It was my first time writing a newspaper article in my life. So there were numerous things that I didn't know before. For example, as a newspaper article writer, I couldn't be biased. For me, the hardest part about journalism is you need to write about background information for those who don't know anything about the text in my newspaper article. For instance, my newspaper article is about SSIS being the 1st Apple school in Vietnam. So I needed to a background research of the computer mackintosh, what apple school is and more.

It was most amazing that I actually wrote a piece of a newspaper article. In addition, the fact that together in a group, put newspaper articles in the newspaper format that we designed. It is amazing that we designed a newspaper format that my team wanted by using the software in Apple computers and how we can cooperate together and publish a whole newspaper.


Probably for the next quarter, I want to work on more in-depth research based on the topic that I am researching on. Also, work on hooks or titles that HOOK people to read like a click bait. Short and simple but also really effective.

Last Monday, all the grade 7 students did a renaissance project. Seung A and I worked together on this project and decided to do a project about 'Famous paintings and techniques'. We further researched about the famous Renaissance paintings and techniques and decided to narrow the topic to 'How did the painting technique contribute to the famous Renaissance paintings'. We decided to make a presentation about the information. However, we soon realized that we need to catch the audience's attentions to come to our station, we decided to make a stand that looks like a museum. I mainly worked on the presentation and stand when Seung A worked on the script and also the presentation.

On the Renaissance fair day, we presented out information to Middle and Elementary students. When little came to our station, they just wanted to play with iPad so we out the iPads on the side and made them focus on the content of our work. It was quite surprising that most of the kids knew the majority of the paintings and names of the art. For our interactive activity, we used drawing application on iPad and asked our audience to use the painting technique and imitate one of the art works. However, since kids were young, they didn't fully understand what we meant so we changed the rules a little bit. We told them to either draw one of the famous paintings or demonstrate the painting techniques.

From this project I learned that it is better to improvise and change some of your presentation or activity in order to meet the target audience and make them get engaged more.


April 13th

What did your group achieve today? Who did what? Where is the evidence?

We painted layers of cardboard in different colors and silver lines. Kai Ting and I mostly did the work together. Our wonderful teamwork is the evidence and the outcome.

What did you do well today as a group?

We were very efficient and painted all the layers. It was evident that our work is changing in each class.

What is the plan for next class? Who is doing what?

Finish painting the silver lines and start decorating the facade of the building. Together we are one.


April 17th

What did each of you do today? Write or Record your part don’t leave it to your groups.

Today we decorated the “roof” of our model with colored tissue paper, feathers, and wires to make it look like a garden (like how Hundertwasser had roof gardens on his work). We worked together sticking the parts onto the model and decorating.

What problems are your group members facing?

We worked really well today and didn’t have many troubles. We took quite a long time on putting the small details onto the roof garden but overall everything went smoothly.

Did you work on the job you mentioned in the last reflection? If not why not? What exactly is your plan for next class? How does this compare to your group needs

We finished what we mentioned in the previous reflection and we did some extra (roof garden) work. Our plan for next class is to continue decorating the windows and the facade. We also hope to start making the columns in the next 2 class or so.


April 25th

What did each of you do today? Write or Record your part don’t leave it to your groups.

Each of us created our own column to make contrasting styles in our facade. We decorated some windows together such as putting some cotton balls on the windows and more.

What problems are your group members facing?

We had some challenges deciding on which materials should we use to make our columns stabilize and more.

Did you work on the job you mentioned in the last reflection? If not why not? What exactly is your plan for next class? How does this compare to your group needs?

Next class we are going to strengthen the columns and make the stand to make the facade free-standing. We might also decorate the facade a little more, but we are basically finished with our model.

During our social studies class, we did role playing activity. The roles were all based on the people during the Renaissance. Either in individuals or partners, everyone got their roles and played the games in the character’s perspectives. I, myself, was with Seung A and we were the Machiavelli, really powerful judges during the Renaissance era. Students divided themselves up through guilds which are sort of like of group working together. Machiavelli, who I played as was in the major guilds. Based on the dice, from 1 to 20, lower the number is, lower the chances are and vice versa. It was quite interesting how the story changes and how all the people participated in the society during the Renaissance.

