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November 7, 2015
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Character Elevator Scene Reflection

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In drama class we did a small elevator scene. I worked with Will, Airi and Allison. Overall I think the Elevator scene went pretty well, I followed my character and my group worked effectively. We used the elevators space and created a small narrative.

In the scene I used status to enforce the characters of my snobby and annoyed personality to create tension on the elevator to not talk with me. In the scene I told them how I was more important them them to create the difference of status.    I used stereotypes to make my character clear to the audience and to help create my character.  In the scene I was a gang accountant pretending to be a wealthy businessman. I used the stereotype of a snobby businessman to further the idea that he is not all that he seems and inform the audience of my character clearly.  My attitudes were that of someone who does not deal with average people and impatient. I showed this In the scene I took my ID disrespectfully and tried to avoid contact with the other characters in the elevator. Another example of this was my use of my tall overlooking nature and how I tried to not look at the other charactersHe doesn’t care about others conveniences.  During the scene my motivation of getting away with stolen money was shown when the money was seen from my suitcase, allowed the characters to see my darker nature in the scene.   I used a tall physicality to express my ideology of being superior to the other characters.  I used a posh strong English accent to tell the audience my rich upbringing and my snobby nature.  I demonstrated the relationships with the other characters by being passive aggressive and raising my status above them.   In the scene my character developed when the other characters noticed the stolen money in my suitcase. My character became more nervous and less self confident.

In conclusion, This unit I think I made progress from previous years in drama.  I was able to show changes in mood, showing personality subtly and showing character reacting to changing events. In retrospect, I could have showed these changes dramatically especially movement if the scenario offered more movement. Next time I would like to improve on using space well.

November 7, 2015
by 20battyr
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Development: Correlation between Indicators

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Hello, In this blog post I am going to discuss the correlations in the development data for the United Kingdom and India using Gapminder. Firstly, The most obvious correlation I found is between the fertility rate and GDP Per Capita. From the graph one can see that UK has alway ways held an advantage over India in GDP. After the Industrial Revolution, especially 1850-1980 the gap widen dramatically. Now with India’s Industrial Revolution in recent years, it has been catching up. Never the less, clearly fertility rate have affected this gap. The gap might have closed faster had India Fertility dropped quicker. Whereas in the UK the family size dropped 1880s onwards, instead India has remained large only beginning to drop in the 1970s. How can we explain this? Clearly when family size is large, there is more pressure on society to produce schools, housing and jobs. Which means that the government is stretched financially. This also causes many LECD countries in Africa to struggle.

Secondly I found a clear correlation between Literacy rate and Fertility rate . In India, the data shows that as the fertility rate drops the literacy rate increases. whereas in UK it is likely that the literacy rate started high and has remained there. How do we explain this, Because teachers do not have teach big classes, pupil can get more attention and more money is available for each individual school child.

Finally, there is a clear link between HDI and Child Mortality. In India and the United Kingdom, as The HDI increases, the child mortality amount decreases. We can explain this by the use of higher health care opportunities available where more money is available. In a rich and literate society (HDI) health care obviously improves.

Clearly All of these correlations are linked. The HDI is based literacy, GDP/capita and Life expectancy, which in turn really on fertility rate, infant mortality and population growth rates.

 

 

November 3, 2015
by 20battyr
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Pro Field Studies Blog Post

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This years grade 8 field studies was blast! I got to do activities I hadn’t done before and socialise with people outside my class. We did canyoning, rafting, biking, canoeing, climbing and The best part of field studies was the canyoning.  I got to challenge myself to do this new activity and I succeeded. Overall field studies had no worst part. I think the most exciting part of the trip was the mountain biking because I had not practically ridden a bike for a long period of time and I did the activity to a mediocre level. The most scariest part was the 6 meter jump while canyoning, though fearful at first, I pushed the feeling away and completed with good ease.  The most unexpected thing that happened on field studies was how I got to interact with a lot of people that I didn’t usually talk too.  Overall this field studies I learned to have to bring a eager open mind to everything and be willing to take every opportunity that arises.

October 17, 2015
by 20battyr
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Pre-Field Studies Blog Post

Generally nothing on this field studies makes me nervous, because I always like to be energetic and try things even when I may fall flat on my face. However, I am slightly nervous about the mountain biking because it has been a long time since I have ridden a bicycle in that circumstance.   The best way to challenge myself during this week is to maintain open-minded, energetic, eager and smart. During this trip I want to be able to let myself try new things but remain smart by not letting myself do things that I am totally not comfortable with.  I will try the activities with energy and enthusiasm.  I will know when I have succeeded when I feel a sense of achievement.  I think I am quite resilient because I always am eager to try new things and even when I fail, instead of thinking about the past I think about what I can do to get better. I think it is important for me to go out of my comfort zone because it helps me develop as a person and lets me do more things.

