I recently did a french test where I did a recording of me and my friend in a conversation so I am going to tell you a few challenges in the making of this assessment. One of the challenges was time management as the recording had to be 3 minutes and 30 seconds at least anything more/less was unacceptable. My partner is very easy to work as we already friends he is also kind and doesn’t attempt to change things radically. I think that I have to work on my pronunciation because I only got a 6/8 on that and was told that I need to work on it by my teacher. By this, I learned from my listening to this recording that I can pick up European languages quite quickly and easily especially since I am from Europe and speak Swedish.
Here is the LINK to my french recording.
This weeks reflection will not include much (my apologies) because this week we didn’t do very much most of what we did was art, poetry and geometry.
We did a lot of poetry because we have to write a poem for the end of grade 6 which is the end of our lower school and each class has to have a poem that represents their class and I wrote mine about not being the fondest about the PYP it is literally called “PYP is meh”.
I also don’t really have an opinion on geometry I just don’t like it.
1 week ago I finished the exhibition, it is completely done with. If you followed my blog posts throughout this blogs life then you will know that I am researching scientific discoveries in the twentieth century and I made 5 videos about 5 different discoveries. The discoveries were General Relativity, Radioactive Elements(Radium, Plutonium and Francium), Antibiotics, Quantum Mechanics, Black Holes. The links to the videos will be at the bottom of the blog post if you would like to watch them.
How about we start at the beginning when the exhibition started at around October of last year I wanted to explore scientists of the 20th century and their impact on the world. That purpose was long, a bit convoluted and a mouthful. In around the end of November when my purpose for the exhibition got approved the person who approved it made a few changes and all of a sudden my new purpose became “How scientists and politicians relate and looking at their past to see how you can be like one or the other” and I thought the previous one was a mouthful! For a few months, I struggled a lot about finding my purpose and at the end of the first term I decided to change it to “Exploring the most influential scientists of the 20th century and their impact on the world to inspire people to like history”. Now from January 14th to the beginning of February, I didn’t really do anything for the exhibition because I didn’t know what to do, you see I couldn’t start researching because I was unsure about my purpose and I didn’t know what to change my purpose too! Finally, at the beginning of February, I got my final purpose and that is “Exploring modern scientific discoveries to inspire other people to explore scientific discoveries”.
Then I began researching, the first thing I started researching was how quantum mechanics affects us nowadays. SPOILER FOR THE VIDEO ALERT. It affects us in that whenever I use modern technology such as a MacBook I work with technology based on quantum mechanics. This was almost one of the only things I learned that week, at that point I realised that I should research a little bit at school so that my teacher only saw the tip of the iceberg then I pulled a sneaky on them and spoke with the extreme knowledge I had accumulated, when I got home most days during February I just researched. Then in the middle of March I was ready to start making my video over the first two weeks of starting to create the video I got some feedback from my guide who was a really great and kind teacher who helped me find my way through exhibition he told me I should not just have the video a bunch of google images and gifs so I decided to put myself in the video to make it feel more genuine and personal. Then I can’t remember exactly who it was that told me this but they said that I should try to create a multitude of videos instead of just one because then I can ask the people if the wanted to watch and learn about.
After a few months and 1 close call I finished all the videos, the first video was General Relativity that was probably the hardest 1 to make not that it was the best one but in that it was the first one I made, so I was still learning how exactly to make these types of videos but after I finished it I could go back examine my mistakes and make it better the next video I made was Radioactive Elements. This one wasn’t at all hard to make surprisingly but it was also one of the best ones I made. At around this point I ran into a conundrum I had made a voiceover for the video and then I had to create the small video clips of me that have to almost exactly copy the words that I was saying in the voiceover. Some of you might say why not just redo the voiceover, but that would be equally as hard because I would have to copy the words I am saying in the clips for the voiceover. The other videos are Antibiotics, Quantum Mechanics and Black Holes
Exhibition night went quite swimmingly a few people came to my not so visually appealing it didn’t have some fancy wallpaper behind my measuring action. By the way, my measuring action was a photo of how 5 peopled reviewed my videos before anyone else saw the videos and how I had a 100% success rate with making people more interested in science. A lot of people gave me positive reviews during the exhibition night one person even said that I should show all the grade 5 and 6’s my videos! When I got my marks for the exhibition I was quite happy my teacher said that it was good and I was passionate about my subject but that I should be more organised next time I do the exhibition.
