Crit B Assessment Reflection

We recently finished our Crit B assessment on March 24th, the text was about recycling and litter and there were about 11 questions that we had to answer. My final grade is 22/24 which converted back to normal IB grades is a 7.3.

There were 3 parts of the assessment. Firstly, I think I did really well for the first part because I read the question carefully and copied the answers from the text onto the Google Form. I think I did pretty well for the second part as well but I think next time, my answers could’ve been more clear and concise. The hardest part was the third part, there was a diagram with 3 arrows and an “OK” sign. The question asked what the text, color, and gesture meant in the diagram, which we had to connect to different answers. I struggled with this one a lot because at first, I didn’t understand the question. But afterwards, I was just confused what the answers meant so I blindly guessed the answers. I think next time, at least an educated guess would’ve been better.

 

Up On The Rooftop (Melody + Chords + Singing)

We were later given a Google Form to fill in about the song and how we did it.

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?

My tune is in C major and is in 4/4 time.

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically?

I used mainly quarter notes, sometimes eighth notes and half notes. They were used to input different sounds at different speeds to make the song

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

Each note is on beat and is correct according to the sheet music.

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this?

The song is an upbeat happy and is about the joy of Christmas so I decided to make it faster.

What skills did you acquire with your use of Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… How did you use these skills throughout the assignment?

I learned how to use trimming, copying, ad pasting better. I used these skills to cut up the notes that Mr O’Toole gave me to splice it together to make the song.

Discuss any challenges you had to overcome for this assignment!

Singing. I can’t do it if my life counted on it but I tried so yay!

My Instrument Choice

Hey readers!

The instrument I chose is the clarinet. The clarinet is part of the woodwind instrument group, and has a single reed mouthpiece. It was invented during the 1700s in Germany and has many different parts to it; the mouthpiece, the barrel, the upper joint, the lower joint, and the bell.

Below are YouTube videos I watched that taught me how to construct the clarinet together, how to hold it, and how to play a note.

↑ Step to step video on how to construct a clarinet. (Refer to in the future)

  • Hold the clarinet like Lego hands
  • Left hand on top, right hand on the bottom
  • Hold it towards the floor at a 35 – 45 degree angle

↑ Step to step video on how to clean a clarinet. (Refer to in the future) DON’T SOAK THE CORK

 

Half-A-Semester 👏 Review 👏

Hey readers!

I haven’t made a blog post in a really really long time and it’s been so long that I’m in the MYP now! So since I haven’t talked much about G6 PYPX, we’re gonna recap that.

My PYPX was about Screen Addiction with Horus, Darren, Ishaan, and Shannon and here’s the entire process.

The first thing we did was decide on a topic individually, which was the weirdly the hardest thing throughout the entire project, there are so many topics we could cover, how could we choose one? In the end, I chose screen addiction based on a coin toss, it was between that and drug abuse. During this part, I had to really dig deep into my passions and interest to see what I really wanted to do, I didn’t want to make a mistake because this would be what I would be working on for the next year or so.

Next up was starting to do some research. I hadn’t met my team yet except for Horus and Darren because they were in my class, so we worked together to do some research and learn different facts about our topic. Every week at about 9:00, we’d have a group call and talk about what we did in that week, share resources and facts, and reflect on how well we did our jobs and what we could do to improve.

In the end, this is what we came up with, a finished research document with all of our sources cited, which was also a very hard process. This was basically our first time seriously citing our sources on each website, so every image we used had to be cited correctly in the right order. We also highlighted some important notes that were interesting and could be used during our final presentation in March.

Then, it was time for our first guide meeting, to meet with everyone else in the grade that has the same interests as you to do the ultra combination of all research. This, again, consisted of Shannon, Horus, Darren, Ishaan, and I. We talked about what we’ve done together and started planning a field trip to interview an expert on screen addiction. This was really vital to the PYPX so we could have primary sources. We decided to go to a place called The Cabin, a therapy facility full of experts that can help people with addiction problems. They cover a lot of topics such as drugs, smoking, screens, etc…

We had a bunch of interview questions that we were planning to ask and to record the interview. Unfortunately, the audio clip is with Shannon so I don’t have it. Here are some of the questions we asked during the interview.

