Driving question-Why do you feel your are ready to advance to the next grade level?
Introduction to my Tpol! 💐
While I think about how much I have grown and learned in the last semester and year, I am so overjoyed with how far I have come. Being a student in PLP I’ve had a lot of ups, and downs. It’s so crazy how fast this year has gone by (which I’m so happy about). I’m going to go in more detail of how this semester has gone for me and how I will be learning from this years mistakes and applying what I have learned into next year. I have taken the feedback I’ve gotten from my teachers in my last Mpol and applied that into Semester 2 in Humanities and Science, and expanded my learning boundaries throughout this whole semester through those two classes.
For our spring exhibition our last unit was all about learning about ads, and even creating our own. Before the grade 8s went to Oregon we were assigned too a business group too talk to the business and get more information of how they’d like us to create an ad. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go on the Oregon trip, but my peers in my group were able to gather great information to help me kickstart my ad. Next we had to create the actual ads to be used in the spring exhibition as our group projects! My business group had been assigned Hatfield Marine science centre. This is how the actual exhibition went! I think it went really well and I think I presented my LAUNCH portfolio really well as well! Overall I was really proud of the work, and my groups work we had all presented.
This semester in science has gone amazing!I have always love science and I knew I was confident in myself for grade 8 Science and it was so much fun! I loved how Mrs. Kadi presented the learning to us in such creative ways. My favourite project we had done was really hard to decide(as I literally loved every single one) but if I were to choose i’d say my favourite project was the gummy bear diffusion. I really enjoyed experimenting with different liquids and gummy bears and how they’d react to each other. Another super fun project to learn about was my Immune system characters, because it’s something totally different I’ve never really learned about before. Overall I’m so happy with the grade I got and i’m really proud of the work I had applied this semester in Science! https://www.blog44.ca/signed/2023/05/02/blog-post-bacteria-and-vaccines/
For the first semester of humanity’s, I just dreaded it. I dreaded going to every single class of it and I just wanted it over. I had no faith in myself at all and I gave myself a negative mindset the whole way through. As Semester two started I tried giving myself more hope and to push through and apply the best work I possibly can. I was happier with the work I created but I definitely feel like I could’ve tried harder. My favourite project would definitely be our latest project being the Medium is the Message. I knew this project would be really fun as it tied into the spring exhibition. Because I wasn’t able to go on the trip I had more time to get as much information as I can, and leave humanity’s on a great note. I may not have started off liking Humanity’s, but it’s definitely grown on me!(a bit)
Weaknesses and setbacks I had faced🌊
Okay let’s talk about some of the weaknesses I’ve faced this semester. From the first semester I had talked about how I’m a perfectionist and it’s hard for me too hand in a keystone without revising my self 5 times, which I think I still need to improve. Another weakness I think is that whenever I finish my work I alway’s forget to hand it in after it’s done. After finishing some projects I’m so relieved I just forget to hand it in. A setback I had faced Throughout mainly the end of this semester was that I was away for a lot of class. From hockey to field hockey I am always away for games and tournaments almost every single week, even having to miss the Oregon trip cause of my hockey. It has set me back from some of my work as well, and I’m still trying my best to balance out my busy schedule with the sports I have every day.
How I will overcome these problems
As it is pretty hard for me to balance out my sports schedule fitting in with school, I will try my best too strategize the time I do have by setting reminders for myself to work on the work I do have. I will also set reminders for myself to always HAND IN MY WORK AFTER ITS DONE. I’m still trying my best too work on how I’m a perfectionist as well and remember that it’s ok to just leave it. I’m also going to try my best to ask for more help and not procrastinate and wait til the last second if I do need help in something.
Strengths and what I’m proud of🌈
With all the struggles I’ve been through this year, I’m really proud of a lot of the work I’ve done especially some of it being in humanity’s. A big surprise to me is that humanity’s isn’t as bad as it was last semester. I hadn’t yet brought this project up but I would say it was also one of my favorites in science was making our video games. Hearing we had to create video games and code I knew that this was gonna be bad. But it really wasn’t, and I enjoyed trying to things out of the box.
Overall to answer the driving question, yes I think I’m definitely ready to go into grade 9 knowing what I have accomplished and done in my first year as being a PLP student, I also think I’ve set myself boundaries and a more positive mindset while I’m doing the work I have been tasked! There are skills I had learned that at the start of the year I could have never even thought or believed myself ever doing, And becoming such a confident, collaborative learner is really cool!