March 24

Individuals and Societies Reflection #2

How will you change your water usage in the future? What actions will you take to help others change their habits?

I will change my water usage by reusing water from around the house and also by only taking full body showers once a week unless I have to take a shower because I am sweaty from playing a sport or something. I will still wash if I feel as though I need to and I will wash the main parts that get dirty without soap. This is because it cuts down the amount of water and you still smell the same also it cuts down the amount of soap going into sewage and it also stops a lot of that getting into the ocean which kills animals and wildlife. I will also spread the word about the amount of water the world has left and I will tell them to reuse water because it is one of the most effective/ manageable methods of saving water and if you do it on a daily basis over the years you will save money and water. I might also go around the neighbourhood in England when I go back and talk to people about their water usage and also tell them my solution to reuse water from cleanliness purposes to flush the toilet because in England most toilets don’t flush automatically unlike Japan. The reason why my plan is manageable is because it takes very little time and also it saves you money. The way Regev and I thought of this plan is because we realised most water we use is for cleaning or bathing and the way a toilet works is by pushing water down fast and the pressure flushes the toilet so we thought of dumping water from around our house into the toilet to flush it and it worked. This is sustainable and easy to do and we are going to spread the word about this method.

March 24

Improvisation tournament

I think that my groups most successful performance was statues because it included a lot of comedy and we accepted each others ideas. Although at the end of the scene we started to create two groups and talk over each other.

 

We accepted each others ideas by incorporating them into our scene for eg. When Rob built off the start by making it into a film scene, I accepted by acting like the owner of the film company who wasn’t getting what he had ordered to be made. Another way I accepted was when we were put into position my position was a person sat down who was confused and angry and I think that I accepted that really well by getting into a character who was an owner of a big film company who was not happy with what he saw.

 

I think that one thing that I could have improved is not being nervous and to get involved in the scene more, this is because it seems as though I was kind of holding back and I could have gotten into character more by acting more professional as a film company owner.  I could improve my performance by doing a more uniformed ending with a bow. I also could put on a voice to make my character more realistic because I spoke in a similar way to my normal self.

 

I could use this game for performance because it really helps you to go with the flow. This is because whoever starts the scene decides on what it will be based and they are responsible for the introduction to the scene. Even if you weren’t thinking of doing what they said you have to continue on and play along. Also it taught me that confidence and teamwork are very important because if one person starts the scene off with “what is this”, then everyone is put in an awkward position to try and create a scene and that is what causes people to talk over one another.

 

Overall  I think I would give myself a 7 for criteria C  and B because I thought of a good idea to get involved in the scene and it really developed the scene because Rob then took that idea and made it into one of the main ideas of the scene. Also I developed a lot of speech skills in this because I learnt to speak up and I also learnt to go along with the flow because when something didn’t go the way I thought it would I went along with it and it created a great scene, this was shown at the start when Rob said it was a film shoot I went along with that by acting like the owner of the company. I fell as though I contributed a lot to the team and I learnt a lot more about drama and acting that is why I gave myself these grades.

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March 23

Individuals And Societies Water Unit Reflection

Individuals And Societies Water Unit Reflection

The Yellow River website

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In Humanities and science we have been doing about freshwater around the world, more specifically we have been doing about issues us humans face with freshwater for e.g. dirty water and over consuming water/ running out of water. We have also been looking at the amount of water we use and what we can do to potentially save water.

This unit one of the biggest ATL skills I used was collaboration and this was because we were put in teams of two to create a poster and if we didn’t work together the poster would fall apart. Regev and I worked very well together, we both stated our opinions and we took each others ideas into account which then created an attractive poster which we are proud of. We also both did a equal amount of work and we were nice to each other but we relied on each other which made a great team because we each had to do our part and if we didn’t then we let down the our team mate down.

Another ATL skill I think I used well was resilience because the first time we did our poster I did my half in A4 but I then changed it to A3 and I didn’t give up trying to make sure we had a great poster because I was constantly looking at the TSC and I made sure we had everything we needed. Also while I was presenting our poster it kept falling down but I did not stop presenting I just kept going but I held the poster at points so it did not distract the audience. Also my poster was deleted at the start because I did not save the work and my computer ran out of battery but I remade it and it looked better than what the poster had originally looked like.

An ATL skill I would work on is creative thinking because I feel as though the water droplets on the side could be more precise as well as the sink and also I could have thought of something that resembled running out of water and over consumption because it showed that we waste water but maybe I could have put someone walking away from the tap to show we don’t think about water and how much its really worth when we use it. I also was easily satisfied with the final poster when we thought we were done but then me and Regev thought of adding water droplets which was a good idea to make the poster look like we really care about our work. Next time I would think about how we could make our poster better when we had extra time to work on it and I would make more detailed images that resemble the issue more.

