• Where would you fall on the stress and learning graph? Why?
I think that I would fall under the 3 3/4 section, or an ‘anxiety’ level. I think that I was pretty nervous about the test, but in a way that I was worried that I would fail, not in a way that I didn’t know what to do.
• What was challenging about this unit? What was easy?
I think that the explaining/reflection part was challenging, because not only do you have to find the answer, you have to explain how you got the answer, and why it is correct. Since math is not my strongest point, I usually just memorize how to do the work, and not how it works, which makes it harder on reflection questions.
• How was your effort in class and at home reflected in your assessment results?
I think that although I put effort into my work during class, I slacked off a bit at home. My study time was not very large, and I didn’t go to remedial more than once. I think that during class, I understood it, which made me think I didn’t need to do any more reviewing at home. This was reflected on my assessment, because I did very poorly, and I didn’t put in extra effort.
• What activities did you like in this unit?
I liked when we practiced how to do the reflection questions, because I think it was really helpful during the test.
• What did you like/dislike about the novel?
One of the things I really liked about the novel was that I felt as if I could connect to the characters. I think that the author did a really good job in including the contrast between our lives and Sade and Femi’s lives, because I found that the book made me want to help refugees, and not only just do my project about them. I think that because Sade and Femi are younger than I am, and because I’ve never experienced anything like that, it is very challenging for an author to try and make me feel empathetic towards them. I also really liked how well the author was able to put a picture in my mind, and the sensory image that was used in the novel. I’ve only been to England once, but I had a perfect image in my mind on what the houses and the schools looked like. One of the things I disliked about the novel was that I thought it was very fast moving in the beginning, slow in the middle, and sort of cut off at the end. I didn’t think that there was a very good flow to the events in the story, but then again, that’s just my opinion.
• What did you like/dislike about this project?
I really liked this project, because I felt like it was a good way to apply the knowledge that we learned from the book into actual facts. I found while collecting my research, I would sometimes relate back to the story, and think of Sade and Femi. I think that the project allowed us to also to be very creative, and use visual aids to guide our presentation. I like how we are doing voice overs and i movies, as apposed to writing a report, or a quiz on the subject, because I think that this is much more intuitive. I also like how we were allowed to choose whether we wanted a partner or not, because sometimes the teachers don’t give us a choice. I think that it was a very considerate thing to let us choose if we wanted to work independently, because some people work better like that. One of the things I disliked about the project was the time we had to do it. I thought that we had enough time, but it was really hard to start up again after Spring Break, because I forgot a lot of my big ideas that I had. I think that if we were to do this project again, I would rather it not have such a large time frame in between the researching and the actual presentation that we are going to share.
A screen shot of my first slide in my final presentation: