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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.

MY-CAS eFOLIO PLAN G9

❀ MY-CAS eFOLIO PLAN ❀
Major Creativity Major Action Major Service
  • Commitment: Farsi Class
  • Categories: Creativity
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: New Skills
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Goals: my goal is to improve in reading and writing in Farsi, and to learn new words. I’d also like to be ranked #1 again.
  • Commitment: Horseback Riding
  • Categories: Action
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Exploration
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Goals: my goal is to learn at least how to canter without stirrups, and to become more comfortable with riding new horses.
  • Commitment: HeadsUP PeerAdvisors & MPS
  • Categories: Service
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: ‘Globalocal’ Impact
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 year
  • Service Commitment Type: 2. School-based initiative
  • Goals: my goal is to become more comfortable with service work, as well as to make some kind of a difference in the school (i.e. motivate the student body to speak out their ideas).
Minor Creativity Minor Action Minor Service
  • Commitment: Open Art Room
  • Categories: Creativity
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Self-Awareness
  • Time Commitment (estimate): at the very least 2 days
  • Goals: my goal is to reflect upon and apply the skills that I have learned in my art class on Thursdays.
  • Commitment: Ice Skating
  • Categories: Action
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Self-Awareness/Commitment
  • Time Commitment (estimate): Approx. 4 months
  • Goals: my goal is to improve my skills in ice skating through trying new things. I’d also like to pass level 2 and to become more comfortable with doing crossovers.
  • Commitment: Backpack Drive
  • Categories: Service
  • CAS Learning Outcome(s) Covered: Ethics/’Globalocal’ Impact
  • Time Commitment (estimate): 1 day
  • Service Commitment Type: 1. Local Impact
  • Goals: my goal is to successfully follow through with the service commitment.
 

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/ Photo

This is a photo of myself and the school horse I was riding, Persia.

This is a photo of myself and the school horse I was riding, Persia.

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.

2014-2015 C/A/S Reflection Noº 4

I have chosen my Farsi class as my major creativity C.A.S. commitment, and from this experience I have learned the importance of completing assigned homework and paying attention in class. The practice of new lessons must be done at home, and class time is for correcting mistakes and asking the teacher for help on areas in need of development. If the entire class does not complete their homework, then the teacher will be unable to do their job of teaching new concepts and the students will be forced to learn what they should have at home in class, thus resulting in the delay of new lessons and hindered general learning. With this new/reinforced knowledge, from now on I will do my best to ensure that all of my homework is completed, and that I stay engaged in class. Missing out on lessons and instructions is disadvantageous, as it results in lack of understanding of the given work.

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