How are we able to measure success? This is the questions that I have been pondering for the past year, as in my previous tPOL, I defined my future goal as eliminating distractions and becoming successful in the classroom. Almost exactly a year ago to date, I set this goal with the future in mind, as I pictured myself becoming an involved and distinguished student. One alarmingly obvious detail which I happened to forget when it came to setting this goal, was defining the premises.
Here is a question for you, A. Did I want to get all of my work done early? B. Did I want to get A’s throughout the entire year? C. Did I want to attend every class prepared with a large repertoire of knowledge on the subject. Well, the answer is actually D, all of the above. To put it simply, I was overthinking a somewhat simple question, (surprise surprise). I had wanted to achieve validation of the fact that I was a good student, which as I have come, to realize is a two-faceted ordeal. Allow me to ameliorate.
Instead of just standing here and telling you that “I will fix it next year” why don’t I explain how I have done so and what I could continue to do. Short answer: less time on my device. Long answer: my work habits are consequential of my set up, which means that the longer I spend on my iPad the more distractions I have, and the more freedom I give myself in my work. Recently, I have been trying to make this change on my own. This means restraints and requirements are put on my screen time, and I am maximizing the use of outside materials such as books, pens and paper! I hope to develop a healthier habit when it comes to spending time on my devices, a goal that would greatly increase both my mental health and motivation.
Nonetheless, in the future I can take away a message from these projects which is the importance of communication, time management, and the order of operations.
My favourite work of this year would have to be The Land is Us, and the Student Blogging Challenge, with our Star Wars Exhibition gaining a worthy mention. When I examined all of these projects, I noticed a similarity within all of these products, and that is one thing. Revision. Perhaps by now I sound like a broken record, but each of these projects became my sole focus for a period of time, meaning I was able to draft multiple copies and choose the optimal result. This didn’t necessarily mean that they were my best work by any means, it was the breakthrough and relief that I experienced in knowing that I was putting my best foot forward which made them so special. In my opinion, this is how I should be defining success in the classroom. Not as the highest grade, or most time spent, but as the discovery of a method which leads to a well rounded product and a happy student. I am still at a point in my education where I should be experimenting, so that by the time I reach senior school, I am set in my methods and confident in the results.
I would like to introduce a short productivity graph that I have discovered which is one of the driving forces behind my newfound motivation. Until recently I have been using m journal as a tracking source, although as of tomorrow, I am making it my goal to plan out my day, step-by-step as often as I can.
To contrast my learning in this course throughout the year, my favourite work was my Alberta reflection in which I utilized new online tools, and diverse opinions on my work. In comparison, I did not do as well when it came to the seven habits. I should have done a better job at applying myself, and staying up to date with tasks.
The moral of the story is that this year had both its good and bad moments, but the values and lessons that I have acquired this year are immense. For instance, from now on I would like to stop waiting for others to score me, as I should begin scoring myself. This all ties back to one of the constants of the PLP program.
Learning is a process that is unique to each individual.
In my case, I may have had to backtrack this year in order find the right path for myself. Conversely, I have discovered several amazing facts about myself, such as I can be a team leader, I love productions Podcasts, and my study retention efficiency almost doubles when I use the Pomodoro Method. With that incentive in mind, I am prepared to propel myself into grade 10 with a fresh mindset, a new repertoire of knowledge and a functional keyboard.
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