My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule

The artifact above reflects both historical and economical views of social studies. The massive gatherings of people to participate in protests on job losses. Due to lockdowns to prevent wide spreadings of COVID-19, many workers could not go to their workplaces eventually becoming fired from their jobs. Furthermore, due to economic decline, many companies are moving their factories resulting in fewer opportunities for people to earn money. Since the whole world is suffering from the same economic problem due to a virus, the conflict could be considered historic similar to the Spanish Flu.

The artifact above shows Americans protesting against their government to stop lockdown in order to work and get back their jobs. This can be reviewed on economic and political perspectives. Since people aren’t allowed to freely go outside, many people lost their jobs. As their conflict deepens, the support rate of the current government is decreasing.

As the fear of COVID-19 grew, people began to perform social distancing of staying at least a meter away from each other. This became a ‘norm’ around the world which is very historical. Before the WHO announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic, the public, especially from countries with fewer numbers of confirmed cases (Europe, America…), people ignored the importance of social distancing. But as the pandemic threatened the world, the behavior of the public began to change. People started to line up waiting to buy groceries and even in open spaces like parks.

The artifact above is a screenshot of my Instagram, where my friends uploaded posts to protest about racism. They were angered by the death of George Floyd, who was killed by police officers’ overreaction. The online protest is historical because the hashtag #blacklivesmatter spread across the world to fight against racism towards different skin colors.

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Final Reflective Blog Post

Throughout this unit of ‘Humor’, I have learned many literary techniques and their effects on developing humor in drama and poetry.

Since this was my first time learning drama and humor in literature, I had a few confusions at the beginning about the ‘humor’ itself. While reading the short plays in “Confusions” by Alan Aycknbourn, it was difficult to analyze humor because I was not familiar with English humor and the phrases they use. However, as I slowly processed, I began to notice the different but unique features in drama. The literary devices of irony, anaphora, juxtaposition, sarcasm, alliteration, symbolism, and many more techniques were utilized to perform a specific effect on the reader making the play enjoyable and entertaining. Furthermore, as I analyzed “A Talk in the Park,” I was surprised how authors can convey heavy themes of discrimination, sociological pressure, and prejudice incorporating humor in literature. To improve my skills in analyzing humor in writing, I would like to deepen my understanding of English humor (both British and American).

When I first saw the document introducing our final unit, I was really worried about my skills in organization and time management. Eventually, I set my SMART goal of keeping my deadlines and reducing procrastination to focus more on the work. Throughout the unit, I was surprised by how my procrastination has improved. Unconsciously, I was prioritizing my work and did not go off the track. I have met my goals for submitting dialectical journals; however, for poetry analysis, I was about 2 hours late. As I kept track of all the schoolwork that I have, I realized that a lot of assignments were due simultaneously. Even though I thought I mostly met my SMART goals, I still had more room for improvement.

I think my Responsibility and Attitude of the SAL standards are each satisfactory and exemplary. I do believe my preparedness and willingness to accept feedback in this class are strong, but I could have done better in meeting the deadlines. For Attitude, I think my engagement in many zoom meetings were constant and tried to communicate with my peers. Moreover, I was able to set my goals and successfully achieved them independently. To develop my skills, I am hoping that I will participate in discussions more actively and reinforce myself not to procrastinate next year.:)

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Oprah Winfrey 2018 Golden Globes Award Speech

Jiyu Lee 님의 Oprah Winfrey

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Propaganda Poster Visual Annotation

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IDU Reflection

Between winter break and Chinese New Year holiday, the whole 9th grade students had a project called “Interdisciplinary Unit (IDU) Project” learning about ‘inclusivity’ and ways to promote it in our ISB community. During this project, our team (my teammates were May and Ronan) faced many moments where we had to test our abilities on responsibility, collaboration, and communication.

I assessed myself as satisfactory close to exemplary on the collaboration strand in students as a learner rubric. During the project, I tried really hard to include every voice in my team in every choice we made. Before making a decision such as deciding the target audience, I always asked everyone’s opinions and their participation to make final decision. When a teammate was playing with another 9th grader during community time or team time, I tried my best to remind the teammates about one of our norms, “actively participate in group discussions”. I collaborated with my teammates to equally distribute work among us, but it didn’t always turn out well and I had to be patient to remind the member about our norms. I think waiting patiently and guiding my members is one of my strengths that I have figured through this project. When a teammate was confused about our PowerPoint, I explained more than 3 times for the member to fully examine what he or she had to write for his or her script which took me about 40 minutes. I could have given up in explaining the assignment, but I felt like if I give up and do their work, they would just repeat their irresponsibility and rely on other members. I also found out that I am able to bring out topics and start discussions for my team to stay on topic. For example, when my teammates are hesitating to start the conversation, I am able to start the conversation to break the silence and let the members relax a bit. However, I think I should still work on my communication skills. When my members are sending reminders or are asking questions about their tasks on Wechat, I was not replying back because my phone was muted, and I didn’t check my phone often enough.

