English- The Outsiders reflection

Debatable: How much of a person’s character is nature vs nurture?

The older you get, the more a person’s personality is nurture over nature. The more events you experience, the more your personality changes because of the event. For example, take two versions of a person. 85 year old compared to a five years old. At five years old, the person is young an innocent, they probably haven’t experienced. After 85 years of living, a person would have experienced betrayal, failure, suffering, and heartbreak. Pain changes who you are. At a young age when you haven’t experienced a lot of things, you tend to not have changed much from what your genetics programmed you to be like. For example a shy person who grew up in a family where they were forced to preform often after they become ten years old. The person would learn to be less shy, compared to their younger self who would probably be very shy.

Design reflection

“What I’ve learned about laser cutting design”

I learned that you have to put in the exact information, or else the design won’t turn out correct. For example, all strokes have to have 0.1 weight . If you put in the wrong number, just one digit wrong, then it can’t print. Also, you have to convert the text into an object or it won’t be the font you want it to be.

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In this unit, I’ve learned how culture can affect a country or state or city or even a person. One of the projects that were assigned in this unit was a video about the making of me, or what aspects of culture as made me into who I am today. I never knew that a person could have a culture of their own. Through the project, I have discovered things about myself that I was not aware of before. Also, that the way culture affects someone is like nature vs nurture. Culture is like nurture, the experiences that shaped you into who you are, versus nature, the personality traits that you were born with.

I have also learned about the elements of culture, such as language, symbols, norms, values and beliefs. At the beginning of this unit we studied a certain country’s culture. From that assignment I learned about South Korea’s culture.


Capoeira reflection

Explain which parts of the plan were well designed. Which parts of your plan were you most happy/proud of and why?

At the end, when Player A jumped over Player B was good, because there were no errors. Player A jumped over player B smoothly without tripping, and Player B ducked low enough for her to do so. Another part that as good was the fact the we both memorised everything we had to do in the routine. There were little details that me and my partner modified, which were vital in getting the routine to move smoothly. For example the direction Player A rolled after Player B does the roundhouse kick. If player A rolled off to the side instead of parallel to Player B, the cartwheel Player B does over Player A would be off.

Our plan told us to change the moves so that Player B would do less offensive moves and more defensive moves. I like that part so it would be fair to the other partner, and it would also look better.

Explain which parts of the plan were not well designed. Which parts of your plan were you not happy with and why?

At the start our timing for the ginga was a bit off. Player B should have held the Banda for a longer time, it was too short and should have been more pronounced. I think Player A should have made her defense moves more dramatic. She didn’t look much like she was trying to protect herself. For the second ginga, out timing was correct, but our feet weren’t matching. When Player A did the roll after Player B did the roundhouse kick, she should have rolled more towards Player B, so it would be easier for Player B to do a cartwheel over her. Player A should have finished the roll faster, so she could have prepared better for the leg sweep. At the end Player B should have exaggerated the ram towards Player A more.

The part I don’t like about our plan was that it wasn’t detailed enough. We said that we should have made our moves look more smooth, but we didn’t say how to do that. Therefore, our final work wasn’t so smooth at some parts.

Explain how you would change the plan to improve it. If you were to do it again, what would you change in your plan and why?

To improve we would make our moves more pronounced. We would practice our timing as well. Another thing we would do is practice the small details, despite remembering what to do, the moves were still a bit off. We also should have practiced together more often, because what we did was practice each move separately and fit them together. That did not work because when we practiced the moves separately we didn’t know what the other person was doing. Therefore they didn’t look that good together.


What I’ve learned about laser cutting design?

I learned that you have to put in the exact information, or else the design won’t turn out correct. For example, all strokes have to have 0.1 weight . If you put in the wrong number, just one digit wrong, then it can’t print. Also, you have to convert the text into an object or the font will turn to Ariel. I’ve learned that you have to be specific about the colours that you put in, and each colour does something different. For example the colour red cuts through the material. Blue is a line engraving. Black is for deep area engravings. Finally cyan is for both deep line engraving and deep area engraving. If you put in the wrong letters for each of the colours, then it won’t work properly.

