Surviving Year 3 of High School (tPols)

“Thank you for coming to my presentation of learning. I am the expert on my own learning. I am also responsible and accountable for my own learning. You can expect me to give an honest evaluation of my progress. We will discuss my strengths and opportunities for growth. Thank you in advance for listening and for offering feedback that I can use to improve as a learner.”

This year is my third year in PLP, and the last year before it becomes the closing grades of high school. Throughout the semesters and four different blocks of PLP classes, I’ve had many opportunities to experiment and evolve as a learner, and using these opportunities has gotten me where I am today. From collaborating with groups and compromising, working through struggles, overcoming obstacles, learning new skills and building on old ones, to coming 1st at the Destination Imagination regional tournament, this school year has changed me as a person and as a learner (for the better).

I will now share with you how I’ve grown as a learner and examples of what makes me ready for the transition to grade 11.


Evidence of My Progress as a Learner

To the PLP teachers reading this, you already know about the new grading system in Showbie, but for anyone who’s reading this besides them, here’s a brief overview.

I used to showcase my outstanding marks at the start of each tPol section for each subject, but PLP recently did a rework of the grading system. While it used to be ☁️⛅️☀️🌈, it went under a few changes such as a simple 🤿🧗‍♂️🚂 as well as a ✅, before eventually transitioning to a 👻🔁🧗‍♂️👌⌛️, which is where we’re at now. Therefore, I will just be highlighting assignments that I’m proud of and think really showed effort.



Seeing as there were only two Maker projects this year, and one of them was more of a program, Maker was quite straightforward this year. Despite having only two projects under its name, Maker was my favourite class this year, specifically the “Peas in a Pod(cast)!” project. Having the ability to do a podcast on whatever I choose was a great experience that let me explain a special interest of mine.


Proud of:

Episode 1 (Part 1) “The Name of the Game”

Episode 1 (Part 2) “The Name of the Game”

Episode 2 “Child’s Play”

Episode 3 “An Eventful Evening”

Episode 4 (Bonus Episode) “Bloopers? Bloopers!”

The podcast project as a whole was just so fun and interesting to do. I was able to freely choose a topic to talk about and settled on Pokémon GO, which I’m very passionate about. I feel that I went above and beyond in making extra episodes just for the fun of it, as well as putting lots of effort into the podcast cover art. I personally struggle with drawing and being satisfied with them, but I was very proud of how it turned out. Writing and drawing with Dysgraphia can be difficult, but I’ve developed ways to overcome and work around this disability. A strategy/tool I obtained to help with this is a special pencil grip that makes it more comfortable and easier to use. Along with the art, I also really enjoyed recording and editing the audio clips for the podcast episodes. It gave me a chance to further my technology skills and also introduced me to the world of podcasts. I learned that recording podcasts can be difficult, but asking for help when confused and trying again can lead to better results. With recording, it’s all about patience and perseverance, trial and error. So is life.


Destination Imagination. Three years at Seycove, two of them in the DI program. What a journey.

My time spent in DI over the past 3 years has been some of the most unique experiences of my life. I have gained and grown many essential skills in the process of creation and performance. When we were first introduced to it in Grade 8, I knew this was going to be something I would remember for the rest of my life when I look back on high school, and I was right. Destination Imagination helped me work on my collaboration with teammates as well as organization, time-allocation, and brainstorming. I also made sure to take charge during the process when the rest of my group was feeling unmotivated to make sure we stayed on our feet and productive. One could say I was trying to set an example.

Peace be with all the uncredited volunteers from the tournaments.



Somewhat new to PLP this year or at least to me, PGP (also known as the Personal Growth Plan) is basically PLP-atized Careers. Both projects helped us look more at ourselves both inside the classroom and outside of it. We also delved more into our futures and goal setting. Two different projects, sandwiching the rest of the year. All about who we are and who we want to be, PGP really gets us thinking and is a truly spectacular opportunity to be gifted with.


