Academics (Extended) – Global Citizen Diploma

I have joined Yokohama International School in grade 9. So far I have passed every grade, automatically fulfilling my academic criteria. I have not yet earned my high school Diploma as I am still in my senior year. I am in my second year of the full IB Diploma and the fourth year of my YIS high school diploma.

I have undergone a huge academic project called the “Personal Project” in grade 10 in which I created a blog with great detail on the topic of safe stretching. This project took a few months to plan and another two months to create.
I did intensive research on safe stretching which I helped explain with photos of my undertaking the stretches. I have attached screenshots from my blog in which I show a stretch and how to avoid stretching injuries. Safe Stretching Tip

Basic Type of Stretch

To what extent do you “care whether your beliefs are true?”

Every human being holds their own set of beliefs. A belief is the feeling that something exists or is true. Usually morals surpass ethics, because humans are very selfish beings. Being that beliefs build morals, it is safe to say that people prioritise their beliefs despite them not being completely true. This leads to the question, who is to say what is true and what isn’t? Well for anything to be true, we need to accept some basic concepts to be true first. For example, if we don’t agree on letters and words as a whole (everyone in a culture), we cannot say that a name is spelled incorrectly, because then everyone would have different points of view and clashing opinions. Humans understand things based on the original concepts that they decided was concrete as a whole, then they go on to analyse how it works with them. Whether it has a connection to their past experiences, or how it will affect them in the future. Humans tend to take two things, and compare them with one another. They look for features that “could have been.” So for example, humans understand numbers as 1,2,3,4.. and so on. They also understand mathematic formulas such as axa=a^2 or b+b+a=2b+a. Some people would believe that the first formula is easier, and others would believe that the first formula is harder. They have first understood the formulas, then applied it, and then analyzed how it impacts their lives. The people who said the second formula more may have trouble with multiplying, (negative impacts on then because they have to think harder.) Finally, people evaluate. If a person’s beliefs is backed up with clear reasoning, then their beliefs turn into a truth for them.

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

In an original (your own words) post on your blog explain the degree to which you agree with the statement from the Talmud, “We see the world, not as it is but as we are.” Use Bloom’s Taxonomy to help you demonstrate higher levels of analysis and insight.

I only partially agree to the statement from the Talmud, “We see the world, not as it is but as we are.” I will explain where I stand by using “Remembering/Description”, “Application”, “Analysis”, “Evaluation”, and “Creation” from Bloom’s Taxonomy. We all have memories from this world that we live in from the day that we were born. We tend to discard those that make us feel uncomfortable, and remember those that make us happy. However, there are those memories that have had such a great impact on our lives that we can not forget them even if we try to. That is when we don’t see things the way that we want to. We apply our own knowledge (application), when we complete/overcome tasks. This gives us results that are geared toward our own applications of our actions. We analyse situations and things based on how it affects us. We break down the world into it’s different parts, but we only analyse those parts that directly or indirectly affect us. We evaluate, make judgements about things in these world on whether they affect us negatively or positively. For example, if something hurts our loved ones, we will evaluate it negatively because the hurting of our loved ones make us feel angry and/or upset. Finally, the world is made up of our creations. We create things based off of our personal likes and dislikes, so it is inevitable that we are going to be surrounded by our own creations. The problem is that we all have different values and priorities than one another, so we apply, analyse, evaluate, and create things in this world in different ways, which obviously not everyone was, is, and ever will be completely satisfied with.

Senbei Making

Senbei (煎餅, alternatively spelled senbei) are a type of Japanese rice crackers. They come in various shapes, sizes, and flavors, usually savory but sometimes sweet. Senbei are often eaten with green tea as a casual snack and offered to visiting house guests as a courtesy refreshment.

Yume-koujyou Hida is a facility that allows anyone to make rice crackers. It is located in Sakuramachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu Prefecture.
The experience in the small shop cost ¥400 and you are provided with all the senbei dough to cook, as well as two pre-made senbei to eat.

Map(地図): With directions from station.

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How to make a senbei (rice cracker):
1)Sit yourself on a bench that is level with the fireplace in front of you.
2)Wear a glove on your left hand, and hold a clamp with your right hand. Use your right hand to rotate the clamp around in the fireplace, and your left hand to fix the position of the senbei on the clamp. There is a hook on the edge of the fireplace which you can place your clamp on to help you control the clamp and make sure it doesn’t move around.
3)Place one sheet of rice cracker into the clamp, and stick the clamp it to the back of the fireplace. Rotate it about 10 times and pull it out.
4)Using your left hand with the glove, pull the senbei off of the clamp and put on again from a different angle. Rotate the senbei in the fireplace about another 10 times.
5)Repeat step 4, but this time clamp the senbei toward its edge. This is because this time that the senbei is in the fireplace, the size will expand a lot. When this happens, the senbei will change shape so pull it out in that moment and fix the shape with your hand with the glove. When the senbei is clamped on the edge, it will be easier to change its shape.
6)Take the senbei off of the clamp and place in a small basket to cool down.
7)You made your very own senbei!


Things we learned during this activity.
“We have learnt a variety of things during this experience, we were shown the unique techniques that are used to bake the rice cracker for example flipping the dough over multiple times for an even texture and colour, this technique also helps expand the the dough. which is amazing to see in person.”


Student rating: 5/5
“We loved this experience! This experience was very entertaining and we got to learn how to make traditional japanese snacks which none of us knew how to make. On top of that, the senbei themselves was delicious.”


Media Fair

The Media Fair was an event where each and every student created a poster on how various types of media can portray the same topic in different ways. This event was held on the 3rd of June, 2015. The Media Fair helped push people to realize that the media is a powerful tool that is being used to manipulate their thoughts an action.

