- What is the biggest challenge you faced during Exhibition?
My biggest challenge in exhibition for me was the research stage. I say this because I feel like my group did not really do lots of research, we only had about 20-25 facts, but we didn’t even share all of them because they didn’t make sense or they were just repeated facts. My group also didn’t focus on interviews and the primary source side. By that I mean we only had two interviews and that was our only primary source. If we had more primary sources then I think my Exhibition would have been a lot better. To me it’s not like peer pressure doesn’t have anybody to reach out to, I feel like it’s that my group didn’t try hard enough to get to them.
2. How did you work to solve or overcome that challenge?
Well, my group didn’t 100% overcome that challenge because once the research stage was over we couldn’t really go back. But if I could go back in time to overcome that challenge I problally would have asked my group if we could split up and work on separate websites so we didn’t repeat facts. That would help us by getting more than 20-25 facts of peer pressure. Then I would say each one of us has to get a book from the library for more information. After that I would suggest that on a weekend or after school, we each go around our neighbourhood (with an adult) and interview our neighbors about peer pressure. I would still have the interviews with Mrs. Lehman and The HR mental wellness director like we had set up. But with all those tips I just said I think that would be how we would get a balance of primary and secondary sources instead of having the scale weighed more to secondary.
3. What have you learned about yourself since being involved in Exhibition?
One thing I learned about myself as a learner is that when I get really frustrated or annoyed I tend to take over and exclude my group members from the task, I also turned into “Bossy pants” as Mr. Turner and I said. For example, when we on our last day of research I decided that I would go finish the last questions without my group members, I wrote a few things on a piece of paper for them to do which weren’t that inmoprtant, and when they finished those they were looking for me but I didn’t tell them where I was working so they couldn’t find me but I was still able to work. Now that I reflect in this I feel really bad about doing that because I basically told them to do things that we didn’t even need for our Exhibition, so I wasted their time, then I hid from them. To me that is unexceptional behaviour and I wish I could go back and fix that.
4. What was the most important, interesting or meaningful aspect of Exhibition for you? Why?
One really meaningful aspect of Exhibition for me is this reflection in doubt right now. I am saying this because this is the time where I can write everything down that I did good or bad, and think of how to improve, especially how to improve on what I said in the last paragraph. By doing this reflection it helps me understand how I can be a better person to everyone around me, it helps me learn how to improve for next year’s big projects, it helps me realize that I need to slow down, think about my group and let someone else be “Bossy pants” for a while. Sometimes I feel like Exhibition isn’t all about your presentation or the facts or work, it’s about how you work with others and what you learn about yourself.
5. What would you do differently, or be more mindful of if you could expirience Exhibition again?
If I could go back and fix things, I would fix the fact that I was Mrs. Bossy Pants, and include my group members a lot more than I did. I would also try to focus on our time management better because we had so many great ideas at the beginning but then they all go thrown in the trash. At the very beginning of Exhibition when we were doing the central idea, formulating sub topics and creating research questions, my group was really great, we had so many ideas that were so great but after that week everyone got thrown in the trash. Even our behaviour. So long story short, I would like to go back to the begging and start over with a new attitude.
6. What advice and suggestions would you like to give the students who will work through Exhibition next year?
One piece of advice I would give is to pick a topic that you are interested in, (I did do that I but I just wanted to let them know) because if you don’t then for nine weeks you will be really bored and you might regret choosing the topic because you don’t really want to learn about it.
Also to use your time management skills because you need them. My group didn’t really use them that well because after all the beginning stuff was done our group fell apart, we had so many great ideas that we could accomplish if we used our time well, but that got thrown in the garbage. I really regret not using our time because I wish we could have done much more with our Exhibition than we actually did.
7. CHOOSE a feedback sticky. Why was this valuable feedback? What did it mean to you?
I picked this sticky because I feel like every single group’s goal in Exhibition was to make their showcase eye catching so they could have lots of people come to see them, and for someone to write this means that we all accomplished that goal which is we should all be proud of that.