Thursday, 2 June 2016

Our last blog post

As we have finished Exhibition, this is the last blog post as a group and we want to do it as a group so we can share our different perspectives together. Because we are at the end we are going to reflect on our collaboration as well as tell you our action plans. In our group we feel during exhibition we have achieved giving our message strongly and powerfully to other people. But as a group next time, we will be more collaborative and try to  resolve the conflict because we sometimes make little arguments over nothing. Some examples are when our group couldn't decide  a color scheme for our poster.

If you are reading this you may wonder through all this time what is Our Action? If you are really passionate about the littering problem  you can also help just by letting your family
and your sphere of influence know the horrible effects of litter, and here are our action plans.


Josh,  I am going to try and convince my family and friends to pick up litter if it is not too dirty, I am also going to try and get them to put things in the recycling or waste bin before they leave to different places or move to places.


Olivia, I'm going to tell my friends and family about litter and the consequences from the litter.


Alim, I am going to tell my family about all of the horrible effects of littering and after it becomes a habit to not litter I will try to spread the message in my communities because I know that littering has a lot of terrifying consequences so I will try to do as much as I can to prevent littering in my communities.  


Elina, “I am going to tell my family & friends to be more aware if they litter telling them why I think they might be littering and how to stop it.”


All in all, we have similar topics and those topics are to make changes in our spheres of influence and maybe if we achieve this we might try to make a difference in wider communities and maybe even different cities. We would also like to thank several people. The people are…


Ley choo, Ben Morley, Sarawani, Mrs Hillier and our parents
We would also like to thank our teacher Sarah La Caze and our mentor Deborah Gordon.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

How I am feeling in Exhibition

Exhibition has been getting more serious. I know think that it is more tenses then before. Before it was easy and not as much time limit we where doing the same thing every day. But know we are doing something different everyday and getting closer. I am excited for it I feel that we are at a more of a fun stage. I am looking forward to making posters for Exhibition.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxOwtsUTyAeKSjBqNlc4eDRKNU0/view?usp=sharing


"Bouncing Back.pdf." Google Docs. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2016. 

http://molempire.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/The-Dark-Knight-Rises-Movie-Poster.jpg  

http://szaboka.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Contrast.jpg 

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Staying on task

I have thought of several important reasons why we should stay on task...

1-
Because Exhibition is an important subject if we go off task we can go really slow and it takes us way more time than it should do to finish Exhibition. And our presentation is terrible.

2-
The more we are off task the more trouble you are in. So if  someone was playing a video game they will be told off and that would be annoying. Because you could do more valuable stuff.

3-
If you are off topic its useless I mean what's the poin't ?

I have given you these reasons but if you still are off topic most of the time than you should follow these tips...

  • Close all distracting tabs
  • If possible move from distracting people
  • Set yourself a goal to complete in the time you have today
  • Stay focused
I hope this information was usefull
- Josh


Monday, 16 May 2016

Exhibition

This week in Exhibition we have been pulling together our research.
We have interviewed some people on litter and we have got all the research in one spot.
Today we worked on finding the main idea of our presentation/research it's not so easy.




When we were finding our main idea we had the ideas to what our main idea was, we just could not word it properly. We still don't know our main idea, it's hard to think of what you want your audience to walk away with.





We are soon going to be planing the presentation and making the posters so we are thinking of images to go on the posters. We made a google doc to put our final research in and then we will go through the information and double check it.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Before and Now in Group Collaboration

Here I talk about group collaboration (Before and now) Enjoy... Josh


Sustainability Compass Vlog








MISO blog

MISO 

How to write a formal email


Nearly finished researching

Me and my group are coming close to the end of our researching stage. We are at the make meaning stage. This is close to the end of Exhibition.

  1. Reasearch
  2. More research
  3. Make meaning 
  4. Present

Thigs that we need to get done before we finish the stage we are on. Like interview one more person and finish getting the research. In the make meaning stage/researching, we need to gather all of our research together. So that we can sort it out, find overlaps and get rid irrelevant information. We will have all information on one doc so we can synthesise it. As well turning notes into sentences for presenting. We probably won't spend long on the make meaning part. Because we will probably mix it with the presenting stage.



