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.

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.

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