Overall Grade 7 reflection

1. 今年,你最喜欢哪个单元unit?


2. 你最喜欢哪个单元项目unit project? 


3. 你学得最好的是哪个单元? 
4. 哪个单元最有意义meaningful?你最喜欢哪个单元?为什么? 
自我管理 Self Management Skills
5-a. 请说明理由 Please specify the reason of the answer to Question 5. 
6. 你给自己的学习态度attitude几分? 
1- 8 : 我觉得是 6
7. 今年的评估assessment中,你做得比较好的是哪些方面?(可以多选 multiple choice)
Crit CD oral
Crit CD writing
Summative projects
8. 今年的学习中,我觉得比较困难的是……(List the challenges or difficulties that you are facing this year.) 
9. 你今年的中文SMART学习目标是什么?你达到了目标吗?What was your SMART goal and have you achieved it? Please specify. 
My smart goal was that I wanted to get better and memorising phrases and characters in Chinese. I think that I have not fully reached this goal but I have improved. I have practiced many more times this year to make sure I can use the phrases fluently but that did not make a big difference. So, overall I think I have achieved it half way and next year I could use different learning strategies to learn these phrases and sentence structures.
10. 今年,你学到了什么?明年有什么打算?What have you learned this year? What’s your study plan for the summer and the next school year? *
今年我学到很多的新词语和很多的句子结构。我也学到不同家庭成员的名字。我今年夏天的学习计划是复习我今天所学的材料。I also want to practice and memorise the phrases that I have learned. next school year I plan to study a lot more for each of the tests so that I can get better grades. I also want to read more Chinese books so I understand the meaning better of the phrases that we have learned in class. My goal for next year is to get many good grades so that I can move up to phase 4.
11. 感谢你一年的努力,希望你今年的学习是有意义的!最后,你还有什么想对张老师说的?(Any reflection / comment / suggestion that you want to share with Ms. Zhang about this year’s Chinese class? Please leave your comments.) 
我觉得Zhang 老师是一个很关怀和乐于助人的老师。我非常感谢您这一年来对我的评价。他们帮助我提高了中文水平。

My ukulele summative assessment- Counting stars

Here is my ukulele recording!

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? 

My recording is the same as the original song because it uses the same lyrics. I also tried using the same speed of the song because it sounds better. I changed the piano rhythm throughout the song because in the real song it gets faster and then slower agin. Since I did not know how to change the metronome speed I decided to change the rhythm of the piano instead. This is what made the rap part of my ukulele song similar to the original song. Lastly, in my song I had around two places where I did not add any Piano for two or three words because in the song the instruments got softer. So in the end to make it similar I muted the instruments and ukulele strumming for around two or three seconds.

How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? 

My recording is different compared to the original song as I skipped the bridge. I skipped the bridge in the song where there was no singing because if I would have added it in my recording it would have been too long. And I needed to end my recording musically. Another thing that I changed was that I did not keep the speed of the rap in the song. In the original song, the rap would have been much faster but since I did not know how to change the metronome for only that part I kept it at the same speed. Lastly, since I had to change the length of the song, at the end of the song I ended it with a piece that was not the same in the original song.

Ukulele Skills… 

Since I did not play ukulele since this year it was a very big challenge for me too choose a strum pattern as I did not know many. This was one of the challenges I had although a bigger one was me having to play the notes in my song. Even when they were really easy it has always been a struggle for me to do this. I had to record my ukulele several times till I got the right notes. One of my strengths in playing the ukulele is playing the melody since it does not involve strumming. Which shows my next weakness which is strumming in general. I am not very good at strumming thats why it was always a struggle for me to pick a strum pattern that matched my ability.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… 
At first it was quite a struggle for me to understand how to get these digital instruments working and how to incorporate them into my song. The hardest thing for me was to play the piano on my computer as I had to find all the notes myself. But also when I was playing, it was hard to remember which keys on my computer were the note that I needed to use. So in the end I decided to mark that down on sticky notes which I later stuck on top of my computer keys. To make my song sound on time and nice when everything was combined together I had to cut pieces of a-few of my recordings. And when I had strumming or singing parts that repeated later on in the song I would just copy and paste them. Lastly, the easiest instrument for me to create was the drums as it did everything for you.
Time management for your project… 

I felt that I was well time managed because I planned every day what I would do before the next class to make sure that I would get my entire recording done on time. Although in the begging I was not that well managed because I did not think that I a-lot to do. My original plan was to start over Christmas but since I went away I did not have time. Overall I think that my time management was fine as I managed to look over my recording several times to make sure that it was on time with the metronome and that everything was well combined. The instrument that took me overall the most time was the piano, this made me delay the other things that I wanted to complete on that same day.

Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) 

To make sure that I got everything done on time I had to make my own schedule to plan everything out. In this area I felt that I was quite responsible since I followed my schedule quite tightly and even when I fell behind I would get back on track later. I also made sure that I did everything I did not know how to do at school so that when I got back home I could then do the easier things. For example, I did the piano and drums at school and the ukulele strumming and singing at home. I did this so that I was sure that I would finish my recording on time. Lastly, I also did the things that took the longest at the begging so incase I did not . follow my schedule and would have had very little time I would only have to do a-little bit, the stuff that was easy. I felt overall I was responsible with following my schedule.

Shortnin’ Bread – Summative Ukulele Aline

Here is my ukulele summative!

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? 
The key of tune for the song shortnin’ bread is C. The time signature is 4/4.

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? 
The rhythm that I used in my song was down up chuck up. I choose this strum pattern because it was not too complicated but at the same time was not too simple. This strum pattern also matched the speed I needed to go at for my melody, since I was not to comfortable making it faster. I wanted these two components of my song to be in harmony. In the song shortnin’ breads song, the first phrase repeats it self in the third phrase while the second, fourth, fifth and sixth phrase are all different by very minimal changes. For example, in the fifth and sixth phrase the first bar for both of them are the same while the second bar is different. Lastly, in the song most of the time at the end of the second bar in each phrase, there would be a minim to help transition into the next phrase, this creates nice harmony in the song.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… 

While playing, to make sure that my strumming and melody would sound good together I used the metronome. Using the metronome helped me to keep these key things in my song connected or in other words make sure that when I was strumming down there would be one melody chord that I played. Although sometimes at the end of one of my melody recordings I would rush and play it to fast or sometimes my fingers would not be placed correctly. Most of the time when recording the strumming I would have to pause to make sure that my fingers were placed to create the sound of a G chord. Many times that was the main cause of my strumming sounding wrong and me having to redo it. Although even when I had struggle moving my fingers for the strumming although my melody was good, and I was always able to play the right note.

What Ukulele skills have you acquired? Chords, melody, etc. 

During this summative I have learned many new ukulele skills. For an example, before this summative I never knew how to chuck. I was taught to me by my friends and by searching up different strumming patterns.I also learned how to play the melody, before this year I was not even sure what that was. Although, last year we also had a whole unit on the ukulele but we only learned very basic strumming and a few chords. Some of the chords that we learnt were C, G, Am and F. I was also struggling quite a bit with strumming but I managed to make it better this year. This ukulele summative taught me how to better transition into different notes quicker and how to make it sound more smooth.

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? 
My tempo for the song I choose was 90 BMP. At first the tempo was around 120 BMP but I felt that was a little too fast for me as I am not that confortable playing too fast. I am especially not confident playing my melody fast thats why I lowered the tempo. When I lowered the tempo the song was a bit slower so I had to sing a little slower. In my opinion the context of the song changed because after the tempo change my song feels much more smooth and calm. I wanted to change the tempo for two main reasons, one being I was not confident playing too fast.Two because it sounds much more smooth when I combined the strumming and melody together.

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… 

I never really used garage band before, so many of these editing tools were new to me. The tools I used on garage band were the trimming, pasting, cutting and metronome. I used pasting to paste the pieces of my melody that repeated. For example phrase 1 phrase 3 were identical so I did not re-recorde it I just copied it. Second, I used cutting and trimming to make my recording pieces transition smother into the next one. I recorded many pieces and put them together instead of recording the different parts in one whole trail, so I had to trim and cut some of them so that the pieces would come together to form a nice piece. Lastly, I used the metronome to make sure that I played my strumming and the melody at the same speed, and that I sang also at the same speed. This way every thing would come together nicely in the end.

Discuss your recording process; recording bar at a time, chord at a time, in phrases? Did you have any concerns or issues? 

My recording process was by recording one phrase at a time. I choose this way of recording because I felt that is was the most time saving but also was easy to make sound good. For example, if I recorded the strumming in one go and I made one mistake I would have to restart from the beginning. While if I recorded one chord at a time it would have taken a lot of time to edit. I recorded my melody first because it was the hardest component for me to do. A issue that I had was that when recording at home the sound from my ukulele was much quieter and sounded different to the one at school. One of my concerns is that I did not spend enough time on editing because I feel that my strumming and melody are not timed perfectly.


