During Khmer class, we were working on writing a report about a ceremony called Pchum Ben. Pchum Ben is a ceremony that dedicates those the spirits that we believe are in hell. People believe that during this ceremony, in a period of 15 days, those spirits are freed from hell to get food from their family. So, we wrote a report about the celebration of the ceremony, apparels to go to the pagoda and the history about this event.
In English literacy, we have done one main project which is a narrative essay about coming of age. It took us a few weeks to brainstorm, write, revise and finalize. At first, we brainstorm the moment that we feel important in our life, a moment that we feel more mature, the coming of age moment. Second, we try to write up to two to three pages. Then, we revise both grammatical errors and the context, to ensure that it makes sense. Next, we edit with a partner. Lastly, we evaluate ourselves with a rubric. In doing this process, we also learn about parallel sentences and concision.
At the beginning of this school year, after a long summer break, we started our first week with a day to go out and explore the society. In a team of four, I was given tasks to interview people about their beliefs on dinosaurs, contact a place about the price of chickpeas and… We had to walk around Phnom Penh, without any facilitators and using our own ways to navigate the roads in order to complete the tasks. It was a great experience to be on my own with my friends without a teacher.
On August 16th, I left to the Philippines with the other five students, my learning facilitator, Alli, and the Cambodian Ultimate Frisbee team (including some foreigners). We were a team representing Cambodia to compete in the Asian Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Club Championships. It was my first time ever to travel overseas to compete in sports. Our team lost due to the lack of experience, both playing together as a team and competing in tournaments. However, it was a great experience to attend such an event. We hope to join again next time!
Basketball is an after school extension. I join basketball because I feel like in basketball, you really need to collaborate and understand the strategies. Compared to other sports, you have little to no time to hesitate when playing basketball. You have to think and react swiftly. I find it hard to play, shoot and dribble, but I still entertain it very much.
A new school called “Bambujaya” is opening up and needed to hire curriculum developers to rewrite all the Khmer grade one textbooks, Khmer Literacy, Math and Science and Social Studies. The modifications made were mostly due to gender equity and stereotypes, words that aren’t commonly used, and images that look harmful or aren’t associated with Cambodia. Since photo enhancement is necessary in order to rewrite the textbooks, we have recruited some Liger students to illustrate pictures and take photos for us with a clear written contract. With two weeks left, instead of continuing to revise the textbooks, we have chosen main content (chapter) from each textbook and adding activities to it. Then, we convert all the ideas we brainstormed into Prezi presentations. The Exploration ended, but it continues into an Expertise because we need to keep improving and finalize the product.
Advanced Placement Computer Science (AP CS) is a course of programming. In this class, we learn how to code with Java. These first several weeks, we learned how to use basic calculations, learned about primitive types and non-primitive types of data and studied the foundations. The class is a preparation for the AP Stats exam in February.
Physic is a quite hard subject to comprehend because there aren’t a lot of real examples to represent the equations. One of the things we did in class was a lab experiment. Using tape, and different sandpapers on a wooden ramp, we tried to find the coefficient of friction to make the object moves.
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AP Statistics is important not because you can take an exam and get credits for the university, but because of the effectiveness of it. Unlike geometry, algebra or trigonometry, you can use it in everyday life. You can use this skill to analyze statistics and predicting values. For example, you would use an equation that has two variables to plug in one value and predict another.