1. During Quarter 1, what went well for you? Explain. 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.
One change with the new quarter system in school that I was quite pleased with was the number of courses I had. Rather than having up to six different courses a day like last year, I would only have a maximum of three to four courses a day, with some days even having just one course in-person. Although these blocks were longer than last year, I had a much easier time managing my classes and my workload. I was able to go more in-depth and focus on only a handful of subjects at any given point, which made school both less stressful and more effective for me coming into such a different year. I actually preferred having shorter and longer days during the week, so I could spend more time doing work at home and taking needed breaks.
2. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing, or stressful? Explain.
One obstacle that I faced as a learner in quarter one was the lack of interactions I was able to have with students around the school. Due to all the COVID-19 protocols, I was limited to conversing only with my classmates and nobody else from different parts of the school. Although I am grateful that we are still allowed to talk with our classmates in general, I found that my determination and overall enjoyment for school could have been higher if I was able to meet and talk with many of my friends outside of my classes. This became very apparent during lunches when I would often resort to simply browsing on my laptop or phone for the entire duration.
3. 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 major goal that I have going forward for the rest of the year would be to get more comfortable at playing volleyball. Having joined the jr. volleyball team, I have committed myself to practice and getting better at the sport already. Both for my personal enjoyment as well as my health and fitness, taking on a new sport during a time in which unique opportunities are not common has been an amazing blessing, and I wouldn’t want the chance to go to waste.
4. 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) Whenever I am in bed (taking a break from work, right before sleeping), I like to set the ball to myself to become more comfortable and confident with the motion.
b) Eating breakfast becomes crucial when you have an intense practice session, so I have tried to eat a healthy meal before going to school every day, whether that be a banana or some toast.
5. 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.
Making sure to set clear and small goals is an effective way to avoid challenges and work past them. By taking on a task one step at a time, you are able to quickly troubleshoot any challenges that may occur and can adjust your plan accordingly.