DPC — Looking Back — “The Turtles Will Win Regardless if We Win or Lose”

Again, I am so proud of you all and for all your hard work during the DPC project.  You came together as a true team, some of you having to take on roles that weren’t your first choice, some of you having to wear multiple hats, and all of you having to meet real deadlines.  Your motto of “The Turtles Will Win Regardless if We Win or Lose” is an inspirational one.  My classes have done a lot of awesome things through the years, but you stand alone in your willingness to take on such a big project and do it so well.

So, while it is fresh in all of our minds, I would like for you to really step back and reflect about this project.  Sunday night, while I was preparing my little story for you all, I looked through my other binder which contained even more work that you all did planning this project.  Looking at the two binders together, it is a true testament to all of our hard work on behalf of the turtles.  The blog posts that you have all done throughout the year are also inspirational.

Things for you to write about:

1.  If someone asked you to describe your DPC experience, what would you say?  What were the high points of the project?  What were the difficult times in the project?  What should people know about the entire process?

2.  Since we have done more activities  than you did the last time you reflected on this project at the beginning of February, what was your most memorable part of this project?

DPC Command Center

What made it memorable for you?  Why was this important to the entire project?

3.  How have you grown as a student while participating in this project?  Please be specific.  How has doing this project helped you become a better student and person?  What were some things that may have been hard for you before but you feel more confident now doing because you participated in DPC?

4.  How has the class as a whole changed while doing this project?  Please be specific here as well.

5. If you had to describe how you are feeling right now about our finish in the Challenge, what would you say?

It’s funny that above our command center, are the Egyptian hieroglyphs from the book that we read on the first day of school.  One is “Never Give Up”, another is “Imagine”, and another one is “Discover”.  You have done all of these friends so very well and eloquently.

 

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  1. If someone asked me to describe my DPC experience, I would say that it was hard work, but it was worth the effort. I would also say that people should know that there is a threatened species of the Blanding’s Turtles, and that the people are threatening them, and WE’RE trying to save them. The last thing that I would say is that we head-started the threatened species of the Blanding’s Turtles. We came in second place throughout the whole country! We did it!
    The most memorable part of this project was working with the turtles, and trying to make people aware that they’re threatening the Blanding’s Turtles, by doing many, many things to make people aware. These things were very important because by working with the turtles, it helped us make movies, posters, and more, to tell people about the Blanding’s Turtles. 3.
    I’ve grown as a student while participating in this project by trying to head start the turtles, by trying to make people aware that they are threatening the Blanding’s Turtles, and that they should stop. By doing this project made me a better student is because I tried to make people aware that they are threatening the Blanding’s Turtles, and also to try to head start them. Which we did! One thing that was hard for me was making posters, but I now feel more confident because I participated during DPC. Another thing that was hard for me was blogging about DPC, but I now feel more confident because I participated during DPC.
    The class as a whole changed while doing this project is by making a HUGE difference. Such as, making posters, PSA’S, iMovie’s, and trying to make people aware that they are threatening the Blanding’s Turtles.
    If I had to describe how I feel right now about the finish in the Challenge, I would say that I’m proud of us, and I’m really grateful that we won in second place.

  2. 1. If someone asked me to describe my DPC experience, I would say that is was challenging but always fun, involved a LOT of teamwork, and was a GREAT experience. Some high points of the project was when we finished the magazine, the hour and a half we were just thinking up ideas left and right, when we submitted our portfolio, and when we found out we won! Some difficult times were when we lost all the pictures in the magazine, used two computers (grrrr!), and when Bowser died. Some things people should know about the entire process is that there is a LOT of work to be done (we didn’t just say, “Oh! Let’s make a magazine!” and “poof!”, there it was), it takes devoted kids and devoted teachers to do it, and that you shouldn’t just focus on the prize like that class that said, “What airline are we flying?”

    2. My most memorable part of this project was when we (finally) finished the magazine. It was memorable because I felt like I had actually accomplished something big, which me and the other girls working on the magazine had done. This was important to the entire project because now we can sell it at Turtle Night – we just need to print it – and it will educate the community about Blanding’s turtles – which was part of our environmental goal.

