Last we were given problem sheet #15 at first it was easy and I could figure out how to do it myself, it felt good being self sufficient and not asking anyone for help (which is something I do often). I had suddenly become stuck on the last problem. I waited it out and tried multiple times to do it on my own but always getting confused. So then I finally asked for help but I asked the wrong people and by wrong people I mean my friends that were more behind on assignments than me. I ended up doing a bit of socializing and waiting till the last day to get help from a reliable source. I asked alex for help and he did just that. He helped me immensely and I did get to finish the last problem but I have to turn it in late. But that's what I get for not getting help from a reliable source in the first place. My mistake was not seeking help from those who could actually help me in the beginning. I learned that it would be better for me to work with people that can help me and lead me in a positive direction. I now will make sure to surround myself with people that know what they're doing and can help me, I will also reach out to Mr.Ko or helpers that are available like Jade and that's how I will grow to be a become a student.
As I do regularly every two weeks, I check my grades and this time I found that I hadn't turned in my rocket variable notes which is no bueno. I looked back into my notes to see if I had the variable notes and sure enough I did but they were incomplete. It seemed to have slipped my mind and here I am week's later putting together my notes for credit on this easy assignment I should have done when it was first given to us. In waiting and turning it in last minute I realized how bad it is to both procrastinate and be unaware of assignments that are due. I was unaware of it because of my lack of organization. In making the mistake of being unorganized I didn't get the credit I was deserving of and got a dastardly F. I learned the importance of organization and if you don't have it than that can lead you to an unsuccessful path with an alarming amount of F’s. In learning the importance of organization i've allowed myself to grow as a student and become better at being a student who's on track to success by being organized.
Lately I haven't been running into too many problems but over the weekend I thought it would be smart of me to go back and try to fix the mistakes that I made on the first growth chart. So that's exactly what I did. I researched all things I didn't understand and didn't learn. This was incredibly beneficial to me. This act showed that I grew in self awareness and years before I did not take into consideration to going an extra mile which if I would have then I would have been on top of the game instead of lagging behind. I suppose you could say i've learned from that mistake and now i'm more self aware and go a little further to benefit me in the long run.
It's been awhile since i've done a blog post but I felt that this was a really good example of growing from my mistakes. The other week we were reviewing scientific notation and as I had already learned scientific notation I thought it would be easy (don't get me wrong it was) but I seemed to have a problem with the calculator. I was turning a blind eye to what I knew and trusted in the calculator. You see the problem was that the calculator was off by one zero so i'd always be off by one.I then brought this up in class and we discussed why might the calculator be doing this. By the end of class I understood what the problem was and also learned that I should put more trust in myself and the class.
Second week of school was pretty great we did a few different things and thankfully i’ve made some friends. In a way i’m happy that most of my friends are in the other class it gives me a chance to make new ones. Besides the fact that i've made new friends i've also made new ways of thinking. Today we started the day off with what seemed as a simple question which was how many paperclips can you make with a 10 meter long wire and each paper clip is 4cm long. Okay, at first I thought “well don't we have to count for all the wire that's put into making a full paper clip?” but then I second guessed myself and thought “no that's too complicated he probably just want to know how many paper clips would fit” and so that what I did. I reviewed this with one of my table members and she thought the same thing but then like me erased the idea of counting the full wire because she also thought she was over complicating things. We sat there thinking we had completed the assignment but we were wrong. When Mr. Ko showed up he hinted at us that there was more than just the length so we fixed our mistake we accounted for the entire wire which took a minute but we finally got. I made a mistake, learned from it and grew by learning not to second guess myself and if i'm feeling doubtful to just ask.
Being the first week its been kind of difficult to figure out where everything is and everyone's names. When I first entered the doors to my future class I new few to a little amount of names, as time went by and more introductions were made then I felt like I knew way more than I did at the beginning of the day. The second day came around and Mr. Ko gave us a paper with tables on it told us to fill out each table with the names of the students who are sitting there. To my surprise I knew a pretty decent about, In the end I had only made one mistake on someones name. The third day finally came and we had to do the exact same thing. I felt confident that I knew just about everyone's name and so I got up and named every child in the class. I went from only knowing 4 names to knowing the entire class in the span of three days. I grew incredibly quickly from little to none knowledge to knowing each person. I hope that i continue to grow fast and learn things quickly this year. It would be extremely helpful for me as a student.