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SMART Goals Reflection



What was your goal?

My goal was to walk more places instead of driving for a week. Some of the places I was going to walk were school, my friend’s houses, my sister’s house and to the park.

Did you achieve it? How or how not?

Yes I achieved my goal of walking more places for a week. Some of the places that I walked were to my friend’s house, to school and back home, to the park and around my Dad’s neighbourhood. Usually I don’t walk to school or my friend’s houses, so it was a different experience and I think I will do it all the time.

What was the most challenging part of achieving your goal?

I think the most challenging part was getting the motivation to walk places and figuring out the weather if it was going to be nice or if it was going to be raining. Luckily most of the time it was sunny and hot so it was beautiful weather to walk places.

 What would you do differently next time?

What I would do differently next time is plan the extra time to get places and figure out places to walk in advance.

Will you continue on with this type of goal? If you do, explain what you will do. If not, explain why you are satisfied with where you are at.

Yes, I will probably continue this goal because it saves my parents from driving me places where I could walk to and it saves the environment because cars release pollution into the air. Also, I get more exercise and I get to enjoy the wilderness. What I would do is walk to school every day, walk to friend’s houses whenever I want to hangout and walk to my sister’s house if I am going over there.

By Ainsley





Liver Cancer Story

By Ainsley

Part #1- Story

Hello, my name is Liv. I am one of the many cells that live inside my host Sophia’s body. I am located in the left cell of the liver, known as the left lobe. Unfortunately I have mutated into a damaged cell as my host is a heavy smoker, and abuses alcohol. Due to her unhealthy habits my host now has cirrhosis which is a scaring condition of the liver.

My host is going to see a Specialist in Oncology today, and they have diagnosed her with Primary liver cancer. It is a condition that happens when normal cells in the liver become abnormal in appearance and behavior. The cancer cells can then become destructive to adjacent normal tissues, and can spread both to other areas of the liver.

My host is experiencing several symptoms of liver cancer including; upper abdominal pain, weight loss, appetite loss, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin). But as her liver failure progresses, the symptoms become more serious. She becomes confused, disoriented, and extremely sleepy. There is a risk of a coma and death.

My host requires immediate treatment at the Hospital. The medical team there will try to save whatever part of her liver that still works, but if this is not possible, the only option may be a liver transplant. Which is where we find ourselves now. Unfortunately surgery did not go well for my host, and she is currently on the transplant list waiting for a new liver.


Part #2:

Question: What questions did you need to research in order to create your cancer story?

Answer:  I researched many questions such as, how can Liver Cancer be treated? How does liver cancer affect your body? What is liver cancer? What causes liver cancer? What happened to you as a gene? And how was the host’s life affected and what is their story? 


Question: What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked through this project?

Answer: I didn’t really use any new digital tools besides YouTube. I also, used Google for research and images. One thing that was sort of new for me was using YouTube. I don’t tend to use YouTube for research.


Question: What was the process you used to investigate the topic (Liver Cancer)?

Answer: I read varies medical websites and gathered information. Then I built a story around it.


Question: How did you verify and cite the information you found?

Answer: If I found one website that had good information, then I would go to another website to check to see if it had some of the same information.  The information that I used from websites, I would just copy the link and paste it into a document and create a bibliography.


Question:  How did the process of this challenge go? What could you have done better?

Answer:   The process of this challenge went good besides it was very rushed. I wanted to make sure I understood my topic so I knew what I was going to write about. I think I could have added more detail and information and added more detail on the story.



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