YIMENG

这里记录了Yimeng的几张照片

第一幅照片是我在阳台上照的。
第二幅照片是我在大理照的,我趴在一个玻璃上。
第三幅是我做的一个巨大的轮胎上照的,我旁边那边就是海。
第四幅是我和姐姐和妈妈在海边爬石头照的一张照片。
第五幅照片是我和姐姐和妈妈在海边上照到一个夕阳的照片。
第六幅也是在海边照的,那时候夕阳特别特别亮。
第七幅照片是我、姐姐和爸爸在博物馆照的一张我坐到一个飞机上的照片。
第八幅照片是我在小区里照的一张我和天空的照片。

Yimeng

(没有把八幅照片都放上来)


最后,这是一张在绿色草坪上的照片…


The Seniors Group 学长团

[XA]

Defending:  Collaboration, Oral Presentation, Self Awareness

Introduction

-what is it & why i decided to do this

The Seniors Group is a student organization that serves community integration and school campus construction, and it is composed of a group of learners who highly represent the objectives and culture of Moonshot.
the mission for The Seniors Group includes: provide a soft landing environment for the successful boarding of freshmen, Create and maintain moonshot culture, and Make every member within The Seniors Group grow.
The seniors’ Group of the moonshot is the guide for freshmen to enter and integrate into Moonshot community.

I decided to join The Seniors Group because of the following four reason:

  1. I really like to share with people the thing that I think is nice.
    I like to share the moments in which I was been touched or the things I found unbelievable. I would like to see more people feel and taste the joy and sweetness I have. The Seniors Group is a place where I can share the wonderful things of MSA to a group of people who just came here.
  2. I really like traveling.
    I love the feeling when going to an unfamiliar place and walk around to find new things, especially with a group of friends. so, I would like to experience the orientation week traveling one more time with the freshmen.
  3. I was touched by the help of The Seniors Group members during my first few days in MSA.
    I remember when the time I was displaying my personal Library for the first time, one of The Seniors Group members gave me a lot of support during my presentation.
  4. still, I feel hard to adapt the life in MSA, so I really want to be a helper to the freshmen to make them feel easier.

-how did i do

to get into The Seniors Group, I have to go through a lot of tests that were provided by the previous Seniors Group participators including a questionnaire, an online interview, an event planning opportunity, and a qualifying period. after going through these tests, I became one of The 2020 Seniors Group numbers.

the responsibility I have as a Seniors Group number includes provide a soft landing environment for the successful boarding of freshmen, Create and maintain moonshot culture, and Make every member within The Seniors Group grow. and during the several weeks, after I became a real number in Seniors Group, we have to work on many tasks: design and advertising an online activity for Moonshot Academy, design the welcome packages for freshmen, operate a WeChat official Accounts, and to update information about Moonshot new campus.

we do these tasks by dividing the whole Seniors Group into different small groups, and each of the groups will focus on one specific task. as a group number, I have to chance to choose which task I would like to work on. for example, during the time The Seniors Group was helping Moonshot to organized an online activity, I chose to go to the publicity group and work with some guardians in Moonshot Marketing to spread our online activity.

on June 10th, I chose to run for the “president” (团长) of The Seniors Group. I prepare a speech that clearly states how my personal characteristics meet the working expectations of the president, my understanding of the future development of The Seniors’ Group, and my enthusiasm for this job.
the election result has been told to me one day after the election speech. by a great surprise, the other campaigner Karissa and I were tied. after a discussion done by our Senior Group supervisor Zale and the president of last yeah Seniors Group, they decided that this year we will have two presidents for The Seniors Group.
then, it was the time for Karissa and me to discuss how can are we going to distribute the work as presidents in The Seniors Group. lastly, we decided that she will be the president of The 2020 Seniors Group, and I will be the vice-president (副团长).

as the vice-president in The Seniors Group, I have to work on more things related to communicating with guardians and building the team. I would usually talk to Karissa to plan the future work for The Seniors Group, to lead our group meeting, and to check the working progress in our group.