Tuesday, 10 May 2016

As a group, we should...

Because of recent group discussions, I have been thinking about what we as a group we should do. I have been thinking and it connected to the 5 stages of group development...
- Forming
- Storming
- Norming
- Performing
- Adjourning
These all represent from the start of a group to the end. If we do not understand these stages a group can become unstable and have conflict. Although Storming includes conflict it means minor disagreements and/or little arguments.

I also think a group should be able to go into boys and girls because joining with different genders allows a different perspective and no matter what, This is crucial for a group. Different perspectives give valuable ideas about grammar, Performing, Organising, Making stuff and of course many more.

In summary as a group, we should...

  • Strong respect to one another
  • Use and understand the 5 stages of group development
  • Value different perspectives 
And of course the most important...
HAVE FUN

If we use all of these points a group can become successful and not have to worry about much. I would advise you to use these when you are in a group

Awareness Amongst People About Litter


We all know that littering is a problem. Or do we, Sometimes people don't know how big of an impact littering has in our communities and it is our responsibility as the new generation of kids to
help inform them about the affect. As I said some people don't know that littering has a big affect
on our planet and it's life, so as the representatives of UWC we have everything it takes to make a
difference. Littering harms the Earth and it's life by creating pollution (sometimes hazardous) and some animals eat it because they think it is delicious food however later they die. Don't you feel bad?
If you do (you probably) YOU can take action. Some strategies are :

1.  Create Posters for you community
2. Create a vlog or video and post it
3. Write a pass-on letter
4. Create a campaign on litter and how it is bad
  

Monday, 9 May 2016

Learning from Exhibition

This week in Exhibition we have been focusing on researching.
Next week we want to start finishing up our research and organise it.
We are finding the division of tasks is challenging us because one person wants to do a specific task   that another person wants to do or is already doing. A solution we found helped us in the past few days is to equally share the job's so every gets a chance to be in charge and share ideas.




I have been researching and found that Veolia is a big part of Singapore's garbage and litter, they clean up Singapore's litter. My group and I decided that talking to Veolia would help us with our research so we have emailed Veolia.



Thursday, 5 May 2016

Digging deeper

In our group, we have been digging deeper into our questions and research. Looking at our research that we had gathered we found things that came up often and made sub-questions. Using those sub-questions we tried to dig deeper int our original questions so we had more specific information about it. I found this helpful because the questions are narrower so that it's easier to understand. We also looked back at what we had so that we can make it more realistic and focused on our community.

Resilience within our group

In our group, I think one of the main qualities we have shown is resilience. We have shown resilience because we have kept going if we see a problem and then we overcome it. This shows resilience as we are looking at problems as a learning opportunity, This way we can learn if we make a mistake or we do something we could avoid. I know this happened to me because when I was sending a meeting request with our mentor via email, I made a spelling mistake in the letter and then in google calendar I put two meeting hours in one day. But from that, I learnt to read, re-read and double check spelling. I am also using Grammarly which helps a lot with grammar and spelling.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Finding out more about litter

This week we have been focusing on researching about litter.  I have found out a lot of things to do with litter such as:

  • Singapore employs 52,000 cleaners just to pick up our litter.  Straits Times

  • Sitting rubbish can also be a problem in hot climates like Singapore because it can start fires. In 2014, there were over 300 fires that started due to rubbish in Singapore. www.scdf.gov.sg
I have found out so much from researching, our next step is to interview people about litter.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Me As A Team Member




In our team we have two boys and two girls (I am included) but me in particular I think that I am very productive because I do a good amount of work and I always want to do something. Sometimes we have a few disagreements and if I am trying to convince someone I try to look out of the comfort
zone and try to see what is the best for our group. Also I think that I always encourage our group to
do more and not go off task however I noticed that I don't do it as much as the first few weeks into Exhibition so I have to work on that. I think I am also kind of there for Josh mentally because I think
it would be a little boring for him to be by himself for all the weeks.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Time mangement

In our group we have been managing our tasks set for the day as well as homework.
But I think we could get it done faster so we have more time to do other stuff as well. We are managing our time but we sometimes have fights that slow as down. We are not behind in anything. We have also have come far in our research. So far we have gathered information to 3 questions now we are sorting it out and gathering more.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Teamwork In Our Group