What I would do differently next time?

Next time, I think I would change my design. The one I have right now is just a quote in the middle. I only chose that one because it is easier to format. Next time I want the quote to be more meaningful to me. Next time I would also like to put actual numbers around the clock instead of small lines.


Science reflection


The poster we had to do was about an kind of ecosystem. I choose the Taiga biome, one of the coldest biomes, just below the tundra. We had to talk about the climate, the abiotic and biotic factors, a food chain, and interactions between the factors. I used pictochart to make the infographic. I learned what abiotic and biotic factors are, since I haven’t heard of that term before.

I also gained a lot of information about the Taiga biome, for example: the animals who live in the biome, where they live and what they eat. the different kinds of trees and how they adapt to the cold climate. the weather, the seasons, and the temperature of the Taiga biome.

I also gained some organisation skills from this project. I had to organise the infographic, and add pictures to make sure it doesn’t look boring. I had to figure out what colours looked well with each other, and what kind of background to use. Some of them had patterns that make it had to read the words I had written.

Research was another skill that I needed for this project. I needed to find reliable sources online, and use the information from it on my infographic. But I also couldn’t copy the information word for word, that would be plagiarising. I had to put it in my own words, which was hard because sometimes the sentences were so simple, that I couldn’t put it in my own words.

The infographic was handed in on time, but it wasn’t really planned out well. I did most of the work the few days before it was due. I could have planned it out better.


The presentation I had to do was one out of five subjects. All of them about how humans were impacting ecosystems. Me and my group choose the one about bees. The problem was that farmers are covering their plants in pesticides, therefore bees are dying, and they can’t pollinate the plants anymore.

I gained more information on this problem, and now I am more aware of it. I know why bees are important to ecosystems. They pollinate plants, helping them reproduce and thrive. All bee species are important because, different species of bees pollinate different species of plants. If there were only one species of bees, then some plants will die off.

Team work skills were needed in this, because I was working in a group, and everyone had to participate. I contributed what I could, and helped make the presentation.

Finally, I needed to teach other classmates, and keep my speech entertaining enough so that the audience won’t get bored. I think I did alright, I did manage to keep my audience focused. Although I think I could have done better.


Geometry reflection

What piece of work displays your understanding of the SOI: Understanding how complex shapes can be broken into simpler parts enhances creative problem solving and helps us to understand the space they occupy? Explain and give evidence.

In the beginning of the geometry unit, I was given this complex shape that I had to find the area of.  I first split it into three different sections and tried to find the area of each of them. It didn’t work very well, but when I talked to my partner and the people around me, they suggested a different method. It was to also split the shape into different sections, except the sections are out side the shape. Then calculate the area, and subtract the extra space.


Unite 2-portrait de famille

Global context: identities and relationships

Statement of Inquiry: our family and the people around us contribute to our own individual identit


Communication: present orally and visually a portrait of my family.

Organization: every time I used something from the criteria, I highlighted it on the script so I wouldn’t forget that I used it. I kept referring back to the criteria and made sure I included everything. I also had made sure that I had about enough information on each slide, and there wasn’t too much information on one person.

Time management: My time management was alright, I got the script finished in time, as well as the video. But I had to add more minutes to the video so I was a bit late. I could have done better, and looked over the video to make sure the

Being resourceful: I don’t think I’m resourceful enough. I did go to Madam Boyle for help, but it was only because she told me to. But the criteria did require me to put four adjectives, and I used my knowledge I learned from my old school to fulfil the criteria.

Reflection: I was content with my mark, I didn’t expect to get that good. But I wish I had gotten better. Pronunciation is probably why I didn’t get an eight. My pronunciation wasn’t concise. Sometimes I would pronounce a word one way, but when I used it again, it would be said differently. I need to work on my pronunciation, and check it before I record.


English Poetry Reflection

How does using poetic devices affect the audience?

