Unit 3 Reflection

2. Use a metaphor and a simile to describe the preterite and/or the direct/indirect/reflexive pronouns.

Learning and using direct/indirect pronouns is as important as education.

Irregular of preterite pronouns is as confusing as the fish in dishwater.


3. How is what you have learned relevant to other classes/material you are learning?

What I have learned is relevant to other classes and material I am learning because, in Spanish class, we are also currently learning about in Spanish class, we are currently learning about preterite, direct/indirect/reflexive pronouns, as well as new vocabularies, expressions and verbs. English class, we also learned about writing sentences and stories in past tense using the different variety of verbs and vocabularies. Also, in Spanish class, we learned different Spanish speaking countries in the world and its cultures. In Individual and Humanity, we also learn about different cultures in different countries.


8. How did you feel during the learning experience? Why did you feel this way?

I thought that the new Unit was very challenging and difficult but interesting and fun at the same time. It was new and confusing at first because I have never learned preterite pronouns before, and it had complete new conjugation as the present tense and simple future tense. However, even though it was difficult at first, I felt achievements, after I started to get the new unit. Also, learning new vocabularies and adjectives was interesting and exciting. I was also delighted when I could use the new preterite pronouns to talk about things I did in the past. Also, it was fun to learn about geography and different Spanish speaking countries in the world.


9. Make a wordle or mind map of your learning.

APJ Skills 2017


Approaches to Learning Skills How did you demonstrate this skill


what do you want to improve?


(remember you need to include something from all your subjects)

Reflection I demonstrated this skill in music when I reflected on koto concert that was held recently. I wrote a reflection reflecting on what were the strength and weaknesses. What went well, and what could have been better. This helped me to rethink the practices and what I can do and fix to not make the same mistakes in the future.
I used my reflection skills when reflecting on how we challenged yourself in Field Studies. Also, I reflected on how we were being mindful and how we can push yourself in becoming more organised.



Thinking I transferred my organization skills from design to I&S. For example, in Religion Research project, I made a table to plan what I need to do by when in order to accomplish the task. I transferred the idea of making a table to plan the steps of process from Design class.
I also used my critical thinking skills in casino project when we used our critical thinking skills to come up with a game that we can win the profits for sure.  I also used my thinking skills in 2D and 3D shape poster. I used my knowledge to measure and calculated accurately the real life 3D shape.
I demonstrated my creative thinking skills when designing my animation. I created and thought of a story that can communicate and educate the message of poverty, and to illustrate the issues by creatively making my own unique animation.
I used my creative thinking skills when writing a creative writing in Criteria B,C,D. I used my creative thinking skills in my story to think of a theme, and to use symbols to describe the theme.




Communication I used my communication skills in Spanish class. We had a ‘Dating game show’ assessment to video yourself talking about our hobbits/likes, and finding common interests with others. I effectively demonstrated my communication skills to try to use as many vocabularies I learned from the unit. This helped me to develope and improve on my Spanish communication skills.
I used my communication skills when we discussed as a class of whether a mass production is better or hand made in Criteria A.


Collaboration I used my collaboration skills in P.E when I did the assessment of planning a game strategies in Criteria B and C. I created a strategies form my team by looking at our strength and weaknesses. I discussed with my partner to come up with the strategies.
I used my collaboration skills in Math when I did the project Casino game in Criteria C and D. I collaborated with my partner to come up with a casino game that can apply to a real life contexts. We looked at many casino game and created our own based on the rule and the odd of casino game.


Organization skills I demonstrated self-management skills, especially organization skills when writing APJ(Art Process Journal). Every class, I effectively organised all the new things we learned in class in a table. This helped me to keep on track of APJ, and to remember what each class was about. I also used my reflection skills when I reflected on what we did in class, and why that was important.
I demonstrated and improved on my organization skills in design. In criteria C, I set up a table of todolist. I planned what I’m going to finish by when in detail. This helped me to keep on track of what we are suppose to do, so that I don’t have to work on everything on the last minute.


Research skills I demonstrated my research skills in drama class when researching about commedia dell’arte. I researched about commedia dell’arte in order to make a video showing the characteristics of the commedia dell’arte.
I used my research skills in science when I did Acid Rain infographic assignment in Criteria D. I researched many information about acid rain, such as, the cause and effects, solution, and the two factors.  I looked at more than one resources to gather the information. I also effectively used command terms when writing the information from the sources.
I used my research skills in art when I researched about the artist, the period of mass production. I also chose two artist and looked at their artwork, and the artist’s intention on the project they made.
I used my media literacy skills in Criteria D project of Infographic Evaluation. I looked at many infographic for researching about inequality in development. Also, I analysed what was good in the infographic so that I can use the skills when I make my own infographic.
I used research skills when writing a report about the blue chord. I looked at different sources and summarised the about the blue chord in the document.






