In-Depth Post #5: A New Yoyo and New Tricks

After two weeks, I’m back on track with my In-Depth. Around March 3rd, my brand new you came in the mail. Research and all that is great, but nowhere near as fun as having an actual yoyo. The yoyo also came in a kit with an extra string, both an unresponsive and responsive bearing, a removal tool, an extra thread, and a bag to carry the yoyo in.

With the new yoyo, there were two big things that I learned. The first was learning how to string, and size a new yoyo. My old yoyo string was actually sized wrong. the yoyo length should go from your bellybutton to the floor. This gives you just enough string to perform proper tricks. So I cut the string and tied a knot right at the proper length. I will admit it is easier to perform string tricks since I now have more string length to work with.

Secondly, I worked on some responsive yoyoing. My new yoyo came with two bearings. One that centers the string and has less lube, making it unresponsive. and one that is thinner and allows the string to wrap around easier. As a quick reminder, responsive yoyoing is when you tug the string and it comes back to your hand, whereas unresponsive yoyoing requires a bind. Certain tricks like around the world, Boingy-boingy, and hopscotch all require an unresponsive yoyo, so it was fun working on more basic tricks. I also injured myself a few times as I would forget the yoyo comes back, and rocket it towards my hand by accident.

Besides that, I’ve been working on my unresponsive yoyoing a lot. In the words of my mentor, “You’re getting the hard tricks, but messing up the easiest ones,” and I recognize that. The easier tricks get a little too easy at some points, and I neglect to practice them, which then causes me to mess them up while yoyoing. Nolan told me I need to “Keep practicing mate,” and I agree but it is frustrating when you can pull off a complex combo, but then can’t land the yoyo off an easy catch.

In our meeting, my mentor and I talked about learning some new tricks (as seen in the second video below), specifically finger spins. I’ve shown a lot of progress with my yoyo tricks in general and we want to keep moving forward. This said, I do need to keep practicing the basic tricks, as I need that foundation.

One quote sums it up the best: “Don’t worry about making mistakes worry about how you can fix them.”

The biggest obstacle will be remembering all the tricks I’m learning and not forgetting to practice even the easy ones. It can be hard, but all it takes is a bit of discipline.

Lastly, I’ve continued research and I’ve been looking into the world yoyo champion, Gentry Stein, and how he wins competitions. They’re entertaining and fun to watch, and there are lots of tips I can take away from it all.

Overall, it’s been a great two weeks and it’s great to be back yoyoing.

Research:

String Replacement: https://yoyotricks.com/yoyo-tricks/replacing-the-string/723/

Yoyo Progress

Yoyo New Tricks

World Yoyo Champion: https://www.gentrystein.com/shop

How to Have a Beautiful Mind: The Six Hats

The next section of de Bono’s book focused on the idea of ‘Six Hats’. The idea is that in any conversation, argument, or verbal communication there are ‘Six Hats’ in which we communicate with each other. It is a great idea to help you understand how conversations flow, and where our communication with each other can improve. Below I’ve analyzed a short conversation with my mentor regarding learning a new trick, see my quick summary and (___) for an understanding of how I’m breaking down our conversation.

Black Hat: Critical thinking and analysis (BKH)

White Hat: Information both fact and opinion (WH)

Red Hat: Emotions, feelings, and intuition (RH)

Yellow Hat: Seeks values, insight, and good ideas (YH)

Green Hat: Creative/productive, builds the conversation (GH)

Blue Hat: Organizes the conversation (BH)

*Note, this is two 15-year-old friends talking, and Nolan didn’t really want a video of him on my school blog so I transcribed it*

Mentor: Okay, these types of tricks are finger spins. (performs trick) That one specifically is a finger spin turned into another trick called DNA. (WH)

Me: (laughs) They really just name these tricks either the most obvious name or the most confusing one. (RH and GH)

Mentor: Don’t shoot the messenger. Anyways, these tricks are difficult because they’re considered grinds. (WH)

Me: So, since your finger is actively slowing down the yoyo with contact, and not free-spinning, you have to spin it super hard right? (GH and BKH)

Mentor: Yeah, it slows the yoyo down a lot, so you need more force than usual. Basically, whip the yoyo on a 90-degree angle, hop it up, and cushion the fall with your finger. We’ll worry about the second part later. For me, I felt the balance similar to spinning a basketball, so try and work off that feeling. (YH and BKH)

