Before you go any further, Visitor, you need to know a couple things about how Number 1 runs things here in the Labs.

Ms. Nolat and Number One agree that learning requires experimentation, failure and reflection.  They also agree that effort is the single biggest difference between folks who do a good but unremarkable job and folks who do amazing work.  Here's one student's story:

In Pilani during my engineering education, I was among the high grade students. That was in all semesters except the last semester.

What happened?

Well, I thought, “I am very intelligent and smart and I will surely get admission with scholarship to at least 2 American universities and will go to USA. And since the admission to America does not depend on how well I do in the final semester, let me relax a bit. Let me not work hard to the 100% of my ability. Let me work only 90% or 95% as hard as I always worked”.

With that thought process, when the results finally came, I scored about 6.5 grade points out of 10 (whereas I was above 9 grade points out of 10 otherwise).  -Raj

Do you see the point, Visitor?

Giving it your all makes a huge difference in the final result, compared with doing a great-but... job.

Think about a time when you did a great job but you know you could have done better.  Think about a time when you really gave it your all.  How did it feel during the effort?  How did it feel afterward?  Write a short post on your portfolio describing the difference for you.

Once every two weeks, you'll sit down to review your work in the Labs.  You'll want to have access to your portfolio, which will be up-to-date with at least one post per class, because you take care of your documentation, right, Visitor?

You'll document this review, just like everything else, via a post in your portfolio.  We have basically two questions for you.  The first question will be,

What's your grade?

Yep, you're going to assign yourself a grade.

One reason the Lab is set up this way is to allow you to focus on your work, instead of your grade.  If you consistently focus on the work and give it your all, you'll naturally end up with great results, and your grade will reflect it.  Plus, you'll have more fun and less stress.

Here are the possible answers to that question.  You must choose one of these. (No, there aren't any in-betweens, partials, plus/minus, or any of that nonsense.)

  • I gave it my all.
    I consistently tried to succeed.
  • Great, but,
    I know I could have done better.
  • No second effort;
    I didn't try very hard.
  • Are you kidding me?
    You're wasting your time.
  • Who are you?
    I don't recognize you.

Does that make sense, Visitor?  If you have questions about it, re-read this section, or Raj's story.  We'll talk about this more as you progress through the floors of the Labs.  The difference between "Great but..." and "I gave it my all" will become clearer, too.

If you understand, then click below.  Like most jobs in the Labs, it's up to you to determine when you've given it your all.


Ok.  You understand the assessment.  Now the second question:


This is the good stuff. Explain why you earned the mark you've assigned yourself in your portfolio. Here's what should be included:

  • Self assessment: Be honest. Example: "I give myself 'No second effort' this time.  I'm not sure why but I really had an off week. I talked too much and didn't put in anywhere near enough effort."
  • In review: Add details of what you did, what you learned, how you succeeded, how you failed (fails happen all the time—celebrate and learn from them). Be specific. Be brief. One paragraph.
  • Imagery: A minimum of one image or video—even if it's a work in progress—within your post.
  • Goal reflection: State your prior goal. Did you achieve your goal this week? Why, or why not? Be honest.
  • Goal: Write your new goal for the next two weeks. Be specific. Make it meaningful and relevant to your work in Labs.
  • Self-guided learning: (optional): If you used any external resources--youtube videos, websites, etc
    • link it in your review post
    • describe what you learned from it
    • give it a rating (1-5, with 1 being bad and 5 being excellent), and
    • write a one-sentence review of its worth for other students in the future.
    • if it was linked in a job but you know of a better resource, please mention and link the other site.  Bonus credits awarded if yours is selected to replace an existing resource.

This may seem like a lot, but don't worry much.  After the first couple times, it becomes pretty routine.  You may even find yourself enjoying the reflection time.

Once again, it's time for you to decide if you need to re-read, question, or move on.  After you click the "Final" button, you'll see the last prompt for this job.  When you've read that, click the "Master again" button for the final bit of loot.

That last bit of text will disappear when you click "Master again."  Don't worry!  Just open the "Employee Tools" menu, above, and choose "Building Directory" to get where you need to go next.

OK, Visitor, you should have a good handle on your portfolio documentation.  We'll talk about Hunted and Healed later; that's another aspect of your portfolio but we don't need those details right now.

Next up, let's discuss how we'll handle some of the day-to-day mechanics of our class.  Back in the Building Directory, choose the "Timecard" job in HR.



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