    3. I have grown as a student while participating in this project by getting better at math (because we did a lot of turtle data), learned how to take notes, learned technology like Numbers, Pages, Keynote, and Garage Band, learned about the Blanding’s turtles in general, and written realistic-fiction stories. This project has helped me become a better student and person because I learned how humans are ruining the Blanding’s turtle habitat, and their lives. When I grow up, I have learned not to do that. Some things that were hard for me when we started DPC but I feel more confident about now are: blogging about DPC and making the magazine.

    4. The class as a whole changed while doing this project by relying on each other. I feel like I can rely on everyone in this class for anything I need.

    5. Describing how I am feeling right now about our finish in the Challenge is practically what everyone else is feeling: “We came second place in the nation! We came second place in the nation! Yay!” I am REALLY happy that “we came second place in the nation!” and I am even more happy that the Blanding’s turtles have had a LOT of awareness spread out around the country.

  3. Looking back on our whole DPC project, I realized that I learned just about the equivalent of what I learned in first and second grade put together. Not only did I learn about the Blanding’s turtles and how to save them, I learned what being a real teammate is all about. I have been on sports teams with people who sit around and do nothing, but with the DPC project, nobody was sitting around and doing nothing at all. There were definitely a lot of bumps in the road but we always found a way to get around them. Sometimes Sometimes, I have ideas in my head that I keep saying I’m going to do but they always get pushed out my ear but we did almost everything that we said that we were going to do.
    I think that my most vivid memory of the whole project was when we looked through our digital portfolio and checked off the check list and agreed that our project was ready for Mrs.Erickson press the submit button and we all cheered but it ended up being a false alarm and that happened again but finally, Mrs.Erickson pressed the real submit button and we all cheered and drank our sparkling apple sider.
    I think that I have grown a lot as a student during this project. One thing that I have learned is that you can do anything if you set your mind to it and don’t let it fly out of your ear like what I sometimes do. The only way to get something done, is to do it. I have also learned that it is sometimes hard to do things with a partner but sometimes you can end up being glad that you were doing it with a partner.
    I think that the class has grown a lot during that project too because there wasn’t only three people working on it alone, the whole class did a handful of things by themselves or with a partner to add up to everything that we accomplished. We moved mountains for the Blanding’s turtles and if they could, they would be thanking us big time right now!
    I feel so proud of our class and myself, I don’t even know how to explain what I’m feeling! I feel like screaming out at the top of my lungs! I’m really happy that we came in second in the whole nation for DPC but that really doesn’t matter when you think about it, what really matters, is that the Blanding’s turtles won and that that one animal that we helped to save, really saved many more than one animal. As I said before, we moved mountains

  4. 1. If someone asked you to describe your DPC experience, what would you say? What were the high points of the project? What were the difficult times in the project? What should people know about the entire process?

    Answer:I would say that it was fun and difficult. And like ec 7 said at school, that we had to work hard and it wasn’t like in blink we’re done. We worked hard though while talking it seems it was easy. I never knew I was going to help in saving a threatened species.
    Personally, I think that beginning of this project was really hard because we were confused and we did not know how difficult this project would be. But after that we were brain-storming like crazy. You have to see or work to realize how hard it is to do this.

    2. Since we have done more activities than you did the last time you reflected on this project at the beginning of February, what was your most memorable part of this project? What made it memorable for you? Why was this important to the entire project?

    Answer: My memorable part was when we won DPC. I liked how first we were a little sad and then we how we were so surprised to find out we won the second prize out of the whole nation. The excitement and happiness made this project a lot more fun.

    3. How have you grown as a student while participating in this project? Please be specific. How has doing this project helped you become a better student and person? What were some things that may have been hard for you before but you feel more confident now doing because you participated in DPC?

    Answer: I have grown as a student while participating in this project by trying to save these species and by learning about how important it is to keep nature safe. By doing this project I became more confident while presenting in front of other people. Before the NRC presentation I was really nervous, but while presenting I grew more confident.

