“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.”
This past semester has been an amazing learning experience for me. It has had its highlights and lowlights but all together I was able to learn from my mistakes and continue to develop and improve my work. At the beginning of the year I wanted to start improving my communication skills and my public speaking. These skills were used in almost every project. I have definitely grown to be more comfortable with sharing my work in a group but there is always room for improvement.
During one of my first projects in humanities, the Outsiders, I got more used to sharing my thoughts and ideas with my group. It was nice to be able to hear other peoples opinions and collaborate with them. I grew as a learner and became more familiar with the idea of communicating my work. Our planning was very well organized and everyone was fairly on track. We got to work as a team and made sure everyone had an opinion. This project pushed me to practice my communication skills and grow as an individual.
My biggest learning curve was the winter exhibition. My first artifact for the Avatar project was a complete failure, and that’s ok, I was able to accept that. My original idea was to create a projector and show photos of local forests. After some trial and error I knew that that was not going to work, my idea was quite complicated and I needed a very dark room. I was able to learn from my mistakes and knew what I had to do to create my back up plan and put it into action. I think that this is where I learned that sometimes mistakes are ok and that hard work can pay off. I ended up creating the tree of souls as my artifact and it turned out great. During the exhibition i also made new friends and got to talk to people i usually wouldn’t. The exhibition was a nice way to bring people together. I am generally a shy person and this was a great way for me to practice sharing with an audience and sharing what I have learned. By the end of the exhibition I was feeling more comfortable with talking to different people and I realized that sharing my work was not such a big deal. I will continue to progress as a public speaker and as a student.
Coming into PLP I knew that I wanted to work on my communication skills and my public speaking skills. I think that the past few months have really helped me as a student. These skills are really important and I will continue to develop them throughout the next few years of school.
Interesting images was one of my favourite projects we did. It was fun to learn more about making photos and learning about what makes an interesting image. I have always been interested in photography and I think that this project was a great way to expand my photography skills. We experimented with different angles, the rule of thirds, and light. Through this project I was able to work with other people and give feedback to each other. I hope we continue to explore photography and its many possibilities.
Overall, I have progressed in many different ways, and I can’t wait to continue to improve as a student. I would like to continue to work on my public speaking skills and focus on having a growth mindset and being prepared and organized for semester two. I want to be open to change and trying new things. This semester I have learned that failure is an opportunity for growth and its a chance to reevaluate and come back even stronger.