Thursday, June 5, 2014

Post 27~ Closing Time

Well I finally made it. After the long year of Honors American Lit. 20 time project its all finally coming to a close. It had its ups and downs for sure but I'm glad its all over now and I get to enjoy summer! To end the year of 20 time there are some questions I've been asked to wrap of the whole experience. 
*Note: I'm going to do my absolute best to be honest in my answers to hopefully help a future student out with the 20% experience*
Lets get started then!

1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?
~The whole concept and idea of 20 time is great. It allows students a freedom of choice we often don't get in today's schooling. In theory the sky is the limit on the topic of your project. "in theory". I had trouble finding a topic that would be approved and that I was interested in. I think if i had really found the right project it would have taken me farther rather than stop working on it for a majority of the year. I actually ended up wasting a lot of time not working and dedicating my time on a project but instead struggling to figure out why my original idea was shot down or where I went wrong in presenting my original idea. For other students this was the perfect starting point they need to achieve some really great and cool things, but for people like me it seemed like a waste of an English class. even though its hard for me to say that its sadly how i feel at this point. 

2. What are some aspects of 20 Time that you think should be adjusted for students next year?
~ For next years students i hope they get more time and chance to pick something they truly want to dedicate 20% of their time to. By picking something they are excited and interested to be involved in or complete I feel like the success will be much greater. By success i don't necessarily mean completing a project but maybe what they take away from the experience. The lessons they learned will be much greater and probably stay with them longer that if they picked a project they were "sorta" in to and ended up half assing (excuse my french). Its hard to say o a bunch of new Sophomores 
"Pick something your really passionate about in 2 weeks that you have to work on for every Friday of the school year!"
Personally in my case you can't rush finding a passion and ESPECIALLY labeling a passion. More than 2 weeks to pick a project if definitely a must in my opinion. 

3. What are some aspects of 20 Time that should NOT be changed for students next year?
~ If this project is done again in the future i would keep the blogging schedule. At the start we had a blog due every Monday but after realizing they just didn't have the content due to slow times and just some pretty boring weeks, the 2nd semester blogging schedule of every other Monday was great! this meant you could write longer blogs covering what you did in two weeks rather than just a single week. It made the blogs more interesting and juicy. They had more to talk about so they were meatier but in a good way. It should for sure keep in that same every other Monday format. 

4. Is 20 Time something that more students should do in school? Please explain why or why not.
Personally after my experience with 20 time I'm not sure its something that more than one teacher should do. It could potentially just take away from more curriculum. The major problem I had this year was the teaching style. Last year my English class really helped me grow and evolve as a writer. Not only did i learn grammar and writing skills but I got the chance to show off some of my creativity with the poems we wrote. The books were discussed and key reading tips were taught. Coming in to the 20 time environment was a challenge. It was large chunk of time taken away from the books and actual work that is normally in an English class. The books we read didn't really interest me too much because I felt like the whole class was structures and focused on 20 time. For myself after awhile of 20 time I missed more class discussion and hearing my classmates impressions of the reading or hearing their styles of writing and their methods of how they go about writing an essay. For me 20 time is alright for one class but then after that you have to get into the more than one person doing the same project situation. I think repeating among classes with different teachers could take away from all the individuality of the projects. Not to mention the legit reading and writing skill learning. 

5. What advice would you give to students who are doing 20 Time next year?
~ Don't worry about it. You'll be fine no matter what happens. If you complete it props to you. If you don't complete it props to you too. Its not going to physically hurt you. Trust me when i say its really not worth the stress or extreme pressure. Do what you want but be confident in whatever that is. If there is a project you really, Really, REALLY, want to do...please do it. Do it for yourself because YOU want to. Do not let anyone tell you your idea "wouldn't work" and just take it. Fight for it if its important to you. Never not do something because you buddy told you it was dumb or you teacher gave you a disapproving stare. This project shouldn't be about failing is an option. It needs to be about it being ok not to know right away what your passion is but discovering that by taking a chance and standing up for something you might like or even just want to try things can be put in motion. If your on the fence about a project odds are you actually want to do it but someone somewhere at some point in time said no, naw or, nay. Do it anyways guys!! Most importantly have fun with this. Its high school. You only get to do it for 4 years so make the most out of it! 

Thanks for listening to the answers to those questions. At one point I wasn't even sure if what I was writing made sense. Its sorta all just about this 20 time project. Its been a fun ride blogging. Thanks to whoever reads any of these! 

Now as one of my most recent favorite songs by Semisonic says,

                                                             Closing time
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

Best of luck to everyone and anyone going on the 20 time adventure. 
For the last time,

Peace out peeps.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Post 26~ Finally Complete

Hey guys it's been a little while but I have my talk on Wednesday and it went pretty well! I was actually happy with how it turned out. To make it creative and my own I decided to do a spy mission. When I introduced myself it was an "agent profile". Even though it wasn't as long as when I practiced at home I was really proud of what I said and that I finally finished the talk. Best of luck to all my classmates who made it to TEDx I'm sure they will do great.

Only 1 more blog post everybody!! Can't wait to answer those questions from Mr. P
I think reflecting  on the whole project will be a great thing. This project has brought me to learn things that I didn't think I would. Overall it wasn't my favorite but it ended better than I thought it would after failing my project. Stay tuned for the answers to the questions.
Peace out until next time

Friday, May 9, 2014

Post 25~ Bring It Back Now Y'all

As the title says this blog is about just taking a little glance back on what's happened this year and where this 20% of my time has taken me. Alright well were getting down to the end of the year. The talk is in 2 weeks from today. That's a pretty scary thought if you ask me. Considering my progress on my slides it should be interesting to see how my talk turns out. I've strategic the slides but only a few. Currently I'm trying to decide and figure out what pictures will make sense and actually help my point. 

