COVID-19 Time Capsule

I still remember everyone being so excited for 2020 – the ‘new decade’. By the start Chinese New Year break in January, all my friends and myself were excited for a week off of school and wished the break could be longer. But today, June already—little did we know about how fast the pandemic could spread and affect our daily lives. Surely, COVID-19, the situations we are facing today, and what happened around us will be left as valuable snapshots and residues of history. To keep a record of this moment, I’ve gathered some sources and ‘artifacts’ for my digital time capsule.

1. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/11/economy/federal-reserve-chairman-powell-economy/index.html

Depressingly but definitely, the spread of the coronavirus had led to the downfall of the global economy. This article explains about the significant impacts the pandemic has on the economy, and elaborates on some causes, including precedents such as the trade war. The current situation has hurt businesses and workers, which led to an increase in unemployment. Another negative outcome includes the stock market crash.

2. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.html

This map shows the number of reported cases worldwide, and I think this helps a lot in geography. From this source, we can find patterns and trends about the spread of the pandemic. In addition, it clearly visualizes and maps out the severity in every continent, region, and nation.

3. A connection I have to this is relevant to the businesses, companies, and workers in Korea. Due to the economic challenges and burdens, some companies have had to temporarily decrease certain amounts of wages. Additionally, as the general citizens are all encountering challenges on a daily basis including the economical part, the Korean government has provided Emergency Disaster Relief Funds for households.

4. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/02/asia/coronavirus-drive-through-south-korea-hnk-intl/index.html

This is another article and a photo of the drive-through COVID-19 testing stations, again in Korea. I believe this links to political science and geography. From this source, we can find out about the different alternatives and solutions governments are taking to resolve and alleviate the current situation.

5. https://time.com/5846672/italy-orange-vest-protest/

The video in this article is about protests in Italy, opposing the measures taken by the Italian government to stop the spread of the virus. I think this connects to both history and geography, because it not only shows how people are responding and reacting to the situation, but also shows what’s happening in specific countries. Another reason for this to connect to history is that it reflects the gradual change of citizens’ responses and their resentment towards the government and their decision of completely locking down the country.

In all, I think the COVID-19 situation definitely will be looked back in the future, considering the historical, economic, political, and geographical impacts it has posed on our global society.

My Final Page of English 9

After a semester of getting used to high school and English class, and after a semester of e-Learning, the Humor Unit finally marked the end of my English 9 course. Through observing, analyzing, and interpreting one-act plays and poems, I learned a lot about language usage and the humorous effects it creates. As the unit began, I thought I would be able to work quite productively and learn the techniques. I learned that my analysis could differ from others based on my interpretation, as I could think of something in a different way based on my personal experiences and skills. Additionally, I learned that in both one-act plays and poems, the writer always has a purpose and intentions in doing something. In Mother Figure of Confusions, I found the stage directions and changes in characters’ behaviors particularly interesting, because it gradually created a humorous effect and had an interesting delivery of the story. In the poem Why We Oppose Pockets for Women, by annotating it, I learned that the poet created a humorous and ridiculous tone through various language devices, such as repetition, symbolism, and irony. For instance, in line 7, it says: “Because men are men, and women are women”, where “men” and “women” are repeatedly divided up—creating a humorous tone through its illogical reasons. A small challenge for me in this unit was that because humor and analysis are based on one’s interpretations, at times, I wasn’t exactly sure if I was analyzing it correctly. Therefore, I would like to learn more about the specific techniques and devices which effectively creates a humorous effect.

My SMART goal for this unit was to learn and get familiar with the language to create humorous effects, and also to manage my time well to get everything done. I think I was quite successful in using the resources provided and zoom sessions to learn more about the techniques and analysis. I attended zoom meetings to participate and clearly understand the tasks and instructions. In addition, I could also manage my time to get my work done and submitting them on time. I think this was how I was able to achieve the SMART goal I set for myself in this unit. At the same time, Based on how I tried my best to be responsible and have a positive attitude, I think I met the two Student as a Learner criterion quite well. I believe I still can improve on sharing and contributing more ideas to not only help my peers but also to help myself, and also in areas of challenging myself further.

I believe English 10 will open me to more exciting challenges. Some goals I have for my learning in English 10 would be to be open to challenges and positively confront them, to willingly learn new things, and to continue to try my best. Lastly, thanks to Ms. Marz, Mr. Dilts, and my classmates for an amazing year of English 9 class!

 

Works Cited:

Whiteley, Russell, and Alan Ayckbourn. Confusions. Methuen Drama, 2007.

“Why We Oppose Pockets for Women by Alice Duer Miller – Poems | Academy of American Poets.” Poets.org, Academy of American Poets, poets.org/poem/why-we-oppose-pockets-women.

