Joining PLP this year was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The style of learning is a great challenge and I’ve loved every minute of it. This year really pushed me to learn in a new way, and not to prioritize memorization just to forget the information afterwards, but to prioritize the learning and the competencies. I feel that this year I’ve become more confident in public speaking, critical thinking, and taking responsibility for my own learning.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STOCK MARKET
This year one of the projects I really loved was our introduction to identifying and demonstrating historical significance. For that project I decided to show the significance of the stock market, explaining the history that lead up to the development of it, and it’s significance in history and change on the world. I did this project right at the beginning of the year and it really started the year off on a good foot with my taking charge of my learning, and even though it never got marked, I’m really proud of it.
HIDE YOUR FIRES – MACBETH
My other favourite unit/project was Hide Your Fires (Macbeth). In the past I always disliked Shakespeare and thought it was pointless but reading it and examining it in this cooperative and engaging setting really sparked my interest and enjoyment. I really loved thinking about what ‘this or that’ might mean and learning how to understand Shakespearean english. Before this unit, I couldn’t understand any part of a Shakespeare play, but now I have a strong knowledge of how to decipher it, and that’s really valuable. Moving on from this and going into the movie, connecting Macbeth with the 1950s, i felt really inspired to challenge and push myself, so I applied to become the Director of the movie. Doing this was very scary and it made me very nervous but it felt great to challenge myself, and getting the job of Director was a great experience of leadership. During the planning and filming of Macbeth I felt quite in my element, and having to make hard decisions and act with maturity when others may not have been was a great responsibility. Watching the movie back, the parts that we managed to finish are actually quite impressive. If filming hadn’t been cut short due to Covid-19 we would’ve finished on time with a great short film, and I’m very proud of that.
ATOMIC HABITS – PGP
Something in PGP I’ve really enjoyed this year is learning about habit-building and productivity from Atomic Habits which has helped me with procrastination and my problem with being a perfectionist to a fault. One of my goals that I talked about in PGP with Ms. Maxwell was to keep my room clean and with the habit stacking and temptation bundling formula I’ve managed to keep it clean for a few weeks now, which is great.
THE HABIT STACKING AND TEMPTATION BUNDLING FORMULA
After [CURRENT HABIT] I will [HABIT I NEED] After [HABIT I NEED] I will [HABIT I WANT]
Below, I have linked my final project for PGP that I made on wix and keynote.
WE SHALL OVERCOME
The most difficult unit for me this year has definitely been ‘We Shall Overcome’. Part of the reason I’ve felt so good about my year in PLP this year has been because of the group dynamic, and getting to see everyone and work with everyone everyday. Quarantine has posed a bit of a challenge for me in that arena as a person who has a hard time with online school in general. Despite this I’ve really enjoyed the subject matter, and I am so happy that I’ve become so well informed about racial injustice. It’s quite amazing timing for this unit, regarding George Floyd and the state of the world and the civil rights movement right now. Learning this has set me up to be able to understand what we are fighting for during this time, and it feels very good to be educated on it.
The thing that’s definitely set this year apart from others is the fact that I can reflect on the year and remember everything I’ve learned, and can understand how far I’ve come. Regular schooling doesn’t really teach that. Comparing where I am now to where I was in September makes me feel really proud, and really thankful and I feel very excited for grade 12.