Phase 2 Reflection – Spanish

  • What am I most proud of? Do I consider myself a Spanish-speaker? Why or why not?

Throughout the course, I think I have developed and improved my Spanish skills, as well as building confidence when speaking Spanish. I believe that I have improved and expanded on my grammar, vocabularies. Also, I am now able to speak Spanish more fluently. I think I am most proud of my improvements in my writing skills. I think over the course, I have managed to write in more advanced Spanish. For example, I used new vocabularies from the unit in my writing, as well as different kinds of grammars, including preterite, Futuro, imperative, y present. I have also proud of my improvements in oral, as I used to need a script when talking in Spanish for assessments. However, this year, I have practised talking without looking at the script. Therefore, I am proud of the fact that I can talk with peers and answer or ask questions directly without the need to prepare or look at the script. For these reasons, I think I would consider myself as an intimidate Spanish-speaker, as I know some basic Spanish grammars and vocabularies. Although, I think I still need to build on my Spanish skills more as there are many rooms for further improvements. For example, I would like to expand on vocabularies more and use expressions more constantly.

  • What would I do differently if I could do the course again?

If I could do this course again in the future, I would make a better note each unit. Even though I often take notes of new vocabularies, expressions, transitions, and grammars, I don’t constantly look back at my old notes, as it is hard to find notes since it is written in different places. I would like to sort out by sections and organise my notes more properly in the future. I would also study more at home, so that I won’t forget the previous unit when starting on the new unit, and can refer to odd learning more.

  • What are three concrete actions I can take to ensure that I am prepared for Phase 3 next year?

1)Take a short review test on Phase 2 to make sure that I know everything that I am supposed to know from units in phase 2 so that I can be prepared for the next level.Create a checklist of what I already know, and what I need to know to be ready for Phase 3.

2)Create a checklist, and sort things that I already know and things I need to know more to be ready for Phase 3.

3)Reread notes from previous units and review notebooks and booklet. Practice vocabularies in Quizlet, and study basic things that we will need to know to make Phase 3 easier for myself.

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.

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.

Dragon days reflection

Designing our project was very interesting and exciting because we all came up with an idea that everyone was willing to do. It was fun to work on a project and to actually plan the steps like how is it going to work? What it will look like? and to sort out the budget, and ask teachers for feedback. Also, I enjoyed collaborating with the team to create a presentation, poster, dragon mascot, and many more fun projects.

Reasons I liked working with my group is because everyone had an unique and an original thoughts and ideas which made it extra fun when everyone contributed in the class discussion to come up with a problem to solve and a solution.

ATL skills that I used well is collaboration, creative thinking skills, and communication. I think I used my collaboration skills well when I worked with my team to create a presentation. I contributed in making the slide, and helped other people when they were lost. Also, I communicated well and used my creative thinking skills when we sat in a circle with everyone sharing their ideas with other people, I communicated and shared my thoughts with others, and I listen to other peoples ideas with an open mind.

Great moments along the way is when we divided the task so that everyone had something to do, and were all working effectively. Everyone was busy working on their task and everyone was motivated to do the project. It was also a great moment when everyone listened to others when they were talking, and gave suggestions.

One thing I learned from another group is that at first, we didn’t quite know how to display our problems and solutions at the fire fair, but I got some inspiration from other group of the project they made and how they are showing their ideas through videos, presentation, posters, for the fire fair.

Next time, I will improve on keeping everyone on track of everything. For example, next time I will check where we should go in which period, and planning what task we should finish before what time. Also sometimes, I lost concentration and I went off doing something else so I think next time I could plan before taking action so I can work more effectively and take some five minutes break when finishing a task so that my team and I can always be on track of everything.

Something awesome that I contributed was that I worked on making the presentation with the group and I contributed in group discussion discussing about what problems we have in YIS and I also listen to others ideas, and came up with some solutions to the problems.



Koto performance – Reflection

Hello, we had a koto concert recently, and we played 六段の調べ(Rokudan-no-shirabe).

六段の調べ is a very traditional Japanese piece that are separated into six big sections. For the concert, we’ve only played up the the 3rd dan, but it was very interesting to learn about the traditional Japanese piece.

My areas of focus in this piece were the third dan, where you do the sixth and the fourth presses. I worked on pressing the notes hard enough and be stable. Also, to release the note at the right timing. My another focus areas were the shan. I payed attention to lift my hand up in order to play the shan stronger and to sound better. However, my biggest areas of focus were the カケ押し in third dan. I practiced the last three lines over and over again, to work on the timing of turning 巾 (thirteenth notes) from A to B notes. Also, to turn the tuning back to A as soon as possible so that I could play the next 13th notes soon.