Self-reflection

-what have I learned
-skills I have used and improved

during the process of applying for The Seniors Group and now as a number and the “vice-president” in The Seniors Group, I have used and improved many many skills. but here I would like to talk about only the skills I have used and improved in the three competencies: collaboration, oral presentation, and self-awareness.

collaboration
one of the tests I have faced when applying for The Seniors Group is that the applicants were formed in groups, and each group have to plan an online activity for Moonshot community.
in this test, I was grouped with four other people, and we have to create our own activity under the topic that The Seniors Group has provided within a period of time (three weeks).
during the time I was planning and leading the activity with my group, I used the skills in collaboration. our group is formed by five applicants that are relatively quiet and shy in teamwork. so, most of the time I have to force myself to lead our meeting and cue different people to speak in order to make everyone participated in and to push our project forward.
by planning this online activity, I used and became more skillful in collaboration and leading a team.

oral presentation
during the process to apply The Seniors Group, we have to do an5 minutes interview speech, and when I was running for the presidents I also did a 5-7 minute speech. by going through these “rigorous” and hard speeches, I have improved a lot on my oral presentation skills.
I learned more about how can I express my thoughts clearly, I feel less nervous during the speech, and I became more confident with my stories and words.

self-awareness
The Seniors Group is a student organization that conformed to my mission and including my interests. for the first time I know that The Seniors Group is finding new members for the 2020 group, I know that I am going to attend. during the process of applying for The Seniors Group, I knew it is very hard, more than half of the applicants will be kept out, but this has made my belief stronger. I see the work in The Seniors Group as a sense of mission and full of sense of meaning.

The Seniors Group is a place where I have pursued my mission, and it is also a place that has conformed with my value and includes my interests. in this place, I can use my advantages to work and to communicate with others.

more than all the things I mentioned above, The Seniors Group is a place which the longer I am working in, the better I see myself, my original intention, and my way to the future.

-skills i still have to improve

now as the vice-president of The Seniors Group, I have to learn a lot more things about how to lead a team and how to make every member of the team developed their strength. I would like to read some coaching books and books that tell how to make team construction activities.

also, I would like to work on more skills and techniques about the oral presentation, because I found that it is really helpful even in our daily life.

Desmath Art

[SA]

Defending:  Self-Regulation

< Beijing’s Winter >

Introduction

-what is it + why i decided to do this

this is a desmath artwork that I have created during the second semester of the 2019 school year. a desmath artwork is an artwork that was created using Desmos Graphing Calculator. in other words, demath art was created by different math equations. this artwork is one of the chosen projects in my math class. however, we have the chance to decide which picture we want to draw in this project. I chose to draw an alleyway in Beijing. 

On the day we began this desmath project, I was looking through my album, looking for pictures from my travels to draw, but they were either too complex or structurally unsuitable for desmos art. Finally, I opened my browser and typed “hutong” into the photo search. “Hutong” has appeared in my paintings many times. It is a sense of structure from the outside to the inside. 

When I flipped through the web, I caught my eye on this picture: in a snowy winter, two children are in an old Hutong in Beijing, dressed in cotton-padded clothes, held a branch in one hand and a bright orange light in the other. Of course, the most memorable is the red flag on the door frame of every household, fluttering freely in the narrow alleyway. all this makes me feel really familiar with, and I decide to draw this picture. 

-how did i do

This artwork is drawn through the Desmos drawing page. different lines segment is obtained by inputting different equations, and finally, the artwork is formed. The first step is to open the desmos drawing page, drag the picture that you want to draw into the page, and then you can draw along the lines above the picture. This work of mine begins by drawing the structure of a building. By depicting the vertical and horizontal line segments, I built a perspective of the alley, followed by painting the red flag, telegraph poles, and finally the two children in the center of the picture. I have modified and added the painting of the building many times, and finally simplified some overly complicated lines in the picture.

In the whole process of drawing desmath artwork, we had peer review once a week. Two people formed a group and gave feedback to each other. I got a lot of advice from it, which I have used to improve my work. 

-the knowledge i applied

I have applied the knowledge I learned in math class to finished this work, including three types of functions: linear function, conic equations, and trigonometric equations.

