First peoples principles of learning and how they relate to our SSEP project and EB project.
•Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the and the ancestors.
I believe that the projects we have done in science has really supported the well being of myself, as I have become more confident in many areas, such as writing emails to people, blogging, spreading awareness for causes and ultimately just being more confident about my work. This all because of the SSEP project where my group came in the top 30. I believe that it also supported the well being of my family because they were proud and happy for me as our school community was proud to have three different entries make it in. Learning supports everyone in different ways by giving students something to be excited about when they finally figure out how something works. Learning in the long-term has many benefits because with a good education you will have a great life and be on the road to success. Projects like the Engineering Brightness one really support the well being of a lot of people all over because if we are able to send lights then we have helped there well being tremendously as well as ours because we would then have new knowledge and the feeling that we did something that counted.
•Learning is Holistic, Reflexive, Reflective, Experiential and Relational (focus on connectedness, on reciprocal relations, and a sense of place)
All of the learning we’ve done with both projects has had something to do with Science which makes it Holistic as it has given us comprehension of the parts of a whole. It also has taught me in other whole aspects such as fundraising and writing proposal, which are things that I will use later in life. The learning has been reflexive as we have learned to take in account all of the variables in say the SSEP project for example how our project needs to be done in a micro-gravity setting so we have to make sure the experiment is flexible for that. It has also taught us that helping someone goes both ways because when we help a group of people they have helped us to learn something new. Both projects in science have really helped me to reflect upon my work as I have taken part in many debriefs and have really learned to think out my whole process. It has really been experiential because I was able to try so many things I wouldn’t have otherwise. For example going to a science workshop for the SSEP project. I learned so many things that were new and I got test how much I liked science. We also had to chose something we wanted to get out of the Engineering Brightness and in order to get that we had to experiment with different things. For example, with our Photo Booth we had to try making props in a few different ways. Setting the background up in a few different ways and spreading awareness in a few different ways such as through social media, the announcements and in RAP. More than anything the Engineering Brightness project provided us with a sense of connection as we were able to connect with so many different people from different parts of the world.
•Learning involves recognizing the consequences of ones actions
In science there are always consequences. A consequence is a result or effect of an action or condition, in science actions and conditions are always happening. With the Engineering Brightness we came to understand that depending on our actions “how much we advertised our photo booth and how much effort we put in, the more we would get out of it.” I don’t necessarily mean money I mean the fact that we put in a lot of effort made us feel good about which was a consequence. If we hadn’t tried then we would’ve felt poorly which would have also been a consequence. Knowing that their would be that consequence pushed us to work extra hard.
•Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities
projects included taking responsibility for our own roles. In the Engineering Brightness project we had to specific roles for everyone in the group. There was a communicator, a organizer, someone for research and finding media and finally my role writing out all of our information. We were very successful in keeping our roles, which helped us to stay on task because we knew what we were doing the whole time, no on ever had nothing to do. This is principle that for me has evolved overtime as I am getting older I have learned to delegate better in groups. The main thing that has changed throughout my groups is making sure everyone has an assigned role. Because then no one ends up doing more work then others.
•Learning involves patients and time
For me when I submit a project it always has to include my best effort. Especially for SSEP, I worked countless hours on writing the proposal draft. It took a lot off patients delegating this project because we did it all in one day, since I had to get a hold of all of the members of my team I had to learn to be patient if they didn’t answer or while I was waiting for them to send me there part, because my role in that group included putting it together. Our whole team was patient and waited until the results were announces for this project. Engineering Brightness required a lot of patience and time as well, as we are still waiting on an email from our partners in dominican republic. We also had to put a ton of time in our photo booth, 3 lunch hours and time after school to create the props, shop for them and plan.
In conclusion these are the principles from the list that best fit the work that I’ve been doing in science class. The projects have been very innovative and have really showed me what real science is compared to instead of working in a lab or on paper. Our class has been learning real science, and learning about stuff that is for sure going to help us as we get older, move towards post-secondary education and eventually in our adult lives.
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