Wonder and One of Us is Lying

Over the winter break, I re-read the book, Wonder. Inside the author uses different perspectives for each chapter to express different events that happen, and how those different characters feel/think. I found it interesting to see how the different environments that August was put in impacted his actions and behaviors. The way that August’s parents and his sister Via “protected” him when we got bullied and picked on shows how much his family cares for him.

The second book I also read over the break was One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. I particularly enjoyed this book as I feel as if it had a good mystery that caused me to want to keep on reading. The way the author carefully placed small clues throughout let me think of possible solutions that could’ve happened to Simon. But it makes me wonder what made Simon want to cause all this trouble for his friends to uncover and have to deal with.

If I were to write an essay on a book I have already read, I think it would be One of Us is Lying. This isn’t because it’s the most recent book I have read, but also how the author made the mystery of the book flow nicely, and how it kept making me want to skip forward and find out what happened. I would write my essay about how Simon carefully placed “clues” and set things up so that he could cover his own suicide and convince the police and his friends it was just a bad thing that happened while they were stuck in detention. (He knew he was allergic to peanuts so he made himself eat them and removed all surrounding Epi-pens)



Controlling Destiny- Final Process Journal

1.How do you feel now that you have finished the final acting scene?

It feels relieving to be done with something we’ve been working on for so long, and something we have worked so hard for.

2. I Used to think/Now I think – in regards to preparing for your final acting scene.

I used to think that during our performance everything needed to go exactly to plan, but after the performance when we realized we stuttered a bit or skipped a few lines I now think that acting is all about going with the flow, creating a realistic scene and not all about being perfect.

3. What did you do well? Your ensemble?

I think that I projected my voice well so that the audience could hear me, and enunciated my words clearly. I also tried talking at a speed the audience would be able to follow along comfortably with. I think that our ensemble improved with our blocking and handling props as we connected our movements to dialouge, and we knew when and where we needed to go/be.

4.  What do you feel you could do better on in the future?

I think that one major thing our ensemble could improve more on is just getting the script right first, as I am aware we skipped some lines, but it didn’t affect how our scene flowed. However, as an individual I feel like I could improve on my character development and more of the body movements my character would’ve maybe done.

5. Connect the process of creating a character, developing performance and performance to YOU in the future.

I feel like through the process of developing a character and performance will help me in the future as I can learn how to embody and notice specific details about people or the way a scene flows. It will also help me make wiser decisions as I will want to me more precise with everything I do.

Socratic Seminar Reflection

* What you did well in terms of interpretation, analysis of literary techniques, participation, and your use of language

I think that throughout the discussion I spoke more about my interpretation and analysis of the images and how it related to our questions. Such as the picture on page 63, when Junior first transferred to Reardan- I talked about how the picture is ironic, really displaying how Junior feels on the inside. I spoke 9 times in total, which I think is pretty good (better than I thought I’d do), and when I noticed somebody was not adding on or participating I tried to encourage them to talk by asking them a question.

* What specific things that other students did well in their Socratic Seminars?

When some other students spoke, they enunciated their words and spoke in a good volume for everyone to be able to hear. They also spoke in full sentences, with the context of what they were saying also organized in a logical order (so that the audience could easily follow along). They also asked open-ended questions to encourage more discussion amongst their group.

* 2-3 specific things that you think you could have improved on–with a plan for what you will do differently in your next Socratic Seminar.

  • Ask open-ended questions to encourage more questions
  • Prepare by trying to anticipate what others might say
  • Don’t panic and say things that aren’t logical (but do not hesitate either)

The French Revolution in Plain English ➣

Created by Maggie, Tracy and I; we introduce you to the French Revolution in Plain English, and what really happened. As we go through the major turning points and events of the French Revolution, we use cutouts to visually represent it for you. From the inequality of the three estates to a new emperor, we think the French Revolution was worth it. It helped France improve and as a country, ending up with equal rights and freedom.

Project ReCharge: Drama

This is our group in drama; Emily, Julian, Kevin, and I. We are acting out child labor chocolate being sold.

Looking back on Project Recharge, I learned the most important step when learning a new topic is to look at things from different perspectives. For example, when learning about the different types of governments, I discovered that I could understand how the different system worked better if I could imagine what people felt like if they were put in that position.

Before this project, I used to think how I saw the world was how everyone else saw it, now I think that everyone sees everything differently. For example, when I first ate chocolate, all my thoughts were all about how good it tasted, but as I dug deeper during this unit, we started learning the story behind chocolate. That some children my age have to work day to night to produce the chocolate I enjoy eating. This really impacted on how I saw the world, every time I eat or buy chocolate, I just think of all the children who are out there working for us.

Looking back on Project Recharge,  I realize that sometimes the story is bigger than the action we are taking to actually solve the problem. For example, we learnt about child labor in our chocolate, our clothes and in our phones, but do we do anything about this problem? No, not really, but after the board meeting, now I understand that this problem is really hard to completely solve. We have to take in account about everyone’s point of view, such as will the students be satisfied? Or will this actually make a difference? Things like this really matter as we care about these things so much, and it impacts our lifestyle if we do make a change.