    4. How has the class as a whole changed while doing this project? Please be specific here as well.

    Answer: I think our class has changed by learning so many new things like i-movies, scratch and many more. And our class worked TOGETHER. This project, I think has also made our class prepared for future things.

    5. If you had to describe how you are feeling right now about our finish in the Challenge, what would you say?

    Answer: I’m felling happy and proud. I am feeling so HAPPY that we have now made our country aware of these turtle. And really happy we won the prize. I will always keep this experience deep in my heart.

  5. 1.  If someone asked you to describe your DPC experience, what would you say?  What were the high points of the project?  What were the difficult times in the project?  What should people know about the entire process?
    1. If someone asked me to describe my DPC experience, before they even got to finish, I would say fantastic! The high points of this were probably the magazine and Turtle Night coming up. The magazine because when I look at that magazine, I think how would a few kids all work together and create this magazine all on one thing ( based on the Blanding’s turtles). It’s amazing! Turtle Night is also one of my high points. It is one of my high points because us kids have planned it all out believe it or not. We have even gotten turtle experts to come join us at this big event. This is another amazing experience from DPC. A couple times you would run over a couple bad points. Bad points when something didn’t work, something got deleted or when you had to rush so we could send the portfolio in. Something that everyone should know about the DPC process is how hard we had to work. Some people think that all you do is no research maybe just send in a little portfolio and be done. But that is not what is was. We had to do a lot of research and thinking. One time we toke up the whole DPC thinking. Personally I think it hurts when people say that the process was easy.

    2.  Since we have done more activities  than you did the last time you reflected on this project at the beginning of February, what was your most memorable part of this project?What made it memorable for you?  Why was this important to the entire project?
    2. The most memorable part of this project was submitting our portfolio. It was fun, exciting and yummy. 🙂 We had worked so hard on that portfolio. It might not have came in first place, but we had tried our best and it came in second place. I had actually felt like we were winners.

    3.  How have you grown as a student while participating in this project?  Please be specific.  How has doing this project helped you become a better student and person?  What were some things that may have been hard for you before but you feel more confident now doing because you participated in DPC?
    3. I have grown as a student 100% during this project. It has helped so much because whenever I saw DPC on the schedule, I would get so excited. Knowing we would have to behave to get to DPC, I would listen up better than usual. I definitely feel more comfortable using scratch, pages, and more computer sources. One really important thing I had practiced during DPC was teamwork. In technically everything, we used teamwork.

    4.  How has the class as a whole changed while doing this project?  Please be specific here as well.
    4. Again I also think the class as been growing with the teamwork. Working together, we would get things done which now looks outstanding.

    5. If you had to describe how you are feeling right now about our finish in the Challenge, what would you say?
    5. Personally I feel grateful. I feel grateful because without our wonderful teacher we wouldn’t have won second place in the whole country or even just grateful for Mrs.E getting us into this fun.

    DPC has been probably the most fun thing that I have ever done as a project. 🙂

  6. 1. The whole DPC project has been a challenging and FABULOUS experience. I think that this has really changed my life by learning and practicing how to work together successfully and use resources wisely (computers etc.). The high points were definitely when we first got out first assignments, submitting the digital portfolio to Disney, and definitely when we found out we won second place. The difficult times were when we had a deadline and it was a day or two away and we had to stay focused and work the hardest we ever did. Everybody should know that this was not done in one day and it was a breeze, they should know how hard it was and how intensely we worked for hours at a time.
    2. I really like going to the Concord-Carlisle High School and being on CCTV. I didn’t just like it because I got to be on TV, it was because all of the questions that State Representative Atkins asked and our answers got to be shared. This was very important to the class (and the turtles) because everybody who watches the channel will get information on the Blanding’s turtles.
    3. I have grown as a student through this by my ability to work well with others. What I mean by this is together we had to work to accomplish things by a deadline, together we had to take charge to save these poor turtles. This was not a one man project. This project has taught me to be a better student by me learning to listen better to others and use their ideas as well as mine. This will help me forever because anytime when you work with someone else listening is a good skill. Before DPC I was not confident in my computer abilities, the only program I knew was basically Word and my typing was horrendous! While we worked on DPC I expanded my abilities so now I know (what feels like) a thousand programs and my typing has improved. Not only that now I feel confident turning on a computer like I knew what I was doing before DPC, I was clueless.
    4. Not only me, but the whole class has grown as friends and a team. We started out barely knowing each other’s names but after DPC, we have each worked with almost everyone in the class at one point or another and now we feel that we can make conversation like we couldn’t before.
    5. I am feeling nothing but pride right now. I can’t imagine how many people not just kids have ever had this experienced this joy and feeling of great pleasure. I feel that all of our work payed off when we won all of the hard endless hours and hours of work a week that we put into this really payed off.

