The End of a Journey named CAS

First thing first – it’s been a quite long time since I’ve blogged, and the reasons are pretty obvious … not only I am now year 13 and I have loads of studies to do, but also I have stuffs relating to my future such as university. And the combination of those factors made me a little busy. Many things happened: predicted grades, university application, CAS completion, and just the news that I am going to my first and last formal! But the focus of this blog is, as you can probably guess from the title, is about Creativity, Activity, and Services – or CAS which is what we are more familiar with.

So before the half-term holiday I had my CAS completion interview with Mr Brown, and had another one after the holiday. In these 2 sessions, me and Mr Brown discussed my development over the almost-2 years on the 3 components of CAS, regarding the 7 learning outcomes, which are:

I cannot remember every words I said during the interview, but I will do my best to recap it and give a summary of what happened in the interview, and overall what I have done over the last 2 years.

So to begin I think the first question was Define in specific terms what you achieved in your service project/s and the degree to which you are satisfied with the outcome. This question related to my 3 projects – 2 individual projects, and 1 group project. My first project was a bee-bot project, a project that was suggested by Mr Thirkell. This project involved designing a mat for the bee-bot, which is basically a car-like robot that can be moved as the direction and movements are set.

 (using some old photos xD )

So in this project, I basically completed the mat, which looks like:

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Therefore, I recognize this mat as my outcome in my first service project, which still hangs on my wall. I am generally satisfied with this outcome, as I was not only able to demonstrate my passion toward CAS, but also was able to demonstrate my creativity by designing my own bee-bot mat. However, I believe that I could have done a ‘better’ job by actually having some practical uses of the mat, such as by giving the primary school students a lesson with this, which was what originally was intended. (I was not able to do this, as the schedule didn’t quite match)

In my second service project, which was the trundle wheel project, I started with some trundle wheels as shown in the photo, and tried to design some kit in order to teach Mathematics to the Sekolah Bisa! children. However I had no substantial outcome for this project, as this was a short-term project and I switched to my next project. Hence I was not so satisfied with this project’s outcome, as all I did from this project was to learn how to operate them myself. I think it was mainly due to the fact that I was over-confident with the first service project and ‘didn’t really need anyone to help me’, which obviously didn’t work out. This taught me that I couldn’t work on my own forever, and expect things to go as smoothly as possible.

 

Then I joined a group service project – one of the largest, and perhaps one of the most important group in BSJ CAS, as this project was (and is) concerned with the welfare of Sekolah Bisa! children, by taking care of their food, health, and possibly education. Obviously this project was there for a quite long period of time, so I’m not taking much credit for this one. However, I can say that I was responsible for the ‘food’ part, by managing the Rice Rack.

And the key part of the management for me was to make an emailing system that would send thank-you-for-donating-rice mails to the donors, so that they would be motivated for future donation and would feel that they are doing something worthwhile. I began collecting the email addresses, and the presence of the box collecting the contact details certainly seemed to have an impact upon the rate of donation. So in this project I am somewhat satisfied with the outcome, but I wish I could have took a more active role, possibly having  role where I actually contacted the Sekolah Bisa! directly.

 

And then the second question came – Define what you have audited/assessed to be the benefit of your service to others; the sustainability of the impact and the what way/s might you have added greater value. This is also relating to the service aspect of CAS, and relates to my 3 projects. Firstly, I admit that my first two projects had no substantial benefit toward the society, as I was not able to offer a realistic lesson to whoever it could have been. However, I believe that I was able to ‘make a difference’ while I was in the Optimal Health team. This is as I was assuming the role of collecting food, which is an important role, as we need food for survival… As for the sustainability, I guess the Rice Rack wouldn’t be suddenly destroyed, so I believe that the new Year 12s would be able to carry on with the projects and certainly do a better job with innovative improvements! But then I could have enhanced the contribution toward others by having made contact with the children in all my 3 projects – it might be an excuse, but the busy nature of an IB student prevented me from actually going to Sekolah Bisa! (I’ve only been there once) and therefore not helping me from making more meaningful contribution.