Proud of:

Coming from the first of two PLP projects, the Personal Productivity System (PPS) Backlog Clearance was a great chance for us to both clear our mind, room and devices, AND actually doing schoolwork at the same time. I really enjoyed getting the chance to do this as my device personally was quite cluttered at the time (it still is). This assignment gave me the chance to organize myself so that I can be more productive and find things quicker, while also having the benefit of being nice to look at. I may or may not have hyper-fixated on it for too long, neglecting other parts of my academics for the time I was making progress with it. However, when I was finished it felt amazing to look at all the progress I made and how much of a difference between the two there was.


The PLP Spring exhibition! I think this is the first time I’ve mentioned one in a tPol post, but boy is it worth it. Sprouting from the second Careers project which closed off the year exquisitely, the 2024 PLP Spring Exhibition was an amazing experience with a variety of different exhibits to see, centred around the theme of a comic-con of sorts. My final exhibit hinged on the question “What is your superpower?” which I answered as me being musically adept. My table focused on my musical accomplishments and the journey I took to get there, from my multitude choir awards to a 10 minute long video showcasing my journey and experiences with choirs and music alike. I really enjoyed the process of getting to that point (even if I was cutting it close time-wise), and I can say that I am extremely satisfied with my final products (the video + a sheet describing my music goals and aspirations as well as experience).

Stay tuned for the Spring Exhibition blog post!



As Humanities is a year-long class, there was many experiences and assignments that I was a part of. With all those different aspects of PLP coming into play, I learned many new skills and techniques for writing, working, using iPads to the full potential, and much more. I had a hard time narrowing down the assignments that I thought best showed who I have become and reflects the success behaviours of PLP learners, but with looking at it through the lens of what I’m proud of and what I put a lot of effort into, I was able to narrow it down to 3. This year, I’ve strived to be the best learner I can be with the opportunities presented to me. My favourite project was without a doubt “Ology of Apology.” Gotta love the nationalism in BC’s curriculum.


Proud of:

As part of the “Who Are You Gonna Be?” project, we got to choose a book to read and make notes on. I felt that I went above and beyond with the effort I put in, as I made multiple different sections for multiple different topics and take aways from the book. This assignment helped me further my writing as I usually struggle with that, along with using deeper and reflective thinking while reading. I used to do this back in “Battle of the Books” in elementary school as well, where we were expected to be extremely reflective and I held that standard.


This final product of an assignment was a struggle I overcame. If I haven’t already mentioned, I usually struggle with writing and getting my thoughts onto a page (which makes this tPol post all the harder). During the course of the project that this assignment originated from, there was a lot of writing involved, but I persevered, asked for help, and demonstrated growth as a learner. I used some strategies I’d picked up along the way to help me get words onto the page.


Choir is a major passion for me, and nothing gets me more interested than hearing and learning others’ musical stories. Carrie Tennant is the conductor of the Vancouver Youth Choir (VYC for short). Just like mentioned in my last post (see above), I struggle with writing, but I find that I’m way more motivated to write and generally interact (be productive) when the topic is centred around an interest of mine. I’ve learned this after years of going through the school system.


Stretches and My Strategies to Deal with Them

Driving Question

How can you showcase evidence to demonstrate that PLP Success Behaviours have prepared you to advance to the next grade?








Into The Dragon’s Den

The Project Path

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post, all about me! This project was called “Back ⬅️ to the Future”. One of the things we did in it was watch a movie. Can you guess what it was? If you guessed Back to the Future, you’d be wrong; it was the movie Dead Poets Society. Anyways, some of the other stuff we did was have practice presentations, complete online forums, and record a video of a fake one minute interview. All of the activities and assignments revolved around ourselves, and discovering more about ourselves along with our habits and what is a good fit for us.

I’ve talked for short enough, so without further ado, let’s get into the post!


My Learning Adventure

As this project was all about ourselves, there wasn’t much research to be done. A lot of it was self-discovery through a variety of resources. One of the things we did was a couple of online quizzes across a variety of educational websites, such as learning what soft skills and hard skills are, WorkBC work preferences abilities and interests quizzes, MyBlueprint Who Am I survey, and others. We counselled with the teacher about what we learned, before reflecting and writing about it. I was surprised to learn that a lot of the jobs I’d be good for are assistant jobs, and that a lot of the things were talking-related. I found this interesting since I usually struggle with speaking one-on-one, yet realized this was actually quite realistic after speaking fluently during my end-of-project interview.


