed me some useful techniques that I used later on in my recording. Both Anya and Yoyo contributed to teaching me the notes that was required to play and Moeka encouraged me to keep on going. With this amount of support from my peers it was easier for me to get stuff done!
I had a strong artistic direction for my final musical audio recording. Discuss. *
 My final musical audio turned out better than I had expected, of course there were some down sides, but for a beginner I believe I did quite well. I chose to do the strumming differently than how its usually done because, at the moment being I didn’t have the time to make it the best of my ability and I was rushing quite a bit. This kinda messed up a lot of my work because the strumming did not line up with the melody and it was hard to catch up with the singing. All in all, I think if I had a little bit more time I would have done better than that. Another thing that I think made my final piece end up how it is right now also has to do with strumming. It was hard and my fingers could not move as fast thus making me have to create different clips and merging them together. (especially the G chord.) This might have affected how the audio sounds. The biggest problem that I think effected my recording is the strumming.
I enjoyed this unit very much. My favourite parts were…
 I enjoyed this unit a lot, my favourite parts were seeing everything come together; the strumming, the melody and the singing. It was fun recording and enjoying how I sound because, I really didn’t believe that I could have the ability of playing a song like “Amazing Grace” and would love to improve myself in the future.
I did not enjoy this unit. The elements that contributed to my lack of enjoyment were…
 Although it was fun, what I didn’t enjoy about this unit was the first part when just starting. I felt like it went way too fast, and I couldn’t catch up with everyone else. It was hard getting down the notes, learning and remembering them too!
After completing this unit I think that there could be improvements. I feel…
I feel I could have improved in my strumming and use my time more wisely, we were given a lot of time and in that amount of time I couldn’t quite finish everything to the best of my ability.

About My Instrument

All of the instruments sound very interesting and unique so, it was hard to choice only one. But, I made my decision and I know that I want to play the flute. It sounds very calm and beautiful! I also like a challenge so the flute is the perfect instrument for me. Some information I found:

How to clean and maintain your flute: (Source: wikihow.com/Clean-and-Maintain-Your-Flute)

  1.  Unscrew each piece carefully (head-joint from body-joint form foot-joint) Do not touch any of the keys on the flute because it might damage the sound, and that will result to it sounding not so good.
  2.  Use a cotton rod to clean out any unwanted germs that might be in the flute. (Stick it in the open slots in parts 1,2 and 3)
  3.  Clean the outside of the flute to remove any excess grease or fingerprints.                                                                                                 *Remember DO NOT TOUCH THE KEYPADS!                                         KEEP OUT OF EXTREME TEMPERATURES!                                                                                                                                                             How to put a flute together:                                                                     (Source: youtube.com/watch)  1. Head Joint: The crown (side that is closed) and the open hole on the other end. Hold the head joint in your left hand close to the opening. 2. The Body: Is the longest part of your flute and has keys all over it. It has holes on both of the sides. Hold the body of the flute to the side where there aren’t as many keys. (Hold with right hand) 3. Place the body joint and head joint gently together with a twisting motion. 4. Make sure the two are lined up properly by if the embouchure  hole (the one you blow into) is lined up with all of the keys. 5. Take the foot joint (Has two holes on the opposite side of each other) in your right hand and the other joined up piece in the left and tightly twist the two together as you did with the head and body joint. (Make sure it is properly lined up)

How you make the sound:

(Source:

  1. When playing the flute we must shape our lips in the correct position, this is called embouchure.                                                       How to do it: Start with a very relaxed and calm face and close your lips like your saying “emm” Then firm the corners of the lips. Push air through your the middle of the lips, it will sound like your saying “P” …. we have to move the direction of the air stream. (Up or down)
  2. Pick up the head joint and attached to it you’ll see a lip plate, it tucks under the bottom lip. The hole on it is called the embouchure hole direct your air stream to go across to the hole.
  3. Cover up the hole on the other side with your hand and place the lip plate under your bottom lip blow gently and your flute will create sound.

Somethings to Remember:

Make sure the embouchure hole is lined up and exactly placed in the centre

COOL VIDEOS I FOUND: