XA/ introduction/ self-reflection





This project was designed to solve some problems in life that can really bother us. The reason why I decided to do this project is that I realized the difficulties for cooking beginners to follow the instruction of all the available kitchen-app. I, as one of the beginners, have trouble following the instructions and hints in those apps. Consequently, our group wants to come up with something more detailed and more accessible so that the beginner won’t feel confusing. Firstly, we learned how to find “pain” and “high”, which will determine whether our creation is practical. Then, we construct the framework of the project including our uniqueness, our forms, and our users. Subsequently, brainstorming and task assigning will be implemented to actualize our ideas. Ultimately, we release the first version to the first set of our users who will then give feedbacks toward their experiences, pros and cons, and some other suggestions that might help to upgrade our product. Later on, we turn to our coaches for further advice and update another version of the product and cycle through all these steps again. I have adapted system thinking in this one because all our works were actually systematic: we clear the core values and concepts and create the first draft; we get feedback from users and improve the current version; then we head back to users, etc. Our group was helped by Kate, Chuck, Sarah, and whoever had given us feedbacks in checkpoints and user-tunings. My groupmates’ assistances were also considerable; we worked this out together with clear outlines and effective brainstormings.


I’ve learned that there are no demands at first, or there’s plenty of hidden demands awaited. The point of making a product come true is to either create demands or seek for demands. In the first phase of our project, we weren’t sure about the authenticity of the demands that we planned to base on. As the project progressed and investigations projected, our group hit the pinpoint of the “creating phase”——there’s actually a lot of kitchen-beginner our there who can refine their mechanisms with the particularly detailed orientations in our product. As a result, we kept updating the project and gained suggestions from the coaches about how to clarify our user community and our uniqueness.

I definitely had applied system thinking during the process. The whole process of making this product has a clear structure——find pain and high; seize the demand; verify the authenticity; craft the first draft; request feedback from users; update the product; receive feedbacks from uses. In fact, during the countless brainstormings, we had doubted and discussed the core idea more than many because that’s what separates our product from those existing ones.

I always tried to remind our group members about what kind of users we will serve and how will they prefer our creation due to our beginner-friendly instructions. Taken together, the accomplishment of this project requires a systematic mindset, great collaboration skills, and brilliant oral communication abilities. 

I have heightened my system thinking competency whereas my oral communication skills still needed to improve; sometimes I didn’t express myself clearly and drew some misunderstandings due to confusion. To perfect this skill, I need to get involved in more team-work projects and polish the craftsmanship continually. 

SA/ introduction/ self-reflection




This mind map was designed to display a particular knowledge point that we have gone through earlier this semester——exponential function. I chose this topic because I thought this is real-life beneficial and I wanted to review some concepts in it. It’s actually an assignment from Math 2A. In the first place, we were divided into different groups with different topics. As required, we split up the works into Desmos investigation, mind map, practice questions, and SAT questions. Steve and I volunteered to be in charge of the practice questions as well as SAT questions; I believed that it’s the most effective way for me to regain that knowledge. I glanced at the main concepts of the exponential function part and went online searching for corresponding questions, which were expected to trigger the memories of this specific part and enhance our classmates’ familiarities of this topic. I contend that I have possessed the ability of learn how to learn with my contribution to the mind map. These practice questions were indispensable within the whole mind map, which had propelled my question selections. What’s more, Steve and I were doing on-line researches together back then so pretty much all the assistance that I received was from him. We were both a little rusty with the idea when processing the projects due to the blank away from our first acquaintance with the exponential function. However, with the help of Steve’s note, PPT from the class, and some online resources we were able to retrieve the knowledge and to give a successful presentation. 


