Twenty Time Reflection

  1. I enjoyed this project so much, and probably more than I have enjoyed any project ever before. This is because it allowed me to do something that I loved, and I am very grateful for the opportunity. I love golf so much that I truly enjoyed every second this project enabled me to spend out on the course or practicing, which was certainly a lot. I have also enjoyed being able to talk about golf with my friends, as it is a sport that few people talk about much. I feel like I have drawn some attention to the sport in my grade because a lot of my friends are talking about playing with me, and they tell me that they actually love to play. All in all, I enjoyed every second of this project simply because that is how much I love golf.
  2. There were two things during this project that posed a slight challenge to me. The first was giving up some of the things that I have always loved to do. These are soccer and lacrosse. These sports have always been a part of my life, but this year I decided not to play either so that I could focus on golf. Looking back, I definitely made the right choices because I like golf so much more than these other sports. The other challenge was the I was unable to keep my statistics and play much on the course early on because I was simply not good enough: I could not play a round of golf without losing at least twenty-five balls and taking about ten extra shots per hole. To get through this I just worked as hard as I could and persevered through the tough times.
  3. Throughout the twenty time process I have certainly learned a lot about myself. This was truly one of the more daunting long term tasks I had ever taken on, and now that it is over, I feel an amazing satisfaction over what I have accomplished. I feel as if the hard work I put in has truly paid off and that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to and want. I also learned more about getting things done without being babied by a teacher. I like how Ms. Wittman did not give us much structure for this project, so I had to get things done on my own.
  4. I am definitely most proud of my accomplishment of making the Durham Academy Varsity golf team in February. This was only eight months after I first starting playing golf, but all of my hard work paid off when I made the team. This had always been my number one goal, so making it was so great. I was so happy when I made the team, but I knew that I could never be satisfied, so I worked even harder and eventually cracked into the top six on the team. This was another great accomplishment.
  5. From my successes I learned a lot in regards to myself, which I have already said, but I obviously learned a lot about the game of golf. I have been taking lessons at Duke, and I would consider each lesson a success simply because of how much I learn about the game of golf during and individual lesson. I learned a lot about setup, posture, alignment, routine, tempo, creating speed, how I move my body, different trajectories, and more.
  6. I would not say I had any true failures during this project, other than specific things such as a bad round of golf. However, I believe that a lot can be learned from any round of golf especially a bad one. Take the State Tournament for example, I shot a certain score (which I would rather not say), but my coach and teammates picked me up after the round. They made me feel like it did not matter and that it was all okay, and so I learned a lot about what it means to be a good teammate.
  7. I believe that this project is never going to go away from my memory because it is what transformed me into a want-to-be golfer into a real golfer, and without this project I would not have ever taken the game up so seriously. I know that I will play the game for the rest of my life, and that is why I am so grateful.
  8. I cannot think of anything Ms. Wittman could have done to make this project better because I believe that it was just awesome. I thought about saying that giving more structure to students might be better, but then I realized how this project helped me figure things out on my own in regards to time management and what I need to do to get something done even without a time limit or given structure.

Twenty Time Reflections

My Favorite part of this Twenty Time experience, was being able to go out almost once a week and learn about/ do something that is interesting to you. The hardest thing of me was standing on the stage and presenting. I learned that standing infant of people and presenting is not that bad andI think I got over my fear of presenting. I think that presenting was what I am most proud of myself for doing. I learn that I can take good pictures, I also learn that not every picture that I take will be the best. I think I will never forget my presentation. I think the teacher could have told we were presenting a little more in advance, because the presentations kind of snuck up on me. Other then that I think the project was lots of fun I would hope that it is carried on in future years.

Final thoughts on Twenty Time

  1. I really enjoyed coming to class every day seven and knowing exactly what was going to happen and that by the end of class my scarf would be a little bit longer. It was a piece of peace on my day.
  2. The most challenging thing about Twenty Time was trying to plan back in September what my results in may would be. It was hard because I thought that I would have all the time in the world! May seemed so far away, so I thought I could make like 15 things but I still haven’t finished 1.
  3. I learned that I like arts and crafts and things like that. Usually I can’t sit still long enough to finish an entire art project, but during Twenty Time I discovered that I really like creating things.
  4. I’m most proud of the fact that I made something that I can wear out of my bare hands. That is so cool!
  5. I learned that if I stick with something and learn something new it can be really fun.
  6. I also learned that if I mess something up I should just try again and again and sometimes the mistakes are actually kind of pretty.
  7. I learned how to knit! I will forever be able to knit (I hope).
  8. Maybe if I had known at the beginning of the year exactly how much time we had I would’t have set the bar so high and I might have been able to reach my original goal.

Twenty Time Reflection

What did you enjoy about the experience?
I really enjoyed getting to learn something outside of the normal academic structure. It was especially nice to know that evenIf I failed miserably it wouldn’t hurt me in any way.
What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?
Keeping up with the blogs wast the hardest part for me.
What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your
Twenty Time project?
I really only work well when there Is a deadline involved.
What are you most proud of? Why?
I’m really very proud of the insane amount of effort I put into my practice and all the time I dedicated to learning to play the bass.
What lessons did you learn from your successes?
Practice really does make “perfect”
What lessons did you learn from your failures?
I need to set more ambitious goals, for this project I set the bar so low I could trip over it.
What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?

