My Backyard

A place so close, yet so far, in our backyard but hours away. During my life I have been lucky enough to travel all around the world. Yet, gone unnoticed, BC.
As most years our, this school year came with an epic trip! This trip was subjectively the best for me. This trip was a 12 day adventure through vast, undiscovered BC. On this trip, we experienced three fazes. Faze 1: The Gold Rush, this faze was extremely fun and I was also prepared because of our resent project about the MIGHTY Fraser. Faze 2: First Nations Peoples, my favourite faze that delve into… intergenerational trauma, their culture, modern treaties, and a first nations group that is self governing. Faze 3: Industries, this was also quite interesting and the most present topic out of the three.
PRE-TRIP RUNDOWN
Before I regal you with the tales of lessons learned, unforgettable experiences, and my project, it is essential that I tell you all about the preparation for the trip and the idea around. Because, sadly we did not go on this trip just for sight seeing…
We started with, the Cariboo Gold Rush Game, this was a super fun project that got me extra psyched for the trip. The Cariboo Gold Rush occurred shortly before the confederation, the Gold rush is placed during the mid too late 1800 in British Columbia, Canada. This assignment began small then slowly turned into a huge ordeal. It was a Snakes and Ladders themed project for many, but my group member, Emily and I tried something a little different.
After, we briefly touched on both of the last two fazes. First, First Nations peoples, then after, Industries appropriate to Canada, like fishing, forestry, mining, and tourism. (As you can see these topics directly correlate with the itinerary for the trip).
SHORT & SAUCY 12 DAY RUNDOWN
This 12 day trip gave me an abundance of memories, and I was left shocked with the beauty BC holds. It might be cliche to say, but I was awe-struck by the beauty in my backyard during the countless hours of driving.
During this post I have already spoke about how I was gifted unforgettable experience and lessons learned. Now I must give some examples… First, I refurbished my speaking skills, casually and formally. During the trip I was blessed to meet many amazing people from all across this place I call home, BC. On the trip I spoke to many different people. On the ferry I spoke for a while to a kind, yet struggling homeless First Nations women. Also on the ferry I spoke to a thriving totem pole shaper who is contracted supposedly all throughout Canada.
On the trip my favourite faze was most definitely numero 2. First Nations Peoples have gone through decades of oppression and mistreatment, yet still they are still fighting for their culture and future. During the trip we went to the Nass Valley to see the famous Nisga’a Nation. The Nisga’a people are autonomous and self governed, this began because they signed one of the first modern treaties.
On the trip we were assigned to create a podcast, recording interviews and moments around the trip. I chose to revolve mine around passion, something that would become a common thread throughout my presentations during the year. I was quite impressed with my skills as I balanced a busy schedule throughout the trip and got a lot done, early!
THE EXHIBITION
The trip was done! I must admit I was relived to come home after 12 days with my peers and teachers. I was ready to start up my regular scheduled day to day life. Yet the experience we faced during the trip would not be tucked away underneath the darkest corner of my room. We still had use for the trip and my podcast would become an extension of my exhibition topic.
ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES AND EVOLVE YOUR IDEA
As time went by the exhibition came sooner and sooner and I was helpless without any idea of where to take my idea. I slowly came up with a plausible idea and went with it! My first idea was based of my ideal that my peers did not understand the importance of passion. This was a problem that I strongly believed in therefor phrasing my questions as, “how can I integrate the importance of passion into the BC curriculum”. Unfortunately, I chose to change or evolve my project into a video about someone in our community wielding their passion and finding success because of it!
Soon, I decided to put the peddle to the metal and find a viable interviewee in my community. I decided I would make a list, do some research, then email. After all that I whittle away to one person, Megan Curren.
WHO IS MEGAN CURREN?
Megan Curren is a long time business owner in deep cove (room6). She moved from the states with her husband and dog 16 years ago. She has always been passionate about everything she does and embodies the phrase “walk the talk”. After, consistent shortcoming for environmental policies, she decided too do something and was elected to our municipal government and joined  the North Vancouver Council.
It was now a few days away from the exhibition and she was nice enough to try and schedule me into her day. My good friend Marshall and I ventured down to the cove to meet up with her. The interview was short and helpful. I learned lots about the use of mics and pairing, videos and audio together. After the interview she went straight back to her usual self and began picking dirty cigarette buts off the ground (obviously we helped).
After, conducting the interview I began creating and editing the video. This took me quite a while but was pretty helpful to refine my editing skills. I decided to accompany my video, I would have a survey to support and collect knowledge from the audience.
Heres the final product:
https://youtu.be/J4IDkZZ2__g
POST-EXHIBITION
After, the long awaited exhibition was over, it was time to party and complete some reflective writing (what your reading). Overall the exhibition itself went pretty well, maybe next time the boys could’ve been a little less lighthearted and more serious… I felt like in general this unit, trip, and project, have been extremely fun, difficult, and to be serious… life changing.