The Skills

Skills? I don’t think we did anything on skills. The project had nothing to do with our personal skills, what we’re good at, who we want to be, or anything of the sort. Right?

Naturally, I’m kidding. The project was basically just this section of my posts, but stretched out. I learned a lot more about myself, and furthered my skill of self-reflection. Public speaking was also a big part of “Back to the Future”, as we had to do multiple interviews, both practice and professional, with peers and parents alike. Public speaking is a key part of quite a few jobs as well as everyday life, and the fact that I got a chance to further this essential skill is great. I also worked on a few other more personal skills like eye contact, writing, more writing, patience, and listening. I learned from the dragons a lot about my strengths and weaknesses in presenting, and it was a new experience for certain. During the 15 minutes, I got to experience what it’s like to have a job interview, which is great since I’ll be looking for a job soon (real-world connection). The interview also gave me the chance to test patience (waiting outside the room past start time) and work through silence/be comfortable with it. I also processed the feedback and used it. Some of the feedback was: “make your resume one page (references can be moved to 1st page), don’t have address, website is good, interview really showed your personality, title (musical enthusiast) should be changed depending on what job you’re looking to be hired for.” This was all really specific and helpful because it’s relevant not just for improving now, but in the future. The resume stuff is really handy because whatever I can do to improve my resume increases my chances of getting hired, which is one of my goals.


My Work

Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Cue Cards



“- quiet: you’re able to stick to your own task and not distract those around you.

– spontaneous: free to do things on the spot as needed.

– curious: ponder about things and dive deeper into topics that interest you or you’re confused about.

– friendly: make connections in the workplace, great for collaborative projects or just workplace interactions.

– helpful: quite literally helpful, aiding those around you when needed, adding feedback, and it all comes around.”


Launch Video


Career Quizzes

Driving Question and Answer

“How do you set yourself up to become the person you wanna be?”

This project was an eye-opener into oneself for sure, and the question that fueled it is very important and relevant in everything we do.

What this question and the project behind it means to me is all about looking towards the future and thinking what steps you can take to drive yourself towards that in the now. I learned new ways of managing and implementing this throughout PGP this year, and especially in this project. One of the things I took specific note of that worked for me is creating a resume early on, and adding as you put new achievements under your belt, along with experiences that you gain. A resume is essential for getting job placements and advancing, and having a strong one only helps you more. Another thing I found useful was learning and identifying your skills and passions. Understanding yourself means understanding what you’re well-suited for, and mixing skill and passion together gives you a job you’ll love, and be good at! A third and final thing I found helpful and that I plan on implementing much more often is goal setting. Knowing how to set a reasonable and helpful goal is crucial for progressing in life, managing yourself and the things around you, and just getting things done!

There’s many more things that can aid you on your journey through life, and putting those into play gives you the chance to do great things, things that are meant for you.

Words! A Letter and a Letter on a String

The Project Path

Crazy? I was crazy once. I did PLP. A PLP project. A PLP project with memorization. And memorization makes me crazy.

Welcome to Cray Cray Yay Yay, the project where we delve into the world of presentations and writing and, as my hook hinted at, memorization. This project was all about the Apple “Crazy Ones” campaign which was a part of the “Think Different” series of the late 90s. We made use of storyboards and storytelling features to make our presentation more guided, natural, smoother, and less robotic. We worked with many teachers over the course of the month and a half project, and one of the teachers, Ms. Madsen, helped us work on inflection, projection, and all the other “tions” to make our presentations pop. This was a long journey, and it may or may not have driven me, dare I say, crazy.

Without further ado, welcome to the crazy world of Pikachu- I mean PechaKuchas. Enjoy.


My Learning Adventure

I wasn’t on the PLP trip, which unfortunately left me out of a lot of the learning. The kids in Seattle learned about tons of different buildings and people, like Frank Gehry and the MoPOP. The students that stayed at Seycove didn’t learn any of this, and were expected to either research on their own, or just know. It’s not like we were given time for it either. We were kept busy learning about local “crazy” people and how they change the community around them. (see “My Work” section).

