Reflections

Academy of Tomorrow Reflection

During the four days I spent at the Academy of Tomorrow, I had a learning experience like no other. I feel the entire current system of education needs to be scrapped and replaced with one like that which I experienced at the Academy of Tomorrow. This is because I learned some very important LIFE skills there that will stick with me forever, such as the qualities of a good leader, knowing my values, highlighting and working hard at my strengths, and much more. Some of the challenges I faced in the experience lead me to realize the difference between fear and dislike, after which I questioned myself: am I really as confident as I am perceived to be (I have received quite a few comments from others regarding my apparent ‘confidence’ :p)? This small observation is nevertheless important and greater confidence is something I found out I need to work on, along with many other qualities and skills I may lack thereof. All in all, the Academy of Tomorrow has been a wonderful experience that has taught me quite a few significant life skills I will forever cherish.

Pegah’s C.A.S. Log and Reflections (Minor)

About this Post Minor Creativity
For the sake of simplicity and ease, I have decided to create two HTML code layouts to use for all of my C.A.S. reflections. This is the second of the two: on it are the reflections for all of my minor C.A.S. commitments. The previous has all of my major C.A.S. reflections.
During the time I’ve spent in the art room, I’ve learned that it’s important to understand that not everybody will have the same skill level that I do in the arts. For example, some of the projects I’ve been assigned in class are too easy for me, but for others they are a challenge. This is important for me to know, as it will keep me from complaining about assignments. If I understand and respect everyone’s abilities, as well as my own, I will be able to complete tasks with peace of mind.
Minor Action Minor Service
So far in lessons, I have learned that I will only advance if I push myself, practice, and always abide by the instructor’s teachings. For example, I have not yet mastered the “snow-plow” stop on the ice. My instructor pointed out that my left leg/foot is dominant, and that in order to master this stop, I must focus on using both of my legs/feet equally. I will only achieve this with more practice and pushing myself to use that right leg more even if I stumble/fall momentarily.
I have chosen to change my minor service commitment to the Quest Food Exchange trip we took as an advising class. I value this trip because it has allowed me to see people’s true cooperative and loving nature in the service of others. Having had an opportunity to see how people can help others really increased my faith in humanity; many of the world’s problems can be easily solved, like hunger. For example, Quest Food Exchange has consecrated time and energy into gathering unwanted (but usable) foods and selling them at a low price for those out of work, experiencing financial difficulties, etc.

Term 2 Reflection

1. What is something you accomplished this term that you are proud of?

I’m proud of having finished term one and starting term two with a more engaged attitude towards working at school and outside of school. To be honest, there is no achievement of which I am especially proud, because my ninth grade year has been quite the same (in terms of achievements) since the first day of school in autumn. I suppose I could say that I’ve come out of my generic boredom and am willing to try harder at school.

2. What was the most challenging part of this term for you?

I found it challenging to stay on top of my school work. I had so many assignments due nearly simultaneously that I found it hard to complete each one to the best of my creative abilities. After winter break, I feel more ready to take on learning challenges such as simultaneous projects and/or assignments.

3. If you could change one thing that happened this term, what would it be?

If I could change something that happened this term, I would change the fact that I did not challenge myself to work at various things over the breaks we were given. More specifically, I wish I had read the first 100 pages of Life of Pi (for English novel studies) during November break like I was supposed to; it would have helped me understand the story better. Instead, I decided not to mostly because I was unsure of the task. If I could change this happening, I would push myself to read more over the breaks (in general).

Pegah’s C.A.S. Log and Reflections (Major)

About this Post Major Creativity
For the sake of simplicity and ease, I have decided to create two HTML code layouts to use for all of my C.A.S. reflections. This is the first of the two: on it are the reflections for all of my major C.A.S. commitments. Another will be coming soon, and on it I will have all of my minor C.A.S. reflections.
Participating in weekly Farsi classes has taught me the significance of perseverance; I’ve learned to value hard work over natural talent. If I don’t complete the homework my teacher assigns or pay attention in class, I won’t progress as much as other students who do. Even if I have a natural talent in languages (in this case, Farsi), students who work harder than me will soon surpass my abilities in reading and writing if I don’t work as hard as them to reach my full potential. In short, this is my real-life experience of the Tortoise and the Hare. 😉
Major Action Major Service
So far in lessons, I have learned that it is critical to remain calm at all times so as not to allow fear to take over. I’ve learned that if a horse is acting out (whether or not I am on it), I must avoid feelings of nervousness and listen to the instructions I am given, so that I learn how to handle/control a frightened/excited horse. Letting a surge of fear rush over me would make the situation worse, as losing confidence would make me weak and frighten/excite the horse even more. It is important never to give up or allow fear to take over!
During the time I have spent as part of the HeadsUp PeerAdvisors group, I have learned a lot about planning and organizing various events. I have realized that for one to be successful in planning an event, one must have many connections with others in order to obtain the necessary materials for that event. For example, we planned to create pink toques to celebrate Pink Day. The person who ordered the toques had to know which websites to use, who to talk to about where to keep the toques, etc. I also have noticed that the number of social connections one must have depends on the event. For small events, it is easy to have only one or two people do the job. For larger events, entire groups of people are needed.