  • Soccer (Collaboration Skills, Communication Skills, Self-management skill)
  • Volleyball (Collaboration Skills, Communication Skills, Self-management skill)
  • Chowa (Self – management skill, Social skills)
  • Red and White commitee (Self – management skill, Creative thinking skills)


  1. Collaboration skills. My goal is to improve on my collaboration skills more. For example, to participate more in class discussion or group discussion. Sometimes, I refuse to share my ideas and perspectives with others when we have different ideas. I want to improve this so that I can be a built a better team member.

Gapminder Comparing levels of development

The two countries that I chose to research about is the United Kingdom and Nepal.


As you can see in the graph above, the United Kingdom is more developed in HDI and GDP than Nepal is.

The statistics the United Kingdom is 0.863 HDI, 63.2M of the total population.

On the other hand, the statistics for Nepal is 0.458 HDI, 27.3M of the total population.

The data shows that the United Kingdom and Nepal has a huge difference in HDI, and Population. The development of HDI of the UK is almost double of HDI in Nepal, and the difference between the population growth beyond double. This data shows that the UK is more developed economically than Nepal is. HDI stands for Human Development Index which is a combination of the statistics of life expectancy, education and  GDP per capita. If a country is high in life expectancy, education level, GDP per capita, but low in fertility rate and inflation rate. We can tell from the graph that there is a huge difference in the population growth of the UK and Nepal. However,  the birth rate and the fertility in Nepal are lower than the UK. The total fertility rate is the number of children that is born to each woman. While Nepal has 2.5babies per woman, UK only has 1.9 babies per woman. Also, the birth rate of Nepal is much higher than the birth rate of UK. The birth rate per 1000 population for Nepal is 22.1 where the birth rate for the UK is 12.7. This means that in average, Nepal gives birth more than the UK does. You can see from the graph and the data that even though the UK has much more population growth than Nepal does, each woman only give birth to 1.9 babies nowadays. This is a problem because if the fertility rate and the birth rate of the UK keep on decreasing as it is currently, the population growth will decrease. This can have an affect on other indicators such as GDP per capita because, without a good balance of the population, the country will not be able to develop economically. If the GDP per capita or the population decrease, it can also affect Human Development Index or the literacy rate.


Although the birth rate and the fertility rate of Nepal are higher than the UK, there are many babies that die under age 5 in Nepal. The child mortality rate of the death per 1000 births under age 5 in Nepal is 43.1 while the rate for the UK is 5.  43.1 per 1000 births is still pretty high compared to other countries. I think because Nepal earns less income comparing to the UK, they do not have enough money to afford health care, good sanitization, or medicine. Therefore, the child mortality rate of Nepal is higher than the UK.


As it shows in the graph above, there is a huge gap and differences between UK’s GDP rate per capita and life expectancy years compared to Nepal.  The United Kingdom’s rate of GDP is $28.3k and the average life expectancy years that each person will live is 80.5 years. However, the GDP rate for Nepal is $2350 which is really low, and the average life expectancy years is 68.4 years. The differences between GDP is beyond twice of Nepal. GDP is a measurement of average income per person in a country, which can show the standard of living of a country. By looking at the graph, you can tell that the UK is considered as the MEDC’s (More Economically Developed Country) and Nepal is considered as the LEDC’s (Less Economically Developed Country) as it is less developed economically and has shorter life expectancy years. The differences between UK’s GDP and Nepal’s GDP is $25950. I think poverty of a country is what causes the life expectancy of a country to become shorter. The less income each person earn, the less money he/she can afford for nutritious food, water or to pay for treatment cost when they have a disease. Poverty can cause a person to have a lack of good health care, which can shorten the average  life expectancy years of a country.


By looking at all sorts of indicators we can tell how developed a country is. For example, the measurements of Birth rate, Population growth, Infant Mortality Rate, GDP per capita, Human Development Index (HDI), Fertility rate, Life expectancy and Literacy Rate is what determines whether a country is considered us the MEDC’s or the LEDC’s. We now know that the UK is the MEDC’s while Nepal is the LEDC’s because the UK’s statistics of GDP per capita, life expectancy, Population growth, and HDI are all higher than Nepal. These indicators show that the UK is more developed economically as each person in British has a higher level of standard of living than people in Nepal does because each person earns more income. 

Reflecting on World Religions

Backward – Looking:

What process did you go through to produce this piece?

When making the Religions Research Project, I went through the process of coming up with a good research question using the command terms. After that, I organised my research sheet in to tables and started researching using different sources to make a conclusion for the research question. Then, I finally began on choosing the ways to present my knowledge. I decided to do it on infographic, because I thought that would be the most effective ways to present my knowledge through visuals and text.

Inward – Looking:

What was especially satisfying to you about either the process or the finished product?

Something that was especially satisfying to me about the process or the finished product is that I think I’ve improved a lot on my researching skills and my ways to present my knowledge. I used to write all of the research information I found in a document without recoding the resources. However, this time I made a table regarding to my research, and I also made a column for recording the resources, which made it much more organised.

