My defenition of aid is the act of giving help. This does not only mean from one country to another, which is mainly the case, but also from one individual to another.

Three types of aid are developmental, humanitarian and charitable aid. Developmental aid has helped over many years to improve the lifesltyles of those living in poorer countries. Humanitarian aid has helped people who have needed imediate help after a crisis. and Charitable aid has helped improve the lifestyles of individuals through the donations of people better off than them.

Inequality is when something is unequal, this can be between countries, people or groups of people, but in this case countries. Inequality between countries is when one has an advantage over the other, for example more money. This is a problem because the countries with less money have to work harder to get close to the wealthier countries and this makes the lives of the people on that country hard.

I personally think that aid does work, despite having many problems such as inequality. The reasons for this is that aid is not only the donation of money, but also physical resources and help. One example is after the March 11 2011 earthquake, though the effects still haven’t worn off, the aid from other countries has helped a lot, this could not have been done without aid and japan is doing much better than if aid did not exist. This link shows the amount of damage done by the earthquake after a year.

The image above shows a part of Tohoku in 2011, 2012 and 2013. As you can see it has improved a lot since and aid contributed to that.

Here is some information on the damage of japan.

The 5/11/11 earthquake is only one example but I hope I have proven my point in some way. There are some problems with aid but I still believe that it is a good thing and should continue.

Goal Setting 2014

 Goal Setting in Grades 9-10

 Yokohama International School

Step 1: Identifying strengths and areas for improvement


I worked well in groups last year.

I also worked well on my own.

I could focus on what I needed to do.

I could get most my homework done on time.

When working with my friends we would work well and fast.

Areas for improvement:

I need to be more serious in some classes.

I need to improve how much effort i put into my work.

I left my work till the last minute and rushed.

I didn’t ask for help when I didn’t understand a task.

Sometimes I forgot homework assignments.

When working with friends we would sometimes fool around too much and annoy other people whilst working.

Step 2: Organizing the information


1. Work well on my own  1. Put in more effort


2. Work well with others  2. Fooled around and annoyed others


3. Work well with friends  3. Left homework too late

Step 3: Identifying my goals

Goal #1:

Over the next semester, I want to Improve my focus and how I work in class.


Goal #2:

Over the next semester, I want to Improve on the amount of effort I put into my work.


Goal #3:

Over the next semester, I want to finish my homework before anything else and turn it in complete and on time.


Step 4: Developing strategies to achieve my goals and ways of measuring them to know if I have achieved them.  For example:

Goal# 1:  Over the next semester, I want be less distracted by my computer.

To achieve this goal I will … (these are my strategies)

  1. Make eye contact with the person who is speaking

  2. Close the computer down even if the teacher hasn’t told me to do so because I know that I listen better that way

  3. Never have anything open which the teacher hasn’t asked me to open

I will know I have reached my goal when…

  • These are how I will measure whether I have achieved it

Step 4: Developing strategies

Goal # 1: To achieve this goal I will…

Step 1: Close my computer when I don’t need it open.

Step 2: Focus on what I’m supposed to be focusing on.

Step 3: Ignore anything that could cause a distraction.

I will know that I have reached my goal when I find it easy to keep focus on work and when I don’t need clarification on the task.

It feels like…

It sounds like…

It looks like….

Goal # 2: To achieve this goal I will…

Step 1: Take my time with a long term project.

Step 2: Make sure to put in everything that is needed.

Step 3 Mind the due date so I can get it done in time and so I don’t rush it.

I will know that I have reached my goal when my work is better quality and I don’t need to stress about the due dates.

It feels like…

It sounds like…

It looks like….

Goal # 3: To achieve this goal I will…

Step 1: Check if I have any homework even if I think I don’t.

Step 2: Ask my classmates incase the teacher didn’t put it on Veracross.

Step 3: Finish the homework before doing what I want to.

I will know that I have reached my goal when I always hand in homework on time and I don’t worry about when it’s due.

It feels like…

It sounds like…

It looks like….

Design Criteria Summaries

There are 4 criterion for design in IB MYP, inquiring and analisys, developing ideas, creating a solution and evalutation. In class we looked into these criterion and got a basic understanding of how we use them in design.

Criteria A is inquiring and analisys, this is the research and investigating part of the design cycle, researching and gathering information from primary and secondary sources.

Criteria B is developing ideas, this is where most of the designing takes place, it is when the design brief and specifiacations are made, as well as design drawings and ideas for the solution.

Criteria C is creating a solution, this is the actual creating part of the design cycle, it’s where you follow your design specifications to create the product or solution.

Criteria D is evalutation, this is when you test the product and see wether or not it fits your design specifications and if it does what it’s supposed to, it is also when you think about any flaws and how you could improve the product.