I’ll remember how much fun it was to perform
What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?

I personally think it was perfect the way it was.

Twenty Time Final Reflection 06.03.16

 

What did you enjoy about the experience?

I really enjoyed that we could find something that we felt motivated about, and to spend a huge portion of the year doing it. It encouraged me to think that I can do things that I want to do outside of school, and that I don’t have to just be a student while in high school. I have time to be creative too.

What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?

I am not a self-motivated person, so keeping myself motivated was very difficult for me, especially in January and February when there was no final goal to keep in mind or the original motivation left.

What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?

I have learned that I can be a patient person with something that I care about, like my photography.

What are you most proud of? Why?

I am proud of the number of photos that I took. It seemed like I only took a handful each time I went, but when you look at it over the course of a year, it is a lot of photos that I’ve taken.

What lessons did you learn from your successes?

I’ve never really understood the important of patience before this project. I always just knew it as something that was good, but I didn’t understand why. As a result of the project, I’ve learned that when I have the patience to do something, it can turn out really well.

What lessons did you learn from your failures?

I’ve learned that a failure is not always a bad thing. It can set you on a track that you were meant to be on to do the project. For example, the microlens aspect of my project was a failure, but it set me on a new track that taught me how to take pictures for my trip to the grand canyon.

What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?

I’ll have an increase sense of appreciation for art in general. Art museums have never been something that I have loved, however, I understand now what it is like to take pictures. I understand the blood, sweat, and tears (not literally) that go into making a photo look its best. That is something that I will hang onto forever.

  • What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?

I wish we had more class discussions more often about our twenty time projects. That way we would have to have more to show for our projects more often so we could not fall behind.

Final Blog Post

 

Twenty Time was a really incredible experience for many reasons. My favorite part of the experience was that I was able to do yoga, which is something I’m passionate about, in school. It was a chance to relax and get to do something I don’t always have time for otherwise. I also loved that I was able to expand my practice because I have wanted to improve my practice for a long time, I just don’t get the opportunity very often. But, there were some challenges that came with Twenty Time. One of them was that I would get to the yoga room and realize I had a test in a few periods or some homework I wanted to get done and it was sometimes hard to focus on my practice. I think the reason for that was because I was practicing at school so it was occasionally hard to feel in the moment because of homework and general stress. Something I learned about myself during Twenty Time was just how passionate I am about yoga. When I did get over the distraction of schoolwork or other things and I just practiced yoga, it was a time where I just let all my stress go. It was really cool to see how much I love doing yoga and how much that love only increased over the year. Another thing I learned about myself is that when I am passionate about something, I am willing to work really hard to achieve it. There was one pose, called “crow pose”, that I have never been able to do. But, through time and effort I was able to achieve it. This was very meaningful because it showed my commitment and effort that I had put into the project and my practice over the year. I am most proud of being able to get over the distraction of schoolwork. This is because I often get very stressed about school and I can’t focus on anything else. So, I was very proud that I was able to get in the mindset of just doing something to focus on myself. I don’t always put my needs first so being able to stop myself from stressing about school and just motivating myself to focus on yoga was a huge achievement. I had a lot of successes throughout this project. I’d say the biggest one was the huge improvement and expansion of my practice that I made. Because of this success, I learned that I was not only incredibly passionate about yoga, but that I was good at it too! Although I knew before that I loved yoga, this past year had just increased my passion so much more and I’m really happy that I learned just how much I love yoga. I also had some failures in this project. I large one was that I tried at the beginning of the project to go to a class that my mom takes with her every Tuesday afternoon. But, because of school, laziness or life in general, I did not stick to that schedule. So, I learned that sometimes when it comes to school, I do not put my own priorities first and I get dragged down by stress. I don’t think I realized at the time that if I did go to a Tuesday class, I felt so much more relaxed and happy afterwards. But, because I do realize that now, I wish I had taken that opportunity more. I think something I will remember about this project for a long time is when I had been planning my “class” that I could teach and it was pretty much finished. My sisters and cousins were in town and we were all sitting in my backyard. My cousin suggested that my sister should lead us in some yoga because she’s an employed yoga teacher. But, she suggested that I teach instead because she knew I had been working on a class. So, I led my sisters and cousins through my yoga class I had been working on. To have the capability to teach others what I had learned this year was so amazing because it showed me my growth and strength that developed through Twenty Time. This project was so incredible and I loved both the time it gave us and the relaxation it gave me. I think if there was one thing that I would say could be improved about this project, it would be more frequent check-ins. There were times when I felt a little lost and unmotivated and I think just a few more reflective times and meetings could be helpful. Overall I would say that this was an incredible experience and I am so grateful for Twenty Time, and our World Lit class in general. Thank you Ms. Wittman!