Now let’s reflect on how everything went. The preparation could have been better for sure, but everything’s always better with more practice. The performance ended up going well after all, though I had to do my part with a cue card of sorts due to being very nervous and forgetting lines. During the presentation, due to how I was holding the cue card when not in use, when I needed to use it to refer to a topic, I’d have to bring it from my side up to my face view. I realized that this would draw too much attention to it, so I just improv-ed as best I could. I’d say it turned out well, but could’ve gone better! (Granted, we were missing a group member.)


My Work

Charlie Chaplin Presentation


Local Cray Cray Yay Yay Response

Carrie Tennant Chorally Crazy


Architectural Wonders Craft Space

Craft Link


PechaKucha Storyboard

Photo Gallery

Driving Question and Answer

“Why does it take a crazy person to change the world?”

A crazy person changing the world is an important idea. Someone with unique thoughts and a perception of how the world should be or can be that differs from others truly stands out. Like they say, however, knowing (or in this case believing) is only have the battle. All the people we studied in the project like Einstein, Ghandi, and even Charlie Chaplin changed the world in some way by going out there and pursuing their own crazy ideas and ideals. This is exactly what the “Crazy Ones” campaign was all about.

All in all, it takes a crazy person to change the world because they’re the ones that pursue the ideas they have, and act on their inspirations and aspirations.


Thanks for reading, and stay Cray Cray!

Check out my group member’s blogs as well!

Jackson’s Blog

Luca’s Blog

Cray Cray YIPPEE Check-In Post #1

Hello and welcome to the first check-in post for the Cray Cray Yay Yay project. In this post, I’ll show my progress so far, and showcase my work. Expect to see a mini essay and a terrible story spine that shows my plan for the PechaKucha. I’ll also upload the Architecture group’s Craft space to show off the planning we have (or lack thereof). Without further ado, let’s get into things.


My Work

Carrie Tennant Chorally Crazy

Craft Doc

Thanks for checking out my work!

3 Weeks of Self-Self

[this blog post will be different from my usual ones, with a different (and hopefully more improved) anatomy]

The Bulk

“Who are you gonna be?” This question echoed throughout my mind since the start of the project, but why is it important? Personally, I find it to be a great self-reflection question that can really get you thinking about yourself and your future. “Self-reflection is a process of communicating internally with oneself. (link)” Looking forwards at goals and expectations that you or others have set out for yourself is important so that you can plan for how you’ll meet those life conditions. Life is also constantly changing, so something that existed as a popular and wide-spread job opportunity when you were a kid might be very low in demand and replaced by another job when you’re in university or when you’re an adult. On the same note, with the world being ever-changing, your personality and who you want to be (see what I did there?) is also ever-changing, affected by the world around you. Life is complicated, and it is one of the main forces that shapes who we are.

Thinking about the driving question (“What kind of person do you aspire to be?”) for the course of the project really helped me improve myself, as it gave me some direction. Especially with the course planning meeting and semester turn-over, all of these influences had me looking forwards more and changing my mindset. This really was a driving force both for pushing myself forwards with projects and life plans, and also with strengthening friendships and relationships to make sure I can still call such amazing people my friends and family in the future. Along with that, I began to think about what kind of person I aspire to be in the future. I brainstormed what really makes someone a role model and also interviewed a person who I thought fit the bill (my grandfather). A role model should be an individual who’s responsible, considerate, empathetic, and trustworthy. These traits are important qualities to me, and something I strive to be in the future. I want to be someone who can be relied on by those around me, and a steady pillar in whatever career path or occupation I choose in the future. I want to be the person who teaches others, mentoring them with the strategies I pick up, and being hardworking and knowledgeable. I look up to those people that can so easily be there for others and naturally be thoughtful and unpretentious. 

Turning dreams into reality, goals


My Work


5 Things

“Who you are? Cameron
What do you love to do? Sing
Who do you do it for? My family and friends
What do they want/need? Entertainment and a friend
How do they change as a result? With friends in choir, I provide support and someone to talk to. Makes them happy (I hope)”

Novel Notes

Personal Interview

“It’s important to balance your life so that you’re not overwhelmed and can’t accomplish what you set out for yourself. My grandfather (interviewee) talks about how he had to give up a bunch of things once he had kids so he could spend the time he needed to with them. This also closes in on the aspect of improving one’s self. Helping others is a good way to also help yourself as it can make you feel good when you accomplish something that makes someone else feel good. Naturally, there can be challenges in the process, but it’s for the best to help become the most efficient and empathetic person you can be.”