 

The third question was: What is the single most significant learning outcome for you that is transferable to the next stage of your life and beyond? There are two main learning outcome that I found to be significant to myself in their own ways. The first one is LO 7, which is ‘I recognize ethical issues, I act ethically‘. I have found this learning outcome to be challenging at the beginning of CAS, as I was not really aware of the ethical problems around us, such as poverty in the periphery. However throughout the 2 years in CAS I came to recognize some ethical issues in my service projects, especially in the Optimal Health group where I was responsible for supplementing the local children’s food. That is one learning outcome which I was not aware of before CAS, but I am aware of, and know the importance of it now.

The second important learning outcome for me was LO 5: ‘I demonstrate collaborative skills, I recognize benefits of collaboration‘. This is because I was (an still is) a shy guy, pretending to work on my own rather than in a group. However, my first 2 service project taught me that as well as I can do on my own, I sometimes needed support and colleagues to work together with. In my third project, I had less responsibility and hence less pressure than I did in my first 2 projects. This enabled me to work somewhat work more efficiently as I had people to watch my performance, and eventually lead to a more substantial outcome. Being in a group project really led me to appreciate the importance of a communicative society.

 

The post is getting a little and long, and I’m getting worried that Mr Brown would stop halfway … so I will summarize the answer to the interview question. Then we discussed about the sustainability of the projects, and I answered that while my first two projects were completed and therefore weren’t handed on, the Optimal Health project would be passed on to the year 12, but that I was not responsible for the handing over and therefore I did not have much information on that aspect of the project. The next question related to the incorporation of creativity in services – how I used my sense of creativity in order to enhance the effectiveness of my service projects. My answer was that I used creativity to design the bee-bot mat myself rather than buying one, which made the project more personally engaging to myself. I also mentioned how I used creativity in the Optimal Health group to support donations through getting it recognized, by making posters and sending emails in thanks to donation.

 

For the ‘Activity’ part of CAS, I had some troubles getting qualified as I lacked evidence for my development over the two years, so I had to prepare an additional material; a plan for my activity – badminton. This is a table I made to show how I would improve my skills in badminton relating to smashes: actually doing smashes and blocking them. it consists of the SMART, which are:

S stands for Specific

M stands for Measurable

A stands for Assignable

R stands for Realistic

T stands for Time-related

If you have a close look at the table, it shows that my target would be to improve my percentages, although it is not explicitly evident from the table. This satisfies the Specific and Measurable, as I recognize the goal I will achieve, and I implies the value that I have to actually attain. Also, it is Assignable as it can be assigned, in this case to myself (?). It is considered Realistic as it is possible for a normal, un-sporty person to do, given that it does not require extensive time and it is easy to follow by step-by-step. The Time-related can be addressed by me measuring and carrying out these sessions over certain period of time, which is recommended to be on a 10-week base in order to see my improvement in the smashing skills.

 

Overall, that’s is for my CAS Completion Interview – I’m sure I missed bits and bits but I can’t remember all 🙁 Anyway, it is certainly true that CAS should not end at the end of IB as Mr Brown says – it should be incorporated and applied in the real world, to make it a better place to live in.

 

Well done to everyone for going through CAS – and good luck in the final.

– Hyo Jun Kim 13 NMA

End of Year 12 CAS Reflection

Peer to Peer ‘end of year 12’ CAS Reflection

 

For a reason, the ‘type of file’ is not permitted for security reason. So…

https://drive.google.com/a/bsj.sch.id/file/d/0BwN90t86JgxnQ3dHalhVdng3THM/view

Here’s the link for it. IF it doesn’t work, please comment or contact me.

How was your Easter holiday?

Hello Everyone.