Logo Design

Hi everyone,

This logo is the logo that I had to create for design class. I made this logo based on all the features of me. For example, I added a gymnast in the middle because it supports that fact that I like gymnastics, and that I like doing sports. I am looking for feedback on my logo, and I need to have a minimum of 6 people commenting, with good and thoughtful comments and feedback.

These are the Questions : ( Please answer with a-lot of detail especially for the 3rd question)

  1. What do you like about my Logo?
  2. How does my Logo represent me?
  3. How does my Logo use C.A.R.P and Design principles? (Colour, Shape, Simple, Memorable etc.)
  4. If I could do it again, what should I change?


Aline :)))))




Unité 1 Parlez-vous Français Le critère C et D à l’oral


This was our french summative.

The task was to create a role play to include all of the information we have leaned since the beginning of the year.

Me and my partner did not really have any many challenges because we both wanted to have good grades and tried our best to achieve this. We both did an equal amount in this assignment. The only thing that we struggled a bit was managing to make our dialogue the right length. At first, it was too short but then we managed to add more vocabulary that we have learnt and made our role play much more fluent. Adding on, when writing the dialogue we used good vocabulary and good sentence structures so our role play would have a nice flow. Some of our other strengths were that we showed enthusiasm, we had a balanced amount of information, we created new sentences that we did not learn in class yet lastly we use good phrases and expressions to show that we were listening to our partner. What I think we could still improve on is working on our pronunciation, for example we need to make sure that we do not pronounce the “s” at the end of sentences or the “s” in the middle of the word “EST”. I think that overall we did a good job.

Thanks for reading,

Aline :))))

My Instrument Choice

The saxophone is a woodwind instrument. Saxophones are usually made of brass. It is played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to the clarinet. The saxophone has different family members: Sopranino which is quite small, Subcontrabass which is really big and to play you have to stand on a chair, there are only a few of them in the world. The Alto sax is the most popular and is in the middle of these two. This instrument what created by a Belgium instrument designer.

To play you need to bite down on the top piece then curve your bottom lip in to the bottom of the inside of the mouthpiece. To blow you have to tense up your stomach and blow in the sound of “too. Sometimes you have use your tongue to quickly hit the mouth piece.

How to play the Saxophone (Alto)?

1 ) Blow air into the mouthpiece without pressing any keys. Your goal is to create a clear, consistent sound as you blow into the mouthpiece. If you are getting flat, airy sounds from the instrument, create a tighter seal around the mouthpiece with your lips. If it sounds weak and incomplete, then you’re hearing a flat sound. Place more of the mouthpiece into your mouth if you hear a faint, unclear sound.
Make adjustments to your positioning as needed until you can make a clear, consistent sound with the instrument.
Once you get that clear sound, you know your embouchure is correct.

2) Place your left index finger on the second button to play a B note. Find the second button down from the top on the neck of the sax. Place your left index finger on this button and press down gently. Blow through the mouthpiece. The sound you hear is the B note.

3) Place your left middle finger on the third button to play the A note. Keep your left index finger on the “B” button. Place your left middle finger on the button right below that one, which is the third button down from the top. While holding the “B” button down, press the third button with your left middle finger. Blow through the mouthpiece. The sound you hear is the A note.

4) Play a G by pressing down the fourth button with your left ring finger. While keeping your left index finger on the B key and your middle finger on the A key and holding them both down, press down the fourth button with your left ring finger. Blow through the mouthpiece. This is the G note.
B, A, and G are played with your left fingers on the top 3 keys.

5)  Use your right fingers to play the notes F, E, and D. These notes are created with your right fingers on the bottom 3 keys. To create them, your left fingers must continue to press down on the 3 top keys while blowing through the mouthpiece. Make sure you maintain a proper embouchure as you blow.
Press the first bottom key down with your right index finger for an F.
Use your right middle finger to press the second key while continuing to press down on the F key to create an E.
Use your right ring finger to press down the third key while keeping all of the other keys (top and bottom) pressed down for a D.

To Learn more information on more advanced skills go to this link:


How do you clean a saxophone?

 1) Swab the body. Most saxophone cleaning kits come with a brush or cloth on a long string with a weight on the opposite end. Put the weighted end into the bell of the saxophone and turn the sax upside down. Bring the weighted end through the body and come out the narrow end. Gently pull the swab through the body several times.
Swabbing helps dry the interior so that pads are not damaged, inhibits bacteria growth, and removes any build-up of foreign particles from foods, beverages or saliva in the instrument.
It is not unusual to see a slight green color on the pad after a few passes. This is normal and does not indicate rust or metal damage.

