I have learned a lot of interesting tricks on how to create beautiful drawings on the application ‘procreate’. It has been a very interesting learning experience for me as I have never explored digital arts before. I enjoy the experience thoroughly. One challenge that I have faced is in using the application as I am not very experienced with these sort of applications and was hence a little slower than the others at picking up some of the work at times. However, as the year progressed, I got better at it. I hence think that I worked on learning outcome 2 and learned a new skill while doing this activity. Over all, I found it very fruitful.
On the 25th of May we will be leaving for project week. My group is going to Cambodia to work with a service called ‘Free the Bears’. I think I will work on learning outcome 4 as we have to plan the activities with our service partners. We will also have to work collaboratively with our service partners and hence I will also be working on learning outcome 5. Our planning has been smooth so far. Our service partners have been very responsive and even when there have been doubts or forms for them to sign, they have been quick to respond. I am eagerly looking forward to this trip as I feel strongly towards animal welfare.
One challenge that we might face on project week is working in the wilderness as we are not accustomed to it, however, I am looking forward to doing service and contributing towards animal welfare.
I find this activity very enjoyable. I have learned how to use the application ‘procreate’ and make interesting creative art pieces on it. I think I am working on learning outcome 1 as this is a new skill that I am trying to hone. I have done art before but never digital art and I think this will be a useful skill even outside of school.
I have been thoroughly enjoying the yoga activity. We have recently tried several new poses such as the head stand and some back bends. I think I worked on learning outcome 2 as these poses were new to me and I found them challenging yet rewarding.
Some things that I have found difficult during this course are the inversions, however, I think I am improving at these as well. I thoroughly enjoy all the different exercises we do including the abdominal exercises and the breathing exercises. I have been doing yoga for a long period of time now and hope to continue it even in the following school year.
I recently participated in the SIMUN (Singapore International Model Untied Nations) conference. It was my first international conference and I found it very informative and enjoyable. I learned how a conference works as well as how to interact with people of different cultures to create a resolution. I thus worked on learning outcomes 5 and 6 as I had to work collaboratively to find a solution to an issue of global significance
One thing I’ve learned:
I have learned how to structure my introduction well as well as what to include while writing it. I also did some more research on the historical context of my topic as well as why it is important to write about the issue I am addressing.
What I’m proud of:
I am happy that I successfully managed to complete most of my introduction. I also got a clearer idea of how to structure the body paragraphs. After speaking to my EE supervisor I was able to understand the key things to include in the different parts of my essay.
What I’ll be doing next:
I will be completing my introduction and then do some more research about the language used as well as other features that propagate gender stereotypes in Disney films. I will then move on to doing my body paragraphs.
I have found service with SUNDAC to be a rewarding and enriching experience on the whole. Recently, we were focusing mainly on improving the motor skills of our clients through the use of music. We practised different beats on the drums and created a sequence that we performed alongside SUNDAC for a primary school close to our school. It was heartwarming to see the interaction between the children and SUNDAC. It was a new experience for me as I have never played the drums before and learned some beats with our service partners. We had to work collaboratively amongst ourselves, with our service partners, and with the primary school in order to achieve this experience. Hence I feel that by doing so, I worked on learning outcome 5.
Overall, pre- season netball has been an interesting activity. I have learned several different exercises; with and without the use of balls. It helps in improving my overall fitness as well as is an interesting team sport that I have never played before. I think I worked on learning outcome 5 as I had to work collaboratively with a team to play the sport.
The topic that I have chosen to explore for my EE is the portrayal of gender stereotypes in Disney animated movies, and how this has evolved over the years. After conducting some initial research and analysing it, I realised that animated Disney movies can be segregated into three distinct phases based on their time period of production. I have selected some movies to focus on within each of these periods and am currently working on analysing them. The biggest problem I faced so far was identifying which movies I wanted to focus on. However, once I analysed my research more thoroughly, I found that there were some movies that were more relevant to my topic than others. I find this topic extremely interesting and am very passionate about gender equality. Hence, I have been enjoying the process of conducting research for my extended essay. I look forward to further developing my ideas.