So it is the new week… back to the school, finally. I had a lot of issue today, which includes me packing my stuffs for week A even though it is week B. I had to see the teachers for my subject-change arrangement. The subject change, is in fact, that I am moving from English A SL to English B HL, and Geography HL to SL. It may be a bit late for the change, when the end of year 12 exam is approaching. But I still think It is more or less a good decision for me, since I was struggling SO MUCH in English A. The only reason I took English A in the start was that I thought I wouldn’t finish the diploma, so I thought it would be good to have some experience to learn some difficult English. However, as it looks like that I am going to finish the diploma, my predicted grade became important. It was foretold by Ms Mathew, my English A teacher, that she cannot give a high predicted grade if we do not do well in our Individual Oral Commentary. So I decided to move. Happy Ending.

This ‘holiday’ was not really a ‘holiday’. As many teachers predicted, it was mostly spent writing our Extended Essay. I was unfortunate to not have made that significant progress over the holiday, but still I am at least done with the intro now. The deadline is 1 week away, so I may not be able to blog anymore this week…

The most important change I would encounter this is probably going to be the change in my core class. As I changed my English and Geography SL/HL, my core schedule got complex and I had to move.

I think it is unlikely that I will be able to have any more core lesson with my mates where everyone does HL Mathematics. Nevertheless I am following their blogs and I could keep in touch despite the separation in core! So anyway; the conclusion is, we might die from our EE, the exams are coming up, and of course year 12 is passing quickly…………

 

Let’s wish everyone good luck. Say Good Luck to your friends!

IS Faith a good way of knowing?

It has been a bit of time since my last blog… I assume my last blog was about 3 weeks ago. So rather than writing a blog in 1 or 2 weeks, I am writing it every 3 weeks. This possibly because: 1. I am too lazy to write blog. 2. I am too busy to write a blog. Both are technically correct, as we have to write the Extended Essay and get ready for our university (which is not actually that far away) apart from all our usual study.

It sounds a bit like that I am blogging to complain. But, the reason I am writing this blog is because our Core teacher asked us to blog about whether faith is a good way or not. (by the way it’s due today)

So there were only these 4 ways of knowing – sense perception, reason, emotion and language. Now these are definitely ways we can know stuffs since they teach us something e.g. we see a flower, and by using our sense perception we know that the flower is beautiful or whatever.

However, the IBO (strangely) decided to add 4 more ways of knowing – as if there aren’t enough – in 2014. These are intuition, imagination, faith and memory. These are a bit weird, as many people claims that these are part of the original ways of knowing. For example, intuition is not so different from reason in that they both use simple logic to accept the knowledge.

In our Core class last week we read an article where it said that faith is a bad way of knowing. One of the interesting claim the article made about faith is that people often believe what they want to believe, not the actual truth, so that knowledge derived through is less reliable. In my opinion, faith is not limited to our personal belief, but includes the religious things which has deep relation with the religious knowledge system. So what written in the Bible may not be always positive, but people with faith in Christianity would believe that, even if that is not what they would like to believe as a knowledge.

Some people may say that faith is not really different from sense perception or even emotion. However I believe that faith is unique in that faith can give people positive sensation – it is a potential way of knowing that can make people know that there are ‘hope’ to put in a word. For example, people in bad health condition (such as me) may have faith that one day that they are going to be cured. This makes faith useful as it can enable people to cling on something, to make them inspired.

So, the conclusion is that while faith may not be qualified as a pure way of knowing, it can have some usefulness over other ways of knowing. Therefore I believe that faith is a good way of knowing. Since I am not that good at TOK, I hope that some experts would comment for improvement.

Happy Easter.

The busy life of the 12s

It has been so long time since I wrote my last blog, about 3 or 4 weeks before.

Very fortunately. it is not only myself that is not blogging twice a week not, but seems to be all the 12s – that refers not to my tutor group 12S, but EVERYONE in the whole Year 12.

It is noticeable that most people’s last blogs are technically the blogs about the Y12 residential which Ms Barnard asked us specifically to do. So it is probably and likely, that we are now too busy to do optional things – such as writing a blog. It is still an important part of the IB, but now we prioritize other things.

I now understand the purpose of residential – to relax us before the period of hardship and misery (hyperbole). I personally have my Economics IA, EE, TOK presentation, English IOC and of course various test due to our forthcoming report.

