My Employability Skills: A Reflection

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:

I want to work on the skill of ability to accept and integrate criticism and feedback because the world is , harsh and I won’t always get good complements. So, I would like to improve by reminding myself that it’s for my own good an the feedback and criticism will help me in the future. I also, want to work on time management because it is good to be organized. In the future I will try to plan all my schedule and go by my schedule that I’ve written to make my life easier and to use time wisely when I am very busy.


Describe the skills you currently have and how you used them in the activities:

Teamwork was a big skill we needed because when someone needed help remembering someone’s name or what they like (their hobbies) we help that person out giving them hints or giving the answers. I have a teamwork skill. I am good at working in a group and helping out each other. We had to communicate a lot in the activities because we were telling our names and hobbies. We also, had to pass the yarn to someone and when we did that we used communication. Problem solving was a big need because we had a big knot in our yarn so we had to help this girl unknot the knot. Enthusiasm and attitude was a skill we had because we needed to help and cheer the people around us and let them know we are here for them. I have all these skill in the tool box and I used them during our activities in class.

Reflection #1


We analyzed a lot of the stories together during classes. It really helped me understand the bases of the story. For example, when we talked about the symbol of the eye during our discussion in class it helped me better understand the meaning of the symbol. Also, when we were in small groups reading the doll house together, he had time to talk about the ideas, it was fun. I think analyzing and critiquing really helps me go deeper into my thoughts.


Investigating in the class with my class mates helped me go deeper into my ideas and understand the meaning of the story. I liked investigating the theme because I can see other peoples perspective of the story. The story can mean different thing for different people. When we are figuring out the theme in class I saw my classmates perspective and it helped me understand their thoughts.


I used a lot designing and developing during my final short story. I had to think of ideas, sketch them down a paper and re think to make them sound better. I designed a mind map writhing down my conflict, rising action, and climax. I also, puts some words down that I include in my story and special symbols I chose. I also used this skill during my writing for the Jack Sparrow assignment. I had to take ideas for the videos we watched and take ideas to write in Jack Sparrow’s perspective.

I used a lot of the critical thinking skills during the short story unit.


Final assignments-something I’m proud of

This year I am proud of many things but one think I’m really proud of is trying out the textiles class. I always had an interest in making and designing clothes. At first I was scared to take this class because I knew I was very bad at sewing but, after gaining courage to try something new I decide to take the class.  After this amazing experience by taking the grad.9 textiles class taught by Ms. Nembhard I learnt a lot of handy stuff. I learnt how to sew in a straight line, how to sew a seam, how to sew on a zipper, a button and a hook and eye, how to decide what fabric to use, etc. For our first big project we had to make a skirt, since it was my first big project I struggled a lot. I had trouble sewing in a straight line, sewing the hook and eye and most of all the zipper. It was my first time attaching a zipper on a skirt so, it was very hard but I eventually finished sewing the zipper on to my skirt with a lot of help from my fellow classmates and Ms. Nembhard. At the end I was pretty proud how it turned out counting it was my first big project. My last project of the course was to make anything we wanted. I decide to make culotte I had to find my own fabric and sewing patterns. The process of making my culottes was hard because not everyone did the same thing as me so I had to figure out my instructions by myself. The hardest part of making the culotte was sewing the pockets, I had to unpick the pockets few times but after a lot of unpicking and sewing I succeed. At the end I was very proud of the finished produce. I’m glad I took this class because now I can sew a lot of my clothes and help my mom.

English (Part-time Indian) Reflection questions on video

Our group (Alyanna, Rebecca, Jacqueline) did the part of the video in the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie where Arnold’s sister Mary ran away to Montana and married a Flathead Indian out of nowhere. The underlying message in the video is that for Arnold’s family and everyone on the reservation sticking together and supporting each other is a priority, even thought the situations may be difficult in the family and the reservation. For Arnold’s family Mary running away shows them that she is betraying them.  The outcome this message was meant to cause is knowing that at the end to find a life Mary eventually have to leave the reservation because of a consequence of a bad future and not enough resources for a future. The opinion in the message is that eventually people on the reservation must leave her homes in order to find hope. Making this part of the story into a video was effective because we can clearly see the characters emotions and their behaviors, and I notice that people can understand better looking visually rather than reading. An ineffective outcome of making a video of this message is that the videos are short so it can be harder to attract the audience. Other suggestion for this project to be more effective is that maybe we can have a choice to use animation because not everyone is a good actor so when we use animation, we can see the characters facially expression and the emotions more clearly.