    Overall, this DPC project will probably be the best school project I have ever done.

  7. 1. If someone asked me to describe DPC, I would say that it was a fun and challenging experience. The highlights were that we were able to accomplish our goal of spreading awareness of the Blanding’s turtles to the community. We did not only spread awareness to our community, but to the whole nation through the DPC project. It was difficult at the beginning of the project because I had to type up all the hatchling’s weights on a calculator and divide it by the total number of hatchlings. I had to do it for the 2010 hatchlings and 2009 hatchlings. Even though it was a lot of work, the entire process was worth it.

    2. The most memorable part of the project was when I finished getting all the data typed up and laid out on pages and I finished the graphs. Then, I was able to put it on our website. I felt proud of all the hard work I did when I was able see it finished. This helped the entire project because we needed hatchling data for the magazine, the website, the DPC portfolio and for Turtle Night.

    3. I have become a better student because I now know what it is like to complete hard projects by working hard and not getting distracted. I had to work with one other classmate on the data at the beginning and near the end, and learned what it was like to plan out how we were going to divide the work. I have grown as a person because now I see how important it is to protect animals in the environment, especially those that are endangered. I now feel more confident about using technology and computer programs like pages, numbers and keynote.

    4. The whole class has changed because we have learned how to do long term projects that are challenging. We had to work together. We also got to see what the work will be like that we will get in future grades. This project has shown us that we should be confident in ourselves and know that if we try hard, we will succeed. We have also learned to respect the environment and all the animals in it.

    5. I feel like we have accomplished something that did not matter a lot for us, but it matters a lot for the turtles. I think that even though we didn’t come in first place, we got a better prize than the first place winners because we got money for our project, so we can continue helping the turtles in more ways. I feel proud that we accomplished our goals on the project.

  8. 1. If someone asked me to described the DPC experience I will say long, hard, fun, rewarding and interesting. The high points were when we brainstormed a bunch of ideas for events. The difficult times were when we were in the middle of the project there were a bunch of thing we had to get ready for like the meetings. People should know that the whole process did not gust take us 1 week it took over 4 weeks of planning and brainstorming can you imagine how many weeks that is all together?
    2. The most memorable moment would have to be when we went to the NRC meeting I remember how scared I was and how we got a round of applause because we were the only kids ever at the meeting before, this was important because it got us one step closer to digging up a area to make a pond for the turtles.
    3. This helped me grow by letting me know that I can fight for things that are right and there is no harm trying to help a species by small steps. It was hard at the begging because I was not used to there being a challenge at task and that there was so much work and it wasn’t broken up into bits and pieces it made me confident because it told me you can do it even if there is a reward that is what we are fighting for the Blanding’s turtles to come off the threatened species list.
    4. The class has changed by everyone saying what they want like “I disagree” and “I will like to twitch that”. In this project we have also changed by working together, by our self and in pairs.
    5. If I had to describe finishing the project I would say if we did not win would say rewarding because it was such a big step when we helped the Blanding’s turtles.

  9. 1. If someone asked you to describe your DPC experience, what would you say? What were the high points of the project? What were the difficult times in the project? What should people know about the entire process?

