Today, my main focus is on my final product. I thought me and my group was behind this week because I used most of the time planning and measuring things so that my photographs will fit the book, but some other groups still haven’t started their final product, most are in the same stage as our group and others are already done.
I got 4 periods to work on exhibition today, I wouldn’t say I didn’t used my time effectively, but I could’ve used it better. I helped Kylie and Audrey on some parts of their final product, asked people their opinion on the photos that I should put in my scrapbook and finishing off some other work that needs to be done today.
I can’t wait till exhibiting on next Thursday and Friday. I’m a bit nervous about it and I’m not sure if I’m well prepared for it or not. I don’t really know what to do, what to say or how to answer people’s questions yet, which means I need to figure it out next week (Monday and Tuesday). However, I spent a lot of time working on exhibition and I hope the work that I’ve done would end up in something good and that I’m proud of.
I still need to finish off my final product this weekend (taking a few more photos and printing them, writing up all the remaining explanations and doing the final pasting/decorations). I also need to categorize work for each reflection that I’ve printed out, organizing my process journal and then doing more research on the action that I’ll take. Next week, I need to finish the explanation of my final product, go through all my work to see what I can possibly say, printing-out emails and trying to connect some of my work to the skills and knowledge I’ve developed, the key concepts, central idea and line of inquiry.
Today I did quite a lot of work and finished some of the work that’s due tomorrow. I started answering and reflecting on the LOI plus the central idea, I need to plan to finish that today and I’m going to work on it straight after my reflection is done. I also did the cover page and started an explanation for my scrapbook, which I’m really satisfied on. I know it doesn’t sound like I did that much, but I put a lot of effort into doing it. I’m getting a bit more confident on getting work done on time, but I’m starting to get stressed. I’m not extremely stressed, but I’m in the middle of normal and stressed. It’s just too much work on different areas and we need to do it in 1 week time, so it’s a rush for me.
I’m doing well with my final product. I’ve started choosing photographs that I would possibly use in my scrapbook. Mrs. Ferrari took a look at the photos, she said that I should choose the ones that are really impressive and has the “wow factor”, she also pointed out that a few of them are like photos that I could take before the inquiry. I still have to continue working on my final product tomorrow and this weekend, in order to make sure that I’m going to be able to finish my product on Monday. I still need to ask my mom and Andrea (my friend) on their opinion about the photographs that I’m going to put in my scrapbook.
My main focus tomorrow is going to be my final product. I’ll spend 3 periods on the final product and 1 period on organization, finishing up things that’s due and improving on the photo critique photos etc. I hope I get the things that I need to get done tomorrow.
Today was also a working day, I didn’t really use my time wisely and we also had an extra 2 periods to work together in our groups. I was spending too much time on a simple job and sometimes I was wondering around the classroom, which was not a good idea at all. I still have a lots to do, I definitely need to work this weekend to get things done and organize my process journal so that it’s ready to exhibit.
I sent some of the photos that I might put in my final product to print, and started ordering and designing the way that I’m going to put it in my scrapbook. My final product is going really well, which I thought might take a longer time to do, but I managed to stay with my plan and get everything that I need to do finish each day.
I spent most of today’s time going through my process journal and typing up the skills and knowledge developed throughout this exhibition process, answering questions (from me and my mom) and making connections for my research notes. It isn’t that much work, so I need to putting about 95% effort into working tomorrow. Since I have performing arts make up lesson tomorrow, I’m going to miss 2 periods of exhibition time and only get 4 periods, which is not that much time, so a lot of things need to be done at home tomorrow. I’m now feeling tired more than stressed, I also try to encourage myself to finish the work that I need to do and then I can just enjoy and have some free time.
Yesterday, I used some of the old experimentation photographs that I took for the critiquing exercise. Thus, I decided to retake and improve the photographs. I took photographs of the same thing(markers) and realized there are many different ways to take photographs of the same thing, from which I made a connection of that there are many solutions to a problem and there are many angles/perspective on the same topic. I was mainly testing out different ways that I can improve . I can see some improvements on the photographs after I’ve developed all the skills and knowledge. I thought this was a great way to see and showed how my knowledge and skills on photography that has developed over time.
Tonight, I’m going to go to the peak and take some more photos about global interaction. This morning, I did some research on taking cityscape in night scenes, so now I have a brief idea of what photos I’m going to take and the settings thatI could use to take the photos to be more efficient. Overall, I’m doing good with taking photos, but I still need some more shots and photographs that I’m going to take during this weekend. That also means that I’m not going to be able to finish my final product on Friday and I need to tell Mrs. Ferrari about that.
I’m doing well with completing work that I need to do, which I’m happy about. However, I’m still not so sure if I can finish everything in time…
Ugh… There is still 7 school days left until the exhibition. I am not near finishing our inquiry, but I’m glad that there’s no Chinese for these 2 weeks, it means less homework and more time working on exhibition work. I think our group needs to share our progress every single day so then we have a clearer idea of what we’re meant to do and the things that we need to do.
During the Easter holidays, I went to Central (Soho, Mid-levels, Lan Kwai Fong and Hollywood Road) to start taking photos of globalization and people of different culture interacting together. I also brainstormed possible photographs that I could take to demonstrate positive and negative impacts of globalization. I was pretty satisfied with my progress then, but now, there’s a lot to do and I’m not so sure about my progress.
