Crit B: Initial Clock Design

This is my design idea; it was inspired by the intricate work of the clock designers who designed the “Alice Through the Looking Glass” movie. It was one of the elements of the movie, and it really inspired me to create something similar to that. I believe that the design is so simple yet has a very complex component to it.

Some Similar Designs:

This is how the initial design that I designed turned out:

In my opinion, the design, perfectly represented what I wanted, but still had a sense of uniqueness to it.

 

Personal Design Project- Claudise Cookies:)

For my personal design project, I collaborated with Claudia to make both vegan and non-vegan chocolate chip cookies. Since not many people are familiar with veganism and have never tried it, we thought that creating delicious vegan cookies would step students out of their comfort zone and hopefully become more open-minded to different diets and cultures.

First, both Claudia and I researched about how to make cookies from the BuzzFeed tasty videos we saw online;

Buzzfeed Non-Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alvinzhou/the-best-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies?utm_term=.alk0M0l2b#.mwPq1qmGW

Buzzfeed Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies:                          https://tasty.co/recipe/vegan-chocolate-chip-cookies

Then, we organized what materials and ingredients; who’s gonna bring what, where we are going to bake, when, what time, -etc.

We later sent an email to be able to go to the “Hive” to bake the cookies, and we were set for the day to bake the cookies!

This is a photo of us, planning what we have to do: Overlooking what we the recipe on Buzzfeed + ingredients that we have to bring.

For me, this was an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone, since I am not that good at baking + cooking.

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Reflection (Innovation Week)

I was in a group with Vanessa and Claudia, and together we were the “3 Dummies.” We discussed different ideas and picked the most innovative one, at first, we thought of making an eco-friendly cup, but after our design got turned down by both Mr. Larson and Dr. Turner. I proposed to create a reusable candle that would have different scents that helped anxiety and stress, as well as calming the mind. My inspiration was the pollution in the world, and how many of the youth do nothing to solve the problem, so creating candles that are reusable contribute to fixing the problem. I know from personal experience, candles are usually only for one time use and after the candle melts, you have to throw it away. In my opinion, as grade seven differs from grade 6 in its difficulty level, students often face stress and anxiety because they aren’t used to the routines and different learning techniques used in grade 7. I did research and found that aromatherapy often, solves the problems of having stress and anxiety, as well as found out some scents that help; jasmine, peppermint, lavender-etc. I proposed the idea to my group and the teachers, and luckily they agreed to the idea.

We made the candles ourselves, using little wax pellets, but it was definitely a challenge for us, as it was VERY hard to melt. After the pellets melted, we added scents and coloring to it, to give the candles a pleasant smell and appearance. Then, my group and I put the melted wax pellets into cans we found in the recycling and used them as molds that formed our candles, and later added wicks. (Waited for the candles to dry) We did this twice, with a different combination of scents and colors, and in total created 2 prototypes. We also created a bottom layer, also made with a can and connected it with the container on top. After the candles dried, we poked little holes on top as well as the bottom of the can, for the melted wax easily drip down to the container underneath. As a final touch, we painted the two containers to make it look aesthetically pleasing.

Science part thing: The wax would eventually melt after using it multiple times, and cannot be used anymore, as the wax is the fuel and after every try it becomes gas.

With creating the prototypes, we also created a video explaining the process of making the candles, as well as focus on the challenges faced.

Photo: 

Video: Cannot find, not avaliable

 

 