Poetic devices can help understand the poem better. For example if a poem compares anger to an erupting volcano, then it would help the audience understand that the anger has been bottled up until that point then explodes all at once, and that it is hot destructive anger. Like someone crying, yelling, slamming doors, breaking glass. If the poem compares anger to a blizzard or a snowstorm, then it would help the audience understand that the anger is cold, anger that leaves you confused and wondering what has happened. Like someone deadly silent, saying only a few words, keeping the anger bottled up even during the confrontation. The kind of anger that leaves you more angry at the other person than yourself, because they won’t tell you what’s wrong.

Another example is personification, if a poem says a cloud trudges across the sky, it helps the readers understand that the cloud is slowly moving across the sky. Kind of like a person moving slowly through thick mud. But if the poem says the cloud skips through the air, it helps the readers understand that the cloud is moving quickly through the sky.

Did any of the poems you read about family help you to understand your own family or other people’s family in a different way? Refer to specific poems and what you learned from them SPECIFICALLY.

None of the poems helped me understand my family better, but “Death of a Hired Man” by Robert Frost helped me understand other people’s families in a different way. In this poem, it mentioned Silas’s brother, and that he didn’t go to his brother when he needed help. His brother is probably all the family he has left, so why didn’t Silas go to him? I realised that maybe he and his brother didn’t have a good relationship. I knew that some families didn’t have good relations, but I never thought why, until now. I thought about what had happened between Silas and his brother, maybe his brother is ashamed of Silas and cut all contact between them, maybe they just never got along. This poem made me think more about families and what happened to make them they way they are.

For those of you who were fans of poetry to begin with, what do you think is so unique about poetry as a form of expression? What new things did you learn in the unit?
I’ve alway liked poetry, even though I didn’t read it that often. I think poetry is unique because it can tell a story through figurative language. Often times there is symbolism in poetry, and you can’t find unless you dig deep enough. Poetry takes words, strings them together, and gives a whole new meaning to it. For example the line “it hit the moon. Then there were three there, making a dim row, the moon, the little silver cloud, and she” from “Death of a Hired Man” isn’t actually talking about the moon, a silver cloud, and a person. I still don’t completely know what this line means, but “it hit the moon” probably means it hit the mark, or it hit what it needed to.
I learned about how poems use symbolism, and how effective it can be. For example “The Lanyard” by Billy Collins, yes the poem is about a lanyard, but it isn’t just about a lanyard. It’s about what the lanyard symbolises; a mother’s love. In this poem, the narrator compares everything his mother has done for him, to this lanyard he made for her out of boredom. It’s a bit comedic in a way, since the lanyard is such a small little thing, and it’s practically nothing compared to his mother’s love. The message that comparing the lanyard and his mother’s love, conveys in that you can’t repay your mother.
I also learned about different literary terms and devices for poetry. For example, enjambment, I’ve never heard of that word before this poetry unit. When I read poetry before, I thought it was weird that lines were split up that way. I didn’t know why poets did that, and I didn’t bother to think much about it. Now that I know the purpose, I can see how clever it is. For example in “Birches” by Robert Frost, this line in particular stands out to me. “I’d like to get away from earth awhile And then come back to it and begin over” There is a line skip between ‘awhile’ and ‘and’. This gives the effect of a pause. In that line, it says that the narrator would like to get away from earth, then come back. When I read that line, there is a pause between the two lines, and it makes it feel as if the narrator actually left for a while then came back.

Robotics Project

This is the link to the video my group made for the robotics project.

We had to make a robot that could move, pick up things, and drop them. It also had to be 14 by 14 cm. The robot that instructions in the book taught us how to make, didn’t meet the 14 by 14 requirement, it was too big. We had to compromise, and do something differently so we could meet the requirement.

This project is both easy and difficult. The easy part, was that there was an instruction book that told us what to do. It would have been much more difficult if there wasn’t one. The difficult part was assembling the wheels of the robot. The screws kept getting lose, resulting in the wheels randomly falling off the robot. We had to keep reassembling the wheels, resulting in less time to finish other parts. The reason the screws kept getting lose, was because they were in awkward positions, and we couldn’t get the wrench in there to screw in tighter.

Overall I enjoyed this robotics project, it’s fun creating things, even if it gets frustrating sometimes. I can’t wait until next year when I can do it again.