I had my Mathematics HL test yesterday, and I have my Physics SL test on Wednesday. My final draft for Economics IA is this Thursday, and I am doing my (practice) TOK presentation on Friday. Obviously my Extended Essay is due June, but personally my EE is not going so well as I hoped.

Frustrated student

Some of us may look like this after school while we are doing our homework…

It is the time where our stress are inspired, from many different sources; the upcoming deadline for homework and assessment, ever-so-difficult tests, writing our Extended Essay, the report and the parents’ reaction if we get a low grade.

Recently when I was doing a research for my TOK presentation, I read an article where it said that to solve our fear, we need to confess it rather than keeping it as a secret forever. I found possible implication of this real-life situation: I can confess that I am scared that I have too much work and worried that I won’t be able to cope with them. I am probably right that the majority of us feel the same way, and I am hopefully going to be relieved If you guys agree with me. If you somehow manage to disagree, I consider you lucky, since you seems to know a lot about coping with such situations.

Good luck to you all.

Term 2 CAS Project

(I somehow managed to leave this post in a draft form and I should’ve uploaded it 2 weeks ago)

 

Cheer. I’ve finally managed to find a CAS Project that I am able to (or hopefully) handle individually. So last Tuesday, when it was our CAS session, Mr Thirkell came over to me holding a vaguely familiar object.

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Some of you may not know what it is – it is called a Trundle Wheel (as it says so), and it is used to measure the length of HUGE space where it is impossible to do so with a 30cm ruler.

I remembered this because when I was in year 10 me and some of the Koreans ‘attempted’ to do a project with this, which in the end turned out to be a failure. So my memory of this object was mainly that…

And all of a sudden, Mr Thirkell suggests that I do this project – devising a Math lesson using the Trundle Wheel.

Now, the reason for my past failure was partly that I was too lazy, but mainly because I did not know what a Trundle Wheel was at that time, which didn’t give me a lot of interest. I did that project because I had no choice.

But now, that I am and wish to be involved in the CAS more deeply, I accepted this project. This is partly because I did not want to do a strange project with someone I do not really know well, but mainly because it looked fun, and thought that I cound use my enthusiasm here in this project.

Arjun mentioned in his blog that the Private Marginal Benefit for doing a CAS project is big, but the Social Marginal Benefit is even bigger. So the whole society can benefit everyone.

I hope that everyone can maximize their PMB in CAS, along with the SMB.

What Happened in the Y12 Residential

It has been about 3 hours since the year 12 students and teachers returned from the residential trip. It has been a good one, ad I really enjoyed it. However, as much as we enjoyed our residential, I think we should return to our normal life as quickly as possible – we should ‘continue’ our enthusiasm from the residential to help ourselves in school 🙂 Obviously if you don’t agree with me or didn’t even go to the residential, you’re excluded, but anyway…

So just before the residential, in our final assembly before we left, we obviously (?) got a small task from Miss Barnard – to write a blog post about the residential focusing on our own experience. I kind of expected that and believe that most of us did, so hopefully it isn’t much of a shock. I was thinking of writing a blog anyway but I didn’t expect it to be reflective.

 

  • To reflect on your own experience.
  • To name 1 or 2 people from your Tutor group who surprised you in a really positive way with a behavior or quality that you didn’t realize that they had.

Those are the 2 tasks we got, and I’ll start with the first one.

 

 

My own experience – this was my first residential in BSJ. I went to the IA in year 10, but I don’t think it counts for a residential, and it wasn’t even fun – rather, more tiring.

So it gave me a perception of residential being boring, tiring, and meaningless. Therefore I did not expect much ‘fun’ in the residential. I even had trouble finding a roommate, but thanks to Marcus and Timmy, I managed to sleep in a proper room.

The Lido Lake was good – in fact, I’ve been there in my old school. A rather bizarre episode is that I wasn’t able to finish my residential in my old school NZIS because I had an entrance exam for guess where – the school I’m currently in, BSJ.

