Core Competency Reflection – Art Studio 11

The above image is my art final! I started this piece during the second week of June this year and finished it today! It is about a personal connection. For my personal connection, I chose the ocean because, a few years back, I was taught to meditate and perform breath work where the waves of the ocean crash. This was because I was trying to cope with overwhelming obstacles. For the ocean, I did a mosaic of blue triangles, and for the sky, I painted grey polka dots. The reason as to why the piece is split in three is because it is a triptych! This is a style that is used often, it is when three pieces come together to make one. This was my first time creating a triptych. The medium I used for this piece was watercolor paints on watercolor paint paper. I am very happy with the outcome and I will definitely be creating more watercolor paint based art. This piece is titled “Tranquil”

Critical and Reflective Thinking:
An example of something I have spent a lot of time learning about is the use of watercolor paint. Thus far, I have created a number of art works that comprise of watercolor paint. I have learned that in order for the paint to change shade and become faint, more water needs to be added. Watercolor paints also mix very well. In this piece, I focused on creating depth within the shapes because that is a skill I am not as conversant with and I saw this as an opportunity to build on that. I created an ombre/gradient going from lighter (at the shore) to darker (out at sea) with patches of ‘clearer’ water.

Personal Awareness and Responsibility:
To celebrate an accomplishment such as finishing a piece, I show it to my friends! My friends are always so supportive of me when it comes to art and I appreciate that. In the past, I have also created art works for them, just to appreciate our friendship! I am always excited to see what the end result will look like, even if it not what I had imagined, I will always be proud of what I have created.

Curricular and Core Competency Reflection

The above image was taken during February this year when we were doing our Weather Log Assignment. This assignment entailed us analyzing the weather and climate over the span of three weeks and compare various variables at the end using line graphs. Going through this assignment, I learned quite a bit about the weather and how to measure different things like wind, humidity, and getting to know the type of clouds! At the end, it was fascinating to see all the recordings being compared by the use of graphs and to see how the weather and climate changes an a day-to-day basis.

Curricular and Core Competency Reflection:

If there is a disagreement within the group, I find it helpful to hear what everyone has to say. Doing this can grant other members freedom of sharing their point of view and it could make them feel heard within the group setting. Once everyone has shared their opinions, I would recommend weighing all the pro’s and con’s of all approaches, and taking it from there. Also, if I am not able to resolve the disagreement, I would not hesitate to engage the teacher to take things forward.

Creative Thinking:
An example of something I have spent a lot of time learning about is the weather. We started learning about the weather and climate towards the spring of this year. We got to know what causes different weather, how different things react with one another and more. Initially, learning about the weather did not come easy, as I did not understand how different components work hand-in-hand. Through everyday examples, I was able to understand why we have the weather that we have!

Personal Awareness and Responsibility:
When I need to boost my mood or re-focus, I take a short walk or have a quick snack before I start my assigned work. Doing this gets my mind of things and energizes me to do the work. I often found myself un-energetic before an Earth Science class, to solve this, I had a quick snack before I started my work. As for homework, the same amount of energy and effort is needed, therefore, I was always sure to have eaten well and be wide awake!

MC Leadership End-Year Reflection

Aheed Mohamed


Memory Project- Write-up

1.        What have you learned this past year taking MC Leadership? What are you most proud of?

This past year, I have learned that spreading awareness for an event is vital when it comes to a great turn-out. We had several events throughout this year of which some were promoted well through classroom visits and different types of advertisements, and the others did not reach as large of an audience, unfortunately. This led to a poor turn-out.

I also learned that there is power in community, especially when you converse with your fellow peers. A few weeks ago, I was running late for an event, and when I reached, to my surprise, things were up and running! Another instance, we had two group members absent and their duties were not going to be fulfilled, but my peer and I were quick to jump at it, no matter the situation. It is necessary for everyone to put in the required effort and be ready to help out when asked.

I am most proud of the positive energy that fills up the room during an event. For example, during the Kayak Trip on May 6th, 2024, everyone was excited, and the event was thoroughly enjoyed! In addition, earlier this year, I began to step outside of my comfort zone and take it upon myself to get things started with the first boba party we had this year. It was a great turn-out and everyone had fun. I am very proud of this.

2.        What are some of your most memorable moments this past year?

Breakfast Buddies at Rochester. Taking part in preparing food for the elementary school-going students taught me that commitment and effort pay off because you are performing service while adopting different skills in the kitchen.

Kayak Field Trip. This trip was fun because it was my first time kayaking and it was great to have my friends by my side who I shared many laughs with.

Group projects and events. The April boba party helped me step outside of my comfort zone because I had a leader role within the group and carried the next June boba party forward.

3.        How can we inspire others to join MC Leadership in the future?

We could host more events that touch on a wider spectrum of cultures all around the world. Our school community is constantly growing with students and staff from everywhere and hosting events that capture their culture could make them feel at home when they are miles away.

Also, within the events that touch on culture, we could have interesting games and presentations that convey the culture and relay information about the culture to other students.

In my opinion, other students would be better persuaded to join MC Leadership in the future if we carried out events and kept these few ideas in mind.

4.        What’s next?

I hope to have a more tight-knit leadership team that is more involved and able to work and cooperate with one another on a more.

We should implement skill building games and activities for leaders so that we can familiarize ourselves with one another.

According to me, I think I have made a difference within the school community. I have done this by helping our multicultural leadership team grow by making more friends and indulging in activities.

