I choose animas high school because i wanted to have a more in depth relationship with my teachers and the students in my classes. I didn't want to go to DHS because there learning style is different than Animals. This school year has been a huge adjustment, switching from online middle school to a project based school, however, with perseverance, I feel like animas is where I belong. Project based learning is helpful for me because once I learn something I get to put it into a project that reflects myself and creativity. Animas has encouraged me to be more excited and engaged in my learning.
My strengths are perseverance and creativity in humanities and digital arts. When a project is difficult for me I keep trying until I get it how I want it, I revise my work and I put my best effort into projects in these classes. The project we did recently in humanities challenged me to really think about who I am and how I got to where I am now. During the mask project I got to open up and show my true personality. This mask project has helped me figure out what really makes me unique from others. This was troubling for me because i never really thought about who i really was and how I was socialized until this project i really had to persevere because during this I wanted to give up alot but i never did. Also in digital arts we did a project that included photoshopping images and cutting out different foregrounds, middle grounds, and backgrounds from multiple photos. Then transferring them to one document to form a whole picture. I got to be creative during this project and select the pictures I prefered. I missed a couple of days in this class and had to persevere to figure it out. I received help from my teacher and peers which encouraged me to finish the project.
I need to grow in math and physics by advocating for myself. Animas has a different style of math because we have to do POW’s at the end of a lesson to ensure we know what we learned. This was challenging for me because you don't have to just solve the problem you have to write out your steps and how you got to your answer and sometimes even come up with your own question this was hard for me because Math is something i struggle in and I don't really like to ask for help and that is what I need to work on and when my grades were low I never went and asked what I needed to get them up. During our trebuchets we had to really work on 21st century skills and collaboration, this was challenging for me because I just felt like our group didn't really communicate and I never really advocated for myself and said anything to my peers or my teacher but This is something I will work on in time.
During this next semester I am going to really work on advocating to my teachers about my grades, and when they are low I will come in after school and lunch until they are up.
I felt like the mask project was a personal and interesting project to do it let me know that everyone is socialized and everyone is different. I really went deep into the project, I learned more about myself and my classmates. Throughout the project I was really stressed out but if I didn't push myself the way I did I wouldn't have understood all the information and opinions coming from my teachers and peers. I didn't really think about socialization and liberation until now but now I know that everyone is socialized differently and it is interesting and makes me feel more comfortable about myself,"My mask is a representation of myself and my interests. This mask project has helped me figure out what really makes me unique from others." This was a quote from my mask essay that stood out to me and my teacher. In conclusion I feel like animas has taught me a lot of things already and I’m happy to keep learning here and am able to be myself and put my creativity to use.