Vietnam Experience Week 2018

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

I definitely think that I became more aware of my strength as a communicator as I tried to help lead the group during the times we were struggling. An example of this is when we were struggling to mix the concrete all at once, as some people were tired and there were too few of us, and I suggested that we create a system so that we can rotate shifts. This made the concrete mixing process much more effective. I think that some of my areas for growth would be

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

I think that the most difficult challenge that allowed me to develop new skills was working on the construction of the children’s playground. This task was tiring both physically and mentally, especially when we had been doing the same task over and over for the past 4 days. I think this allowed me to develop teamworking skills, as we had to communicate with one another in order for the construction to be successful, and it has allowed me to develop perseverance, as I never gave up even when I was tired and wanted to stop.

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

I think that one of the ways that I planned a student-initiated activity was when we were travelling to and from the village that we were staying in. The commute from the village back to the city was around 3 hours, and we didn’t have very much to do on the bus, so I suggested that we play card games or other games on the bus with our peers so that we can continue to get to know each other better. I think that this was a great activity to pass time as well as get everyone on the trip involved.

4. How did you persevere in action?

I persevered in action during the whole service portion of the trip as mixing concrete was an extremely tiring activity, and it became quite hard to stay focused and keep on going the longer we mixed concrete. However, all of us were encouraging to one another and were trying our best to help other people which made the job a lot easier.

5. How did you work collaboratively with others?

Throughout the trip, I worked collaboratively with others when mixing and gathering the materials for the concrete as we all did it together in a group. All of us had different jobs at certain times, where some people would be filling buckets up with sand and rocks, some of us formed a line to transport the materials, and some of us mixed the materials. We all worked together collaboratively as we all had to communicate with each other whenever we had enough materials to make the concrete when we needed more people to do a certain job, etc.

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

I think that I developed international-mindedness, especially when experiencing Vietnamese culture within Hanoi as I was able to see different historic buildings, try new foods, and interact with local Vietnamese people. This has shaped my world view as I have a better understanding of their culture, and was able to communicate with them despite the language barrier.

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

When I was planting trees in the children’s playground, I realized that my impact on this community will be valued for years to come, as the trees will become an extra source of income for the villagers once they are fully grown as they produce expensive nuts. I have also considered how the playground that we built will be used by the children for a very long time and will continue to positively impact their lives.

Pursuits of International Mindedness

Personal Definition

Seeking out Multiple Perspectives – being able to understand and relate to other people

Celebrating Humanity and our Planet – Appreciating and having respect for others and our planet

Engaging in Diverse Learning Experiences – Participating in a range of different experiences

Embracing Personal Diversity – Recognising your own skills to contribute to the community

Moving from Self to Others in Thought and Action – Considering the needs of other people

My Educational App

What I Have Learned through Research and Investigation

Some of the things I have learned about creating a good app through research is that an app has to:

  • Be visually appealing: No one wants to use an app that is unappealing, no matter how useful it is
  • Have no bugs or crashes: This is important because I learned that if the creator of the app does not test the app to every condition, the users will, and you want to find your mistakes before they do.
  • Be stable and fast: I learned that an app that is not stable or fast is not worth using to the audience because they don’t want to use an app that takes too long to start up or use
  • Unique: I found out that a unique app is extremely important if you want to create a successful app. Apps such as calculator or flashlight apps don’t stand out because there are many other ones on the app store.
  • Simple: A simple app that doesn’t have too many functions is important. You should only add functions that are a necessity.
  • Easy to Navigate: I learned that an app that is easy to navigate is extremely important, meaning that it shouldn’t take very long for the audience to understand how to use it.

All of this information that I learned through my research is important in creating the app for my client because it has taught me vital information on how to create a good app, how successful apps are created, and how to create an app that people will want to use.

Waste Not, Want Not Evaluation

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This is my final package.

How My Contribution Might Help My Target Audience

My target audience is mass producing manufacturers. My contribution may help mass producing manufacturers so that they don’t have to spend so much money on packaging that uses so many resources. Also, manufacturers can benefit if they mass produced environmentally friendly packaging that uses less materials, because more of their product can fit on shelves. This contribution also helps by inspiring others to follow in my footsteps and start creating packaging with a minimal environmental footprint, while still looking aesthetically pleasing to sustain our environment.

Limitations and Benefits

A limitation of my packaging is that it uses some adhesive. However, this adhesive is not used to put the packaging together, and is only used to stick the clear plastic onto the package to make it more aesthetically pleasing. The benefits of my packaging is that it is sturdy and protective of the calculator (since it’s an electronic) because of how there are 2 layers of card stock. Secondly, all the extra materials used to create the box was made from recycled materials. The clear plastic I found was reused to be put onto my packaging. Lastly, my package is self supporting. It does not need the use of adhesive to be put together, using less materials, and only needs some tabs and slots to be put into it’s rectangular prism shape.

