Core Competency Self-Reflection (Communication)

I worked together with my group to answer a series of questions on the whiteboard in class. We had to work together to ensure that the questions were drawn properly then answered correctly. We bounced our ideas off of each other, and made sure that everybody was included and that no ideas were immediately dismissed without consideration.

Favorite Recipe

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Making and Sharing Reflection

I utilized the drop cookie method for this recipe. In other words, I used a teaspoon to place cookie batter onto the sheet. While this was the first time that I worked with my partner, it went rather well. We communicated efficiently and collaborated together to create a high quality product. I learnt that adding white sugar alongside the brown sugar would make them expand more, and that is useful knowledge because I love wide and flat cookies.

Core Competency Reflection

The ways I communicate while cooking differ from how I communicate at work because during work, we all have our independent tasks that must be completed, and they do not crossover much. However, in the kitchen, we may sometimes have separate tasks but they always unite to create one result. If there is disagreement within the group, I find it helpful to listen respectfully to their opinions. I show others that I truly value their contributions by implementing their ideas into my work. The prompt that I want to improve on is “as an active listener, I notice that I…” To better my skills in that aspect, I want to participate more in class and retain more of the verbal information that is discussed. I want to work on this because I am not an audible learner, and it’s a pretty annoying weakness in some class settings.

Show and Tell Presentation Reflection and Self-Assessment

Curricular Response

I believe that the greatest strength of my presentation was that I’m passionate about the topic. As such, I was able to keep the class engaged with my positive energy. Also, I was capable of answering any questions that students had regarding the presentation. Next time, something that I might do differently is include stronger activities for class participation. The thing that I did was pretty much the same as everybody else’s. Therefore, it did not stand out.

Core Competency Self-Assessment

I chose a show that I was already interested so I did not have to do much research for that part of it. However, I did make sure that I got the technical aspects of my topic correct. As such, I searched up some trivia regarding my topic. I collected information by utilizing the majestic search engine referred to as “google.” This was pretty effective, and not time consuming. I appreciated that part of it.

The Crucible Essay

This essay intends to analyze the characters found in the Crucible. Because of Kohlberg’s moral perceptions, we can deconstruct the motivations behind their actions. By utilizing this theory, we will examine their statements and reach a logical explanation for their decisions. As a result, they will be categorized as pre-conventional, conventional, or post-conventional characters. The aforementioned terms will be broken down within their respective sections of the essay.

There are people in the crucible that match the definition of pre-conventional. Pre-conventional behaviour refers to individuals that are driven by a desire to obtain reward and avoid punishment. The first character that can be described as pre-conventional is Tituba. After being threatened with a whipping “to [her] death,” she confesses to witchcraft. Despite being innocent, Tituba pleads guilty because the alternative was her death. The next individual would be Ann Putnam. Because she had to “bury all but one” of her children, she was burdened by loss. As such, she accused Rebecca in an attempt to ease her guilt. The last character within the crucible that is driven by a desire to obtain reward and avoid punishment is Reverend Parris. He demands that “[he] must know [if Abby was guilty] because surely [his] enemies will.” Maintaining his position of power is the most important thing to Parris. There are undoubtedly pre-conventional characters that are located inside this play.

Secondly, there are individuals in the crucible that are conventional. This describes people that behave in a certain way to fit into a group. John Procter is the first character that can be categorized as conventional. He claims that Abby and himself have “never touched.” Because Procter fears being ostracized by the whole town, he desires to end the affair. The next characters are the girls. During court, they support Abby by claiming that she “mustn’t.” They accuse people to belong within the court because it grants them power that they initially lacked. In the Crucible, the last character that behaves in a certain way to fit into a group is Danforth. He refused to pardon anybody because “twelve are already hanged for the same crime.” If Danforth admitted that he was wrong, he would lose all status and credibility. As such, his reputation would have been completely ruined. There are numerous conventional characters found inside the play.

Lastly, there are post-conventional characters within the Crucible. Post-convention behaviour is demonstrated by those that internalize a sense of right and wrong. This moral code cannot be altered by punishment, reward, or group acceptance. The first post-conventional individual is Giles Corey. Even though he was being brutally tortured, he simply asked that they add “more weight” to his chest. Giles wanted to retain his rights when he died, as he intended his children to inherit his land. The second character is Elizabeth Procter. While being questioned, she swore that her husband was a “goodly man.” Elizabeth knew the truth, but she valued her lover more than herself. Consequently, she chose to save his reputation while condemning her soul. Finally, Hale is the last person that has a moral code that cannot be altered by punishment, reward, or group acceptance. After realizing that innocent people were going to die, he decided to “quit this court.” He risked his reputation and everything else because he did not believe that the trials were right. There are individuals found in the Crucible that can be categorized as post-conventional.

The Crucible is filled with complex characters that have complicated motivations. Nonetheless, Kohlberg’s theory is a dependable method for demystifying the reasons behind their decisions. After classifying these individuals, it is easier to understand their behaviour. Otherwise, there are confusing aspects within the play. Though the moral perceptions were used for fictional people within this essay, the same ideas can be applied to reality.

Core Competency Goals

My first goal is to show others that I value their contribution on group projects by complimenting their work. My second goal is to improve the feedback that I give to others when they request it. My last goal is to help quieter people in a group be heard by asking for their opinions on ideas.

Les Films

Creative Thinking

I made a french poster of the movie “WreIt Ralph” which is known as “Les Mondes de Ralph” in french. I utilized creative thinking by designing the layout of poster, as I had to come up with a way of making it look nice while still including all of the necessary criteria.

Core Competency Self-Assessment

Critical & Reflective Thinking

This assignment shows that I can analyze evidence to make judgements as I had to record several statistics regarding a random elemental sample that I was given. I had to use the few bits of information given to discover the rest of the answers that were required. I also received and acted on feedback in order to progress towards my goal. This was done by receiving feedback on what I did wrong from my teacher, and working on improving my mistakes until I was given the all-clear. I was able to gain the skill of perseverance through this activity, though I could still learn how to check over my own work better.

Core Competency: Communication

My Digital Photobook

This project involved designing a photobook on Microsoft Word about something that we are interested in. I choose to make mine about certain books that impacted me as a reader because it is a topic that I enjoy. I show that I can communicate purposefully, using forms and strategies I have practiced since I was able to present to the class clearly about a topic that I was familiar with, using strategies that I’ve developed through years of presenting for school. Something that challenged me regarding this core competency is that presenting makes me nervous, especially in front of so many people. This skill is important in daily life because it is crucial to be able to successfully communicate your ideas in both a school setting and a work setting, and this includes in a presenting format since many jobs will require you to speak in front of a group.

Mon Autobiographie


Curricular Competency Reflection

I had to use the strategies of utilizing my vocabulary sheet along with some other worksheets to successfully express myself. I had to use much more simple and basic language in comparison to the words that I would have used if I was writing in English. It was a bit frustrating to be limited in what I could say. It’s understandable that this could a difficult challenge for anyone coming to a foreign country.

Core Competency Reflection

Some skills I have developed to make my creative activities better are learning how to restructure or reword sentences in the situation that I do not have the vocabulary to say it in French. When faced with ambiguity or setbacks, I use my worksheets to advance the development of my ideas. I am so curious about expressing myself in a different language that I am excited to learn more about new vocabulary to make it even better. I can work on communicating more clearly and purposefully in French. I want to work towards this goal because it could be useful, and I will achieve it by practicing my vocabulary.