    If I was asked describe my DPC experience, I would say that it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. Some people who didn’t participate in this would probably think we went ‘OK, let’s google some pictures of turtles and write our portfolio.’ No, No, NO! It was way harder than that. We did a lot of hard work and then we put together our portfolio piece by piece, like building a wall. If you make one error, the whole thing falls down.

    2. Since we have done more activities than you did the last time you reflected on this project at the beginning of February, what was your most memorable part of this project?

    I have to say, I really kind of liked presenting to the NRC. It was fun to talk to some important adults, show them a presentation, learn that when you grow up you’ll be a comedian. (Hey, I did make them laugh a few times)

    3. How have you grown as a student while participating in this project? Please be specific. How has doing this project helped you become a better student and person? What were some things that may have been hard for you before but you feel more confident now doing because you participated in DPC?

    This was a good experience because I have gotten more familiar with using computers and I have learned new programs like scratch and voki. It also has made me more aware of the environment (like, I had no clue what a Blanding’s turtle was before this project) It used to take me really long to type before this project but I typed this in like half the time it would have a year ago.

    4. How has the class as a whole changed while doing this project? Please be specific here as well.

    We all have learned a lot about Blanding’s turtles like where they live what they eat etc. We also learned how to work together as a team because we had to or we would have gotten like last place.

    5. If you had to describe how you are feeling right now about our finish in the Challenge, what would you say?

    I feel like the world has just been taken off my shoulders. I was SO relived when we had this portfolio done and sent in and you should have seen me when we learned that we had just got second place in a national contest (but I thought we were in trouble when all the important people came in so that shows how much I know) But there is more to come, I know that much. So maybe I do know something.

  10. 1. If someone asked me to describe my DPC experience, I would you say that it helped me do better with working with people. The high points of the project was getting something done and submitting the portfolio. The difficult times in the project were when something went wrong with what you were working on like it got deleted or something wouldn’t work. People should know that it was really hard work to finish the project and plan it. We also had to brainstorm a lot.
    2. My most memorable moment of the project was when I finished all the movies I had to do. What made it memorable for me was I was really relieved that I fished them because I had to get a 6 minute movie down to 23 seconds at the most. The movies were important to the entire project because we had to put some into the portfolio.
    3. I have you grown as a student by working on this project. It helped me to become better at working with others. Some things were hard for me at the beginning of the project such as creating and editing the imovie. Typing was also hard. But now, I am faster at typing and it is more fun. As for the editing movies I find it very enjoyable and want to do more.
    4. The class used to be very individual but then DPC brought our whole class together. We started to work as a team. For example, when we put the portfolio together we had to do it together with partners.
    5. I would say that I am proud of myself because I accomplished some skills.
    DPC was really fun.

  11. 1. I believe that people should know that my classmates and I worked incredibly hard during this experience and we really did earn this. January and early February was when we had to work the hardest due to our deadline. One time during this project we had spent an entire day non-stop working on this. My jobs were to conduct several experiments and be part of making a presentation to convince the town to make Moore’s Swamp into a turtle area. Though this work may seem easy it was definitely not. Not only did we have to work hard in school, some of this was homework! And even after we had submitted our information to Disney we had more work still. We had other deadlines to worry about. So overall, in school or not in school, after we submitted or before we submitted, we were working and we defiantly deserved our reward.

    2. For me, the most memorable pert of the project was when we found out that we had won second place because it was really exciting and it was when we realized that all of our hard work had finally paid off. I also remember the first experiment that I did because it was the first thing I had done that really affected the project.

    3. During this project I learned how to conduct experiments. This is important because it also teaches you to be patient. Patience is a huge part of experiments because sometimes something doesn’t work and before you do the actual experiments you have other things first. Some other things could be:
    • Brainstorming a list of experiments
    • Planning what use the experiment will be
    • Organizing how the experiment will go
    • Thinking about what you will learn from the experiment
    • More
    As you can see there are a lot of steps and patience is very important. In the future patience will make me a better student and person because I won’t always be able to get things right away such as my jobs, collage, etc. Something that was a bit harder for me before DPC was being patient with me, because it can be very hard if it takes you a while to get something done.