Me: Okay, Okay, thanks. (tries the trick and fails) (RH)

Mentor: See there you didn’t cushion it. Imagine ur catching a bowling ball, your finger has to come down with it. (BH and GH)

Me: But when I come down the string gets in the way too. How am I supposed to get the string out? (GH and BKH)

Mentor: It’s a blend of two hands. Pull up the string, get the slack out of the way, cushion the fall, and then balance. (WH)

Me: (Throws the yoyo into my bedframe due to throwing it too hard) Oh damn. (laughs) (RH)

Mentor: Nice one, but all you need is practice. (GH and RH)

This conversation was a great example of how multiple hats are used through communication. Breaking it apart was helpful, and helped me better understand how interactions with my mentor work.

 

 

 

 

In-Depth Post #4: Broken Strings and Tying New Knots

Listening and Questioning:

As we head out of the beginning curve of our In-Depth projects, we’re focusing on two big ideas: Listening and Questioning. Out of all de Bono’s topics so far, this one has helped me the most. My last two weeks of In-Depth have been anything but ordinary, and it brought up a lot of questions for both me and my mentor.

Right after my third In-Depth post, my yoyo broke. This was a huge setback. I was practicing my yoyoing skills as per usual and on a certain aggressive throw, I threw the yoyo off the string. The string broke, the yoyo dented, the bearing was messed up, padding came off, and I’m ninety percent sure I cracked my bed slightly. When I first did it I was in disbelief. I stood there as my Mum asked what the loud crash was. Honestly, I had no idea what to do.

I didn’t know what to do and I talked to my mentor in somewhat of a worried frenzy. This is where de Bono’s topics of listening and questioning became key. I had so many questions that even de Bono would be proud.

How should I get a new yoyo? How are we going to meet? What if the yoyo takes too long to ship? And mainly, what am I supposed to do?

After my frantic questions were all out and I had calmed down a bit, we just had a discussion. Our discussion started with me explaining what went wrong, and what the problem was. He listened and I explained. Then finally his first words were,

“You got lucky if you think about it.”

I was confused, but he was right and now it was my time to listen. I was already looking into buying a new yoyo, so this just sped the process up. It also gave me some breathing room for the project where I could take a break. Nolan made it clear that,

“You have to find a balance where yoyoing isn’t work. The best yoyo masters enjoy what they do. It’s a hobby, not a job. Yoyoing should be enjoyable and fun, so the moment it isn’t, just take a break.”

I ended up doing that and taking a break from yoyoing (especially since I didn’t have a yoyo). After a week off I got right back into it. The yoyo that I ordered will be shipped by March 1st, I set up a new meeting time with Nolan, and we planned out that we would talk about the history and workings of yoyos. It was great to have someone to talk to and listen to, and de Bono’s concepts supported me throughout the process and later during our meeting as well.

Then when it came to the actual meeting, we decided to focus mainly on history and research. With my broken yoyo, we went over the parts of a yoyo and how it works. Basically, yoyos have several parts. First here are the wings/body. These are the halves of the yoyo, normally connected by a screw (aka the axle). They balance the yoyo and make tricks easier the farther apart they are. Then there are spacers and friction pads. These keep the halves separated and make it so the string winds up smooth. Lastly, there’s the bearing. There are unresponsive (bind to bring up) and responsive (tug to bring up) bearings. These are what let the yoyo spin for long periods of time. Lastly, there’s the string, but we’re going to talk more about that next week when my yoyo is delivered.

“This is why learning about how to yoyo’s work is also important.”, Nolan explained. If I would have known all this, I also would have known to recognize that my string was getting old and needed to be replaced.

Our meeting was great because it’s not like learning a normal skill. Having a mentor allows you to have conversations and work one-on-one. Listening isn’t just sitting in a classroom. It’s following instructions, it’s asking questions, it’s being engaged in what you’re being told, and having a mentor is perfect for that. I can work with a yoyo (even a broken one) and be physically engaged.

These last couple of weeks I was still able to get a lot of work done. Besides my meeting, I researched the history of yoyos (below) as Nolan instructed, and it was cool learning about the first Dunkin yoyos and how that spurred the 90’s yoyo craze and modern yoyoing. I also ordered my yoyo and it is in the mail. It was a bit of a setback, but I’ll be on track for next week.

