If you have made it this far, you deserve a medal of honour. You are a survivor.
In my last two blog posts, I have covered the itinerary of my PLP 9 Alberta trip, and I have reflected upon the work that I did while I was there. This final post will cover the habits of mind, and the lessons that I learned on this trip.
In my last blog post, I touched on this subject briefly. The habits that I exercised on this trip were my ability to gather data through all senses, creating, imagining and innovating and remaining opening to continuous learning. Although I saw proof of every habit in my work, these were the three particular habits that I saw proof of.
Gathering data through all senses, and using listening and speaking skills
This particular competency and habit were used mainly in the creation process of my Alberta video. As I mentioned in my previous blog post on this video, I had never conducted a solo interview before the beginning of this project. The idea was frightening to me. It took hours of planning and thought, along with a frivolous amount of practice interviews for me to conduct a successful interview. But the data that I inferred from the interview ran beneath simply what was said. I had to consider any bias that may influence their answers, detect and subject that I could get more information out of my tones of voices, and asking applicable questions by analyzing answers on the fly. Many of these things come naturally to humans, but we must do this during an interview all while considering the bias the the interviewee may have. It seemed like a daunting task. While on the trip, I lead seven different interviews. By the end of the trip, I was very comfortable with asking focused quality questions. This will be a skill that I will need for the rest of my school career.
Creating, imagining and innovating, while taking responsible risks
This habit of mind and competency shine through in my work on the Ghost Town video. From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to create a copelling product that included a complex idea, and shots that I had never used before. In a short amount of time, my group was able to ue our surroundings to frame a shot that met that goal. The final product may not have been what we originally imaged, but that does not take away from the fact that I am proud of this product. The planning and responsibility that my entire group took on is impressed me the most.
Remaining open to continuous learning
We are able to see this habit and competency through my daily note. At the beginning of every day, I was given a driving question. Throughout the day, I had to use my ability to remain open to continuous facts, information and possible interviews to ensure the best quality Daily Note. I learned some important lessons while doing this exercise, including to always start early, and go the extra mile. Because that is what makes the process worth it.
”Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show