Interview Questions and Planning

Exemplary Blogging


Graphic Organizer





No Sitting Allowed Part 4 (The Winter 2023 Exhibition)

The Project Path

Welcome to the fourth part of the “No Sitting Allowed (Exhibition)” series! This post is a smush together, as the 2023 Winter Exhibition was basically just a chance for PLP 10 to show off their Ology of Apology work, which will be the true focus for this blog post.

In the Ology of Apology project, we made a government cartoon, a memorial out of Legos, reflected on propaganda, watched the “Pigeon” film, wrote (a lot), completed an exit ticket, and made a blog post. Oh wait, that’s this! We designed and created a poster board, did lots of DIY work, held class discussions, put together a model memorial, presented, researched, and collaborated with the group.

Now without further ado, let’s begin!


My Learning Adventure

During this project, we learned about Snaidanacs (Canadian “rituals”), went back into worldview, stereotyping and cultural superiority, and bystander and upstanders. We went into detail on what makes a memorial, what some examples of memorials are, what aspects make each one successful, the creative process of making a memorial, and why memorials are important. We also talked about the purpose of a memorial, and whether it’s positive or painful (it can be both). This project really helped me understand more in depth what a memorial really means to a person and why they’re made in the first place. The main focus of the project had us looking at discrimination and what makes it different from general racism. We focused on the discrimination of Japanese, Chinese, and South Asians in BC, and the history behind it.

By the time we got to Exhibition night, I had learned a lot more than when I’d began the project, specifically learning a lot about the tragedy of the Komagata Maru, which was a ship that carried 276 Sikh passengers to BC, only to be denied entry and have many passengers starve before being forced to return. Over the course of the exhibition, I was able to share my knowledge with the passerby coming to see and vote on the different exhibits. It truly was a wonderful experience.


The Skills

I put my skill in DIY and craft (not Craft) to good use during the final stages of the project. I worked smoothly and flexibly with my group to create the memorial we all agreed would, even if not win, still show that we put in effort. I was able to further develop myself in the area of graphic design and creative thinking. The Lego challenge where, with what Lego we were able to snag for ourselves, we had to come up with a memorial and then write about it, definitely helped me work on a lot of my areas of weakness. I truly enjoyed the creation process for the group memorial, and it brought me lots of joy to see the final product that had come together nicely. Something I had a little more trouble with was all the writing necessary, as that’s currently an area of struggle for me.


My Work

Lego Memorial


Analyzing Propaganda


Othering and Upstanders Paragraph


Memorial Plan Rough Sketch Brainstorm


Personal Piece: South Asian Discrimination


Table Layout Rough Sketch Brainstorm


Literal Memorial Planned Site w/ Angles




Photo Gallery



Driving Question and Answer

“How can we keep an apology alive so the wrongs of the past are remembered—and not repeated—today?”

It is critical to recollect the wrongs of the past and the endeavours made to apologize for them, so we can gain from our mistakes and try not to mess up the same way later on.

For instance, recognizing the previous wrongs and moves the transgressor initiated to apologize for the activities. The wrongdoer’s apology statement, which makes it clear that they truly regret their actions and the harm they caused. As well as communicating regret, compensation is a significant approach to keeping the expression of remorse alive and exhibiting the transgressor’s authentic expectations and endeavors to set things right. We can utilize memorials to keep alive the memory of either excruciating occasions or influential individuals, whether to safeguard their memory, or maintaining an optimal the individual/occasion held.

We have to keep the apology alive by keeping it in our memories and learning from it.

Starting Year 3 of High School

[Definition of a PrePol = tPol but at the start of the next year and covering the exact same things you said in last year’s tPol]

The Project Path

It’s a presentation, it’s a PrePol, it’s a final reflective blog post! (even though it’s only halfway through semester 1)

Welcome to the first PGP post, where I’ll be talking about competencies, learning strategies, what worked for me, what didn’t, and much more! From taking up Maker and personal time, to taking stress away from (or adding stress to) the minds of students, this post is all about the journey through PGP. In this post, we’ll go over the driving question and my answer, evidence of the organization tactics, why the personal documentation system was such a bad idea for me, and proof of my work.