Near the end of our meeting, I learned that my mentor got into yoyoing because his “brother hooked me into it. I was amazed and worked off that feeling to keep practicing”. I’m trying to adopt some of that mentality. I enjoy yoyoing, and I should make sure that’s what drives me.

Until next time…

Research and Photos:

Duncan Imperial Yo Yo, Assorted colors, Pack of 1, Yo-Yos - Amazon Canada

PHOTO DOC

HISTORY OF YOYOS

Parts of a Yo-Yo and How to Use a Yo-Yo | Yo-yos: Past to Present

 

CLE 10: Anecdotes of a Sales Engineer

Being a sales engineer can be a taxing job. It’s competitive, fast-paced, and requires a lot of people skills. As part of my Career Life Education 10 course, I interviewed an Ex-Sales Engineer. Surprisingly, it also ended up being my dad.

During the interview, I learned that his job title wasn’t actually a “Sales Engineer”. He was considered a Customer Systems Engineering Specialist, and he worked for Telus. He dealt with sales to big customers like BC Hydro, Fortis BC, Government of BC, and the RCMP to name a few. As an employee of a telecom company, I asked him what he sold, because through my research Sales Engineers often sold products. He responded by saying that he sold “hardware and software solutions for wireless networking” just as wireless systems were becoming more and more popular. Basically, he helped his customers develop their wireless systems. For example, making sure RCMP cars had laptops that connected to RCMP servers across the country; that was him. He was continually selling and designing wireless solutions for TELUS and selling them to big businesses that were going wireless in a digital age. I figured out that “Sales Engineering” is a very broad field and depending on who you work for your job varies.

Since I never knew my dad was a Sales Engineer, I asked him what it took for him to get there. The first thing I realized was that nowadays, doing what he had done is virtually impossible. He worked his way up through Telus, and with no engineering degree, he landed the job because of his technical abilities, people skills, and knowledge. In his words;

“It was unorthodox, but it opened many opportunities in the future”

There was a downside that my dad mentioned. He said the whole sales department was very competitive, and that TELUS had a bad reputation when it came to job security. He worked off a mixed commission and base salary, so everyone was always trying to make more money. For me, I always like a bit of competition, but I can also see how much pressure and stress it could cause me.

Lastly, I asked how the customers and sales were done at TELUS. He said that the majority of the time he would meet with customer executives and pitch a sale. He wouldn’t find the customers, but they would be funnelled to him through the sales department. He would work with company executives, users, and lower-level employees in order to make a sale. A lot of the time he learned about the inner workings of the different companies and formed relationships with people in many different branches and sectors of business. My dad said one of the most important skills the job gave him was networking through other people, and learning how to work alongside many people.

I learned a lot about what sales engineers do, what it takes, and why it can be a great job. I never knew that my dad was a sales engineer, and it was interesting hearing about his personal experience. When I first started researching sales engineering, I had a vague idea of what it took, but this project opened my eyes even further. Sales engineering is challenging, but it’s definitely a path I could pursue in the future.

In-Depth Post #3 New Tricks

It’s been two weeks since my last post, and I’ve continued practicing and learning how to yoyo. My focus on the last two weeks was working on my technical skills. I practised the same tricks over and over again, and I’ve noticed that I’ve been becoming more consistent. Both my mentor and I are happy with how I’m progressing, and I’m going at a great pace. Without further introduction, let’s talk about some yoyo-ing.

Firstly, watch this video: Yoyo Progress

As you can see in the video, I’m getting to a point where the tricks are looking cool and fluid, but still nowhere near perfect. There’s one trick I want to highlight, and it’s called Double or Nothing. This is the trick where I wrap it around both my hands and land it on the string. This is considered an intermediate trick, and it serves as a base for how different tricks can progress. The cool part about yoyoing is that you can take it in almost any direction you want. It’s a skill, but it’s also an art. Tricks like Double or Nothing and Trapeze are great to learn because of their versatility. In a performance, you can transition from one trick to the next, and these base tricks allow you to understand how the yoyo moves. Overall, I feel I’m learning a lot and making steady progress. I know that I still need much more practice, but it’s all part of the plan.

