Elliot

The most awesome guy ever

Mini Course Essay

Brains; they help us move and think but, like snowflakes they all work differently. To understand how you learn best you have to learn how brain works. That’s why throughout the last six weeks, I have taken six courses to teach me how to be the learner I want to be and how to become an inquiry based learner. In this essay I will talk to you about the path I have taken during these six courses; my learner profile, my learning style, my multiple intelligences, my collaboration strategies, my E.Q. (emotional intelligence), and my brain

The first course I took was about my learner profile. It is important to know about your learner profile so you know what you are good at, and what you still need to work on. During this course I learned that I am very knowledgeable because I know lots of useless trivia like bees can see ultraviolet or you get 50% more wet if you run in the rain than if you stand still. I also learned that I am open-minded (about my culture), because being a Mexican means that I get an awesome moustache when I grow up. I am a communicator as well because I love learning (useless facts) and I talk a lot and I mean A LOT! But even though I am good at many things there are still several skills I lack in. This year I will try to be more of a risk-taker by answering more questions in class and I will attempt to sky dive one day. I also have to work on being more reflective, to improve this I will do extra research on the collaboration strategies course and I will take the full “Myers Briggs” online test. Finally I have to be more balanced, I will achieve this goal by relaxing more and enjoying (the gift of my) life more. Understanding my strengths and weaknesses was not only achieved during this course, but it helped me understand this next course even better; my learning style.

During the learner style course, I found out that I am a kinesthetic learner. Knowing this teaches me how I learn best, this course how to study better.  I learned some important study tips during this course such as: making flash cards, righting down the questions (over and over again), taking notes in class and turning the answers into a jingle. During this course I also learned that I prefer “hands on learning”, I understand stuff by trying it myself, I like to learn stuff by myself, and that I would rather play a sport than watch television or listen to music. Overall, I think this course is one of the most important. The course I will talk about next isn’t about my intelligence but, my multiple intelligences

There are many different kinds of intelligences; verbal, Musical, nature ect .but instead of talking about those boring intelligences I will talk to you about my dominant intelligences. My two most dominant intelligences tie together; my first one is physical intelligence. I consider myself physically intelligent because enjoy playing soccer and do cross country running. My second most dominant intelligence is myself interpersonal intelligence which means that I am aware of my beliefs and that I put 110% into something that I belief in. Both these intelligences tie together because it is important that you put 110% into any sport you play. Even though I strongly believe that physical and self interpersonal are my dominant intelligences, my parents disagree. My parents think that I am stronger in my mathematical and my artistic intelligences. The intelligences my parents selected for me didn’t surprise me because they walk by my drawings; that are on the fridge every time they enter the kitchen, and they have seen my math skills grow. I value my parents opinions and I take them into consideration when I figure out, “how to be the inquiry based learner I want to be.” The next paragraph will be about my collaboration strategies, and why it is important to know you’re own and your classmates.

ISFJ, ESFP, IJTP, etc, these are all different collaboration strategies used by my classmates. It is important to know your classmates strategies so you to know how to learn cooperatively with each other. You can learn a lot from someone’s collaboration strategies, for example Jackson Myers (ISFJ) is a person who does not like being in the spotlight, makes decisions with his heart and likes to have his life planned. I learned all this from just knowing his collaboration strategy; ISFJ.  My collaboration strategy is INTP. The I in INTP stand for “introvert” meaning that I deal with my problems logically. The N stands For” (i)Ntuitive”  which means that my feelings come from logical possibilities. One of the strongest of all my collaboration strategies is my T; my ”thinker” strategy I think it is one of my strongest because I spend most of my time thinking inside my own mind, trying to think of ways to overcome difficult problems in life. When I lost my mini course duotang, I spent lots of time thinking of a solution, eventually I decided to photocopy and re-do all of the assignments inside the duotang. If I wasn’t an INTP, you might not be reading this essay today. Finally the P in INTP stands for “perceiver “which means that I am very spontaneous, silly but I hate deadlines and time limits. Being a “perceiver” is my second strongest collaboration strategy (besides being a “thinker”) because I won a silver medal in “Odyssey of the Mind”. Winning a silver medal proves that I am very zany and spontaneous. I also put things off until the last minute (fortunately this essay was not one of them) like cleaning my room or taking out the trash. Shortly after the collaboration strategies course we started our E.Q. (emotional intelligence) course.

During the E.Q. (emotional intelligence) course, I learned that I am very outgoing and spontaneous because (like I said before) I won a silver medal “Odyssey of the Mind”. But unfortunately I have to work on being more patient and empathetic. I will do this by starting a baby-sitter job, because taking care of children involves lots of patients and empathy. My parents think I am very forceful, when I learned this I was offended but after studying my behaviour I realized that I am too forceful. I believe I am forceful because I enjoy to do stuff in solitary but when I am forced to be in a group I feel trapped and become very demanding and forceful. To stop this behaviour from happening I will learn to be more cooperative with others. My parents also thought that I am not very reserved, which I thought was totally true but (once again) very offensive. I think my parents thought that I am not very reserved because I am constantly calling out in class (accidently of course). To improve this behaviour I will try to contain my excitement by (simply) putting up my hand. I also act differently in different situations, for example I step up and become a leader during a soccer game, when I am playing a video game I fell more excited and tense and when I am home alone I feel more wild and free to do anything I want. Adapting into situations (like the examples I gave above) is a very important skill to know so you can thrive in life no matter what situation you are in. The final course I took could also be categorized into science; my brain.

These six courses would be pointless if we didn’t do one on the brain, because all six of them are mental courses and will help me become “an inquiry based learner”. I think this last course was definitely the most important. During this course I learned a lot of things about the brain; neurons (nerve cells) control all of your movement, emotions are processed in your brains amyglada, data from your six senses are analyzed in the limbic system and that the RAS is located in the back of the brain; it receives info. I also learned about the syn-ap system. A syn-ap is when neurons (nerve cells) carry messages down to your body from your brain. Sometimes there aren’t enough neurons (nerve cells) to send the message down to your body, leaving small gaps between neurons. These gaps are unable to deliver the message down to your body, this is when syn-aps come in and fill the gaps. When you feel good your body makes more syn-aps, allowing you to do the most stuff possible. Meaning that feeling good actually helps you learn. That is why it is important to feel good right before a big test or a soccer game, so that you can perform at your best.

Six courses, six weeks, one quest. At the end of these six weeks I discovered how to be the learner I want to be, and how I learn best. I am proud of the person that I already am, and I hope I am proud in the future during my next quest of correcting my learning mistakes.