Biology semester one reflection

What did you learn this semester (topics, benchmarks, skills)?

-I learned about multiple topics that include natural selection and ecology, I learned about the carbon and nitrogen cycle. I learned about how to memorize terminology faster.
What learning activities worked best for you?

-Active activities such as building our mesocosms and collecting data from them was interesting and helped me remember how the cycles work and why.
How did you study for assessments?

I memorized the vocabulary from my notebook, which I think wasn’t most efficient. I will start reviewing terminology in quizlet therefore I can learn them faster. I also use quiz let for Chinese and it works really well.
Which assessments did you do well in / not do well in?

I did well in the mesocosm project but I feel that I could have done better in my projects, for example our  adopted organism project, I feel like I could have used more vocabulary to explain the lifestyle of the organism and its history.
What was your favorite part of the semester?

My favorite part of this semester was when we did our mesocosm, it was very interesting and it was cool that we had to collect data with humidity and temperature probes.

Economics reflection 2014

1) How has the IB econ course matched up with your expectations?

I expected this economics course to be less technical, I was expecting more that we would be looking at charts and finding techniques to improve a business.

2) What has been your biggest challenge in this course?

My biggest challenge in this course was with calculating values on graphs, I understand the concepts when I am reading them but when I’m being tested on it I don’t understand  I can calculate the areas but I am struggling with the areas like changes in surplus for example. I will review all the material over winter break and by then I will understand everything.

Mesocosm

Kylian’s and Ani’s Mesocosm

The IB program requires all students taking the biology course to carry out several lab practicals throughout the course of 2 years. We are just about halfway through our first semester and we have been exposed to various topics such as ecology and evolution to help us build terrestrial mesocosm. We were told to work as pairs in this experiment.

A mesocosm is an experimental tool that brings a small part of the natural environment under controlled conditions. In this way mesocosms provide a link between observational field studies that take place in natural environments, but without replication, and controlled laboratory experiments that may take place under somewhat unnatural conditions.

Our mesocosm comprises of:

• soil with visible organic materials.

• small plants we were able to place within the soil to keep it in upright position

• filtered water in a small plastic bowl beside the plants, able to support life (such as pond water)

All of the plants and soil were sealed within plastic container with a plastic cover over it so no no oxygen would be able to pass through. This means that the variables within our mesocosm stays constant for some time period and will have to rely on each other to get their required essentials.

Data Collections:

DAY 1
18/11/14

Humidity-86.6%
Temperature inside mescosom- 23.7C
Approximately 70 ml of water
Soil moisture- 15.6%

DAY2
20/11/14

humidity-91.2%
temp.-25.2C
approx 30mm of water
soil moisture-2.0%

DAY 3
24/11/14

Humidity
temp-22.3C
approx 25mm of water
soil moisture-7.5%

DAY 4
26/11/14

temperature-25.3C
Relative Humidity-91%
Soil moisture-4.5%
approx 18mm of water

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WWW reflection

Week without walls was very interesting, we learned a lot about different cultures, also we learned

about how to get peoples’ attention with “icebreakers”. All the activities we did were based on teamwork,

for example the raft building, rope climbing, teaching etc. On our first day we were taught how to engage

children in our activities. The dragonfly people thru ought the week talked to us about respect and how we

should interact with each other. They showed us how to be prepared for any situation. On the second day

we went rock climbing, in which you had to rely greatly on your belaying team to keep you from falling ( incase you fall).

We also had to rely on our climbing partner to help us up if we couldn’t on our own.  On the third day we went to a

school and showed the kids presentations on culture and other things. Then we taught them games like duck duck goose.

They really enjoyed it. Afterward we went to a different school and had lunch there. After that we went and scrubbed

the cold off of all the walls, then we painted them white, the next day we painted murals on them.

Progress report reflection.

1. I am most satisfied with the fact that i’m improving, my grades are getting better, compared to my previous years at various other schools,but i have to work on being prepared for class and quizzes and things like that. I

2. My organization should be improved, alongside with my preperation for class and for tests. I should work on my time management, because that is the most important thing, not only for now, but also for IB, and I should be prepared for the transition from 10th to 11th grade.

3. I have not done everything in my power to achieve my maximum best in classes, I am starting to rewrite my notes at home, instead of writing notes in class, and doing the homework using my notes. I am doing this, because i asked many people how the remember all these things, and they say: “well, I revise the notes that I took, at home.”. And i can, and will put more effort into assignments.

4.  I should be more prepared for everything in order to do better.  I learned, that it is easier to just write homework on paper, than it is to write homework down electronically.

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