Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last blog

1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?

       20 Time was a great project for me to see what I like and explore that. It was a great way to make new friends, and I learned a lot through 20 time this year. One sure thing is I realized that I would like to learn a foreign language this summer, maybe Russian. This project also showed me where I could improve in my study habits. Through this project I realized how much of a procrastinator I could be and began to make strides to fix that. Based off my experience in class 20 Time was the best thing I did this year and I wish I could do it again next year.

2. What are some aspects of 20 Time that you think should be adjusted for students next year?

       One thing about 20 Time that killed my grade was these blog posts. I would start a blog post on Friday but stop and not finish it over the weekend. Thats why I think next year you should make blog posts due on Friday, or Tuesday so students can be reminded in class. Another issue I had with 20Time was my bad tast in project idea. To fix this I would have meeting with every student every other month to make sure they are on task, or to switch them out of a bad project. 

3. What are some aspects of 20 Time that should NOT be changed for students next year?

       Failure must be an option! If you take away this important piece of 20 Time then students will not challenge themselves and instead to a project they know they can do. This would destroy the whole point of the project because no one will be doing a project that interest them, instead they will be doing  something they can do. Another thing I would not change would be for the final exam to be a speech. A speech is the perfect way to present your project and what you learned to the class, and it was a great learning experience. This does not mean you would have to do another TEDx event, instead just have everyone present in front of the class.

4. Is 20 Time something that more students should do in school? Please explain why or why not.

       No not every student should be offered 20 Time because some would squander the opertunity. 20 Time should be offered to a select few of honors students because these are the ones who will make use out of it. If it is offered to everyone some would take advantage of it and treat it like a study hall, or a blow off. 

5. What advice would you give to students who are doing 20 Time next year?

       My advice for a student doing 20 Time next year would be to make the most of it and not be afraid of doing something that interests you.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Second two last

I spent this weekend doing a lot of yard work for my mother, then I went to my grandmas to do even more. On Monday, however, I was able to devote copeous amount of time towards my speech. In the the shower that morning I came up with the fear part of my presentation, and it went well with my story and the piece on conformity. The part of my story that really screwed me up was my inability to find a picture. I spent a long period of time flipping through my mothers scrapbooks looking for a picture I knew was there. This picture is of me dressed up like Indiana Jones standing on the beach. My mom has seven scrapbooks each about three inches thick, and I could not find this photo. When my mom got home and I told her of my search for this picture she brought me upstairs to wear she keeps all her photos. We then spent the next thirty minutes flipping through picture after picture yet still the one I needed was not found.
Presenting this speech to the class was not too difficult and looking back I'am wondering why I got so nervous. I thought my speech was fine, although in the beginning I was a little shacky by the end of my story I was fine. I thought my talk flowed well and I hope that was true and I was not just standing up there making a complete foul of myself. Despite this I am a little dissipointed in that I skipped a large portion of the conformity section of my talk. Although the speech still worked, I hope, it feels bad knowing it could have been much better.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Post22

Spring break post
The ride was very productive for my project. I spent a large period of the 16 hour ride working on my speech. Lots of progress was made but due to no computer access no slides were made. That is what I plan to do this week.
Over the break I read the the Ender Game series, and watched the movie. The books although very difficult to read was very good. The movie however was not good at all. There was bad acting, and a bad script, along with not following the book correctly. This pissed me off because I read the book because the movie looked good, but yet again the movie disappointed. The books were also made me think very philosophical this was done by what Ender and his sister do, and what they think about it.
A movie I am looking forward to is God's not dead. It is about a teacher that made his students admit that god is not dead to pass his class. One kid does not and has the rest of the semester to argue this point against the teacher. This looks very well filmed and has a great message. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Post 21

For the select and awesome few who actual read my beautifully written blog, this is the start of the new one blog per two weeks requirments. Most of my time has been spent preparing for the speech I will have to make in just a few months. I have decided that the main topic of my speech will be the mistakes I made when choosing my project. I rushed my desition and choose something I knew I could do instead of what I wanted to due, and I will regret that for years to come. Despite my laps of judgement in choosing my project, 20 time has still changed how think. For example my little brothers birthday is comeing and I am trying to build him something. My talk will be about doing something you want to do instead of what you know you can do. 

This weekend I watched Turbo with my little brothers and sisters, I am by far the best older brother. This movie was about a snail that wished to go fast and race in the Indy 500. His dream comes true when he is sucked in a car and drenched in nitrogen. He then has super speed and can travel over 200 miles a hour. He is found along with his brother by Tito a snail racing intusious, who's dream is too get his bussiness on the map. Both of their dreams will come true when turbo is entered in the race, and wins. Despite the childish nature of the film the message is clear, follow your dreams no matter what. I enjoyed watching this movie and laughed whenever Samuel Jackson talked in his snail character. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Post 20

This semester I began taking the 1/2 credit course of film lit. This has been a great help to my project because it has taught me to view movies looking for technique and the big A. It has also expanded my knowledge of movies, for example this weekend I saw The Grand Buadapest Hotel. This film just came out last Thursday, and I heard nothing about it outside of class. From the trailer that I went home and watched it looked very good, so I went and saw it last Friday. The movie was about a hotel lobby boy and his boss, his boss had inherited a priceless painting from one of his favorite customers. The movie follows them begging arrested, escaping, and them trying to prove their innocents. The movie contains lots of humor and mechanical comedy. I would suggest this movie to anyone who wants a quick laugh from a well done film. 


On Friday I spent most of the hour thinking what my speech should be about, and I think I have decided. Based on the lack of interest I developed over time this project was a failure to me. I have decided to write about the mistake I made by choosing this project, more specifically how I choose a project I knew I could due instead of one I want to do.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Post 19

I am in big trouble. In my rush to reach my goal of reviews (which I am not close to) I have been lacking in the updating of the website. I have not added anything to the site since Christmas break. This weekend I have some major work to do. This weekend I will add the reviews I have and work on improving the site. 

This weekend I saw an amazing movie with my father. It was about the beginning of the CIA and was very interesting. It followed the spy who heads the counter intelligence unit form WW2 into the Cold War. Unlike other spy movies this focused on both his work and his personal life. We saw the work that made him feared by the Russians, and the lacking relationship he has with his son. He first saw his son when he was six years old and his son resents him for this. The son ends up betraying him and tells the Cubans about an upcoming invasion. In retaliation the father has the sons fiancĂ©, who was a foreign spy, killed. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Post 18

My twenty time project is to watch movies and write reviews on them. If I could change anything about my project it would be the whole thing. I regret the choice I made at the start of the year. I chose something I knew I could accomplish instead of something I wanted to do. That is why I think having the transcendentalism unit before picking your topic would be a good change. This is because the unit changes how you think and could have a great impact on some people, like me. If I could do this over again then I would choose a new idea and explore it until I was satisfied. For example one thing that I was considering at the beginning was writing a book, if I could go back I would choose this instead of the project I am doing now.