Thursday, 2 June 2016

End of exhibition has come

We worked really hard on developing this exhibition and are quite proud of our outcome. We made lots of progress and have learned many new skills.

Our first action is to buy a minimal amount of animals tested products as this will help the animals. Our second action is to encourage others to adopt and help pets in adoption centers. We did this by handing more than 100 brochures to adopt pets, save lives. Our final action we did was to raise awareness as a group.

A challenge our group faced was unreliable websites and research. We dealt with this by cross-checking references. Another challenge our group faced was disagreements about things. We dealt with this by talking it out. Although we faced various challenges we had several accomplishments as well. Some of our accomplishments were being good time managers, getting lots of research done, and communicating with people outside of school.


Tips
-Researching
  • Organise research in grids so it’s easier at later stages
  • Try not to go off-task, try partnering up with someone who doesn't go off-task that easily
  • Link helpful websites that provide a lot of information on your topic so other people can read it too, this can help with seeing different viewpoints  
  • Make sure that the information is RRR (Relevant, Reliable, Reading Level)
  • If there are any inappropriate advertisements, use extensions like clearly and ad blocker        
-Collaboration Tips:
  • If there are any disagreements, try and compromise so it’s a win-win for everyone
  • Divide and conquer, divide tasks among group members so they can be completed quickly
  • Treat each other equally and make sure everyone has an equal amount of jobs
-Communication Tips:
  • Make sure each person has equal amounts of airtime ( equal amounts of time to talk)
  • Try and create a strategy so you can all have equal amounts of airtime, for example, the person with the sticky note is the only person that can talk
-Boards:
  • CARP (Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity
  • Make sure the board does not have too many words or your whole script
  • Your board is there to support what you’re saying
                                                
Some of what took away are to plan ahead and don't wait to the last minute because you could be rushing in the last week. Another thing we took away is to dig deeper to find out as much as possible.


Thank you to all the viewers of our blog and for commenting on our posts!
Also, a big thank you to our mentor, ms Evision and to our teacher ms La Caze!
You all really got us thinking deeper into our topic and it really helped.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Exhibition Over

Our group worked really hard on our exhibition and I am really proud of what we have accomplished. I think it turned out pretty well overall.

We faced several challenges but we managed to find solutions most of the time.



I think the most useful organisation tip during exhibition is to keep a to do list and update it regularly. This helped our group make sure that everything we need to do gets done at some point.

I enjoyed presenting because it felt good to share our knowledge to others. I also really enjoyed going to the SPCA to interview them and look around the enclosures.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Trip to SPCA Nassa

On Monday we went to the SPCA. While there we asked the deputy our interview questions. Here are some of our questions

  • What happens to the animal if it doesn't get adopted?
  • Why do you think people harm animals in Singapore?
  •  How do you treat the animals?
After the interview we got to look around the actual shelter which was a bit sad because there we all those dogs in there waiting for someone. It really made me wonder why people would hurt such loveable animals. While also there we went to the shop and bought badges to wear on the exhibition night.

I think this trip is really valuable because we found out why animal cruelty is happening and we got to see around the actual shelter to find out what happens when an animal gets to the shelter. The top 4 reasons that animal cruelty happens is 

  1. For Money
  2. Neglect
  3. Pleasure
  4. No Time
Because of all these reasons, so many animals suffer. The trip really helped us and the AaAA's get lots of information.


Monday, 16 May 2016

Trip to S.P.C.A


Recently we went on a trip to the SPCA to get their perspective on animal cruelty in Singapore. This trip helped us take our thinking further by talking to the people there and getting more information from them. We got to see the dogs and cats in their separate cages.

From these observations we know that their cages are not to small give them space to walk around a little. We found that the big dogs get much bigger cages compared to the kittens.

The questions that we asked there were:
  1. What are the daily routines of the animals?
  2. How do you treat the animals?
  3. What is the average amount of animals you host per month?
  4. What is the average amount of animals people adopt per year?
  5. What happens to the animals if they don't get adopted within an amount of time?
  6. In such a safe place like Singapore, why do you think is the main reason of people harming animals?

Some answers we got are:
  1. Dogs - Enclosures get cleaned, they get fed, then walked in big spaces, and showered 1 a week. Cats - Their cages get cleaned, and they get fed.
  2. They give their pets a good amount of space, shelter, food, water, walks for exercise, and lots of care.
  3. 300 unwanted or abandoned animals per month.
  4. Around 1000 pets get adopted every year.
  5. They have dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and sometimes guinea pigs.
  6. They keep their pets until they're adopted.
  7. The main reasons why people are harming animals is because they think they are higher than their pets, they get frustrated with their pets, they don’t know how to care for them, and because don’t have time.

This was the old SPCA. Now the animals have much more space.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Formail Email vs a Non Formail Email

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All This Thinking… So Many Questions!

My group and I are now progressing towards the end of the research phase. As this is happening, we also have more questions to pose from our inquiry and there is a list of them below.

What are the main reasons that influence people to mistreat animals?

How can we encourage people to treat animals better?

How might we make sure our action is sustainable and it is successful?

What would the world be like if there was no animal cruelty?

From our research, my thinking about it has become much deeper. I have also realised animal cruelty is is a huge issue. More than anything else, I am most excited to take action and make a difference.

I just think it might seem like a really small difference in this whole world, but it actually makes a really big difference to the animals. Something that I am going to take away from this is no matter how small your difference might seem, remember it is making a big difference to the person/animal.

Credit for photo:
http://catalog.uwcsea.edu.sg/quest/servlet/presentquestform.do?site=102&alreadyValidated=true#

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

All This Thinking… So Many Questions!


My group and I are now progressing towards the end of the research phase. As this is happening, we also have more questions to pose from our inquiry and there is a list of them below.


What are the main reasons that influence people to mistreat animals?


How can we encourage people to treat animals better?


How might we make sure our action is sustainable and it is successful?


What would the world be like if there was no animal cruelty?


From our research, my thinking about it has become much more deeper. I have also realised animal cruelty is is a huge issue. More than anything else, I am most excited to take action and make a difference.


I just think it might seem like a really small difference in this whole world, but it actually makes a really big difference to the animals. Something that I am going to take away from this is no matter how small your difference might seem, remember it is making a big difference to the person/animal.


Credit for photo:
http://catalog.uwcsea.edu.sg/quest/servlet/presentquestform.do?site=102&alreadyValidated=true#