My favourite part of the Media Fair was seeing people’s personal attitudes/perspectives toward how a message is carried out in a source. For example, if I look at the poster, I may find that the use of bold font has the biggest impact on me, but another person may find that the contrast in the colours has the biggest impact on them. It is interesting for me to even partially understand what goes through other people’s minds, after all, isn’t that what medias try to appeal to?

Sleep Deprivation by Marii

Marii created a poster on how sleep deprivation is portrayed through different medias. I liked her various use of sources, especially the ones that used authority (scientists) to communicate the seriousness of the issue. She explained in detail how sleep deprivation can lead to all these negative things in a person’s life. I think the part that shocked me the most was that sleep deprivation could decrease mortality rate. I think that this statement would scare many people into taking sleep seriously.

Running by Reece

Reece created a poster on how running is portrayed through different medias. The use of colour in this poster was very effective in that it brought out the entire poster itself. Reece stated that he chose orange for his background because it is a colour that represents motivation and enthusiasm. I think that this was a good choice because people need both of those qualities to run. This adds onto the theory that Reece himself is probably pro-running. This is evident because he only has one source that is anti-running. I also like how he has stuck cut outs of running shoes and drawings of smiley all over his poster, because it associates running to happiness.

Chicken Nuggets by Yusa

Yusa created a poster on how chicken nuggets are portrayed through different medias. She managed to show and explain and equal amount of sources that are anti and pro chicken nuggets. I was very shocked when I saw the McDonalds magazine advertisement. On the front page it says “Do you know what chicken nuggets are made out of?” And the when the page is flipped, it says “Chicken!”, along with a picture of a whole chicken. This is clearly trying to get people to believe that chicken nuggets are only, if not mostly, made out of chicken, and that they should buy more because it is healthy for them. This shows that the media is not always truthful in an obvious way, whereas it is usually not clear in some cases.

The Apple iPhone 6 by Claude

Claude created a poster on how the Apple iPhone 6 is portrayed through different medias. His poster had many advertisements on the apple iPhone 6, which 4 out of 5 were videos. Personally, I think that apple products are nice and easy to use but they are very overrated. Because of this, I found the anti-ad video interesting. In this video they compared samsung to the iPhone 6 and showed that apple has copied them and is not original. To degrade them even more, they said that samsung still has a better product, even though apple has copied them. In this case, I was not sure if this advertisement was more of an anti-iPhone ad, or a way to promote Samsung. The weird thing is that with media you never know the true intention until you know all the motives of the person publishing it.

Psychology Study

Philip Zimbardo conducted the “Stanford Prison Study” in 1981. They collected a group of people who volunteered to join this psychology experiment, and put them in a fake prison. They divided the people in to two groups: guards and prisoners. This experiment was done to see if people play the role that they are told to. As time passed on, the guards became increasingly controlling and aggressive toward the prisoners. Some of the prisoners became dehumanized, and started to rebel.

What are we studying?
Different roles that people play

Is there another way to conduct the research?
Naturalistic Observation – People act different when they know they are being watched. This means that if the experiment is video taped, the guards and prisoners will act differently, more like they are supposed to act. One way that a researcher can see the real situation in the prison is for them to presume one of the roles in the experiment. However, the psychologist of the study was also the leader of the prison, and he almost lost his job over this. Ethical and unethical laws were only strengthened after this experiment.

InS Editorial

Dear Editors of The Guardian,

While it is morally wrong to mock religion, everyone should have rights to the ‘Freedom of Expression’. If people’s ‘Freedom of Expression’ become progressively limited, they eventually won’t have any left. Limiting specific types of ‘expression’ would lead to a world wide conflict. Supposing that the act of depicting the prophet Muhammed is completely prohibited, the depiction of other figures will also become prohibited, leading to a world where people wouldn’t have much left to express.

The Kite Runner Book Trailer

Amir and Hassan are the best of friends,  both 12, living in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1975. Amir is a privileged young boy with a wealthy well-known father, Baba. Hassan is his Hazara servant who lives with his father, Ali, in a small hut behind his house. One day after winning an important kite running competition together, Amir fails to stand up for Hassan even though Hassan is being punished for standing up for him. The two drift apart, and completely lose contact. Amir naturally moves to America to go to university, and Hassan stays behind in Afghanistan. Amir gets married to a beautiful woman named Soraya, and they live in luxury, but they are unable to have a child. It’s 26 years after the kite competition and Amir still can’t leave behind his memories with Hassan. Amir gets a phone call from Baba’s close friend in Kabul telling him to come back to fix a problem. Amir goes back only to find out that Hassan and his wife were killed by the Taiban. Fortunately Hassan son is still alive, captured by the Taliban. Amir sets out on an adventure to save his long lost best friend’s son. Will he find the little boy? Will they be able to go back safely to Soraya in America?

Find out by reading “The Kite Runner.”

My Shelfari:

Design Criteria Summary and Challenges

The student finds a solution to a problem, explaining and justifying it. Then the student will make a research plan only choosing relevant information.  Then the student will examine and get inspiration from other products for their solution. Finally, they will develop a design brief that shows the useful information they acquired in their research.

The student creates a design specification explaining the features their final design must possess. Then student comes up with detailed design ideas which others can easily understand. Next the student displays the chosen design and critically states its selection in contrast to the design specifications. Finally the student creates detailed planning for the creation of the chosen solution.

The student builds a full proof plan which is easy to follow. The student shows great technological skills while making the solution. They follow  their plan to make the solution that works as they calculated. Finally the student justifies the adjustments they had to make for their design and plan.

The student creates detailed  methods to test their success of the solution. Next they compare and contrast their solution with the design specification. The student explains in what ways the solution could be improved. Lastly, they will explain how their product affected their target audience.