    4. I think that the class as a whole has changed from this project by being able to work really hard. This project was a lot of work and everybody was working. This will definitely affect our future because if we work as hard as we possibly can we will get things done faster and better and we will be able to do what we want to in life.

    5. I’m really glad that we won second place but our work isn’t done we still have to spend the money and host turtle night. When we got second place it was a really exciting time for everyone but there is still work for us to do.

  12. 1. If someone asked me to describe my DPC experience I would say that it was a fun thing to do but also a hard thing to do. The high points are the data the brochures magazine. What was difficult for me is thinking of hiaku’s. People should know that we did this for the turtles.

    2. The most memorable part of this project for me is making all the brochures. Making brochures is memorable to me because I remember doing them. This is important because we want more people to know about Blanding’s turtles.

    3. I have grown from not knowing a lot about Blanding’s turtles to knowing a lot about Blanding’s turtles. This has helped me be a better student because I know more about Blanding’s turtles and this makes me also a better person because if I see someone about to hit a turtle I could tell them to stop. Writing hiaku’s was hard but now I feel more confident about and it seems so easy now.

    4. The whole class has changed because we all came up with so many ideas.

    5. I still can’t believe that we got 2nd place in the nation!

  13. If someone asked me to describe the DPC experience, I would say it was very very hard work. It also wasn’t just a like 30 minute thing too. We would work for about 1 to 1 and a half hour(s) a day. I would also mention Turtle Night, and the Blanding’s Turtle. The high points of DPC for me were what our work turned out to be in the end. At the end of one of our projects it looked like professionals worked on it. Another high point of DPC was that we came in second place for the whole nation! I personally thought we were going to come in like 30th. But for us to come in second place, it really blew my mind.

    My most memorable part of this project was when we came in second place for the nation. I remember we had sparkling cider, and we also had that when we sent the portfolio in. I also remember that time when we had so many ideas, we had to stop because we were going past our school time.

    I have grew a lot over this project, but the thing I grew the most was working for long periods of time. I also grew by knowing how hard I can work. I feel more confident of doing big things and working long times non-stop.

    The whole class has changed over this project by learning more about Blanding’s Turtles and caring for an animal that is endangered or threatened. I think we have learned a valuable lesson of taking care of our environment too.

    If I had to say something about our finish would be, even though we didn’t win the grand prize, I think that the Blanding’s Turtles still won. I also have to say this, i’m very proud that we came in second place. I think we accomplished a lot out of DPC. I am sad that it is over.

  14. If someone asked me to describe my DPC experience I would say that we worked hard for the turtles to win and it took a lot more thinking than just a half hour of work. A high point in the project was when for about an hour we were just full of ideas we could use to inform the public about Blanding’s turtles and their problems. Difficult times in the project were the deadlines, because a lot of pressure was being put on you and you had to finish the thing you were working on at the right moment. I think one thing that people should know about this project is that we spent a long time designing and planning our project.
    My most memorable time in the project was our first experiment: feeding the turtles at different temperatures. It was memorable because it proved that head starting is good for the turtles, which completely backed up our project.
    I have grown as a student while participating in the project by learning computer programs such as Numbers and Pages, which we use a lot in class for presenting data and making posters and brochures, and typing stories. Doing this project has made me become a better student by doing work that is actually helpful, and made me a better person by giving me greater respect for animals and what they go through to stay alive. One thing that was hard for me before we did DPC was doing long stretches of intense work. The class changed as a whole when we realized how much head starting helped the turtles.
    If I had to describe how I’m feeling right now about our finish in the Challenge, I would say that we deserved first place, but the good thing is that the turtles won anyway.

  15. 1. If someone asked you to describe your DPC experience, what would you say? What were the high points of the project? What were the difficult times in the project? What should people know about the entire process?
    My DPC experience was very exciting. One of the things that made it exciting was going on field trips, having some of my classmates be on CCTV, going to the Natural Resources Committee, having our displays at Going to Green, and most of all coming in SECOND PLACE in the whole country!! The high points in the project were when we started to get more people aware that the Blanding’s Turtles need help and following our initial goal. One of the low points in the project was when we found out that we could not make June the Blanding’s Turtle awareness month. People should be aware that we worked so hard on this project and that it took us a very long time it wasn’t like we used up one hour of time to quickly plan out all of the events, make a slideshow and hand it in. We need people t know that it wasn’t easy.