I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post I hope you enjoyed and goodbye!
This post will be a lot shorter than my usual ones for the one reason that I don’t have enough time to do a 500-word blog post about how my week went in 25 mins I need at least 40 mins to do that! This week I have been progressing with my PYP Exhibition exponentially and just in case you are a newcomer to my blog, my purpose for the exhibition is major scientific discoveries to inspire other people to explore history.
You may not understand my purpose, let me break it down for you. What I am going to do is explore major scientific discoveries of the twentieth century and put the information I find on a slide sh0w but that is far from my final project. My final product will be a video about the scientific discoveries, you may be asking what is the point of the slide show if I am just going to be making a video and narrating as well, well it is actually my script, I prefer to use it to a google doc because it is a lot more organised and I can put each discovery in its own section. I also wrote an email to a teacher asking for help with my PYP exhibition but two weeks later I still have no reply which I personally think is a bit odd since they are an upper school teacher. I sent a second email to another teacher yesterday, I am hoping that they reply to the email, unlike the other upper school teacher that I sent an email to.
I hope you enjoyed reading this rather short blog post, once again I apologize for the inconvenience but I hope you don’t get to angry and once again see you next week.
In this weekly reflection, I will be telling you about how I feel about a new subject that we have called swimming we also have this thing called learning cohorts where we discuss our exhibition and talk about research. I will first talk about swimming and then the learning cohorts, this blog post will be a little short.
There are some major things I really dislike about swimming one of these things is that the coach is very unfair for a few reasons the first one may be a little one but the second one I think actually matters. The first one is that she never lets us play games, I know you are thinking “harry that is really stupid you don’t even need to play games” but the things is that every other group gets to play them both the level above us and the two below us play games for a few minutes before the lesson ends, but no she never lets us have any fun! The second reason is that these two girls wanted to be in the same group because she was the only girl in the first sector of our group so the teacher moved a boy named Rian to the second sector despite him then being the only boy in that group and despite his protests, she doesn’t move him back I think that is a tad sexist. One last thing that I don’t like is that my coach always makes really stupid unnecessary changes such as my arm had to be behind my head when I turn to breathe instead of my head being on my arm.
Then we have learning cohorts I have mixed opinions on let me describe it to you, basically, they are these groups that we are loosely placed in and we share our exhibition with people who have “similar” subjects I think there should be a lot more cohorts then there are because science and technology is the group I am placed in and my thing has too with the history of scientific discoveries so no one has any relation to anyone else in my cohort so I think for me it is just a waste of time because why would I share research that no one has any need on. I also think that a lot of other people have this problem and if you want my personal I opinion I think there should be a history cohort because I think that quite a few people could share information on that and everyone would be happy. All in all, I like the learning cohorts I just think they are useless.
Thank you very much for reading my weekly reflection tell me your thoughts below and if you have any disagreements do the same but for now goodbye, I will hope that you read next weeks.
This weeks blog post will be a little bit shorter than my usual ones for the main reason that there is not too much to say on the subject. We did a project (link will be at the bottom) on how to speak like an activist so we made a speech on a subject of our choice.
The only grow that I got was to make my speech shorter I agree with that but I think that if it is longer but better quality I should go for that and i did migration so it is quite difficult for me to squeeze that into two minutes but i tried my hardest and got 2:47.
Here is the speech.
This reflection will be quite different from the other ones you have read by me because it will be about math and I don’t think I have done one of these types of reflections. This time the structure will be done by something my teacher calls them thinking hats and the premise is that each hat has a question that I will have to answer. The questions are: “How do you feel about what or how you have learned? what are some of the best things about what/how you have learned? what were some of the challenges in this learning? what might you do differently of how could you improve your learning next time” and finally “ what have you learned about yourself as a learner during this time”.
Some of the challenges I have faced during this unit was when I was transferring one of the theoretical probabilities from fractions to percentages and I think it was 6/26 and I found that very difficult only today have I figured out it was 23 I initially thought it was 26 just as an estimate. Other than that I think doing the probability of something is pretty easy as long as you are given the right numbers preferably not in thousands because figuring that out will be a task hard than defending Brexit. I feel that what I have learned is really just revision because I have done a lot of these things before but some things that I am very happy I have learned is the difference between theoretical probability and experimental probability because if I hadn’t learned that I wouldn’t know what to do if I saw it on a test in later grades or something like that.