G9 IDU Project Reflection

From January 6th to 22nd, we did the Grade 9 Interdisciplinary Unit Project. My teammates were Henry, Darren, and Gracie. I felt like this project required a lot of responsibility, collaboration, and a positive attitude, as it was done in groups.

I believe I was satisfactory/exemplary for the collaboration strand of the student as a learner. I feel like I was the one leading the group throughout the whole project. This is also my strength as a team member, as I know what to do and can help others for guidance as well. Although I have strengths, I also have areas to improve on. I think I should work more on taking a step back to wait for other team members to think through and add any ideas to the project.

Personally, this project wasn’t easy at all. Not only was it a new task for me to think of the project from all 4 subjects (English, Math, Science and Social Studies), but because collaboration was a large factor of leading the project to success as well. I found it quite difficult to cope with situations where my team members were unwilling to complete their individual tasks by themselves and only were wishing to rely on my work throughout the whole project, regardless of how we said we would have ‘fair distribution of work’ and we would ‘be responsible’ in our team norms/agreements. One of my teammates would say, “Jeehyun can hard-carry us”, and I felt pressured and sometimes even stressed due to that. For individual assignments that were to be submitted on DX, few of my teammates would also ask me for my work, while they weren’t wishing to understand the things I was doing and the things which were going on for the project. When we were choosing an inclusion issue to focus on, only one of our team members and I were the ones discussing. For analyzing data as a group, I was the only one working on using excel to make different types of graphs. On top of this, I had to make the presentation all by myself.

Not only that, I felt like communication was a big issue. Whenever I tried to ask for feedback and comments from my teammates, they would either not reply at all, or they would just say that it’s ‘good’. Often, we would have a teammate or two missing, and that left me and the other teammate with lots of extra work. When I had to miss school due to a school event, I got a message from a teammate saying that they don’t know what to do because I’m missing. For the final presentation, our group didn’t even have a proper practice, and I truly felt like we could’ve done better on our presentation (pitch) with more practice. Because of this, I felt that this was a big challenge and difficulty for me. Personally, I felt that while working as a team could be successful, as there are a number of people with various ideas, it sometimes wouldn’t be as successful at all, especially if the teammates are unwilling to work and achieve the goals together.

Although they are responsible for this, I believe I partially have responsibility for what happened with our group as well, because I sometimes just gave up and decided to ‘do everything’ for them. From this, I felt the importance of teamwork, collaboration, attitude, and clear communication. If I were to do this again, I would push all my teammates together along with myself, so that it’s done altogether, not just one person doing everything for the others. If I have the role of leading the group in the project again, I would really work on helping my teammates if necessary, but I would let them do their work by themselves, because it isn’t my role to complete all their tasks for their good. Because I have the chance to reflect upon this and take something away from it, I think I would work more successfully in future group projects, because now, I know more about the difficulties and challenges a group may face, and how to overcome them.

Aside from the challenges, I learned lots of lessons regarding both academics and student-as-a-learner. I learned how to analyze data using various methods, come up with a solution to a problem with regards to its sustainability, viability, and feasibility, and I also learned more about the quantitative and qualitative measures, as well as the limitations for data collection. With this, the IDU project was a valuable learning experience for me.

“Throwing a Ball” Project

From this activity, I learned how to apply various equations into real life situations. This relates to the concepts we learned in Algebra 1, as the y-axis graphs and the y-velocity graphs are based on the quadratic functions and linear equations. I think our group did well in our time management and getting all our work done. We were able to finish our project in time. Some problems and challenges we faced was the problem with LoggerPro. Because it was a software that we didn’t work with very often, we had to spend some time getting used to it and learning how to use it. An aspect that our group could improve is dividing the work more evenly, so that everyone takes a part of the job and improve our work efficiency. If we were to do this project again, I would plan better, so that we know what we should finish by a specific date/time. Overall, this project was very fun and interesting!

The Center of the World

“To maintain sustainable economic development, we need to shift our focus from speed to quality.”

– Li Yuanchao, the Vice-President of China

 

中国 (zhōng guó)—China, directly translates to ‘a country in the center of the world’. Just like its name suggests, China is standing firm in the center indeed, both geographically and economically. However, the recent decline in China’s economic growth rate strongly suggests that the Chinese economy is gradually slowing down. As many countries around the world heavily depends on the trade and economic relations with China, China’s economic slowdown impacts all those countries as much as it impacts China itself. The development of the economy means that it would solve other urgent and serious problems such as income inequality, quality of education, unemployment and many more. It’s a great component of the society and nation to develop in many ways yet China’s facing economic problems and barriers. This means that it would take much longer for all these problems to be solved. Economy is not just simply about the money. Economy and the growth rate tells us not only about people’s incomes, but it also about the social issues, problems and challenges. To take another step ahead, from a developing nation to become a fully developed nation, economic growth is the key.