I hope you have a good time reading this! Now, let’s move onto the post.


My Learning Adventure

As this project was mostly centred around strategies, different apps, and different ways to organize yourself, there wasn’t much research to be done or facts to be learned. One thing near the start of the unit, however, was a video about the effects of happiness. I won’t go into too much detail here (see “Craft Notes and 421 on Happiness video with Why Comment” in “My Work” section), but it was basically about the benefits of happiness, how to trick your mind into happiness, the negatives of the world, and the norm vs the average.


The Skills

So many strategies provided, all for the end goal of creating a less stressed, more organized you. Which worked, and which didn’t? That’s what I’m here to cover.

Some of the strategies that we were given to try did not work for me. It was either too much commitment, too much to remember, or just didn’t connect with me. One example could be the Daily Reflection Journal, in which I felt like it was more of a commitment than an opportunity to reflect on the day and release my thoughts (which is what I assume the intention was). The major thing that didn’t work with me, for the same reason as the Daily Reflection Journal, was the Personal Documentation System. It was way too much writing for me, even though it had been my own idea. I should’ve considered my strengths more and realized that writing is not my strong suit. In hindsight, perhaps doing daily drawings would’ve been better for me. I ended up barely getting through three days/assignments worth of tracking before eventually falling behind and losing track completely. This strategy that I myself came up with did not work for me, and rather hindered me and caused more stress.

On the other side of the coin, we have the things that did work for me. The original pitch for the final PrePol took a while to come up with, but when I finally settled on an idea, I couldn’t wait to see how it would turn out. Unfortunately, as I didn’t have enough time to create and execute the idea, it’s been left as an idea for the future. The creative writing pieces of the Daily Reflection Journal were quite thought-provoking, and depending on the topic and time given, I felt like I was able to clear my mind to some extent. Clearing out my photos was a huge weight off my mind as well, and though it did end up taking quite a bit of time, I found it 100% worth it after the fact. Buckets were also a big bonus for me, because when I took the time to use it, it felt very rewarding to check off big goals, or even smaller ones.

Moving forward, I’ll definitely be keeping the homework trackers, checklists, & to-do lists to keep track of my day-to-day life. I already use tables and recording docs to keep track of things such as Spotify songs or shows I’m watching, so I believe this will be useful for how my brain works.


My Work

Benchmark Pitch Check In

“I’ll document my learning on Numbers. I will mark my stress levels every single day of the week. I will also write down the corresponding assignments of each day. I’ll look for patterns in this to see if certain activities from that day were harder than others to identify my strengths and weaknesses. I will also keep track of days when I handed in assignments late or didn’t meet the guidelines first time around (if applicable). I’ll write down how I felt I did on each assignment (i.e. keystones, in-class activities, normal Showbie assignments, etc.). I’ll write down things I think looking back I could’ve done better.”

“On Wednesdays and Fridays, I will document all these things at lunch (since PLP will be done for the day) and on the other weekdays, I will document after school (since I have lunch activities those days).”

“This will work for me because I’m constantly journaling and keeping track of things so I’ll be able to get into the habit quickly. The fact that I’ll be recording every day MAY get a bit overbearing, but I think it’ll work best for me as the day will still be fresh in my mind.”


Benchmark Pitch Final PrePol

“To answer the driving question, I will use an ad format video to “pitch and showcase” the different learning strategies and systems to balance and organize my life. Then when it comes to the person interview “what did you think of this product”, I’ll talk about my experiences with the different systems and which I preferred and will carry on. I’ll also talk about different support things of my learning plan as related products. This reflects my personality as well because I love acting and also have a low attention span, just like a flashy ad. I will play this at the end of the Pre-Pol.” – ShamWoW


Positive Brain Training Daily Reflection

Week 1

“Week 1 Reflection: This first week was very well-planned for an introduction, and I enjoyed participating in each and every activity. My favourite was the daily journal. It let me express my thoughts.”