I’ve met with my mentor once since my last post. I showed him my progress, and he critiqued my hand positions and techniques. Right now, there are a lot of tricks to remember and perfect, so he kept me working on the same ones (some of which are seen in the video). One thing that was brought up was my yoyo. I’ve had this yoyo for years now, and it’s getting old. I need a new string, a new bearing, and in general a new yoyo if I want to progress to harder tricks. I started looking into buying a new yoyo, and I think it will help out my entire project. This is a slight modification to my project, but Nolan and I both agree that if I want to improve I need a new yoyo.

The biggest obstacles and frustrations these past weeks can be seen in my video. At the end of the video, my string gets tangled and I repeatedly mess up my throws. This sadly is a common occurrence. Over time I’ll get better at keeping my string straight, and control comes with practice. This doesn’t stop it from being frustrating, because it takes time to fix, but none the less, I have to work through it. Buying a new yoyo will also help this because they are better designed and don’t have the same imperfections that come with age. Another obstacle is meeting with my mentor at the same time every weekend due to his schedule. This is an easy fix though. We just have to communicate earlier with each other.

Overall, I’m making steady progress. There are bumps along the road, but I know I can get over them. I can’t wait to keep yoyoing. The best part is that it relieves stress and I can tell my parents I’m doing homework.

Until next time…

How To Be Interesting:

As part of In-Depth we’re reading how to have a beautiful mind. This week there weren’t any questions, but only things to work on when meeting with our mentor. In summary, it was all about being interesting. I wanted to add some of my own thoughts around this idea. I feel like failure a lot of times is due to a lack of interest. If people aren’t interested or invested in something, failure doesn’t matter. What’s great about In-Depth is that we get to choose something we’re interested in. The topics are usually far from normal, and that’s what makes it special. From there you get to form a relationship with your mentor and they can help you dive in even further. My mentor does this for me, and part of what keeps our interactions interesting is that we’re both having fun. I thought this was important to mention, and that all of us should work to be as interesting as possible.

Research:

Tricks Website: https://yoyotricks.com/yoyo-tricks/unresponsive/

World Yoyo Champion: https://www.instagram.com/gentrystein/

Buying a New Yoyo: https://alternative.me/unresponsive-yoyos

 

In-Depth Post #2 Unresponsive Yoyoing

It’s about a month into In-Depth, and my project is already turning into something amazing. I remember as a kid I fascinated by yoyoing and now is no different. Over the past month, I’ve worked on 3 main aspects of my project.

The first was research. I’ve been going on websites and learning about the history and evolution of yoyoing. You’d be surprised by how much the yoyoing community has changed even since it’s peak in the ’90s. Innovation, creativity, and enjoyment are what drives the community, and seeing that overtime is quite intriguing.

Secondly, I’ve been working on the basics of yoyoing. After my first meeting with my mentor, it was more than obvious that I didn’t remember a lot. We worked on the baseline of yoyoing. How to throw the yoyo, and how to get it to come back. When I started my throws and binds (Definition of Bind: Bringing the yoyo back up)were weak, wobbly, and frankly just had “bad form”. To overcome this I just kept practicing throwing. I did overhand throws, backwards throws, and across the body throws constantly for about a week. Now, I can see the improvement. The yoyo spins longer, it’s easier to perform simple tricks, and everything looks cleaner. It’s important to mention that there are many different types of yoyoing, but the specific type I am doing is called unresponsive yoyoing. Unresponsive yoyoing basically means the yoyo doesn’t come back up when pulled, and you have to perform a trick to get it to come up. Unresponsive yoyoing has become popular in the 2000s and has allowed new and more complex tricks to be created.

Lastly, I’ve begun to practice very basic tricks. These tricks include some I have learned in the past such as Walking the Dog and Double or Nothing, but also new ones such as Around the World, Trapeze, and Two Hand bind to name a few. Currently, my abilities aren’t consistent enough to record a video, but in future posts I’ll attach a video of my progress and my newest/favourite trick. Tricks require a lot of practice and repetition, and I do a lot of work on my own to practice. You might see me at lunchtime in the TALONS room throwing the yoyo around, and I must say that listening to music while practicing is a relaxing sensation.