    2. Since we have done more activities than you did the last time you reflected on this project at the beginning of February, what was your most memorable part of this project? What made it memorable for you? Why was this important to the entire project?
    My most memorable part of this project was going to Dino Swamp. I remember this morning very clearly because we got to track a Blanding’s turtle that lived under the ice. Some other things that we got to do was go on a hike, learn about other animals that live near there, identify their tracks, and learn about some of the Blanding’s Turtles predators.

    3. How have you grown as a student while participating in this project? Please be specific. How has doing this project helped you become a better student and person? What were some things that may have been hard for you before but you feel more confident now doing because you participated in DPC?
    As a student I have grown by getting my mind set on something and doing it from the beginning to the end. It has helped me become a better person because I helped a threatened species by informing our community about the danger that the Blanding’s turtles are in. It was hard for me to think that kids right around the same age as us could make such a big difference in their community. After doing the project I know that we can.

    4. How has the class as a whole changed while doing this project? Please be specific here as well.
    From doing this project the whole class has changed by learning about the turtles, by becoming more aware of the danger that the turtles are in and most of all by accomplishing such a big project together.

    5. If you had to describe how you are feeling right now about our finish in the Challenge, what would you say?
    I am feeling proud of myself and everyone in the class. I am also feeling sad because it is over and now we have to get back to doing normal things that all of the other classes do, but I am mostly really proud and happy that we won.

  16. 1. If someone told me to describe my DPC experience I would say it was hard and fun. The high points of the project were my trip to the NRC meeting. I made a presentation and I felt proud of myself. The difficult time of the project was when I made the NRC presentation because it took a very long time. I think what people should know about the project is that it wasn’t like a science project and we were involved with the actual world.

    2. The most memorable part of this project was going to the NRC meeting. I think going to the NRC meeting was the most memorable part of the project because I have never done a true presentation in front of people I didn’t know. I think the NRC meeting was important to the entire project because if we didn’t go to the meeting we might not have had a chance of getting permission to dig out the pond.

    3. I think I have grown as a student not just by doing a good project but showing a presentation to people outside the classroom. I did that when I went to the NRC meeting because I went out of the comfort of the classroom and showed a presentation to people who were complete strangers. I think this project has made me a better student and person because it showed me how to do a presentation for other people and helped me interact with classmates better.

    4. I think the whole class has changed because now we know what it means to do a long process project. I think we have more of an understanding because most of our projects we do only last 3 weeks at most but this project lasted more than 4 months.

    5. I think we did a really good job on the project since we got second place. I also feel a little bit disappointed because we were one project away from going to Disney Land. I mostly feel happy because we got second place in the contest.

  17. 1. If someone asked about my DPC experience I would say that it was very hard and it was NOT a overnight process. The high points of the process were probably the website and the voki’s and definitely the field trips. The difficult times were probably the big things like the website, the movie’s and the presentations because they all had deadlines. The thing that people should know about the entire process is Not easy, Not overnight and Not for entertainment.
    The other thing that people should know is that we worked really hard.

    2. To me the most memorable part was probably the website. It was memorable to me because it was one of the biggest things. This was a big part of the project because I was able to show all the information and turtles that I knew and could find, in it.

    3. I grew as a student by understanding that as a person, my work and contributions is important in making a change and achieving a goal that will help make the world a better place. This project helped me be a better person by showing me that I need to take responsibility and act because before DPC I didn’t even know the Blanding’s Turtles existed.
    The thing that was hard for me before was the computer, I didn’t know much about it before but as I did it more and more I got used to it.

    4. I think the class changed by learning to work as a team and to focus on a specific subject. We learned to work towards a goal. This was a real life experience for all of us.

