Reflection #1: Critical Thinking
I used critical thinking throughout the entire unit. We analysed different short stories in the most recent project. We had to peer edit each other’s work and help them make it better. We also had to find different elements in a story and help our classmates structure their work. We also had to critique their grammar and content, if it didn’t make sense, we had to tell them and help them fix it. This helped me because I learned how to search for different elements of a story and how they affect the plot in its entirety.
We used designing when it came to our Jack Sparrow project. We had to create a monologue in Jack Sparrow’s perspective and we had to create an extended metaphor based off of him. We had to watch clips of his attitude and mannerisms and try and replicate that in our project. In section three of that project, we had to develop our monologue and extended theme statement and put them together to make a description of him. I learned how to write in the perspective of another character and how to develop my ideas.
We used questioning when we were filling in our organizers. We had to use what we could to fill in the blanks and sometimes, the answer wasn’t too clear so we had to find evidence to support our answers. We used our investigative skills to find the answers in the organizer. Foreshadowing was the hardest category to find evidence for, so I had to really dive into the stories and find the answer.
- Review the Employability Skills listed, describe the skills you currently have and how you used them in the activities.
Communication: In the human knot activity, we needed to talk to each other and work together to untangle ourselves. In the Name Game, we needed to describe our hobbies and our interests to each other and learn about the people around us.
Flexibility: In both games, we needed to adapt to each others needs and figure out how to: a) untangle and make a circle and b) how to get the yarn to stay together.
Teamwork: We needed to work together as a team to untangle ourselves from the human knot and make sure that everyone is facing the same way. We also had to have a mutual understanding with each other to get everything done in a timely manner.
Time Management: We worked quickly and efficiently to untangle ourselves and we were able to work systematically without knowing each other too well.
Problem Solving: Whenever something went wrong in either game, we worked together to fix it. We were also able to analyse a situation and adapt to it and succeed in what we were doing.
2. Discuss the skills that you would like to work on and what you can do to improve or practice them so that you are employable in the future.
Work Ethic: I’m a major procrastinator so I want to work on getting things done quickly and efficiently. I’ll work on keeping an agenda to write down all my homework. I’ll also make lists of the things I need to do in a day and get them all done.
Communication: I need to express myself more and really open up to people. I have a hard time talking to new people and strangers so I want to become more confident.
Time Management: I need to work on getting things done in a timely matter and done well. I tend to do everything very last minute. I will start keeping lists and make time for my homework everyday.
Flexibility: I need to understand people’s feelings and perspectives and incorporate them into what I do. I’m very particular about my work and I don’t like doing things in a different way, but I need to start catering myself a bit to help others. I need to learn t