Below are our reflections for this project.
After doing this project and going through the outdoor learning experience, I felt that I have forged closer bonds between my fellow batch-mates and made many new friends. I also cleared many misconception between me my friends and I. I felt that I have benefitted a lot in the outdoors compared to learning in a classroom. During the course of the project, we faced many problems like contradictory ideas or different ideas. We also faced problems with meeting up as we had competitions and training. Thus, we met in school to facilitate each other’s time. However we managed to solve it properly. Although we quarrelled, we also resolve our dispute by giving in whenever we could. I have definitely benefitted greatly from these.
ThinkQuest had been an eventful journey for me. There were lots of ups and downs in this rollercoaster ride but we all made it through. I struggled to balance my schoolwork and thinkquest but I pulled it through. I have learnt a lot through this experience. I have learnt to organize my work more carefully, to work well with my peers and distribute the work load evenly and also more about organizing an authentic outdoor learning trip. I feel that my group members and I have gained and benefited from this experience.
Doing this project has been a very enriching experience. Although the time we were given was very limited, we still managed to meet our deadlines and finish up our work on time. Things were not looking good originally, but our mentor pushed us on and we got our project together in time. As a group leader, I had to keep our group on track and on task all the time. We had many meetings together and a lot of time was spent on this project. We thought that our topic of “How to organise an authentic overseas learning trip” is appropriate for educators and students around the world in this age, where students are getting more and more heavily involved in exchange programmes and overseas learning trips. More and more educators are starting to believe in involving their students in authentic learning environments, instead of teaching within the 4 walls of a classroom. Our senior deputy headmaster even once said, that our school “Will bring you to the World, or bring the World to you”. We believe that students can start organising their own learning trips (with guidance from their teachers), instead of just participating in a trip that is organised by their teachers. Leadership skills can be honed through organising such a trip too, as it is not an easy task to organise such a trip for a big cohort of students. I feel that our project is very applicable to the current world, especially to the Educational community.
This project has been a wonderful experience for me. It is very meaningful topic that is able to help students the world over go other countries to experience an authentic outdoor learning journey that will be highly enriching and beneficial. Not only can they learn outdoors in another country, they can organize a trip for the whole cohort, benefitting many students. I have learnt a lot through this whole process, even a fair bit IT knowledge which I never would have known if I had not did this project. I will definitely do a project like this given the chance to.