What is your topic and why did you choose it?

  • My topic is about using food to clean dirty kitchen materials
  • I always liked cleaning things whether it’s vacuuming, washing the dishes etc…
  • I also like using food to innovate products like hand cream, lotion
  • Global warming is a big part of our lives and I feel that we HAVE to stop this. We could use other methods of cleaning.

Describe you experience so far: What challenges have you faced? Did you overcome these challenges?

  • Some of my innovations doesn’t work
  • Find other solutions

Has your project changed since the beginning? If so, how?

  • It hasn’t changed

What are you proud of so far?

  • I almost finished my videos
  • My solutions work really well

Do you feel creative when doing SML? If so, what are the conditions that help you be creative?

  • Learn about topics we are passionate about
  • Take others feedback and use it

Can you share any specific samples of your learning?

  • Remove any type of condiment (soy sauce)

o   Put cut-up lemon into hot water

o   Place stained material into hot water

o   Wait for 10 minutes

o   Material will turn back to normal

What have you learned about yourself as a learner? How do you learn best? Does the structure of SML help? OR is the structure frustrating you?

  • I learned that researching about the topic first is better than starting it right away
  • I like the structure of SML because I don’t have to use as much time at home.


Recently, Mr. Pierce taught us how someone might be prejudice towards others base on their identity, race and stereotype. Identity is how someone might view you based on your culture or heritage. Stereotypes are beliefs about how another might act or feel based on their culture. Prejudice is falsely assuming you are better than others. Racism is how someone might treat others based on their race.

After hearing my classmate’s presentations, I felt angry and was in disbelief. I didn’t understand why someone might be treated differently based on their culture or heritage. I believe no one should be judged by their physical appearance, but their personality.

I believe someone’s race is an important part of someone’s life because it defines your culture and heritage. Although it doesn’t define your personality, it shows where you and your family are from. Your race can never change. You should be proud of your own ethnic group and show the world what you can do. If a person were to change their skin, hair and eyes, they will still be the same person. Their personalities will be the same. However, someone’s first impression of you might be different.

Race has been a big part of my life. I’m a Chinese citizen and I have nothing to be ashamed about. This is who I am and either you learn to accept it or leave. I don’t mind Asian stereotypes. “Asian are good at math.” I’m proud that our ethnic group is known for their intelligence. It’s a compliment. Don’t be embarrassed by your own race. Be brave.

Competence Unit Reflection

Next time I have a test, I would definitely prepare more facts and become quicker with note-taking. If you want you work to be above expectations, you need to do your own research. This means taking the time to find more information about the topics and provide examples. Providing examples is really important in tests because it helps support your answers. Taking notes is a big challenge for me because I would always spend a lot of time editing them. I would want to memorise everything word by word and this proves to be a challenge; Chapter 6. Next time, I would draw a brain-frame and use my own words to explain everything I know.

In the beginning, I wrote a lot of note-cards and wanted to memorise all the information word by word. At the end of the day, I found out it was impossible to accomplish and involves too much work. One of my friends told me that they used a brain-frame to show their work. I tried their method and I realised it worked really well for me. I would write all the information I know down and use my knowledge to explain the cycle to my mom. Next time there is a test, I would definitely use the brain-frame method because it helps me understand what I know and what I don’t know. I feel more capable of studying by myself because I know the best way for me to study. Next year, I advice Mr. Pierce’s class to challenge themselves and aim for higher expectations. I would also advice them to draw brain-frames to study because this helps a lot.

Spring Parent Conference Reflection

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In Language Arts, one the key points I need to improve on is reading a different variety of books. I read many fictional books over the semester and should start looking at non-fiction books. To accomplish this, I made myself a deal. For every five fiction books I read, I must read at least one non-fiction book. I need to learn to take risks by adding in new vocabulary into my writing. I am usually very worried about not using the correct word into my sentences. Next time, I should write a sentence for all the words inside my word wall to help me understand how I can use it inside my writing. I should start going to after school club even if I understand everything that is going on. There is always room for some improvement and I need to work on my grammar. While going to after school help, I should also visit to noredink and review the practice sheets at home. This would help improve my grammar.

Crossed Videos

Book club 1 

Book club 2

My group member, Kathy, and I asked each other questions for clarification. We also shared our ideas and predicted what will happen later in the book. I think having a partner to discuss my ideas are perfect because I like to listen what other people’s perspectives of the book are. Whenever I feel Kathy’s opinions will matter, I would jot that down on my notes.

