Every year students from our grade take part in math trivia, this year we were given the opportunity to host this event. Interested students were divided into groups of three and were then allocated a teacher responsible and the grade for which they had to organize. I along with my two friends were delegated the duty of grade 7. We aimed at making this event interesting for the young participants as well as the audience. We decided to prepare logical yet competitive questions for the participants so that their knowledge could be enhanced by this platform. The event consisted of 4 different rounds and the participants were divided on the basis of their houses.
Personally, I don’t love mathematics as a subject a lot but during the process, I was able to link our concepts with real-life situations while I was searching for interesting questions, this extended my knowledge. This CAS experience also helped me in identifying my strengths and build on it and in improving problems due to lack of communication and learn from that. Thus, I decided to choose this as my CAS project. For this project, we had to go through a lot of planning which had to be done in advance. Through that planning, we knew our roles well and so we could efficiently work on our tasks. The planning mostly included our tasks, deadlines, and resources that we required from the teachers. Throughout the one month, we developed skills and motivated each other to meet the plan and work hard to achieve the best possible outcome.
Learning outcomes met are:
L1. Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
To make the event successful it was necessary that all of us identified our strengths and weaknesses. I possessed good leadership and communication skills as a result of previous CAS experiences. Hence, I took the lead in making a WhatsApp group so that I can initiate by delegating duties to all based on the preferences. I also made sure in case of queries I approach, the assigned teacher. The work was divided on the basis of the rounds and intensity required. Each one of us was willing to accept the duties delegated that made our work more efficient and less time consuming as conflicts were restricted. During the process, I learned to be more patient while dealing with problems and this is a major area of growth that I experienced.
L3. Initiate and plan a CAS experience
After the allocation of grades, we started penning down the ideas that were coming into our minds. We had to be creative as we didn’t want anyone to get bored and hamper their learning experience. We decided to make this trivia different from the traditional one. We listed ideas to achieve this and further brainstormed. We came up with the idea of keeping one round entirely visual driven that would interest the participants and audience. We showcased our ideas to our assigned teacher and took her approval. Later we started making the presentation as described in our flow to avoid errors. After going home we used to do conference calls to finish the work. Once we were ready with all the requirements, we hosted this trivia on the 19th of March 2018. As a result of clear planning, we were able to execute our plan with great ease and we were able to achieve the desired goal.
L5. Demonstrate the skills and benefits of working collaboratively
The main challenge we faced was finding common time in school as everyone was busy with the exam preparation and had slots booked with subjects teachers so we found it difficult to work together in school. However, we worked collaboratively to deal with each others’ problems and help in finding sources for better results. As a team, we were very happy with the final outcome of our days and days of efforts. Our hard work was paid off when we got amazing feedback from grade 7 students as well as teachers. After the task was over, I understood that each and every person’s contribution was important.
L7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions
Ethics was a very important aspect of this CAS experience. We had to be fair towards every participant and had to treat them equally. While we had audience round we asked teachers to choose the person after the question was read to avoid biases from our end. I also tried finding an equal amount of questions for all set of participants so that there would be equality. Furthermore, we tried avoiding being biased or lenient towards our own houses. We were able to recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions in this experience and that is one of the reasons why we were able to have a successful event.
Due to pre-planning, we were able to conduct the event as planned. It was a great opportunity for us and we enjoyed it to the fullest.