File - Amanda's IB Portfolio

Reflection and Self-Assessment of 2012-2013
Level: __2___
PART A: The 5 areas of interaction
Approaches to learning (ATL)
ATL represents general and subject-specific learning skills that you will develop and apply during the five years of the
IB programme and beyond. The focus of the ATL is on learning and finding out about yourselves as learners so that
you can develop learning skills.
Your self-assessment on ATL
Evaluate each one of these skills using the letters A to F.
A = Unfamiliar
D = Comfortable
B = Very uncomfortable
E = Very comfortable
C = Slightly uncomfortable
F = Expert
Organization skills
Using time effectively in class
Respecting deadlines
Studying / doing homeworks regularly
Taking notes from lectures
Finding books / periodicals in the library
Organizing binders / lockers
Having the necessary materials
Collaboration skills
Working in groups / teamwork
Speaking in public
Delegating responsibilities
Taking responsibility
Resolving group conflicts
Having open-mindedness
Developing democratic spirit
Developing critical awareness
Using and interpreting correct terminology
Developing my presentation skills
Using a variety of media
Writing clearly
Showing pride in work
Showing team / school spirit
Information literacy skills
Doing Internet research
Using valid sources
Organizing information
Detecting bias
Using citing, footnotes, references to
different sources
Respecting the concept of intellectual
property rights
Reflection skills
Receiving constructive criticism
Offering constructive criticism
Using reflection tools
Thinking skills
Generating ideas (ex: brainstorming)
Planning (ex: storyboarding, outlining a plan)
Taking initiative
Identifying problems
Creating novel solutions (ex: considering a
problem from multiple perspectives)
Transfer skills
Making connections across subjects
Inquiring in different contexts
Community and Service
This area of interaction allows you to consider how you engage with your immediate family, classmates and friends in
the outside world as a member of these communities. Through different activities, you can learn about your place
within these communities and be motivated to act in a new context.
Your reflection on Community and service
Create an overview of your commitment to community service so far this year. Include a description of
the activities in which you are involved. Explain how these experiences have affected you and impacted
This year I decided to do more hours than I was asked to do because I felt that I
should be involved with the community more. The first things that I did to help the
community was going to my old elementary school with my teacher and advertise how
LCCHS is a good school and I helped answer any questions that they might have. The
second time I went to go visit my old elementary school again but this to help out at the
after school program. During the time that I was there I helped some students with their
homework and I even helped pass out the snacks. The Third activity that I did with my
community is raise money to buy food for the SPCA. In my English class we were asked
to raise as much money as we can from our family members and friends so that we can
the later go out and buy the materials we were assigned. My group was in charge of
buying dog treats and we bought many dog treats for various sized pets. The fourth
activity that I did was the canned food drive at my school. My friends and I received
many cans from the houses we went too. The fifth and final activity that I did for my
community this year was go with my math teacher and three other students to drop off the
items that we collected from the SPCA wish list. The people from the SPCA thanked us
for giving the materials and they then let us visit the animals. This experience affected me
because it enabled me to see how nice some people can be to other people. For instance
when I was doing the canned food drive the people giving us the canned food were
actually giving a very generous amount of cans and when I was collecting money from
my family and friends they gave me a lot of money to help the poor sick animals at the
SPCA. What I did for the community impacted others because I was able to give some
poor families a Christmas meal and I was also able to help some animals eat and have
Health and Social Education
This area of interaction delves into the range of human issues that exists in human societies, such as social structures,
relationships and health. During the five years of the programme, this AOI will help you to find out how these issues
affect societies, communities and individuals, including yourself. Through the area of health and social education, you
can identify and develop skills that will enable you to function as effective member of societies, as well as learning
about how you are changing and how to make informed decisions that may relate to your welfare.
Reflection on this AOI
Which health and social issues affect my age group? How were they approached so far this year in the
A social issue that affects my age group is Bullying because many people want to
feel great about themselves by making others feel worse. Since bill 56 came out this year
our school decided to focus more on bullying and they dedicated an anti-bullying week.
During this week we had a speaker come to our school, we learned about bill 56, we
practiced different scenarios in class, we did some activities during lunch, we got to wear
our pink shirts all week and some students including me created a PSA. Many people
participated in these activities and it was a week were we learned a lot more about
bullying and how it affects others.
Which other issue(s) should be addressed in this school for your group age? Why do you think so?
The health issue that I think should be addressed is obesity because I noticed that
a lot of students go out to eat every dad and it’s mostly the same students. The
restaurants that they have near our school are all fast food restaurants meaning that
everything is basically fried or oily. With a lot of people consuming these foods their
weight is starting to increase and these foods can make most people sick. Since I have
celiac disease I can’t eat at these restaurants because I can’t eat anything that has wheat
or flour so instead I bring my own sandwich everyday making me eat a healthy lunch.
