Core Competencies 2020 Quarter 1


  1. During Quarter 1, what went well for you? Examples: being back in the classroom, having only two courses, seeing my friends, keeping up with homework, playing volleyball, improving math, helping plan a virtual assembly, becoming more fit.
Being able to adapt TALONS Leadership 11 and carry out my leadership projects during this first quarter was something that went great for me. With COVID-19, this whole year has been flipped upside down. When I first started leadership, it was confusing. I didn’t know what to do or what to expect, but through this quarter I was able to adapt and run my leadership projects. From camping, to cultural event, lesson planning, to creating leaders, I was able to make it through each problem that came up.
  1. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing or stressful? Explain.

The most challenging part of Quarter 2 was adapting to the split schedule. One day I’d have class form 7:45AM-3:45PM, and the next day I’d only go from 9AM-11AM. This caused a lot of stress for me because I didn’t create a schedule. I couldn’t find something to ground myself and keep me focused, and I found that it became harder and harder to focus on school. School didn’t feel like school, and mental I was fazed.



  1. Think of ONE thing you really want to improve in Quarter 2 (and Q 3&4). Examples: a school subject, a sport, time spent on homework/studying, playing a musical instrument, leadership skills, a language, photography, a relationship, general fitness.

One thing I really want to improve is my organization. This term I improved with procrastination, but I found that I was still very unorganized. Whether it was knowing all my homework and projects, keeping my room clean, or having everything I needed for school, it was all very unorganized. I hope to improve this through the year as it will take away the confusion and stress of the quarter system.



  1. What are two specific actions that you can start doing every day to get closer to your goal? How long will you spend on this action each day? What part of the day?

a) Keep a “To Do List”: Every night around 8PM I can edit this list. It will have homework, big events, and all my tasks that I need to get done. If I look at and edit this each day, it will act as a refresher and help me stay on top of my work.

b) Organize Loose Papers: Whenever I get a new paper for any class, organize the paper immediately in my binder/duo tang so I’m not left with extra papers that I don’t know where they go.



  1. If you experience challenges, what might you do to work through them? Examples: ask help from a friend or parent; break the task into smaller chunks; “google” how other people may deal with similar problems.

To work through organizational problems, my main support will be Google. I’m confident in my abilities to work through this goal, but when I come across problems, I’ll use Google. Google has many resources regarding organizational skills and strategies, and when I need it, I can check there for information. It’s simple, but effective, and it’ll help me through any problems.


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