Despite the complex situation, I was able to enjoy the residential. The activities including raft building, paintball, T-shirts designing, were all great. I thank to all the teachers and the staffs in the Lido Lake that worked so hard to make sure we had LOTS and LOTS of fun.

20160204_175913The T-shirt I designed 🙂

 

There were 2 main events which I think was the Lip sink battle and the Scottish Dance. I liked the Lip sink battle, mainly because we (12S) won. What strange is that our tutor group was the latest to prepare the song, and I didn’t even know the song. But I think we won because we’ve managed to get everyone involved and it was pretty hilarious thanks to Manuel.

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The Scottish dance was directed by Mr McIvor, and it went with chaos. There weren’t many natural dancers, and it was too tiring that by the end of dance everyone was exhausted. But the worst part is that the boys had to ask the girls for a dance. But again it is the matter of being international minded and accepting Western culture, so I just did my best.

The raft building was also good because we got 1st place for that as well. Our tutor group was divided into 3 groups, with one group failing, one group (my group) doing quite well, and one group being excellent. After we made our raft, we got to have a ride, but unfortunately me and Philippe in our group couldn’t because I had my hearing aid and Philippe has allergy. In designing the raft it was the matter of tying the barrel and the bamboo as tightly as possible, because the failing group lost 2 barrels out of 4, so it was … unstable. But I think we all did well.

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My least favorite activity was the creative challenge, were we somehow came the last place… I wonder what the mark scheme was. It was composed of 3 part – a class banner, a group photo, and a chant. For the banner, we came up with the idea of drawing a wof obviously because our tutor is Mr Wolfe and put our pawprint around the wolf. Jiwoo drew the wolf and it was SO realistically good that I’m sure that if it was judged upon the quality of the drawing we would’ve definitely won. I STILL have no idea why we came the LAST, and it’s quite unacceptable as it can be.

We also came the last for the group photo. Again I am clueless for the reason. Probably because we didn’t have Mr McIvor in the photo… but I think it was good enough to win at least 3rd place. To solve my curiosity, I ask some of my blog visitors for an explanation, and hopefully then I could fell better.

Overall, the experience-side of the residential was good if based upon how much I enjoyed it. Foods were excellent, room was good, and activities were fun even though the judging was probably biased.

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Second part now… ‘name 1 or 2 people from your Tutor group who surprised you in a really positive way with a behaviour or quality that you didn’t realise that they had’ It’s long, but in summary its just pointing out the unexpected talent of my friends.

Firstly, I was surprised by Manuel for drawing well. In the T-shirt activity he produced a simple, beautiful shirt and got selected as one of the shirt for the T-shirt competition. I always saw Manuel as a guy who was always funny, joking around, but not really artistic. But from this residential I found out that if Manuel is dedicated for something, he could do it well. Nice job Manuel.

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Secondly, I was surprised by Azalea for being such a brave fighter in the paintball. For the game we were divided into 2 groups, and I thought it was clear that my team was going to lose, because the other team had Jennifer, Philippe, Wilson, plus Mr Wolfe himself. After losing the 2nd round, we formed a rough plan, but it didn’t work out so well and in the end Azalea was the only person in our team left, with about 4 people in the other team. They advanced slowly, which I think would’ve been quite scary for Azalea, since it is possible to get shot in multiple direction. If I were her, I think I would have gave up but Azalea did her best to keep the flag. We lost anyway, but I was really impressed by Azalea. In fact she got shot the most, and got a serious injury in her arm. I also knew that paintball can be a really dangerous game (…) Anyway Thank you Azalea for fighting until the last second.

 

So that’s the end of residential… I apologize for not being able to post much photo. I will update them if possible in later date.

 

See you all Tuesday, and Happy New Year.

 

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Core Assessment – Communication

Some important notes from Mrs Lautrette’s mail last Tuesday:

 

For the past 2 weeks, you ‘modeled’ within and beyond your Core class effective behavior strategies as you explored the ATL of Communication.
Now, you need to implement what you learned. This means, you will experiment with ways of communicating so that you deepen your engagement in your learning.

