We had our koto concert on Thursday last week and I thought that it went well. During practice, I think that I was able to work well on the first movement. I think that it was hard for me to remember and get the third movement right. Especially after we started practicing faster. I think that it was hard for me to listen to other people playing since we did practice with our different parts. I think that I did much better on the concert than when we performed in class. I would like to work on techniques like tsuru and presses. I think that I need to practice listening to the notes of the presses and get them right. I also would like to work with each other better. Overall, I think that we did well at the concert which was a good things but I should also practice more to be able to play it well anytime.
I tried coding for the first time today in math class. I tried the game on code.org. In the game I used blocks that had commands like ‘move forward’ and connected them to make the characters get to their destination. I found it very interesting to see the codes behind the blocks and how it is actually written. I didn’t understand the code of repeating so I would like to learn about the more. I completed all the levels and even got a certificate. I also tried making a holiday card on Scratch. I made the bell ring and was able to add different sprites. I would like to try and make snowflakes fall from the sky. I think that coding is looks very hard but would be useful and helpful for the future.
Here is the video of me solving one of the word problems including simultaneous equations for my math class.
In tech class, we created a PSA (Public Service Announcement). My PSA was about breaking the dress code and its consequences. Here is the video.
In tech class we are currently creating a PSA for the school. I decided to create a PSA for the dress code directed to high school students. I decided to do this topic because I know that a lot of students break the dress code. I am going to create a video and this is my final design.
The design that I am going to choose to create is design 4. I feel that this is the most entertaining one out of all four and people would actually remember what was going on. It is the most comedic one because it is overly dramatic which is interesting. The length is appropriate as it is around one minute (52 seconds). This video focuses more on the consequences when breaking the dress code but I think that this is fine because we can see the person breaking the dress code at the start and I am sure that people are already aware of the dress code. This video is directed to high school students as the actress (or actor if possible) would be high schoolers in our class. It is school appropriate since there is no swearing, violence or actions that may offend some people.
During field studies in Phuket this year, we were able to see some of the human impact on some of the ecosystems that we visited. One of them that was particularly memorable for me was the rainforest. The Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife park that we visited for hiking and the Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center is the only significant virgin rain forest left on Phuket. The sceneries were beautiful but what concerns me is that this is the only virgin rainforest left and about the Gibbons.
There is a concern of rainforest destruction in Phuket as we can tell because the one we visited was the only virgin rainforest. The main reasons for destruction of rainforests is because of population growth, people are in need for lumber and construction work sites. In Phuket, there are also cutting down rainforests for rubber plantation. This is happening very rapidly as for the population growth. In Thailand, 80% of the countries original forests have been cut down in the last 40 years or so.
This has a very large impact on the ecosystem. Rainforests have one of the highest diversities in plants and animals in the world. It is a home to many different organisms. When these rainforests are cut down for its lumber, construction sites or rubber plantations, the organisms lose their home. When they do, they would have to move to another place which will ruin the food chain of the whole ecosystem. Different plants and animals will start to die and the rainforests will lose its diversities. A lot of the organisms live their whole life in the rainforest and when us humans cut down the rainforests, the ecosystem would be corrupted and the organisms would die.
Another thing we looked at is the Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center. This was a center that they shelter gibbons that have been treated very badly by whoever they were owned by and help them to be able to get back into the rainforest. These gibbons were captured from the rainforests for tourist attractions because of their singing and beautiful appearance. A lot them are not only physically weak but also mentally weak because of the treatment they got. This is another impact humans have on one of these animals.
I think that the human impact on the rainforests is very large and we have to fix it. We have to preserve these rainforests for the organisms that live there. These beautiful rainforests are already great tourist attractions and we do not need any more than this. The waterfall at the end of the hike was very relaxing and the tiring hike paid off. Some people do make a living off of cutting down these rainforests but we could teach these people how to conserve them. I feel that the human impact on these rainforests is large but we could all work together to bring them back to life.
This year I finally made it to high school and there are some differences from middle school. Firstly, there are different people in all my classes. Last year, we had a tutor group and we never had different people for our classes besides in PE, Japanese and Language. I have the chance to interact with different kinds of people and get to know them better. I also will have to be aware of which people are in which class to do work together or ask about something if I forget which is quite a handful at the start.
Another change is the time. We have lunch earlier and I still haven’t adjusted to that yet. I don’t feel hungry at that time and tend to leave food a lot but it could be because of this weather. The afternoons are longer which gets tiring near the end. Also, I have a lot of doubles for the same classes in a row in a week. For example, I have double period class for Koto on Wednesday and Thursday on week A and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday on week B.
Other than that, I don’t think there is going to be a lot of big changes from middle school but I know I would have to work harder in classes since it will affect my transcript for collage.
This is a video of how the leopard got his spots from boop.org/jan/justso
Last year in math, I enjoyed just doing problems in our books because it helped me get used to the type of problems. I also enjoyed creating our own casino game. I enjoyed this because it was interesting thinking about the profits and also creating a game that was enjoyable but still made a profit. Also, it was a assessment that we included were able to use math in the ‘real world’ and I found that very interesting to do because I feel like I did a lot of solving equations last year.
My strengths are algebra, factorization, quadratic function and so on. My strengths are to solve equations a lot. I go to Japanese juku which helps me improve my math. My goal for this year in math class is to get better at solving word equations and to make sure I have no careless mistakes in both formative and summative assessments. Since I have been doing math a lot in Japanese, I sometimes get confused with the problems in books or tests at school. I also tend to rush things sometimes, especially in tests, and make a lot of careless mistakes so I would like to improve on that.
For this unit, we learnt about clowns. We looked at the history of clowning and we had to make a clowning routine with our partner to show to children. We created a 5 part routine.
What changed in this performance compared to the run through last week?
In this performance, we first had an audience that was different from our class. Last week the audience was our class mates who already knew our routine so they didn’t laugh as much. Today, they did laugh because it was their first time watching the routine. Also, we changed some of the parts to make it shorter. We made it shorter so it won’t get boring. Originally, we poped out of the front drop 3 times before we came out but we changed it to once which was better since it was quicker and more entertaining. We also were more confident because we have done it many times already so we had more energy and enthusiasm.
How was the audience and how did you interact with them?
Like I said before, they laughed. I actually didn’t expect them to laugh so much. We interacted with them in several different ways. First, we asked them for help. We asked them if they can help us hide from our ‘mommy’. They replied and we also had them pinky promise which made them involve more. After that Touko asked them questions for them to answer to get more involved. Then we hid in the audience and put the hats on them which got them even more excited because they were a part of out routine.
Name one thing that was AWESOME/LAME in this experience.
Awesome – When the children laughed and looked like they liked the routine.
Lame – I don’t think there was anything lame about this experience.