- What is your topic and why did you choose it?
My topic is how to perform an appendectomy, which is a type of surgery. I chose this because I really like science, especially biology, and want to work in that field when I’m older. More specifically, I want to be a surgeon when I’m older and that’s why I wanted to learn how to perform a simple procedure.
- Describe your experience so far: What challenges have you faced? Did you overcome those challenges?
The challenges I’ve faced so far are the research, because it’s very heavy and I need to be able to memorize the steps, which is a bit challenging. Another challenge I’ve faced is my final product. Right now, I’m not completely sure what it’s going to be, but I’m thinking of a model. Constructing my model will probably be a future challenge for me as I need to gather materials and build it in a short amount of time. I think I’ve overcome the research challenge, as I’ve been able to manage it by splitting it into different sections.
3. Has your project changed since the beginning? If so, how?
No, my project has not really changed since the beginning, it’s stayed fairly the same, but I have picked two different types of appendectomies to research.
- What are you proud of so far?
So far, I am proud of the amount of research I have completed, and that I’ve spent time researching the medical terms I don’t understand until I fully comprehend everything. I’m not just listing the steps, I’m trying to make sense of them.
- Do you feel creative when doing SML? If so, what are the conditions that help you to be creative?
I don’t exactly feel creative right now, as I am just learning how to do something, but I think I will be creative later when I make the model for my final product as I will need to be creative about the materials and how I will show the different parts and steps to an appendectomy.
- What have you learned about yourself as a learner? How do you learn best? Does the structure of SML help? Or is the structure frustrating for you?
I feel like such a long lesson of SML only once every six days does not help me as a learner. Maybe if we had SML for a shorter period once every two-three days would benefit me more. Sometimes I feel like the structure of SML is very limited and doesn’t help me to organize my research very well, but sometimes I think it’s a good guideline to work with.