Week 2

“Week 2 Reflection: This second week was a bit more unique. I found that the daily notes gave me a bit of time to think, and really look back at what I was happy about, unhappy about, and all things in between. Thursday was my favourite note day, same as last week. Seems like I have a passion for journaling. Next week, I’ll focus on keeping my attention glued to class and the activity, as that was the only problem I noticed at all.”


Week 3

“Week 3 Reflection: The third week was a bit lacking in motivation. My mind had been drained of proper words in previous weeks, so I had short, terrible answers in some. This next week, I will work to maximum effort to make up for this failure of a week.”


PPS: Cleared Backlog

Physical Capture

“Physical Capture: In the future, I will do cleanups of my room and house every two weeks, to make sure I’m not getting lost in the clutter or being too disorganized. This has worked for me in the past as I’ve done monthly “room purges” and cleared out my room significantly. (That’s the reason my room looks so tidy already in the first photo, it’s shortly after a large clean-up)”


Digital Capture

“Digital Capture: In the future, I will do monthly cleanses of my iPad and phone, to make sure that I can have the easiest and most organized learning experience. This is the first time I’ve ever done this, but after doing this for the first time, I’m already feeling a large weight off my shoulders. This is great for me.”


Mental Capture

“Mental Capture: This was an exercise I needed. At first, it was slow, but it began to flow after a while. In the future, I’ll do this every two weeks (same day as room clean). The thoughts running through my head will be put onto paper, making my mind clearer. Who knows, maybe I’ll do some of the meditation we’re doing for keystone 2.”


Backlog Clearance Schedule


The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Quadrants and Next Steps


Final Norms Poster


Craft Notes and 421 on Happiness video with Why Comment


PPS: Intro and Tools Evidence







Personal Documentation System

Driving Question and Answer

What strategies can I use to maintain balance in my life and support my own well-being?

Learning with ADHD and Autism, or even just focusing can be difficult for me. Often, I need to put different strategies in place just to help me out with day-to-day things like completing homework or even interacting with other people. This project offered me new things I hadn’t considered before.

Based on what I’ve experienced and tried, constant “Things” management, creative writing journal-wise (on my own schedule), backlog clearance of clutter on iPad and iPhone (when I have the time), marking important events on the calendar, and making guides for myself on different things (such as blogs). After trying out the strategies, these were the ones that best worked for me with who I am.

Overall, strategies that are centred around checklists and to-dos seem to work better for me as a learner. These help me keep a straight mind and organize my thoughts in a way that works for my ADHD and Autism.

The Essence of Error: WWII’s Historical Significance

[sensitivity warning: World War II]

The Project Path

Hello, and welcome back to another blog post. Today’s project is “Save Juno Beach! ?”, and it’s about WWII. Since this topic is so serious, I’m going to be taking away all of the humour I usually try to include in my blog posts to keep them flowing and light. During the course of this project, we made a mind map, presented on different WWII-related topics (formation of NATO & UN, Canadian industry coming out of WWII, Jews who survived the Holocaust, human rights in Canada, etc.), participated in WWII-themed Kahoots, listened to lectures about WWII, and researched among other things.

Now, I shouldn’t delay it any further, so let’s get right into it. Welcome to World War II.


My Learning Adventure

This project had a lot of talking, learning, and researching. Whether it was memorizing important dates and events during the war, or watching WWII in colour, this was definitely one of the most important projects I’ve ever done research and knowledge-wise. It is extremely important that people learn about WWII, and the horrible events that happened, and experiences that people went through. During one of the activities, we were assigned random groups and told to choose one of the following to present on:

  • human rights in Canada (and other “western” nations)
  • human rights: Jews who survived the Holocaust
  • international cooperation: the formation of NATO
  • international cooperation: the formation of the UN
  • women who joined the workforce in WWIl
  • Canadian identity as a result of WWIl
  • Canadian industry coming out of WWII
  • Canada’s relationship with the United States

My group (led by my quick and hasty decision since we were first pick) chose industry. Throughout the course of our research, my team and I learned many things, such as the “Baby Boom”, the boost in jobs surrounding infrastructure and suburbs, and how Canadian industry was affected during and after WWII.


