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.
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:
- Don’t read off notes while presenting
- Make sure the form is filled on time
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
As the accountant of Sekolah Bisa, I have to calculate the costs of all the things that is related to Sekolah Bisa every week. Last week, I filled out the “Expense Reimbursement Form” for the second time and went to Sekolah Bisa personally to give it to Pak Irwan.
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.
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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
- 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!
About two weeks ago, I had my first interview with Mr Bunce where we went through all of my CAS projects.
As my first creativity project, me and Aisya decided to start a Sekolah Bisa Band. Our goal is for the Sekolah Bisa kids to compose and record their own song. We have already started this project and have been doing it every once a week for the past two months. During this session, I focus on teaching the kids how to play the ukulele. Aisya teaches the kids how to sing and also play the piano. Liam recently joined the project and has helped us with teaching the kids how to play the piano. We’ve been covering songs such as “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz and “Laskar Pelangi” by nidji. Later on, I’ll be teaching the kids several different instruments, whatever they are interested in. We’re trying to perfect these two songs in order to perform in the Christmas concert.
The second creativity project I’ll be doing is designing the year 13 yearbook. Even though we haven’t started yet, I’m going to try my best and make what the year 13s are hoping to look for. It will take a year to make the yearbook and during this year, I’ll be fully committed to gather information and to suggest new ideas for the yearbook.
LO:3 I plan and initiate – As we have only one hour a week with the Sekolah Bisa kids, I have to plan the lesson so we don’t waste any time. Also teaching the kids require a lot of planning as they need to learn from the basics.
LO:5 I demonstrate collaborative skills. I recognize benefits of collaboration – In order to function as a band, we need to work together. We, as in with the kids and also with the group members.
For my activity, as I’m trying to improve my cardio, I would run 1 lap (300m) and depart every two minutes. I would continuously do this until I can’t run anymore. Running at a steady pace is the fundamental key to doing this program. If I run 1 lap in less than 2 minutes, I would have extra time where I can rest. However, if I can’t run 1 lap in 2 minutes, I would have to try to run faster and catch up with the 2 minute cycle.
LO:1 I identify my strengths. I identify areas for growth – From sticking to my program, I know what I’m capable of doing. As I will be recording how many cycles I can accomplish, I’ll be able to see my progress.
LO:4 I show commitment. I preserve – Doing the program requires determination and commitment as I have to keep running until I hit my limit.
I’m part of the Sekolah Bisa Management and I have the job of an accountant where I’m responsible for the finance of the Sekolah Bisa. As we’re still in the middle of transition we haven’t done anything yet. We’re still gathering the information and will be starting in term 2.
The Sekolah Bisa Band is not only my creativity project, but also my service project. As I’m teaching them a skill which they could use in the future, I consider it as a service project.
LO:4 I show commitment. I preserve – If I drop out as the accountant during the middle of the year, the Sekolah Bisa technically wouldn’t be able to operate. As I have this huge responsibility, I need to be committed.
LO:5 I demonstrate collaborative skills. I recognize benefits of collaboration – Both of my service projects require good collaboration. Without working together, nothing could be done. In the case of Sekolah Bisa Management, when Sekolah Bisa is running out of money, I need to talk with the members that are in charge of getting sponsors to sponsor Sekolah Bisa.
One of three strands for CAS is activity. For my activity, I have chosen to do cardio. Why? Because I’d like to run 5km without stopping. I know that it’s quite embarrassing that I’m not able to run 5km but that is my goal and I would like to achieve it as soon as possible. To be honest, I have a weak stamina and doing cardio will help with improving it. There are also other benefits of doing cardio: weight loss, stronger heart and lungs, increased bone density, reduced stress and many more. These are the main reasons why I have chosen to do cardio.
During PE, everyone had to run for 12 minutes. I was able to run 1800m for 12 minutes which was fine for me. From now on, I’ll be doing a cardio program throughout the month and at every start of the month, I’ll record myself again on how long I’ll be able run for 12 minutes. Also, I’m going to be following a cardio program which involves running 1 lap (300m) and departing every two minutes. I would continuously do this until I can’t run anymore.
I know that it won’t be easy for me to do this activity, but in order to achieve my goal, I’m going to have to try my best. I actually don’t like running but I love the feeling after completing a run. I am most excited about getting to feel the sense of accomplishment after achieving my goal. By doing this activity, I will complete these following learning outcomes:
LO2: I undertake challenges, I develop new skills – I’m not a good runner and by doing this activity, I will become a better runner, being able to run longer distance. My stamina and endurance will improve.
LO4: I show commitment, I preserve – I’ll be doing the cardio program regularly throughout the year.
This is the tracking form I’ll be using:
I’m looking forward to see the result at the end of IB. Who knows? I might find myself running a half a marathon!