Today, our group discussed the ideas we have in our head so far about the final product. We also started planning and we are going to start our final product tomorrow. We need to finish summarizing our research into detailed paragraphs (we’ve done most of that, 1 or 2 paragraphs left to write), we need to do a reflection and explain what we think about the central idea, we need to connect information and ideas together, etc… This is a lot of work that our group and I need to do, so I think making a to-do list everyday would help. I think that I need to finish something every single day to be able to stay on track.
This morning, Kylie and I did an experimentation on taking photos of people and how different people from around the world interact, which shows global interaction (our enduring understanding that we’re focusing on). We took photos of reception and pre-reception kids, adults, teens etc. We decided to take photos of people because we’ve never really found information and experimented on photography with people (natural).
We also had our mentor meeting today. I think our mentor that our group has doesn’t really know what his role is and the purpose of the mentor meetings. First, he doesn’t give us that much advice on what we can possibly do and that’s sort of what a mentor is supposed to do. Secondly, he texts on his phone during the mentor meeting. I have a feeling that he’s not respect us nor the meeting at all. I have to admit, sometimes we do something else on the computer during our mentor meeting, but it’s all exhibition related things. Thirdly, the things he mentioned or pointed out are things that we already knew. If that’s the case, why do we need a mentor meeting? It’s wasting 2 periods (80 mins) of our working time. Most groups have their mentor meeting for about only 20-40 mins, so I don’t get why our meeting is about a hour long, even though it’s not that useful and effective.
Mrs. Ferrari also checked our research and student planner today. Since I wasn’t there, Kylie told me what she said. Kylie and I sometimes thought that we’re behind schedule and a bit off track, but in fact we’re actually pretty much on the same stage as most groups. We’ve caught up (from before) a lot this week, which is a great thing so we can start straight on our final product after Easter break. I don’t know why I always felt like we’e really behind this week and there’s a lot to do, it’s weird.
Today, Kylie and I did more research and experiments. By the way, everything went back to normal today, I have no idea what was wrong yesterday, but we continued working like we did before the mini “conflict” we had. Anyways, we divided our time into 2 sections, 1 dedicated to research and the other to experimenting with the backlit affect. The backlit experimentation kind of failed, because of a few reasons. One, the sun wasn’t bright enough to make our hair look like it’s glowing (but we kind of did something similar). Two, we weren’t well prepared and we needed sometime to just figure things out and set the correct aperture, shutter speed and adjusting the exposure meter.
I think we’ve caught up a lot compared to the beginning of the week (I was not confident at all) and now I think we’re pretty much on the same stage as other groups. However, we still have some bits and pieces from the documents that we need to fill out, but that’s not that time time consuming and hard. Tomorrow, we are going to check in with Mrs. Ferrari on our student planner and research so far, I think we are ready to go. Though I am still feeling a bit stressed, I would spend more time experimenting and taking photos around HK during the Easter holidays. I’m also going to start taking photos for my final product. I need to take a break from all the typing and work that I’ve done this week!…
Today, Kylie and I kind of had a bit of misunderstanding which caused a bit of argument. The student planner and research was due today (I thought it was meant to be due on Thursday) and we are no where near finishing as I’ve mentioned before. I suggested to finish off the student planner together first, and then just spend the remaining time to transfer our notes from interviews and/or doing more research. I told her that we should work with higher efficiency today to make sure we got things done. Then for some reasons, Kylie started getting mad at me and I had no idea what’s wrong. I don’t know if I’m too bossy or mean, but I tried to use a great attitude when telling her my plan and trying to ask what’s wrong, but she just said that we should just start working. I don’t understand what’s going on at all! Maybe because she’s stressed or something as well. Now, I don’t have much confidence and I just keep on thinking that our group is going to fail. Let me see what happens tomorrow, if it continues, I’m just going to have to tell Mrs. Miller or Mrs. Ferrari. We didn’t talk to each other at all for the rest of the lesson and we worked separately doing individual things. We worked hard today, but I didn’t use my time to the best that I could use it.
There is a lot of things that I need to do and I feel stressed. I just had my Chinese assessment in the middle of the exhibition, so I needed to spend time to practice as well. However, those time were meant to be spent on doing extra work or organization for exhibition, that’s why I can’t finish the work that we’re meant to do on time.
Anyways, today we just worked on the research document and the exhibition planner separately. I spent most of my time working on the student planner, since I thought it was more important, but I also spent time on doing some research. I am now freaking out because we’ve only completed 1 line of inquiry research out of 3 (jotting down our notes and drawing conclusion) and most of the student planner. I NEED TO CONTINUE WITH THE RESEARCHES AND STUDENT PLANNER NOW!
There wasn’t anything much special today in exhibition time. Since the banners are due today, we did some final editing for around 15 mins, sort out ourselves and did more research for the rest of the time. What I now need to do is to transfer all the information from the interviews and put our notes on the research documents. We also need to draw conclusions for each of the research questions that we have. Audrey went on Easter break early, she was online during exhibition time this morning, so Kylie and I video called her and just tell her about the darkroom and our process so far.
I didn’t think I used today’s double lesson effectively. I need to start to manage my time and make checklists everyday to keep track of what I need to do each day. Most groups are pretty much done their research and now are focusing on sorting out the research informations and drawing conclusions, so our group is a bit off scheduled and behind. All the research is expected to be done before the holidays, which is Thursday, I think Kylie and I should be able to finish the research, but I’m not really sure if we can finish the drawing conclusions part.
The darkroom experiment was a pretty long reflection and it was a really special experience, so I decided to write my reflection on a Google Doc:
Click here to view my reflection.