Creativity: Composing a song

For my third creativity project, I decided to compose a new song. I’ve been going to the studio in our school and have been working on it with the help from Mr Kinghorn before the exams. I couldn’t go to the studio for the last 2 weeks because of exams and tok presentation. Currently, I have written the lyrics and recorded the piano for the song. My plan is to get this song done before the summer holiday. During the piano recording, I realized how hard it was to not make one single mistake. Because of this, I kept practicing the piano bit whenever I had time and finally recorded where there were no mistakes. I believe this shows that I met learning outcome 1. Also, I’ve been working on logic pro x during GCSEs so I thought I knew most of the functions. However, this was not the case because it was way different using Logic pro x when recording live instruments than software instruments. There was a whole new side of the software for recording live instruments so Mr Kinghorn had to help me with this bit. I think that this shows I met learning outcome 2 as I took new challenges and developed new skills with using the program.

Creativity: Y13 Yearbook reflection

As the year 13s were about to graduate, Mrs Barnard assembled a group of students to help her with creating the yearbook for the year 13s. I volunteered for this project and helped with several things such as obtaining the images of the students who I was responsible for and also moving the comments and checking if it’s appropriate or not. This took quite a long time as some students were not as cooperative as others.

From this creativity project I demonstrated collaborative skills with the year 13s and my group. We divided ourselves taking responsibility of 6-7 students in each class and everyone knew exactly what to do. As we divided our tasks, we were able to finish it quickly without having a lot of work to do. This shows that I have met the learning outcome 5. I also met learning outcome 3 as we planned what each of our tasks were and initiated it.

CAS Interview 2

Earlier today, I had my second cas interview with Mr Bunce. Throughout the interview, Mr Bunce asked me various questions going through creativity, activity and service.

For service, Mr Bunce asked me about the progress of my two service projects: Sekolah Bisa Band and Sekolah Bisa Management. I explained to him that for Sekolah Bisa Management, it’s business as usual, but for Sekolah Bisa Band, we haven’t had any sessions for the last two weeks due to the sekolah bisa kids having to take their exams. Throughout the interview, I was asked if I had any difficulties and I told him that I once forgot to fill out the reimbursement form and also told him that there is a need for raising money because we found out that Sekolah Bisa will run out of money in less than two years.

For creativity, I explained my progress and the project: Songwriting and Sekolah Bisa Band. I recently started songwriting with the supervision of Mr Kinghorn. I am also using creativity within my service projects especially Sekolah Bisa Band where we teach the kids how to play different instruments once a week. We were working on a song called “go green” but due to the absense of the kids, we haven’t got much further than strumming the chords on a ukulele.

For activity, I haven’t been very active this term than last term. Last term, I finished doing ‘cardio’ which I improved a fair amount (ran 1800m in 12mins at the start, ran 2100m in 12 mins at the end of the term). I will be starting a fitness program after the exams are over.

TOK practice presentation reflection

Recently, I’ve presented my first TOK practice presentation with my partner Shania. We’ve been working on this since the start of term 2. Our knowledge question was “To what extent do cultural beliefs affect behavior?”. We linked it to two real life situations by using the two ways of knowing: Reason and Emotion. At the start of the term, we had difficulty trying to find a good topic and a good knowledge question because we wanted to find something both of us were interested in.

I think our presentation was reasonably good as our peers gave us a high score. We managed to get a 6 out of 10, which isn’t a bad score for our first time. Our real life situation was personal and applied to many people which kept the audience interested. Shania and I managed to set aside time outside of the classroom to work on the presentation. I think that we explained the WOK fairly well on how they relate to the real life situation. However, our knowledge question wasn’t completely TOK based. If I had to change the question then it would be “How do we know that cultural beliefs affect behavior?”.

Here are the things I will do for the next presentation:

  1. Don’t read off notes while presenting
  2. Make sure the form is filled on time
  3. Be more confident!

The criteria we achieved is “The presentation identifies a knowledge question that has some connection to a specified real-life situation”. We couldn’t get level 4 because of our knowledge question.

CAS Reflection 3

 

The points below audits the learning outcomes and how I have addressed them.

LO2 – I undertake new challenges, I undertake new skills:

For my creativity aspect of CAS, I’m composing a song right now. This will be a challenge as it requires a lot of effort and time. Right now, I’m in the process of writing the lyrics. I have never written the lyrics of a song so this is a new skill I might learn.

LO3 – I plan and initiate:

As part of the Sekolah Bisa Band, we need to plan what we’re going to do during the time. All three of us get together and get somewhat of an idea on what we’re going to do. Last week, we got the kids to design the tshirts and this week we got them to learn the melody of the song “Go Green”.

LO4 – I show commitment, I preserve:

As the accountant for Sekolah Bisa, I am responsible for taking care of the money being spent by the Sekolah Bisa. Every week, I have to fill out the expense reimbursement form and I have never missed a deadline. Also for my second service project, I am part of the Sekolah Bisa Band, where we are teaching the kids how to play “Go Green” right now. We’ve been actively teaching them every Monday.

LO5 – I demonstrate collaborative skills, I recognize the social benefits of collaboration:

While working on the year 13 graduation yearbook, we were divided into teams of 3s and 4s. When we had to make the video for each tutor group, we were collaborative with the year 13s which enabled us to produce the video on time.

LO6 – I engage with issues of global significance:

The Sekolah Bisa Mangement team carried out a book sale where all the profits would go to Sekolah Bisa. The money would help them with food, transportation, books and many more.

I have yet to achieve LO1 and LO7. I hope I can get this done by term 3.

