For the past few weeks, our Khmer lessons have zoomed into Khmer’s grammar. I find it to be very similar to English’. There are 8 parts of speech, four types of sentences with very similar structures, 3 tenses — though, I think Khmer is easier –, and many more. I have to say, grammar is one of the more engaging and enjoyable lessons for me.
What a fun lab! The best part is it’s edible! My class was divided into three groups, and we made S’more! Each student made one. It was my first time eating it, and it tastes great! The lab was aimed to aid our understanding of balancing chemical-equation, and on limit reactants. I find the lab to be more of a fun one than being very informative. Nonetheless, it does help me with the subject.
Active listening, body language, and tones are essentials faucets of a successful communicator. We dedicated our round two literacy toward improving our communication skill. We covered how to write a proper email, interview for a college or a job, and learned ways to improve the usage of um… filler words.
Surprisingly, these crucial soft skills were taught to less than a quarter of the students! BUT, together, this minority organized a workshop for the whole school: first and second cohort students. It was a Monday morning where different groups of students rotate through our workshop sessions and learned the skills we learned.
Calculus has been really fun for me. It’s somewhat challenging but not that difficult. I think, so far, it has been about concepts I already knew but presented in more in-depth and different ways; for example: dividing and graphing complex rational equations with asymptotes, or solving for imaginary roots.
Two external sources that the class has been using for eternity 🙂 alongside with the textbook are Desmos and Khan Academy. Demos is often used when we want to see a graph of a function; it’s especially useful when we learned about function shifts and transformation –our teacher would project it on the board to the class. Whereas Khan Academy has been more like an extra tool for students to better familiarize different subjects.
Aiming to talk about and help with teen issues, the exploration is divided into four rounds with different themes. The first round focused on teen’s relationships with peers, partner, parents, and society. Its product is a two-hour workshop on consent, healthy and unhealthy relationship, and teenager’s brain.
I personally find this exploration to be really helpful for my mental and emotional health. I get to discuss my “teen’s life” with other teenagers with the guidance of my facilitator.
I was born in Kandal province
I moved to Phnom Penh and lived there ever since
At 9ish I got accepted to Liger
All of a sudden my life become much brighter
I got no idea where this is going
Khmer poems look and sound similar to the first 4 lines of the above poem. There is a structure that needs to be followed: each stanza has to have the same number of line, each line needs to have the same number of words, and rhyming have to be consistent throughout the poem. We spent a lot of time reviewing, editing, and finalizing our Khmer Poetry book. It needed to be done before the Khmer Literature Festival; all the parts managed to join together at the last minute. It turned out really nicely even though it’s not fully finalized.
CHEMISTRY! I get so excited every time I walk into the classroom. I find it to be truly incredible. I got to learn about atom –which make up everything–, electron configuration, emission, and so many more molecular things that I have no idea if it even truly exists or someone just made it up so it can be in the education system –I guess, I’ll never know it! We also did so many labs: testing pH from red cabbage juice, messing around with gums, and working with FLAMES –which is super lit!
The first round of English Literacy has been focusing on the American History. Every week we read a new excerpt relating to different historical events such as The Great Depression, The Cause of American Civil War, the Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech, etc. All the excerpts were printed on paper, and attached to them are comprehension-check questions. In class, we discussed in detail, read external sources, and explored vocabulary relating to the excerpt.
I personally feel that in addition to gaining new knowledge, this unit has really enhanced my reading skill for the upcoming SAT.
This school year, my math class will be studying pre-calculus. I know this even before the year began. I came to class on the first day full of excitement about calculus because I’ve asked many questions where my teacher’s answer was that “it has to do with calculus”. That day, I thought I’ll finally get to study and experience its difficulty and awesomeness.
Little did I know, we focused our first math term for the upcoming SAT test. Despite the fact that it’s not something I’d like to do, I have to do it because in order to apply for many scholarships, one of the criteria colleges look at is my SAT score.
Many of the math content in the SAT have already been taught to me. I spent some time studying the rest — of course, with the help of my math teacher.
The majority of the time was spent on developing strategies to answer certain types of questions quickly and correctly. We also did a lot of SAT practice in the math section to get used to the time constraint.