It’s t-PoL time!

It’s that time of year… tpol time! Tpols are where I get to reflect on the whole year, and what went well, and what went wrong. Let’s just say there were a lot of things that went wrong. And not too many that went right… I decided to organize this tpol around different themes, so I could really reflect on what I learned during this last year. I ended up with 3 themes for this project. What I’m planning on doing for this tpol is to talk about a theme and bring up a few examples of projects that help show what I mean.

Let’s start off with the bad/frustrating. My first theme for today was about what I found hard and/or frustrating with this last year of PLP.  Right off the bat, one new, and slightly off-putting thing was not having any of my really close friends in the program. This was challenging because I had just spent the last year making new friends, and always being with them, and then all of a sudden not having that was pretty strange, and hard to get used to. Another thing that I found really frustrating was that the first projects were extremely hard for me. I think that I wasn’t prepared for the format of learning that PLP has. I was expecting more of an introduction to how we were doing things, but we dove into things right away, and that caught me off guard, leading me to fall behind. It was then really challenging to catch up, which unfortunately set a bad tone for the start of the year that carried on for a while. One main example of falling behind this year was the fall blogging challenge. This was a project that I found really difficult for a few different reasons. I think the main reason was that it wasn’t really assigned by any of my classes, so I was never reminded to do it, or told to at all, and it would slip my mind really easily. Also, I really didn’t like the idea of being told what to write all the time, so not only would I forget about it most of the time, when I did remember, I’d tell myself that I’d do it later, just to forget about it. I think getting another chance to do the blogging challenge this past spring was really helpful because I learned a lot about organizational skills and how I have to write things down if I want to remember to do them.

The next theme that I want to talk about is what I liked about PLP. Despite the frustrations of it, there were some things that I liked about PLP. One of the highlights of the year for me was the field trip to the Oregon coast. I liked how I got to really connect with the other kids in PLP at the beginning of the year, which helped with the problem of not having many friends in the program. I liked the hands-on learning that we did on the trip, especially the interviewing. I also was really proud of the book that I did from the field trip, even though I handed it in a day late and it didn’t end up counting towards my PGP grade. I also enjoyed the exhibitions because we got to really be creative and find our own solutions to problems, which we then presented to lots of other people. The field trips and the exhibitions are two of the strengths of PLP in my opinion.

The third and final theme that I want to discuss is what I learned throughout the last year. One thing that I wanted to do to show what I’ve learned over the last year is to compare an old project, and a more recent project to see what has changed and improved over the last year. The two projects that I chose were the Big Life journal, which obviously wasn’t my favourite project considering I can’t find the blog post for it, as an early project, and the End of the World project. I didn’t choose these two for any reason, but I figured if I changed over the last year, it shouldn’t matter what project I choose. First, let’s talk about the Big Life journal… This was a pretty rough project for me. I really struggled to understand how the milestones and stepping stones worked, and I fell behind quickly. Once I fell behind, it was challenging to get caught back up.  On the contrary though, one of the main things I remember about the End of the World project, is making sure I didn’t fall behind, because it had happened a lot of times before, and it always ended in frustration, or lack of a finished project. Overall, I think this shows a major improvement in my ability to stay organized and on track to complete a project.

The End of the World project also brought together a lot of other things for me. For example, I was more motivated for this project and I found the format more interesting because it was a more creative project. This project was one of the first where I used feedback to make revisions to my work, and in the end the project was better because of that. The project also really showed the value of teamwork, because I had to work in a team and my group was really helpful. We worked well together and in the end our group song was much better than our individual songs. This project was also one of the many that helped me realize that it was really important to read all of the directions and make sure I cover every topic.

In the end, I learned a lot about each of the subject areas throughout my year in PLP. For example, in Humanities, I learned a lot about organization and a strong work ethic so I could keep working on a project until I was happy with it. In Maker, I learned a lot about how I can express my creativity as a learner. In Scimatics, I learned a lot how to stay focused in class (even if it is occasionally boring). For the future, I think I can work on staying organized and focused, and doing what interests me in school.

