In-Depth Night 2021

Hello everyone and welcome to In-Depth Night!

My name is Simran and for my In-Depth project this year, I pursued jewelry making and focused specifically on making rings. Ring making was a skill that I had never played around with prior to In-Depth and it proved to be a challenging but very enjoyable experience. I would like to thank my mentor Himali for providing me with jewelry-making knowledge and support throughout my In-Depth journey.

For my final project, I have put together a YouTube video and a PowerPoint gallery.

Here is the video tutorial/process video on how to make spoon rings!

For a PowerPoint gallery of some of the rings I have created, click here.

Please feel free to leave any questions or comments you may have about my In-Depth project.

Thank you for visiting my presentation and enjoy the rest of your evening!

Career Life Education 10 – Life as a Physiotherapist

Being a physiotherapist is not as simple a job as you may think it is. It requires excellent communication skills, building relationships and trust with clientele, and a strong work ethic. For my Career Life Education 10 course, I interviewed Colby Treliving, a physiotherapist at Station Physiotherapy. I met Colby about a year and a half ago when I went to physio after enduring a sports-related injury. I chose to interview him because I knew he was very knowledgeable in the field and could answer my questions regarding physiotherapy.

A crucial idea I took away relates to the skills an individual needs to become a physiotherapist. Communication skills are the largest one. Colby mentioned how communication is key because “you have to be able to take care of their pain and listen to them and their stories.” He also emphasized making sure your clients feel heard and how “you cannot be a robot; you have to get your clients excited about rehabilitation.” All in all, strong communication skills are the foundation you need to excel at being a physiotherapist.

Another major concept I learned is the importance of building relationships and trust with the clientele. Colby expressed that as a physiotherapist, “you are not as much of a body parts, muscles, tendons, and joints person as you are a people person.” He also talked about how physiotherapists need to build trust to get clients to look at you as someone who can help them, opposed to somebody who is an expert at treating an injury. I learned of the value of building rapport, getting clients on your side, and helping them help themselves. Seeing smiles and laughter during sessions tells you that you are doing something right.

Lastly, I discovered the value of planning ahead. Although you do not need to know your exact career path as a Grade 10 student because it may change over time, looking, thinking, and planning ahead will not do you any disservice. Colby explained that you should “look into what it takes, figure out what kind of courses you need to get into the specific program, and make sure you are taking those classes in high school.” He mentioned how he went back to redo some math and biology classes because, in high school, he had no interest in becoming a physiotherapist. Outlining clear objectives and goals for yourself now will only set you up for smoother sailing in the future.

By conducting this interview, I have gained valuable insight into what it takes to become a physiotherapist. I learned new information and received details regarding how a day in the life of a physiotherapist would look like. While I do not know what I would exactly what I would like to pursue in post-secondary education, physiotherapy remains one out of the various fields I have an interest in.

In-Depth Post 6

Over these past four weeks, I have had a meeting with my mentor and have continued to work on jewelry making using different gauges (thicknesses) of wire. The smaller the number, the thicker the wire. Throughout experimentation, I have found that that higher gauges/thinner wire is a lot easier and more flexible to work with but is also weaker and more breakable. Using wires and pliers, I made a snake ring, moon ring, heart ring, and cactus ring (all pictured below). The snake ring was the most difficult and time-consuming to make, as it required two different gauges of wire and to attach a stone in the head of the snake and hide the ends of the wire.


Concepts in recent sessions with mentor:

  • Materials
  • Creation Process
  • Analysis
  • Experimentation
  • Jewelry making styles

Action alternatives my mentor has offered me throughout this project include using different techniques when it comes to jewelry making. For example, she showed me a wooden necklace that was created using wood bending. She talked about how to bend materials. The equipment can be quite expensive to purchase so looking at other alternatives are a better option. An alternative would be heating up material by boiling water in order to bent materials easier without spending lots of money. She has mentioned finding creative ways to substitute for equipment I do not have. I applied this when I needed to bend metal to make a ring. A ring bender would have made the process easier, but I found a round metal object and a hammer to use instead.

A perception alternative my mentor has offered me is in order to progress, look for aspects to improve when analyzing your creations, rather than just focusing on the bad and the good. Then, figure out possible ways to improve the jewelry and put that into action.

An alternative another mentor may have offered me is finding alternative resources to further my learning. Because of different perceptions and ways of looking at situations, another mentor would have had alternative judgements and actions.

For my learning center, I plan on creating a gallery-style PowerPoint with pictures of my favourite jewelry pieces I have created with a short explanation regarding each one, and maybe show a before and after if I made the piece multiple times. I may also create a short video tutorial on how to make a spoon ring or a wire ring. I am thinking that it would be just around a minute because on In-Depth night, there are many learning centers to visit, and people will not have an extended amount of time to look at each one. The aspects that I will be focusing on are mostly the creation process and results. Although there are many details of In-Depth, I could talk about like figuring out what I want to create, finding alternative ways without expensive equipment, the research side of jewelry making, and experimentation, I think the creation process and final results will be best to showcase. Knowing that I cannot share everything I have learned, I want to present the pieces I am proud of and the process it took to get there. I hope the audience will take away how trying a new skill can be a lot of fun and there are many people and resources you can find to teach you along the way. I also hope they can learn that the first attempt is not going to turn out exactly how you want it to, but practice makes progress. Through experimentation and multiple attempts, you will definitely see improvement. To make this learning center interactive, I will most likely create a video tutorial. This creates engagement, rather than just having a static presentation of just words. Additionally, everyone will be able to add comments and questions to the learning centers which I will be replying to.

Until In-Depth Night!

