Art Exhibition Help

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.

Goal: To help our school with their Visual Arts exhibition.

This activity counts for Creativity and Service.

This April, my classmates and I took on a collaborative task. Our goal was to help out in our school’s Visual Arts exhibition. Together, we were asked to create backgrounds for the exhibition’s signs. As all three of us were already IB Visual Arts students, our teacher trusted us to come up with original designs ourselves. Therefore, we all worked together to make decisions about the paper, paints, and colours we would use. It was a fun activity, and I would love to repeat it!

Me (in black) and one of my classmates working on a background
One of our finished backgrounds.

Singing Lessons: During #8

A lot has happened ever since I last wrote! First of all, I should mention I recorded two more songs: “Please Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna and “Your Type” by Carly Rae Jepsen. While the latter turned out much worse than I expected due to my being sick the day I recorded it, “Please Don’t Stop the Music” turned out much, much better than I anticipated, earning me a lot of praise from my singin teacher. That is why I have decided to upload it in this post!

Click here to listen!

Aside form this, it is also worth mentioning that my singing teacher has decided to change his teaching approach. Now, instead of focusing on signing techniques, we will start focusing more on the interpretation of our songs. Therefore, we will be allowed to make more mistakes when we sing as long as we are “feeling” the song and giving it  our all. I am excited to take on this new challenge, as I consider interpretation to be crucial in singing.

The next song I will be working on is “Army of Me” by Bjork. It is very different from everything I have done before, and I was eager to see how it turns out!

Walk for Health in Plentzia

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

Goal: To help out at a local walk in favour of a healthy lifestyle.

This Saturday, April 9th, I attended a walk in the town of Plentzia as a volunteer. The walk was held to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. As helpers, my classmates and I had to prepare bags with food and drinks for the participants that of walk. We were also in charge of waiting at the mid-point of the walk with a table of food. There, the participants were able to stop for a while to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, and rest.

My classmates and I (in red) setting up the mid-point station.

The day was very cloudy and, at one point, we realised that the position of the mid-point station was in danger of being ruined because of the approaching rain. Therefore, we assumed a leadership role and, working together, moved the food and drinks to a more sheltered area. Luckily, this did not mean having to move the table too much, as we were quite near to a covered area. Still, we would not have been able to accomplish this task without working together, which made us realise the importance of teamwork.

All in all, it was a pleasant experience, and I would not mind repeating it.

Reading to Children: During #1

Our experience reading to these children was fantastic. They all seemed very interested in listening to the stories we read to them, and some were even capable of answering some comprehension questions we asked them on the spot. The teachers were also impressed by our good work, and invited us to come in and read to their students more often. My classmate and I will gladly do so. The only problem we can envison with these plans is how we will manage to coordinate our schedules, as the children have the same school hours as we do, and it would be hard to organise an after-school activity.

Still, it was an incredibly enriching experience, and I can’t wait to do it again!

Me (left) and my friend at the children’s school.

Reading to Children: Before

Learning Outcomes:

  • Undertaken new challenges.
  • Considered the ethical implications of their actions.

Goal: To read at least one storybook to the children, making them interested in reading.

This Friday, March 18th, a classmate and I will go to a public school in Bilbao and read in English to a group of fourth graders. I feel very excited about this activity, as I love books, and I think that this will be a wonderful chance to get young children into reading and storytelling. In addition to this, it will also be a good opportunity for them to practise their English skills, something that I am also excited to help them with. Still, I feel quite nervous about this activity, as I have never read to children their age before, making this a completely new experience for me.

I don’t really know what to expect from this activity. On one hand, it could turn out to be incredibly rewarding as long as the children get into the stories we tell them and have fun. On the other hand, it could be a nightmare if the children refuse to settle down and listen.

The biggest problem I can anticipate is that the children will not be interested by the stories we tell. This may cause us trouble, as we may not be able to control a bored class, being inexperienced in this sort of activity. However, I am hoping that the class’s teacher will help us out if this happens. Another problem that we could face is that the children’s English levels may not be advanced enough, preventing them from enjoying our stories. In this case, we may try explaining the vocabulary to the children before continuing with the book, or even trying to explain to them what is happening in Spanish so that they understand.

All in all, I am very excited about starting this unpredictable activity!