Core Competency Reflection


  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.
I found that quarter 1 went well for me because of only having two courses at once, allowing me not to have to balance four courses at once which would usually be very difficult. In addition, making new friends while being back in the classroom was really nice because I got to enjoy a bit of social interaction while we still can. Moreover, condensing the different classes is very helpful because then they are completely done for the rest of the year, allowing me to focus on other activities in and outside of the educational setting.
  1. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing or stressful? Explain.
Although condensing the curriculum of each course is nice to have it completed, but I found that it extremely stressful only receiving a few weeks to learn everything within the Science course because of how much information is needed in order to carry on our understanding throughout the rest of high school. In addition, I have found that the schedule for the quarter system has been a bit frustrating to get used to, especially since every day is different than the day before so scheduling out each day has become much more of an important task.


  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 that I really want to improve in quarter 2 is my organization and time management. Although I do have pretty good time management and organizational skills, I believe that everyone can always improve on them. Whether it be great or small, saving an extra few minutes can save you a lot of stress. For example, recently I’ve found it quite difficult to stay on task, even in school, so convincing myself to work harder is something very important. In addition, getting tasks done always feels good, especially if you’ve had them hanging over your head for a while such as a large project.


  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) My first specific action that I can start doing every day to get closer to my goal is keeping a very descriptive calendar for each day throughout this quarter. This can help me by organizing my day around my other activities that I have going on throughout each day. Each day, I wouldn’t have to spend much time on creating the calendar, but I would most likely keep it open at all times so that I can refer back to it whenever I need to.

b) My second specific action that I can start doing every day to get closer to my goal is keeping a homework list of all the different tasks that I have to complete within each course. This can help me by managing how much time I would need to spend on each task, allowing me to have more free time once I’ve completed all of my assignments. Each day, I wouldn’t spend much time on creating the list because I would just add to it throughout the day.


  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.
If I experience challenges, I could work through them by asking the teacher of that course on how to most efficiently complete the assignment given, or I could ask a parent how they would complete this task or how they think I should complete it. If I’m ever feeling overwhelmed, I allow myself to take a short 15-minute break where I can clear my mind and let myself relax. In addition, I might go for a short walk or go on a bike ride in order to clear my mind and help myself think clearly.