In-Depth Post 1

For my In-Depth project this year, I have decided to explore punch needling. Punch needling is a craft related to rug hooking. When using a punch needle, you push the needle into the fabric while keeping the needle on the surface. This motion forms a series of loops that can form a rug or embroidery piece. I chose punch needling as my topic because it is a skill that I have recently found interest in. I enjoy hands-on projects and punch needling seems like a fun passion that can be done to pass time. By learning this skill, I hope to have gained a new hobby that I can continue after the in-depth project period. 

Learn Punch Needle Embroidery: A Beginner's Guide - Raising Nobles

To learn the basics of punch needling, I will use various resources such as YouTube videos/tutorials, blogs, websites, and books. I have found that there are many online resources and specifically many videos on how to get started with punch needling. Additionally, I will also receive assistance and support from a mentor. With the help of a mentor and online resources, I feel that I will be prepared to learn how to punch needle and gain experience in many techniques. 

I have done some searching online but I currently do not have a mentor in place. There are not many individuals locally who are knowledgeable in this specific craft, so I have found difficulty finding a mentor. I am looking to visit Michael’s as there may be someone experienced in punch needling. If I cannot find a mentor quickly, I may have to switch my topic as In-Depth is already rolling. An alternative topic I have in mind is piano. My mother could be my mentor and piano may work out well as I have a piano in my house already.  

As of right now, I have purchased supplies I need online such as the punch needle, monk’s cloth, and an embroidery hoop, but they have not yet arrived. I will also purchase yarn and backing cloth as soon as possible. Although I have not had the chance to punch needle yet, I have been watching many videos and tutorials on how to get started. I have also kept track of some inspiration ideas that I would like to create.  

The In-Depth project will take place from January through May. Throughout these five months, I will be having meetings with a mentor, completing blog posts, and tracking my progressMy goal is to be consistent with working on In-Depth. This means practicing punch needling every week and learning new techniques and information. I want to create punch needle pieces throughout all five months and to present my learning at the end of In-Depth, I am looking to create a large-scale punch needle rug that showcases all the skills I have learned. In addition, I may create a video or presentation on the basics of punch needling.  

I aexcited to embark on this learning journey and hope for an engaging and enjoyable experience! 

Patsy Mink – Eminent Learning Centre

Good evening everyone and welcome to Night of the Notables!

My name is Patsy Mink and I was the first woman of colour and first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Encountering racial and gender discrimination throughout my life has inspired me to become a strong advocate for gender equality and educational reform.

Here is a virtual time capsule that illustrates my life.

After looking through the time capsule, take this short quiz if you would like to learn a bit more about me.

Thank you for visiting and feel free to leave any questions or comments! Enjoy the rest of your evening browsing the learning centres of fellow eminent individuals.

Developing the Leaders Around You

Session 1: The Law of the Chain

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork describes The Law of the Chain as “The Strength of the Team is Impacted by its Weakest Link.” This quote means that the productivity and abilities of a group of people can be deterred by just one person. One person that acts as a weak link can have a negative impact on the team because the others end up having to assist the weak link, and the group as a whole becomes less effective.

I chose this principle because it is a very relevant concept that can be applied to many aspects of life such as sports teams, friend groups, coworkers, and team members in general. Team members could mean your peers, partners for group projects, and committees for leadership in TALONS. I personally relate to these aspects as a student, a member of the TALONS program, and a soccer teammate.

I will be applying this principle in future leadership activities, trips, and events, by being more aware of weak links. I will look for certain qualities in team members such as not showing development in their tasks, not working to improve themselves, falling behind, and not pulling through with their responsibilities. Weak links don’t necessarily always mean that they aren’t trying. I will make sure that as a leader, I recognize these members, provide them with assistance if they are truly trying, and call them out on their laziness if they’re actively choosing to be the weak link.

 

Session 2: Types of People Who Affect Momentum

There are four types of people who affect momentum in every team. Momentum breakers stop the momentum flow. Momentum takers sap or drain the momentum. Momentum fakers stage momentum meaning they may try to hype up the energy of the group when there really isn’t much there. Momentum makers, which we all should strive to be, start the momentum of the team. Momentum occurs when someone takes the initiative to speak up and kickstart the rest of the group. The main idea to take away is that momentum starts with you.

I chose this principle because I found it very eye-opening and interesting. After hearing John C. Maxwell speak about how different types of people affect momentum and reviewing the concept myself, I realized that I have experienced all four types of people. Momentum breakers, takers, and fakers are more common than you’d think, and recognizing it is the first step to eliminating negative impacts on the momentum within a team. This principle taught me that I want to strive to consistently possess and project the attitude of being a momentum maker.