the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

As the traditions of TPOLS begins it marks the end of the year and spawns an unsettling feeling. The first two years of high school have residually left me with little, faint memories at most. I feel this year, grade 10, will have left me with the gift of unforgettable lessons, experiences, and habits. Am I ready for grade 11? Hell Yea! 

I would confidently say that I am a student with many strengths, yet like a majority of people I have many more weaknesses. Throughout the year I have formed a new work habit trying to take responsibility for my growth. This goal has been to expose my weaknesses and turn them Into strengths. I believe that the way most people develop their projects is fundamentally wrong, and I feel as though they are prioritizing short term gains (sometimes a better product) then life long learning and versatility. One of my weaknesses is editing and post-production. I believe this is a flaw because for a vast majority of the time during group projects I do not come out of my comfort zone and try the things I struggle with the most. I find that my peers enforce who is capable at certain aspects so we end up sticking with our strengths instead of developing our weaknesses. One project that exemplifies this habit was my Peoples Podcast. During this project I took a heavy portion of work and was also able to work on my weaknesses, like post-production. I was introduced to a lot of new skills in Garageband and Imovie that would later translate to my other projects

Minorities In Canada | A PLP Unit

What makes success so sweet is failure, If we won everyday it would become bland. I am someone who carries through epic failures every year, this years epic fail is…(drum role please)… How to Change the World in Seattle. For this project failure is an understatement, I became complacent and followed through on the exact ways to fail a group project. A strong indication of failure is that I cannot pin point what I did during the project or even the message we strove to convey. The act of failure to me is not necessary a good outcome, yet it is a chance to learn and reflect on how you got their. I believe this failure started early on in this project when I was hesitant to begin, and not balancing work flow, the trip, and life. I was complacent and uninspired, therefor I should have reverted back to the main idea and gained inspiration. This was the polar opposite of another project I created later in the year.

The Journey To Discover Crazy

I’m sure each and every student has come in here and preached to you a life of time blocking, balance, organization, and perfection. Sadly, I can not promise you all those things. Today I stand before you naked, for this TPOLS meeting I am sticking to authenticity, I am a open book! During this year I have truthfully been quite balanced in my day to day life juggling the ordinary, basketball, school, family (I am quite the juggler). Now without examples my word wouldn’t mean much. I feel as though a few projects best exemplify this, Circle BC Podcast, Renewable Energy Unit, Pecha Kucha, and PGP workbooks. If I had to focus on one it would be the Circle BC Podcast. This is not the conventional project, this project was done throughout the extent of our BC trip. This made it a challenge to balance a conducive workflow and still experience the trip. On the trip many people had to be relied in and sometimes iPad and mic less, so to actually experience what was going on. Yet I was different, everyday I gathered an appropriate amount of footage and evidence, quickly molding and forming my project.

I look to the future and I see a better man then I am today. I strive to continue my growth as a human, student, basketball player, brother, son, and everything else. I will apply what I have learnt this year in PGP and experiences to continuously mold better and better habits. It may not always look like it from the exterior, but I take my growth and life very seriously. Thank you for listening and I encourage questions!

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A Brighter Future

Energy is what makes the world go round! During this project we were tasked to create a generator that could capture clean renewable energy from nature.

This project was very cool because it gave my peers and I more knowledge about a very relevant topic for everyone. My partner (Alivia) and I really worked hard to create an awesome project:

1. Contribute to finding solutions to problems at a local and/or global level through inquiry.

During this project, my group member and I focused on the capture of renewable energy from nature to power our generators. This is very relevant because of all the issues our world is facing with global warming. Learning about how to build a generator that uses clean renewable energy can help us in the future.

2. Construct, analyze, and interpret graphs (including interpolation and extrapolation), models, and/or diagrams.

During the extent of this project we had to graph the rate of energy production of our generators against a solar panel. During our prior project, linear equations, we learned quite a bit about graphing. I was actually quite surprised to how our generator matched up against the solar panel, it was really impressive. It would take about 72,000 days for our generator to be the same price as regular energy.

