1) VIA Strengths – Which ones did you see in yourself during PBL? How/why?
Throughout the PBL unit, I thought I was very persevering. This is because even when the trashcan didn’t work the way we wanted it to, I kept trying to find new ways to improve the trashcan as well as trying to encourage my team to keep trying. When our group also didn’t have enough time to finish our trashcan, we also stayed after-school several times and had a morning session to try and finish our trashcan. In addition, since we had a lot of wood to cut, I never gave up, and kept cutting and sawing until it was finally done. For example, towards the last classes we found out that we cut our wood to big and even after I cut it smaller, it was still to big. I then just kept cutting it until it finally fit. Lastly, even though I spent one whole afternoon trying to look for springs with my family and couldn’t find any. I kept persevering and went all the way to Lai Chi Kok to finally get a spring which was an essential piece to our apparatus.
During PBL, I also thought I was kind because I always listened to what my group had to say and always tried to be as encouraging as possible. When we had a problem or an idea didn’t work, I also tried my best not to get frustrated and instead tried to look at the positive that we learned from a mistake. When one team member made a mistake in the design or the measuring, I also tried to be as nice to them as possible and encouraged them to keep trying so they wouldn’t be as frustrated and stressed.
2) Why is collaboration and teamwork important in problem solving?
Collaboration and teamwork in problem solving is essential because if we didn’t have that, we would never get anything done since we would always be arguing and trying to do things our own way. Collaboration and teamwork allows us to understand each other and get better ideas because three brains working together is better than just one. It also allows us to use our time more efficiently which gets things done faster. For example, since we had three people in our group, we divided and conquered different parts so we would be more time efficient. Without collaboration and teamwork, I don’t think our group would of been as successful as we were.
3) Which video do you like the most? Why?
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I liked this video the best because it shows how much better it is to work in a team than to work by yourself. It shows how much more you could accomplish and without the help of one another, they wouldn’t of been able to escape. For example, if the penguin that “got hit by the car” was alone, they wouldn’t of been able to steal the car. I also liked this video because when there was a problem, they were able to solve it together by thinking as a group and trusting one another which was when they saw that there was still a person in the car, they quickly threw her out and knocked her over again.