English Reflective Blog Post

In this unit, I learned that the writers can use a variety of techniques such as hyperbole, irony, and figurative languages to create a humorous effect, which helps them to portray the characters, reveal the plot and deepen the themes. For example, in the one-act play “Mother Figure” by Alan Ayckbourn, he effectively uses the technique of irony. When Terry does not want to finish the milk, Lucy sings “Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie, Kissed the girl and…”, which is a nursery rhyme. This is ironic because both Terry and Rosemary are adults; however, Lucy treats them as children. The irony here serves to make the audience feel more entertained, hopefully creating more empathy for the absurd relationship and Lucy’s lack of connection with other people. Moreover, in the poem called “Sick” by Shel Silverstein, the poet uses hyperbole to create a humorous effect. For example, the girl claims that her “tongue is filling up” her “mouth” (15). The language is being exaggerated because what the narrator says is not realistically possible. By doing so, the poet dramatizes the text and effectively shows the readers how absurd these reasons are, which makes them laugh at this little girl and her hilarious attempt to pretend to be sick.

I met a satisfactory level for the “Attitude” criteria. Throughout the school year, I always gave my best effort in English class, making sure that the quality of my work is high.  Since I am a perfectionist, I revised my assignment again and again because I  believe in a saying, ” there is no best, only better”. Therefore, I always tried to see if I could make my writing more descriptive and thorough, editing my work carefully. I am also able to set an achievable and realistic goal and work towards it. What I could do next time is to take more risks to advance my learning because we should not regard failure as something to be ashamed of. Instead, we need to challenge ourselves more to improve our learning.

I think that I met a satisfactory level for the “Responsibility” criteria. Since I always found some parts that I was not satisfied with, I revised my writing again and again even in the last minutes until I turned in because I want to produce high-quality work (links to the previous paragraph). Therefore, since the most recent ones in the humor unit were self-paced assignments, I used this opportunity to make my works better. I chose to take time and improved the quality of my work. As a result, I used more time but still managed to complete them in May, which is before the final deadline, June 3rd. For the other aspects, I always checked teacher and peer feedback carefully and tried my best to use them to improve my works. I also kept all of my English resources online and was able to use and find them whenever needed, so I could be prepared and ready to learn. What I could do better next time is to make sure that I turned the assignments earlier and managed my time better. Even if I want to write great works, I should set a time limit to avoid working for too much time and exceeding beyond the time limit.

There are several challenges in this unit. Since I switched to e-learning for the first time in my life, it took me a little bit of time to adjust to this new learning environment. Moreover, I had no experience in analyzing drama and poetry, so it took me a lot of time to understand the text thoroughly. For me, poetry was especially challenging because it consists of many information in very few words. However, after this unit, I felt both more comfortable and confident in reading and analyzing them.

For English 10, my goal is to make sure that I read more books because this is a really important way to improve my English skills and learn more vocabulary. I also want to make sure that I constantly asked questions to teachers and peers if I do not understand the concepts or tasks. Finally, I should check DX and emails every day to avoid missing any important information.

Overall, I think that this year’s learning was a wonderful experience! I really enjoyed acquiring new knowledge with Dr. Maloney and interacting with my peers. I hope that I could improve myself in English 10!


IDU Project Reflection

During the previous weeks, the Grade 9 students had an Interdisciplinary Unit Project which we learned about the inclusion issue in the ISB community and tried to find solutions to solve it. During this project, my team and I worked really successfully. However, we faced some challenges and could improve in some areas.

I assessed myself as satisfactory on the “collaboration” strand of the student as a learner rubric. During the project, I always made sure that I listened to everyone’s opinions in a respective way. For example, before we chose our target population, I suggested that we should have a discussion in the group so that everyone had the chance to express their idea and involve in the whole process. My strength as a team member is that I have really good leadership skills. When the other teammates were on the verge of conflict because of their different opinions on the menu, I was able to mediate between them. When we did not know which part of the scrip went wrong, I gave some useful feedbacks and led them to solve these problems. However, I think that I can complete my work earlier so that we have more opportunities to practice. Also, I need to make sure that I use English all the time because since Jasmine and I both speak Chinese, we might make the other people feel excluded.

I think that the most important norm is putting ideas on the table. The other six norms are important as well; however, if we are not able to express our ideas and discuss it, the time will be wasted and it will be impossible to finish the work. By throwing out ideas, the discussion will be more effective. If there are no ideas, we cannot find the final solutions. I think the easiest norm for me to implement is presuming positive intentions because I knew my teammates really well and there was a good degree of trust in our group. Since we were all working toward the same goal which was developing solutions that improved our community, I knew that everyone in the group was helping me. The most difficult norm for our group was paying attention to self and others because since teachers were not supervising the students all the time, some of them could be off tasked. Also, when our group found the solutions and started to work on it, it was very easy for us to forget to listen to each other because we focused on our own part too much.

Collaboration is valuable when we are trying to generate ideas. Sometimes, it can be hard for us to be creative. Therefore, with other people, we can open our minds and collaborate with each other to form more ideas. When we are trying to think about the solutions for our inclusion issue, everyone in our team shared their thinking. There are some challenges definitely. For example, one of our teammates wrote more than half of the scrip on her own. She complained about it and was a little bit angry. However, other people claimed that they did not know what to do because no one told them their assigned parts. Therefore, the lack of communication and misconception could lead to some conflicts and confusion. This challenge can be solved if different parts are assigned to everyone before they work so that everyone knows what they need to do. There can be argument as well when there are different opinions. For example, some of the teammates wanted to create a regular menu that served traditional food every day, while some people wanted to create an international week menu that only lasts for a week. When such conflicts happen, the group needs to pause and discuss the pros and cons of the solutions. Then, people can convince each other or try to vote.

In conclusion, collaboration is a really important skill in group work. Through the IDU project, I learned to communicate and collaborate with different people. Even though there were some challenges for our group, we were still able to work with each other and achieve our final goal.