2) Swab the neck. Insert a flexible swab through the larger base opening on the neck, coming out on the narrow side to which the cork is attached. Brush out the inside thoroughly to remove any foreign particles.
You can run water through the neck as well — just be sure that no water comes in contact with the cork, or it may swell and deform.
Soaking with vinegar or brushing with detergent can help get rid of excess build-up.

3) Use a pad saver. If available, these are helpful for removing any residual moisture. Make sure to use them after swabbing. Insert the pad saver through the body’s narrow end. Let it absorb moisture for a few seconds, then remove.
Some manufacturers make similar items such as “bell brushes” or “neck savers” for other parts of the saxophone. These are fine to use similarly if you have them, but not necessary for regular saxophone maintenance.

4) Inspect & clean the key pads. Check for sticky pads as you play the saxophone, and visually inspect under the pads for any wear and tear. Use wet cotton swabs or a thin piece of paper to clean where the pads meet the tone, removing any sticky residue. A little clean water should be enough to do the job.

5) Clean your mouthpiece’s interior. You’ll want to clean the mouthpiece often, as it comes into contact with your mouth. Start out by removing the reed, then use a mouthpiece brush to remove any residue inside the mouthpiece. You can substitute a bottle brush or even a small toothbrush. Run cold or lukewarm water through the mouthpiece, then pull a clean, lint-free cloth through the mouthpiece to dry and remove any particles missed by the brush.
Soaking in antiseptic mouthwash or detergent is helpful for particularly dirty mouthpieces.

6) Sand out scratches. If you’d like to save a rubber or resin mouthpiece with light marks, use sandpaper or a fingernail sanding block. Start with the coarsest grit to remove the scratch. Progress to increasingly fine grits to smooth the mouthpiece out.

7) Clean the reed. The warm air you blow into it contains saliva, which provides a moist place for bacterial and fungal growth as well as food particles that damage the instrument.[10] Wipe it down thoroughly after each use with a clean towel or cotton swab. This will stop bacteria and chemicals from congealing.

8) Deep clean as necessary. Soak especially dirty mouthpieces in water and a small amount of detergent or malt vinegar.[12]Reeds can be soaked briefly in antibacterial liquids such as alcohol, mouthwash, or mild hydrogen peroxide.[13] Allow the reed to dry before re-using.

9) Polish the body. You can use just a brass lacquer polishing cloth.[14] If desired, add a small amount of spray furniture wax. Avoid wash clothes, paper towels and any cleaning product not specifically made for brass instrument care.

10) Tighten loose screws. You can safely tighten loose rod screws, but be careful not to over-torque them.

11) Clean your cleaners. Specialty swabs, pad savers and bell brushes can be washed lightly by hand with a small amount of soap. Each should last years if cleaned regularly.

12) Reassemble your saxophone. It should look, feel, and play beautifully! When in doubt, consult a professional.

How do you reassemble your saxophone?

1) Moisten your reed by placing it on your tongue. Place one end of the reed in your mouth and allow your saliva to moisten it for about a minute. Then turn the reed around and moisten the other end in your mouth for a minute. Be careful not to cut your tongue since reeds sometimes have sharp edges. You could also just soak the reed in a cup of water for a couple of minutes.

2) Line up the curved tip of the reed with the curved tip of the mouthpiece. Take the reed out of your mouth and place its flat side against the flat part of the mouthpiece. The thin, curved end of the reed should line up exactly with the thin, curved tip of the mouthpiece. If it’s not lined up properly, the saxophone will make a squeaking noise when you blow air through it.

3) Slide the ligature onto the mouthpiece and over the reed. Make sure that the wider end of the ligature slides on first to match the shape of the mouthpiece. Hold the reed in place with your thumb while you line the ligature up with the widest part of the mouthpiece. If the ligature is too tight to fit over the reed, loosen it by turning the screws counterclockwise. The screws should be on the thick bottom part of the reed. A little bit of the reed will extend past the bottom of the ligature.

4) Tighten the ligature by twisting the screws. Still holding the reed in place with your thumb, use your other hand to tighten the ligature. Turn the screws clockwise until you feel a little bit of resistance. It should be just tight enough that the reed can no longer move around. Do not tighten past this point since you could damage the reed.

