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.
Something that went well for me in Quarter 1 was having only two courses to focus on. Last year, it was very difficult at times to keep up with several classes at one time, all assigning lots of homework. Something that also worked well for me, personally, was the blended class model. Often, when I am sitting in one room focusing on one subject for a long time, I begin to lose focus. However, when I had the chance to do work from home on some days, I became more attentive and willing to learn.
2. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing or stressful? Explain.
Something I found stressful this Quarter was trying to deal with Covid-19 protocols while still maintaining my mental health and keeping up with homework. Being physically back at school offered a new level of stress on top of everything else I previously had to deal with. I really appreciate everyone who is still taking precautions seriously and putting in the work to keep themselves and others around them safe.
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.
Something I would really like to improve on in Quarter 2 is finding methods of staying focused in class. Especially since I am going to be back at school – in one room – full-time, I really need to maintain productivity and understand strategies that work for me.
5. 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) I will look online and ask others around me what some strategies for staying focused in class are. I also have some strategies that I know work well for me already, and I can use those even from the beginning. I will then practice by implementing one or a couple strategies for several days in order to determine the most effective one. Each day, I will spend my time in class with these strategies. This will therefore be from 9am-2:30pm each day.
b) Another action I can start doing every day to get closer to my goal is to reflect on my focus at the end of the day. After class, I will sit down and evaluate my attentiveness and how much I understood. Once I determine how well I did, I can then figure out if I need to change something for the next day or if I should continue what I am already doing.
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.
If I experience challenges, I will ask a family member to help, as they know me and how I learn quite well. I will let them know what I have tried and what I am still struggling with. What are their thoughts on the matter? Have they experienced anything similar? How did they overcome those struggles? What methods did they use?