I will apply this concept through observation and evaluation during leadership activities, and events. I think that recognizing when someone may be saying or presenting actions that negatively impact the flow of the momentum is important because as a team, we always want to make momentum happen. A team member may not be actively attempting to stop momentum flow but even if it’s not on purpose, I think giving them a reminder that we are striving to keep the momentum going is considerate and helpful. Evaluating myself and the leaders around me will allow for further understanding of the group dynamic. Additionally, I will put my best efforts to keep myself in the category of momentum makers in any future leadership work and just in general.

 

Session 3: People Do What People See

This principle is fairly self-explanatory. A leader’s actions directly impact the efforts of the leaders they are developing. An example given by John C. Maxwell is “Pint = Gallon: A Pint of example is equal to a Gallon of advice.” Our observations of other people direct our paths and knowledge. The way we learn is 89% visual, 10% audio, and 1% other senses. Looking at these percentages, we can see that what we see is a very prominent factor that correlates to what we do.

I chose this idea for Session 3 because it spoke to me. I came to the realization that we are always influenced by the actions of others. Although we don’t always notice it, that’s how humans naturally work. For example, seeing someone that displays great communication skills inspires and sparks us to replicate their behavior. Straying away from the leadership aspect, we also see this principle in our daily lives. We see others immersed in the latest fashion trends, video games, hobbies, etc, and a majority of us typically involve ourselves in what others are doing to fit in. This clearly does not apply to all but it is a real-life example that we can see happening on a daily basis.

I will take this principle and apply it to leadership activities, trips, and events by being a role model and the best mentor I can be towards my team members but especially the 9s I will be working with. It’s so important to exemplify appropriate leadership behavior because whether you like it or not, people are watching, and they may start to pick up on and exhibit similar behaviors. It would be very disappointing if you as a leader, negatively influenced the development of leaders around you because you were demonstrating poor leadership abilities.

 

Session 4: The Equipping Process

Equipping is a three-step process. The first step is equipper to the leader which is someone who already has all the necessary tools and skills assisting the person being equipped which is a leader. The second step is the person being equipped to help the developing leader. The third and final step is the equipped person (developing leader) equipping others around them. This whole process exemplifies what it takes to be a real and high-level leader. Not only does the equipping process produce an equipped person but it also teaches the equipped person how to assist others.

I chose this principle because it stood out to me from the rest of the concepts. I always have believed that the best way to learn is to teach the knowledge you have gained to somebody else. If you can teach someone else the material you have been taught, it shows that you truly understand the topic. This concept holds significance to me because a goal I have is to equip others and make sure the person I equip can equip others and the equipping process lays out all the information nicely.

I will be applying this process directly to future leadership activities, trips, and events. I won’t always be the equipper or the leader because sometimes your position is the person being developed or the person being equipped by an equipped person. Nonetheless, no matter which position I am in the equipping process, I will invest time in developing potential leaders and raising others beyond my own level of leadership. There is no room for jealously in teams or organizations, and rather than being envious of my own team members, I will be proud of them, encouraging, and strive to push myself and my potential as a leader.

Digital Literacy – Remote Learning Reflection

Remote learning has been a journey filled with highs and lows. One thing that I enjoyed about online learning was how I could work off my own schedule and take breaks when I wanted to as it gave me more flexibility. One thing I disliked was the absence of face-to-face interaction. I miss seeing my friends every day and having conversations face to face.

I have been using my laptop almost every day for remote learning. Technology has been helpful as it’s how I attend online classes, receive assignments, communicate with my teachers and peers, and complete my work. Without technology, I wouldn’t have been able to complete assignments these past few months.

Although technology has aided my remote learning experience, it has also proved to be a distraction. I have found myself taking long breaks on my phone because there isn’t a teacher watching over me throughout the whole day. I have also had quite a few Wi-Fi issues these past few months which has been quite a hassle.

One core competency that I was already proficient in was Critical Thinking. A lot of my assignments have required me to do self-directed research and find reliable sources. One specific project being an independent essay outline for Science on the effects of climate change on Canada’s spheres. Critical thinking has definitely helped with my transition to remote learning.

One core competency that I have improved during my remote learning experience is Communication. Through communicating with TEAMS, emailing teachers, and arranging meetings with my peers, I have developed my communication skills. One example is a group video project on The American Revolution. We set up online meetings and worked collaboratively through shared documents.

