Over the past couple of weeks, we have been learning about what techniques authors use to create a humorous effect on their audience. I feel that I have successfully learned a lot about different techniques and how they are used in this way, but at least in this unit, my responsibility needs some work. At first, I didn’t look much at what caused things to be funny, they just were. Now I know many of the techniques are reasons, some of the most prominent being hyperboles, twists, and irony. I would like to learn more techniques and vocabulary and different literary techniques that may also apply to this topic. The most challenging part was always finding the first piece, then analyzing it became much easier. For example, I probably spent more time finding my 5 quotations and highlighting their techniques than writing the analysis. In the end, though, I was generally successful with my analysis and overall understanding. The main thing I am disappointed in is my responsibility and attitude, as both my dialectical journal and CER were turned in very late. I didn’t get them done until an e-mail from the teacher was sent to my parents and me. I definitely need to work on setting time for projects that seem large or intimidating instead of putting them off. Overall, I am fairly proud of my final scores on this project, but not my SAL.
For me, group projects like the IDU are often hit or miss. Everything really depends on the people I’m expected to work with, and they’ll often determine how much effort I put into a project, how serious I take the topic, and what responsibilities I take on. In this project, I was working with hard workers who I knew a little bit but wasn’t close friends with. I think this resulted in a good balance of my taking my work seriously and still being engaged in the project. Overall, I think I deserve Satisfactory for my collaboration in this project. I feel that I took on somewhat of a leadership role in the IDU for my group, and I did a good balance of delegating responsibilities whilst still doing a fair amount of work myself. I also think my attitude was fine with my group mates, and I tried to be cheerful without allowing us to get to off task.
In group projects, I generally excel in leadership roles. I’m a natural leader, and I’ve learned how to take on responsibilities and delegate jobs evenly to my group mates. I also think that I’m good at listening to others and incorporating their ideas and input, but I can always improve. In terms of personal strengths, once I start working on a piece of work, I finish it. I’m willing to work for long periods of time on a project, but I also know when to take breaks so that I don’t get swamped or lose too much enthusiasm. Although I think I generally pretty good when it comes to group work, there are still areas I definitely can improve on. For example, although once I start working, I continue working, it’s getting started, that’s the most difficult. I often procrastinate work, so in order to counter this, I try to make plans about when I’ll do certain assignments and research, but often I would still push back my plans to adjust for my laziness. I also think I could work on my open-mindedness in terms of working with different people. Sometimes when I work with people who I really don’t want to work with, I’ll tend to put in much less effort. I don’t care as much about the project or assignment, and I want that to change.
In group projects, one of if not the most important aspects of the project is the collaboration of the members and chemistry within the group. Group projects are also a great place to learn about how collaboration can be used and what it’s used for. Being able to collaborate is an incredibly valuable skill that is used constantly in people’s lives. Learning how to collaborate now will help me later on in life, as anytime I ever work with a group or another person, I’ll use skills around collaboration. Whether that’s in school, at work, or in my family, collaboration and knowing how to work with other people is very important.
Collaboration consists of 7 norms that have to be done to collaborate effectively. These 7 norms about collaborative work and called “The 7 Norms of Collaborative Work”. The norms are,
- Posing Questions
- Putting Idea’s on the Table
- Providing Data
- Paying Attention to Self and Others
- Presuming Positive Intentions
These 7 norms are all very important, however, in my opinion, I believe some are more important than others. First of all, I think the most important norm is 6. Paying Attention to Self and Others. This norm implies that you should be making sure that everyone in the group, including yourself, is being incorporated, is working, and understands what is happening. I believe this to be the most important because if you’re paying attention to others than that implies that you will be paraphrasing and pausing to help others catch up when they need it, you’ll be asking questions to create understanding for yourself, and you’ll be providing ideas and data to support that idea’s so that one can best help the group. Because of this, I think that 1,2,3,4, and 5 and not as important, especially 1 and 2 because they’re included in norm 6. Also, very important is presuming positive intentions. If one’s not presuming that everyone’s trying their best to help, it will lead to contention within the group and will make everything fall apart. Overall, my group, I believe, successfully implemented these norms, which lead to a good dynamic within the group. I think we most easily implemented putting ideas on the table and presuming positive intentions, as I think there was a good degree of trust in the group, and we all were knowledgeable about our target. It was more difficult for us to provide data as well as pausing and paraphrasing. Data was difficult was very difficult because we were given a limited amount of data and told we couldn’t collect anymore that would be more specific to us. Pausing and paraphrasing was difficult because all of us were knowledgeable about the project, so it seemed like maybe sometimes people didn’t want to show that they were confused, so it was often hard to tell when I need to pause or paraphrase an idea for somebody. Overall though, I think the 7 Norms of Collaboration were implemented in my group pretty well.
Overall, I think that the IDU project was successful in terms of collaboration. It helped me learn both about inclusivity and how to work well with people who I’m not good friends with people. I’ve learned about aspects of collaboration and how to lead as well as follow others in a group setting. I look forward to learning more about this and working with my group again in the future.
This Winter Break my reading goals are fairly small. I want to finish reading my current book, Ranger’s Apprentice 9 Halt’s Peril. Besides that I also want to start listening to the audiobook of the Hobbit. This will be the first time I fully listen to an audiobook just for fun and I want to try it out.
Earlier this year I made a goal to read more for fun. So far, I am fairly on track for that goal. During breaks and weekends I have been thrown off and often forget to read, but overall I am in line with achieving my goal. I am reading Ranger’s Apprentice 7 Erak’s Ransom, and I have really enjoyed it so far. I am close to finishing the book, and when I do I’ll start the next book in the series. I’m not ready to start reading daily yet, as I think that will take away from the fun in reading, but every other day seems to be helping me stay on track with my goals whilst not becoming bored and making the reading become tedious and annoying.
I am currently reading Ranger’s Apprentice Erak’s Ransom. This is the seventh book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series out of twelve. I chose this series because it was recommended to me by an old teacher and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve continued reading the series and hope to finish the whole series at some point. This year I want to learn to enjoy reading more and spend more time reading. I’ll try to do this by at first making sure that I spend some time reading at least every other day, and eventually I’ll move to trying to read every day.