In P.E we had to make an instructional writing piece.Then the P.E teacher gave us time to improve it in english class while we discussed what will make a good instructional writing piece.The instructional piece that I created before editing had words all bunched together and all the headings and sub headings were in the same font with the description in the steps I wrote.Also the font was very hard to read and I thought it did not suit the aim that is to make it clear and understandable for the reader. After editing I made the headings and sub heading in a bold font so it stands out and I put in spaces in the steps to make it easier to read.
in science class we did a unit about Asteroid mining. Then we had to make a poster about Asteroid mining and facts about doing asteroid mining.
In my poster I included the merits and demerits about asteroid mining and also I included why I should support asteroid mining and why I shouldn’t support asteroid mining. Also I included a conclusion from my opinion. On my poster I drew planets and asteroids to represent the topic of this unit. It was easy making the poster but researching was very hard. Over all I think I did a good job .
In the first week of english class we made a wordle to about our values. After a couple of units we made another wordle about our values now. My first wordle has words like friendship, respect, creativity,meaning but when I compare it to my second wordle it has words like acceptability,trust,family,respect. I noticed that in my second wordle the word RESPECT is bigger than the first wordle I did, so I think that shows how my values changed and grew over time. I think our values change because we learn everyday and get influenced everyday and that gives us another perspective in our mind.I think experience influences our values because experience changes who you are. For example when you were a little child you did not know what was bad and what was good to do but when you got older and gained more experience, now you know what is good and what is bad.
In music we did a unit called Asian music unit. In this unit we studied about Japanese music and we had a visitor who plays the Shakuhachi. The visitor and our schools koto teachers performed us several pieces of Japanese music.The pieces were
Classical koto/shamisen/shakuhachi trio – Eghigo Jishi
Shakuhachi solo – Honkyoku
Koto/shakuhachi duet – Kaze no Uta (Song of the Wind)
Koto solo – Gensokyoku (Fantasy)
Koto/shakuhachi duet – Deep Forest
The instruments were the Koto, the Shamisen and the Shakuhachi.
I liked the shamisen the most because it was interesting to only play with three strings and the strings of the Shamisen are specially made for sliding your fingers.
I liked the music piece Deep Forsest the most because it was a modern piece compared to the others that were played. I liked how it was fast tempo because traditional Japanese music pieces are not usually fast tempo.
The sound made the music pieces sound japanese because it has the sound which only the Japanese instruments can produce.
I noticed that the tuning of the instruments are different so it makes the song sound better because of the different tunes in the instrument.
In P.E we just finished the dance unit. The main part of this unit was 2 things. Adapting Oppa gangnam style and the Dinner table dance.
For adapting Oppa gangnam style,I was paired up with Alex.The moves that we preformed were mostly created by myself but Alex gave me some idea’s of the moves. It was pretty easy for me to create the moves because I just had to think of a move similar to the actual move. At first when planning with Alex we watched several clips on different types of dance moves and we were deciding on the moves but in the performance we didn’t use much of the moves we saw on the clips.
I think our group working skills were so so because my partner got a little distracted on other things but when I called him back he does the work pretty well. So we couldn’t think of a move at the first few classes although we watched some video’s about dance moves. I think the video’s that we watched were a bit difficult for us but we practiced hard so I think it was ok.
In this unit we also did a dance called dinner table dance. Which you dance around the dinner table. For the dinner table dance our class split up into 2 groups and had to perform as a group. I thought of some of the moves but that got a little adapted and changed into another move with my group members suggestions. We made most of our moves by telling suggestions at each other so we made most of the moves together.
My group working skills were good because I focused on it and listened to people’s idea’s.While we were making the dance moves, some of the members got distracted by the other group’s people so we had to bring them back every time they got distracted and if someone lost track of what we were doing I told them what we were doing to get back on track.We all worked cooperatively and worked hard at this dance.
What makes a good performance?
We talked about what makes a good during this unit and if I were to rank the top 3 it will be.
I thought quality was first because if the quality is bad the audience will not enjoy it and when we look at it we would not feel like we accomplished something and I think we will feel a bit disappointed because it is not the quality we were planning.Also if the quality is bad it will not seem like you didn’t put in much effort in the dance so that does not impress anybody.
I thought synchronization was second because if there was no synchronization, it will look unorganized and it will look like we don’t know what we are supposed to do and if it is not synchronized it will not look good which is similar to quality.