Mathematical and Design Knowledge/Skills

Some mathematical knowledge that I had to recall was how to calculate surface area, volume, area of rectangles, and area of circles. The only aspect of my packaging that made my calculations more challenging was the window. This is because the sides of the window are rounded, and are shaped like a quarter of a circle. There are 4 “quarter circles” which creates 1 perfect circle, and it is where I had to recall how to calculate the area of circles. The design knowledge that I had to have was how I applied the CARP design principles into my package, and a skill that I always had to do was to reflect. I always had to reflect on the stages of my packaging to show how I could improve my packaging, what I did well, and to demonstrate what I had changed. I also had to take pictures of my work and describe what technical skill I was demonstrating (measuring, cutting, folding, etc.)

Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approach

I think that the interdisciplinary approach to this project was helpful. This is because this project allowed me to think of the design of a package, which was mostly about the creation of the package itself, while also thinking about the mathematics and calculations behind it. It was helpful to blend design and math together because without having the math aspect behind our package, it would not be able to function well (tabs are off and won’t go into slots, different sizes that are supposed to be the same, etc). However, without the design aspect, the package would not be aesthetically pleasing, and technical skills would not be evident (cutting, folding, measuring, etc).

How Would You Approach the Project Differently if You Had to do it Again?

If I had to do this project again, I do not think I would approach the project differently because everything in creating a package is design and math. I don’t think any other subject could be part of this project, unless the package had to be informational.



16 Bar Melody & Chord Progression Summative

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Instrumentation: Clarinet in Bb and Piano

Stages of Creating My Composition

To create this piece of music, I had to go through many steps to discover what makes a song sound good and what makes it successful. The first step that I went through was to create a rhythm. To do this, I looked over some different rhythms from our music book to get some inspiration. I thought of how I wanted my song to sound upbeat and happy as the title of my song is “Summer”. From this, I mostly used quarter notes and eighth notes, and only used half notes at the end of phrases to show how it was the end of that phrase. To show my evidence of phrasing, I used long notes or rests at the end of each phrase. When creating my rhythm, I would only do 4 bars at a time, after finishing my first 4 bars I created another 4 bars by using the same notes but rearranging them in a different order so the rhythm sounded only slightly different.

Once I was finished with creating my rhythm, I had to make a melody out of it. To do this, I had to start with chords. I wanted my song to be in F major, so my chords were notes from the scale of F major. After putting my chords together using the notes from the F major scale and using the template of the chords we must use, I could create my melody. To make my melody sound good with my chords, I learned that most of the notes should be from the chords to create harmony. Although most of the notes should be from the chords, notes that are not from the chords can be put with shorter notes such as eighth notes. If it did not sound right, I would just move the note around to find a better sound.

After creating my melody using the chords, I had to create another melody because my chord instrument is a piano, and has both base and treble clef. For the piano, my chords were in base clef and my melody was in treble clef. To create this melody I used a lot of repetition. For the first 4 phrases they would have the same rhythm (all eight notes), but all the notes were from the chords. For the next 4 phrases I changed the rhythm to one quarter note and 2 eighth notes repeating, and for next 4 phrases I just switched the rhythm so it was 2 eighth notes and one quarter note repeating. For the very last 4 phrases, I decided to make the piano melody more interesting to make the ending more memorable. To do this, I did not just do the repeating rhythm like I had in the last 12 bars, and I used the same rhythm that I did in the clarinet melody, but switched the notes around to a different order.

Creative Choices Made

For one of my creative song choices, I decided to write my song in F major. This is because I have always enjoyed the sound of the F major scale, I was familiar with the notes, and I didn’t want my song to be boring by just having it in C major. I think this choice made my song more unique and interesting to play.

For the different tempos I used Moderato for the beginning of the song, and Andante for the end of the song. This was supposed to portray my type of summer where it starts of normal and casual at the beginning, and starts to slow down at the end when there’s nothing left to do.

Some of the dynamics that I used throughout the song was piano and mezzo piano. In the middle of the song I used piano and added a crescendo to show how the middle of summer was the most exciting part. Towards the end I used mezzo piano with a crescendo to show the audience that the song is going to build up and then slow down as “summer” is ending. I mostly used crescendo’s to build up the song as if something exciting is going to happen, or to subtly hint that the song was about to end.

Lastly, I used some staccatos in my song to show the excitement and enthusiasm of summer.

