M-Poll 2023

How have I demonstrated growth as a learner so far this year?

I’m handling things i don’t like better and better 

How can I sharpen my Learning Plan to ensure I will reach my learning targets by the end of this school year?

By following the schedule me and my mom made last year

Of the work you completed so far this year, what are you least proud of? Why?

Almost all of it, because it is the definition of a dumpster fire 🔥

What project did you struggle with? Why?

Almost every project, because I’m really not the sharpest tool in the box

What is the most interesting thing you have learned so far year? What did you find most boring? What was the difference between the two experiences?

Most interesting has to our Alberta trip (although I only went to rogers pass before calling it quits). As for most boring? Well… every single other learning experience. With the main difference being trains 🚂 (take the hint seycove, t a k e  t h e  h i n t)

What decisions did you make about how to approach different projects this year?

To just go for it, -which was a terrible idea

How did you decide how to allocate your time and attention?

I put my attention to the most important thing at hand

How did you “FAIL” this year? What did you learn from this experience?

I failed in pretty much every aspect

Did all the work you completed this year meet your standards?

Nope. Not even close.

What skills did you use and what skills do you need to continue to develop?

The only “skill” I have the fact that whoever grades my work sucks at their job

Did your goals for your work change as you worked on it?

Nope. Not in the slightest.

When did you feel dissatisfied during the process of working on projects?

During the entire thing

What did/do you find frustrating about PLP work?

The fact that I’m too stupid to understand what the [___] is going on

What does your work reveal about you as a learner?

That I’m as dumb as a brick

If you could change something about the work you have done so far this year, what would it be?

Actually follow the instructions

What’s the one thing that you have seen in your classmates’ work or process that you would like to try in your next project?

Following the freaking instructions!

What are you going to strive to achieve in the remainder of the school year?

A higher IQ

Maker 9: Everyone Has a Story

In this project I learned how to film a proper video. I learning about scripts, storyboards & editing techniques. I enjoyed the video making process and the final result. However… I absolutely HATED the learning process, it. Was. Boring. (Mainly because it took a whole lot of time) The thing to take away from this, is making a video is a whole lot more work than it may seem.

TPoL Post

Mr./Ms. (teacher’s name), this is my mom, Christa Smith. D

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.

The most interesting thing I learned was Tinkercad because  it’s cool.  It’s based on design. I like designing things. Tinkercad gives me ultimate freedom to design. I use it in my free time to design trains, of course.  Link to ultimate design

I find find growth charts, MPOL and tpols the most boring because they are frustrating because I save them to the last minute.  I have a really hard remembering things so reflecting is hard. I struggle with negative self talk these days. I think because I’m a teenager. I have a very hard time taking praise so praising myself is next to impossible. To cope I act like my work is complete garbage even though I know it isn’t. I also wait until the last minute or it’s overdue. I feel pathetic with these assignments they make me look like a failure because I wait so long to start them. 

With Tinkercad I had lots of freedom to do the assignment.  With the learning charts and pols I have limited freedom on how I can finish it. With Tinkercad or any design app I learn I am confident and know I can find any solution.  With learning charts I feel that when I talk about myself it goes down hill really fast. I feel depressed and just want to ignore them. 

My strategies to complete assignments were Simple. I winged it. It worked sometimes. I’m better at trading criteria now instead of just guessing what the teacher wanted me to do. I made a decision to actually read through the Basecamp stuff so I knew what to do. I need a lot more support with time management. Especially on the big projects breaking them into smaller chunks. I need to ask my mom to remind me what things are due when so I can get help on them. I need to go to my mom’s to get work done when it’s a dad week. I can’t concentrate at my dad’s and I just forget about school work when I’m there. 

For sure I FAILed in time management. I am still working on it. I got better in second semester because I had LAC. They helped me managed my time and helped keep track of due dates. They reminded me by telling me what was coming up. It helped me get my assignments done in time more often. It helped me at home too because I had a quiet place to work a few times a week. I don’t find the school work hard. I find it hard to keep track of it all. I learned that I will still need help with time managing in grade 9 but I am getting a little but better.

If you want an actual example of FAIL, when I was doing my Chemistry Coding mind map I got some feedback from Mr. Harris.  I revised it and it was much better. I got a sunny in the end. I learned that I can always use a bit of feedback. Teachers are trying to help me with my work.

