Hello, welcome to or back to my blog! As you can tell from the title, this is my tPol post. I will use this post to accompany my presentation. The driving question for this post is: “Why do you feel you are ready to advance to the next grade level?”
Before I begin I will start this post off with the pol declaration.
“Thank you for coming to my presentation on learning. I am an expert in my learning. I am also responsible and accountable for my 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.”
I feel like I have succeeded in several ways this year, through growing as a learner. I’ve been better at solving problems with my peers and finding solutions that accompany everyone’s needs. I have developed way more patience than I did last year and in some projects, I have managed my time better. I feel like I have been better at not leaving my projects for the last minute. Of course, I will forget sometimes because I am still learning but I have improved on it.
There are so many more things I would like to improve on, but I will be focussing on these examples during my presentation.
I would also like to add that during my mPol presentation I talked about how diamonds were formed under pressure, which was a metaphor for my work ethic. I would like to add that I know that diamonds are always formed under pressure, but I would like to take a deeper dive into it. There are two types of diamonds I’ll be focusing on, ones that are man-made and ones that are created in nature. The man-made diamonds aren’t as special as the ones made in nature for many reasons but the biggest one is that it doesn’t take as much time to create. I have been focussing on my work like the people have for the man-made diamonds, I feel like I want to take more time into my work instead of rushing it and being last minute. In other words, I want to create my work as special as the diamonds that are made in nature.
I’ve just recently come upon the metaphor of the man-made/nature diamonds so I decided to try the system out with the last project I had in humanities, “Dulce et Decorum Est.” I managed my time better than I have in any project this year. Here’s just a brief description of what we did in this project. I learned about propaganda and contrasting narratives through World War I. We had to create an exhibit for our exhibition, which would be laid out like a museum. We had a field trip to a museum to get a feel for everything and to inspire our creations. I ended up focusing on the soldiers and creating an exhibit dedicated to them.
If you would like to see more of this project and get a full understanding, click here.
In my mPol I talked about working habits, I talked about one in specific and that was writing wins in a notebook. I feel like this working habit wasn’t the fit for me because after I talked about it and thought about it some more I never ended up pursuing this goal. As some of the PLP Teachers might say, I failed because it was my first attempt at learning. I feel like if I was really into this goal I would have pursued it but because I wasn’t as interested as I once was, I just ended up pushing it aside. But now that I have come up with this metaphor about diamonds and my work, I am willing to give it a go for my next year in PLP.