Perspectives, Biases, and Paradigms

“We see the world, not as it is but as we are.”

This is another way to interpret this quote: Rather than trying to look from other perspectives and see the bigger picture, we tend to limit our perspective just to our own. If everyone in the world saw things the same way, they would all have the same knowledge, the same WOK which is probably not possible. It is never possible for 2 human beings to have the same perspective on certain things as they all have different WOK therefore, different perspectives. For example, the way I see my life is completely different than how someone else sees my life. Everyday, I have access to food, clean water, education and I consider my self advantaged to other people in the world. Though, I don’t see my self privileged than others. I do not like waking up early in the morning to go to school etc. There are students or even adults that does not have access to such things as me. From their perspective, my life is absolutely remarkable. We can relate this example to the six blind men and the elephant where it’s moral tells us how important it is to see from different perspectives. I definitely agree with the statement.

Japanese Interactive Oral Reflection

今日のオーラルは順調に行ったと思います。言いたい事をちゃんとまとめて伝える事ができました。だが、一つ物足りなかった事は、いっぱいしゃべられなかった事です。やっぱり初めてのオーラルでしたから緊張した事もありましたし、ディスカッションの間、相手に言いたい事をとられる事もありました。僕の意見を言うタイミングも逃がしてしまったので、ちょっとしか話せませんでした。それでも僕の意見を言ったときは、相手がはっきりと理解できるようには言いたい事が伝えられたと思います。次のディスカッションには相手が言い始めるのを待たず、質問や意見を前もって言いたいと思います。

Media Fair 2015

Overview:

In 2015 June, YIS held an event called “Media Fair. Each student chose a topic of their interest and came up with a poster which consisted of collection of media about the topic. The purpose of this task was to inform the audience about the perspective each media gives and how it impacts the society. I had a fun time looking at different topics and learn about how different media conveys different perspective on the topic.

A Few of the Sessions:

Presenter: Rishi  

Rishi’s poster consisted of medias about conspiracy theories. He based his research on 4 different types of media: News Article, Picture, Youtube Video and Mosaic. Rishi claimed that media promotes false theories. Most of the media over exaggerated these theories and is heavily affecting us.

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Presenter: Giulio

Giulio’s poster was visually attractive and it really caught my attention. His topic was on KFC and he made clear of the two different perspective on this topic. He talked about how hard it was to find a positive voice about KFC. Most of the media he found conveyed the negative side of KFC. His collection of media was very interesting as it varied from street art to personal videos.

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Presenter: Ken

Ken based his poster on the topic of “Anti-Smoking.” Ken included a lot of detailed analysis of his sources. His 5 medias showed various perspective towards smoking and most of them were visual advert such as posters, graphs or info graphics.

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Movement Composition

In my physical education class, we studied on movement composition. This created us opportunities to explore and work with different types of dance. For the dance plan, I worked with Duncan Aronson. We planned on focusing our dance lesson on rhythm and precision.

I think my plan was highly effective. Regarding my aim, every activity was linked very well. For example, in my warm-ups we included a little rhythmic activity where they were able to explore with different types of beats. Throughout my dance lesson, I was able to see people develop their rhythmic sense because by the end, they showed a good quality dance. I think my dance plan was effective where students were able to obtain skills from it.

One of my strongest teaching component was being able to give feedbacks and ideas to the group. Referring to my interpersonal skills, I was able to engage into a talk with individual groups and provide them with advises. While they were work on the dance choreography, I walked around the gym to see if anyone was struggling. Since the dance choreography was pretty hard, a lot of people were having troubles with the rhythm. I was able to help them understand the rhythm of the song and eventually the whole choreography. This really helped individuals develop their dance.

On the other hand, one of my weakest teaching component was to create an atmosphere where everyone was able to stay on task. Some people lost concentration and often got off task. It was my responsibility to keep them engaged. I could have developed my dance plan so that it is more exciting and can keep them really interested. I think the major reason why is because my dance lesson was too hard. The choreography was filled with hard moves and beats where a lot of people either gave up or just messed around. To not further stress them, we altered the plan where we had people make their own partner. Before the lesson, we already had the pairs with mixed genders. Next time, I should teach the choreography step by step or choose a suitable song.

There weren’t any major challenges, but I faced some minor challenges such as managing time. Due to a limited amount of time, even though we had all the times planned out, we ran out of time at the end of the lesson, due to overload of time in one activity. Like mentioned, the dance was really hard and everyone clearly needed more time, so we provided them with some. Then it affected the activities which came afterwards. Eventually, we had to rush our way throughout the lesson. This is not the most effective way to carry out the lesson, but it worked out fine.

Next time, I would definitely come more prepared where I can see where everything is and what I am going to do. I didn’t know how to work out the projector so I had to carry on my first activity without it. It didn’t effect my lesson but it could have been better with one.

I was most happy when I saw everyone work with such enthusiasm. In one of our activity, we included something called the “Dance battle”. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and I think that was the most successful part of my lesson.

Overall, everything went according to plan and I am very happy with the result. We had some changes throughout the lesson, but I definitely had fun teaching my dance plan.

Book Trailer

This book is about a 32 years old man, Charlie Gordon. He is mentally handicapped and suffered his whole life from his parents and friends. One day, a group of scientists came up with an experimental surgery to boost Charlie’s intelligence. This surgery has already been experimented on a mouse called Algernon. It was successful and the scientists wanted to try it on to humans for the first time. After the surgery, Charlie became more intelligent and went through all these emotions that he have never experienced before. Charlie believes that he matured, but deeply in his body, there was still a part of Charlie before the operation. In the middle of the book, Algernon suddenly dies leaving Charlie unsatisfied. He is scared that he is going to lose his intelligence and probably have to face death like Algernon did. Read this awesome book to find out more!