Monday, June 9, 2014

Final Blog!!

1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?
Overall, I think 20 time is a fun and good idea.  However, if a student really wants to enjoy this project throughout the year, they would have to choose something they're very passionate about already because trying something new is taking a huge risk on whether or not you will enjoy it.

2. What are some aspects of 20 Time that you think should be adjusted for students next year?
It shouldn't be yearlong.  Just felt like I was dragging my feet at times.  If it was yearlong again, try to make blog posts due every two weeks for the entire year.

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

Failure is an option and choosing your own topic even if YOU (Mr. Provenzano) think it will fail.

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

I think 20 time is something that more students should do in school.  I think this because its a nice break from the same old homework all the time.  Except, if your project cannot see much of any progress while in school, then I think the entire idea is a bit silly.  In other words, the real question is whether or not 20 time is 20% of your class time or 20% or your time in general.

5. What advice would you give to students who are doing 20 Time next year?
Don't procrastinate!  Yearlong project, don't get me wrong, but if you want to really "Wow!" your teacher and fellow classmates, start right away!

Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Almost Here..

Since the last blog post all I have really done is tried to perfect the talk that I'll be giving this Wednesday.  All the other talks presented by my fellow classmates have been great so far and I have really been feeling the pressure when I have been practicing my talk.  Of course not mentioning that the amount of weight behind this grade is pressure enough..  Anyways, my project is basically over with and since I started only focusing only on the speech I have to give, I've barely played my guitar.  All I can really say about that is that I have higher priorities in my life now that this project isn't a "requirement" anymore.  Well, that's about it.  I'll have more to talk about on my final blog post (the next one), but as for now I'm going to go practice my speech a bit more.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

TEDx Talk Polishing

Over the last two weeks any time that I have set aside for the twenty time project has been devoted to my speech.  The deadline is inching ever so closer and I feel that I have paced myself well with it.  I mean I already have my slides done as well as the basis of my talk.  Plus when I practice it I can almost always deliver the length and points that I want to.  My talk consists of starting out by talking about my project, why I chose what I did, what I enjoyed, etc.  Then I go into how it could have been a more worthwhile experience if I had persevered with my YouTube idea.  However, on the contrary I also try to address my reasoning behind not persevering and why I thought it was a good idea to try out guitar instead.  After I address both sides of the argument, I want to say something that will be able to relate to my audience.  This has been a major problem of mine recently.  I find this hard because I talk about why perseverance can be bad and good, yet I just don't know how to tell my audience this in another way.  I think I'll talk with my teacher about it this week because no matter how I put it I always find that I end up just spitting out pointless words without relation to why YOU should/shouldn't persevere.  Then again, maybe my problem is that I shouldn't address both sides of the argument..  Gosh I don't know..  This is frustrating, hopefully I can figure it out sooner than later.  Just like the last post, sorry if what I'm saying is confusing and of course thanks for reading. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

TEDx Talk Planning

Just like the last post, the title says it all.  Lately I've been planning for the TEDx talk that I will have to present sometime in the coming weeks.  For those who don't know, my talk will be about perseverance and currently in regards to my topic, I'm shrouded by confusion.  I mean I have my ideas and experiences that I want to mention, but what I'm having trouble with is connecting them all fluidly.  All my ideas are supposed to revolve around the idea of perseverance, but how do they intertwine into one big idea that I'm supposed to get across to my audience?  That's been my main problem and when I have had time to watch other people give their talks, they all had the same outline to them.  They all started by making your audience care, using an intriguing idea.  In this case, probably the twenty time project.  Then they will explain the idea in a broader sense.  Now comes some more stuff that I think of as a filler for the speech itself.  Basically this "filler" is why the idea is important, etc.  Then the talk seems to always end by asking the audience to learn from what you have learned.  If it doesn't end that way then it usually the end consists of why they should accept and embrace the idea.  Anyways, this is the basic outline to the TEDx talk in my opinion and it wasn't exactly easy to come up with..  However, its relation to my situation is that I have my ideas, I obviously have the outline to the talk, but I'm just having trouble gelling it all together.  Anyways, sorry if what I've said hasn't been very clear.  Sometimes it's tough to put what you're thinking into words..  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