Book club 3

Book club 4

During our last session, Kathy and I discussed many things including our predictions for the next book. We asked relevant questions and respected each others ideas. One of our strengths was we prepared a lot of questions and we took turns answering what we thought was correct. We communicated our ideas well and discussed what might happen later in the chapter. Our area of improvement is to stop interrupting each other and let someone finish their complete thought first. To accomplish this, we need to be patient and know when to talk. Overall, I thought our book talk was a success because I understood how someone else might feel about the book.

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LA Goals

My reading goal for Quarter 2 is to keep reading for 45 minutes each day, so that I will finish 8 books by the end of the quarter. Keep a steady pace. I will write on my planner each day to remind me to read.

My writing goal for Quarter 2 is to extend my vocabulary. I will use my Reading Log to find better word choices and re-visit No Red Ink for grammar help. I will spend a few minutes each day on different sites to improve my tenses. I will also write this reminder on my planner so that I won’t forget.


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I had done a good job presenting my quarter 2 goals. My ideas were clear and are relevant and appropriate to my topic. I am loud and clear and use a variation of tone. Next time, I should use less filler words and add more gestures. I should approach the audience more.


My reading goal for Quarter 4 is to read more non-fiction books. I will write on my planner each day to remind me to read and check my reading log more often to see if I have read enough non-fiction books.

My writing goal for Quarter 4 is to take risks and use the vocabulary on my world wall into my essays. To remind myself, I will put a sign “Take Risks” as my desktop background. I will highlight all the new vocabulary in my writing piece.

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Grade 8 Writing

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I was pleased with my grade as I meet expectation. My topic was clear and my organisation was good. My word choices were okay but I hope to add even more powerful words later on. Next time, I will put in more of my thoughts and have better transitions.


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I thought I did pretty well in my test, knowing that I got an overall ME. However, when my story comes to the climax, I should add more details, powerful words and description.


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I didn’t do too well because my language wasn’t good. My punctuations weren’t all correct and I should make my vocabulary stronger.

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I did well in writing this piece because I used a few smilies a metaphors. I also make my paragraphs short and concise.


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I had done a good job because I added many persuasive arguments as well as using ‘pathos’, ‘ethos’ and ‘logos’. I also organised my essay structure to make it more powerful and convincing. My hooking was persuasive because it starts off with a strong question. I used many transitional words to help readers relate to the text before and after. I should work on my spelling and remember to cite my information. There are some things I didn’t cite such as the page number or source. Therefore, I need to double check my work every time.

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This quote means that we should do something to help others. We need to learn to not give up. If you are compassionate about one thing, don’t change you plans just because its ‘difficult’. Learn to accept and make a change to the world.


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“The Outsiders” summative was a success because I included many details and explanations to how and why readers could identify the literary devices. I also included many transition words to help sentences become more continuous and fluent. However, I need to work on my spelling. I wish I had a few more minutes to double-check my essays so that all my punctuations and spelling are correct. Next time, I also need to work on citing my sources. Ultimately, I am proud of my essay and overall grade.

Macbeth Whatsapp Messages

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Grade 8 Reading

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I was pleased about my grade and my organisation skills because I used the right colour coding for each question. I separated my ‘thoughts, so whats and quotes’ really well. However, when there was a two question problem, I only used one quote, one so what and one thought to portray my opinions. I should have had two of everything so I could answer two of the questions.


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I thought I did really well because I explained with great details and was within the word limit. I portrayed my thoughts and colour coded my sentences correctly. In a 2 question problem, I answered with 2 quotes, 2 so whats and 2 thoughts. I could improve my adding even more powerful words and have more descriptions.


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I had done a good job because I added supportive facts and description to present my opinions. I also organised my sentences so that my paragraphs are fluent. I should work on understanding the questions before filling in the answers so that I can get a better idea of what’s it asking.


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My ‘Everything Has Its Costs’ video was a success because my pictures were powerful and I was speaking fluently. I used relevant, high quality visual media and edited into an effective sequence. In my video, I made well-supported connections with the text and analysed it with greater maturity. However, in my videos, my head looked chopped off. I need to have a full image of myself. I also could have added more of my opinions. Nevertheless, I’m glad that my overall video was effective and was a success.


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My brain-frame was well organised and had many details. I summarised my points into small boxes and wrote extra information beside it. I’m proud of my brain-frame.

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