Creativity came third because you need creativity to make a dance move interesting but sometimes it does not turn out good but if there is no creativity, the moves will be really plane and simple so there will be not much enthusiasm in the dance so I think creativity is important.
We adressed these qualities by telling each other what we think must be improved and suggest new idea’s that you want to put in the dance. Also checking the steps carefully and accurately to make it in good quality. Sometimes we argued about what we should put in the dance but that is not a really bad thing because if we settle the argument dowm we can calmly choose which idea’s are good and that can lead to a better performance.
In this unit I learned a lot about dance and since it was my first time I had a dance unit I really enjoyed the process of making a dance move all by ourselves.
In drama we had to make another speech about either celebrity, fashion, neighbors, holidays or the vest day of your life. I did mine on holidays mine was about the weekends. So this is my speech.
I think I did well explaining what I had to say because I managed to say everything I was supposed to say, but I noticed that I was moving my right arm sideways, I think that happened because I was a little nervous that time. I think the pitch of my voice was ok because I changed my pitch when I had to. I think my volume was ok even though it was a little hard to hear what I was saying but I solved that by putting the volume up a little. I think my pace was a little too fast because when I was practicing, it was much more longer than this video, I think because I was a bit nervous. I also noticed that I used a lot of linking words too much so I could have made it better by ending a word and not starting the next one with and e.t.c. I think I used a lot of emphasis in the video and that made it more understandable. I think I looked at the palm card too much so next time I want to memorize my speech.
I think my speech was relevant to the topic holidays and I put in a lot of information in this based on my opinion. Next time I want to make my volume of my voice bigger and talk in a steady pace.
Another speech that was captivating was Johan’s speech. I liked how he used a lot of emphasis because that makes people want to hear more about the topic. He also did not look at his palm card too much and that was very good.
In our school, Student Led Conference(SLC) is a day where parents come to school and we(students) explain to our parents what we have been doing in all the subjects, after school. We already did our real SLC with our parents but in this one we had our classmates pretend to be our parents.
This is my SLC
In Drama class we did a speech about a thing that we like. I chose the flute for my topic.
I think I could have projected my voice more because I couldn’t really hear my voice in the video. The volume of my voice was not high so it was hard to understand. I think the pitch of my voice was good because it showed enthusiasm during the speech. I think the pace of my speech was ok because it was not too slow or too fast. In the speech I noticed that I paused a lot and I even noticed that while I was presenting.Also I paused for a while in the speech so I think it was not good because it didn’t have ant flow in the speech at the end. I think I made it understandable for people who are watching this video because I managed to explain the topic pretty good.Overall I think it was ok but I want to improve next time
In french class we investigated abut cafes. We did a café called Brasserie Lipp
1) Names of the famous people who frequented your café
Fashionable artists, intellectuals and politicians frequented the café.
Hemingway wrote his pre-war dispatches from this café
Sylvester Stallone,The Meyer,Arnold Schwarzenegger(Who owned shares in the restaurant), Gregory Peck, and Harrison Ford.
It started in 1880 and is serving blond beer and classy Left Bank clientele Alsatian delicacie
It is a place to drink beer, wine ,coffee and eat the renowned Alsatian cuisine.
The reason the café is popular is because of it’s 1912 style paintings and interior, it’s signature dishes such as the Hareng Bismark or the Choucroute Lipp, and the possibility of sitting next to a famous person. While much like a restaurant the Brasserie Lipp only wants to be called a brasserie because it is mainly a place to drink beer and wine and converse.
The purpose of people going to this Brasserie, is to get ready for work and write something like hemingway in this calm space because in this café, cell phones and pipe smoking is prohibited so there are no distractions in this café.
This café is playing the same roles now days using the same rules and having the same spirit.
The number of french cafés are decreasing because of chain cafés and fast food restaurants.
In science class we have been studying about chemicals.Such as elements from the periodic table and compounds. We are learning how to tell the difference with a chemical reaction and a physical reaction.For our summative assessment we made a poster about one element we chose from the periodic table. In the poster we needed to include , what it is,the benefits in society, the problems caused in society and if it has been helpful or harmful element so far. My poster is based on a element called rhenium.Rhenium is used in blades in turbine engines and nickel based superalloys and other more.
I think I did a good job explaining what the element is. I explained the chemical symbol and the chemical number, what it is used for and if there was any harmful things included in the element and how it is benefited in society.
I am very proud because I explained how it is used in the human society and how it effected the enviroment and if I did this again I will put more pictures because it gives a better understanding of the poster.