As I mentioned before I’ve now met 2 times with my mentor, Nolan. We’re meeting over FaceTime, Instagram Video, or whatever video chat service is available at the time. It is nice not having to get to know my mentor since we’re already friends. We hop on a call, and in a super informal, yet fun and educational way, he teaches me how to yoyo. During the meetings, we discuss what I need to work on, my strengths, and where I can improve. For me, the time just flies by. At the end of each meeting, we set a date for next time, and talk about what I need to do. In the last meeting, I was assigned to keep practicing basic tricks, and I was challenged to research a trick on my own and show him next time. So far, everything is running great.

However well my project is going, it isn’t without obstacles. The first is learning tricks. Had COVID-19 not been an issue, I would be meeting in person, and Nolan would be able to critique my exact hand movements and guide me better, as yoyoing is a physical skill. Trying to mimic what someone does on a computer isn’t always easy, and I struggle with that. Secondly, repetition. One of the most discouraging things is messing up a trick over, and over, and over again. You feel frustrated and it’s annoying. I have to keep working through these obstacles, and I think motivation and support will be big factors.

All this said, I can’t wait to take this project even further.

Research:

Introduction to Unresponsizve Yoyos: https://youtu.be/s8pmieoAi4I

Tricks Website: https://yoyotricks.com/yoyo-tricks/unresponsive/

World Yoyo Champion: https://www.instagram.com/gentrystein/

Agreeing:

In a mentoring situation, agreeing is the easiest thing to do. Your mentor knows more than you, and agreeing is your way to respect that. Agreeing doesn’t have to be verbal, it can be in the form of body language, head nods, and even clarifying questions. Agreeing helps build a starting relationship, and that’s what I’m trying to do. With my mentor specifically, I know how good he is at yoyoing. When I first met with him and he told me that my throws were sub-par, I agreed, because I trusted his opinion. Hopefully going forward this will continue.

Disagreeing:

Disagreeing is never easy. Disagreeing with your new mentor can be even harder. So far I haven’t had to deal with any disagreements with Nolan, but I’m aware that may change. Since In-Depth is also a self-led project, I’ll be learning from areas other than Nolan directly.This could cause disagreement as to how things are done, and I’m prepared for that. After reading How to Have a Beautiful Mind, i better understand that disagreeing is a crucial part of having meaningful conversations. When I disagreement comes up, I’ll be respectful, but I’ll also disagree for the right reasons; to help both of us, and to build our relationship.

Differing:

Differing is a very important idea to understand. For the longest time, I thought everything was black and white. As I’ve grown up I’ve realized the world mainly lies in the grey area in between. This is important because often when opinions differ, both sides have reasons to back their opinion. I expect this to happen at some point during In-Depth. Even though Nolan and I are friends, we’ll have differences of opinions. It might be that I learned something about yoyoing online, and he was taught differently in-person. When these differences come up we can address them together and figure out if our difference can be or even if it needs to be reconciled. Differing helps us grow as both mentor and student, and I’m ready for when it happens.

In-Depth Post #1 Introduction to Yoyo-ing

Yoyo-ing.

Something some might remember yoyos as fun toys from their childhood, or that simply as an annoying string that never got untangled. But I hope to turn it into something more for myself.

What skill have you chosen to learn?

For In-Depth 2020, I’ll be learning how to freestyle yoyo. I am going to learn how to perform different yoyo tricks, and how to put them together to create a performance. I’m also going to learn about performance techniques and what makes a great yoyo performance. I want to learn about types of yoyos, how they’re made, and parts of a yoyo. Lastly, I’ll do research around the history of yoyoing and how it has changed over time. All these skills will allow me to dive deep into what yoyoing is and it will help me reach my goal of creating an amazing performance. By the end of In-Depth, I want yoy-ing to feel like second nature, and a fun relaxing activity I can freestyle with anytime.

Yoyo-ing seems like such a simple skill, but a quick look on Youtube can show you how complicated it really is.

https://youtu.be/-wiNh4LLQzg

I’m intrigued by how such a simple idea can become something so complicated, fun, and challenging. Yoyo-ing can be relaxing, competitive, and a skill that’s extremely memorable, and I can’t wait to get started.

Why yoyo-ing?

