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.
Being more social this quarter was something that I think went well for me. During quarantine I rarely talked to anyone outside of my family, and I think that that made me a lot sadder than usual. Because I was around more people, talking and interacting with new people, I felt significantly happier than I did in quarantine. Another aspect that I think went well for me this quarter was being in a classroom and learning again. During online learning I had a hard time listening and focusing on what we were learning, so I found it really difficult to learn in an online setting. When I got back into the classroom, I was able to learn better and actually enjoy myself while learning as well.
During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing or stressful? Explain.
For me, I found that the challenge of having 2 courses packed into one quarter was really stressful. When my courses started, I was always stressed about learning a language as well as focusing on science at the same time. Even though we had 2-hour classes and only 2 subjects, I always thought I needed more time to let everything sink in. Though near the end of the quarter it got a little bit easier, I still am a little worried about forgetting everything until next year.
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.
Next quarter, I want to improve on my balancing skills. Not the literal one-foot balancing, but giving equal time to all of my interests and needs. Sometimes, I found myself spending too much time on schoolwork and neglecting my need for other needs or at other times, spending too much time on the computer and neglecting my schoolwork. If I were to give one specific example, I want to try and spend more time on playing and practicing my instrument (the piano) because it makes me happy and I like that. Overall, I just want to practice more because I tend to not make time for it at all.
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?
- I can set a specific time where I stop and sit at the piano to practice or just play around. And I can make sure I don’t overdo it by setting a time when I have to get off to work on other work. For example, I can start at 5:00pm and end at 6:00pm.
2. I can choose or make a list of songs that I want to learn or learn by ear on the piano. This way I can keep motivated and always have something that I look forward to playing. I can keep this list by the piano or keep it as a list on my phone so I can remember it and I can use it whenever I set a time to play.
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.
I if start to start ignoring the time I set for myself to play, I can ask my parents or brothers to remind me when my timer or whatever I’ll use goes off so that I’m more motivated or reminded. I can also ask my brothers to play along with me when I start to feel less motivated to play. Sometimes when my brothers play along with me to a song or something, I feel more motivated and excited to practice. I can also set tiny goals like preforming in front of family so that I have something to work towards.