 

Self-reflection

-what have i learned
-skills i have used and improved

In the desmath project, I had greatly improved my understanding of the equation. I began to don’t know the pattern of the trigonometric function, also do not know how to draw the ellipse, but as the progress is going, I figured out many drawing methods by myself. after this project,  I became more sensitive with different types of functions, which help me to better understand the contents we learned in class. The mathematical thinking of summarizing patterns has brought me a lot of help in this project. For some equations I am not familiar with, I can find their graphic transformation rules by first drawing their general form on DESMOS to support my creation. 

-skills i still have to improve

in this project, the most difficult part is to depict the folds of the characters’ clothes, and I often don’t know what kind of equation is more convenient to complete them.

Drawing double parabola has become a mathematical challenge for me in this project. I don’t know much about its cluster change mode. It always needs to be adjusted for a long time when it is used, and the ideal result hasn’t been achieved yet.


Desmath Artwork link: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/7vvockn0z8
Goal setting and revise version: https://shimo.im/sheets/9kHR5vo3XtkSPPZz/iqRis/
Documentation of my artwork: see next page : )

Comparative Paper: Change and Permanence

[HA]

Defending: Writing Communication, Self-Regulation

Introduction

-what is it & why i decided to do this

this is a milestone paper I wrote in my English class at the end of this semester. it is a paper that compares three novels The Good EarthThings Fall Apart, and Of Mice and Men that we have read during the semester. these novels describe the life and story in three different places: China, Nigeria, and America. 

-how did i do

to write this comparative paper, first, I have to finish the three books and got some general thoughts on the key information that the author wanted to present in each book. also, it is even better than I can have some personal feelings toward each novel. based on this information, I was going to find one point that involves all the books whether it is by similarity or inversion, and choose it as my paper topic. 

secondary, I have to comes up with a thesis statement within my topic by analyzing the tendency of the point I chose as my topic. a thesis statement is a point that I want to argue throughout the paper. 

thirdly, I was going to collect evidence (quotes) in the three books that support my thesis and organized them into three key pieces of evidence and a paper outline. 

now, it is time to write the first draft of my paper. after one peer review, I revised my paper and give it to another peer. 

after I received the second round of peer review and also the feedback from Joel I did my last round of revise. 

lastly, the comparative paper Change and Permanence was been completed. 

-the knowledge i applied

in this comparative paper, reading and writing skill is throughoutly applied. I have to know how to read novels efficiently and recognized the key information that I want to use in my paper. also, I have to know how to write a good paper with an interesting introduction, convincing evidence, and a conclusion that can sum up my ideas. 

the other skill that applied in my paper is self-regulation. I have to ask others for feedback and consider their ideas seriously when revising work. I also exhibit a strong determination to finished the paper.

Self-reflection

-what have i learned

about writing skills:
while writing this comparative writing, I learned how to write writing that involves the information in three books. I also learned how to compare one element in three different reading and to find the similarity between them. 

about self-regulation:
while editing my paper after the peer review, I learned how to improve my work by asking for feedback from my teacher and my classmates. I got more proficient on revise my draft and produce the best final version. 

-skills i have used and improved

I have used almost all the skills in writing communication and this helping me to improve a lot in writing. 

I have also used and improved some of the skills in self-regulation such as regulation and stress management. peer review and revise my work help me improve my regulation while a milestone that worth 1000 points developed better my stress management. I have to control well my stress in order to finish the paper and other works at the same time. 

-skills i still have to improve

I still have to improve thoroughly evaluates points of view, purposes, or other context information to assess the credibility of sources.

Self-awareness Report

[optional]

Defending: Self-awareness Report

Introduction

what is it & why I decided to do this

this is a self-awareness report that I did during the second semester in the 2020 school year. this is also one of my self-awareness class milestones. it is a report that records my understanding of the core concepts and tools of self-awareness, and also an initial experience of self-awareness. Throughout our life, we will continue to apply self-awareness knowledge and concepts. When we face challenges,  make big and small choices, and even when we choose who to date, we rely on what we know about ourselves. This first report helps me to set a good foundation for self-awareness.

this is a report that in the future where every time I have to make a big decision, face failure, or struggle in confusion, this is a “book” which records important information about myself. 