This year has been an quite an interesting English class adventure. From my summer project struggle to the essays, I've learned some things. Not all about English but more about overcoming certain challenges  that everyone has to face at some point in their life. For starters I expanded even more skills of working with people and collaborating on group projects. Also I learned a lot about what is important to me. At the start of this a project I was a sophomore that didn't stand up for my original idea. I've learned that there are moments where it's important and even crucial to let things go and just let whatever happens happen. But then again there are moments that you need to take that step and stand up for what YOU believe in. There are times where other people may not know what's best for you. 

I like to go with the flow. Something's are small and don't need to be fought for. I think I'm starting to realize what is worth fighting for. Family, friendships, things that are important to men are the things where the passion comes through. I like playing lacrosse so I'm going to show a passion for it. Same goes for student council and everybody being included. I'm hoping that over the weekend I can create slides that hold some meaning and add an interesting flare to this talk. And it would be nice to get my point across... Of course once I find out exactly what that point is.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Post 24~ the left

Now that spring break is over its time for the school year to wind down. Sadly it feels like this is the time of year when teachers begin to cram all the last lessons into the last month or so.

The TEDx convention is approaching very quickly! I'm not quite sure how this is all going to go down but we'll see! so far I've started my slides. At this point they are in the first draft stage. Hopefully ill find some time to just keeping adding to them and try and get my point across.

As the weather is getting nicer here in Michigan the last thing I'd like to do is go inside and do homework. This could be very bad for my motivation and attention to my talk. To be honest i really don't have much else to say. Spring break was nice. Not only because I didn't think about homework once but because it was a vacation. A very, very relaxing needed vacation. Hopefully anyone reading this enjoyed their spring break and is now ready for the final push through of the year for SUMMER!

Peace out.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Post 23~ And We're Gonna Let It BurnđŸ”„

Ask yourself the question...

On the scale of sizzling to blazing 
How fuming are you today?

Basically today I'm pretty fuming. By this I mean angry or frustrated. Some people prefer to use the phrase salty. Now personally I don't like a lot of sodium so I try to limit that intake. 

As Ellie Goulding said, " and we're gonna let it burn". Pop culture understands the fact that there are just some days where people can really cause some flames. 

Call the fire department people!! Sound the sirens! This 20 time talk to causing me to seriously spark some flames. I'm not quite sure how to explain the problems I'm facing. Today we were supposed to have our topic for our talk selected. After that the slides need to get prepared. 

I'm not the kind of person who totally plans every aspect of everything out. I mean I love talking. Honestly I think I'm pretty descent at it. People don't really scare me either. I personally think where I might struggle is preparing for this. I like to spread my social butterfly wings and just...well...wing it. 

I'm really really counting on some sort of amazing, spectacular, life changing, Earth shaking idea to just come to me. So while I'm singing in the shower, walking my pup, or brushing my teeth I'm preparing for this burst of pure inspiration. So shout out to the universe because that's a lot of pressure. 

*Pressure pushing down on me pushing down on you*

In conclusion the whole point of this is......
I'm not quite sure. Just basically stay true to who you are. And as always stay cheesin.

Peace out peeps✌️

Friday, March 21, 2014

Post 22~ I Woke Up...Flawless

Flaws. Everybody has flaws (except BeyoncĂ©). The other day in class Mr. Provenzano was talking about all the flaws of the newest Great Gatsby movie. It got me thinking about flaws and just how people look at them. 

I'd like to think most of us have been raised knowing not to judge people. I mean you know my name, not my story. I acknowledge that I have flaws like I said everyone has them. Yet why does society only point out the negative things about flaws?  It's a pretty confusing thing! 

My project for sure has plenty of flaws. It's been rough, not lying here. This speech is my only hope to even save this. I have a lot riding on this. After rewriting the speech over and over I almost at a lost for words. Apart of me thinks if I find visuals first and then expand in what I want to say it will go pretty well. I love talking in front of people because I kind of like talking. I'm comfortable around people so I'm not worried about actually presenting. I'm just lost at what exactly to say! I'll keep you guys all posted about where this project takes me. 

-Peace out homies✌️

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Post 21~ Discovery to DO MORE

Recently I stumbled upon a filmmaker when looking up TED talks. His name is Casey Neistat. He's from New York and to say the least is extremely good at what he does. The videos he creates capture some of the best things in life. He is constantly on adventures and is nice enough to document his travels. The best part is he shares them all on YouTube. It's his outlet where he can let others enjoy his films.
This video is his featured TEDx talk. Even though the quality of the sound had some issues, the overall talk was pretty well rounded. 

At this point I'm almost positive I've watched all his movies on YouTube. They just inspire me. From his public service announcements, commercials, or even just personal stories... they make me want to go do something. The idea of constantly just following your dream and creating moments you always have wanted to is so incredible. Casey is owning every second of his life. He has created a life worth living and he's loving what he does. That to me is awesome. 

I highly recommend that you watch some of his videos. They vary in length from 2 minutes up to 20. Watch as many as you can because they rock. Like a lot. Obviously we all don't want to be filmmakers, but the message I think he sends out is love what you do, surround yourself with people you love, and take chances. 
The dude does some crazy stuff. I want to do some crazy stuff too. The places he goes, the people he meets, all of it inspires me to do the same one day. To do the things I've always wanted. To stand up for myself and what I believe in. To make memories. To just have fun.

 I mean the guy even got a tattoo that reminds him to "Do More". So lets do it. Do more.