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Swimming Unit

November
23

In this swimming unit, I was given the choice of choosing what skill in swimming I wanted to improve in. After, I planned drills that would help me achieve my goal. The first picture is a photo of me swimming freestyle in the first lesson and the second picture is a photo of me swimming in the 12th lesson which is the last lesson. My chosen SMART goal that I made at the beginning of this unit is to efficiently use turning underwater to become faster while switching strokes. I chose to do this because I feel it is a quick way of switching strokes when swimming more than 25 meters. A SMART goal is a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based goal.

I feel that I’ve improved my freestyle by pulling closer to my body and using more strength. You can see that my pull is closer to my body in the second picture. My head is also tilted more downwards in the second picture than the first. It is important to put your head down because if your head is faced upwards more it will help lead the body to stand up in the water. I’ve also improved my speed. The coaches timed my freestyle (50 meters) 6 times and my fastest time in the beginning of the unit was 42 seconds. At the end of the unit, we timed our 50 meters 6 times again and my fastest time was 38 seconds. Which indicates that I’ve improved because my SMART goal was about becoming faster in swimming 50 meters. The biggest change was definitely speed because I’ve improved by 4 seconds. Pulling closer to my body and strength training really helped me achieve my goal. Tumble Turning under water also helped me transition faster. Tucking in my chin and staying close to my legs was what helped me efficiently turn under water. Turning definitely improved my speed.

As I’ve mentioned before, I did a HIIT session at the beginning of the unit to time my 50-meter swim 6 times. I rest 30 seconds between each time to make sure I don’t get too tired. FITT stands for frequency, intensity, time and type. This helped me plan how I want to time my 50-meter swim. HIIT helped me plan my swimming sessions and what I wanted to do specifically on that swimming day. If I were to continue doing this unit I would absolutely use turning to improve my time for 50-meter backstroke. Overall, my 12 lessons in the swimming pool really helped me improve my time in freestyle. Turning improved my speed a lot and I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without the help of Ms. Hamada and the ISB Swim Team coaches. The FITT session helped me measure where I wanted to get to and doing cardio and strength training on land help me use my strength in swimming which improved my swimming speed. This has been a great unit and I feel that I’ve really stepped up and stuck to the hard work I wanted to do.

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Grade 8 Mentoring Trip

September
19

Our trip this year was unforgettable, the best thing about this experience was getting to know my classmates better. Throughout the trip, we went rafting and we also tried the Via Ferrata. The obstacle course was pretty life-changing for me, throughout the two hours we spent climbing we all supported each other non-stop and that’s what really helped us get through the end of the Via Ferrata. The rafting was great as well, we all communicated to build our rafts, some successful some not but everyone still had fun with or without falling into the water. We really did a good job of getting through all these activities together as a whole. We definitely demonstrated some of the core values of ISB such as communication, collaboration, and leadership. This was a great way to start off a school year!

 

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Oneday 2017- Volleyball serving pointers

January
26

On Oneday, Ireland, Emmi and I created a video of us giving pointers on volleyball serving. I also learned the pointers of volleyball serving, when I serve now my balls are harder and more successful. Our challenges were when we were filming our serves, it was really hard for us to find the right shot because we would make mistakes or make the serves to short or forget to film an important pointer. My impact was to give pointers to people who want to serve better in volleyball. I will continue on giving people pointers on serving for volleyball when they are struggling. I will continue with the pointers I got from teachers and the video.

 

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One Day Blog Post

March
25

Our one-day project was to create a tutorial for badminton. Yesterday we spent our school day playing badminton and making a tutorial video which we are all passionate about. We hoped that watching this video people will learn the different techniques. During this period of time we also learned a lot of new techniques from our peers and mentors.
At first it took us a while to find the a good location and our equipments but even though we started late we completed our  goal on time. We also had a lot of fun doing our project. It was a really good full day fitness exercise for us all.
– Clara, Lei, Archi

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Judicial Branch

May
21

Today we added a judge to our village! Harry is our winner but if he dies then Eileen takes over. We also have a Legislative branch which Nathan, Bernard, Smriti, and Christina are in. Whats happening around are village is that I have build a farm so I can eat bread. We have a Town Hall and it has everything we need and need to do. I build a Basement and a Balcony for a better and fancier house for us to live in. Judicial Branch is a person who judge on things like if someone breaks the law the person could sent him to jail. Legislative Branch is people who makes laws.

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Common Good

May
14

For common good I’m helping my friend Christina collect wood and we are making bread for our community.

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Feudalism

May
12

Feudalism is power, for example the king who has the most people and the most powerful army wins. After war the king and his vassals can take over the land. The nobles are ladies who has the same power as the king but there many of them so there basically rich, wealthy. The vassals are the people in the army . Peasants have no money they work for vassals and there poor. Feudalism is not a good way to organize a society because the system is not fair at all. What if the vassals get hurt then they die then the king will loose the war. The peasants have no food and they have to work for vassals and if the king is a good friend with a vassal then he might give some land to the vassal then the other vassals will get no land.

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April 29th 2014 Planet X459

April
29

Today on planet X459 me and Christina working on the walls our house and Marie is moving in. I’m making our basement to put our chest in it! I also went in to a forest to get wood. It’s so fun working with Christina!

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April 28th 2014 Planet X459

April
28

Today on Planet X459 I finally went back to my house. I went to get wood and CHRISTINA PLANT A FARM IN OUR HOUSE! I edited the wall with wood planks! I help the community by trading people with wood and helping Christina weed! Our house is going to be wonderful!

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April 24th 2014 planet X459

April
24

Today on planet X459 me and Christina edited our house. I made a furnace for us to eat because hunger is on. Me and Christina made our swimming pool better. i ate chicken beef and pork. Mana is making a farm so me and Christina are helping her so we can get bread!

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