 

So during the last 2 weeks of our Communication, we should’ve already learnt LOADS of information to do with communication, including stuffs on how to effectively communicate and some application of Communication in real life.

 

Before I start my assessment, let’s give an introduction of what Communication really is. It is a little bit vague subject to define as many people have many ways of describing what communication is, but whatever 🙂

 

Name: Communication

Belongs to: Approaches To Learning, many other ways of knowing et cetera

Defined as: The method of transmission of information using language, or the way of acquiring knowledge through interaction with other beings

 

There are MANY profiles given to the concept named Communication, but this is the one I like. If you have other suggestions, I would like to see them in the comments which are welcome.

 

b) Out of Class Oral Communication options (for example, during a study period)

I chose to have a go with this one first, what may happen outside of classroom.

 

In our Korean class, we have 7 students and we are currently studying 2 long fiction ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Brave New World’, and we have divided into group of 2, depending on what fiction we choose to study. Unfortunately me and Joobong are the only ones doing the Kite Runner even though its more fun -_-

At the moment, our Korean teacher, Mrs Jun is absent as she went back to Korea, and she is going to return after the break. Before she went, she gave us various tasks regarding the first few chapters of the fictions.

Last Friday, someone (?) suggested that we temporarily use the library window to draw some brainstorming to see what we know about the fictions and what we can learn from other people’s point of view, and here is it:

Korean 4That’s Subin (I think) annotating further on the brainstorm. The image is not very clear for no apparent reason but most people cannot read Korean anyway—

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In the brainstorm we separated the branches into the characters, background, and about the author. This was somewhat similar to what Mrs Jun asked us to do over the holiday and this was one way of communicating what we know, when merely talking is not the best option. It is often true that we struggle to express our own opinion relying purely on our voice. And what can help is the other ways, such as WRITING STUFFS DOWN as shown in this particular example.

This is I think a good case where the variety of communication method can help us interact more effectively to deliver the necessary information.

 

I want to do another one…

 

b) In Class Oral Communication options

 

Actually, the communication is most important in our classroom where most things we learn is not ‘our’ shared knowledge yet – so we have to communicate with the textbook, with the teachers, and with other students to make the information shared knowledge.

In our Geography SL, we are currently studying the topic of reducing disparities by various methods such as but not limited to trade, aid, remittances, etc.

In our class last Thursday we had a little debate session where we were paired up, and given a method of reducing disparities to defend, and prove that our method is the best method.

I was paired up with David, and we chose Aid as the best method of reducing disparities.

Now a debate is a typical method of communication where usually a large group of people each represents their own opinion and try to best persuade the others, and that is what happened in our class.

There were 4 groups, and we were given 2 and a half minutes to speak, and received question. The question-asking part is I believe also an important way of communicating since we can get to know what the other people think of the information we are trying to deliver, and therefore can help to further strengthen our claim.

So given enough resources and time, I think that Debate is a good method of communication where is possible to have many people involved and have many information being transmitted!

 

 

What’s happening with my CAS

Friends, teachers and whoever. We are now approaching the 3rd week of the second term. It’s amazing to see the progress of the time flowing – one second we’re in term 1, and another second we’re in the 3rd week of term 2.

So term 1 has been a great term with many changes, but mainly peaceful. I expect this term to be much more turbulent and fuller of hardships to overcome (as if to prove this, there was the terror thing on Thursday…). I would have more homework to do, probably have to sleep less, and probably have meaner teachers. Whatsoever the case is, I hope that I would be able to ‘go through’ this term well.

Some new changes in this term would be our CAS – some (or most) may be continuing with their current CAS Project, and others may change their project into a new one, if they’re done with it.

For me, I can’t entirely say that my bee-bot project is finished, as I STILL haven’t been able to make a visit to Mr Rigby, as our schedule is quite complex, and therefore cannot make a compromise. I would have to make a visit someday, but for now I feel that I have to find a new one. However, if you’re interested you may have noticed that my name doesn’t exist in the CAS Registration sheet, and according to Mr Thirkell I’m the only one without a project yet, which is a bit disappointing.