    5. If I was asked to describe how I am feeling right now I would say that I worked very hard on this project and in the end winning the second place was rewarding for me. By winning a challenge nationwide we made more people aware of the Blanding’s Turtles.

  18. 1. The high times in my experience was doing the scratch games with other people in my class, also choosing which ones to put on the website. The difficult times were making an account and uploading onto it. The meaning of this project is for the Blanding’s turtle to get off of the threatened species list.

    2. My most memorable times were doing the website because it was fun making the pages and uploading scratch games to the website. It was important because it was for DPC.

    3. This project has made me a better student because now I know that the Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened species list. I know to be more aware when I see one. It has made me a better student at school because I have better focus. We had to focus in DPC to get the whole project done, and DPC improved my typing skills, and organization skills. In the beginning planning things like turtle night was difficult, now I’m confident about it.

    4. We have all changed as a class because, we all have had to work together to get very far on DPC. We know more about Blanding’s turtles now. We have all faced dealing with the death of Bowser. All of our DPC hard work was worth it because we helped save the turtles and won second place in the contest.

    5. I feel happy about our finish because we helped to make people become aware of Blanding’s turtles. I feel proud because it was a big finish and we got a lot accomplished. I am proud of myself for participating

  19. 1. I would describe DPC as, frustrating (sometimes),tiring, and most of all, fun. The highest pint in the project, (I don’t know if this is actually part of it) but was when I found out we came in second place for it. Other high points were when we submitted the portfolio and when we finished the magazine and the scratch games. One of the most difficult times was when a few kids in our class lost a lot of stuff for the magazine, and when I could not find my scratch game on the scratch website. People should know that we didn’t just start the project and get done with it, but all the planning we had to do before we even started it.

    2. The most memorable part was when we did not know if we were in trouble or not, until our teacher opened up the computer and went through all the links to show us that we had gotten second place. It was memorable because I was amazed that we had even gotten close to a good place. It was important because everyone was surprised and confused that we had got that.

    3.I have grown by becoming more of a leader in my classroom during this project. This project has engaged me more in my work then anything else. I had trouble on these blog posts in the beginning of the project but now that we have more information on it, I am pretty confident with them.

    4. Our whole class has changed by learning how to use all these different types of things on the computer like Pages, Keynote, Scratch, I-movie, and many more.

    5. I would say it is wonderful that we finished in second place and that the turtles have gained so much out of it. I would also say that DPC has been the best project EVER!!

  20. . If someone asked you to describe your DPC experience, what would you say? What were the high points of the project? What were the difficult times in the project? What should people know about the entire process? DPC is an interesting project that gives kids interest in a local environmental problem, and this helps and sustains the environment. MY DPC experience was focused on helping and improving the living conditions of the Blanding’s Turtle.
    2. Since we have done more activities than you did the last time you reflected on this project at the beginning of February, what was your most memorable part of this project? I think that one of the most important things in my DPC experience was when Diana Rigby and Mrs. Clough and several other school officials came into our classroom looking like we had just robbed a bank. They told us we had placed second in the DPC.
    What made it memorable for you? Why was this important to the entire project? I think it was very memorable because I realized that the turtles would win even more, and I realized that we had worked really hard.
    3. How have you grown as a student while participating in this project? Please be specific. How has doing this project helped you become a better student and person? What were some things that may have been hard for you before but you feel more confident now doing because you participated in DPC? I think that one of the things I learned was the power of a team. Because of all that brainstorming and all the work we did as a class I realized the power.
    4. How has the class as a whole changed while doing this project? Please be specific here as well. I think that the project brought the class closer together because it need every one to be working together.
    5. If you had to describe how you are feeling right now about our finish in the Challenge, what would you say? I think that I am very happy. It is fine with me that we are in 2 th .

  21. 1.The experience for DPC is it was really fun! The difficulties where making the websites and thinking for stuff that might be good for turtle night.
    2.Making the website.
    3.It showed me how to make a website.
    4.It made the class able to work as a team more.
    5.It was fun and hard working.

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