C/A/S/ Presentation Script

Good afternoon parents, teachers, and fellow students. My name is Pegah Abyaneh, and I am in eighth grade. Today I have prepared a presentation for you about my most valuable C/A/S/ experience: horseback riding. From the time I have spent with horses during my weekly lessons, I have learned numerous important life lessons.

First of all, I have learned that it is important to forget the past and to stay in the present moment. During one of my lessons, I refused to canter because I felt that the horse I was on had too much energy. I recalled the lesson where I was on a horse with excessive energy that wouldn’t listen to me, and remembered that I fell as I was cantering. With that memory, I held myself back when I really could have learned how to deal with an energetic horse. I now know that I should always listen to my instructor and never to hold myself back, because how will I ever learn if I’m constantly living the past?

Second of all, the other important lesson I have learned is that taking informed risks is critical. I’ve learned that if I’m assigned a horse I’ve never ridden before, I shouldn’t judge its behaviour based on what I’ve seen and/or heard, but rather I should try out the horse for myself and make my decision based on my experiences.

Third of all, I’ve also learned that everybody in a community should do their fair share of work; everybody in a community needs to do what is asked of them.

In conclusion, horseback riding has also given me the golden opportunity to develop as an IB learner. “Risk-taker”, “caring”, “principled”: these are just a few of the IB learner attributes that I have gained personal growth in. I hope that in the future, I will learn more fascinating life lessons and be of more assistance to this wonderfully caring community so dear to me that I am so very fortunate to be a part of. Thank you.

Final C/A/S/ Reflection

The final C.A.S. reflection of the year will be on my minor creativity, open art room. For a couple weeks, I attended open art room on a regular basis to finish/catch up on a pottery project I had been working on for my “Magic of Mud” L.E.A.P. elective. Doing so allowed me to become better acquainted with my style of learning. I learned that I work best in quiet areas, with little or no people around me. This allows me to increase focus on my work and minimize distractions. Picking up on strategies to help myself learn is what we have been learning about in Life & Learning Skills 8, and my minor C.A.S. experience has really helped with that. I quite value this experience.

Collaborative Goal Reflection

Short Term Goals (title)

1. To read more than twice a week >> not achieved, because I did not create a schedule with reading as part of it.

2. To complete the C/A/S program on time >> achieved, as I completed all C/A/S requirements before the end of March.

3. To manage time more effectively >> not achieved, as I have realized that to do so I must create some kind of schedule for myself and push myself into not procrastinating.

Long Term Goal (title)

1. To become more accustomed with group work >> achieved; I now feel more comfortable working in groups.

2. To achieve a level 7 in at least one subject >> achieved; I received three level sevens.

3. To achieve at least a level 5 in P.E. >> achieved; I received exactly a level 5 in P.E. and an effort mark of “E”.

Collaborative Goal (title) (1)

1. To take the level 7 piano examination at the end of the year >> not achieved (yet); however I still have until the start of grade nine (late 2015).

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 7

This final C.A.S. reflection will be on my minor creativity, open art room. For a couple weeks, I attended open art room on a regular basis to finish/catch up on a pottery project I had been working on for my “Magic of Mud” L.E.A.P. elective. Doing so allowed me to become better acquainted with my style of learning. I learned that I work best in quiet areas, with little or no people around me. This allows me to increase focus on my work and minimize distractions. Picking up on strategies to help myself learn is what we have been learning about in Life & Learning Skills 8, and my minor C.A.S. experience has really helped with that.

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 6

This brief reflection will be on my minor action commitment, the grade 8-9 girls basketball B-team at Mulgrave. This commitment was formerly ice skating lessons, but as I chose not to do ice skating this year, it has been changed to basketball. What I have learned from this experience is that working as a team an staying committed to tasks when working in a group is very important. This year, all the scheduled games were cancelled because players (including myself) were missing practice, sometimes without notice. As a result, there was no harmony between the team members, and we were unable to prepare for games.

Feedback Reflections 2014-2015

1. Best moment(s) in Term 1 or proudest achievement(s). If it’s the same as what you have posted in the Google Form that’s fine.

My proudest achievements in Term 1 have been receiving several level 7-8s in science, French, and humanities (social studies). I am also proud of having received a level 5 in P.E.

2. Goal(s) for Term 2

My goals for Term 2 are the following:

  • To achieve several level 7-8s in visual arts.
  • To improve my performing arts grades into level 6-7s.
  • To continue attaining high levels of achievement in science, French, and humanities (social studies).
  • To achieve level 6-7s on maths tests as well as investigations.

3. Something your teachers, parents can do to help you achieve your goals in Term 2.

My teachers and parents could help me achieve my Term 2 goals by constantly giving me feedback on my strengths and areas of improvement. My parents could help me with my maths practices so that attaining level 6-7s on tests becomes a realistic goal.

4. Something you really want to change or do better in academics.

I would like to improve my performing arts grades and achieve level 6-7s on maths tests.

5. Something you want to change or do better in CAS or outside school.

I would like to start making an effort to complete (to the best of my ability) the homework I receive from my Farsi class. I would also like to begin allotting time outside school for reading, in English, Farsi, and French.

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