So while everyone else completed their CAS Audit for term 2, I haven’t been able to do so. What also worried me was that according to Mr Paterson I have to do a group project at least once, but I couldn’t find any group that I’m interested in.

Me and Mr Thirkell came upon the decision that I would have to do my Service project ALONE this term as well, and probably do a group project later on. I’m not feeling very enthusiastic about that, since I’m personally fine with myself…

So I had a talk with Mr Thirkell last Tuesday period 4, and he offered me two choices.

One option was to provide Mr Thirkell with material to teach the Sekolah Bisa children English. It sounded fun in the beginning, but I realised the language barrier between me and Indonesia – I’m not very good with my Indonesian, even though this is my 6th year in this country. So that’s my main problem if I am to do this project.

Another option is to make an introduction kit for a Math game – a bit ironic as there is an introduction kit in the game already, but only that it’s in English. The same problem exists here too – THE INTRO KIT HAS TO BE IN INDONESIAN.

I hate myself for not attempting to learn Bahasa. But the truth is that I never learnt Bahasa in any school.

So anyway, it is annoying, but I hope that I’m more passionate toward my CAS project this term, and hopefully decide one by Tuesday. Hope everyone’s fine. See you all tomorrow.

Extended Essay Prep

Cheer. It’s 2016 – the year of doom, since we have to do our Extended Essay. For people those are struggling about what to write, it would be the year of doom, hardship, and headache. But for those who are full of engaging ideas, it may be the most fun period of time in the IB Diploma, since the Extended Essay would be where we could demonstrate such skills.

Before we write the actual Extended Essay, we need to write something called a proposal – which is apparently like a declaration of what we are going to write about in a certain topic. That’s all fine with me, since I’m definitely up to Economics, my favorite subject (unless… I somehow mess up with my proposal). But what annoys me is that we need to write 2 proposals, for 2 subject of our choice. Afterward, the teachers are going to decide upon with which proposal we would be able to write the best Extended Essay in. That means that we may have to write the EE in our less preferred subject, which would be extremely annoying.

The proposal part would be pain for both those who only like 1 subject (like me), and for those who like ALL the subjects. But again, getting an A* in all the subjects won’t necessarily mean that it is possible to get A* in the EE, since it involves not only the actual knowledge from the subject, but also lots of TOK stuffs.

I heard that it is usually common for student to choose an Extended Essay topic in their HL subjects rather than in the SL subjects. I agree with that, since in the Higher Level we do more in-depth studies of the subject. Currently, I am doing Economics, Geography, and Mathematics for my HL. I have decided Economics as my priority for the EE topic, but I am not quite sure about the another, either Mathematics or Geography…

For Geography, I unfortunately do not see how is it even possible to write an Extended Essay in the subject. I’m sure there have been lots of students who have written their EE in Geography in he past, but I have no idea.

For Math, I heard from my Math teacher Ms Aucoin that it is kind of hard to write an EE in Math, since it usually get mixed up with other subjects such as Economics, which make the identity of Mathematics a little bit unclear, which might make the Mathematics EE looks like an Economics EE. That means if I choose to write a Math & Economic EE proposal, they might look the EXACT same. (annoying, huh?)

One more problem I have is the style of the EE – at the moment, I’m writing in a pretty much free style because our blog is where we express ourselves through. But in the Extended Essay its all formal and everything so I’d have to be extra careful.

Funny thing is that the deadline for the proposal is the 13th of January – just about 1 week later. I hope, actually I SHOULD come up with an idea for Economics and one other subject for my EE. Hopefully everyone can do so.

This has been an extremely long and complaining blog I know, and I kind of rushed to write it. But it’s merely a blog of my opinion toward the Extended Essay… so don’t criticize much, or I’ll criticize the criticizer 🙂

Let’s write our EE proposal with success, and spend the pleasant first week back.