I decided for grade 7, I’m going to learn the flute. The reason I chose the flute is that I think it’s easier to blow into, and it looks like something I can carry around easily (it’s light). The flute also has fewer pieces to clean, so I don’t have to spend hours trying to clean it. The resource below also shows how to clean a flute (and it’s easy to follow).
On May 2nd, we had the exhibition. When we had the opening ceremony, I was really nervous because it had been 2 days since we practiced. Our performance wasn’t the best but it still worked out.
When we were presenting to the lower grades, I felt that they were kind of hard to talk to because there are some words they don’t understand. But they were very enthusiastic.
When we were talking to the parents, it was kind of awkward, but they managed to understand me better. When VSA came, it was even more awkward because they mainly spoke Chinese.
I didn’t really enjoy VSA coming because they generally weren’t interested. Some of them were kind of rude but some of them were really nice.
The thing I’m proud of is presenting to other people. The main challenge was staging because my dog house was too small, and there was barely any space. So I and Estelle had to move away, and I needed to make another box to make my display taller and easier to see.
The main thing I needed to work on was to talk slower. I was just really nervous. If I did the exhibition again, I’d try to make a bigger and more attractive display and try not to feel nervous.
On February 19th, grade 6 had to stand up/against something they are interested/passionate about. I chose to speak against animal captivity. During this, not only did I make a speech on animal captivity, I also learned more about animal captivity and different persuasive strategies. Click on the video above to see my speech about animal captivity c;
From January 9th to January 11th, Grade 6 will be participating in something called the Young Americans. The Young Americans is a group of people who are travelling all over the world performing/getting people to perform. This year, they have come to CDNIS and they are here for 3 days to get us more excited about dance.
I’m not looking forward to the Young Americans because I don’t like dancing, or singing and I don’t want to be one of those people who get chosen to perform by themselves. I’m not sure what I’m excited about, but i’m excited to see how my other friends react to the Young Americans (Because I know lots of my friends/classmates are really worried about the Young Americans)
January 10th is the second day. On the first day, we learned a lot, but that was only the opening. It turned out that they didn’t really force you to do anything, they just encouraged you. I’m still not really looking forward to the show, because I still am just as nervous as yesterday (I don’t like being frontstage), Even if I don’t like being front stage, somehow I ended up at the very back.
January 11th is the performance for the Young Americans, and I became just a bit more nervous because a Young American gave me & my friends a solo. I’m lucky because I just have to go up to the very front to say 1 word, and my friends have to go up and dance by themselves for 5 minutes. I am also more nervous because I forgot some of what we have to do and where we have to go.
During the performance, I felt a bit uncomfortable because our shirt was really big (And it was really hot), there was no water, and we couldn’t go to the bathroom when we needed to. I think the way we presented our performance was good. I wasn’t really nervous because if you went to the front, you’d only see the light any nobody in the audience.
I think that having the Young Americans here gave us a good experience (even if we don’t like singing or dancing).
From November 19th to November 30th, grade 6 went to camp in Sai Kung with Outward Bounds.
The activity in camp I didn’t enjoy the most was just getting in a circle in the water (I don’t know what it’s called). I didn’t really understand the point of the activity, It also made us get much much colder and more nervous about what we were going to do next like the water activities.
The hiking part of camp is also one of the activities that i didn’t enjoy the most. The 2 good things were: Getting new experiences and you get more exercise. I didn’t enjoy hiking because the slope was really steep and dangerous and anybody could fall, but the people far ahead didn’t help people at the back. I also didn’t enjoy it because there were lots of mosquitoes and bees and lots of people can get stung and bitten (Which will hurt and annoy you)
One of the activities i enjoyed was the rope course. It wasn’t that hard but it was fun to walk across the rope. The things that could’ve made the activity better was that if the supporters could have some other job to do instead of stand in front/beside/behind the person walking on the rope and have their hand out. Maybe next time they can have some challenges.
My favorite activity is kayaking, because I like to do water activities, and kayaking lets you go anywhere that is connected to the ocean (Different islands). The bad thing that happened when we were kayaking was that me and my friends had to go to the bathroom badly but there was no bathroom on the kayak or on the sea. So we had to learn to be patient to wait for people to be faster and go to the island together.
At the end of camp, I thought that it was a good experience and I enjoyed most of the activities. We learned a lot about the environment and how to protect it, and different skills like how to kayak, how to wear a lifejacket properly, etc. We also learned how to cooperate. I think that Outward Bounds provided us with a good experience (outside of home).
How I would want my home learning environment to LOOK LIKE
I enjoy working in big/spacious areas. It makes me be able to be in a more comfortable position when i’m writing/typing.
How I would want my home learning environment to SOUND LIKE
I want there to be noise, but at a point where I can concentrate. That way, when i’m doing homework/anything else, It makes me feel less awkward.
Just like how music helps people concentrate, it helps me in the same way.
Sometimes when I do my home learning at school, I get used to hearing the loud noises and a lot of people talking. Doing home learning at the same time when I hear several people talking makes me less dizzy (as sometimes I get dizzy when I hear many noises).
How I would want my home learning environment to FEEL LIKE
I would want to be in a comfortable position when i’m writing/typing. When I’m typing, I usually like to put my leg straight. When I’m writing, I feel more comfortable with my feet almost touching the ground. Being comfortable is one of the many ways of how it makes me work better. It affects how messy I write,
This year, I think I can improve my home learning by a lot. My goals for this year: -being more organised
-thinking before I write
-do home learning on paper
I need to be more organised — Sometimes i put the start of something in the end and something that I did later than that in the start. I can also try and write neater because sometimes I want to hurry up and finish what i’m writing so then if I found something else out, I wouldn’t forget it.
Being organised is not only for the presentations of my homework, I also have to organise my things properly so that i remember where i put things — so that I know where I put everything and I won’t lose any of my home-learning books.
I need to think before I write — When I make mistakes, I try to erase as hard as i can (because I write very hard on the paper), and I eventually crumple the paper. This also relates to being organised — i need to think of where to put a paragraph and where not to, and I need to make sure that the sentence i’m writing makes sense.
Although I’m fast and better at typing than I am writing and drawing, I should do more of my home learning on paper. It looks nicer, and it would require less work to do — I wouldn’t have to paste it in my journal.
This week, we have been working on math and we have been doing math activities — Visual representations, the meaning of constants and variables, divisibility rules, etc.
Most of the things in math i’ve been doing have been a little bit easy for me. Next time we do a math activity, I would want to try to challenge myself by using a different strategy to solve math problems. I might also try reading the harder things like reading the harder article, or trying the harder word problem.
When I was doing home learning, I also noticed that I’m doing the easier and more simple tasks. Next time, I think I should look for harder things to research about or just aim further (write more, more details, etc). So that i don’t cram anything on one day, I think i should do 2 hard ones that would take some time and 1 regular one that requires less amount of time. This is how i will challenge myself next week. 🙂