The most thing I’ve learned doing this project is that practice makes perfect. As mentioned above, it’s been a while since the first time we learned exponential function, which had resulted in the loss of memories of a certain part of knowledge. Consequently, I have to proceed the assignments approximately as a layman and it requires a lot of research and a dozen practices to acquire the knowledge again, which is incredibly important because what we will be teaching in the next class has to be correct, or it’s going to have considerable negative impacts. I had used the knowledge of exponential function along with the competency of learning how to learn. Besides re-gaining knowledge, I have to come up with a couple of questions because it will facilitate the learners to practice and reinforce their understanding. Nonetheless, I myself have to learn the whole thing again so I’ve skimmed through all the questions given by our math teacher and selected a few that I think will help my classmates to approach the core concepts progressively. Before start creating the practice question list, I made a plan for my trip of reviewing, which says go to the notes and find the relevant first; then go online searching for official explanations and equations of the topic; delve into the questions that we have practiced during the class and pick four out of them. Adapting the framework of the mind map, we positioned the linking practice questions on the counterparts that made the mind mad more comprehensive and reader-friendly. I have improved my “learning how to learn” competency through the assignment; now I know how to structure the learning plan and where to find all the possible resources that can aid me to obtain knowledges and skills. However, I can still augment my task arrangements. Although I composed a plan this time, I didn’t quite get the order clearly, which can be improved by practicing. Practice makes perfect; I have to arrange more learning plans for myself so that I can take it to the next level.

HA/ introduction/ self-reflection




This project was originally an assignment for British Literature class. During this semester we have read a couple of compositions during the class. The chronicle of Narnia, one of the books we read, was where our group gets the idea from and the name Edmund is one of the main characters in the story. This artifact is an online drama that my group members and I came up with based on the story of Narnia. The general ideas of how we going to revise some scenes and try to express something different were from Emma who was our group leader. Nonetheless, the first draft of the scripts was not even workable due to the spatial and physical limitations so Stacy and I dramatized the raw material and transformed it into the practical scripts where the dubbing and the shooting were separated. Subsequently, we split up the characters and assigned everyone a dozen of tasks over their own characters. In the end, our video is considered a great success containing a few elements from the book and lots of our own stylistic factors. From this artifact, I want to defense my possession of critical thinking and because we didn’t just simply adapt everything from the book, instead, we found the flaws of the religious ideas and reversed the setting. Besides, I want to defense that I have the competency of collaboration since the whole deal was completed as a group and I played an indispensable role in it. I didn’t receive much help from outside the group; my own group mates were really helpful and contributive because we knew the importance of the collective goal-aiming. Although this project was accomplished online, I think its meaning serves no less than a real-life drama. In a nutshell, we have proved that determinations are critical when a group of people gathered together trying to create something; we can conquer all difficulties due to the quarantine session with nothing but our wit and our will. 


During this project, I’ve learned that we have to have faiths when composing things especially during a hard time like this Covid-19 period. If we gather whatever resources we have and approach to the same goal hard and sharp, then our creation will definitely be amazing. 

Collaboration, one of the most important life-ling ability, is what I had applied in this artifact. I always facilitate the discussions to make sure that we’re on track; when it comes to individual works, I finish my tasks with high quality then I turned to other group members try to help them with their works. As I mentioned above, Stacy and I were the editors and operators of the project; we were in charge of changing the raw ideas into readable outlines and scripts. I was very clear about my position in the team and I always tried to oversea and propel the project, which makes me think that I have the competency of collaboration. 

Moreover, critical thinking is another skill I want to prove. In the book of Narnia, there’s a lion called Aslan who’s considered the indication of the God, and whatever the actions of other characters Aslan always takes a significant part in them. However, we didn’t think that people should count everything onto a belief, which is supposed to guide people and make them more decisive. It’s unanimously agreed in our group that Aslan will not appear at the big scenes such as the final war against the White Witch. Stacy and I insisted that people should develop their own beliefs that can improve their mindsets and sights instead of dragging them down when the situation is critical. 

I consider this as an improvement from last semester when I didn’t think about the concepts that much when compiling a drama. Nowadays, I can dig deeper into the core ideas of the story and ponder them from critical and objective perspectives. Collaboration is as good as usual. On the other hand, I contend that I can still improve on facilitation skills; I want to take it to the next level where humor and efficiencies can be well-managed. I also have rooms to improve on critical thinking because sometimes I’ll become extreme when criticizing a specific idea, which violates the essence of “critical”. I should be more objective and view the concept from multiple lenses that way I can improve the competency of critical thinking.