POW's I'm proud of-
I am proud of these POW's for two different reasons. One being was that I actually took the time to do it, and tried to be as thorough as possible while writing it up. Most POW's I have done in the past I wouldn't try as hard and it was very important to me to write them up to explain what I had done and how I got the solution I got. The second reason being that it took be a really long time with coming up with the different formulas. Math most definitely isn't a strong suit for me and I get bored really easily with almost all math problems, but I was really engaged with this one. I wanted to feature this POW in particular on my DP because this is my most 'beautiful' produced POW that I have done thus far in Math 3. I think what made this POW enjoyable for me was the fact that I could relate it to a real-world situation. Most math problems I have a hard time relating to and I get bored super easily if it's not something that is real-world related.
The first semester of my Junior year in Math 3 has been very academically challenging for me. As I had said above in my description, math is not my strong suit, and not to mention, I get bored very easily. I get super discouraged when I cannot find a relation to the math we are doing and how it is relevant or relates back to the outside world, and when I am ever going to use it, which then makes it hard for me to do and enjoy it because I can't find that relation. I lose interest really fast in math class and when that happens I tend to shut down and not be as engaged as I can be, which has been a struggle for me for years. So, I came into this years math class with the goal to make myself get more involved and recognize when I am shutting down. I would say looking back and reflecting on this semester I didn't fully reach my goal. I typically am a person who sets high standards for myself and try to get good grades and so this semester in math wasn't particularly an issue because I would get the grades but I, again, would shut myself down and when I do that I wait the last minute to get things done because it doesn't hold my interest. That being said, towards the end of the semester I tried to be engaged with the content we were doing as much as I could, and I saw some results. I was understanding the lessons that were being taught and that made me enjoy math class more. The thing that went well for me this semester was having that one on one time with Hannah or my peers when I didn't understand the content. Asking for more clarification on my own time was more beneficial to me than watching it being taught on the board, so having that one on one time for me to ask questions was super beneficial to me. What didn't go well for me was again, the shutting down. I need to learn that when that happens I could ask Hannah to possibly help me relate it to the outside world and when I'd use it then or ask for more time to understand the content to my ability. I think I have changed as an individual from the beginning of the semester. I know that this is a common them throughout this whole reflection, but really just recognizing when I am bored with what is going on and when I am starting to shut down has come more easy for me to recognize. It's not a blurred picture that I don't see coming until it's the last minute before it is due. My hopes for the second semester is that I ask more questions. In math I stray away from asking questions because if it is something that I really do not understand, I just sit there and wait for something to come to me that may possibly work for that problem.