Adventures into the Radical Renaissance!


The Renaissance was a period of great innovation, and its advances have had a lasting impact on our lives today. Through modifications and improvements, many of the inventions and technologies from this time remain prevalent and essential in our everyday lives.


My triptych reflects 3 different purposes throughout each panel. The left panel shows the new Renaissance innovations like the printing press and glasses, and how they changed history. The right panel shows the traditional view of the Catholic Church, with their patriarchal values and poor eyesight. The centre panel shows the adapted versions of those innovations, like the phone for communication and prescription glasses for our eyes.

Left Panel

The Renaissance saw major changes in the ways people interacted with the world and each other, such as better communication and time management, and new types of art that could express ideas more effectively than words alone. My triptych highlights the importance of the innovations of the Renaissance that are now essential in modern life. It illustrates the transformation of the printing press into a cellphone, the mechanical clock into digital time, and advances in medicine that led to effective vaccines. Without the Renaissance, our world would be much worse off, with no form of communication and more deadly viruses.

Right Panel

The traditional ideas during the Renaissance were set in place to benefit the wealthy and powerful, causing poverty and unfair taxes across Europe. Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses in 1517 led to the Reformation that caused a divide between Catholics and Protestants. It caused a major shift in the way the Catholic Church operated, particularly involving the sale of indulgences and the patriarchal structure of society. This shows how the Renaissance changed people to create outstanding innovations, and artwork and gives them the courage to speak up against the oppressive rules in their society.

Center Panel

The middle panel reflects on the impact of important innovations such as the printing press, medical innovations, and glasses in modern society. We take these simple things for granted not knowing how deeply they have impacted us in ways that without them, our worlds would look drastically different. It acknowledges the great value these inventions have provided and how they have shaped our day-to-day lives. We feel that these innovations are important to the world, and we must strive to ensure their continued existence for future generations.


This project highlights the influence of European and Asian culture during the Renaissance, Crusades, and Middle Ages on the world today. It shows how these periods of history led to increased critical thinking skills, the adoption of new artistic ideas, and the challenge of traditional societal norms. Their contributions have helped to shape the world we live in today and have a significant impact on modern society. Those are the concepts I have based my triptych is based on, and what all of the big ideas behind our note taking were all about.

The process of creating my triptych was trial and error from the very beginning. I’m not a talented artist like my fellow classmates, so I used the main strength I had in this area, which was design. We were showed how to use this photoshop app to complete our task, and the rest was up to us, so I immediately started on my design. 3 panels later, I have my full, completed triptych, that I am very proud of.

Learning about the Renaissance through taking notes is very useful. When you do this, you have to be fast to collect the information off the documents, but they make good resources to come back to for completing the bigger assignments. It was relatively straightforward and easy, so it gave me more time for the bigger projects.

The overall takeaway from this project was The advantages of the new research and resources we were shown. Superimpose X, Pixabay, and Blog44 were some of the best examples of the takeaway. I used Pixabay to find licence free images, Superimpose X to edit the photos, to write my Historical conclusion & Blog44 to post it to the world! These new tools will help me further in the future, and I’m thankful for that.

mPOL 2023!

“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.”

Four months ago, I started my school year ready to learn and adapt, and four months later, I am proud to say I did just that.  We have worked on numerous projects and blog posts throughout both maker and humanities that have shaped me into the learner that stands before you today. so sit back, relax and get ready for my mPOL!

In the past, school has always been relatively easy for me. If I just followed the directions to the best of my abilities and handed in something true to myself, I’d get a good grade. I went through my whole kindergarten to grade 7 school year doing this. Once in a while, things would be challenging, but usually, with some help from my peers and some extra focus, I could figure it out. But now going into a program that wants only your view on a project has caused me to adapt my approach to schoolwork. I didn’t learn that until we did the learning plan.

The learning plan was the assignment that showed me I can’t just try to write what I think people want to hear. I learned this lesson when I got a revision of my learning plan. PLP tells us to voice our thoughts and opinions in our work which is different from what I’m used to, so when I resorted back to my original way of working, the teachers were quick to call me out on it. I saw the revision symbol and didn’t know what to do. I thought I was doing everything right. I thought I had failed the assignment. I quickly realized that I got my revision because I wasn’t writing my personal goals, but what I thought my teacher’s goals for me were. That project taught me that I have to be true to myself, and not try to write what I think would get me a better grade.  


