September 25th marks the interm of the first quarter, so this week, there will be a different kind of post. This post will be a reflection of the past five weeks.
What is exciting to you so far?
I think the most exciting part is seeing how intertwined my classes are with this study. AP Psych is obviously a huge help, but as I get my data back from the questionnaires I’m about to send out, AP Stat will also be a huge help.
What is surprising or frustrating?
I would say that the lack of background research I’m able to do is frustrating. I don’t really have anything to go off, I feel like I’m kind of on my own sometimes.
What are you learning about learning?
I’m learning that when I’m invested and interested in what learning, I’m a better learner and I absorb the information and am excited about learning. I have also gained a whole new appreciation for teachers planning classes.
Where are you recording information, ideas, questions, resources, etc.? And how do you anticipate using this material, either in this project or in the future?
I have a google doc, but honestly, I jot my questions down wherever I can and then centralize them in a notebook. I have a resources collaborative google doc with my content advisors and I’m starting to put a check next to the sources I use.
How is your time management working out? When and where have you been doing the IS, and have you been meeting the 5-7 hr/week expectation?
I think this has allowed me to be more in control of my expectations. I feel like I’m working 4-5 hours a week, but it varies drastically from week to wee. I know I will have more than 5-7 hours of work per week when I start actively sending out questionnaires and get the data back because I have to analyze and sort the data.
Is there any need for change in the way you’re approaching this course?
I don’t think so. Especially with my content advisors I feel like we are very open and communicate very well with each other. I also send a synopsis email out after every meeting to kind of act as notes I can look back on and clear up any confusion.
Refer to the proposal you submitted for approval. In what ways does the reality match the proposal, and in what ways does it differ? How would you adjust the proposal to reflect what you’re doing and expect to do between now and the end of the semester?
I think the core of this study, the intent, hasn’t changed, which I’m very happy about. It has and will continue to pursue the goal of destigmatizing mental health, especially in and about this time, and I am still working towards the goal of making our community as helpful as it can be about its students’ mental health. The biggest adjustment I would make would just be clarifications on what I am actually doing. I feel like I could kind of grasp what I was going to do, but it didn’t set in until I was actually in it. I think I didn’t gage some things well and set some lofty, unrealistic goals in the beginning.
“If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.” – Kanye West