Declaration of Learning:
“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.”
Welcome to my tPOL post! My goal in this post is to reflect on my growth as a learner throughout this entire year and I will strive to provide evidence to answer this driving question:
“Why do you feel you are ready to advance to the next grade level?”
Throughout this year, I’ve completed many projects that have helped me improve and grow as a learner. These projects will show why I am I feel that I’m able to advance to the next year. During this school year I’ve continued to enhance and improve on my learning plan to develop my curricular competencies.
Since my mPOL I was able to work within a new subject called Maker 9. In Maker I completed four main projects that helped me add to my progress as a learner:
Without a doubt all of these projects improved my skills and abilities. Although, I would like to mention two projects that I think helped me improve a couple specific competencies. These projects are Believe in Good and Your First film, which helped me work on the “Positive Personal and Cultural Identity” and the “Critical and Reflective Thinking” competencies respectively.
Through the beginning of Believe in Good, I struggled to define different parts of my identity, personality and what makes me, me. While working with the “Positive Personal and Cultural Identity” competency, I got more comfortable with defining my personal strengths and weaknesses and how I can improve on them. Towards the end of the project I got pretty comfortable with the Assessment Choice Board activities and the different ways I can express what I’ve learned about myself.
In our First Film project, I didn’t realize how many competencies where “flexed” when performing the steps leading into, and creating my film. There was communication and collaboration and critical and creating thinking alongside smaller skills like interview execution and B-roll editing. There is one curricular competency however, that (after looking back) I’ve realized was improved on greatly. Doing things like storyboarding and planning shots and interview questions improved my Critical and Reflective Thinking competency. I learned how to plan out what I wanted to accomplish, so I could stay on track and come more prepared for a shoot.
We’ve done a handful of really cool Humanities projects throughout the year but the one I’ve picked have been the best demonstration of what I’m learning in this class. The projects we’ve done are:
Out of those, I’m picking A War to End all Wars, as some aspects of it where really challenging to do for me, and that got me to learn new skills. For this project, I used a combination of two competencies, Creative Thinking and Critical and Reflective Thinking to make an accurate historical fiction comic. I had to design and draw a fictional story that had proper/non fictional names, dates and times, which was really difficult. I learned how to do fictional writing with specific parameters, which is something I haven’t done before
Our Scimatics projects this year have been pretty simple, straightforward, short and many. Here are the projects we’ve completed so far:
We’re also wrapping up a project right now, called
Time is Money
All of the projects we’ve done this year have definitely helped me learn and become an educated citizen, except Meiosis Models, which I just did not like at all. Just the way the project was framed didn’t motivate me to try to work hard, or learn more about the concepts. On the contrary, the Metaphor Machines project was super interesting and fun. This motivated me and the team to make an epic ball rolling, track. The Personal Awareness and Responsibility Competency was super important in this project as we all had to split up for various tasks to get everything done in time. I learned how to track my to-do’s and goals, to make sure I could come back to my teammates with good progress.
My Learning Plan goals and progress
I’ve told you what competencies I’ve been working on, but here’s my actual plan from the beginning of the year. This basically shows what I want to work on/improve on for each skill for the duration of the year:
I’ve definitely improved the skills that needed the most work in my opinion. My Positive Personal and Cultural Identity, Personal Awareness and Responsibility, Critical and Reflective Thinking and Creative Thinking have been improved in the ways I stated, and those are the ones that needed the most work, which comes to a great result.
Thanks for Reading or Listening to my tPOL 2022 presentation! Have a pleasant day.