How to Live in New France

It’s crazy to think that so long ago someone arrived where we live today and think that this is a new place to live, versus today where there are a ton of people, and many buildings. I think because I am only thirteen, my sense of long periods of time is non existent, so imagining how long ago people first arrived here is not even possible. Anyway, that’s not the point of this blog post. For our last humanities projects of the year, we learned about the history of Canada and New France! It was really interesting to see how far we’ve come, and also how many things are still the same as before. Our driving question for this project was “how can artifacts teach us about settlement, peoples and life in New France.”



For this project, we had two main competencies. The first was communicate, with I think I did a good job at. Basically this competency means that you need to put your own thoughts and ideas into your writing and your speaking. I did this well because I was really interested in the turtle effigy that I did my main project on. The second competency was use evidence from various sources. I did this very well because when researching, I only used website that had .gov at the end, and checked on two different websites for everything.




There were a total of 6 milestones in this project, this blog post being the sixth. To start off, we chose an object that was important to us in the Covid-19 pandemic, and we were given the choice to either write a paragraph, make a video, or make a podcast about our object. I chose my keyboard because I use it every day, and I made a podcast on it. Here it is:




Next up, we made a short video about a fictional person in New France, and they needed a role, a job, a birthday, a location, a time, etc. After that, for milestone 3, we researched an artifact, and I researched something called a turtle effigy. Here is a photo of a turtle effigy:

Here is the research I did on it:


For our main milestone, we were told to write a 1,000 word story, but we only had 2 days to do it! Luckily I worked really hard and got it done really fast. Lastly, we put the story and the artifact description in a book, as well as adding a title, and an about the author page, and that was our whole project! Here is my finished book!


The Missing Turtle Effigy


In the end, I think this was a pretty chill, and fun project to end the year on. I am glad that I got to learn about the history of the land I live on because unlike some other projects, it really interests me and learning about it was very fun!

The Best Road Trip Ever!

What’s the ideal road trip? The most comfortable, and relaxing road trip ever? The most fun? These were all questions we had to consider in our most recent scimatics project. In this project, The Ultimate Road Trip, we had to plan out a full road trip with a budget of 10,000. When I heard about this, I knew there were a few things I wanted to do. The first one was I wanted to visit my friends in California, so that was my first destination. Next, I really wanted to go to Baja California, for no special reason, just because I felt like it! From then on, it was just random places that I wanted to go to, like LA, Salt Lake City, etc. I thought it would be really cool, but mostly just silly, to rent out a hockey rink and gear everyday. I had to fill in around $2,000 dollars, and I found that renting a rink costs around $200 a day, and my trip was 14 days, so that was perfect.



For this project, our core competencies were: reasoning and analyzing, connecting and reflecting, and finally, communicating and representing. The first one, reasoning and analyzing, basically means reasonably estimating, which I think I did pretty well this project. The main reason I think this is because for my total price of my project, I was only around 100 dollars off of the budget! My final price was $9,938. I think my estimation skills were on point with this project because in the first add up of all my costs, I was only 62 dollars off. The next competency was connecting and  reflecting, which was about connecting mathematical concepts to each other and to personal interests. I think that I did this really well because I used my math skills to help me fulfill my interests, like visiting Baja California, LA, etc. Finally, the third competency was communicating and representing, which meant we had to represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms, and I think I did a good job at doing this.




For this project, there were 6 milestones, this blog post being the last. The first milestone was pretty easy and straightforward. We had to choose a vehicle like a sports car, a truck, and find out how much it would cost to rent it out, and that was pretty much it. I chose an rv, that would cost just under $60 per night, that was extremely big. Now that sounds pretty easy, but that was just a distraction for milestone 2! The second milestone was math practice that may have been long, and slightly boring, it was very necessary, and helpful. After the practice, we had a short quiz on it for milestone 3, and it wasn’t too difficult, although the font was pretty small, and hard to read. The forth milestone is very really starting to work on the project. For this milestone we had to calculate the cost for our road trip. This took not as long as I thought it was because my cost was very close to the budget on the first try. For the 5th milestone, we basically just had to Make an equation for our budget, make a graph for our equation, and then make a map showing our ripped on a dream make an equation for our budget, make a graph for our equation, and then make a map showing our route on our trip. Here is my equation and my graph:


And here is my map:


Overall, I think that this project was the perfect balance between fun and learning. I had fun, but I also learned a lot, and I’m really glad that we did this project.