Looking Through the Lens Reflection

I believe that this was a good project as we got to use imovie, create a piece of media and share our story with peers and teachers. Doing this project we have developed a lot of new skills; responsibility, time management, collaboration – etc.

We have made a narrated slideshow video explaining how CDNIS is a welcoming school; which connects to both of our lives as we are passionate about this issue. We took a lot of original pictures using different compositional elements, to make our pictures more interesting. I recorded it while Valerie edited, making us use great collaboration skills, and getting the job done! We have gotten good feedback on our survey from our peers.

I liked this project very much!

Impacts of Food Choices Reflection

For humanities, we were supposed to effectively reflect on the type of food we were consuming in a week through the use of a food journal. I think this was a very good experience to see how our food choices impact our bodies and the world. A common food habit of mine was eating a lot of carbohydrates through different fruits and vegetables, it is good for me as I do sports and they help me get energy. I have learned that you can get clocked arteries and diabetes if you eat too many carbs. This taught me responsibility skills and self-management skills as I had to remember to record what I eat for every meal.

Seed Dispersal Investigation

What makes a credible scientist?

A credible scientist uses reliable sources to gather their information like different websites that are verified and the information is correct. They will always have to have general information about the topic. With every source they gathered the information from scientists must use MLA citations.

Why is the scientific ‘way of knowing’ used in medicine compared to other ways of knowing?

The scientific ‘way of knowing’ is more reliable than religious when used in medicine because, the scientific ‘way of knowing’ is tested on different forms of life like people, animals, plants. It is more reliable as they know if the medication will work or not, as for the religious ‘way of knowing’ it is not confirmed if it will work and it is not tested to see if the method is reliable, as it is more of an opinion and not a fact.

Reflecting on scientific investigations is important because you can get more accurate results by repeating investigations with improvements to your method. How would you improve your seed dispersal investigation if you were to repeat it?

– Next time I will add range and units in my hypothesis that connect to my IV and DV like cm2 and seconds.
– On my first variable table, I will add the units under the variables.
– Check if the way I explained the method is correct or not, different spelling mistakes – etc. Make method more concise.


– Next time I will add a graph stating the positives and negatives about the validity of method, and add an overall judgment.
– In the raw data table I will make the units go under the header; seconds.
– I will make the decimal places more consistent in table 4 that I have created.
– I will need to understand what I have to do in the extension part next time, change the IV.


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.


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.


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!
i. demonstrate the acquisition and development of the skills and techniques of the art form studied
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
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.