 

Activity Reflection

For the activity aspect of CAS, I’ve been concentrating on my Cardio. I run 2 times a week with a distance of 3km each. My goal at the end is to be able to run 5km without stopping. Currently, my quickest time to run 3km was 30minutes and I’m trying to get this down to 20-25 minutes. Also, I’ve timed myself for 12 minutes yesterday and measured the distance which was 2100m. Last month when I timed myself for 12 minutes, I was able to run 1800m.

Sekolah Bisa Management

At the start of year 12 when the year 13s were presenting their CAS projects, the first service project that caught my attention was Sekolah Bisa Management. As I’m planning to pursue in the business field in university, I wanted to get a feel on what it feels like to be an accountant. However, after a time of one month passes by, I was doing it more than just to get a ‘feel’ because I found out how much of an impact my actions could make for the Sekolah Bisa kids. Their whole education depended on me doing my job correctly.

On Wednesday (1st of March), the Sekolah Bisa Management team helped the PTA to raise money for Sekolah Bisa by selling second hand books. We worked together to sell as many books as possible. Hence, I believe I have fulfilled LO 5: I recognize benefits of collaboration because if we didn’t work together well, we wouldn’t have sold the same number of books.

As the accountant of Sekolah Bisa, I have to calculate the costs of all the things that are related to Sekolah Bisa every week. For my first time as the accountant, I filled out the  “expense reimbursement form” and went to Sekolah Bisa to personally give it to Pak Irwan. From that point, I only had to give it to the cashier, and make sure Pak Adimas gave me all the receipts accordingly. By doing this service project since year 12, I have fulfilled LO 4: I show commitment, I preserve.

 

CAS reflection 2

I’m currently the accountant for the Sekolah Bisa Mangement. The transition will happen this week friday. Me and David will go over things with Pak Irwan and Pak Adimas about how the system works. I’ve been attending the SB Mangement meeting every time which addresses LO 4: I show commitment, I preserve.

#SBManagement #accountant #commitment

TEDxYouth@BSJ

About a week ago, we had the amazing opportunity to listen to the year 13s sharing their ideas. This was the second TEDx conference I attended. For the first TEDx conference, the speakers were all adults who presented their ideas and experiences, but this time it was our fellow peers from year 13s. The talk that I found most interesting was about entrepreneurship by Philippe Pangestu. This was because I’m currently starting my own business with my friend. When I told my friends about my new business, not a lot of people believed in me saying it’s a waste of time. Even my mother told me it’s a waste of time saying I should be fully committed to studying. After hearing that so many times, I was actually thinking of quitting, but when I listened to Philippe’s talk, I was motivated again to continue starting my business.

Philippe mentioned that almost 95% of start-ups fail and 5% succeeds. The 5% succeeds because it is nurtured and unique. Also, when it comes to ideas it’s not about who does it first, but it’s about who does it better. Even if you come up with a brilliant idea, it’s probably been already taken by 100s of other people. In order to succeed in start-ups, you need to know the audience. The people are the ones that will be using the products and you need to fully understand them. How do they behave with certain things? Why would they want to use it?

What are the Areas of Knowledge?

Ethics, History, Maths, Arts, Natural Science, Human Science, Religious Knowledge Systems, Indigenous Knowledge Systems

As business requires to study the human behavior, Human Science would be one of the areas of knowledge. Human Science is the study of humanities and social sciences, but also includes psychology and even mathematics, as the key thing concerned is how we gather information in the study of human behavior.

Knowledge framework can be used to explore an individual area of knowledge and also make comparisons between areas of knowledge. The five parts to the framework are:

  • Scope and Applications
  • Key concepts and Language
  • Methodology
  • Key historical development
  • Links with personal knowledge

Philippe mentioned that he has already developed an application called “Vivere”, which is a social platform to connect older adults living independently who suffer from depression with others sharing similar profiles and interests in the same locale. He has started this project during his MIT workshop and by working together with his team, Vivere was launched. His team consisted of 5 students including him and they all had different specific jobs. As everyone in his team had different jobs, they also had different scopes. What are their aims? To what extent can this benefit the society? From the team, Philippe was in charge of marketing. He used his knowledge gained from school to make this application known to people in the area of Boston.

What are the Ways of Knowing?

Emotion, Faith, Memory, Reason, Language, Intuition, Imagination, Sense Perception

The two WOK Philippe used were Imagination and Memory.

Imagination: Don’t we always get brilliant ideas and find out it’s already been taken by someone else? Well trying to think of a unique idea every time will not be useful at all as it is really hard to. Instead of trying to think of a brand new idea, Philippe said “It’s not about who does it first, it’s about who does it better”. Let’s take Vivere (Philippe’s startup) as an example. Vivere isn’t a new “thing”. It’s been developed from a dating app called “Tinder”, but with its own unique style. Philippe had an imagination to do something about the issues about the older adults with depression, so he decided to do something about it. When people imagine something, it’s only in their mind. What gets business started is this imagination. Another real life example is Bill Gates. Bill Gates had an imagination to do something about billions of people not having access to clear water. This is why now he developed a new filtering system which allows contaminated water to become drinking water. My knowledge question would be to what extent can imagination create knowledge?

Reason: In Philippe’s presentation, he mentioned that pivots are as important as the idea. If a startup is successful, there’s always a reason behind it and pivots are a factor that is the success of the startup. When the first business model isn’t working, the team pivots to plan b. Pivots can allow to discover additional growth. Some examples of famous business are Starbucks, Nokia, Instagram and Pinterest. All of these companies’ initial business model didn’t work, so they ended up pivoting to the next model, which they all found success on.

The best part of this talk was that it motivated me to continue my startup. I have learnt a lot of things from this talk which I wasn’t aware of. I’m fascinated to see how there are so many ideas worth sharing. I really enjoyed this year’s TEDx talk and I hope to go to another if I’m given the opportunity!

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