I first got into yoyo-ing in grade 5. One of my close friends at the time went on a trip to Ontario and came back with this simple yet intriguing toy and a lot of skill. What started out as a fascination, ended with all my friends learning the very basics of yoyo-ing. It was more than just throwing a toy up and down. We learned basic tricks and ended up using them all the time. From competitions of who’s can spin longest, or who’s tricks were coolest, it was always fun. By the end of the year it died out, but I kept my yoyo. When In-Depth came along I remembered learning how to yoyo, and I realized I could turn it into so much more. I wanted to truly learn how to professionally yoyo, and with the help of my old friend, I can.

Who’s my mentor?

My mentor is a friend from elementary school named Nolan. At the beginning of our Grade 5 year at Nestor elementary, Nolan really got into yoyo-ing. He took lessons, learned online, and bought all the special tools to truly learn about professional yoyo-ing. he’s been yoyo-ing for a few years now and knows alot about the subject. When I was younger I learned some very basic tricks, but now I hope to learn so much more.

When and how am I going to learn yoyo-ing?

Due to the pandemic, I will be learning all about yoyo-ing from home. I have until May 20th to hone in all my skills. I’m going to learn this skill through the structure of In-Depth. Using the 5 objectives below I hope to learn all I can about yoyo-ing.

  1. To master and perform at least 20 different yoyo tricks by the end on in-depth.
  2. To grasp the basic history of yoyoing through at least 5 online sources by the end of in-depth.
  3. To learn 5 tips on what makes a good yoyo performance by the end of in-depth
  4. To create at least one original yoyo trick by the end of in-depth.
  5. To understand the major steps of how yoyos are created by the end of in-depth

Throughout In-Depth I’ll work on each of these objectives, each meeting, each practice, and with every bit of research I do. I’ll create blog posts (As required), do my own research (weekly), talk to my mentor (Every two weeks), and practice A LOT of yoyo-ing (Daily), then hopefully, it turns out great in the end.

What can others do to help me, and what do I need?

While this is a self-directed project, I will need help. The most help will come from my mentor and friend. He’ll be able to teach me all the tips and tricks I could possibly need. Outside of my mentor, I’ll need support from my teachers at school and parents at home to keep me going and continuing to work on my yoyoing. Simply showing an interest in my project will suffice. I hope to improve and will need all the support I can get.

I can’t wait to get started, see you next time…

EMINENT: Simu Liu Learning Centre

SIMU LIU LEARNING CENTRE:

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Hey! Honestly, you probably have no idea who I am. In a few years, all of that might change. My name is Simu Liu, try to remember that.

I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and started out as an accountant. Boring, right? That’s what I thought at least. After getting let go as a (not so great) accountant, I was broke, confused, and lost, but something as small as a Craigslist Ad changed my life forever.

That Craigslist Ad introduced me to acting, and it’s been all uphill from there.

For 8 years now I’ve been an actor, writer, stuntman, and even a producer, yet you’ll be surprised how much I’ve done with this platform.

I’ve been a huge advocate for diversity and representation in Hollywood, starring in many Asian Led films including a lead role in Marvel’s first Asian American superhero, and being an outspoken online advocate. Since the beginning of my career, I’ve been calling for Hollywood to become a truly diverse and have minority representation, and I’m seen as a leader through this.

 

(Read these tweets, it’ll help you get to know me)

I’ve tried breaking stereotypes surrounding the Asian community. From racist jokes, to hate speech, I’ve seen it all, and I do my best to educate those around me and change the world for the better.

 

I’m an advocate for UNICEF. Just this year I partnered with UNICEF and plan to collaborate and be apart of their many humanitarian efforts.

I’m an outspoken voice during the Pandemic. This pandemic has pushed all of us out of our comfort zones, but I’ve been working to help people stay on the bright side. I’ve also been outspoken about how this pandemic has caused discrimination against all Asians, and how we can fix it.

And I’m just a normal guy enjoying his life and doing what he enjoys.

I grew up discriminated against, bullied, and unsure of who I really was, but now I do everything in my power to make sure nobody else feels that way. In my opinion, you should always be “Unapologetically Yourself”, and never let anyone bring you down. I’ve done so much, and I won’t ever stop.