5) Put the neck strap around your neck. Let the neck strap rest around your neck like a necklace. Make sure the hook is hanging over your chest at the front of the strap. Wait to make adjustments to its length until you have the saxophone attached to it.

6) Apply cork grease to the saxophone neck as needed. Occasionally you’ll need to rub a little bit of cork grease onto the cork part of your saxophone’s neck. Apply a very small amount all the way around the tip of the cork whenever the mouthpiece stops sliding onto the neck easily. You can get tubes of cork grease at music stores or online.

7) Twist the fully assembled mouthpiece onto the neck. Use a gentle, back-and-forth twisting motion to get the mouthpiece onto the neck of the sax. Twist it on until it’s about halfway down the length of the cork. The flat side with the reed on it should face down toward the inside of the neck. If you’re having trouble getting it on, and you’ve already applied cork grease, don’t force the parts together. Take it to a repair shop to have it looked at by a professional.

8) Pick up your saxophone by the bell. Picking up your sax by the upper body can cause damage to the mechanisms that make the instrument work properly. Wrap your fingers around the outside of the bell, where there are no keys, and grip this area as you lift it.

9) Hook the neck strap onto the small loop on the back of the body. Below the octave key, about halfway down the saxophone, there’s a small metal loop. Connect the neck strap to this loop by opening the hook and fastening it over the loop.

10) Slide the neck into the body. Using the same back-and-forth twisting motion, press the neck down into the body until it’s all the way on. The tip of the mouthpiece should line up perfectly with the rest of the horn and create one straight line from the reed to the bell. If you can’t slide the neck right into the body, try loosening the wing nut at the top of the body by turning it counterclockwise. Do not force the neck on. Consult a repair shop if you’re having difficulty getting the pieces together.
Be careful to not damage the octave key built onto the neck when you’re assembling.

11) Adjust the neck strap as needed. Hold the assembled saxophone in front of you and loosen your grip on it so that the neck strap bears most of the weight of the instrument. If the mouthpiece is suddenly lower than you mouth, adjust the neck strap up. If it’s higher than your mouth, adjust the neck strap down. The strap should hold the saxophone exactly where it will be while you’re playing it.






在这个单元里我觉得最难的是写作和口头报告。写作对我比桥难因为我需要学习很多新的词语。口头报告也对我困难因为我要说一个自己不熟悉的话题 。我花了很多时间搜集资料。

学习方法。。。Ways of Learning


目标 Goal:


学习目标 S M A R T Goal:

  • Specific


  • Measurable


  • Attainable


  • Realistic


  • Timely


Artist in residence

Artist In Residence


Yesterday we visited a group of people called the solar sound system. These were people that created a DJ booth that was powered by renewable energy, these energies were kinetic and solar powered. How it worked was, there were two bikes that were fixed to the ground. Behind the back weel, there were two roller things that were turned every time someone peddled, there was a wire that then connected to the DJ booth, this powered it up. So for example in the night there is no sun, so they use kinetic energy while in the day solar power is being well received.


I really enjoyed this experience because it brought me to think much deeper. Another of the activities that we did was that as a group we had to create an idea that could make something more sustainable. Our idea was to use a trampoline. For an example when somebody jumps kinetic energy is created, by the springs pulled out which could then be used to power an entire house. I really was inspired by this and is inspiring me to take action of my own, this has been a really fun experience!


Description of the company/group:


Solar sound system HK is a nonprofit that is making clean, green waves for the music and entertainment industry, this is how they raise awareness of the over-consumption of coal and fossil fuels.

WWPT Chinese Unit reflection

Good afternoon,

In this post I will share with you the experience I had with my WWAPT presentation on “Wong Chuk Hang”



  1. 各种经济活动
  2. 影响经济活动发展的原因
  3. 现在和未来的经济活动







English translation:

Our central idea is that: Throughout time, economic activities are has developed to meet needs.

We learned:

  1. Various economic activities
  2. Reasons for the development of economic activities
  3. Current and future economic activities

The good place I did well was: At a given time, I did my homework very seriously and with commitment.

The places that I need to improve on: (1) I need to pay attention to my tone, I have to practice more.

(2) When I am doing a presentation, I need to pay attention to eye contact.

(3) I need to pay attention and practice the sentence structures we have learned.

Although this report requires a lot of work, it teaches me to work hard, how to do research and time management. Overall, I think this is a very good experience.

My slide show link:


Thank you for reading, 谢谢!