When I began this project, it was very refreshing how we made our own team agreement/norm. The rank of my team’s norms/agreements based on their importance are:

  1. Work should be equally distributed.
  2. Know your responsibilities (complete work with high quality by due date).
  3. When conflict arises between team members, we initially will negotiate to make a deal and if further help is required, we will consult a teacher/mentor.
  4. Actively participate in group discussions.
  5. Communicate with maturity/respect others through the WeChat group.
  6. If one team member is absent on any given day, he/she may attempt work from home, and when the above option isn’t available the other members may split the extra workload.

Personally, I think the norm ‘work should be equally distributed’ in group projects is the most important because inequality in the distribution of work happens almost in every group project where teammates would leave the work on one or few other teammates. The least important norms that we had was number 6, ‘If one team member is absent… extra workload’ because all of my teammates didn’t have any school-related activities happening during the project meetings except myself who was absent two school days due to sicknesses. Although these two norms mentioned before were ranked by their importance, I also think these norms follow the rank based on their difficulties. The norm ‘work should be equally distributed’ was the most difficult norm to follow in our group. One teammate was procrastinating its own work until the last night before the presentation and I had to finish the ppt and tell the person what to write for the script. Furthermore, I had to work on extra slides and its script since some of my teammates gave me their work. The easiest norm that our team was able to follow was the same as my least important norm which is ‘If one team member is absent… extra workload’. As I explained before, it was the easiest because we didn’t have any other absence than my 2 school days’ absence so there weren’t any conflicts that we had to cope with.

During and after the project, as I reflected on my group work, I realized that collaboration is very important in group projects. The collaboration was really valuable when we had to brainstorm about our solution because we needed many ideas as possible from all of our brains. Also, when we were separately working on the ppt and the script, collaboration was required to organize our thoughts and prevent any confusion during the process because we were working at different stages. However, there were also challenges that occurred during the project. First, there were conflicts occurring in a teammate’s responsibility in collaboration. One of my group mates didn’t do their work in time until the last night, which left extra work for another member and I. Since we didn’t realize the problem until the last day, our group had to call in WeChat for 5 hours until 12 o’clock in the morning of presentation day. Honestly, I can’t say how we reacted to the problem was right and more could have been done to prevent the issue. To check each member’s responsibility, we could have discussed each person’s progress during team time or community time. However, even in team time and community time, one member kept went away from our group and went to play with its friends in class and just asked us to do the work. To manage this challenge, I think my other teammate and I should have strongly responded to its irresponsibility and ask the friends to stop disturbing our teammate. We could also have asked for the teacher’s help. Lastly, there were some problems making consensus in group discussions. Since we had different ideas it was hard to choose only one idea among others, but it was easier to overcome compared to other problems that arose because it was easily controllable by negotiating through respect and patience.

Through the IDU project, I learned many lessons not only about inclusion in communities but also about collaboration. Personally, learning how to Microsoft Excel was interesting to me because it is a life skill that will still be used after I graduate. I believe that the IDU project has left me valuable memories and lessons in a short period. Next time if I have a chance, I hope I can find out better ways to improve inclusivity in ISB.

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Holiday Reading Goal

During the holiday I am planning to read The Mysterious Benedict Society written by Trenton Lee Stewart:

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Reading Grade 9

This year I read two books. One of them is “Red Queen,” which I found to be interesting. I am continuing the series of the Red Queen and started to read the next book “Glass Sword.”

I also finished “To Kill A Mockingbird,” which was very enjoyable.

I think I should read more frequently because compared to the beginning of 9th grade, I forget to read every night. I started to the “Glass Sword” about 2 weeks ago and still couldn’t get through half of the pages, which shows I am not reading enough right now.

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I chose to read the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard becauase my friends strongly suggested me to read the book from last year, and since the book was always borrowed in the library I didn’t have a chance to read it.

My Goal for This Year: I would really like to spend at least 30 minutes a day to read books, because I have a little trouble finding time to read books. Also I wish to read at least one book per month.

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Throwing A Ball

I learned how the RMSE means and how it relates to real life situation, it relates to parabola, line regression and drawing graphs that we learned this year.

I think our team did great on filming the video because we didn’t had to throw the ball multiple times.

I think the challenge was dividing the work because the video had to be made in one computer and we couldn’t find a better way to make it.

One aspect that our team could improve is adding more ideas like relating the informations with real life examples or elaborating it with more explanation.

If I could do this again I would adjust the place where we put the ruler because it was hard to see one of the rulers end.


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