3. Make observations aimed at identifying their own questions, including increasingly complex ones, about the natural world.

At the beginning, we had to figure how exactly we were going to capture energy from nature. We had to look at our natural environment, and see what we could create. As Vancouver is permanently rainy, and there are a ton of   streams close to the school, my group decided to create a water powered generator(water wheel). Water and streams is something you can almost always rely on, unlike wind (some groups found this out the hard way). 

4. Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest.

Our world is being corrupted by the global warming, and it seems as though our future is not so bright. Although there are many types of renewable energy sources, our world uses a lot of fossil fuels. Because our project relates to a relevant topic affecting everyone it makes it realistic and personal. This project was not only interesting but also was based of problem, knowing how energy can and is produced can help our generation in the future.

Unit Mind-Map:

 

A Lifestyle Change | A PGP Post

At this point I have done a couple posts on PGP, so I’m sure your familiar.  It’s June, and my peers and I are at the bare end of the school year, and ready to begin a new chapter of our lives. In this class, we have covered ground, everything from goal setting (What do you really want?), 7 habits, and productivity. During the extent of PGP I have fully revamped my lifestyle, and state of mind. I have turned into an independent 15 year old that wields the power of PGP to work on myself and mold a stable and structured life.

My sis helping me with my project!

During this year I have learned so much, to the extent where I had trouble remembering the most important bits. For this project, Time Machine, my peers and I where tasked to create a summative artifact that would display the sheer amount of learning from this course. Our teachers said it should spawn an understating of the importance of the course to the past you.

Here it is…

For this course, PGP we were challenged to read two books, What Do You Really Want?, and 7 Habits of the Highly Efficient Teen. These books were incredibly insightful and interesting, they were light, had activities in between it all, and most importantly they exemplified what a teen life looks like and gave example accordingly, that made it personal to my peers and I. Because of my interest in the topic and because it is about ME, I did not see it as ‘homework’. Both books taught me a lot, yet I found that, What Do You Really Want? empowered me the most.

 

As you can see from my video, I highlighted my 3 steps to achieving my short and long term goals. When creating a goal I put first thing first then transition into being productive to complete x goals. Here are two examples of using this process and integrating it into my life.

EXAMPLE A

In January, I set a goal to make my select/club basketball team and become more confident on the court, to heighten my PPG. To do this I knew what one of my priorities in life are at the time, Basketball. Therefor I set a goal that connected with my passions, my first thing. Afterwards I worked consistently day by day, to work on the technical side of my shot and forced myself to become more confident when I play. When I went to the gym and worked with my team I did not only work hard but smart, therefor being productive when I play. So far I am close to half way done with the season and am excelling, I still have far to go but I am happy with my use of setting goals and becoming better.

EXAMPLE B

During this year and after this course I have focused on becoming stronger and more comfortable in math, putting the grades aside. Before setting this goal with myself I thought about who I want to be (using the three step method). To do this I have been working after school independently and with my tutors. When I have scheduled time to work on my math I set up a space that works for me and helps me concentrate. Currently I am feeling more comfortable in the classroom, but I realize that I still am not even close to where I would like to be.

PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST

Put first things first… What you do with your day attributes to what you will become in life. Find what you love to do, your number one priority, is it your wellbeing, basketball, school, family? Instead of consuming your day with YouTube and games, you should be cultivating a healthier relationship with your family members or be in the gym trying to become the best you. Because at at many times there is a disconnect between what you want to do and what you do. What contributes to my well being is success and being exceptional at what I love, therefor I allocate my time appropriately.

GOALS

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the court and never score. When setting a goal think, what do I really want? Put first things first. The reasoning behind a goal is the manifestation of the completion. The reasoning must be there, or else it will not be compelling enough to complete. I found that when I did not right down my goals they where just daydreams. It is as little as keeping a journal and writing it down, and reflecting on the progress. 

PRODUCTIVITY

The easiest way to finish a task is to get started! Procrastination is stealing from your own future. The failure to act; in itself is a result of ones complacency in the moment. To achieve your most insurmountable goals you must be productive day by day to conquer. 

Overall this course, PGP has helped me this year with becoming who I am today, and I will continue to wield it for life long happiness and learning. It has helped me become a better me and has aided the achievement of short and long term goals. Everything I’ve learned will help me achieve my goals, get into university and hopefully start a successful career.  With all this in mind I would like to work towards switching my approach on my life. Hopefully this experience, reflection and my artifact will continue to help my life for the better.