One of the best things I have learned is how to convert a fraction to a ratio or just convert one thing in maths to another because I think to make it easier for yourself that is definitely the way to go because you might get a better understanding of the question if you change it. I am also happy that I learned the difference between is the theoretical and experimental probability for reasons I stated earlier. If I could do something differently next time was to do more work on it at home because there were a few concepts I didn’t understand when my teacher first mentioned it.
Finally what I have learned about myself as a learner is that I pick up probability concepts very quickly because now it is extremely easy for me to do probability. I have also learned that probability is in general not the hardest subject and I hope to have I again because I am quite sure it will not be a very difficult subject at all.
Thank you very much for reading my reflection on probability I hope you enjoyed it and will come to read my blog post again but for now, I hope you have a good day and enjoyed reading my post!!!!!
This week I learned quite a few things, for example, I learned about lives for Syrian refugees I also learned about theoretical and experimental probability. This week’s weekly reflection will be structured quite a lot differently, it will be structured in 3 sections first is “This week I learned…” then “In the future, I will use this learning by…” and finally “Next week I will…”.
Going more in-depth with what I said, in the beginning, I think that the lives of the Syrian refugees are quite awful because they have a very poor living condition because they live in tents and when there are floods the tents might even sink or the tent might overflow with water. Then slowly but surely all of the refugee family’s started moving out of the tents and into caravans where they sleep and the 2 first caravans were donated by students which really proves that you are never too small to make a difference. I learned about experimental probability by playing a game in which our teacher lets us pick 1 suit and if we pick the suit we get some free time and if we don’t we have to give him cookies and in the end, we had realized it was an unfair game because he had a 75% chance of getting a cookie and we had a 25% chance of getting free time but that is theoretical probability and in the experiment we were actually much luckier and we only had 33% percent difference instead of the massive 75% difference we were expecting. I think that this week I learned that you are never too small to make a difference.
In the future, I will use this learning to my advantage in a card game or a dice game I could theoretically be getting a 50% chance of winning but actually get a 75% win ratio and completely obliterate the competition. I could also use my knowledge about Syrian refugees to help them to get them the homes they deserve not the bare minimum that they actually get. I could support a charity or maybe even go visit them in Jordan that would be quite scary though because of some of them having major trauma from Syria or if they have a serious injury it is scary thinking of what they have to go through and that even children are being forced to go through every day.
Next week I think I will play with my mum and do the game that the teacher did with us because then I can see if she even notices that it is unfair or not. I hope that she will not read this before we play the card game! I will also try to help support the Syrian refugees and help them get a better home instead of having to live in a caravan.
Thank you for reading this blog post reader I really enjoy making them leave a reply if you also enjoy reading them, ok thank you and goodbye!
This week we did Young Americans, you probably don’t know what that is let me explain it to you. Young Americans is a group of well, Young Americans that come to our school to teach us how to sing and dance. They do this for three days and on Friday we have to perform everything we learned into one big performance where our teachers and our parents come to watch. Most people say they love it my opinion is a little bit different.
On the first day, I was the most doubtful I have ever been because I don’t like singing or dancing and then when I saw them perform what was going to be our beginning dance I was completely blown away it was insane to even imagine us doing that but on Friday we did I am not sure how we looked but I hope it was somewhat similar to what they did. Then the thing I had been dreading most came up, Quarrel Singing. Which is basically singing in a group, the reason I didn’t like singing is that I figuratively cannot do it, I am really bad at it. Once a Young American told me “If you can speak you can sing” to this I replied “I guess I can’t talk then”, that is how much I dread singing. One thing that I was really happy about was me getting a solo because then I would be in the middle of the spotlight doing the thing I dread the most. It was very good that we sang in groups so that it would wash away my voice with other peoples louder voices.
On the second day, we had some activities that weren’t too bad, they had improvisation which I didn’t mind because I enjoy acting and then we had songwriting. In songwriting, our group and I came up with the most random song this is how it went “Jimmy and Timmy were walking one day, looking for some fresh grown hay. A moose came along to save the day he said: “Hey Llamas I will help you find the hay”. They travelled til May til they found it one day and they said: “yay hooray we found the hay” X3″.
On Friday the show day, we performed everything we learned and there were multiple sections/medleys of the performance one was the creative medley another was the disco medley then came the sports medley the lion king medley (the most complicated one) and then the ending medley and we performed it as well as we could and in the end I am proud of the people that did it and the Young Americans that taught it to us.