Thursday, 2 June 2016

Our last post (Justin Vihaan)

We would like to thank our team members, our teachers and thanks to basically everyone who has helped on this journey of Exhibition of learning. That means people like our mentor, our parents, the people from NGOs that have been so kind to help us with this controversial topic. And last but not least we are going to thank ourselves for staying together as a group and not ditching the group.

The day on Thursday when we presented from 8:00AM to 3:00PM to all manner of different people, including high-schoolers, middle-schoolers, grade 4 students, our buddies, SAIS students, GEMS academy students and many visitors. Something that we found challenging was to stand up for 7 hours straight and repeating the same thing again and again and again. Another thing we found challenging was some of the students started to leave in the middle of the presentation purposefully. Something that we liked was we got to eat two gummies because we needed sugar to stay standing all that time. Also, something we would change next time would be to not talk so loudly because, at 3PM, we ended up with sore throats.

In conclusion, Thursday was a celebration of Exhibition (which was a tiring one.) in which we presented the entire day to the people listed above and did rather well, at least to our knowledge.

Presenting at Exhibition

After exhibition I looked back and thought about how I could have presented better and what things I considered while presenting. While presenting projection of voice was important especially with so much noise all around you. Projection is vital when you want someone to know a message because if you have the right projection they should remember it. The second most important thing is to seem focused you seem. This important because you need people to take you seriously especially when talking to adults or other people older than you. The third most important thing is eye contact. Eye contact can show your audience that you're passionate and not to be taken lightly.
 Visiting SAIS really helped me understand these concepts.
You want to speak well you have to follow these things.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The end of Exhibition

Exhibition has finally come to the end. Throughout Exhibition, I have learnt to become a better learner in knowledge and the mind to help and care for others. One thing that Exhibition has helped me in myself was to overcome a fear of talking to many people, not being shy but being confident in speaking. Exhibition as also helped me to know group members more, before I knew only a little of them but now I know pretty much a lot from them.

I think a big part of Exhibition is to communicate, collaborate and being resilience. It all links because if your group does not collaborate or communicate well, you have to be resilient to keep on trying to be what you would like to achieve as a learner.

Even though Exhibition has come to the end, we are still doing our action plan. I think that our action plan will not stop just because we ended Exhibition or Grade 5 but keep on doing it over the summer or as we move to older grades. 

Exhibition has been a huge impact to me as a learner and myself, I would never want to forget the knowledge I had achieved from this progress.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

UWCSEA Skills and Qualities

 For skills and qualities from our school, I think we are going good for being resilient as despite arguing a lot, we also come together as a team and work out problems and whenever we aare at a dead end, we don't give up but keep on trying. It also relates to being critical thinker and communicating as we need these to develop us more to be part of the group. I also think that we are being principled as when some of our members could not do their homework because they were busy or anything else, they don't hide it but just say that they weren't able to do it and will do it as homework. I definately think that we should be honest if we did something wrong or didn't do homework because it is better to just admitt it and forget it rather than coming up with lies and excuses. I think that our group improved on collaboration but still needs to work on it.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Thoughts on Exhibition Posters

In class we have started to discuss about our posters and what we should and shouldn't include on our poster. I think the most important thing is Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity or CARP for short. CARP is something really good to think about because you get a good idea of how your poster should come together at the end. I feel that one of the more important things to think about is contrast. I think this because if your contrast is off people might not find your poster appealing therefore not come to your stall.

