Because of a PGC retreat I had from thursday morning until saturday afternoon, my reflection will be based on what happened since the start until we had a defined problem and solution, and already getting ready for the prototyping.
Even though I've lead many IA activities before, this was the first project in which I felt I had more experience than many of the group members (only one senior in my group). When going through the process, I observed some clear and common mistakes, which I could relate to ones I committed in Design Tech class two years ago. The biggest mistake in my opinion was lack of ideas. During the stage of "Ideate", we didn't come up with new ideas. I now remember what we did with the High Tech High teacher almost an year ago, and maybe that could have been the best solution. The problem is most of us observed the same problem: kids not been able to get to their classes. So most of us thought it was perfect, and I noticed my peers just coming up with ideas as "fillers" because we had to come up with at least three solid problems and solutions. It seems they already wanted to develop details of the solution they thought would work perfectly rather than to continue to brainstorm options. Later on, when we were questioning our solution to make sure it would work, we noticed it wouldn't be so efficient during the day we had to executed, because after a week into school students wouldn't be as lost as in the first day. So we had to stick with an idea that was inserted as a filler and it didn't work out so effectively.
I can visualize Mr. Topf an year ago experiencing exactly the same. But I haven't gone to every student to tell them what they did right or wrong. It is more valuable for them to reflect on the project for them to notice how important it would have been to do that. If they can't get to the point, I'll try to guide the group during reflection time, because it is much better for them to experience rather than for me to prevent it for them to feel the important of that specific part of the process and avoid committing the same mistake in the future.
In my opinion, what I most take out from this week is the process of the entire project and the chance to lead and observe other students in the position I was one year ago. This makes me more mindful of the decisions I take in the future in terms of how to grow individually and but most importantly how to help others grow.