In-Depth Post 4 & 5

For the past while, I have been focusing on making rings out of wire and stones. My supplies arrived and once I got wire from Michaels, I got to work. I have been learning how to bend wire with different types of pliers. The three types I am using are round-nose pliers, side cutters, and needle-nosed pliers. Round-nosed pliers are ideal for forming loops and curves easier, side cutters are great to cut wires, and needle-nosed pliers provide precise crimping, bending, and holding for jewelry making.

For background info, wire gauge refers to thickness. The higher the gauge, the thinner the wire. The first ring I made was using 18-gauge wire. It did not turn out how I wanted it to due to messy wrapping, the unevenness off the bottom of the ring, and the overall look. After analyzing the ring and figuring out what I needed to do to improve, I tried a couple more times. The ring in the middle is an improvement from the first, but still not quite how I wanted it. The middle ring used 20-gauge wire, meaning thinner than the previous ring. The thinner wire made wrapping easier and more precise. Although it was better, I wanted the wrapping of the stone to be nicer, and the bands on each side to have the same number of loops. The ring on the right is one that I am proud of. After many attempts, I got to where I was happy with how it turned out. This ring was completely circular, the stone was secure and wrapped well, and there were three even loops on each side. Through lots and lots of trial and error, I was able to show improvement.

Through conversations with my mentor, I have been practicing my listening skills. Some new information I have been getting is about recognizing room to improve through analyzing my creations, ways to use different tools and materials, and how to remain creative through the process. A question I asked was about how my mentor comes up with the ideas for the jewelry she has made, which probed further discussion about finding my own jewelry-making style as time goes on. A new point of view I developed while talking with my mentor was how it really is not 100% necessary to have all the equipment, but it is more important to equip yourself with the mindset that you can find different ways of doing things without all the right equipment. Questions I asked to check on facts and details were, “what is the name of the technique you used for this piece?” and “how long did it take for you to create that necklace?”

I have focused on asking questions with a purpose. For example, when asking how my mentor comes up with ideas for jewelry, the purpose was to get insight into how I could become more creative through my jewelry-making process. A multiple-choice question I asked was, “what type of jewelry do you enjoy making the most; earrings, necklaces, or rings?” I think it was useful because not only did I receive insight on jewelry making itself, but it also furthered the discussion and learned about different types of jewelry.

De Bono talks about the six hats, and how we incorporate them into discussions. Here is a short conversation I had with my mentor, and the identification of the hats present in the discussion.

“It’s always great to be experimenting with new stuff and new designs. But some of the pieces were made kind of by accident…” This indicates the yellow hat as it led to me trying to take meaning away from what she said.

“So sometimes it’s not what you were planning, but in the end, it turns out good, kind of like a surprise? This is a slight indication of the black hat. Not exactly in a “bad” way, but I was thinking critically by using my judgment.

“Yes, you don’t know until you try.” This is an indication of the red hat, specifically intuition.

“Do you think online resources are a good way to learn more about jewelry making?” This falls under the green hat as the question is productive and asks for ideas.

“Yes, places like YouTube, you can learn anything these days. This relates to the white hat as it is information-based.

All in all, In-Depth is going fairly well. For the next while, I think I want to make more rings but using different techniques.

Stay tuned for the next update.


In-Depth Post 2 & 3

In-Depth has taken a new course since my first In-Depth post. Originally, I was going to pursue punch-needling, but I could not find a mentor anywhere and the skill focused too much on repetition, rather than building skills through the learning process. Now, I have switched gears to jewelry making because it is also a hands-on skill that I am interested in.

I have been experimenting with making spoon rings because I saw a video a while back which piqued my interest. Using old, thin, spoons I had at home, pliers, a table clamp, hammer, and round metal object, I was able to create spoon rings.

Here is a PowerPoint outlining a step-to-step tutorial with pictures.


My first attempt was not so great, and it turned out more like a triangular shape. By implementing different techniques, I was able to get it looking closer to a round circle on my second attempt. I was content with this, but I felt that I could do better. By integrating alternatives and knowledge from my mentor, and learning through trial and error, my third spoon ring looks completely circular and it something I am proud of.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Attempts (left to right)

I have been making an effort to focus on de Bono’s advice on how to agree and how to disagree. Agreement comes fairly easy to me, especially in a mentorship setting. Though agreeing can come easy, I need to remember that agreement must be completely genuine and not because you feel an inclination to do so. I have focused on agreeing while adding my own ideas and thoughts to conversations with my mentor.

I find disagreeing to be a bit more difficult than agreeing. Through reading How to Have a Beautiful Mind, I have grasped the idea that disagreeing is critical, but it needs to be done in an effective way. For example, you need to disagree politely. Disagreeing in a rude way just drives tension between you and the other individual. While talking with my mentor, I have made efforts to politely disagree and differ. I have tried my best to communicate why I disagree or why I am not completely following with the ideas she is expressing to me.

De Bono tells us how to be interesting is important and interest can arise from meaningful conversations. Through conversations with my mentor, I think I have been able to practice some of De Bono’s tips on this topic. A connection made that generated interest was talking about how her jewelry-making journey began, which connected to my interests. I tried to engage in the conversations with my mentor and focus on the topics that I was most intrigued by.

Through conversations with my mentor, I have also tried my best to ask clarification questions. I have learned that if I am not completely understanding something, it is important to stop and address that, or else my mentor will think I am following along. I have also been incorporating my own experiences/stories into conversations, which has helped the flow of discussions. Although she is my mentor and I am the mentee, there are ideas we can both learn from each other through meaningful conversations.

After creating rings out of spoons, I want to still create rings but out of different materials. Now, I am looking to make wire rings with stones. I have ordered a few supplies that should be arriving very soon, and I also need to drop by Michael’s to pick up some wire.

More updates to follow!

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.