On Monday, I had my CAS interview with Mr. Durok. In it, I detailed the things I have done, doing right now and am planning to do with my CAS projects. We mainly talked about what my main projects were and what I am hoping to achieve in them. Both for myself and for the people who I am helping.
For Creativity and Service, I am doing the Sekolah Bisa Band, led by Y12 students as it is a new project. So far we are in a group of 3 and we have been teaching the Sekolah Bisa kids music. (Obviously). 2 kids learning to play accompaniment with the piano while the rest a focusing with the ukulele. Seung Hun is focusing on the ukulele while I am primarily focused on teaching the kids piano. Aisha is focused on singing as we are a band, we have been teaching the kids Indonesian songs such as “Laskar Pelangi”, as well as pop songs such as “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Of course with them being Sekolah Bisa kids, having a basic understanding of the Indonesian language is helpful in communicating. Teaching the kids has proven to be challenging as they are easily distracted and easily bored. The kids at the piano give up way too easily and they way that you are supposed to have your hands at the piano hurts their hands they say. Unfortunately, they have to get over that if they want to play properly. The kids are also prone to complaining if things don’t go their way. However, I am determined to teach the kids the beauty in music and how to play the instruments properly. Teaching someone music is something that I’ve always been interested in and the satisfaction you get when you see your student finally succeeding on that part which they have been struggling for so long thanks to your help, is a feeling that is hard to replicate by anything else in the world. Because teaching requires commitment to give other people education in a subject and the creativity to make the lesson interesting, I put it in creativity and service. I also believe I have addressed these learning outcomes:
LO2: I undertake challenges. I develop new skills. Teaching is something I have never done, apart form the brief experience I had with the ATL conference. I could perhaps improve upon my performance at the conference. Teaching is definitely a challenge, especially with kids as they tend to shift their focus very easily. I need to find someway to keep them engaged throughout the lesson.
LO5: I demonstrate collaborative skills. I recognise the benefits of collaboration. Since it’s a band, we obviously have to work together with our instruments to make music. Along with my group members and the Sekolah Bisa kids, I am sure that we can play a full song together.
LO3: I plan and initiate. Obviously teaching requires a plan for the lesson. Sticking to that plan will prove to be difficult, however.
For Activity, I do my regular training sessions in PE which is Cardio. In which I do various exercises that benefit and improve cardiovascular strength (which is fancy talk for heart strength). I also do regular tennis sessions on Monday and Thursday. I hope to improve my serving technique and be able to consistently win games in tennis. I also need to work on my footwork as footwork in tennis is just as important as it is in football, in my opinion. Reason being that you have to move fast and be at the right distance to hit the ball just right. For my regular PE training, I was able to run 2100 meters in 12 minutes. That will serve as a guide to how well I am doing. To aid me, I am also taking regular training sessions every Wednesday morning with Mr. Metters which is vigorous to put it lightly. Because of this I believe I have achieved these learning outcomes:
LO1: I identify my strengths. I identify areas for growth. Exercising to get fitter and better is no easy task. In order to get better you need identify where you’re strong at, where you’re weak at, and take action accordingly to strengthen your weak points.
LO4: I show commitment. I persevere. Exercising to get fitter also takes determination and the will to progress. Without it, you won’t get anywhere in life.
I still have to address the last two learning outcomes which I can hopefully do with new projects popping up in the coming months. I can’t wait to progress with this!