Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Throughout the year, 20 Time has definitely had it's ups and downs. Almost every Sunday evening, I would sit down and work on my project and it would be my stress reliever for the week. The one time that I wouldn't have anything to worry about that I could just work on my project at any pace. That was definitely my favorite thing about the project and a big part of my overall opinion on it. Since my project was not completed, I think I'm going to continue to wok on it in some of my free time this summer. The only thing that I would change about the project is the speech at the end of the year. Although the speech was mandatory for everyone this year, I really think that it should be an option for future classes if the project is assigned for future classes. The aspect that I don't think should be changed is the option of failure. My whole project/speech was based on what I learned from failing my project. For students in future classes, I would definitely tell them to go out on a limb when picking your project. I went with a project that I thought was generally basic and I really regretted it after hearing what everybody else's topics were. don't be afraid to pick something hard because the whole project is about getting the opportunity to do something that you wouldn't necessarily do if you weren't involved in this project. Unfortunately, I had to work and had a graduation party the day of the TedX Event so I wasn't able to make it. I absolutely think that South should do it next year too. Besides the heavy workload that comes with putting on such an event like that, it makes our school unique and just adds another reason to show how great we really are as a school.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Today marked the finish of my 20 Time Project. I completed my talk and althought it did not go as well as I wanted it to, I am done and could not be more relieved. Now that our class is finished with 20 Time, we are pretty much done for this year. For the past couple months, I have been stressing/completely freaking out over the speech and the fact that it is done takes so much pressure off me. Okay so about my talk... it went wayyy shorter than I expected and I'm worried that it's really going to affect my overall grade. I had everything I wanted to say planned out in my slides but I just got so worked up and nervous I forgot to add some things in that would have made the delivery go a little more smooth. However, I think I did a pretty good job. It was so cool watching everybody in the class go up and give their speeches. In my opinion, I think everybody did so well and I am so glad that I got the chance to participate in the project. I learned so many things that I never thought I would by doing it.
Monday, April 28, 2014
These past two weeks I started working on my PowerPoint presentation for my speech at the end of the year. I didn't get very far because it was spring break and I wasn't very motivated. Although i didn't go anywhere, it was really fun! On my presentation, I got to slide 2. It's harder than I thought because although I know my topic, deciding where to go with my with my presentation is hard! I am going to continue with the slides but I am so busy this month so I hope I can finish it in time the way I want it to be.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
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!! :)