Category Archives: Thinking Skills

Digital Work/Learning Beyond the Classroom

During CAS Week when we went to the Dalinor Lake, we learnt about the Rule of Thirds and how to take a good photo. The Rule of Thirds is where you split your camera screen into 9 grids, 3 rows and 3 columns. Then, you can find the subject of your photo and decide which grid you want to put it in. For example, in the first photo, I chose to have the focus of my photo in the center. In the second photo, I wanted the horizon to be closer to the top of the photo, so I put it on the line of the first row.

MATH: Polygon Area Patterns

Some strategies I learned when approaching this Crit B (Patterns) task was that to be able to find the pattern easily, I had to organize my data well. For example, I would increase one number by one each time, rather then trying random numbers. Last time I did a Crit B task, I didn’t organize my data well so I couldn’t find the pattern. However, this time, I used a chart and organized everything well, so I was able to spot the pattern easily.

If I could do this assessment again, I would improve my explanations and descriptions by adding diagrams because it was hard to explain some things with just words. Adding a diagram would have helped explain the pattern and make it easier to understand. For example, while explaining why the pattern was like that, I could have added a diagram of the way the area increased when an exterior point or interior point was added.

MATH: Swimming Problem Assessment Reflection

For this assessment, something I did well was recognizing the patterns. I found it quite easy as all I had to do was look at the pattern closely and see how it changed. Being able to recognize the patterns also helped me with some other problems, such as, seeing what the number of laps would be after a few days. Something else I did well was figuring out how to solve it when I was stuck. The best way I found was to just use trial and error because if I kept trying with reasonable numbers, then I would eventually figure out the answer, even though it might take up some time.

However, something I could improve on would be to calculate the total number of laps more accurately. Even though I used a calculator, I should still check over my answers more carefully next time. I could also improve on writing my explanations a bit more clearly because sometimes I felt like it would be hard to understand. To improve on this, I could try to use more math vocabulary and write my answers in a more straight forward way.

If I were to rank myself in terms of participation in class and collaboration with my group from 1 – 10, I would rank myself a 7.5. I did participate in class most of the time, but I think I could have participated even more. When collaborating with my group, I think I did well because I tried to help out and solve the problem with them. I also asked questions when I didn’t understand something.

Something I learnt about myself as a problem solver in this unit was that I could recognize patterns most of time if I looked at it closely. Although sometimes it took longer than other times, and sometimes I worked with someone else, I would still end up figuring it out. I also learnt that I could improve on trying to find formulas for patterns and writing clearer explanations.