I don’t even know where to begin! It’s like there is so much going on that I can’t put it into words. This week, I choreographed and performed a comp study for dance class which honestly was the first one I really took seriously, and I enjoyed the challenge of teaching myself and just moving. Last week, something very exciting happened… I was featured in the News and Notes along with some of my peers about this Independent Study. I gave a short interview on Wednesday, and the piece was up shortly after.
In the interview, I basically gave a short synopsis of what I’ve done so far and the outcomes of the surveys. I tried to not go into too much detail about the statistical analysis, but it turned out to be harder than expected. It was a good practice run for when I actually do have to present. I also gave a HUGE plug for Independent Studies!
I think the most important thing that I learned from taking this independent study course was learning more about myself as a student. I got to dive into what I’m passionate about all the while learning skills that are invaluable and that I couldn’t find myself through any other course. I’ve learned how to stay accountable even when I don’t have a specific deadline. I’ve learned how to effectively and confidently conduct a meeting. Most importantly, I have learned a new perspective on education and learning. I believe that it’s important to learn for the sake of learning and not just for the grade. With this independent study, I have been able to focus on the content without worrying about grading.
Independent Study wise, I am meeting with my content advisors on drafting the third questionnaire which should be the easiest out of all to draft, however, will definitely be the hardest to analyze. The third questionnaire will be focused on how can the people around Durham Academy Upper School students help the students, and what can Durham Academy better provide for its students.
“Real change, enduring change happens one step at a time.” -RBG