Core Competency Reflection- CLE 10 Semester 1

Personal/Social Competency Reflection

One of the ways I ensure my group is clear on the common purpose is to double check whether everyone has understood the instructions and their role within the group. It is vital for all of the group members to understand what is needed of them and for them to put in the effort too. Doing this will ensure quality work is submitted and we have understood what is being taught.

I show others that I truly value their contributions by appreciating the effort they have put into the quality work they have done. If needed, I will not hesitate to provide positive feedback and constructive criticism so that the group work can improve. This can also help other group members when it comes to understanding the task.

Some things I think about before dividing tasks among group members include time constraints, comfort, and dedication. If certain group members have a lot on their plate and cannot dedicate a large sum of their time towards the group project, it would be unfair to assign them a lengthy section within the group task. Some group members do not enjoy leaving their comfort zone, therefore, it would be wise to assign them work which is within their comfort zone, for example, my friend prefers to work on the laptop, and does not prefer to write down their thoughts with a pen and paper, I would let them stick with the laptop. If group members are not willing to dedicate their time and effort towards group projects, assigning them a good amount of the work would not be the best option.

Creative Thinking
One strategy or activity that stimulates my imagination is playing mind games. Playing mind games help me get my mind off things for a short while, and when I go back to doing the work, I can think of creative ideas more easily.

An example of something I have spent a lot of time learning about is Law. I have carried out a handful of research behind this career and explored various lifestyles, jobs, and career paths.

When faced with ambiguity or setbacks, I seek guidance from my teacher to advance the development of my ideas. When something is unclear to me, whether it be the task, my research, or opinions, I always sought out my teachers input.

Personal Awareness & Responsibility
I make ethical choices such as submitting my work on time in order to maintain a good work ethic. In my opinion, it is vital to be submitting tasks on time because you have other work waiting for you and there is a reason the teacher has assigned the work and that specific due date, because they have to mark the work.

Some of the things I do to stay mentally and physically healthy include going on walks and surrounding myself with the right energy. I find going on walks calming and it helps me reflect and at the same time, take my mind off things.

I appreciate feedback on assignments and prefer it comes in the form of written rather than verbal. I have received countless amounts of feedback on assignments in CLE and in other classes and I always appreciate the feedback so that I can better my work.

Examples of where I communicate clearly and purposefully can be seen during group tasks and when discussing with a partner during a lecture. Communicating with a partner helps you to understand more than one perspective on things.

As an active listener, I notice that I will always ask questions when I have not understood something and I give my opinion if asked. It is important to be an active listener and indulge in class discussions so that it is easier to understand what is going on.

My strategies for collecting relevant information for specific tasks include browsing the web to find articles and websites, and ask friends and family for their opinion on the subject. Asking friends and family could be effective when understanding what is being asked of you.

Attached is a planner that I made that was part of an assignment. I am very happy with how this planner turned out because initially, I struggled to create it. I had no idea what application to use and how I will plan a week in the life.

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English 11

My Artifact

My learning

This was part of an assignment that was carried out before the winter break during our poetry unit, which ended this month. I felt some excitement towards this unit because I like writing poems using different styles, rhyme schemes and tones. During this poetry unit, I found that analyzing poems did not come easily to me, therefore, I had a rather tough time analyzing poems, and looking for various poetic devices. By the end of the unit, I had analyzed a good amount of poems that it was not so difficult anymore. I can now confidently analyze a poem and put my ideas on paper and be happy with my work. One extremely valuable skill that I have not paid attention to whenever I write is my paragraph structure. I now understand how important it is to have a flowing paragraph whereby your topic sentence is thoroughly investigated by your ideas within the paragraph. This is something I have done a ton of practice on, and this unit helped me to build on this skill when analyzing poems. The attached image is a poem I wrote as part of the assignment. It is about a city called Mombasa in Kenya that my family and I would travel to every December when we were in Kenya.

Core Competency Reflection

An example of something I have spent a lot of time learning about is analyzing poems using a paragraph structure. I am now able to get a hold of various poetic devices while a reading poem, and analyze them using a paragraph! This took some time as it was not easy for me when we first started the unit.

I am so curious about writing poems, and I am excited to learn more about how I could write using various techniques to make it even better. Poetry is a beautiful aspect of literature and there is no “right way” to do it. I like writing poems that have a meaning and emotions attached to them. I would like to lengthen this skill and learn new ways of writing poems.

Inductive/Deductive Reasoning in Popular Games

I played the ‘Mastermind’ and ‘Minesweeper’ games, and it was fun! I surprisingly caught myself playing them over the weekend and I never thought a game that I played in math would be so much fun and entertaining.  

In Mastermind, your goal at the end of the game is to get the correct pattern comprising of 4 distinct colors. Each time you enter 4 colors into the row and proceed to check it, the indicator will tell you how many right colors you have, how many you do not, and whether they are in the right place or not. The indicator really helped me figure out which colors are right/wrong. This game is based on inductive reasoning.  

In Minesweeper, your goal is to complete the game without clicking on a bomb. Well, how do I do this? Every time you click on a square, you can either click on a bomb and die, or click on a safe square that tells you how many bombs are around that square. A trick Mr. Sun showed us was that around the safe square, there are 8 squares that run around it, from there you can easily figure out which square(s) not to click on. This game is based on deductive reasoning.