 -how did I do

in this report, I divide the repot into three-part: Mindset management, Emotion management, the experiences I have, and the reflection of these experiences and myself.
I also add two sheets in this report: one for my interests and the other for my advantages.

-the knowledge I applied

writing this report, most of the knowledge I applied including Mindset management, Emotion management, and self-reflection.
I have to master Mindset management and Emotion management in order to come up with this information about myself in the report. also, I have to use self-reflection skills to reflect on my experiences and my learning progress in self-awareness.

Self-reflection

-what have I learned

by writing this self-awareness report, I became better understanding my thoughts. by writing and organized all the information in my head, I also got a clearer structure on what is my mindset look likes and what thinking mode I can apply in different situations, etc.
by explaining my experiences I became more aware of how the background information has helped me to become who I am.

-skills I have used and improved

the skills I have used and improve while writing the report include self-awareness and self-reflection. as what I have said above, to actually write done the things in my head help me to reflect on my self better, and also organized a clearer structure of who I am (self-awareness).

-skills I still have to improve

the skills I still have to improve is still self-awareness and self-regulation. self-awareness is not a thing that is I master it now, I can master it in my whole life. I believe it is a course which we have to study throughout our life in order to keep conscious and aware of what we are doing.
and in every step of the journey of life, we reflect and know more about ourselves.
Through this continuous examination of ourselves, we master more self-reflection and self-awareness by time.

Final Reflection 最后的话

开幕仪式与选择

2020年的第一个学期,探月的IP跨学科课程2.0版本诞生了。我至今依然记得那个云开幕仪式。我记得开幕仪式上zale和jerry对于IP这样一个真正去做项目的课程演讲,记得他们说的让我内心汹涌澎湃;我还记得那3个不同的短片,描绘了世界上真实发生的问题,以及我们要以行动做出改变的样子;我也记得当时每一个项目小组的导师认真的讲解着他们的项目,他们不再像是在邀请我们“上他们的课”,而是邀请我们去解决他们眼中的世界问题。

学期初的开幕仪式让我激动的不得了,我深刻的感受到一股推着我们走向世界和项目组的力量。

开幕仪式过后,就是选择主题和项目的时候了。选择的时间给的很少,我感觉自己还处在2.0版介绍的震撼中,填写选项的ddl就已经到了眼前。我不知道选哪个,一方面是因为每个项目都很耀眼,有一部分吸引我的特质。但是另一方面,我也总觉得没有那么一个可以牵动我的“初心”,让我心动的项目。

在和教练的讨论过程中,他强烈给我推荐了climate mitigation项目小组。这是气候变化下的一个组,主要计划是在新校区搭建太阳能板工程。说实话,这个项目很早就被我排除在了选项之外,因为我实在不知道自己能在一个技术工程的项目里干点什么。教练跟我说,“如果这学期,你并不是希望把大量的时间和精力去放在IP的项目里,并不想去建立自己的一个项目或者团队,那我建议你去climate mitigation,因为在那里你会体验到一个相似于‘小企业’的团队合作方式。”

于是,最后我来到了climate mitigation项目小组。

最初,关于气候变化的知识

项目的初期,我们和另一个气候变化主题下面的小组,一起上过很多次课。课程内容大概就是我们的指导老师讲一些气候变化的知识,确保项目当中大家都熟知这个我们要解决的问题。这段时间里IP项目的任务很悠闲,我们要做的就是每次上课听课,下课后写一篇小气候变化research文章。

提到气候变化,我必须讲讲自己在项目开始之初的感受,以及个人对气候变化的认知了解。气候变化、全球变暖、海平面上升是我自从几年前开始,一直围绕在我身边的话题。作为一个在北京长大的孩子,在几年前的冬天,我们经常因为雾霾天气无法照常进行体育课,严重的时候还会在家里放假5-6天。我还记得那几个带着口罩上学的日子,我和朋友、同学,在被一层“灰白色”弥漫的空气里走动,也不知道这”灰白色“的空气倒是是因为北京的雪造成,还是北京的雾霾。雾霾是围绕在我身边发生的事情,但是作为一个贪玩儿、要写作业的学生,我好像也不太在乎,倒是经常被父母和老师的警告吓到,他们逼迫着我们带上沉闷的口罩。