I was proud of my ways to present my knowledge because I think my infographic was effective at presenting my knowledge and I included many different information. I think my overall visuals of infographic was well organised, neat, and concluded and answered my research questions effectively using different information from different sites.

Outward – Looking:

What do your classmates particularly notice about your piece when they look at it?

I think one thing that my classmates particularly notice about my piece when they look at it is the format. I think they will notice my title first as it is the biggest letter in the whole infographic. Then, I think they will look at how I organised my work, and how I separated my different information into different sections by lining up the columns and making boxes.

Forward – Looking:

What would you change if you had a chance to do this piece over again?

Something that I would change if I had the chance to do this piece over again is to maybe reduce the amount of text in the infographic, and add more images and visuals.

Unit 1 reflection

In unit 1, we have been learning about Mis amigo y yo, and we learned many new vocabulary, grammar as well as conventions in Spanish literature. The five biggest things we learned in Spanish this unit is Gustar – like verb, Conjugation, Stem – changing verb, Adjective – noun agreement, and Reflective verb. weakness in Spanish regarding to the four language skills is my grammar skills in writing. I’ve been struggling with my writing assessment in my conjugation and adjective/noun agreements. I need to learn the conventions of conjugation more in order to know when to conjugate and when not to conjugate the verbs. I can practice my verb conjugation and adjective/noun agreements throughout reflecting on the mistakes that I’ve made in assessments. I can take notes and re edit the mistakes that I’ve made in order to prevent myself from making the same mistakes in the next assessments.

On the other hand, I think my strength in Spanish regarding to the four language skills is my ability to use different range of vocabularies from the unit. I always take notes in class when I go through vocabularies that I didn’t know in class. When doing assignments or before the test, I always review and check the vocabularies that I’ve noted in my note book just to remind myself what new vocabularies I can use in order to raise my Spanish skills.


Some changes that I will make for next unit is to further improve on my Spanish skills is I will use quizlet more often for about 3 times a weak. I think by practicing vocabularies and word conjugation on quizlet, I will be able to learn when to conjugate and when not to conjugate the verbs more. I can also try writting a paragraph in Spanish about anything once a weak to practice my gramar skills and adjective- noun agreements.


My goals for the rest of the semester one is to improve on my knowledge of the structure and the conventions for grammar in Spanish more so that I will make less mistakes in grammar. I also want to improve on my listening skills because I often have trouble understanding people talking fast in Spanish. I will improve on my listening skills by listening to Spanish song more often.

Sekijun Reflection – Koto

Hello, we are currently playing and learning a piece of song called Sekijun, and I play Koto 1.
I have figured out a relevant and effective practice strategies over the process of practicing Sekijun which is to always practice the section that I am struggling with one measure at a time first. Once I am able to play it more smoothly I will play all of the section, and then go through the piece from the top till the bottom at the end of the song. However, the improvements that I can do to be able to practice Sekijun more effectively next time is to practice Sekijun more constantly. Instead of practicing twice a week for a long period of time, I think it will be more effective to practice Sekijun every week for about 15 minutes so that I can remember the song and get used to playing the piece more easily.

As I’ve mentioned before, I always practice Sekijun twice a week for about 10 minutes of warm up and 25 to 35 minutes of practicing until I am satisfied with my progress. I usually practice once on the weekends and the other two or a day before we have the lesson.


The part that I have been the most successful with is page1 and 2. I think my practice strategies of practicing each measure at a time for the part that I am struggling with definitely helped me to play page 1 and 2 more successfully. For example, the third measure of line one till the first measure of third line has a Sukui sections. At first, I had struggles with the sukui sections as it was hard to play connective sukui really fast in between every different notes. But by practicing one measures at a time, I got used to the tempo and the speed, and when I played the whole line together, I was able to play the sukui section fluently.


I think I will need to further improve on the porororon part of page 6 because I am struggling with playing four notes in the same beat. I will also need to further improve on the sukui section of page 4. Now that I’ve practiced the sukui section in one measure at a time constantly I think I have improved on my fluency of the sukui section. However, I still yet need to further improve on my timing of knowing when it is the right time to come in and play the note along with Koto 2 and Jushichigen player.


I find it enjoyable and interesting playing in ensemble of koto 1, koto 2 and Jushichigen because I think having different notes playing at the same times makes the song very beautiful. I especially like how the song begins with first Jushichigen playing the notes, and then koto 2 comes in too join in with Jushichigen, lastly, koto 1 comes in and we all play the song together as in one whole group.  Something challenging about ensemble is that you always need to focus and listen not just to the people from koto 1, but also people from who are playing different parts to make sure the beat is the same or otherwise, the music will be very messy since we are playing in ensemble. We also need to pay attention on when to come in in parts where one parts play it one at a time and we all connect it together. For example, in the sukui section of page 4, we need to make sure that every each parts come in at the right time inorder for the sukui section to sound like it is connecting together. If someone misses one beat, then the whole piece of song can be different and messed up.