Category Archives: Current Experiences

PSLE

I haven’t been blogging in a while. In Singapore there’s a big, infamous examination called the Primary School Leaving Examination. The results of this examination a very important factor in determining which secondary school you go to; a lower score means that you will not be able to get into prestigious schools such as Raffles Institution, Anglo-Chinese School Independent, and Hwa Chong Institution, unless you have previously applied for a school through the Direct School Admission and have been given a confirmed offer. As such, students in Singapore study much harder for it than many other examinations(also resulting in PSLE guides, workbooks and textbooks becoming a profitable line of business in Singapore).

I am a bit worried that my T-score, which is based upon my English, Math, and Science scores* will not be high enough to get into the top schools. I do not believe that I do not know the key concepts themselves. The problem is that many questions set in Singapore examinations require you to phrase your answers in a certain way, such how you must state that decomposers break down substances into simple substances, and detritivores break up substances into simpler substances; even now, without the aid of previous worksheets, I am not certain that my previous statement was correct.

As a result, it seems to me that the PSLE is not so much a test of knowledge, but rather a test of carefulness. I am most worried about my English, since I have not been performing up to my expectations in that area. I have been trying some applications that help me to learn English phrases and the correct words and tenses to use. However, I believe that if I can check thoroughly and properly when I have time in the examination, I will be able to achieve a satisfactory score.

*Mother Tongue, one of the other subjects Singaporean students must take, is not included since I have been overseas for a long time, and therefore I am exempted.  This reduces my workload by a lot.

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New School(and blog)

New School

Posted on February 1, 2013

Hello!  I haven’t posted in a long time because I’m in my new school, and we moved, so I haven’t had much time.  I also have a new blog, because I want to keep all my blog posts, so now I’m trying to move all of them, including this one.

In ISB, my old school, math questions were basically asking things like this.

What is 63 divided by 9?

In ACS, my new school, some questions were asking things like this.

A is the sum of all the odd numbers from 1 to 49.  B is the sum of all the even numbers from 2 to 48.  What is the difference of A and B?

So my new school is different.

When moving to a new school, have you ever noticed any huge changes?  Not only in the curriculum, but the teachers, your classmates, etc.

What changes did you notice?

7 THOUGHTS ON “NEW SCHOOL”

  1. Hey Sean! You sent me an email about this, it is extremely different. If I move I wowuld probably not adapt as good as you, because I went to ISB my school years, and lived here since I was 2! Hope your having fun! I wouldn’t be able to move, I would be so scared. Haha! I wonder what you would say to that :D You still squishing people with your fingers?? Bye!!

    PS— What is the thing you miss most about Thailand??

  2. Hey Sean,
    When I first came to I.S.B almost every thing was different and sort of confusing. I hope you are enjoying your school though, I am sure every one is super smart just like you! Nice post!

    • Dear Matt,
      Hello! Later you might hear on the news how somebody’s head in Singapore exploded with the force of a trillion plutonium, and therefore radioactive and nuclear, bombs, the cause being you typing to me a ridiculous ‘number’. Actually you’ve probably been reduced to a pile of radioactive dust by now. :)
      Sincerely,
      Sean L.

  3. Hi Sean!

    How are you liking your new school? Everybody in our class surely misses you. Make sure to keep sending us emails about your new surroundings…anyways, it sounds like your new school fits in for you well. The math there is what you should be doing. We just went on the mangrove trip. I think it was ok. We also made a flat Sean, making sure we didn’t exclude you. We took pictures of you, accompanied by Khun Api. It was also your first time in the girl’s bathroom! We will try to remember to send you those hilarious pictures. If you want me to answer your question, yes, I have been noticing very big changes especially in the curriculum. Back in Malaysia, school subjects like math, were much harder, similar to ISB and your new school, ACS. Math in ISB is not as hard as how it is in Malaysia. Considering my old school was a government school, it would definitely be harder, and more strict. The classes were extremely different. In Malaysia, it was those old-fashion ones, but here, as you know, they are very modern. With lots of tech tools, too, computers, smartboards. In ISB, it is quite modern. Sean, we definitely miss you greatly, your hyper personality, your expression when Mr. Perkins says gazillion (it is a word). Oh, there’s one more thing, make sure to send an email, possibly a long one, to Khun Api. Out of all of us, she is the one that misses you the most. Ms. Jordan and Ms. Sandmann, too, they need ten people to replace you in choir :D . It is such a pity that you didn’t get to meet the new student, William, who moved in from Tunisia. He is adapting great to the school. He would’ve loved to meet you. Hope you enjoy your new school! We all miss you, Sean!