  1. Do you think that screen addiction is common in Hong Kong and other places?
    1. Yes 
    2. no
  2. How severe is the situation compared to other places?
      1. Significantly  more severe
      2. More severe
      3. Same
      4. Less severe
      5. Significantly less severe 
  3. What do you think are the main reasons for addiction to start?
  4. How do kids develop their need for screens? 
      1. Video Games
      2. Social media
      3. Youtube
  5. What are some symptoms of addiction?  
  6. Are patients likely to be aware that they are addicted? Why?
      1. YES
      2.  NO
  7. Are parents aware of the situation that happens to kids 
  8. What are some of the help in HK?
  9. Do you think this is an important issue to address?
  10.  How are some patients treated? (Their Process)
  11.  How long does it take for the treatment to be complete?
  12.  What are some easy things you can do to prevent it?
  13.  Have you had any experience of screen addiction yourself?
  14. What inspired you to solve addition problems?
  15.  Doctors have said_____________ (fact)_____  ,do you think this is true?
  16.  How can you effectively treat addiction? 
  17.  Do you have any sources for research on screen addiction?
  18.  What are the effects of screen addiction?
  19. What makes it so hard to turn off our devices?
  20.  How can we take action?
  21.  Individual Questions (Do you think ___ can help?)
  22.  How many patients have you treated before?

This interview was very successful, mostly on the planning part. It was very hard to contact such a big corporation to interview because we were just 6th graders, but we somehow did it! We wrote many emails to them planning dates to come and the schedule for that day. The biggest thing I learned during this interview was to take risks even though there’s a high chance I’ll fail. For example, there wasn’t an email on the website for The Cabin, just a phone number. So I had to call The Cabin and ask them for their email, which even though it doesn’t sound like much, took a lot of guts and made me very nervous.

Just like that, the time to present our topic was almost here. >_<  We took the time to start planning what our station was going to look like. There were many ideas like, one of the best ones was this:

We changed it up a bit so we could fit 5 people in a small amount of space, but that was our final project. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! We still had to take action and make an interactive space with our audience. First the action, we asked ourselves, what is the most effective way to get rid of screen addiction while having fun? We decided on chess, you were able to have a conversation with a friend while using your brain to play a game, not having the negative side effects of screen addiction, it was perfect! But what kind of action were we going to take? We were planning on making a chess club every Thursday from then on, inviting people from all over the school to attend and play chess together. It wasn’t much of a success at first, but after a while, it started taking off and more and more people came. It was working!

Next up was the interactive part of our presentation. Our entire group brainstormed what we were going to do for a very long time, at the end, we decided to make a box shape that a human could fit into that was dark with no sunlight, and put an iPad that was flashing lights to simulate what it was like looking at your phone at the dark. This was very very hard because we had many disagreements about the box, the first time we made it, it was very shabby and would fall easily. We kept thinking of ideas until the last moment where we had no time, there was no way we were going to use the box because it wouldn’t work, so we put a bunch of black pieces of paper around a table, and have our audience crawl under the table. This worked perfectly and was way better than the box idea.

That was all the preparation time we had, it felt like a month but it was actually a year-long process. We got into the LLAC, set everything up and started presenting…

This day was so nerve-racking and everyone was doing last-minute printing for some reason, I guess everyone just forgot to print stuff. There were lines as long as trains (credits to Horus for that amazing simile). We moved chairs and tables as quickly as we could and stood there, looking our best, prepared to present to our parents and teachers. The thing I was most nervous about was the question that our audience was going to ask, what if we didn’t know the answer? Apparently, it was really simple and was the first time I learned of this tactic. For example, they ask you a really random hard question like, “What’s the diameter of the sun?”, then you can answer, “I’ll get back to you on that, do you want to leave your Email address?”. It’s a great way of saying that you don’t know the answer, but still seem smart because you can Google it later and send them the information you learned. We presented for 2 days straight and had a lot of fun, we had some time to look at our peers’ presentations too. They were all very interesting topics and their action was very well planned, a lot of beach cleanups, clubs, speeches, so on and so forth.