Monday, 16 May 2016

This is my Video about how my group used MISO

This struck me when I watched this video

The Video

When I watched this particular part of this video I felt that some of us are not full with respect and are a little bit inhuman. This person made a comment about migrant construction workers. “We let them work here, but they create trouble instead. They should go back to China.” Something that I found really interesting about the migrant worker that responded to the comment was he did not feel bad he said something like this "This statement is correct. Only if we caused a lot of trouble and did not let the people be in peace here. This statement is wrong because we do not trouble the people here and we do not create a lot of chaos. So there are two sides to this argument."
Connecting to the Little India riot many people wrote comments about the people who were included in the riot not every Indian/Bangladeshi worker.
This part also struck me because there was a lot of racism here because one person commented said "They are smelly and they always stare at me. I do not feel safe at all." The response was something like this " I just came to Singapore to work. When some Singaporeans see my face they get scared. But the people here in Singapore are nice Singapore is also a good place. When I read this comment its like I don't know Singaporeans." When I listed and watched that part of the video I felt that we need to take action because there is a very big misunderstanding between Singaporeans and migrant workers. If this becomes more extreme this can lead to serious conflict.
When I read the positive comments I felt that there are some people that care for people that do so much for us. One of the migrant workers felt so much more comforted because of the positive comment the person wrote. Another Migrant worker had stayed in Singapore for 8 years and he liked Singapore that much which influenced him to stay 5 more years in Singapore.

In conclusion some people think migrant workers as very bad people because they might have seen a few cases of migrant workers not doing the right thing. But not every migrant worker is bad if that person or those people have done this thing doesn't make every migrant worker bad. Some comments made migrant workers feel good because they comforted migrant workers or they complimented them in a way. A migrant worker has been influenced by peoples actions to stay longer in Singapore.

Reflecting on UWCSEA skills and qualities

Ok, this is a blog post that will state my opinion on how I have been progressing on the UWCSEA Learner profile.
I think me and my group are progressing pretty well on self-manager because we got all of our tasks done and we can organize our time quite well. An example of this is that we alway got our homework done and we have not really run out of time that much.
I also think that we improved in resilience because we didn't give up when we found one of the questions hard due to lack of resources concerning that question. However, we can improve quite a bit in both these Skills and qualities. We can improve in Self-Managing by perhaps using schedules, we could improve in resilience by trying out self-talking.So, all in all, I believe that me and my group have improved in both Self-Manging and Resilience. I think that because of the reasons listed above.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

How to collaborate effectively

Link to Video

How to Resolve and Avoid Conflict

What To Do With Your Information(Vlog)

Field trip

Last Monday, on Labour day, my Exhibition group and I went to the Sama-Sama event where the migrant workers live and we thought if we went there, we could know more about them. Our purpose of going there to interview migrant workers for our 3 essential questions which were what are the role that migrant workers play in our community, what are the perspective about the issue (locally) and how do organisations help migrant workers and also other questions to understand more deeply into the inquiry. We were able to see the art Exhibition that were held there and throught the Exhibition, I have learnt that migrant workers might act as constrution or domestic workers in our thinking but they have also another career like a poet, doctor and etc. We were also able to get a tour around the migrant workers dorminaotry and getting notes from the guid. Unfortunately we didn't get to interview the migrant workers, we were able to get notes and information that could help us for the inquire and glad that we made the choice to go to the event.


Our plans to take Action

Right now our group is in a stage of, sorting out our information and taking action. Somethings I think our group needs to think of is our sphere of influence (A Sphere of influence is, something that you can do and/or can not do). I think that because all our group is thinking of is BIG, for example, creating an organisation, changing the laws, and so on, however, we can't do that because it is not in our sphere of influence. Even though our group still is thinking "BIG",  I think we did a great job narrowing it down to things that are in our sphere of influence, such as:

Sphere of Influence 
  • TRY to start off with getting 10 signatures agree with migrant workers having a better place to live in, then we try 20, 50, 100, 150 all the way to 1,000 signatures
  • We can raise awareness
  • Join a NGO to help migrant workers
  • Donate (time, money, etc)

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

My Research:Nikhil

Since we're almost done with researching I thought it would be a good idea to write a post on my research. My research gave me other perspectives on my topic. The funny part was that I never knew that there were other perspectives on my topic. The research does not only help educate you on whatever you're researching but also it builds your confidence to share about your topic. The reason it builds confidence is because you feel like you know more about your topic, more than other people. I think having confidence is important in exhibition because I can tell that how and what you present is vital.


Monday, 9 May 2016

The way our group is collaborating

The way our group is collaborating now is much better. We hardly have any arguments, we don’t just misundersand what one is saying, instead we try to understand what the person In our group is saying.