Chao Phraya

Hello!

Before I say anything else, italic parts are things I learned.  Got it?

Also, this post is a little late.  Sorry!

Yesterday we went on a barge trip on the Chao Phraya river.  It was nice.  There were three people there to teach us about the ecosystem.  First of all they reviewed the safety rules with us.  Then for our first activity we were taught about the water hyacinth plants that floated on the river.  After we had learned that, we split into groups of three who got items and had to tell a story connecting the water hyacinth to the item.  It was really fun.

The second activity was that we split into three groups and got a water hyacinth for each group.  Each group had to find living creatures.  We also got a little book to fill out and there was a checklist for the creatures we found.  Each creature had a special score.  To get the water quality, we had to do total score/total number of creatures found.  The result was about 3.8 which meant dirty water.  This was because of the floods in Thailand.

The third activity was we split into groups of three again and got some color pencils and a big piece of paper.  We had to pretend that we inherited a piece of riverside property and 25 million baht.  We could draw anything we wanted.  When we were done, the educators pieced together all the pieces of paper and added to clean water what it dirt would contain if we built all that.  At the end it was bluish with tissue paper, oil, washing powder, and sand.  This taught us that seemingly harmless buildings can pollute things a lot.

The fourth activity was a game that let us see how the deer and indeed any animal’s population goes up and down when left alone.  We started with two deer and 17 resources.  First the deer and resources would turn their backs and decide whether they wanted to have/be the resource of food, water, or shelter.  Then they both face each other and the deer try to get the matching resource.  If a deer got a resource, that resource becomes a deer.  If a deer could not find their resource, they would die and become a resource themselves.  Our educators charted the deer’s population over time and showed us what had happened over 9 rounds.  It was very interesting.

Our final activity was we were birds with different “beaks” with cups for stomachs.  There were “five different beaks and five different foods”.  Each type of bird tried to fill their stomach with the food stations that we rotated to.  After that we learned about adaptations.

I feel like the barge trip was very educative.

What do you think?

Flood Experiences

Hello! I will tell you about my experiences during the Pakkret field trip.

First we went to an old secondary school to donate some things for the few families who needed to stay there. After we had dropped off some supplies for them, we went to another evacuation center. This had more people and more supplies. We had brought some games to teach the children so they would not get bored. Then when we had given enough to them, we went to the market to see what they sold. We saw a snake skin that had dropped off. Our class also passed by the irrigation canal where we got our water. Irrigation means a method of directing water from natural water sources intto farms and fields to help water the crops.

At the end of the trip we saw the effects of the flood. The lower parts of the road were filled with water up to the knee.

I feel that the flood is a bad thing because some people have lost everything from the flood and that is definitely a bad thing.

What do you think?

 

Poetry is starting!

We watched a video and wrote down how it made us feel.  Then we wrote a poem.  I decided to write haikus.  Haikus are a type of poem with three lines.  The first has 5 syllables, the second 7, and the last 5.  I made three haikus.  Here they are!

A Sunny Field

Leaves fall everywhere

Cows eating fresh juicy grass

In a sunny field.

A Sunny Forest

Rollin ’round in leaves

Really happy sunny leaves

The forest is nice

A Funny Sunny Bunny

I really did see

A glowing sunny bunny

Then it ran and tripped

Just so you know, I like sunshine.  Do you like my poems?

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Marketplace 3 Reflection: My last one!