My name’s Simu Liu, don’t forget it.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE WHICH OF MY PROJECTS YOU’LL ENJOY!

https://www.tryinteract.com/share/quiz/5fc68865c3f0eb001604141c

And here’s some other links if you want to learn more about me:

  1. Jessica Wong. “Unapologetically Asian: Simu Lui, Marvel’s latest superhero, on his fight for representation” CBC News, July 24, 2019. https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/simu-liu-invu-1.5221904
  2. CBC News Interview: https://youtu.be/la85Ak855a8
  3. Simu Liu. “A Chinese-Canadian to his parents: ‘Privately, I yearned for your love'” MACLEAN’s, December 4, 2017. https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/a-chinese-canadian-to-his-parents-privately-i-yearned-for-your-love/
  4. Bay Street Bull Staff. “Sime Lui on Representation, Progress, and becoming Marvel’s First Asian Superhero, Shang-Chi” Bay Street Bull, unknown date. https://www.baystbull.com/simu-liu-on-becoming-marvels-first-asian-superhero/

Core Competencies 2020 Quarter 1

QUESTIONS:

  1. During Quarter 1, what went well for you? Examples: being back in the classroom, having only two courses, seeing my friends, keeping up with homework, playing volleyball, improving math, helping plan a virtual assembly, becoming more fit.
Being able to adapt TALONS Leadership 11 and carry out my leadership projects during this first quarter was something that went great for me. With COVID-19, this whole year has been flipped upside down. When I first started leadership, it was confusing. I didn’t know what to do or what to expect, but through this quarter I was able to adapt and run my leadership projects. From camping, to cultural event, lesson planning, to creating leaders, I was able to make it through each problem that came up.
  1. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing or stressful? Explain.
 

The most challenging part of Quarter 2 was adapting to the split schedule. One day I’d have class form 7:45AM-3:45PM, and the next day I’d only go from 9AM-11AM. This caused a lot of stress for me because I didn’t create a schedule. I couldn’t find something to ground myself and keep me focused, and I found that it became harder and harder to focus on school. School didn’t feel like school, and mental I was fazed.

 

 

  1. Think of ONE thing you really want to improve in Quarter 2 (and Q 3&4). Examples: a school subject, a sport, time spent on homework/studying, playing a musical instrument, leadership skills, a language, photography, a relationship, general fitness.
 

One thing I really want to improve is my organization. This term I improved with procrastination, but I found that I was still very unorganized. Whether it was knowing all my homework and projects, keeping my room clean, or having everything I needed for school, it was all very unorganized. I hope to improve this through the year as it will take away the confusion and stress of the quarter system.

 

 

  1. What are two specific actions that you can start doing every day to get closer to your goal? How long will you spend on this action each day? What part of the day?
 

a) Keep a “To Do List”: Every night around 8PM I can edit this list. It will have homework, big events, and all my tasks that I need to get done. If I look at and edit this each day, it will act as a refresher and help me stay on top of my work.

b) Organize Loose Papers: Whenever I get a new paper for any class, organize the paper immediately in my binder/duo tang so I’m not left with extra papers that I don’t know where they go.

 

 

  1. If you experience challenges, what might you do to work through them? Examples: ask help from a friend or parent; break the task into smaller chunks; “google” how other people may deal with similar problems.
 

To work through organizational problems, my main support will be Google. I’m confident in my abilities to work through this goal, but when I come across problems, I’ll use Google. Google has many resources regarding organizational skills and strategies, and when I need it, I can check there for information. It’s simple, but effective, and it’ll help me through any problems.

 

Developing Leaders Around You

The Law of Explosive Growth: To Multiply Growth, Lead Leaders

Whenever you are leading a group of people you want there to be growth. This growth might show itself through work getting finished, ideas being created, or almost anything productive that grows the team. Adding growth is great, but multiplying growth is even better, and that’s a big idea; “To Multiply Growth, Lead Leaders”. In TALONS we’re given a unique opportunity to work closely with other leaders. This might mean stepping up into an even bigger leadership role, yet it also creates opportunities to be led. Since we have so many leaders, we ourselves can lead those leaders around us, and multiply growth. This is crucial because as leaders we always want to find the best solutions and work together as a team, and in a team, with lots of leaders, we can use all our abilities together and multiply growth instead of just adding growth like any followers. Take our trips for example. We have job leaders, committee leaders, and overall leaders. The overall leaders are leading the other leaders. So instead of that first leader having to guide everything and simply add growth to our trips, now we have the other leaders stepping in as well and leading their smaller groups. This goes on and on to the point where we can maximize our efficiency as a group. Normally people can’t plan a trip in a few hours yet year after year TALONS does exactly that. That’s why multiplying growth is so crucial, and we do that by leading other leaders, or by having leaders lead us. It’s all a cycle.