Critiquing My Song


  • Articulation – I think that having some staccatos in the beginning of the song was a good idea, and matches the title of my song.
  • Evidence of Phrasing – I think I showed excellent evidence of phrasing because at the end of each phrase, I used a longer note or a rest, and sometimes used both.
  • Rhythm – I’m very happy with how I created my rhythm as I used different notes for the first 4 phrases, but in the next 4 phrases, used some of the notes from the first 4 so that my rhythm never sounded too different. I also used some repetition in my rhythm.
  • Note Range – I think I did well with my note range as there was no gap larger than 4 spaces. This makes the song sound much better, and makes the song more memorable.


  • Note choices – A weakness that I found in my composition was some of my note choices. I found that after listening to my composition a few times, there were some notes that stuck out and did not go with the melody.
  • Piano melody – I definitely think that one of the major weaknesses in my piece was the piano melody in treble clef. This is because I used repetition too much, and should have done what I had done for the last 4 bars in the entire song.
  • Tempo – This is not a major weakness, but I think I should have added a faster tempo marking in the middle of the song to match the loudness. I think that my tempo choices made the song less interesting, so next time I will consider where I place my tempo markings.

Music – Melody Composition

  • Do you have a combination of conjunct and disjunct motion?

O Yes O No

  • If there are any large intervals (larger than a jump of five different letter names), have you changed direction by step?

O Yes O No O NA

  • Does the melody have an appropriate range?

O Yes O No

  • Does it start and finish on the tonic note? (The tonic note is the first note of the scale.  For example, if you choose Bb Major as your key signature, the tonic note is Bb)

O Yes O No

  • Does it sound interesting?  Is it memorable?

O Yes O No

8 Bar Rhythm

Task 1 – Rhythm

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Do both phrases finish on a long note value?

Yes, both phrases finish on a half note.

Are the phrases balanced (same length and of similar rhythm)?


Is there variety (to make it interesting)?


Is there repetition/imitation (to make it familiar)?

Yes, the last bar repeats bar 2 except the last note of the last bar is 3 beats instead of 2 beats.




Music – March Reflection

1.  Explain how you believe you are progressing on your instrument so far this year.

I think that I have progressed a lot from the beginning of the year because I am finding that I am not looking at the back of the music book as often to see what the fingering is for a certain note. I also think I have progressed a lot since the beginning of the year because I have gotten used to playing faster rhythms accurately. Although I am better at rhythms compared to the beginning of the year, I think I still need some improvement in this area. I think that I have progressed because the difficulty of the music has increased so I have been practicing more.

2.  Explain specifically what you are currently doing to improve your level of skill.

Currently, I am trying to practice at least 30 minutes a week to try and improve these skills. Before, I did a maximum of 15-20 minutes a week, but I think I need to increase my practice time because I am often finding that I am not playing the correct notes and not good at sight reading.

3.  How often do you practice?

I practice 3 times a week for at least 10 minutes. Sometimes if I think I am behind I will practice more, and if I think that I am comfortable playing the songs I won’t practice as much.

4.  Which of these are you most successful at: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing?

I think that I am most successful at breathing/phrasing, tone quality,  and rhythm accuracy.

5. Which of these are you the least successful: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing?

I think I am least successful at note accuracy,  articulation, and dynamics.

6.  What can you do to improve as a musician?

I think I need to practice better and longer because whenever I practice, I only go through the song once even if I made mistakes, and only practice scales even though I am already familiar with them. I also think I regularly rush through my practicing time, so I should find days where I have more time to practice therefore I can stop rushing and make sure that I will actually benefit from practicing.

Waste Not, Want Not

Muffin Package

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Deconstructed iPad Air Package

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Today I made one box, which was for a muffin and I decided to create a cylinder shaped one. I was inspired by a box I found on Pinterest but modified it to make it look original. However, this was not a good choice because the package was not sturdy and used a significant amount of adhesive. Making this box did not help me very much with my “things to learn” inquiries, but I learned what not to do when making my package. Next, my group and I examined an iPad Air package. In this activity we learned how to examine different packaging and critique it (how to improve, what was done well, and what could be added next time). This will help me examine my own packaging so I know it meets all the requirements.

Through my research and investigation, I found the importance of sturdy, appealing, and environmentally friendly packaging. I’ve learned how to make different styles of packaging and how to build them without using too many resources (paper, adhesive, etc). This research will help me make a better packaging product because it will ensure that I have made a package that suits all the requirements and that I am aware of the amount of resources I am using. From this, I have also learned how to examine a package and critique it so I can do the same for my package. The use of geometry can help reduce our carbon footprint by knowing how much volume or surface area of the packaging is not needed or useful, and it allows us to calculate the best sized package for a certain object. From this, less packaging would be used, and it will reduce our carbon footprint.