October 16, 2015
by 20battyr
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Spanish Unit 1 Reflection

For this unit in Spanish I think I had an overall good improvement. I did well on the reading test and the blog posts about myself. In this unit, I think my strengths were that I was good at conjugating stem changing verbs, irregular verbs (yo-go, funky, etc), simple future tense, present tense and definite and indefinite articles.  I think I need to improve on my vocabulary of adjectives, verbs and sequences. I also think I need to improve on my adjective/noun agreement.

Action Plan:

1.Study the notes on sequences, adjectives and verbs.

2. Practice making sentences

3. Go to conjuguemos and practice meanings of words

October 8, 2015
by 20battyr
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Characterisation: Stereotypes

Characterisation: Stereotypes

In drama characterisation is the idea of taking the character in a play or story and adapting into character for the performance. The actor may use descriptions and suggestion by the characters description to identify their motivations, body language, reactions and attitude. However many actors often start their character by using stereotypes. Stereotyping is when you assign a common appearance, attitude and verbal and non-verbal language.  An example of a stereotype is the common stereotype of an overweight policeman with flattop haircut who likes to eat donuts or of how a posh Englishman always talks in a posh accent, carries a cane and a top hat and wears glasses. However we hardly ever actually see these characters in our real world.  You may ask, why would an actor want to use a stereotype then?  Well, by using stereotypes an actor can prepare a character easy for a quick performance, or he can use it as base to develop the character into a more unique character. However there is a downside to using stereotypes.  Stereotypes represent us a people, like how a mother is the one who stays at home and looks after the kids, the dad is the one who goes out an work in the office.  And the old person is a scientist who works in a lab. However in our world there are many mothers who work as scientists, dads who look after the children and grandpas who go off to work. Stereotypes don’t necessarily accurately represent the job or role there character is. Why does a mother have to be classified as staying at home? Finally stereotyping eventually can be overdone. People know what to expect from the character once they know he is a stereotype. By creating a more unique character, the audience will enjoy the performance more.

September 14, 2015
by 20battyr
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Spanish Who am I?

!Hola! Me llamo Ryan Batty. Mi madre de Japón y mi padre  de Inglaterra. Mi familia y yo vivimos en Tokyo, pero mi hermana y su esposo vive en London. *Normalmente, levanto a  las seis y medía. A las siete y veinte cinco voy a la *estación. A la ocho y media llego en mi escuela. Pero en el fin de semana, levanto a las muy tarde. Como muchas familias en España, mi familia comen siempre la cena juntos. Y hablamos sobre las *nuevas del día.

Soy tengo trece anos y mi cumpleaños es el veinte de septiembre, dos mile y uno. Soy mucho alto,  tengo pelo negro y los ojos marrones. Me gusta nadar, y todos los sábados, viernes y lunes voy a la piscina. Me gusta también otros deportes, y todos los miércoles, voy a jugar al squash.  En mi escuela jugar al basketball. También me gusta escuchar la música. Cuando quiero descansar, me gusta tocar la piano y guitarra.

En mi escuela, estoy siempre trabajador y me gusta pasar los ratos con mis amigos.  Como yo, mis amigos en YIS todos saben como pasar los ratos, tocar la música, y jugar los deportes. En YIS todos los años hay nuevos estudiantes. Y todos los años *intento estar amigable. YIS es de *verdad un comunidad. De vez en cuando un de mis amigos tiene que ir al otro escuela. Así que estoy triste.

 

 

 

 

September 10, 2015
by 20battyr
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Los Estudiantes de Espanol

Los estudiantes en mi clase de español son muy divertidos. Muchos estudiantes tienen trece anos y  unos pocos  tienen catorce anos. Muchos chicos de la clase es alto, pero Kai, Kenryo y Will no son tan alto. Muchos estudiantes le gusta escuchar musíca. Tambien mi clase es muy comíco y inteligente, pero poco perezosos. Muchos estudiantes le gustan deportes y tocar la instrumentos. *Entre los estudiantes unos pocos tocan la piano, unos pocos la guitara, y unos pocos jugar al futból y básquetbol  Tambíen mi clase no le gusta muchos tarea, porque le gusta descansar. Los estudiantes tiene muchos pelo negro y le gusta muchas animales.  Nos gusta hablar español, pero tenemos mucho aprender. Nuestra maestra,  Señora Hill,  es muy inteligénte y simpatíco!

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