March 3

Drama Improvisation offer and accept scenes reflection.

Recently in drama we have been working on improvisation. Improvisation is a type of acting where you make it up as you go along so when you start the scene you don’t know what is going to happen during the scene but as the story progresses so does your character as you become more realistic. There is also practiced improv which is when you know the main idea of the story but you add ideas as you go along (like the speech).  In improvisation the actors offer each other ideas, this can be both verbally or physically. If the other actor accepts it leads to a great scene but when they deny or block the offer, the scene dies or fades away. This is bad acting if the scene dies off because it leaves them with nothing to say and the scene gets slower and does not flow making it boring for the audience to watch.

When you offer an idea in drama the other actor  has the choice to accept or block. Blocking is when you say no and that scene does not start. Accepting is when you say something like yes when someone says something so you don’t just block their idea. In drama you should never block offers you should always accept because when you block the scene is stopped and you have to completely change the scene which slows the scene down and makes it less enjoyable for the audience to watch because they have to watch you standing around waiting for another idea to be offered. This takes a while if the actors are beginners and even the professionals take a while to create a new scene which is related to the last one because if you just create a new random scene, the audience has to realise that the scene has changed and it would not make sense if you went from something like the topic of aliens to a school day. This would make no sense and it would confuse everyone from the actors to the audience unless it is part of the plot. 

In drama naming the obvious is essential (especially in improvisation) because when you say what the object is then the audience and your fellow actors know what the object is and giving everyone a better idea of what the scene is about. If you do not name the obvious then no one will know what you are talking about and the other actor/s will have to try to play along with the scene without knowing what they are talking about. Naming the obvious is where you say what something is, not saying “it” or “thing”. For e.g. “Look at that Diamond its so bright!” (you know that the actors are talking about a diamond because it is named, this is an example of naming the obvious.) This is a bad example of naming the obvious: “Look at that, its so shiny!” (because you don’t know what they are talking about.)

Sharing the story is when you and the other actors contribute  evenly to the scene and you don’t take over. You should always share the story with fellow actors otherwise you “steal the show” and if you do share the story then the scene flows nicely and it’s a team effort. When you leave a fellow actor out they are left with nothing to do on stage (because you are acting on you’re own) people in the audience wonder what they are doing on stage.  If you share the story each actor contributes equally and the story is more in depth. Sharing the story allows more opportunities for everyone and it makes it easier to create a great scene. Sharing the story is when all actors contribute to the story. The more people the more opportunities to create a new issue or part of the story making it more interesting and in depth for the audience. This is essential because it makes everyone happy when you share the story because you do not take over leaving everyone else with nothing to do.

Staying in character is another important part of improvisation because it allows the scene to develop and a lot of the time you will find that, as the story progresses you will become more of a detailed character and you will really get into it. Staying in character is also important because the scene will make more sense if you’re character fits with the scene. It would not make sense to be yourself when there is a battle in the scene if you are a student at Y.I.S because you do not fit with the story. So you have to make it look like you are an archer or someone like that and then your character will fit with the story. This applies for any scene can be different type of  character. If you do not act like your character then the scene is boring because no one imagines who you are or what you do because it is not obvious who you are supposed to be.  Being in character is when you act like someone else who  fits the story so for example if it’s a castle scene you could be a knight, King, etc.

Me and Rob  both accepted each others ideas by never denying and we were synchronised this was shown a lot in the first scene when we opened the cupboard and Rob thought it was a puppy so I accepted it and then we modified it together at the end by making it change into something else. I also offered many ideas in the second scene like “there was blood on the carpet before” this gave the opportunity to build something new like an investigation scene but sadly we did not have enough time to fit that in. Even though we couldn’t have built a huge scene their and then we still continued that idea on because he accepted my idea and the scene flowed smoothly. Also you will notice that in the first scene our reactions were very synchronised, meaning that we were in time which made the scene look like it had been practiced a lot when we really didn’t. I think that me and Rob both accepted each others ideas very nicely and we built off them to create a great scene. This was because we did offer+ accept= scene.

I think that next time I could maybe get into character a bit more because it was not very clear in the second one until I basically named the obvious so that people knew who I was. Also I could choose a different type of scene that does not involve violence because the story can get quite predictable and also violence does not have much story behind it making it hard to create a very detailed scene. Also violence can be considered offensive to some people so I could change that. I also think that maybe I could be faster at reacting to the scene because in the second scene when Rob came in it took me a while to realise so it was a bit awkward me just standing there for like a few seconds when I could have reacted making the scene flow nicer and faster.

 

 

 

 

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