# Math Reflection

I’m in 7th grade math class with my tutor class and the teacher is Mr. Fedley (tutor). During this year, we learned a lot of topics and some of them is, algebra, statistics, 2D shapes/angles, and ratios. I think I did well on algebra and I enjoyed it too.

You could see some of the activities we did from here:

http://blogs.yis.ac.jp/19saitom/category/math-7/

I enjoyed the Marine Tower activity the most. I found ratio the most challenging this semester. I would like to focus on word problems the most next year for math.

In the start of May, we got our own iPads for a trial. We got it for a month and gave it back in the end of May.

We got it to see if iPads are useful for the new education, and to experiment if iPads help students do their work.

During the trial, I found out, and thought:

• a lot of apps that could be helpful
• it needs a lot of responsibility
• it can be disturbing but also helpful
• we could use iPads for scripts in presentations and that helps a lot
• it was fun having an iPad of our own
• there were more choices when we did our work
• some were easier to do on the iPad and some were easier on the computer
• hard to balance the time on iPad
• HaikuDeck is good and easy to use
• some apps were easier to use in the computer

# Spring Concert -Chu Chu Reflection

On May 30th, we had our spring concert in the school auditorium. We played a piece called “Chu Chu” on the koto. We worked on this piece for a few months. This is a video of me playing a part of Chu-chu.

When I practiced at home, I tried to focus on the dynamics, and playing it smooth. I also made sure that I didn’t touch the different strings too. During the practice in class, I learned that I should listen to my peers when I play to play the piece without getting too fast or slow. Also, I focused on the dynamics too.

I think I did quite well in the actual performance because I didn’t forget the piece and didn’t make many mistakes. Also, I think I did quite good on dynamics because I tried to play soft where it’s piano(soft), and hard where it’s forte(hard). But I think we all rushed especially in the easier parts. I would practice more next time so that I could have more time on memorizing the piece. Also, I would use the metronome when I practice too. I would rate myself: 8/10.

# Story of Yokohama

In humanities class, we made a pecha-kucha style presentation on our own research question that relates to the history/story of Yokohama. My research question was “How did western food come to Yokohama?”.

https://flic.kr/p/C65xN https://flic.kr/p/dNL7Th

This is my presentation that I created. ↓

EmmaS Yokohama Presentation – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

As soon as Yokohama Port opened, the city was quick to accept foreign food culture.

At the beginning of the Meiji Restoration, the Meiji Emperor stated Western ideas for Japan’s future progress, and as part of the reformations, he lifted the ban on red meat.

One of the japanese-style western dishes, Napolitan has its roots in Yokohama. The chef of the Hotel New Grand in Yokohama, Shigetada Irie invented it because of requests from overseas guests to make a spaghetti dish that uses tomato ketchup. Icecream was also born in Yokohama.

When Yokohama’s port opened to the outside world, local farmers began harvesting cabbages, tomatoes, and onions and raising livestock to feed the population of Westerners living in the city’s foreign settlement. These new ingredients supported Yokohama for the emergence of yoshoku, or Japanese-style Western dishes.

In about 1859, the Japanese had no knowledge about western languages or business customs, but the Chinese settlers played an important role in trade between Japan and the western countries, and this let them to create the current city we see today.

I thought the pecha-kucha style presentation was interesting but also challenging because I had to include what I really need to say in the short amount of time.