There were some artists in our role playing game, so I could clearly see that Renaissance actually was flourished in art. In addition, based on the game, it was evident that people in the guilds worked together to help each other and developed the society. In addition, since merchants were in the major guilds, which demonstrates that merchants were really rich during the Renaissance period and commerce and trade were really influential on people’s lives. However, I am still curious why artists don’t have guilds.

I really liked the game because it made me get more engaged in what I am doing and made me focus more on the learning. In addition, it was easier and enjoyable. I actually want to play this game again sometimes. 

Individual Blog Post 1
What did your group achieve today? Who did what? Where is the evidence?

In Today's art class, I worked on finishing sketching all the windows on the cardboard, cutting windows, creating a fence out of tape roll, and created twisted and curved little columns. My partner, Kai-Ting, did the same thing as I did. We have 4 layers of cardboard in total, so each of us got 2 layers and cut out windows.  However, this time, Kai-Ting did work more than I did because she painted the floral patterns on the tape role while I was struggling with cutting a thick cardboard.

What did you do well today as a group?

I have seen other groups shouting at each other and having communication troubles. On the other hand, my group, Kai-Ting and I listened to each other's opinion respectfully and applied all the ideas that we have in our minds on our facade of the building.

What is the plan for next class? Who is doing what?

Next class, we are planning on coloring the cardboard and decorate windows. Again, Kai-ting painting two layers of cardboard and myself coloring other two layers. We are not sure about the windows yet, but we are planning to decorate windows together.

Today's class progress image (Before-After)

Individual Blog Post 2

What did you personally achieve today?- Describe how- what techniques did you use?

I finished making the window frames with different colored wires and glued them around or on the windows. Since Hundertwasser used different windows, I bend wires in different shapes or patterns. For example, some of the window frames are curvy like waves meanwhile others are twisted with several other wires. In addition, I also painted the half of the skin colored layer and added double sided to tape on every layer. To add more, I also colored and painted the windows on two layers.

How did the rest of the group do today? (any issues) Did they all have jobs and assist with the progress of your sculpture? Explain

In general, my group went pretty well today. My partner, Kai-Ting, and I divided our jobs equally. Our today's progress was to color the bottom part of the facade and to polish our windows. We all did equal jobs. However, I was the one who was focusing more on the windows while Kai-Ting was more on painting the cardboard.

What challenges did you face today (if any)?

In many times, it was quite challenging to choose a color for the bottom of the facade. As you can see the picture, my team used a skin color. The skin color came out after our exploration of colors. First, personally, I  wanted to do bright colors but soon realized it makes us to just concentrate on that bright color not the actual work. In addition, I mixed neon pink, yellow, and white, the colors that I wanted to use in this project, and eventually the skin color came out. I think it matches really well!

What are your last steps/ plans to complete this task? (2 classes left) This can be individually what you’ll do or group.

I can not believe that there are only two classes left, however, for next class, I am thinking of making and putting columns to our facade, gluing fences on the work, and lastly the most important thing, roof garden on the top of the building.

Watercolour Lollipop Tree Painting






































Hundertwasser was famous for his lollipop trees, this is my interpretation of my style.
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Spirals Life Cards 


His Elements

Painting Progress

Final Canvas Painting Inspired by Hundertwasser

Reflection Video

Link to Hundertwasser Video Reflection on youtube

My legs kick from hips to my motor boat feet which are very proficient. I rotate my shoulders, reach fingers forward and pull to my thigh in order to breathe and pull the water. I even bent my elbow higher so I can swim more efficiently. To breathe and not drink water, I turned my head to the side and put my ear down.

Since I thought that I am not very good at breast stroke, I tried my best to do a proper swim stroke. Like a frog, I folded my leg and stretched it. I alternate with pull an opposite part glides. For example, as I fold my arms, my leg glides and vice versa. I breathe by pulling off water to the side and head straight up. I alternate kick and pull.