Today instead of arguing we got a whole load of work done, the things that we got done were planning to interview migrant workers and also to organise the information that we have already found. Our group might have conflict mainly when we need to decide, but when we have conflict we know we are thinking and also putting our perspective into this pirticular thing.

To summarise what I have talked about we have not had many arguments and Instead of arguing we got more work done. We know that conflict is good because we show that we are thinking. 


I think our group was doing quite well on collaboration because during exhibition today, we worked together quite well and did not argue at all. Also, we actually got a lot done during that period of time, which requires collaboration, otherwise you'd just have a bunch of people yelling at each other.

However, we can still improve a lot in collaborating. I think that because we sometimes disagree, then arguing starts. This is probably because of a difference in opinions and no one is willing to back down. That kind of scenario can be avoided by learning to compromise more.

The way I have used UWC learner profiles

The three UWC learner profiles that I have been focusing on are: taking on a variety of goals and encourage my group members to do so too. I will stand up against wrong doing and work towards solving the problem. I will seek help when I need it.

I regularly use taking on a variety of goals and encourage my group members to do so too. Because normally we would need to do different jobs so we can feel how it is do a particular job. Some people might want to do the same job but anyway everyone will get a turn eventually. I have stood up against wrong doing and solving the problem, because once two of my group members had a small conflict and I helped out bit so they could all of us could solve the problem. I need to work on seeking help whenever I need it because sometimes I needed help but I didn't ask for anyone to help me but instead I tried to figure it out myself, but eventually I asked for help.  

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Group with collaboration

This week, I think that our group collaborated well because we didn't have any conflicts or arguments. However, we should really think of our actions that puts the group in a well and in a not well position in order to make our collaboration more achievable. I think we should keep building our collaboration up to be more successful in our Exhibition.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Sama Sama the Event

On labour day, my Exhibition group and I went to an event that is about, showing that migrant workers have a purpose they are just not any random construction worker. In the event, it showed that Migrant Workers are creative, just like us and have a purpose. From this event, I learnt that migrant workers can be a doctor, poet, a friend, gardener and much more. From this event, I learned that migrant workers have a purpose and can do anything just like us. Something that really inspired me was this quote that a migrant worker made and it was, “I have always wondered what heaven is like”.

This is the quote



The colorful baskets are made by locals and foreign workers, and it was an organisation.

How I have been using the UWC learner profiles

The three UWC learner profiles that I have been focusing on are: taking on a variety of goals and encouraging my group members to do so too. I will stand up against wrong doing and work towards solving the problem. I will seek help when I need it.

I regularly use taking on a variety of roles and encouraging my group members to do so too. Because normally we would need to do different jobs so we can feel how it is do a particular job. Some people might want to do the same job but anyway everyone will get a turn to do the same job eventually. I have stood up against wrong doing and solving the problem, because once two of my group members had a small conflict and I helped out bit so they could all of us could solve the problem. I need to work on seeking help whenever I need it because this day I needed help but I didn't ask for anyone to help me, but instead I tried to figure it out myself. But eventually I asked for help.


I think this issue is a very complicated one because there are very different perspectives. One perspective is that since migrant workers are from  different countries they don't belong in our country. Another is that we should support migrant workers because they contribute a lot to our country. The last perspective is the perspective of the migrant workers who simply think that they need to do what they can to support their family. Because of these perspectives either bad things or good things may happen to the migrant workers.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Group Collaboration

Our group is working hard now days for our Exhibition and I believe that collaboration and communication are the most important things that we should have in Exhibition. However, I feel that even though we are collaborating, we still lack much. Most of the time when the lack comes is when we have conflicts with one another. If I were to see the argument in the other perspective, I also think that these conflicts can gather one another's perspective and know them more which could help the group. Even though we had only spent 2 weeks together, we should try to stay collaborate as much as we can throughout Exhibition.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Researching Phase

After the first 2 days of proper research I think that my group is doing well. I think this because we know what each other is doing and we all have our own thing that we’re working on. Right now I also think that we’re going in a good direction because we’ve split into groups working on different tasks. I am very confident that my group will have a good Exhibition. During the first stages of researching we had different ideas about our researching but once we got on the same page it’s been going well.