#57 Clarinet

Grade yourself with Mr. O’Toole’s rubric and then respond to the statements and post these to your blog. You should automatically get a copy of your responses sent to you!
Bi
i. demonstrate the acquisition and development of the skills and techniques of the art form studied
Bii
ii. demonstrate the application of skills and techniques to create, perform and/or present art.
Grade yourself here! *
 Note Accuracy: excellent
Rhythm Accuracy: excellent
Tempo: excellent
Only complete the section that applies to you and delete the other sections once you past into blog post!
 Performance Skills – Woodwind and Brass
Articulation Precision: Excellent
Tone Quality: Excellent
Intonation: Substantial
Connection: Substantial
Dynamics:
The right amount
Now respond to these statements…
 I have developed the skills required to perform this music successfully over music this year. Explain… *
I’ve definitely improved playing the clarinet over the year. In unit one of music, I decided to play the flute, when practicing to play both at home and in class I couldn’t play it correctly and even make a sound. This greatly affected my willingness to play the instrument and whenever I practiced it, I didn’t feel happy and was really sad, because as I learned over the both the music units, if you sound good you would have the willingness and wanting to play and practice, which of course I didn’t have because, I didn’t play well. For the unit one recording summative, I ended up editing my video on garageband and that lowered my mark. For the second music unit, I decided to change my instrument and play the clarinet, because I thought it made a wonderful sound and many of my friends were playing it, so I had that kind of influence over me. I also decided to switch to clarinet because, I had past experience with playing the recorder, and the two are very similar so, in the end it would be easier to learn and keep up with everyone else. I’ve learned to play all the notes required for #57, like c, d, e, f, g and a. I also learned to tongue and connect all the notes together, as well as understand for how long I have to hold each note, it was a bit hard at the start since everyone already knew how to play from the last unit.  For the #57 recording, I did quite well and stuck to the beat of the tempo, and all in all in my opinion, I did the best I could have done.
I demonstrated the application of skills to create a successful piece of music. This is as good as I can get it! Explain… *
I am very proud of my #57 recording summative that I did over the second unit in  music. I think its as good as I can get it to be because, in the recording I stuck to the tempo of the metronome at 130/125, without messing up any notes and not creating unpleasant sounds, as well as not going to fast or way too slow which is very common when going at a quick pace. I played the notes correctly in each part and held my breath for the needed amount of time, which is also easy to mess up since its quite a long time. I played each note for the correct amount of time according to the book. But one part I didn’t do was tonguing in the “GAAF” part which is one of the big mistakes, and makes my audio sound bad and unpleasant to listen to. The dynamics of when I was playing was loud in my opinion since, I blew hard when playing. The smoothness and connection of each note was good when I was playing and everything flowed together. The intonation was excellent as well as the Articulation Precision.

Ukulele Unit 2. Riptide.

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Di
Identify connections between art forms, art, and context, or art and prior learning.
Dii
Recognise that the world contains inspiration or influence for art.
What was The song I chose for this unit to play on the ukulele is “Riptide” by Vance-joy. At first, I wanted to play the song “Waka Waka” by Shakira, but later found out that the song itself didn’t fit me and I didn’t like the vibe the song portrayed. So, I decided to do “Riptide.” I’ve always loved the song, and it reminded me of when my family and I were in Monaco in the summer, both my brother and sister know how to play the ukulele and always used to play it, so whenever I hear the song I have nostalgia as well as just great vibes from its simplicity and great rhythm. To me, the song “Riptide” and its meaning don’t connect to my life personally, but for me, the lyrics flow and sound perfect together, especially when singing! The song has the chords “Am, G, C and in one part “F” that play over and over again, and I feel like that’s what really expressed the songs simplicity. All in all, I   love the song itself and really happy that I ended up recording it. the inspiration for this song choice? *
The song I chose for this unit to play on the ukulele is “Riptide” by Vance-joy. At first, I wanted to play the song “Waka Waka” by Shakira, but later found out that the song itself didn’t fit me and I didn’t like the vibe the song portrayed. So, I decided to do “Riptide.” I’ve always loved the song, and it reminded me of when my family and I were in Monaco in the summer, both my brother and sister know how to play the ukulele and always used to play it, so whenever I hear the song I have nostalgia as well as just great vibes from its simplicity and great rhythm. To me, the song “Riptide” and its meaning don’t connect to my life personally, but for me, the lyrics flow and sound perfect together, especially when singing! The song has the chords “Am, G, C and in one part “F” that play over and over again, and I feel like that’s what really expressed the songs simplicity. All in all, I love the song itself and really happy that I ended up recording it.
Things you could talk about in the next answer – learning to strum, Garageband editing, singing, drum track input, time management etc…
How did your music classes as well as your previous music session and assignment prepare you for this assignment? *
In my perspective, I’ve definitely improved since our last music session and generally throughout the past classes of music we had.I feel like I’ve matured way more now, then I was in the last music lessons, so that definitely played a huge role in preparing for this assignment. I also concentrated a lot more in class and practiced playing my song, rather than goofing off with my classmates. One other skill that I improved on was my strumming, I can now strum to the song and it actually sounds quite good, the strumming pattern that I used was “DDUDU” referring to “down, down, up, down, up.” This time, I actually did not edit any ukulele recording as I got good at strumming the whole song without any mistakes. Not many people know this but, I love singing and I always have since a very young age. So, singing was really easy for me and I feel like my voice matched the song really well. I did the drum track and piano track but I don’t feel like its very well done because its way too simple and doesn’t sound professional. All in all, I’m proud of my work I’ve done this unit.