English Video (Part-time Indian)

Jacqueline. M, Rebecca. D, Alyanna. K, and I filmed the part where Arnold/Junior Spirit finds out that his sister Mary out of nowhere marries a Flathead Indian nomadic poker player and leaves to a Reservation In Montana, in the book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.



Day 1 (May.1.19):

Today Eula, Weiming and I, we decided who is going to bring what materials, the numbers of room, how many parallel and series circuit we are going to make. I am in charge of the the decorating materials for the house and 1 9v battery, Eula is responsible for the glue gun and two 9v batteries and Weiming is going to bring a shoe box to make our house. We decided that there is going 4 rooms, 1 living room, 2 bedrooms, and 1 kitchen. There is going to be 4 circuit one for each room. The living room is going to have a series circuit, one of the bedroom is going to have a parallel circuit that is going to be connected to the closet lights and the bedroom lights because the closet is very long so it needs bright light. The other bedroom is going to have a series circuit and the kitchen is going to have a parallel circuit that is connected to the oven and the light in the room because the oven needs the energy to cook something.

Day 2 (May.2.19):

Today our group finished designing our house and dividing the rooms. We drew a diagram for the house and lad out what furniture we should place inside the rooms. We stick orange sheets of paper on the side of the shoe box to make it look like wallpapers. We cut pieces of cardboard to divide the rooms then cut out the doors. We made two circuits today one parallel circuit with two pathways, one for the closet light and the bedroom light. We made a series circuit for the living room. These two series were a success. We worked on each piece of the house together figuring things out while constructing the house.

Day 3: (May.3.19):

Today our group finished our last two circuits for the house. So, in total we had a one parallel circuit with two pathways for the bedroom light and the bedroom closet, and another parallel circuit with four pathways for the kitchen, the oven, the stove, the fridge, and the light for the room. We also have two series circuit, one for the bathroom and one for the living/dining room. We took a lot of time trying to make the four pathway parallel circuit we failed few attempt but at the end we had a successful four pathway circuit. Also, trying to find light bulbs that works was a struggle for our group, most of the white lights were not working or if we found a good light we have to strip the wires. Since we took too long trying to make the parallel circuits and finding light that will work, we didn’t  have a lot time to make the decorations (furniture) so Weiming, Eula, and I decided that we will try to make as much as furniture we can make at home. Weiming has to do the dining room table and the cupboard in the dining room, Eula is making the kitchen, some of the bathroom decorations and the closet for the bedroom. And I am in charge of some of the bathroom decorations, the bedroom furniture’s and the chairs for the table in the dining room.

Day 4: (May.7.19)


Today Eula, Weiming and I finished the house. In the dinning room we made a table and 2 chairs and a window that opens and closes. In the kitchen there the front door to the house, a sink, a counter with a microwave and a fridge. There is a door that connects the to the bedroom, in the bedroom there is a bed, and a huge closet. Lastly, there the bathroom, in the bathroom there is a shower, and a sink with a mirror. We aren’t quite down with the house but we tested the parallel

Day 4 (May.8.19):

Today we finished up our house and tested the light and placed them inside the house. We finished measuring the current for the series and parallel circuit. Also we measured the current for the different pathways for the parallel circuit. At first we didn’t  know how to use the ammeter so we had to spend a lot of time to figure it out. Once we got how to use the ammeter we took our time to calculate the current for each pathways. Then we had another problem one of our lights started to not work so we took a bit of time finding a light bulb that will work with a wire because we lost one of our wires too.

Last Day! (May.9.10):

I think this project was a really helpful project to finish off physics. It helped me understand better the series and parallel circuit and how electricity works around the house. We had a successful presentation with everyone in our group talking and explanation what we did and how we made the circuits one by one. Before our presentation one of our light bulbs had a wouldn’t turn on, we thought if was the battery that had a problem but actually the light bulb was sort of disconnected from the wires. In the presentation we talked about how we found the current for each circuit and how we measured the current for a parallel circuit. We also talked about the voltage and how we found the resistance in the circuit. Overall, I think this presentation and project was successful and fun and I hope we do more activities like this in the future for other subjects.