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Intercultural Communication (5/16 2019)

From the expeditions in the Philippines, it is not only how to deal with self problems that I leaned. Another big thing that I’ve developed as a learner is communicating between a person from a different culture.
Before we went to the expeditions, my tutor teacher talked about learning the language of the country that you were going to. After the lesson, I talked with my friend about when and what to learn in the Philippines.
When we got on the airplane to go to the Philippines, me and my friend asked the flight attendant that spoke Filipino, and asked how to say “Good morning” and “Delicious”. They told us how to say it, which was “Salamat po” and “ Masalap”. During the expedition, I learned more terms in the resort and used them to the staffs.
This experience influenced me by interacting between a different culture and getting to know about the outside world. Because of the expeditions going abroad and learning how to communicate with their language, I can become a part of an international community that I can have good relationships with.
For classes in the IB next year, I chose to do three languages, which are Japanese, English and Chinese which is new to me. The reason why I chose three languages to learn is because I thought it will be useful for the future if I could communicate between people who speak a different language. Also I am wishing to be a staff on a cruise ship, which made me take three languages next year. From these choices of classes and the experience from the expedition, I am comfortable with intercultural communication.

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Wilderness Engagement (May 9, 2019)

For expedition this year, I went to the Philippines. The main activities we did was diving, which the advanced group had 12 dives in total during this expedition. As an advanced diver, doing this many dives made me grew as a diver who thinks about the outside environment, not just yourself. The instructor told me that since you are in advanced open water diver, you should have awareness, and care everything around you.

The challenges that I faced during this expedition is keeping the buoyancy steady during a dive. Good buoyancy is important because if you use your fin kicks to be steady in water, you might damage the corals or roll up the sand. To solve this problem, I focused to keep my body horizontal and keep my arms open so that I can balance my self. From this experience, I learned about figuring out the problem by myself and solving it.

From this experience, I now learned that when there is a problem, the first thing to do is to calm your self down. Then, remember what the instructor said when you have that issue. Because the instructor told me to keep my breathing steady, I was able to calm down and wait until I could be in a comfort position. Since this experience was under water, I am now comfortable dealing with panicking issues during normal times.

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Wilderness Engagement

During the grade 9 expedition, I have demonstrated a skill of collaboration skills. The reason I developed this skill is because all students in my group had different speeds of walking up the mountains. Collaboration skills were important because people that are fast walkers can wait for people that was slow at walking. During the hike, I think that I was a role of creating a positive atmosphere in the group. I tried to cheer up my group members. We also played some team games while we were walking. The challenges I faced during the hike was the rain. I didn’t mind about being cold but I didn’t like getting wet in the rain. I challenged myself by creating a positive attitude with everyone during the hike. I suggested some games to play and I gave out squid to people around me. I’ve developed my self reliance by putting up the tent by my self. At the first campsite, while I was waiting for Hayao, my partner to come, I decided to put up the tent with what I learned. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and got up the tent by myself. Successfully, putting up the tent went very well and that developed my self reliance. Next time when I hike again, I will not put my hiking shoes out side of the tent. This is because my shoes were soaking wet after the night when I had them out side of the tent. 


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Nature vs Nurture

Today in class, we filled in a chart that said where did your behaviour and your physical behaviour came from. In each section, we wrote 4 things that you think its true. The things that I noticed is that my body feature comes from either of my parents (nature). However, my physical ability doesn’t come from my parents and it comes from the environment (Nurture). When I told my parents about this, they said “Your acts and physical abilities change by the environment and things that you can’t control comes from us.” For my 4 specific behaviours, almost (3 out of 4) all of the behaviours was nurture. I think this is because the environment around me when I was little, it still affects me in now days. My dad said that it affects you from the environment in your nursery. I think the things that I can’t control comes by my self or my parents and the characteristics that I am able to control comes from the environment. I liked the part where I fill in the boxes in the paper in class.

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Reflection of ATL skill video

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Today we got separated into different groups and created a video about showing 6th graders how ATL skills are important. Our group (Leon, Kento and Me) chose to do a video about self management. The plot of the video was a student that doesn’t organise their papers and a student that do organise their papers in a folder. Another plot was a student that use Veracross and a student that doesn’t. We have described the definition of self management.

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Expedition reflection

The activity that can be useful in my real life is mountain biking. This activity was thrilling so my comfort zone expanded by experiencing riding on a mountain bike. Also rafting was scary because when you go down the little waterfall, it’s so scary when the boat bends. And in rock climbing, when you go up the wall and look down, it’s scary knowing how high you are. By these activities, my comfort zone expanded and in your real life, I’m now able to challenge to new things. Some time, I want to try bungee jumping because I don’t feel frightened when I jump off from the cliff to the river. After experiencing fun and thrilling things I think I will have a bigger comfort zone and I can try new things in my life.

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Dragon Days


Designing our project was…
A new experience.
Reasons I liked working with my group
My team mates were positive and smiling.
ATL skills that I used well
Great moments along the way
Recording in the rain, but had a good attitude.
One thing I learned from another group
There are less people in the community group than long time ago.
Next time, I will
Collaborate with my teammates more.
Something awesome that I contributed
Being the person who tries to get people coming in our table.

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Japanese Recording

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Science video about Mars

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My koto concert reflection

1. What were my areas of focus? How much did I improve on them? What was effective about my preparation? What worked best? Why?

My areas of focus was to do the sa—-rarinn correctly. I practiced slowly on that bit at my home. I did sa—-rarinn quickly as well so that was effective at the concert. Playing the same part again and again worked the best because I could remember the part and I can play it smoothly.

2. How might I have worked differently to better prepare? What will I do differently next time?

I would play the difficult bit again and again until I remembered it so that I can play the bit without looking the sheet music. I will try to not look at the sheet music too much wast I’m playing.

3. Your overall impressions of your class’ performance. How did you do as a group (positive aspects, areas to improve)? For you individually – how did you do? Did you meet your expectations? What went well? and what will you work on for next time?

The actual performance was quite fast. As a group, everyones timing was good. Individually, my left finger was broken so I was anxious of damaging my finger but at the concert, it went well. My expectation was to match the pulling with all of us together. What I want to work on for next time is sa—-rarinn. This is because I’m not good at sa—rarinn and I want to be good at playing that bit.




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