After all the brief presentations in class, I discovered that the progress in my project is pretty good. I have changed my mind about my project, I am just going to continue with my children's book series. I am still going to take on my Special Olympics project, however not for my 20 Time Project. I have also changed my topic for my talk, its going to be the importance of taking a break from technology and time management because those were my two biggest struggles throughout this project. I am also going to spend some time on how the progress of my project went. On Friday, Mr. Provenzano gave us a three step plan on making our presentation work, time-wise. I absolutely plan on following that and I already have a good idea of how its all going to come together. Just thinking about the 8 minutes make me sooo nervous. Public speaking is one of my biggest fears so this just might be one of the biggest challenges of this year!! I don't think I'm going anywhere for spring break so I plan on taking that time to get all my things together for this presentation. For the past two weeks I have been taking on my Special Olympics project because I didn't think I would be switching back to my other project the way I did. However, yesterday, I brought the binder with all of my drafts together into my room and started to continue working. I know for a fact that I won't finish the book but I'm still going to try and get as much as possible done. I'm on page 5 on the rough draft of the short story. I am going to finish up the rough draft adding in a couple more pages. My new goal for this project is to finish the rough draft. It's going to be difficult because I am coaching two different swim teams right now and time is not on my side lately. But, I really do want to reach my goal and I will hopefully have the motivation and drive to finish it up. I keep reminding myself that according to this project, failure is an option however failure is the last thing that I want for this. Good think I'm in a good position and don't think that I will have to deal with that if I use my time wisely! :)
Friday, March 21, 2014
After hearing everybody else's progress with their projects, it made me feel so confident and relieved about mine because I'm relatively at the same pace as them. When I heard that some other students didn't follow through on their as well as they wanted to, it was reassuring that I wasn't the only one who that happened to. Alright, so about my new project. The past week, I have been so stumped on what my new project was going to be. I knew I wanted to do something regarding Special Olympics, however I had no idea what I was going to do. Special Olympics started this Tuesday and of course I went. I was coaching the cutest, little 8 year old named Elliot. He's new to the team so he was a little nervous and unsure about starting swimming this year. Turns out, he's naturally a great swimmer. Anyway, our team mostly consists of more of an older population which leaves Elliot sort of out of the loop. Mrs. Hessburg, one of the main coaches, was saying how we don't really have a lot of kids from the elementary schools. Immediately, I knew that was what I was going to take on as my new project. Obviously, I won't be able to complete this by this year, but my goal is to have at least 5 more little kids to join Elliot on the team next year. Even though the project are suppose to be coming to a close, I still am going to work on this until we have more littler kids swimming in the pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For my speech, I know exactly what I am going to talk about. My topic is that "it's never too late to do something that you want to do". Although, I don't have much time, I'm so determined to make this project successful, unlike my next one. I just texted Mrs. Hessburg and explained my project to her. I'm already making such progress! I can't wait to see what I accomplish by the next post!
Friday, March 7, 2014
This week, my project has turned upside down. I have made the choice to jump to an entirely different project. My prior project, was obviously to write and publish a children's book series. However, it was
not the project for me. I was in no way motivated to work on it at all, it didn't interest me in the least. So, after a brief chat with Mr. Provenzano, I soon discovered the options of changing my project. For the next six weeks, I want to spread awareness for the organizations that help mentally challenged kids play sports. For swimming, it's Special Olympics and it takes place in the spring. For baseball, it's the Angels. For soccer, at the Grosse Pointe Soccer Association, they have the league, Dragonflies. Other than the students that swim for South and Grosse pointe Gators Swim Club, no one else knows about the organization. It's such a great thing that is takings place, I think that more student s should come and help with the swimmers. I know that there is not a lot of time to work on this, but even if it's only a small change, my goal is to at least make a dent. I think that the time aspect of my project is going to be the focus, it's never to late to do something great and that you want to do.
I just found the website www.specialkids.us. It's an organization for Grosse Pointe special needs kids that helps the kids and gives them opportunity to participate in sports and activities. If I can't get people to participate in the organization, maybe I could raise money to donate to the organization. It's only a little over six weeks, but every penny counts right?
Friday, December 6, 2013
This weeks project time ran into Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, I didn't get the time during break to work on my project. Soooooo for the next coming week, I plan on picking up the slack and hopefully doing more work to make up for the lost time. Everything's coming together really well! Even the art portion which is more of a challenge for me. The past couple weeks I was really skeptical about my project and if I'm even doing the right project. But with all the work I'm putting it I have a good feeling about it!! :)
Friday, November 8, 2013
Throughout this project, I have learned so much. The amount of research I have done for this project is unreal. Even useless facts about self publishing, I could answer! For some reason, I feel like this project has done lots for me, even beyond the topic. How important the use of time management is and why it is important for people to take a break from technology and their everyday routines. That everybody should just stop and take a break. Even reasons beyond writing a children's book have come from this process. Things that I didn't even think related to this project or that I would every think I would get from doing this.
If I was given the chance to change something about my project, I don't think I would change anything. I really like where I am right now in my project. I like the discoveries and leaps I've made while making the mistakes I did in the last couple months. The mistakes I made in this project, connects to the important things that I have established. I think everyone should take at least take something from the mistakes that they made and relate it back to their project. Personally, I think the mistakes are the he most important part, because the mistakes are the main focus in why my project turned out the way it did.
In class, we talked about how other schools are inspired by our English class and starting their own 20 Time Project. I think that is so great that kids are getting the opportunity to do this project! I think all English classes should incorporate the project into their curriculum. Anyway, on Tuesday and Wednesday, I skipped practice to work on this project. Throughout the 2 days, that gave me an extra 6 hours to work on my book. I started to use color for my title picture. I am not going anyway for break so I will hopefully find the time to get a little farther on it. Mr. Provenzano has been stressing the fact of how much our speeches are worth. I'm already soooo nervous!! I have a couple, possible ideas that I could talk about but I'm not even finished with my project yet! Hopefully, if I keep plugging along with it, the idea will come to me. I know for a fact, that it won't be able to professionally publish my book. There is just not enough time! Maybe I could incorporate the fact that I didn't finish, right? I just worried that I won't be able to talk for a whole 8 minutes on just one topic. I'm sure I will figure it out soon!
The past couple of weeks, I have been very busy and haven't gotten done with the things that is wanted. I need to start managing my time to make sure that I have the time needed to complete the tasks that need to get done that week. I haven't even touched the project in about a week and a half. It makes me nervous because I really want to compete the project. However, the iwmportance of time magnagment could play a big part in the presentation. That could be the main subject and the project would be a great example of procrastination!!