I am good at using LAC time appropriately by finishing up my work. That way I have less work to do at home. I know the tutorials for things are in the morning but I need that time to have a break and preparing my brain for the day. If I don’t have that morning break I lose my temper more easily. I need to figure out how to make the soft start and tutorials co-exist. I didn’t find a way this year. Asking for help is really hard. Teachers tell me to show up to the tutorials but if I do that instead of soft start that I can’t manage my temper. I’m not sure what to do about that. 

Atomic models and atomic theory quiz were good because it was scimatics. I understood it better than humanities because there is a right or wrong answer. I’m kind of black and white like that. Link to atomic model 

Ultimate design and tinkercad were fun because there was a clear right and wrong way to do the work. Including and design and math with trains meant I had unlimited freedom to show what I knew. 

In the PLP exhibition I showed people how I used. Tinkercad. It was easy. I wouldn’t say I was a good teacher but the video spoke for itself.

I found Khan quizzes simple and easy. I took the tests more than once so I could get a good grade. I still learned things that way and it was fun.

Scimatics work book assignments were too because I followed the instructions. I did the readings and answered the questions. I also like scimatics because it is chill and laid back. Mr. Harris is also chilled and laid back. He made it easy to learn because I was so relaxed. 

Am I ready for grade 9? Yes I am. It is quite simple. Every new grade I go into I can tackle like a champ. I am getting better and better every year at managing myself. Considering from grade 5-7 I had 100% EA supervision I think I handled grade 8 like a champ. It was a big change not having someone with me all the time. Sure. I messed up from time to time but that is normal for me. I think I am going to be able to handle things better next year. I think you do too. 

TPoL Post

I learned a lot of skills this year (2022), i will be listing these skills by the class I learnt them in.

Humanities/Maker taught me how to use SuperimposeX, how to do exhibition, how to make an EBook, how to find reliable sources, how to use ARMaker & taught me about Canada’s 🇨🇦 early history.

Scimatics taught me how to do fractions, how tectonic plates work, how lazars and mirrors🪞interact, how to code👨‍💻, how to make 3D models & how to use Comic Life 3.

Engineering taught me how to work with wood & heavy equipment.

LAC helped me with my homework.

all in all 2022 has been the best of the 2020s so far, I mean in 2020 alone the US military killed an top ranking Iranian (January), covid shut China🇨🇳 down (February), Covid attempted to wipe us out (March), protesting everywhere (April/May), the whole anti-racism thing went commando (June), a bus driver committed not alive (July), there was a MASSIVE EXPLOSION in Beirut (August), Trump tested positive for covid (September), there was a MISSILE STRIKE in Azeri (October), MORE PROTESTING (November), and mass shootings in Berlin (December)!

Ultimate Design Challenge

I started this project with one goal in mind: I. Am. Going. To. Make. A. E2. So i started, i would be replacing a LB&SCR E2 Class 0-6-0T. However, i wanted to modify the engine to look more like Thomas the Tank Engine.

E2 #105

The driving question was: How can we design an object to optimize its shape? We also had to use at least 10 shapes. So we had some restraints. My goal was to create a 3d model of a LB&SCR E2x Class 0-6-0T. The ‘x’ means it is a rebuild of the original. So i decided to get to work.

A photoshop of E2 #105 into a photo of Thomas

I created the model to maximize surface area. I also decided to add some stylistic choices. Here is my design:

i had 13 main shapes:

  • Rectangular prism x5
  • Cylinder x5
  • Semi-Cylinder x2
  • Semi-sphere x1

I needed to find the Surface Area & Volume of each shape. Here are the calculations:

Smoke Box:

π30.882 x 29.85 = 89,423mm3 Cylinder

25.21 x 19.67 x 20.90 = 10,364mm3 Rectangular Prism


π9.452 x 25.37 = 7,117.6mm3 Cylinder

π12.602 x 2.99 = 1,491.3mm3 Cylinder

Wheel Arches:

(1/2)π20.92 x 9.4 = 6,449.7mm3 Semi Cylinder

(1/2)π20.92 x 9.4 = 6,449.7mm3 Semi Cylinder

Side Tanks:

50.42 x 56.19 x 29.85 = 84,568mm3 Rectangular Prism

50.42 x 16.86 x 17.91 = 15,225mm3 Rectangular Prism


π30.882 x 73.05 = 218, 839mm3 Cylinder


π14.972 x 8.96 = 6, 308.1mm3 Cylinder

(2/3) π7.22 = 7.5 Semi-Sphere


50.42 x 33.71 x 52.24 = 88,790mm3 Rectangular Prism

(1/2)π2.992 x 3.71 = 158.3mm3 Semi-cylinder


50.42 x 16.86 x 38.81 = 32,992mm3 Rectangular Prism


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