It took a long time to realize what were my strengths. Until September, I just followed the criteria, but now I’m expressing myself more throughout my work, and I start to see things I am good at.  My main strength is being myself. I have always been opinionated, but I didn’t show it through my work. Now whenever I have a chance to voice my opinion, I do. Some of my favourite projects this semester have helped me identify this strength. The assignment that proved most insightful was the novel study we did on the classic book, The Outsiders. We were assigned a new job each week and would present the finished product in class.  Most of the jobs we based on our own opinions and outlook, so it helped me start presenting my honest thoughts, and it helped a lot. This new strength has made multiple projects and blog posts more authentic to me. Another project that helped me identify my newfound strength was 2 blog posts I did, which was based in me and my hobbies! This project especially, showed me that it was ok to the side of myself that I thought was not supposed to be incorporated into work.

 Growing points

Besides the learning plan, I’ve had a fair share of learning points throughout this semester. This growing point was most prominent in Maker, as it is a big part of the curriculum.  This skill is art, particularly drawing. I have never been sufficient at drawing, and having to draw through this semester in both Humanities and Maker has proved a challenge. We would usually use drawings to communicate what we couldn’t with words, and it would take me multiple re-draws to do that. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so this is more of a personal struggle with myself than anything else. I get good marks on my artwork and compliments from my peers, but I always get this gut feeling telling me that I could have done better.

It took months of self-doubt until our “Learn to draw” section in maker to realize I was doing just fine. We started with drawing our names, and with a name that had 2 z’s in it didn’t help me much. I spent the next 5 hours drawing it to make it look perfect, but it was still mediocre at best. When I came to school the next day, we took a look at other people’s art, and they were the same as mine. It was a relief to see, and the next time we were assigned to draw, I drew to the best of my abilities, not worrying about perfection. This constant reminder that I am not perfect is still very present in my mind for things like my writing and talking, but now I don’t worry about it in art, and trying my best is the best thing I can do. 

Grade 8 has had its ups and downs in every subject, and all of those have proved to be useful learning opportunities for the future.  And as the semester comes to an end, I feel that as a result of revisions, rainbows, self-doubt and public speaking, my 1st semester in the PLP program has shown me the best way of learning for me. It challenges me, encourages me to think above and beyond the curriculum, and overall pushed me to have a new joy for school, instead of resenting it. So from that, I am looking forward to the future, especially my next mPOL, to see how I will reflect on my first year of high school. I hope everyone has a wonderful year and keeps working through their problems, no matter how challenging they may be.

Reflection on the Middle Ages

For the past month and a half, my class and I have been studying the feudal system and the crusades, both vital parts of history. I have viewed everything from the religious faith throughout the crusades down to everyday lives of townspeople. This post is to inform you of the process I used to create these assignments, and the evidence to back it up. We have done several writing assignments and projects on it, and as this sector comes to an abrupt end, I will be reflecting on it.

The main focus of the keynote was focused on power structure, also known as the feudal system. It was simple to understand, church at the top, followed by the kings, nobles, knights, farmers and other salesman, then peasants.  Everyone had to abide by the rules set by the king, and attend the daily mass at the church.  I made a graph to show the day to day power that all the roles have, and when it was done, it helped me answer some questions that I had trouble with at first. 

We spent about 2 weeks on each of the two major keystones, using the rest of the time doing various activities to help get the full picture for the assignments. Lots of activities were based around the feudal system, so we discussed the roles and how much power they had. Vendiagrams were used, charts were created and paragraphs were written, all full of information to help with the upcoming projects. When the time came to hand in our project, I was able to apply my best work, proving the activities in the past to be quite handy.

The project was difficult at first, and many versions of the project were discarded because they weren’t my best work. Learning about a historical event that takes place hundreds of years back is complicated, because you have to think about questions how they would, which means creating a whole new way of learning. I asked a lot of questions and frequently spent mornings in tutorial time to get my result. When I got my revision, it didn’t discourage me, and within the next few days it was handed in, all previous errors fixed.  The Middle Ages was a great topic, providing inquisitive questions and forcing us to think outside the box!

Pandora’s Box

Avatar is a movie that takes place on Pandora, a planet not far from earth with the most beautiful atmosphere and surroundings you’ve ever seen. It’s the home of the Na’vi people, an indigenous tribe that has made a home in the ferocious jungles. This movie was what our winter exhibition was based upon.  And as my winter break starts, I can’t help but reflect on my experience and the workload that was done to create it.


We started working on it around the middle of November, planning every detail into a launch journal which we kept for reference. It was all very new, the idea of the exhibition, the planning of my box and the writing explanations for it. In class, all of us participated in numerous of writing and presenting assignment, preparing us for the exhibition. We only had 3 weeks to work on it, so most of the time was spent planning, so eventually we would have a great idea about the theme and creation of our box. 