I did long kicks from hips. I tried to put my head back and chin up so I can look straight up to the ceiling and not to drink water as possible. As I put one arm up, opposite shoulder goes up and vice versa for another side. However, in the video, I could see myself slapping my hand into the water instead of thumb coming out and pinkie down going in. So probably next time I can work on this.

For water filter project, the major goal was to create clean water for people living in rural areas in Vietnam. Our requirements were no sediments including salt and copper. Plus, provide water with an acidity neutral and produce at least 15ml of water.screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-6-27-49-pmAt first, we had two different ideas. One is using evaporation to clean water and another one using charcoal and cotton.

The prior result of the contaminated water was acidity of 3-4 ph level, 400-500 ppm of copper, low turbidity, and has quite a lot of salt. For our first attempt, we didn't make many differences. It was still acidity of 3-4 ph level but very low turbidity. However, we couldn't test copper and salt out since we didn't have enough water. For our second attempt, we made water neutral since we added baking soda into the water and made turbidity very low. However, like last time, even though we spent our whole class time, we couldn't get enough water to test copper and salt out. For our final attempt, we tried out another idea that we had. We could produce much more water than the previous way so we could test out all the materials. The acidity was neutral, 160-200 ppm for copper, turbidity was very low, but we still couldn't get rid of the salt. Which means it is still not drinkable.













The materials that my group used are beakers, cling wrap, rock, hot plate, rubber band, and baking soda. For our first attempt, we didn't make any major or minor differences but to lower the turbidity level. However, we couldn't test copper and salt since we didn't have enough water.  Based on research, we found out that by adding baking soda to the water, we can raise the ph level of the liquid.

Our second attempt, we added baking soda to the contaminated water and used scotch tape to secure the inner beaker. And also put a hole in the wrap to let the steam out. We made the water neutral and lowered the turbidity. However, like last time, we didn't have enough water, (less than 15ml which doesn't meet the requirement to test) even though we spent whole class time. we decided to try our plan B for our next attempt.

The last attempt, the filter made out of cotton, we made the water neutral, no sediments, and 160-200 ppm of copper. However, since we added baking soda to the water, the water turned out blue and we couldn't get rid of the salt.

For our next step, we need to do research on how to get rid of the salt from water.

Our group pretty worked well, but  we sometimes forgot to put on safety goggles which are very important for our safety. Plus, while we were testing the first attempt out, we forgot to put a hole in the cling wrap the let the steam out. All of us respected each other's ideas and voices.

My final product is a video of my final poem. The first time when I started this project, I thought that it won't be hard or challenging. However, we needed to use CC0 public domain photos or put credits for each picture. Besides, I had trouble shooting with my 'imovie' because the color contrast between the image and the text was kind of hard to match. It was a little bit awkward to record myself reading my own poem. However, I used my brain a lot to check when the emphasize and how to convey my feelings. But I still think that I could've done better to convey my feelings by using different tons of voice. When I watched my final video, I was so proud that the images went well with texts. Also, the calming and soothing voice suited well with it, too. I think my voice in the video helped me to understand the poem better. At some points, my voice went up to high pitch to emphasize a word such as 'uniqueness' or 'you' at the end. My background music is a bit quiet but the music is really cheerful and soothing which develops the mood of the poem. The photo that I used for the word 'uniqueness', I think the image carried all the things because it was the main thing that I wanted to show throughout my poem.

In quarter one, language art class, all of us did ‘learning how to learn’ presentation. Luckily, Melody and I got to present in front of the parents. We presented scientific materials like how our brain works and how we learn. It was great for me to inform parents about the materials that we have learned over the quarter.

In writing class, for quarter one, we worked on poetry. First, I wasn’t really sure how to write poems nor like poems. Besides, it was kind of challenging for me to add figurative languages in my poems and to clearly convey my message to readers. But now, even though it is still hard for me to convey the clear image or message to readers,  I enjoy writing and reading poems.

As I mentioned before earlier, in Language Art class, we learned about learning how to learn. I learned that we need to keep practice the materials that we learned in order to make our learning permanent. Besides, use amazing techniques like recalling or chaining in order to memorize things deeper and quicker.

I think I didn’t try all my best this quarter. So I would like to try all my best for all projects and assignments and show my effort through my work.