Leaders: Think Differently

Leaders are different than everyone else. If everyone was the same there would be no such thing as a leader. However, there are leaders and what separates them from other people is the way they think. Leaders think differently. There are many ways that leaders think differently, and in some way or other leaders utilize all of them when they lead. For example, leaders see the big picture, or maybe they’re creative and strategic thinkers, or maybe it’s the way they think unselfishly and shared, or realistically and reflecting, but no matter what they do leaders think differently. There are many ways of thinking, and if I want to become a better leader, I need to get better at all these different ways of thinking. Right now, I’m mainly a realistic, strategic, and big picture thinker. These are the ways I think differently as a leader. However, If I want to grow, even more, I need to strengthen other ways of thinking like focused, creative, and unselfish thinking, all three of which I struggle with. Being a leader is about growing as a leader and to grow as a leader thinking differently is key. When I plan a cultural event with other people you always need to think differently. This year more than ever with new events, we had to solve problems and work together. Unselfish thinking (Three cohorts working together on one event), big picture thinking (making sure everything is ready the night of movie night), and shared thinking (keeping everyone on the same page with meetings, etc.) were all a big part of our success as a collective, and each of those was a way we as individual leaders had to think differently.

Thought About Modeling: Work on Yourself More Than You Work on Others

Nobody is perfect. As a leader, you do your best to run your team smoothly. This takes communication and building those around you, so you can get the best out of your team. Since you work a lot on your team, you also need to make sure you work on yourself. If you can’t model it then why should you be telling others to do it? Leaders need to constantly grow as well, and you do that by putting work into yourself. That’s why you need to work on yourself more than you work on others. You can’t expect someone to listen to you and let you lead them unless you model what you want them to do. In TALONS we’re all leaders, but we’re nowhere near perfect. The TALONS model uses the Grade 10’s to help teach the Grade 9’s. That’s because the 10’s have the experience to lead. They worked on themselves the previous year and now can properly model what needs to be done. Your Grade 9 year is where you can really work on yourself as a leader. You learn how to work together, how to communicate, and how to get work done. Then in Grade 10 you know what you’re doing and can model for the Grade 9’s what was modelled to you last year. In Grade 10 we have lots of the skills we need to lead, but we continue working on ourselves as well. This whole “Developing Leaders Around You” is proof of that. We’re not perfect, and we always need to be growing as leaders.

Compassion: The Ability to Hear What Another is Attempting to Put Into Words Without Judging

Compassion is something every leader needs. A huge part of leadership is understanding those you work with. If you don’t act compassionately towards those you work with you can never be a good leader. It’s one thing to have someone follow you due to your authority, but it’s better when they follow you because they respect you. Compassion allows a leader to connect with those around them. When a leader connects with their followers they can work together better and have the team run smoothly. That’s why compassion is so critical for a leader. For me, this comes up a lot in soccer. You have to understand each other and their ideas to work together well. If you don’t connect, you can never be good teammates. On and off the field compassion allows the team to bond, and helps us work together. This can also be applied to TALONS teams. When we’re planning leadership events, everyone has different ideas. As a leader, if you aren’t compassionate, you’ll never be able to understand what your team members are trying to say without judging them. However, if you are compassionate you can truly understand them and their ideas. Maybe they even have an idea that would turn out amazingly, but you never would’ve known that without compassion. That’s why compassion is so important in leadership. You need to be able to listen to what others are trying to say without judging because that allows your team to work well together.

 

 

TALON Talk 2020 “How does oil added to soil affect the growth of bean plants?” Colby Ng

Hi  Everyone,

I chose to do a science inquiry on “How oil added to soil affects the growth of bean plants?“.

Please watch the video attached below and comment!

https://sd43bcca-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/125-cng1_sd43_bc_ca/EZteuTQXvBtPhRyxzopP2OsBLBPoEJ8ico5BMHLdcvmNNw?e=kpOqHC

Thanks, Colby Ng