Finishing this project to standards that I was satisfied with was a goal I strived for. Like any other goal, this goal had its obstacles. One of the biggest obstacles was the time crunch. This is probably one fairly common obstacle between my classmates and any other SMART goal makers. In this case, I had to prioritize. Socials came first. I would plan on what I would do the next day right after school and have a time schedule. I would have to reach these goals every day. I was already engaged to do my project, so putting this first was not a big deal to me. Another obstacle was the fact that I didn’t have a clear understanding of what I had to research before spring break and what exactly I have to do. This added on to the time crunch, but as I said, by prioritizing, I could preserver through this obstacle. Finally, the topic I had picked seemed to have a lot of conflict through various sub-topics, or this information could not be found through simple searches. Luckily, I had many sources of information to go to in order to get the foundation of knowledge in order to narrow down my searches and back up other people’s opinions. I found that if I had the will to find a way to persevere, then it was possible. The support of my parents, educators and peers helped me along the way.
To me, the most important thing to do was to learn more about my very own past, more specifically the beliefs and values, as well as both sides of the debate. My family heritage were Indians, and getting a better understanding of beliefs and values of the Vedic Civilization gave me a better understanding of my own past. For instance, my family 2000 years ago most likely came from Rome, and we were Shudras, or labourers. But besides this, learning to adapt and act according was something I learned during the process of this project. This was also very important to me, because life will not obey your every command, and I have to be prepared. Conflict and arguments AND inconvenience happens.
Finally, I must say how impressed I am, with myself and others. Everyone’s project had their own unique touch of charisma. I have satisfied myself, and went beyond what was needed. I added multiple extra inquiry questions. Also, if I had all the time to present, I would have explained all the different aspects in detail. ( Sadly I did not. ) During our gallery walk, I should be able to cover more components in more detail. I also added several separate charts to my project, making things pop.
I really appreciated this project, and the idea of project based learning. I have learned a lot of skills, including collaboration and critical thinking. SO what did YOU get from this experience? Or would you try to do something in project format?