Sunday, June 8, 2014

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For the last blog post of the year we were asked to answer the following questions:
1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?

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

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

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

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

Hello everyone! For starters, my overall opinion of 20 Time was so-so. For me, it was kind of stressful because it conflicted with a lot of my other commitments so I was overwhelmed, and therefore wasn't very passionate about it. However, some people I know liked it so I guess it depends on your schedule and your project. Next year I think 20 Time should be adjusted to blog posts every other week (for the whole year- we started this later) but that's pretty much it. Some aspects that shouldn't be changed could include the fact that there aren't really any rules, the loose boundaries of the idea are what makes it unique. I think that 20 Time should be instilled in more schools because it opens the eyes of students to new things and is different than normal circulars. My advice to students doing 20 Time next year is to pick your project knowing your specific schedule, time commitment/management, and passion towards school so when you do find something you want to do, it would be tailored to your life. 
Benna Ames

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Hi! Speech today! I was really nervous but I think it went really well. I talked about the importance of finding what you're passionate about and what makes you happy. I explained my project and how I lacked the passion and drive to completed along with a limited work time due to factors like a busy schedule and hard winter. I am not a fan of public speaking so I was really nervous and shaky. I hope despite my occasional mumbling that I could get my point across. I am relieved and happy that it is over with. I plan on being a Tedx organizer on the day of the event because I don't want to speak. Overall, my speech didn't go exactly how I wanted it to because I was really really nervous and skipped over some things but I'm happy I am done. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Hello! We are in the final stretch of 20 Time. I am excited to finally present my project with the class despite my nerves. I am relieved and excited for this to be coming to a close. This week I have finalized my slides with pictures that I hope will interest the audience. For my speech, I am pretty scared about talking for 8 minutes but I have a clear plan on what I am going to say. For the TedX talks in June, I plan on coming to the event and helping as an organizer.
For me, public speaking has never been a thing I enjoyed, so I am nervous to say the least. I wish we were allowed notecards like I mentioned in my previous blogs, but we aren't allowed to hold anything onstage and we can't have any words on our slides. Therefore, I felt pretty lost on how I was going to speak without any guidance. I plan on memorizing bullets for each slide so I can remember key points that I will say when I get to that certain slide. My biggest fear is rushing and ending the speech on only around 5 minutes or so. My family agreed to helping me practice giving the final speech, so hopefully I will have a better idea once I do that.
Overall, 20 Time has been a long but cool process. I am excited to see my classmates projects.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Hi everybody! During Spring Break I was in Florida, so I didn't have the chance to do a lot of manual labor on the kitchen project. However, I have made progress regarding my talk to the class. As I included in my previous blog, I created a simple outline for my talk. During the time I could scrape up during my trip, I worked on my slides and my speech altogether. I put my points that I would like to say in order, and I worked on intros and concluding statements. I made my more specific outline on my computer, but I think I would benefit from using notecards during my presentation. So my next step in the process is to make notecards, refine my speech, and complete my slides.
Now that I am back in GP, I hope to put the finishing touches on my kitchen. Thanks!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Hello! Over the past few weeks I have continued to paint my kitchen cabinets and I hope to finish by the end of April. As of right now, I have made painting my second priority, my Ted talk being the first. Public speaking isn't my favorite thing to do, so I have watched numerous Ted talks on Youtube to get inspiration. Although I'm not planning on memorizing an entire speech, I want to know exactly what to say regarding each slide. The slides will contain before and after pictures, as well as specific notes to help me stay on topic for durations of time. Transitioning from one topic/point to another will also need the help of my slides so it is fluid and as less choppy as possible. An outline for my speech is below: 
  • Introduce project 
  • Who I am what my big idea is and what my project is 
  • Explain briefly why it is important 
  • Transition to how your specific project helped you come to this idea
  • Talk about our project: hardships, rewards - biggest chunk of speech 
  • Then go back to the big idea mentioned in intro
  • Include solutions for problems 
  • Relate to the audience 
  • End talk by challenging people to something they wouldn't do 

90 sec intro
3 Min about project (problems, struggles, rewards, what I learned)
4 min about how this relates to big idea, solutions to problems mentioned, relate to audience, and end with challenge 

This is how I plan to outline my speech. Now, my task is to make slides and write pointers on notecards for my speech, as well as practice, practice, practice! Thanks!

Friday, March 21, 2014

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Hello everyone! Despite my busy schedule, I have continued to paint the cabinets white. I have partially completed half of the cupboards and I hope to finish all of them by the end of the month. Also, I have started painting the wall, but I'm honestly unsure if I like the color. Although it may not be exciting to read about in a blog, I am excited of the progress and my vision for the finished product of the kitchen gives me a lot of hope. 
Regarding my presentation to the class, I have decided that I'm going to talk about time management and the importance of finding something you're passionate about. I am excited about the future! Thank you for reading! 
P.s. Sorry this isn't super long and in-depth, I'm currently writing this at a basketball tournament! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Hello! I would just like to say thanks to Mr. Provenzano for reading our opinion blogs and making some changes! As far as my project goes, this week was pretty productive. I went to the paint store and picked out some wall color testers. Also, I painted one of the cabinets that had the molding filed down (this one was a test - filing down every cabinet may be too expensive so some I decided to keep). It is pictured below. Although I made this progress, I am a little worried about being done by June. I have given some more thought to my TED talk and I believe I will stress the importance of picking a good topic and how I do think 20 Time is beneficial. For now, my main goal is to continue painting as much as I can! Thanks!