Tuesday, December 25, 2007

1.I notice that i actually have art talents.i never try to be so creative in primary school.i believe secondary schools will unearth your talents.This year,we have a program call 'ascape'.This workshop is quite fun.We got to learn how to mode the clay and design it.It is quite fun to see classmates designing and modeling the clays.

Their design is nice and very creative.I can't believe that i actually finish up the design and everything at the last day of the program.The teachers who teach us is good at explaining how to use the tools etc.I heard that our works will put up at our school.I feel so enthusiastic next year to see our nice and creative ceramics.I believe it will be great if school willing to arrange this kind of familar program,my opinion is students will support this kind of program and attend.

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5) Based on your answers to the questions above, how do you wish to grow/change as a student/person second semester? What steps do you have to take to achieve that growth?

Based on my answers to the questions above, I will try express and improved my character than before. I must look back for what I had done, like mistakes, and change it for the better. Like my two subjects, Science and Mother Tongue, I will look into more new and better strategy than what I am having now.

For my attitude, I will try to turn over a new leaf by paying more attention to my teacher and ask him or her questions if I’m not clear. I must try to make friends as it is easy to ask them questions if the teacher is absent or not around at that moment.

The most important step I have to take is to study a portion of a topic everyday after I have done my homework. Another most important step is if I got time, I will go ahead and do homework and study with my friends.

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4) Think back to a time over the past semester when you faced a challenging or a big mistake. (a bad grade on something, letting your benchmarks pile up until the last minute, etc.) What sorts of lesson did you learn about yourself from that challenge and/or mistake? How did this influence the way you did things after that moment? In what ways does this experience help you to plan for next semester?

The biggest mistake I faced is dropping my grade in one of my subject, Mother Tongue. It was a very shocking experience because I am used to getting A’s for that subject. Instead, I got C. Even though I pass, I was upset because that was the first time I dropped my grade in my Mother Tongue.

The only reason I thought was that I was over confidents about myself. My Mother Tongue teacher told me that it was my Paper 2 that dropped my grade. He also told me I only did well for my Paper 1, that is composition. Another thing that bothers me is that I have no guts to go to my Mother Tongue class as I was scared that they already know my result. Actually, I was only embarrassed to go to a combine class but confident when there is no combine class.

There are two lessons I have learned in this mistake. One, never be over confident about yourself. And two, even if the subject is common sense, like you use it everyday even at home, you still have to make sure you get the language right. I will try to speak proper malay to my friends and family for the next semester.

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3) What are your thoughts about having to do projects in every subject? In what ways are project-type assessments more difficult, interesting, challenging, or meaningful than traditional ways of showing what you know? Cite an example or two to support you answer.

My thoughts about having to do projects in every subject is to know every classmate’s opinion on a certain subject. Some projects are difficult because if the project is on the subject Mathematics, the group members might find it hard to solve the topic. Another reason, for all subjects, that it is very difficult for all the group members to agree on an answer because each of them have their own and they think theirs are the correct ones.

In my opinion, majority will think that group project is more fun than individual project. The answer is because each of the group members can have a break after they do his or her part. The interesting thing about doing projects is that you can learned more new things than in the classroom, like in the library, through the internet and even real-life. The subject that is the most challenging to do a project is Mathematics. We need more thinking to do the project, but it is actually positive if we do in a group because, the group members will not argue with their answers if the topic was very challenging.

The most meaningful thing in projects is always on the first few days of school because it will be very easy to make new friends.

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2) Describe one goal that you set for yourself in September. What steps have you taken? Where and how have you met that goal? Where and how have you fallen short? And how will you proceed toward that goal in the second semester?

One goal that I set for myself in September is thinking of a new strategy for my studies. Sometimes, I research for the answer to the question instead of referring to my textbooks. In my opinion, if we want to remember a topic, we should not torture ourselves by trying to memorize them. We should take down notes when the teacher is teaching us about the topic.

I have to be honest with myself that I have not met that goal. My grades on some of the subjects had dropped, especially Science. I think it is because some of the topics and formula I did not understand that well. It was actually expected. What I did not expected was my Mother Tongue because I am used to getting A’s in that subject. Maybe the reason is I might be over confident at that time.

I will try to proceed my goal by jotting down every important notes and even trying to understand them. If I do not understand, I will ask my teacher about the topic.

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1) What talents (new or hidden) have you learned/discovered about yourself this semester?

This semester, I have learned that all the subjects I am taking in secondary school is almost similar as I had learned in my primary school. That is, including History and Geography because some of the topics are common sense. Other subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and Mother Tongue are also learned in primary school.

Lets take English for the first example. We learned Grammar and Vocabulary in primary school, and we also learned them in secondary school. They are important because we will not be able to create a composition without them. Some of this things also applies to our Mother Tongue but slightly different. As for Mathematics and Science, in my opinion, the most important thing in the two subjects are memorizing all the formulas. For example, if we want to find the area of a triangle, the formula will be length times base times height.

Now that I know that most of the subjects are similar to in primary school, that does not mean that I do not need to study. It means that I really need to remember all the studies that I had learned in my primary school to do all the work in my secondary school.

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