“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 and for offering feedback that I can use to improve as a learner.”
Growth as a PLP Learner:
This year I have shown a lot of growth in many things but I think I have shown the most growth in my problem solving skills. At the very beginning of the school year if I didn’t know what to do or was confused about a certain topic I would immediately ask the teacher for help, but after a while I learned how to figure things out on my own by thoroughly looking through Basecamp and seeking help from my peers. Another thing that I have shown an exceptional amount of growth for was becoming more productive in my work. At first it took me a long time to do things, even little things like writing a paragraph reflecting on some work. It would sometimes take me a few hours because I was so afraid of not being perfect and getting a bad grade but I eventually realized that it’s ok to have a revision and to not produce perfect work. So now it takes me like half an hour or less to write a good reflection.
For my Learning Plan, I think I will focus on the Humanities part, particularly public speech because that’s is something that I really struggle on. I generally stutter and am hard to understand most of the time. This is actually one of the many reasons why I chose to go to PLP, because out in the real world public speech is quite important and I want to get better at it.
A section which I have felt a lot of improvement on is the Maker section, mainly the editing and computer skills. I used to greatly struggle on that in the past but recently I think I have gotten better at my problem solving skills which really impacted my computer skills because learning how to work computers takes trial and error and problem solving.
Another section in where I feel successful in is the disposition, systems, habits section. I think I have overcome a lot of hard challenges such as the Mpol, the thing I’m doing right now. Many times have I felt like giving up but I didn’t because I know I have to do it no mater what. I think I have also greatly achieved the habits section where I talked about studying. Every few days I usually review and just take a look at what we’ve been doing in Humanities and Maker but not just the PLP classes but I’ve also been doing a lot reviewing in my math class. By studying a bit everyday in math I have managed to get an average of 103%. And as for systems, I actually have been using things to remind me what to do and it has really helped me keep up to date on assignments, tests, and projects.
My Work So Far:
So far we have done a lot of different projects throughout the year both in Humanities and Maker. But I think the most memorable project we have done so far in PLP was probably the Outsiders project, I think mainly because it was the project which involved the most group work, everyone had to work together to get the final product. We had to read an actual book and had to create a book cover and answer certain questions and fulfill certain roles. Whenever I think of PLP I always think of the Outsiders project for some reason. During this unit I learned how to work together in groups, how to combine ideas to create one big idea and how to communicate and work together towards an objective. Down below is the book cover my group made based on The Outsiders.
(The Middle Ages)
Something else that I really liked in humanities was the Middle Ages unit. To be honest, it was probably my favourite unit, mainly because it was cool to learn about the Black Death and the Torture methods that were used back then. During this unit, we mainly learned about feudalism, different hierarchies and classes that were there back then such as the nobles, knights, peasant etc… And at the end of the unit we had to create a presentation showing off our knowledge and answer questions about the Middle Ages. After creating the presentation I also learned how to quickly research accurate information by checking sources and doing that sort of stuff. I do kind of wish we learned more about the different torture methods and the different types of diseases that were around because it was very interesting but it was overall an amazing unit.
(Geek Out Challenge)
Enough about Humanities, let’s talk about Maker. Maker is definitely one of my most favourite subjects, mainly because I really like building and using special apps to make cool pieces of art. One unit that really stood out to me was the Geek Out challenge where we could talk about our favourite hobbies and present it to our friends. For my Geek Out challenge I talked about Geometry Dash and Minecraft which are two of my most favourite video games. For those who don’t know, Geometry Dash is a square based plat-former game where you have to jump and fly through obstacles. And Minecraft is a sandbox game where you can pretty much do whatever you want. For my Minecraft document, I talked about secret Minecraft facts. And as for Geometry Dash, even though it’s a good game I talked about 7 problems with the Geometry Dash.
(Finding Fun with Drawing)
This was probably my most favourite Maker unit that we’ve had so far. I really enjoyed using Sketches Pro and making all kinds of weird yet interesting drawings. I’m not really a drawer but Sketches Pro really made me enjoy creating art. From the satisfying sounds of the pen to the variety of unique instruments of art, this was hands down the funnest unit in my opinion. For the unit we had to create all sorts of art using different skills such as using lights and shading or using lines and pressure. And in the end we had to create a book using book creator showcasing all of our artwork and explaining it all.
So far I do think my work has met all of my standards. Since the beginning of the year my goal was to get an accomplished which I have received and sometimes even surpassed, sometimes especially in Maker I have got an extending for some of my work. So yes I am very happy with all of my work.
Other than the Mpol I think the project that I struggled with the most was the Triptych project. During this project we had to create a 3 panel piece of art containing ourselves in every single panel showcasing different world changing ideas which were around in each time line, (Panel 1 was the renaissance, panel 2 was modern day, and panel 3 was before the renaissance.) The reason why the project was difficult was mainly due to the strict due dates. One day we would have to create the draft for the triptych, and then the next day 2 panels of the triptych would be due. It was definitely a tough project but I think by being pushed a lot, I actually learned quite a bit!
Overall, PLP has definitely pushed me in every way and has been very difficult, but I have learned a lot from it and it has shown me a new view into learning and gaining knowledge. PLP has definitely been a blast and I hope to continue!