The Skills

The main skill associated with this project was writing. Writing and evidence. I managed to further my essay writing skills, and we progressed and learned about the proper format of an essay. We critiqued and revised each other’s (classmates) essays, submitted a final draft. We also got tested with our memory skills, namely the challenging task of getting 100% on 6 different approximately 12 question Kahoots about WWII. We furthered presentation and group collaboration/communication skills with the earlier mentioned “Legacy of WWII” class presentations, and the historical significance Notability sheets.


My Work

“Why is it so important to learn about Canada’s involvement in World War Il? (2 sentences-ish)”

“Canada fought hard, and was a major contributor to ending the war. Honouring the people who fought, discovering how we helped, and finding out why we even celebrate things such as Remembrance Day or receive flowers from Holland each year are all key things.”

“Thesis: WW2 was historically significant because it affected and changed peoples lives semi-permanently, killed millions of people, scarred many more, and led to the creation of new things.”

Industry Keynote

Paragraph Outline

Rough Draft Essay

Revised Draft Essay

Driving Question

Why is it so important to learn about Canada’s involvement in WWII?

Canada fought hard in and was a major contributor to ending the war. Honouring the people who fought, discovering how we helped, and finding out why we even celebrate things such as Remembrance Day or receive flowers from Holland each year are all important factors to consider when trying to answer this question. Understanding what we did during those difficult times, and noticing similarities in the past world and today in Canada could be the key to preventing future conflict as well. Overall, Canada was a key player in the war, and we sacrificed a lot to have a comfortable society today.

This is Tim Hortons ?

[fyi- “we” is referring to the class as a whole]

The Project Path

Welcome to “This is Us ??”! The project that kicked off Humanities semester 1 and gave us a better understanding of Canadian identity. In this project, we had class discussions, talked (a lot), created and answered questions, reflected, learned about the charter of rights and freedoms, and made our own mini driving question.

I hope you enjoy reading about my learning!


My Learning Adventure

This project was full of research, and that gave me the opportunity to learn quite a bit more about the world. For one, we asked questions (that fit guided criteria) we wanted to know about women in the past and how that comes into play in the present. We then researched the answers to those questions and came back to class the next day to discuss what we’d found. Later on, we each chose a topic that we thought was an important part of Canadian identity (e.g. Canadian actors, Tim hortons, the economy). I chose to explore the Canadian education system, since that is exactly what helps me learn. I found out quite a few interesting things like the most common jobs in Canada and where they are most in demand, or the pros and cons of the system.

During the human library, I heard stories from people and learned of their experiences. I listened to someone talk about how difficult it was growing up Latin-American and how they pushed through and became a successful lawyer. I also listened to my grandfather talk about his projects and creations that aid people with disabilities.

In the overall project, I learned a lot about Canadian identity and how it reflects us.


The Skills

Most of the skills during the duration of this project were centred around conversations and asking questions, which I usually struggle with. I found it more difficult to open up and ask questions, as well as even coming up with them in the first place. I did however try to at times lead the group and get us going, though that was usually short-lived thanks to either lack of ideas or lack of effort and enthusiasm. In class discussions, I found it hard to chip in since either the things I’d thought of had already been said, or I just didn’t have anything to say.

The one thing I didn’t struggle with as much was independently creating a video to go along with one of my books (presenters) experiences. They sent me some photos and videos, and I made it into a video that would loop during the conversations people had with my grandfather. I think people found it helpful because it gave them more things to question and talk about, along with being a guide for their imagination when he’d explain something.

I also refined my researching and notetaking skills when I researched my education topic to share with a small group for class.


My Work

Canadian Education System Elevator Pitch

Answering the Education System NTK

Reflection Journal


Photo Gallery

Driving Question and Answer

How can we use conversation to help us advance the concept of a “just society”?

Conversations are a great way to make connections and open up to people. It’s only with conversations that we can challenge corrupted perspectives, work towards and compromise on solutions that benefit everyone, and bridge gaps.

Firstly, conversation allows us to expose strong biases and prejudices (had to look for a second word) that throw justice and equity out the window. By having honest and thoughtful conversations, people can work through such things.

In addition, conversations create a place for empathy and understanding (as we saw with the human library). When people actively listen to each other and try to see new perspectives, we can make connections even through different experiences.

In conclusion, it is through conversation that we can create the change necessary to build a more equitable and just world for all.