If I were to walk through a hall with my school experiences from my middle school, I would clearly see areas where I've grown, where I might have struggled, and where I was very successful.
Growing in my academics has always been something high on my priority list. It makes moving forward in life a lot easier.
An area where I improved the most in, was my Portuguese. When I skipped B, so going directly from PFL A to PFL C, it showed I was showing growth in my knowledge of the language. Especially in my writing have I improved. Take this blog post from 6th grade, and this one from 7th grade. In the newest one, I wrote it all by myself, and I finalised it without many teacher-corrections. On the other hand, in 6th grade, I hardly wrote anything. Most of it was my teachers or google translate... This is why I'm really proud of myself, as I know I've improved a lot. Additionally, I used to think that if I just listened in Portuguese class, I could pick up the language easily. Though now I know that participating in class is essential to be able to practice it as well. Also, writing challenging things could help me know what I should aim for in my Portuguese career. For example, you could check out this legend I wrote, called O Lugar de Negociacao. I wrote it based of a Dutch legend, called Vrouwe Van Stavoren. I know for sure that last year, I wouldn't at all be able to have done this. Throughout my growth in Portuguese, I demonstrated perseverance, for keep on trying to write the correct things. When I struggled, I kept in mind that everything would be cool in the end, and it did!
The whole class wrote a legend, and in the end, we put it together in a cool online book! Here it is:
Lastly, I showed growth in my reflections in PE class. I used to think that PE was just about exercising and writing reflections wasn’t something that would help me in this class. Now I think that reflecting helps me understand things better, and it also shows me how I’ve been doing in this class and how I can improve for the future. Furthermore, I've improved in my reflection writing. Since my teacher, Ms. Arcenas, is very strict (in a good way) with our reflections, I was able to write it to the best of my ability. Now I know how to write a good one, and make sure it is effective.
Of course, I faced challenges throughout this semester. They occur everywhere, you just need to find the right way to overcome them. That's something very important that I've learned over the course of time, and I applied that knowledge in my classes.
Furthermore, during advisory, I didn't think that being innovative was that important. Basically, I thought that these 45 minutes weren't as important compared to my other classes. Now I believe it has just as much value. For example, through the passion project we got to be creative and that is something good to be as well. When we started this long process, I didn't really spend time on it, though near the middle end, I actually wanted to and I knew it was always good to put in my best effort, so I spent a lot of time on it. Now I know that this class is just as good as others. For my final passion project presentation, I created a prezi. With that, I flipped through the pages of my book to point out cool things that would interest the audience more. In the end, I think that I overcame this challenge, which I'm happy about!
Finally, there were many successes during this academic journey. From experiences, I know that by working hard and trying your best will get you somewhere.
Firstly, I was very balanced, especially in humanities. In this specific class, I used to think it was all about writing and reading, meaning there wouldn't be that many interesting things. Now I know for sure that it is important to be balanced in humanities, and that writing and reading aren’t the only things you do in this class. Presenting and making comics is also something we do! I’ve been very successful at these things. In December, my classmate, Talia de Beer, and I created a comic about plastic pollution, and how it is affecting our society. We also recently learned about governments, and we had to write a blogpost. This shows that I was very balanced at doing different things to represent my learning. Lastly, for my book presentations, I did a prezi, a poster, and an oral talk. I wanted to mix it up to keep it interesting!
These is a little sneak peak from the comic...
Last but not least, I (personally) think I was a great communicator in the Arts subjects. In the past, I thought that the Arts electives were just hobbies and students did them for fun. Now I understand that the Arts can help a person make better sense of things, and it also makes something a lot more fun! Additionally, I’ve communicated my messages and ideas very successfully, as is seen in my theatre blog posts or my art and clay website. In theatre, my classmates and I did a Theatre in Education project, which is when you create a short skit that will send a message to people. I never knew about this, but when we had to create this, I think I was successful in educating people on the topic we were acting on, which was cyberbullying. Also, in my Art and Clay projects, I sent messages about myself through sculptures, which I thought was really interesting as well.