Teamwork In Our Group

In our group we have been collaborating and communicating a lot. I think in our group we have been
getting a lot of work done however sometimes we have disagreement but most of the time they go
away pretty quickly because we think about if it is important or if it is just a stupid one. Sometimes if we finish a lot of work we seem to go a little of topic however there is always this one person in our group who pulls us back on track witch is great and all but we also have to be self managers and
not go off task no matter the win, there is more on the way. I also noticed that we have not been encouraging each other lately because maybe they don't know that it will fill their bucket plus it is
just a word or a sentence that will make your group happy and they would probably want to do more.


This weeks Exhibition

Currently in Exhibition our group is struggling to stay on task and it is a bit hard to stay focused.
We are finding access to the computers a distraction one way to keep us focused is to ensure that every one has a set task to complete. Another way to stay on task is to turn your computer screen to show every one what you're doing.



Monday, 25 April 2016

Littering because they can't see you?

I found a link to straits times which taught me that many people in Singapore have become used to the fact that cleaners are always there to clean up after them or they don’t clean up because they are to lazy to walk to a trash can. These are two quotes I found
  • "People litter because they don't care, and they don't care because they don't get caught," said bank analyst Jason Ng, 24.
  • National University of Singapore sociologist Paulin Straughan said there are those who litter to test their boundaries.
They both clearly state that people litter because they want to test other’s mindsets, But I realised it mostly because they realise they are not being watched, But they give clear evidence that they have been there because of the amount of trash they leave behind them, If they think that they are not being watched they are wrong because singapore has lots of witnesses and they have security cameras so people should watch where they trash.
In summary you shouldn’t think about trashing because no one can see you instead be aware and put trash where it belongs, in the bin

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Learning From The Experts


 Learning From The Experts








Today after break time our class and several others took a bus to SAIS school. When I first went into the area of the Exhibition I already saw a lot of creative and beautiful presentations. There were a lot of different topics and in each room there were more and more wonderful presentations to learn from. They were very creative because they had all those extra things such as pictures, brochures, videos, Games, and more. They also gave really good information in a fun way.
Today before we went to SAIS a
 few grade 6 kids came to our class to help us with our Exhibitions. They gave us a lot of valuable information and here are the main ones: An important part of Exhibition Is communication because you have to talk to your group members, you also need to be aware of your time and you are using it because if you waste a lot of time you might not get important things done such as interviews, surveys and things like that. In my opinion this day we did a lot of valuable work and we learned a lot of things from the experts!

Olivia's Reflection


Recently the Grade six came to talk about their Exhibition experience and this helped me because they told us about how to deal with challenges in our group like don’t play on the computer all the time do some other things like write on paper instead so that you don’t get to off task. They told us that a big part of Exhibition was learning to work with different people and no matter how hard it is, in the end everyone manages to work together and get the work done. Our grade six buddy said that in her group there was only one person doing the work she said if that happens it's probably from playing on laptops so everyone should-should get to check each other's laptops to make sure we are doing the right thing. This time with the Grade six was helpful to learn about Exhibition.

Advice from the experts


Today we got a visit from the grade 6s who told us about Exhibition. The grade 6's said that the thing that they learnt most was being responsible. To them Exhibition really built up on self manger, resilience and self aware because that made them more independent which linked into being responsible.

Today we also visited SAIS who had finished their Exhibition. Something that they did but I want to avoid is that everyone talking at the same time. In their projects they did talk about stuff that made it sustainable so I need to include that.

Learning from other's experiences

Today we got the opportunity to talk with 2 people who have done exhibition - The grade 6’s and the grade 5 SAIS students. When we were talking to the grade 6’s I learnt some valuable information some important things I found out were…
  • Don’t send out a form or google sheets to early because you might not have all the questions you want
  • Contribute equally otherwise, you may end up with stress and arguments, also try to be a risk taker and try out new things
  • Make sure that you finish things before the deadline and listen and discuss problems with your mentors

I want to try to do new things in my group and take this advice so that our group ends up with a good and informative piece so I can teach people within my community about littering and how it impacts Humans, Animals, and the environment.