Mr./Ms. (name), this is my mother, Erica, and this is my father, Paul.
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.
As you know, I have been in PLP for two years, and I will be showing my learning from this current year, Grade 9.
During the WWI project when we were doing our Storyboard and Planning Documents I had to drastically revise my work multiple times, due to things that would not work in the final comic, incorrect facts, or the complexity of the image in the final comic. This caused me to have less time than I needed for my final comic, but it ended up working out in the end. This project was quite stressful, but it also helped me learn to improve my time management skills, and it also showed me that sometimes revisions are needed to make a good final product.
My best example of teamwork was during the destination imagination project, where we were forced to work together under pressure, as we were improv, and the whole point was that we had very little to no plan, and this caused us to learn to coordinate and work together well. If we didn’t work together well then we would not preform well when we had to present in front of the appraisers. I overall found this experience fun looking back on it, and I think I worked really well with my team. I also believe that during this experience I build such good relationships with my team that I am good friends with all of them to this day, and going into the DI project I barely knew some of them.
I learned responsibility best during the 7 habits project, as starting that project I was not very interested in it due to some more interesting things overshadowing it, like Loon Lake and DI, but by the end of the project I was extremely interested in it and that project was one of the most, if not the most vital in helping me adjust and grow as a learner. I still remember the video for that project quite well, and it really helped me learn to prioritize, whether it is school work, or something outside of school. It helped me with responsibility as it got me to realize that I had a lot more responsibilities than I initially thought I did, and I had to take control of those responsibilities.
Production of High Quality Work
For this one I wanted to do 7 habits again, as my kinaesthetic idea for that project took many hours of my time and was very difficult to make, but I decided to do my Vibrant Video project instead. The “how to stack chairs” and “how to ride a bike” videos both used many various camera angles and filming techniques, and both contain hours of time spent editing. I think that part of the reason why I spent so much time on this project has to do with the fact that I really enjoyed it, which is good, but I need to spend this much time on all projects, so I am trying to teach myself to enjoy all projects just as much as I did on this one, and that will in turn help me to improve my overall work quality on all projects.
Looking back on this year, there are definitely a few things I need to improve. There are also a few things that I have improved on since the start of the year
I need to improve my work ethic, as when I am not particularly invested in a project I do not spend as much time as I should. Sometimes when there is a project I am very invested in, and there is a project I am not as invested in then I will spend too much time on the project I am invested in, and not enough time on the other project. I think this is visible in one of my latest blog posts, the First Film & Exhibition Blog Post. This was the first blog post I did where I combined two projects together. In this post I spent way too much time talking about the exhibition, and not enough time talking about the First Film project.
When it comes to work habits, I think I best show this in almost all my Scimatics Blog Posts. With my Scimatics blog posts they all show a similar structure, and that structure is usually centred around the Curricular Competencies. I think focusing on the Curricular Competencies is better due to that it makes its easier for me to reflect and improve on future projects.
For my areas of improvement, I need to improve my ability to become invested in projects, as that is a skill that I can grow, and if I can do that it would greatly help me become a better learner. I also need to improve my ability to focus, and that I get distracted and sidetracked easily, which is a problem when I have lots of work.
Some areas that I have improved on would be mainly in group settings. I have improved my ability to grow positive relationships with my group, and I have also improved my ability to communicate with my peers.
Why do I feel like I should advance to the next grade level?
I feel like I should advance to the next grade level because I have shown capability to self reflect, I have shown how I can build positive relationships with my peers and teammates during projects, I have shown how I can produce high quality work, I have shown how I have an understanding of responsibility, and I have shown how I can improve myself overtime.
I hope that this presentation is enough to convince you that I am ready to enter Grade 10.