Presentation of Learning
Presentations of Learning, or POLs for short, are presentations that every student does at the end of the semester to demonstrate growth and learning gained during that semester. These presentations are pretty much Animas's equivalent to final exams. We show up at school in professional dress, present in front of a panel of teachers and students, who then decide if we pass or fail. If we fail, we refine our presentation and do it again. We are also expected to panel for other students' POLs. We use evidence from every class to support claims of what strengths and weaknesses we have. We strengthen our weaknesses with S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
SMART goals are goals that we create using the acronym SMART based on the previous semester that we set to better us for the next one. We present these goals during our POL to demonstrate personal learning from the past semester. These are usually based of the Animas High School Habits of Heart and Mind, or the 21st Century Skills.
A weakness I have is advocating for myself, so my goal is to advocate more for myself despite my fear of doing so, so that I may clarify and expand upon what I am learning.
S - Specific: When I need help, I can ask my teacher or a peer, and even go to office hours when in need of further understanding.
M - Measurable: My advocacy is somewhat reflected in my grades, however more practically and usefully, I know when I need help. Being the only one who can look out for myself, I need to do so, and while thats not really physically measurable, it is mentally measurable in what I learn from it.
A - Achievable: I have known other students who have gained higher understanding and gotten better marks because they use their resources and ask for help.
R - Realistic: I can do it, I just don't think I can. Being shy and fairly self sufficient, I try to avoid having to ask for help, however I need to find the courage to ask for help and get what I need to do well, which is why the teachers are there - to help me do my best.
T - Timely: Again, not particularly measurable in this category, as it depends on when I need help.