This independent learning project has been an eye opener about how an independent project can be very useful in a classroom setting but has also opened my eyes up to what I can really do and venture out to do when I set my heart to it. I have learning so much about myself and learned that I can do more than I set my mind too. I never thought that I could bake some of the things that I have baked before. When I first started cooking and baking I learned everything by myself and when it came to sweets I baked things from a box. I have widen my searches and learned that I can bake things from scratch just like the carrot cake that I made. It was exciting to know that I could actually take something from nothing and make something amazing. It was so good and my entire family loved it! I also learned more about the way of having patience and learning strength that I never knew I had.
This is something that can be used in a classroom setting easily. I think that it would be really useful for higher grades such as middle and high school. I am not quite sure how it would work in an elementary school setting. Unless it was something simple that they children could do every week. When you apply it to middle school and high school it could be reading a new book every week or something that they students find interesting or limited to spark their interests. I think you could also use it in units where they get to create things that they have learned or are learning.
I think the best part of this was getting to do something that I have wanted to do for a while but never found myself having the time to do it. When I was required to do it for a grade it gave me some incentive. Not saying that was the only good part about this but it did help put focus on something that I have wanted to do for a while. I think the most challenging part of this independent learning project was having to make time to do it every week and sticking to it. Sometimes even though my week would seem overwhelming I still made time to bake and find time for myself. I need much-needed time to myself with having a child and husband who have my attention most of the time. Definitely a well worth it experience.