February 12, 2011

Enrichment Project

The project that caused much controversy did not fail in causing more controversy today. Everybody was under the impression that we were all to do presentations to the class, so everyone had prepared presentations, worked as a group to practice and printed off resources for the group. Of course this was not what actually happened.

We, instead, had someone in the group act as a teacher to smaller groups while the rest of us wondered around and learnt from other groups.

It was highly annoying as we had worked hard to prepare proper presentations with each member of the group talking and teaching at some point; the highlighted key aim of the project. It meant one person was left to defend the project at any one time. I didn’t think that was very fair.

The argument was that we all get to learn more from spending more time with only 4 groups as to just spending 3 hours listening to presentations. This makes sense. But we could have been told. I spent hours putting the PowerPoint together. Blah. As much as I would have liked to have heard everyone else’s presentations, I did get to learn a lot from the four groups I worked with so that is the benefit =)

I ended up learning about Logarithms and exponentials, Circle Theorems, Autograph related line work and Mechanics – Motion. I found all very useful. It is always beneficial to hear other people’s explanations of key concepts to broaden my vocabulary and understanding.

I still would like to maintain my initial view, however, that this was far too much work, for too short a deadline, with much of the effort going to waste. I would have liked to have spoken about the topic I had worked on, but did not get the opportunity to. This would have been a much better SCT when compared to making a display.

Also I don’t feel that the work we produced is worthy enough of being sent to other schools and being made available in the library as a resource. Im not happy about my name being associated with work that I don’t feel is my optimal. And its not my optimal as I wasn’t given enough time to perfect it.

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