For this term, we are focusing on social and environmental justice. One of our goals is drawing evidence from literary or informational texts for support. One of our activities is debating. For me personally, debating is not what I am interested in. However, our topic was so interesting which is “School should stop the practice of giving a letter grade to students, instead they should only writing feedback”. I was in disagree to the topic because grade tells where students are so they can improve, and they are standard and understandable for parents, so parents would not find any difficulties of understanding how their children’s performance in classes. For my classmates, there are 6 people disagrees to the topic, 7 people agree and the other two were absent. Different opinions are added to this debate because people are different in their own way. During the debate, everyone was trying to support their idea with different credible references with respect. For my class, 55 minutes of debating is too short since it went so smoothly. By the end of this debate, I am more into it now.
In the second round of the year, my exploration was traditional food. As the name of this exploration, we were doing research on the different type of Khmer traditional food, how do food interact with humans, and story behind those foods. The goals of this exploration are to have knowledge of Khmer traditional food and one website that contains documentary film, photo essay, and journalism writing.
To reach our goal, we went to different restaurants in Siem Reap to seek out different Khmer cuisine in this tourism province. The restaurants that we went to are Mahob, Cuisine Watdomnak, and the Sugar Palm.
One of our traditional food is Khmer rice noodle. This food is so common for Cambodians, but I’ve never seen how’s it made. Until this four days trip, I can know clearly of each process to make Khmer rice noodle.
My teammates and I started interviewing, filming and taking photos to get all the sources that we need to create each of our products. During the trip, we met some problems such as losing some footages and interviewing problems.
With all the hard work, We’ve done all of our products and have it post into our blog.
In multimedia/technology class we were focusing on digital storytelling, photography, and videography. For digital storytelling, our facilitator, Cindy was using Pixar story structure as an example for us to understand more about the lesson.
Pixar Story Structure:
Onece upon the time…………..
Until one day…………………………
Because of that…………………….
Because of that…………………….
My classmates and I also write stories by using the Pixar story structure. Below is a story that I have written in a class. Its title is “The Liar”.
There was an older brother who named Jazz lives with his younger sister, Emily. Jazz is a liar, who lie everything to everyone. Jazz found himself enjoy telling a lied. Every day, he kept telling everyone a lied, especially Emily. One day Jazz told Emily that “ Dear Emily, do you know that our parent is in New York with their business?”. After Emily hearing that, she suddenly asked the following up question since she’s never seen her parent for 13 years since she was born. “Which part of New York are they in? What kind of company are they running? Why they’ve never been visiting us? Why would not I ever hear any news from them? Are they alright?”. Emily asked so many questions with wonder and love inside her heart. “I won’t tell you, Emily. Don’t you think it is mysterious? Would you like to found it out by yourself? That would be a surprise behind that”. Jazz told Emily. “Can we visit them Jazz? I want to see them once”. Emily suddenly request. “No, not that early.” Jazz replied. Emily kept asking Jazz to visit their parent, but Jazz kept disagree. “I am going to meet them no matter what,” Emily told her mind. She left Jazz secretly with her plan and her saving money with her. Emily finally arrived in New York without knowing nobody. “Wow! It is a big city, but I am going to do it. I am going meet them!” Emily said confidently. Back to Jazz, since he realized that Emily was going to New York, he was right straight followed Emily. Jazz was asking and looking for Emily, but no news about his sister. Until one day, Jazz accidentally saw Emily laid on the road with blood bleeding through her whole body. “What’s going on Emily?” Jazz asked with his a drop of crystal rolling on his cheek. “ I love you Jazz, I really want to meet our parent, but I know that I would never meet them,” She told Jazz. “ Because it is my laaaasst timmmee of being on this Earth” she continued with a hard time to breath “I am so sorry Emily, but our parents are all died since you were 5 months, I should not lie you about that. I am so sorry” Jazz felt so sorrow about the thing that’s happened. “I can forgive for that, but promise me that next time you won’t lie anyone” said Emily. “ I will not lie anyone anymore!” Jazz replied with his tear all over on his cheek. Emily’s hand dropped down from Jazz’s cheek. “Emily!!!”. Jazz tried to wake Emily up, but she’s gone and will never return back. “I’ll try my best not to lie anyone” Jazz promised himself.
Chemical bonding was the main focusing for this round. As we went along, we found out that there are three types of chemical bondings which are Covalent bonding, Ionic bonding, and metallic bonding. Covalent bonding is a type of bonding that nonmetal element shares electron to another nonmetal electron to be stable. For an example, Carbon dioxide. Ionic bonding is a bonding that metal element transfer their electron to nonmetal electron. Sodium Chloride is one of the examples. Sodium with 11 electrons and chloride with 17 electrons. In order to be stable Sodium need to lose one electron and Chloride need to gain one electron to be stable. Sodium donates one electron to Chloride then Sodium becomes positive and Chloride becomes negative after it gains one more electron. Metallic bonding is a force attraction between a positive metal ion and valence electron, it shares with an ion with other metal. Chemical bonding is so important, and if we don’t have chemical bonding we would not have different type of matters. I was really amazed to element world after learning chemical bonding because I did not know that they are able to share and transfer their electron to another element. Ohh! Kind element.
Geometry is our main focus for this term in math class. We started with finding area of different type of geometry shapes. Some of those shapes were so unusual and I have never seen them before. Finding the area of different odd shapes is a not a difficult thing. However, in order to find their area, I need to draw different line crossing everywhere in my book. I also find myself enjoy doing it. The next lesson was a more challenge, which is surface area. It was actually finding the area of different 3D shapes. To know more about those 3D shape, our facilitator, Samantha also printed some net for us to create those 3D shape physically. This lesson is so special for me because I like drawing 3D shape from different perspectives, such as 3 point perspective, 2 point perspective and 1 point perspective of different geometry shapes. One strategy that we learn from our facilitator, Samantha to finding surface area was to mentally unfold that 3D shape into shape, then find out of the area of each type of 2D shapes that made up that 3D shape. The following lesson was ratio. The ratio is the relationship between two amount, it shows how many times one number contain one another. One thing that makes ration so special is that they can be simplified, just like fractions.
This is a 3D drawing of three-point perspective.
Reading Kolab Pailin was one of the activities that we did in Khmer class. Kolab Pailin is one of the most famous Cambodia novels. This famous novel talks about how Chet who is an orphan tried to push himself up through all the challenges for his success life. As we were reading this book to the whole class, I have been a narrator. It was my first experience being a narrator for both in Khmer and English. Our facilitator encourages us to read it with a certain voice base on each scene in the story. It was a fun time reading Kolab Pailin. However, there are some challenges that can be a great experience such as we went along some of us started to laugh and confusing the script too. We also did some research about Khmer water festival, which is one of our holidays since it was close to celebrating date. The history of this celebration is, there was a war between Cambodia and other countries and Cambodia were successful by the support from Cambodia water army. That is the main reason of celebrating water festival by having boat racing every year.
This is Kolab Pailin that we’ve read in Class.