关于其他的气候变化现象,我的确看不到,但是我在学校里有一门”环境课“,专门讲地球的环境和生活中的环境意识&习惯。我们的老师非常非常的重视环境问题,不但给我们讲了动植物的生长过程、让我们观察植物,还向我们一遍又一遍地讲述着世界上,因为气候变化出现的问题。关于冰山融化下可怜的北极熊、吃塑料而死的鱼类,还有被柴油染色的羽毛沉浸在了我的记忆里。我记得当时老师让我们用手绢儿,班里再也不使用方便的卫生纸。老师的行动的确带来了积极的效果,我们班里出现很多个提倡环保的同学。他们有些人热爱环保的故事,还有些人从自己行动,不点外卖、不喝一次性塑料杯子的饮料。

我看着他们,满怀敬畏。可是气候变化好像还没有太打动我,我没有做出任何惊人的行动,只是从小就知道了这个问题的存在。而这学期初课堂上讲解的内容,我也听过很多遍了,没有什么兴趣再认真钻研。

说到这里,你可能已经发现了,选择气候变化这个主题,其实还并没有带给我太多在项目中我意义感。

除了工程,还有“钱”

课程陆陆续续开始了,也逐渐踏入了做项目的正轨。我们不再是纯属学习知识,也要开始为整个项目行动了。我们把项目组分成了两个小组:engineering和finance。前者主要负责太阳能板的安装工程,后者负责整个项目的资金和宣传任务。

看到这个分组的时候,我简直要开心死了。项目的筹款和宣传方面一直是我想尝试的,而有这样的机会,可以给一个在”做正事儿”的大组做这些任务,是想象中最好的了。和几个也负责宣传和筹款的同学,我们开启了这边的任务。刚开始的时候,有lidiia给我们做了很多的讲解,但是逐渐我觉得我们自己行动的地方越来越多了。我依然按照自己相信的去做:找到做事情的感觉,然后按照自己的计划和步骤行动。把每一个任务做到自己“看得下去”,任务的结果通常就会自然到来。

在整个finance的任务里,我们花费了大量的去搜集信息、整理,又根据信息作文案的撰写。我记得在写给潜在赞助商的proposal的时候,我在周末的早上连续在桌子前做了4个小时,给4个公司编辑的4段话。那个时候我感受到了项目中最枯燥和重复的内容部分,我觉得自己有点像台机器。还好,这样的时刻我熬过去了,也经历了更“高光”的时刻:众筹。也许很多人提到众筹,都会以它筹到的金钱数目为傲,但是我却更偏爱它的文案。

虽然说我对气候变化产生不了强烈的情感,但是在众筹文案里,我描写了国内的无数个因为气候变化所造成的问题。我觉得描写那些情景都颇为真实,好像自己亲手触碰到了那边的城市。众筹的文案是我在项目中书写最流畅的一个环节之一,也不知道是不是跟文案有关系,总之我们最后拿到了5000多块钱,足以给到项目的模型搭建。


PBL的插曲

关于pbl教学方法是我们项目中的一段插曲。我们的项目需要大量的资金去建立模型、购买太阳能板的种种零件。于是作为finance组的人我们设想到了很多赚钱的方法,其中就包括把项目做成pbl课案,销售给在尝试创新教育的老师和学校。此想法后期因为时间原因被搁置了,没有做下去,但是在我回想整个项目过程中,我真的做了很多有关pbl的任务。