In-Depth Night

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your evening so far.

My name is Simran and for my In-Depth project this year, I chose to learn the basics of watercolour painting. Prior to this project, I did not have any knowledge about watercolour painting but through this experience, I have gained a basic understanding of various skills and techniques. Thank you to my watercolour partner Amin for helping me throughout In-Depth. I would also like to say a huge thank you to my mentor Nina as I have learned a lot from her, and without her support, I would not have been able to gain as much knowledge as I did.

For my final presentation, I have put together a PowerPoint of some of the paintings I created and descriptions for each one to highlight some of the skills I learned.

Here is the link to the presentation:

In-Depth 2020: Watercolour Painting PowerPoint Presentation

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or comments regarding my In-Depth journey. I will be replying to them as soon as possible. Thank you for visiting my post and I hope you have a great rest of your evening!

In-Depth Post 6

Since my last post, I have continued to practice watercolour painting using the materials that I have at home. I mentioned in my previous post that I was running low on watercolour paper and Ms. Mulder suggested that I could learn how to make my own out of recycled paper! I looked for a tutorial online and I ended up finding this video.

It was very helpful and I was able to make my own paper with materials that were already in my house. For example, I needed to improvise with the screen material because that was something that I didn’t have but there were alternatives such as using an old cotton t-shirt or a cheesecloth. Besides making watercolour paper, I have started to think about my final project and also have been communicating with my mentor via messaging. Our mentor is currently in Taiwan and because of the drastic time difference, it is very difficult to arrange video calls because when it’s daytime here, it’s the evening over there. We have been encouraged to continue to practice with the materials we have and have been communicating through texting if we need any help or have questions.

I am still planning on how I want my presentation to look like for our online In-Depth night later this month. An idea I have at the moment is creating a slideshow of all the techniques I’ve learned and paintings that I’ve created since the beginning of in-depth. I was originally planning on having a physical gallery of my work but since that isn’t possible, I’m thinking that this is the next best thing. I have also thought about creating a short video tutorial demonstrating some of the basic watercolour techniques that Nina has taught me. I am not sure if I have the time to do this but it’s something that I could do to present my learning. In-depth has been a fun and exciting journey and I feel that time flew by so quickly. I am excited for in-depth night and to see what some of my peers have been doing over these past months.

Until In-Depth night!

Ecological Footprint Assignment

Planning

Ecological Footprint Calculations

Based on my calculations from the questionnaire, my ecological footprint is 8.8 hectares. Comparing to my peers, I had a lower footprint than Hailey that had 10.6 hectares and Evan who got 9.36 hectares. I had a similar footprint compared to Indah with 8.2 hectares but I had a substantially higher footprint when compared to Avery who calculated 6.77 hectares.

10 actions that currently increase the size of my footprint:

  1. Taking showers for 10+ minutes
  2. Buying some of my clothing brand-new
  3. Producing enough garbage to fit into a shoebox every day
  4. Spending some time traveling in a car each day
  5. Spending more than one hour on my laptop every day
  6. Having a medium-sized car as the car used most often
  7. Having the majority of the food I eat grown outside of BC
  8. Eating mostly non-organic food
  9. Consuming dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
  10. Consuming lots of meat

5 actions to reduce my ecological footprint:

  1. Taking shorter showers: I take long showers and by reducing the amount of time spent in the shower, my overall water usage will decrease, resulting in a lower ecological footprint. I also feel that taking long showers is a bad habit I have and by starting to reduce the time I spend showering now will spark a change and build good habits for the future.
  2. Producing less garbage daily so it can fit into a cup: I currently produce enough garbage to fit into a shoebox every day and I think that the amount of garbage I produce can and should be reduced. Recognizing my actions is the first step and by attempting to reduce the amount of garbage produced will cause me to become more conscious of how the garbage I produce carries toward my footprint.
  3. Spending less time on my laptop every day: Although I do have to use my laptop daily for online learning purposes, I am spending an excessive amount of time on my laptop doing activities like watching Netflix. Limiting my laptop usage for unnecessary activities will lead me to become more productive and have time for other actions like going for a walk or doing in-depth.
  4. Reducing my dairy consumption: I chose this action because I consume a lot of dairy products. Right now is a good time to try to minimize the amount of dairy I eat and I feel that it will not be very difficult to make this change.
  5. Reducing my meat consumption: Again, I feel like I eat a lot of meat. Reducing my meat consumption wouldn’t hurt and I also feel that this change will be quite easy to implement.