 The building process didn’t start until December 2, leaving us one week to for construction. The next week was a blur of modelling clay, paint of all colours, glue guns and shoe boxes.  Everyone had tons of work to do, and with only an hour and a half each day, we worked the whole time. My box was simple to do, just paint the inside and glue moss on all the surfaces, so most of my time was occupied with making the braid and the plants, the main focus of the box. It took lots of clay in a variety of colours,but the end result was worth it.


Once the boxes were done, we had 3 days to make our rooms the best example of our theme possible. My room theme was Spiritually and the connection the Na’vi have with the animals and land around them. We had black lights spread across the room, earthy decoration all around and the pope in the middle was wrapped in green and brown fabric, representing the home tree. We had drinks and food, face-painting for everyone and beautiful tables with all of our projects on display.


 The night was so fun, showing everyone my project, interacting with people curious about avatar and getting to see my peers boxes. It was extremely rewarding with all the complement and support from everyone, and I can’t wait to do it again!

Images with Izzy!

Hello everyone! This blog post will is all about how we can use the camera app on our devices to do miraculous things, but first I must answer a question. The question at hand is how might I use the still image to create and communicate through technology? My answer would be to quote Fred R. Barnard, “ a picture is worth a thousand words” and I couldn’t agree more. You see, when I take a photo, you might see it a specific way, but if you ask someone else, they’ll probably have a different view. That automatically creates a connection of interest between two people. By using your camera and sharing your photo, you can create an aspect of communication between people all over the globe who share an interest in your photo. With the help of social media, many people similar to you can interact and share their ideas with others. That’s how you create and communicate through technology. 

The 3 skills I found the most useful were pano, the filters and markup. Pano is useful for when you want to get the bigger picture of well, the picture. It multiplies the photo by 2, capturing everything around you. I use filters in most my photos, and they are a lifesaver. When your photos don’t come out as bright or colourful as you hoped, you just brighten it right up with on of the many filters that are available. And last is markup, it can take your photo from plain to amazing in just a few seconds. All you need to do is draw on what’s missing from your photo, and it transforms it into just that! All these tools are available on the camera app, and they are what help me make the best photos!

Who are you as a learner/student?

In maker, we have to answer the big question “Who are you as a learner/student?”. They told us to answer by providing evidence from past work and written descriptions on how we learn and what we’re good at, so today, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

For the past few weeks, my whole class have been working on a writing and planning exercise called Big Life Journal. It’s a document filled with writing prompts that help you plan your dream goal, gives you activities to better your growth mindset, and trying to adapt the thinking part in your brain. In Chapter 3 of BLJ (Big Life Journal) the main focus of the chapter was to plan and design your dream board.  We had to put all our dreams and goals in life on this board and put corresponding pictures, quotes & stickers to make it 100% unique to your goals in life. It really helped me to understand the importance of having goals to work towards.

 An assignment in this sector of maker we did was making a user manual if you as an individual was the product.  We copied the layout of the mentor text that was provided, and edited it to describe our different & unique traits.  The user manual was broken up into 3 sections: Getting started, Settings and Warnings & Troubleshooting. I used the Settings portion to show as an example because it was the portion in the assignment that really gave you the freedom to express how you act and your main interest to the teacher so they can get to know who you are. 

And for the last example, we have here my very own Memoji, filled with stickers that best represent my personal likes so took the assignment at hand and did exactly what I did.  I added mostly stickers of my favourite tv shows & movies, which are Friends, Stranger Things, Brooklynn Nine Nine, The Princess Bride and Enola Holmes. I put a blue dinosaur on it to represent the more childlike side of me, a blue sticker with a wave to show how I like the water and a lightening bolt because I just like lightning. I really liked this project because you could really have lots of freedom and put anything you wanted on the Memoji

So to conclude my first blog entry and to answer the burning question that was asked of me, I feel like I am a learner who loves a good challenge, will always give 100% of my effort into anything and loves to have as much creative freedom as I possibly can. So there, that’s the answer to the big question “Who are you as a learner/student?”. And I myself have a question for you my fellow reader, I want to see your answers if you, yourself answered the big question, who exactly are you as a learner.

Hello world!

Welcome to my one of a kind blog where I share all of my odd thoughts on everything.  This is a place where you can come and see just how weird teenagers brains are, and what we really think about. I have many things to discuss so sit back, relax, and enjoy as the crazy thoughts and statements start to unfold.