这些任务都是我前所未有的,我联系的EEEA的好几位guardians,向他们获取了很多关于创新教育老师和pbl课案的信息。随后我一个人开启了一次调研,采访了6位创新教育的老师们。在短短一周左右的时间里,我和无数个带着想探索更好的教育的人士对话,带来了很大的收获和感动。后来,kolento向我介绍了如何制作用户同理心地图,我为这六位教育者制作了同理心地图,分析出了他们的痛点和需求。最后,整个finance的组都参与到了总结最后的我们要focused的点。

pbl的插曲任务在我印象里是一次特别高效的工作。在kolento的指导和速度反馈之下,我运用起了几个新学习的技能,并且快速的得到了理想的工作结果。


收尾,好像人更了解了人

到项目的最后,将近半年的时间过去了。相比其他的学科,我们的线上IP项目小组学习的知识是远远不及的。我们的项目组没有英语课的阅读的三本名著、没有物理题的刷过的一打儿题目、没有自我认知的一系列笔记,而在这些比较表面化的知识之下,我们的项目更像是磨合出了人。就像我一直在说的,IP项目组不像是一个学习知识的地方,更像是一个实战的世界。在这个“小世界”里,我们要处理更多的人际问题,也要和更多的人待最长的时间。说句实话,这学期和我相处、对话最久的人,恐怕都是我们IP项目组的人。

在这样频繁和持久的合作、相处里,我有的时候觉得自己经常冷漠一些人、经常赌气,也开始质疑他人;我有的时候觉得自己没能给大家看真实的自己,“骗”了一些人。这些时候里,IP项目组对我来说就特别模糊,我真的不知道自己在其中“干了什么”。

6月21号,我们结课后的4天,我和Cindy在发消息聊天。最后她留了一句话,让我去matrix的反馈界面看看她给我写的反馈。我是周五写的反馈,那时还没有人动笔,我还记得当时自己想着周日的时候去看看大家给我写的,但是后来好像又觉得没什么必要,反正每次都是些类似的夸奖和建议。所以还好Cindy叫了我,我又去了matrix的网页,翻到了最后一个finance组的反馈界面。我挺惊讶的,没想到大家这次都写的这么长,而仔细阅读的时候却感觉要泪崩。

我想这样的感受,就是当自己还活在对人和关系的质疑中、还没有缕清楚自己在干什么,也不知道别人对我什么意义的时候,对方还能直视你的“好”,用最诚恳的口吻给到你ta看到的建议。

也许这个项目组中我并不想保留什么东西,也无法不忘起学习的技能,但是我想永存这几条feedback的声音:

特别的,谢谢你们。谢谢Aimee、Cindy、kolento这几位给了我feedback的,也要感谢那些还没写东西,但是陪伴我做过任务的yang、clef和Laurence。然后是老张,谢谢你对我的相信,让我有的时候也觉得自己有“超大的可能”;谢谢你和抱抱开启了这个项目组,让我们所有人有机会在这里相遇。如果未来有机会,我希望我们还能一起干活儿、工作。

后记,关于blog的记录

如果说有一样东西,一尘不变的陪伴我走过这个项目组,我会说它是blog。一学期里,我坚持每星期写一篇blog,记录一周内在项目里做的事情。从最初我只是把做的工作内容粘贴上去,到后期我开始写更多的感想,再到最后我会花十几分钟做语音输入,说所有我想说的东西。blog逐渐成了一个我记录心情和感想的地方,我把那些不愿意去分享的内容写在了里面。正是这些blog串联起了我对于整个项目的情感,而这一篇reflection将是它们的最后结尾。

我想先感谢抱抱,是你交给我该如何去写这些blog,让我学会在里面表达自己的想法。后来每次我都会把写好的blog按时企业微信发送给你,你会仔细阅读并且给到我反馈,这样的感觉好极了。

在写blog的过程中,我也收获了一些心得,想最后分享在这里:

如果你不知道blog写什么,或者不想起笔去写它,那就打开手机的备忘录,开启语音输入的模式。先花1分钟想一想这周你干了什么,然后花10分钟把它们说出来,过程中如果有什么感想就在最后说一说。这样一篇500多字blog就诞生了,参杂着你做过的事情还有你的感情。最后把这篇内容用电脑转到shimo或者个人网站上,把语音输入的错误字词改掉,配上一些照片。

这就是我记录整个项目的最好手段,希望你读到这里可以有帮助。在以后的IP小组里,也许我身边不再是这样一批人,不过我会一直用这个手段继续向前。

2020.6.23