The mPOL (midterm Presentation Of Learning) is a reflection on our work from the first half of the year and how we can improve in the next half. So here’s my reflection:
What were the most interesting things I’ve learned so far this year? What did I find least interesting? What was the difference between the two experiences?
One of the more boring things were some of the SBC
Even though it was the same project I think the difference was I found the first two interesting and I had a lot more choices of what to do the post on. That meant I could do it on something I really enjoyed and I think I do a lot better when I’m working on something I enjoy.
One of the more interesting things I’ve learned in science was chemistry. I think the reason I found it so interesting is because I didn’t really know anything about it before. So it was very new to me and I like to learn about new things.
The most interesting thing was the Alberta field study
Most boring things were the smaller sheet assignments.
These are two very different things and it’s quite obvious why one is more interesting than the other. For me I find the field study’s more interesting because your learning by doing instead of just sitting there and listening.
One of the more interesting and fun things for PGP was seeing what our values and dreams were and creating our Dream Boards.
A lot of the book we were reading and some of the activities were not very exiting and it just made it kind of hard to want to read it. Not all of it was boring some of it was very interesting.
The difference here is more of just what I like and don’t like. But that’s the case sometimes and that’s also one of the things I need to work on a bit is getting stuff I don’t like doing done by just putting my head down and getting it done.
What projects did I struggle with? Why?
One of the biggest things I struggle with mostly in Humanities are assignments that have to to be done quickly in class because I can’t focus in class especially if I have to get something like a small writing assignment done.
I struggled a little bit with some of the stuff in PGP where we have to write about ourselves mostly just because I don’t like writing about myself.
What decisions did you make about how to approach different projects this year?
This year I’ve been trying to focus more on the main ideas of the project because last year I would sometimes stray a little form the main idea. Also when I start working on the project I try to break it down into smaller chunks of what needs to be done.
How did I decide how to allocate your time and attention?
This year I’ve prioritized my work mostly by what’s due first and then and focused on getting that done and then moving on to the next thing.
One thing I can probably work on is not putting off my work. What happens is it wont be due for awhile and so I’ll put it off then I end up doing it the day before its due.
What skills did you use and what skills do you need to continue to develop?
I think I use almost all my skills because of the variety of things we do in plp. But we also learn lots of new things too. For example, our Winter Exhibition project, a lot of the concepts were very new to most of us. So we had to learn lots of new skills for that project.
A skill that I think is going to come in handy especially in DI is going to be using Basecamp and Things to help our group or team get stuff done.
Some of the skills I need to work on are presentations and being comfortable in front of people.
Also my ability to focus on something and get it done. One of the things I could also improve is my time blocking skills.
One of the things that needs the most work is probably my interviewing skills. My ability to go up to strangers and ask them questions.
And that was my mPOL and my learning experience from the first half of this year.