This area of interaction considers how human interact with the world at large and the parts we play in our
environments. It extends into areas beyond human issues and asks students to examine the interrelationships of
different environments. Both immediate classroom environments and global environments are to be considered.
Reflection on this AOI
How did I affect my environments this year? How did my environments affect me?
I am a person who does not litter because I respect my global environment but
many people do the opposite that’s why sometimes when I wait for the bus in the
morning I can find pieces of garbage lying next to my bus stop. I also respect my
classroom environment because I don’t destroy the materials given and when I use or
take home any materials from class I make sure to return the materials in the same
condition I received them . I find that the people who share the same classroom as me
keep it clean and do not destroy the materials. The environments that I’m surrounded by
affect how I learn and how I interoperate stuff because the calmer the classroom is the
more I feel prepared to listen and learn new things but if my environment is loud and
wild I will most likely get a headache and not feel like working cause I can not
Human ingenuity
This AOI deals with the way in which human minds have influenced the world, for example, the way we are, think,
interact with each other, create, find solutions to and cause problems, transform ideas and rationalize thought. It
also considers the consequences of human thought and action.
Reflection on this AOI
What have I created this year in school that I am the most proud of? Why is it so?
The thing that I created in school that I’m proud of this year is my homemade
battery which was part of my science fair project. The reason why I’m proud of this
project is because my partner and I created this idea from a simpler idea which was to test
which battery lasts longer. What we did instead was test which battery can take the most
pictures and then we added another part to it which was creating our own homemade
battery and estimating how many pictures it can take. Even though we didn’t get a high
number of picture I still feel proud that we were able to create a battery that could have
the potential to take some pictures because it contained a small amount of electricity.
PART B: Your pieces of work
In all the pieces of work that you have included in your portfolio, chose one of them in
order to answer the following questions.
Piece of work chosen: red cabbage pH indicator assignment
How this chosen piece of work relate to the Areas of Interaction?
This piece of work relates the areas of interaction because it demonstrates a high
amount of human ingenuity. I find that it demonstrates human ingenuity because with
this assignment you wear able to create your own pH paper with a cabbage which
probably costs less than buying the pH paper. I also find it relates to environments
because your using materials that can be found in your kitchen making that material
have another use other than being used to cook with.
What do you think you have learned while working on this assignment?
I feel that I have learnt that if you put your mind to it you can find many other
ways create a simple object. Like for example last year we had an assignment were
we had to recreate a bird beak and we had to build it with materials that we had at
home and me and my partner were capable of doing it no problem.
Why are you proud of this piece of work?
I am proud of this piece of work because I find that I found what the secret
message of this project was and I am also proud because I was successfully pass this
assignment and get a good mark.
PART C: Learner profile
The aim of the MYP programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common
humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
The IB learner profile is a list of attributes that you should develop and work on during the five years of the
programme. IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research
and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained
throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing,
they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach
complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than
one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration
with others.
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the
dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the
consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the
perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and
evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a
personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the
independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending
their beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal
well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and
understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
Reflection on the IB learner profile
Chose the two attributes that you feel that you developed the best so far this year. Explain why you
picked these two attributes and how you demonstrated them so far this year.
This year I feel that I have developed the attributes of being knowledgeable and
open-minded. The reason why I picked knowledgeable is because I feel that this year I
worked on learning a variety of different things that affect my daily life but I didn’t think
were important. For example I learned about many things in math that I didn’t think I
would need to use later on in my life but then the more I thought about it I realized it was
actually very important. This year I demonstrated this attribute when I was doing my
science fair project because I learned that batteries are very expensive and many people
use them for everyday objects and then the more that I thought about this the more I
realized that there may be a way to make homemade batteries. The reason why I picked
the attribute open-minded is because I feel that this year I learned to except that other
people have different ideas then mine and that trying theirs might not be that bad of an
idea. I demonstrated this attribute when I had to do my English classroom redecoration
project because we were having trouble making chairs so I had an idea on how to make
the chairs but it was a bit complicated while one of my partners had another idea to make
the chairs so we decided to use hers and I learnt that her idea was faster to do and was
easier to put together.
Chose two attributes that you feel that you need to develop. Explain why you picked these two attributes
and how you will work on them.
The two attributes that I feel I need to work on are risk-takers and reflective. The
reason why I picked risk- takers is because I feel that I don’t always take that extra step
when doing my work because I’m scared that what I’m doing is wrong so I try to keep it
as close to what the teachers asked for. I will work on being a risk-taker by adding in that
extra thing that I wanted to because sometimes the teachers give extra points for having
that extra touch. The reason why I chose the attribute reflective is because I find that I
don’t like to take too long on double checking my work when I should. I will work on
this attribute by taking more time to double check my work even if I don’t feel like it
because chances are that there are probably more mistakes.