Posted on May 25, 2011 by

I was so excited! Today we had MARKETPLACE THREE AND OUR PARENTS CAME! These are the top 5 things I learned in the whole of Economics/Marketplace.

If you have an attractive store, and there is a more attractive store close to you, then the best way to make more money is to move away from that store and move to a group of less attractive stores.

The display can help a lot.

You need lots of stock to get lots of money.

Advertising needs to be bright and outstanding.

You should make the price just right.

These are the top 5 things that went excellently well.

I sold out!

My mother was able to come! ( I consider this amazing, since she had to go on the bus.)

I earned lots of money!

So many people loved mine!

I loved everybody’s product!

And one more…

I loved Marketplace!

My Blogging Learning

It’s time to reflect on my blogging!

It is almost summer holiday.  We have to make a reflection.  We started our blogs in October and now it’s May already!  This is what my blog looked like in October.

This is what my blog looks like now.

During that time I have learned about making comments on other people’s blogs, replying to comments, adding new widgets, improving my About page, what are good things to write about, inserting videos, inserting pictures, embedding things, making new post categories, making new links, making new link categories, making a blog post, changing my theme, changing my password and user name, linking to things on my blog post, putting attribution, and lots lots more.

I love blogging because you can share your experiences, thoughts, and even feelings without having to get up and show everybody.  Do you love blogging?  I do!

I’ve learned so much abut blogging!

Both of these pictures were taken by our wonderful cheesy teacher, Ms.Chesebro.

Marketplace: Number 2!

Today we had Marketplace number 2.  It was so fun!  I brought my products and the second graders came!  These are my experiences.

My profit was 51 banthers.

My product was good.

My location was good.

Rax went away from PJ and he sold better.  This proves that if you have an attractive store and there is another more attractive store close by, then the best way to make even more money is to move away from the more attractive store to a group of less attractive stores.  This is a good way because then instead of being out shined by a more attractive store, you stand out from less attractive stores.

A lot of people bought my product.

I sold out and I had 14 of my product!

The second picture is me when I was setting up.  I was very stressed because all my products were tangled up.

It was so absolutely completely supercallifragillisticexpealadociously fun!

Marketplace: Number 2!

Today we had Marketplace number 2.  It was so fun!  I brought my products and the second graders came!  These are my experiences.

My profit was 51 banthers.

My product was good.

My location was good.

Rax went away from PJ and he sold better.  This proves that if you have an attractive store and there is another more attractive store close by, then the best way to make even more money is to move away from the more attractive store to a group of less attractive stores.  This is a good way because then instead of being out shined by a more attractive store, you stand out from less attractive stores.

A lot of people bought my product.

I sold out and I had 14 of my product!

The second picture is me when I was setting up.  I was very stressed because all my products were tangled up.

Marketplace Research Day

Today was an exciting day!

In Social Studies we are studying economics.  This means we are studying the part of life called the economy.  The economy is anyone who makes a choice about their money.  There are producers, who sell things, and consumers, who buy things.  Today we were the producers.  My product that I was selling was a windchime. I sold 2 out of the 5 windchimes I made.  That was relatively good.  We had to rearrange the entire classroom and we learned about things like rent and business licenses.  I did not display it that well in the beginning.  That was one of the bad things that happened to me.  However, at least I earned one banther. I loved Marketplace today.  This is a picture of me and my fellow classmates selling things.

This picture was taken by Ryoko. She is a new student and so she could not understand very much English and therefore she could not make a product.  So she took pictures.  I think I will sell the ones with green circles and blue stars on them.  That is because those were the ones that my customers liked most.  I noticed that in the other classrooms somebody who was offering a service. This person was letting people play a sort of game with Nerf guns and the players would pay him for it.  He got quite a lot of money.

My feedbacks were quite good.  Everybody said yes on everything and only one person said I need improvement. In the middle and end I was holding the wind chimes with my hands.  She said I needed something to hold my wind chimes up.  The next market place takes place on May 18th.  I hope to make as many of my products as I can, and make improvements on them.

This picture was taken by Khun Wattana.

I had lots of fun on Market Place Day!