I think over many practices, I’ve improved a lot on playing 六段の調べ. Something that I did to practice this piece which went effective was to first play the whole piece. Then, find you the part that you’re struggling with and break them into little sections. Practicing only the focus areas over and over again. This worked best, because you get to see where your weaknesses are, and focusing on small areas can help you improve more efficiently.

Next time, I think I can improve better and prepare better by increasing the amount of practices. I can practice more often, and maybe try to memorise it so that I could play it much more fluently. I could also be more careful on the rest, because I think I need to slow the tempo a little bit more slower.


Overall, I think the performance went pretty well as a class. We cooperated together with each other and we didn’t make many mistakes. I think what went well was that everyone played it strongly and powerfully. Also, the pull was pretty succesful. We pulled it at the right moment together. However, there were some parts when we sort of speed up the piece. I think we can improve on making sure the tempo is the same from the top to the end. Because we kind of messed up on the speed, I got a little bit confused and sort of speed up as well. We can improve on this problem by listening to each other more so that we make sure not to speed up the tempo. Individually, I think I met my expectations, because I barely made any mistakes, but next time I would practice more on the presses. I will improve on playing the presses more effectively and fluently. However, I think everyone did an amazing job at the concert:)

Goals of 六段の調べ Part 2

Hello, again right now we are practicing a song called 六段の調べ in music class, and so far we have got to the Third Dan. I’ve published a post before about my golas of Rokudan-no-shirabe, and this time I would like to talk about what I have achieved.


My top three goals of this piece was the PressesSha sha ten/shan, and Scoop.

Now that I’ve practiced more constantly focusing on the three techniques, I think I’ve improved more during winter break. I think my strategy of practicing the Brocken Octaves more has been a part key to success. By practicing Broken Octaves helped me to remember lifting my hand when playing Sha sha ten or shan, and which finger to use. Now that I’ve improved, the Sha sha ten and Shan sound better in the piece because I can play stronger now.


For presses, I think by practicing just the pressing repeatedly has helped a lot because I am more comfortable with the presses now. I make sure that I place my hand on the string and prepare for the pressing before the notes, which helped me to press the notes with full energy. However, I think I still need to practice the presses more often and be aware of weather it is half press or full press etcetera.


For the Scoop, I think I’ve improved using my fourth finger and my thumb to scoop because I don’t hear the cracking sound anymore. Now that I’ve improved on Scooping, my next step is to improve on Tremelo.


Here is my video:)

Koto – Arrangement

Hello, for Koto arrangement song, I chose to play Jingle bell.

The first step that I went through was to find the highest note and the lowest note in the piece. From that, I created a tuning notes for the piece. After that, I wrote down all of the notes on the piece just to make it clear and easy to play. I then went practicing with my right hand first, and then with my left hand.


One of the many challenges that I faced during this piece was to play the notes on beat. As you may know, Jingle bell has a very fast tempo in this piece, and it was even harder for me because there was a lot of places where you needed to play both hands at the same time.

To overcame this problems, I practiced more oftenly, and I listened to how the beat works to be able to play it on beat.

Goals of 六段の調べ(Rokudan-no-shirabe)

Hello, right now in music class, we are working on a piece of song called 六段の調べ. I think piece is pretty interesting because even though the piece doesn’t look very difficult, it uses many techniques that are new for me. There are couple of goals that I would like to accomplish on this piece of song.


1) Presses. In this piece, we uses a lot of presses, such as full press, half press, or even 後押し(ato-oshi), which means to  press it after your have played the note. Depending on the different types of presses, we also have different rules of when we realise the press. For example, for ato-oshi, we realise the the press when the next note is beneath the previous one. For half or a full press, we release it when the next note is one note above, so that it will naturally stop the sound. If not, press until the sound fades away. I need to work on presses more, because I need to make sure that when it’s a full press, I put energy and force, so that it’s pressed completely. I also need to make sure that I press it long enough that the sound is faded away.


2) Sha sha ten/Shan. This is one of my goal to accomplish, because I sometimes struggle with the notes to play when doing sha sha ten or shan. I also need to make sure that every time, when I’m playing a note with my middle finger, I need to lift my hand up so there’s more force when I play the notes. I will practice the broken octaves constantly to success at this goal.


3) Scoope. I need to work on Scoop, that shows up in Second and Third dan of 六段の調べ. I need to make sure that when I scoop the notes, I wrist kind of bent so that I can play more smoothly. Also, when I’m scooping I need to use my fourth finger to hold the picks, so that I don’t make any sound caused by the picks.


Here is the video of me playing 六段の調べ Third dan.