I am aiming to take shorter showers. To do this, I am going to set a timer whenever I take a shower so I am aware of how long I am spending showering. I will set a 10-minute timer so that when I hear it go off and I am still showering, I will know that it is time to start wrapping up. This will be effective because, for the first few days, I can recognize how much time I am actually spending in the shower and work to reduce the time over the next week or two.

To reduce the amount of garbage I produce each day, I am planning on having a cup that I will put all my garbage inside. By doing so, I will be able to monitor how much garbage there is and make changes accordingly. I will also make a conscious effort to reduce my unnecessary use of items like paper, food packaging, and drink bottles.

To spend less unnecessary time on my laptop, I will have a limit on how much time I can spend on my laptop for activities that do not pertain to school work. I am going to be limiting myself to 1 hour each day and tracking the time by setting timers whenever I am using my laptop for an activity like watching Netflix.

To reduce my dairy consumption, I am going to limit myself to 1 cup of dairy each day. This should keep me on track to consume less dairy in general. I will also ask my parents if we can have dinners with less dairy. I will try to ear dairy-free snacks and include a good balance of other food groups.

To reduce the amount of meat I eat, I plan to communicate with my parents about the meat we are purchasing and how dinners will look like. I can control what I eat for breakfast and lunch because those are meals where I make my own food, but for dinner, it is mostly up to my parents on what we’re having.

Reflection

Some of the changes that were easy for me to make were taking shorter showers and spending less unnecessary time on my laptop. The timer method worked well for taking shorter showers and by the end of the two weeks, my shower duration was around10 minutes instead of 10+ minutes. I was also able to reduce the amount of time I spend on my laptop for activities like watching Netflix quite easily. By setting timers, it reminded me of how much more time I had left. By spending less time on my laptop, I had time for other activities like going for a bike ride to get fresh air or baking cookies.

Some of the changes that were difficult for me to make were reducing the amount of meat I eat, reducing dairy consumption, and fitting all my garbage into a cup. I thought it wouldn’t be too hard to reduce meat and dairy consumption but I was proven wrong. Since my dinners were based on what ingredients we had at home, it wasn’t easy to control. I did make an effort to eat less meat and dairy throughout the day, but when it came to dinner, I did not have control over that. Although I think I did reduce the amount of garbage I produced, I wasn’t successful of fitting it in a cup. I do think that my amount of garbage decreased but it was difficult to get to a point where I was only creating enough garbage to fit into a cup.

An obstacle I encountered was not having control over some of the meals that I ate during the two weeks. I couldn’t completely change my diet due to the fact that our dinners were based on the ingredients we had or what was available at the store. I didn’t have full control over what I ate and that caused it to be more difficult to consume less dairy and meat.

For the future, I hope to continue to implement some of these changes. For example, the shower timer worked really well and I hope that I will keep taking shorter showers because it is reducing my water usage. Spending less time on my laptop when I came will also be a change to implement and continue. I also think that I can continue to work on the amount of garbage that I am producing. This assignment made me more conscious of my actions and how these actions can affect my ecological footprint.

TALONS Digital Literacy Assignment 5

Assignment 5: Hick’s Lake Retreat

(Unfortunately, we do not have access to the planning documents)

For our leadership class, our class planned a 3-day retreat to Hick’s Lake. We started planning on the first day of school and it was our second time meeting one another. We all split off into different committees and got to work. I was a part of the food and equipment committee. There were many tasks that we had to complete in order for a successful trip. For example, the food and equipment committee was in charge of planning each meal we would be eating on the trip and we did our own food shopping and food prep. We attended many leadership classes in order to prepare for our trip that would take place in the middle of September. The learning objective for this was to get an idea of what leadership planning would look like, to work collaboratively and get to know our classmates, and of course to plan a successful retreat.

3. I respond to the work or ideas of my peers in a way that is compassionate and productive

Since the first day of planning was only the second time most of us had met, there was a lot of teamwork within committees. We recognized that we all had to provide our own ideas and work together effectively in order to plan the retreat. We didn’t have a lot of time to do this, so I feel like responding to the work of my peers in a positive way came naturally and there was a lot of building off each other’s ideas.

8. I challenge myself to increase my technological literacy by working with apps, software, or mediums that I have not used in the past

Although I used my laptop throughout all of middle school for my classes, I had never worked with Microsoft Teams. On the first day of planning, I was introduced to working with teams. It was something new and unknown at first, but I quickly became familiar with it and now Microsoft Teams is something that I use on a daily basis.