Should We Be Able to Talk?

This is my absolute freedom of speech versus my limited freedom of speech point of view. Sorry if the words are tinsy tiny. The left side in pink is about absolute freedom of speech and the right side in purple is about limited freedom of speech. For a limited amount of speech, I chose to go with something along the lines of enough since having enough freedom of speech is still pretty limited.


Ignite Week: Humans of ISB

Define & Inquire:

In humans of ISB, we are interviewing and taking pictures of the humans of ISB. I am interviewing teachers of ISB to see what the happiest moment of their life was or what they worry about the most. After I interview them I took a portrait photo of their face that we will then draw using charcoal. During the exhibition, we will present our piece with a candid photo, along with the interview answer and our charcoal drawing. We are doing this so we can show others the people of ISB because they aren’t usually recognized.

I interviewed 3 teachers from ISB. Ms. Krista (Grade 6), Ms. Erin (Grade 2), and another TA from Kindergarten.

I choose to do Ms. Krista’s interview because I liked her answers to the questions I asked an example was…

What is something you worry about today?

I worry about what type of world you guys are going to have as you get older, I worry about that a lot because I think your generation and those younger than you are going to have to deal with a lot of things that I haven’t had to deal with and that makes me really worried.

I quoted her entirely and I think her story tells a lot.

Yesterday, we were introduced to charcoal by Mr. Northcott, and we made a value scale chart with it. I’m looking forward to starting our actual artwork tomorrow with charcoal. I will also need to take some candid shots for Ms. Krista.

Develop and Plan:

From the portrait I took, I made it into a charcoal art with shading value. Mr. Northcott helped us outline our charcoal drawing so it would take less time for us.

As you can see I used the scale value paper we made on Tuesday from Mr. Northcott to have the proper shades. The eyes were the hardest part for me to draw so Rebecca helped me draw some parts of them.

Create and Improve:

To make the drawing better, I added more details such as the smile wrinkles and some hair strands. I also shaded the hair to show the lighting difference. Mr. T also gave me some feedback on how I could make the shading look more realistic and 3D.


In Ignite Week, I think I improved in Creativity and Innovation especially by solving problems in drawing and photography. For example, when I was starting off the charcoal drawing, I didn’t know how to draw the hair since it was blonde and “white”, so I was thinking about all the techniques I learned from Mr. Northcott such as blending, mixing and shading, and I took the best option I think would suit it the best and blended the hair so it would make this blonde/whiteish effect with some white charcoal strands on top. While taking photos for my interview subject, they had class so I had to figure out how to take the picture fast. I used my phone to take the photos so I used shutter speed (burst) and zoom on my phone to get a nice, close up shot. Overall, during ignite week, I learned a lot of things and it was a fun experience. This could help me later in other projects that are similar to this, and I would know how to solve these problems already.

This is my final setup for the exhibition, it includes my charcoal drawing, my portfolio picture, plus my candid photo and my interview questions.


Project Collisions: Reflect

Looking back on Collision, I learned that the drop is actually is a really big component in drone delivery. For example, when delivering by drone I thought the drone would make a landing on the ground and then deliver like that, but after researching I realized to make the delivery faster, the companies design parachutes to drop the package from the sky. Before this project I used to think that when designing parachutes people only cared about the speed the object is falling at (velocity) now I think other than speed there are much more things to consider. For example, what if the package hits a person when its dropping? What happens if the package falls in the wrong place? This tells me that we need to focus on a lot more things just than speed, like accuracy of the package and the force it hits the ground. Looking back on Project Collision,  I realize that a lot of this project was trial and error, we had to drop it our project several times to keep revising over and over again until we were satisfied with our final product.

Wenyu River DO Collection

This a picture of Hazel and Samantha measuring the DO in the Wenyu River (Site 1).

January 25th, 2019

In January, the temperature in the Wenyu River was 5 degrees Celsius, and the dissolved oxygen in all 3 sites were -0.34. I notice that the data does not make sense, this might because of the technology we are using. So next time we collect data, we will try and use 2 different methods of collecting the dissolved oxygen. I wonder if this problem is from switching back and forth from a lab quest and a computer.


Project Collisions: Drop 1


Our team constructed the first design using some string, 2 big trash bags (reusable), a box and paper tissues.

We used a new box, it weighed 1.9kg, and the size was 37x34x11 in cm.

Multiple drops took place and we noticed that the parachute kept leaning to one side. In order to improve our design, we paid attention to the area where it failed. The following “FAILS” happened during the drop:

-it didn’t land on the target

-the parachutes didn’t really help

Some things also went well. Big successes include:

-the time we didn’t record it hit the target

-the parachutes didn’t break


For our next design, we will improve upon the first prototype by making the parachutes bigger.

We rewrote our procedure:

Data table:

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