Science Reflection (*Student + Parent Conference)

During these past few months in science class, we learned many different things, discussed biodiversity and created cardboard structures.

When creating cardboard structures we worked in groups of three (Liana, Georgena and I) and all had different jobs we had to complete by the end of the unit. I think with doing this unit and being involved in it I improved my collaboration skills since we were always helping one another, I was new when doing this and quite shy so by being in the groups I improved my communication skills and started to be more confident. I believe this also tested our creative skills and how well we think outside of the box. Liana, Georgena and I created cubbies and hooks made out of cardboard to place jackets and backpacks near the third-floor gym as it is usually crowded and very disorganized, our goal was to provide more convenience to staff and students as well as create a more organized area. Although it was an excellent idea that would really improve the school we didn’t have enough time to complete the hooks because of different challenges and difficulties as well as just being silly at times.

This image represents what we’re planning to do with the cubbies, unfortunately, I didn’t receive the photos that were taken of the hooks. As you could see the bags fit well in the different sections of the cubbies, this shows how it organizes everything neatly.

Another project that I did was the creating the poster that informs people about biodiversity in different places around the world. The ecosystem I chose for this unit was the “Belize Barrier Reef,” on my poster it had shown the biotic and abiotic elements found in that ecosystem, the location of the reef itself, interactions in the ecosystem, niches and habitats found in the ecosystem as well as a trophic triangle and food web in the Belize barrier reef. On my poster, it provided pictures and big titles so it was easier to understand the information that was on the poster. I really enjoyed this unit because it was very interesting to find out about the kind of ecosystem the Belize Barrier Reef is and the different elements that it is made up of. A big problem that I’ve found is when researching the different topics, it was very hard because not everything that I needed to know was provided online so I really had to find my research on a variety of sites. All in all, I really liked the unit. 

Unité 2 – Portrait de Famille

Global Context: Identities and relationship.

Statement of Inquiry: Our family and the people around us contribute to our own individual identity.

Reflection on summative assessment of criteria C and D:

ATLS – Approaches to learning skills

Communication: I believe I clearly presented orally and visually a description of my family by creating google slides with photos of my family, as well as titles on every slide to give a better understanding of what I am talking about.

Organization: I created the script so that it fit the time that was on the criteria. On my first hand in, my script didn’t follow the criteria of having 7 verbs and that demonstrated the lack of organization I’ve put into my slides. But on my second hand in, I made sure to follow everything the criteria had instructed.

Time Management: I used my time wisely in class and concentrated on what had to be done. I’ve handed in my first google slide presentation on time and received a five and 6, I wasn’t very proud of my work so, I asked Madame Boyle to re hand it in, she gave me a strict due date that had to be followed and I completed and handed in my work according to the date.

Being Resourceful: I think that this was my biggest difficulty in the unit, as I did not ask Madame Boyle to check my work and see what could be done to improve it. If I were to do the same summative next time, I would make sure to ask Madame Boyle for help to get a good mark as well as a learning experience.

Reflection:

I’m pretty satisfied with my grades right now and I’m keeping up with the course. I came in November and most of the class had already learned some French. On the first quiz I scored a seven which I’m pretty proud of, since it was my first time. On the French presentation “Portrait de Famille” I got a 7 and 8 which is also quite good, I think my content was good as well as my presentation. I am doing french classes outside of school at the moment and I’m practicing my vocabulary and pronunciation. I think to get higher

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.