I have been worried about my families health as my parents were getting sick and tired more easily and often than they used to. I was wondering what caused them to feel in that certain way and realized that it was because of the amount of the sleep that they get. This is why for my personal project I decided to research about why sleep is important and what is causing some people to not sleep well. However, this goal was hard for me to achieve at first as I did not any scientific knowledge on the topic of sleep. Therefore, I decided to do some research on the basics of what makes the human brain go to sleep. After learning the basics of sleep and our brain I read a book called “The Sleep Revolution” by Arianna Huffington to learn about what sleep deprivation is and the issues with it. The book was the most useful research done as it had the most information about the non-scientific part of sleep deprivation. For example, it talked about incidents that happened to a sleep-deprived person in detail. The research part helped me to achieve the very first step of making my parent’s health better. Down below is a photo of some of the research that I did.
The planning process was very important as it was the stage where I organized the ideas and the things I had to do in order to reach my final goal. In this stage, I made an action plan to make sure that I do not forget the things I need to do. Down below is a photo of my action plan.
Here is a sample of some of the writing I did.
My global context for the personal project was identity and relationship. The global context explanation states that it focuses on “personal, physical, mental, social… human relationships…”. I was focusing on changing the way people think about sleep and also, spreading awareness of the effects of sleep deprivation mentally and physically so that people could have a better relationship with themself and with the people around them.
While researching I had to evaluate the sources that I used. By doing the annotated bibliography, I was able to think before if the source was reliable or useful before using the information. Every time I found a reference I made sure to look at the author and made sure they were written or proofread by experts. For example, while I was looking at the source “The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body.” I had to search up about the author Deborah Weatherspoon and found out that she has a PhD.
I made a success criteria(appendix I) and it had four parts to it which all of them focused on the outcome and how successful it will be. The success criteria made sure that I made a successful product as the success criteria worked as a checklist for me even while I was researching. It helped my product keep the focus on my final goal and not on other unnecessary things as I was able to refer back to the criterias when I was not sure what to write about. The first success criteria is about the function. This was challenging for me as I sometimes go off track and forget my main goal The second success criteria is about the audience. This was a challenge for me as my audience was my parents but there was a language barrear as they can’t speak or read English and I can’t write in korean. The third success criteria is about aesthetics. This was challenging as I am not a creative person so I always struggle in trying to make something that is attractive for people to want to read or look at. In order to make a attractive booklet I had to ask for help from people around me such as the art students to gave me feedback on the work I made so that I could keep improving. The last success criteria is about context. This was challenging as the context had to be in depth in order to change the way people think about sleep.
When reflecting on my final product I noticed that there were a few thing that I was successful at and some that I could improve to spread awareness of sleep deprivation better. I also noticed that there were some learning that I was able to do and not do. This is why I have written a reflection of my product.
The successful part of my final product is that I was able to change my main audience about the way he thought and acted about sleep. My dad used to think that sleep was unnecessary and time consuming. However, after reading my booklet and listening to my explanation, his actions changed. For example, he used to take sleeping pills but he stopped and now has a sleep cycle to get better sleep. My product was also successful as it helped me to meet my goal. I was able to inform people about what sleep deprivation is and those people were also spreading the word about how important sleep is to people around them which lead to more people having a more positive thought about sleep.
I could improve my final product by thinking about what would be the easiest way for people to understand and remember all the information. This is because I felt like people were reading my booklet and understanding but not remembering the details of my booklet for a long period of time. Next time I would like to make a booklet that has a stronger impact on people so that they could remember it more easily.
While making my final product I was successful at using thinking, organization, transfer skills. I used thinking skills more specifically my creative thinking skills as I had to think of a unique and interesting design throughout the whole booklet that would make the audience want to read about sleep deprivation. I used my thinking skills when I was researching. While researching I had to evaluate each source to make sure that they are a reliable source that I could use the data in my booklet to inform people (Appendix D). Organizational skill was something that was needed in order to make a booklet that was in depth. Throughout the whole project I was using my time effectively to do in depth research about sleep deprivation. To use my time effectively I had to come up with a way to organize my time therefore, I wrote it down like a checklist in small steps so that I could easily follow along (appendix D). I also had to find a way to keep track of the research I did. During the first week of the project I was struggling to keep all the data together because I was not recording them down and kept forgetting what each cite was talking about. Therefore, after the first week I decided to summarize what each cite talked about. I was also successful with my transfer skills. This is because I was able to transfer the organization skills that I have learned while making my research log. I was having a hard time trying to organize my research notes in science. However, I was able to use the knowledge that I gained from organizing my research log.
Through this project I was able to improve ATL skills. In particular I was able to improve thinking, research, self management skills. During the project I had to do some deep research about sleep deprivation starting off with no knowledge about the topic. By having to do deep research it made me think about how to ask the question on the internet or to use other resources rather than the interest such as books. Before doing this project I was not good at organizing myself to finish school projects as I would be all over the place when trying to write something as I would not plan what I had to do beforehand. This project has helped me to practise self management skills as if I was not organizing myself well enough I would not make the best final product that I would like to produce. I was able to transfer these skills to my school projects. For instance, in appendix C I talk about how while I was doing a school project I was able to notice the improvement in the self management skill as I am using my time more effectively and not messy as I planned beforehand all the things that I had to do.
Through this project I was able to improve my learner profile skills. In particular I was able to improve my thinking, communication skills. I improved my thinking skills thought the research I did. I improved my communication skill when having mentor meetings. The first mentor meeting, I was not able to communicate my ideas well enough. However, through more meetings I was able to learn how to communicate my ideas and thoughts about my project more effectively by preparing the night before by reading the mentor meeting description and thinking about what I want to say. This helped make my product better as my mentor understood what my intentions were in making the booklet and helped me develop my idea.
Through this project I think that I was able to gain new knowledge about my topic. This was a challenging goal for me as I had no prior knowledge on the topic of sleep in both scientific and non scientific way. The research process has taught me to do more in depth and through research which helped me to improve as a learner as I was able to use the things learned in my school work to improve my work. Without the research and planning process I would not have achieved my goal as I would not have know where to start or how to go about the project.