For our Human Rights project, we combined with other subjects, such as social studies, science, writing and language arts. Also, we have received many supports from other people around us and some organizations that we worked with. One thing I improved while working is, working with teammates. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.
How did my consideration of my “user” influence my work?
Our project was targeted to Vietnamese children and adults in local area. Thinking about our users changed our solution during our planning time. First, we thought of spreading the awareness by Facebook, but we realized that people in local area might not have access to Facebook. Therefore, we changed to spreading awareness by hanging posters around the local hospitals and clinics.
Based on this project experience, and other service experiences you’ve had, how can we engage in meaningful service learning that results in the true betterment of those in need?
Based on this human rights project experience, we can engage in a meaningful service and have great results by having contacts with other people around the world that has the same or similar interests and passion as you. You can help or improve the world by raising awareness and letting people know what is happening around the world. For me, I met my teammates because they had the same interest as me. We worked and raised awareness by creating posters for the local clinics and hospitals. These little steps results in the true betterment of those in need.
What did you learn from visiting other exhibits?
While walking around to visit other exhibits, I learned that other topics were crucial and was in need help. I thought my topic was the most serious problem that needed help and attention, but I realized that there were other problems that were much more in need of attention. Also, I learned many other creative ways to raise awareness and solve the problems.
In writing class, we wrote a poem and we chose 5~10 strong words and image to go with our poem. Using Wordfoto (app), we created a image that emphasizes the 5~10 words. After creating a image, we inserted in an app called Lifecards. We put our poem and the image that we created earlier and put everything together. Below is an explanation about how I used white space, line breaks, colors, images, etc.
So far, I exceed in math, sports, Mandarin and music than average students at SSIS. I have entered math competition this year and I am currently in mathlete (math club at school). I can play many different kinds of sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, soccer, swimming, etc. I also enjoy and am good at playing sports than average students. I learn Mandarin for my third language. I learn Mandarin at school, but also outside of school. I can play 3 instruments in total and started music in an early age. So far, those are my best qualities that I have.
What are your worst professional qualities?
I am very bad at everything that relates to technology. I am very bad at programming and doing projects using computer. I also don’t exceed in writing and reading because I don’t enjoy reading books. I am not good in social studies because I lack of historical knowledge. In addition, I am bad at persuading people because whenever I try to persuade my friends to do something, I always fail.
In this project on Imperialism, we focused on learning how Europe split Africa and had controls over Africa. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to analyze the documents in a deeper way. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.
What helped me stay organized?
The graphic organizers and the sentence stems helped me stayed focused. After completing each boxes, I knew what to do next and if I was stuck, I used the sentence stem to get started with it.
In P.E, we learned about healthy diet, so for our project, we brought in home-made healthy diet. Within our group, we planned the meal, what’s in our meal, what ingredients and made 2 servings. We had judges for our food which were the other group members. We got to share our food and eat healthy diet. It was fun and got to learn which food are healthy and which aren’t. Below are the screenshots of our book that we made with using iBook.
Lastly, write a short reflection on what you learned about persuasive writing, any challenges you may have had, what you feel you did well, what your opinion is of being a published writer, etc. If your article did not get published, embed your original Google doc in which you wrote your persuasive piece.
During the persuasive writing unit, I learned so many new techniques that I can use to make it very persuasive. For example, I learned and used short sentences, italics, repetitions, etc. I also learned that give feedback and receiving feedbacks are very important because I received a great feedback from my friend which helped improve my writing.
However, I had some challenges because I had too many reasons supporting my writing, so I had to shorten it. Also, my wordings were confusing which I had to fix and make it simpler and easier to understand. After all those hardships, I finally became a published writer! I never thought I would get my writing published on any website because I wasn’t confident in my writing. By this chance, I gained some confidence towards writing.
Below are the pictures of my writing on Teen Ink website.
I could not get a picture while my writing was voted first, but I still got when it was second! 😀
In writing class, we learned about line breaks and white spaces. We took one of our journal and changed it into a poem. I changed the color and the font. Below is a video of me explaining the reasons of making changes and adding colors in.
On last Friday, we had a student led conference where we explain and go through the things that we learned at school. None of the teachers are involved, so we are supposed to tell activities, projects, tests and all of those things to are parents. I think it was meaningful because our parents get to know what we learn and do in school. It was a great way to involve our parents into our learning.