TEDx Talk Idea #1

The title says it all.  What I'm going to talk about is the most prominent lesson that I have learned from doing this project.  That lesson, or should I say idea, is perseverance.  To really understand why I am doing this idea, you the viewer are going to have to endure some story time.  I seem to be making a habit of this throughout my blogs so I figured I'd announce it this time.  Anyways, for those who don't know my first attempt at the twenty time project was making YouTube videos.  It was supposedly my first try at it and it was going to be picture perfect, but it obviously wasn't (currently learning guitar).  The problem is that I could have had success with my first idea, but I chose not to persevere.  Also, in regard to YouTube, I had made videos before the project, but they all got taken down.  What I had done previously were Fifa (soccer) videos on the PS3.  They caught on and I got a fan base.  I didn't tell my friends about it because they would judge me since they thought I was obsessed with the game at the time, but I enjoyed it and still do.  I mean soccer is a huge part of my life and one of the only things that I truly love.  It may sound cheesy, but it's true.  Anyways, when my fan base was at around 10,000 subscribers my YouTube account was banned.  It was during a vacation in the summer so I didn't have time to correct my mistakes, even thought they were basically unable to be corrected.  Every video I had uploaded at the time had copyrighted music at some point throughout it.  Even though my choice was either delete all of my work or get my account suspended, since I didn't comply with YouTube's demands to remove the videos within the given amount of time (due to my vacation), the account was suspended.  I wasn't angry, just disappointed and not motivated to try again.  Then came twenty time and I thought here comes Kyle for round two, but it just didn't work out the way I wanted again.  I was so scared about the failure that I ignored the potential success.  It's really a common habit of mine.  My mentality is if I won't succeed, then what's the point?  This all ties in with the idea of perseverance, maybe even with believing in yourself.  In addition, If I looked at making YouTube videos again as potentially enjoying it as much as I did the first time versus gaining back the success, then how could I have failed?  I dunno, but I still have time to figure it out.  Thanks for reading.      

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Re-Learning the ALTO SAXOPHONE

To start off, sorry if the last post was overly drab.  It's just not that fun to write about all the stuff you weren't able to accomplish, so bear with me when you consider last weeks post.  Except this week was much different, mostly because I had more time on my hands.  The recent influx of time was caused by me having to quit sailing, which was really disappointing.  The GPS sailing program (my high school program) is a winning one that I really wanted to be a part of, but if you haven't read my last post, then you would know how short I've been for time.  So I chose soccer over sailing (save sailing for summer) which left me with some more free time.  Now don't get me wrong, this extra time has been extremely useful, but even with it I simply still was not in the mood to play guitar.  Scared of having to write another post lacking of progress, I tried out my playing piano.  I used to take lessons for a couple years, but I got bored of it because I eventually realized I didn't enjoy it and was continuing with lessons just to make my parents happy.  Eventually I found out they didn't care if I played or if I didn't, so the next day I told them I wanted out.  Anyways, I didn't like playing the piano this time around either, so I went in the back of my closet and took out my alto saxophone.  I played the sax for my school band when I was in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.  As high school approached, my interest dipped due to my terrible teacher who did not inspire me in the slightest.  This resulted in me dropping band from my schedule freshman year and putting the instrument I used to love in the back of my closet, lacking inspiration to pursue with it.  However, when I was playing piano these memories dawned on me and I acted on them.  To help simply this post, my week has basically been composed of playing simple tunes, like The Pink Panther melody, on my saxophone.  It's been a nice change, but now I really need to start thinking more about what my TEDx talk will be about because right now, I'm clueless.  Thanks for reading!  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Learning Guitar Post 18 - Frustration

Maybe I should've mentioned this in my last blog, but this project is really starting to become more of a burden then anything else.  Now I know I've mentioned countless times that I love to play guitar, and let me clarify that I do, but I just can't find much time to play as of late.  I mean, I see other people making lots of progress related to their projects and at one point I was too.  Although recently, that just hasn't been the case and it's really..well.. frustrating!  Now let me go into a bit of depth about my current "schedule".  For those who don't know I sail for my high school.  We were meant to start in the coming weeks, except the ice won't be breaking anytime soon.  To suffice, the team has to do weight training Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  I also participate in club soccer.  We practice on Tuesdays and have games Saturday/Sunday at an indoor facility an hour away.  Not to mention my high school soccer program will start pre-season conditioning within the next two weeks..  Mix all this stuff in with homework and trying to have some fun along the way, I just don't play guitar as much as in months past.  Also, this isn't me overloading my schedule.  Instead it is me prioritizing what I want to do with my time and during this time guitar isn't up there.  While I'm at it, if I have a research paper worth 25% of my final exam grade due on Tuesday in the same class, which project do you think I would be spending more of my time on?  Anyways, the reasons why I didn't play much guitar this week are that I have other stuff going on and in place of playing guitar I was working on a more prominent research paper.