Our groups collaboration

I think that our group is collaborating well. Sometimes we would have conflict but we would normally resolve it. We know that conflict is good because we know that we are different people and we will obviously have different opinions. The main reason we have conflict is when we have a misunderstanding. The thing that we need to improve on is to let one person at a time to talk because it will be hard to listen to everyone at the same time. Otherwise, my group is doing really well!

Monday, 25 April 2016

A Group without Collaboration

Our group is in the position we are meant to be in, however, we are not Collaborating well. Collaboration is a very important part of the Exhibition, sometimes I think that it is okay if we don’t collaborate at least we are in the position we are meant to be. However, I am wrong because I know that if we don’t collaborate then we won’t go anywhere or achieve anything. Most of my group's conflict happen because of agreements and disagreements. Our group does not at all like having conflict, mostly because we are the only group in our class that has conflict and we are a group and that means we have to collaborate, trust each other, help each other and much more, however, we barely started.

What is my perspective on migrant workers?

Well, I believe that some of us may treat them badly and believe they have a reason to do so. I firmly think that migrant workers are after all, human and should be treated as such. Some of the research from sites state that some of the migrant workers believe that they are not being treated well  "Quarters are dirty, food is bad and unhealthy."  One migrant worker quotes.

 Some questions that could be used to take thinking further would be: Why do employers sometimes treat migrant workers badly? or What is the perspective of the employers and government.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Experience with the Experts

Some of the Grade 6’s came to our class with some good knowledge of the Exhibition. To be honest, they were very helpful, also they gave us many helpful tips, like it’s better to get everything done two days before the exhibition starts, to collaborate more often and not use the laptop, because sometimes you can get off task.
With that in hand we also went to SAIS (Stamford American International School). In SAIS we saw their Exhibition. Surprisingly they only were partners doing the whole exhibition, unlike us because we were 5 people in a group. They told us that it took 4 weeks for them to do the Exhibition. They also said that they got advice from AIS (Australian International School).


With G6’s

                                                    Learning from Exhibition experts  

Today, Grade 6 students came to our class to share about their experience in Exhibition. They mentioned everything about Exhibition that we needed to know and they also answered our questions for Exhibition curiosity. It was a valuable time for me since they had already done Exhibition, they would have experience in it. They also told us the tips like to be on task and not be distracted by other things throughout Exhibition and what we needed to do when a certain matter comes up. It was a very meaningful meeting with the Grade 6 students to tell us more about Exhibition.

Experience matters

Experience matters
Today the grade 6 students from our school came to our classroom and talked about #Exhibition and the process. The things that I learned from the grade 6’s were…
You have to take responsibility for;
  • Managing your time wisely
  • Making sure everything gets completed
  • We all share different jobs
  • Don’t just leave assigned work
  • Complete the assigned work, this isn’t anything
Other very helpful and important pieces of what we learned are…

  • Take help from your mentor
  • Remind yourself of your skills and qualities
  • #Collaborate with your group

Visiting The SAIS Exhibition!!!

Today we got to visit the Stamford American International School(SAIS) to see their Exhibition. I feel the opportunity to visit and see their Exhibition was very valuable because I got to see the end product of an exhibition project and what our Exhibition could look like. Also it was valuable because I got to see how all pieces of an Exhibition project came together to form an amazing presentation. Seeing this Exhibition gave me a chance to see some ideas my group could use such as using videos to express our thinking. It was a great chance to experience the end of an Exhibition project.

G6: Exhibition
Today we were visited by a number of grade 6s who had come to talk about exhibition and G6. I think the knowledge imparted was quite valuable because the G6s told us their experiences, what went well, what was challenging, etc, etc. Something I learned was that even if only 1 or 2 students were off task, the whole group falls apart. It would probably go something like this:
Student 1: What did you guys find?
Student 2: nothing
Student 1 what about Joe and Fred?
Joe and Fred: Nothing.
Student 1: What!?
Joe: Check out this doge meme!