We got a lot of feedback from the people that came to our station, one of them was to speak slower, which I totally agree on and would be a goal if I were to do PYPX again. We spoke really fast because we were nervous on our first day of presenting, so a lot of what we said didn’t make sense or our audience couldn’t catch it.

With PYPX 100% finished, we finally got to celebrate and have a graduation ceremony.

Fast forward to Grade 7, after 7 years of being in the PYP, moving up felt bittersweet, it was time to move forward but we would’ve missed Grade 6 a lot.

The End.

Grade 7:

Design – For the past month or so, we’ve been working on different logo designs and the psychology behind it. There is meaning on every color and shape.

We took notes on all of these shapes and color designs, then started to draft our own logo, representing who I am.

After this draft, we used the CARP principles to make it better. CARP stands for CONTRAST, ALIGNMENT, REPETITION, and PROXIMITY. After learning about the design cycle and practicing on Illustrator the different functions. I started doing our final project!

We’re supposed to get feedback on our logo so here are some prompt questions.

  1. What was your first thought when looking at the logo?
  2. What do you like about it or how would you improve it?
  3. What would you change about my color choice?
  4. What’s 2 + 2?

After getting some feedback from my peers, I was tasked to make an annotated logo.

Math: Fractions, Decimals, and Integers

In our first unit, we learned how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. I already knew how to add and subtract but this was my first time learning how to multiply and divide. We learned a lot and got introduced to a new Math source on YouTube, it’s called Math Antics. A guy called Rob comes up every time and teaches us about different Math concepts.

In our second unit, we learned about integers and how it can actually go NEGATIVE. It was very interesting to learn, like what would happen if a negative number was subtracted by a positive or the other way around? We learned formulas to be able to think about hard problems like 3-(-2). We also learned something new called Absolute Value, this is how far the number is from 0. So the Absolute Value for negative 3 or |-3|, is 3.

Humanities: Culture, Making of Me, Hong Kong Locations

Our first project was really fun, we were tasked to make a short movie (about 2 minutes) to explain your own culture and how it’s important to you. We were able to edit together movies

 

(This blog post is not finished and will be continued, I’m posting it now so I can get feedback on my logo earlier.)

 

 

Unité 1: Parlez-vous français – critères C et D à l’oral 🔊

Task: Create a role-play to include all of the information I have learned since the beginning of the year.

  • What were some of the challenges?

Developing our script to meet the requirements of being at least 2 minutes and 30 seconds was a challenge as we didn’t have enough content to go through. We took a long time editing the script to make it as long as we could, for example, during a sad moment when I said “I hate tests”, I had to stretch out a sigh for at least 3 seconds so we could go over the minimum.

Another problem I had was the pronunciation of certain words, next time, if I don’t know how to say a word, I want to ask the teacher on how to pronounce it and practice the word/sentence. One of the words I should’ve practiced more was “j’ai parce que”.

  • How do you feel about your results? How are you going to achieve your goal?

I’m pretty proud of my results for learning a brand new language. I’m sure when learning a new language that having bad pronunciation is common, so yes, I’m proud.

I’m going to achieve my goal to always always always ask the teacher on how to enunciate things or if the teacher isn’t available, use Google Translate to listen to the proper way to say it.

Here is the link to my recording.

Chinese App Oral

你好大家!

上個星期,我們有一個講話的考試,要講講你最喜歡的應用,我選擇了”Reddit”。

Oral Video

我覺得我自己做得挺好,但是我說話不太通順,有很多停。下次還要仔仔細細地說每個用處,可以說多一點它的用法和相片。我的眼神接觸很好,我的眼睛是不停的看著電腦的。我說了一分鐘四十七秒,就是應該講的長度。下次不要太緊張了,要信心的說話。還可以練習多一點,不夠順,如果我練習了,就很好。

謝謝!