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Weekly Reflection: Week two

Hello all, welcome back to the second addition of my weekly reflections. Overall this week was pretty decent. A highlight of my week included my cousins birthday (shoutout Lucas), during his birthday dinner my other cousin and I discussed school and the subject of humanities came up, I may or may not have complained about my humanities class more specifically the commonlit assignments we have been assigned recently, I made a point about how there can rarely be right answers about interpreting texts so my cousin said something along the lines of “I don’t want you to get in trouble with your teacher, but, you should really read ‘The Death of The Author’ by Roland Barthes” I in fact did not read it because I couldn’t find a free version on the internet but I did read a few synopsis’. 

 

In short, “The Death of The Author” argues against in discerning objective meanings and purposes of any text, taking into account an author’s perspective and biases usually provides an insight to the purpose and meaning of texts, or text can be used to determine an author’s perspective on life or it’s issues, Barthes argues against this citing that acknowledging an author’s perspective limits the amount of interpretations. individuals can make for themselves. Acknowledging an author’s own interpretation of their text defeats the purpose of most literature, the lessons and meaning of literature should be determined by the reader. Obviously there are some flaws to these arguments, perhaps an argument can be made that readers should learn how to interpret an author’s message before finding their own but I think that’s pointless because you will get the end result either way and I believe most PLP students are able to find their own meaningful connections with text. This is why I think commonlit is pointless for the most part and shouldn’t contribute to any of the PLP students’ grades, because we are learning how to identify an author’s meaning and message, not our own, although learning how to identify themes is good mostly. 

 

That was a large tangent, bringing it back to school overall, I think I had some ups and downs with most classes but I am doing better everyday and that’s great but I can still do better with keeping up with physics homework and work experience. As you can tell I’ve mostly been thinking about humanities this week but I expect next week will have more than just one connection about my learning.

 

As always thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day/evening. 

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Deep Cove Historical Walking Tour: Project Reflection

Welcome back to my blog, today I’ll be reflecting on the first PLP project of 2020, the Deep Cove Historical Walking Tour. For this project the PLP 11/12 cohort revamped and expanded the Deep Cove Historical Walking Tour that was made by the Deep Cove Heritage Society (even though it was already amazing). Our final products were a custom google map and regular map to guide people through the tour. We also each created a video pitching our historical marker location to the Deep Cove Heritage Society, all the products are linked for where they are mentioned.

I was blessed with having Mt Seymour as my historical marker which is a place im very fond of so it definitely added a lot of interest for this project, honestly I sort of wished I could’ve had a partner for this (and more space in the pamphlet) because Seymour was such an interesting and important place to cover. I still got through it and honestly I think this project had some of my best work, I have had better final products before, but I think this is the project where I consistently showed good work throughout its entirety. I really tried my best this project to go that extra mile and I did in some regards but there a few things I could’ve done better; I could’ve contacted Alison (the owner of Seymour) sooner, I could’ve done a better video pitch of my location, and I could’ve worded my blurb for the google map a bit better too. I was compliant for those aspects, I won’t be that way for the next project. 

 

Overall I am genuinely proud of my work on this project, I still have a ways to go before I am actually consistently producing my absolute best work but I think this was a great start, I will keep on moving forward in a positive direction. I also only handed in 1 and a half assignments in late (if you count the video but I still blame the lateness on my old computer and crappy internet) I think this is worth noting because I don’t think I have ever been that consistent with every single stepping stone and milestone before (that’s what I call real character development)

 

As always thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day/evening.

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Weekly Reflection: Week one

Hello all, it’s been a while. Welcome back to my blog, today marks the first day/post of my weekly reflections. This week has been a low point for the quarter, despite starting off the week really strong with getting a 93 on my physics test and wrapping up my last project in humanities fairly strong (with the exception of having trouble exporting the walking tour video, butI blame that on my old laptop and crappy internet), the switching of schedules really messed me up. Starting off the first day after the switch I was embarrassingly late for humanities, then I proceeded to struggle with some of physics as well as forget to do something for work experience. The last two days of the week were fairly miserable and embarrassing in my opinion.

 

I had just started to really get into better habits before the switch and I let myself slip because subconsciously I don’t do that well with change. It’s not even a big change too which has gotten me more disappointed with myself, it was just a simple change in my schedule that I let snowball. It’s not even just my habits with school either, I didn’t exercise Thursday, Friday, or Sunday, and I even forgot to floss on those days also. At the end of the day though, none of that particularly matters (well maybe if it affects my grades) what does is determining the lesson can I take away from all of this. 

 

To relate this to something outside of school, I went to wild play with my mom and some friends, my friend who organized it decided that it was a good idea to sign us up for the hardest course, once I got to the top I realize that it was incredibly scary, but I decided that since I was there already I may as well do it, and get some exercise and have some fun and just do it rather than let my fear of failure make go down. I aim to take that same concept into next week because I have been for the majority of the quarter. I know that I’ve slipped up like I have this week and let it snowball way more in the past, despite being capable of stopping it whenever I wanted, so what makes this upcoming week any different than others in the past? I honestly don’t know, maybe I’ll have an answer as to why I did so great next week, after next week. 

 

All in all I just need to fall back into the good habits that I was practicing earlier this quarter, I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. See you next week!

p.s expect to see posts relating to things other than school in the near future!

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