20 Time Reflection Questions

I enjoyed going outside once a week or so and taking pictures of our amazing campus. I really like getting away from all of the school life and just being mindful and connecting with nature.

The most challenging aspect of twenty time was putting my project together for the final presentation. I know that the pictures on my phone developed better than they did on the screen and I wish that the people who I presented to could see the quality of my pictures.
After completing this twenty time project I have realized that I can do more than just pass by nature on my way to class meaning that I should admire and go out of my way to connect with nature whenever I have a break.

I am most proud of my efforts to go out on those really cold and snowy days during the winter time even though most of those pictures did not turn out as well as I thought.

I have not learned many lessons but one that I learned is that there’s more to taking pictures of nature than just seen on the surface. There is always the very special and peaceful effect that nature has on me that made the project a success for me personally.

I had many many failure pictures and if there is one thing I take away from this project is that there is always a second chance to take another picture and I can connect that to my school life. There is always a second chance to do better the next quarter.

I will probably remember this project as the first time I got on stage in Kenan and how nervous I was even though I didn’t look nervous at all.

I think that we as a class should have met at one twenty time each month and gone over our progress to show that we have not failed the individual project yet because i remember seeing a few failures from earlier on in the year that didn’t end up with much of a product to share with the class during their presentations.

Twenty Time Reflection

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?

Throughout the year I really enjoyed exploring something that was totally new to me which was learning my first programming language. I think what I enjoyed most was simply using the skills that I learned. Once I had gotten a good grasp on python, I really enjoyed programming my game and working with code. It was like solving puzzles! I had a goal in mind, and I just had to be creative and come up with a solution using my knowledge of python. Also, at the end of the year, it was awesome to see all of the diverse projects that my peers had undertaken throughout the school year.

  • What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?

The hardest part of my twenty time was the period in which I was actually learning python through Codecademy. I think that it was a very effective tool, but to be honest, it was very frustrating and in a lot of ways and not very user friendly. As a beginner programmer, the syntax and formatting of code was a whole new ordeal, and I had a hard time learning how to identify minuscule errors in long lines of code. For this reason, I was often stuck on activities for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. It was very hard not to just give up. but I eventually learned to use resources such as the blog that is available on the website. Using this, I was able to ask questions to other people like me who are working through the Codecademy program.

  • What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?

I learned a lot about working through adversity. I’ve always been very determined to solve challenging problems I have been confronted with. In this project, I can’t really say that I discovered that all you have to do is never give up! I already kind of knew that. However, part of the problem I had was that I would just try to keep on working through something and not make any progress because I was completely in over my head. What I learned was that sometimes you have to get help. When I started using the blog and my brother as a resource for learning python, that is when I really had success. I learned another thing too. I have to set reminders in order to actually meet deadlines. For this project, I had to do a lot of work outside of class because Codecademy was taking much longer than I expected. I set goals to meet in order to stay on track. Sadly, I would rarely make these goals because of procrastination on weekends. I learned that I have to set reminds on my phone and change by background on my computer to a reminder in order to finish long term work.

  • What are you most proud of? Why?

I am most proud of not changing my project when I was having trouble learning python on Codecademy. Despite many difficulties and a lot of frustration, once I actually got a good grasp on python I really began to enjoy twenty time. I am so happy that I didn’t quit and that I worked through the difficulties. Now that I have learned a language, I can really have fun making games and exploring computer science. If I had stopped, I might not have decided to take intro computer science next year or continued on with something that I have found that I really like.

  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?

Without success I don’t think I would have realized how fun programming is. It is the most amazing feeling to be working with lines of code for like 20 minutes and finally seeing it carry out its designed task. I also learned that sometimes I succeeded when I just completely restarted my code and took off in a new direction. Sometimes when you look write code out in a new way I would understand it much better.

  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?

The biggest thing I learned, as I stated above, was that when you fail, you have to get help. In some cases, continuing to work through problems relentlessly won’t get you anywhere. By consulting someone else you can learn what you were doing wrong and figure out how to get it right next time. Also, when I was just started my game, I realized that a lot of the stuff that I learned was more to learn the general workings of python. It was specifically how to program a game. So, at first I had a lot of trouble getting started. However, I realized that it is best to not become totally baffled by what you don’t know and just focus on what you do know and start there. That is what I did and it turned out to be very effective.

  • What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?

I will remember everything about my first frustrations and difficulties of python because I foresee that this will be the beginning of a long expedition in computer science. As I said in earlier blog posts, if I were to pick a college major right now, it would probably be computer science. I don’t know if I will go that far, but I will certainly use a lot of programming in my high school years to come. I am especially going to program during summers. Now because I think programming is going to become such a huge part of my life, my first experience with programming will only become a more important memory.

  • What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?

I thought that overall it was a well put together project, but I think it is something that some people will take advantage of and others won’t. I think I was very productive with my time. However, I also think that there were people in my class that weren’t. In order to avoid this outcome and give everyone help in staying on the right track I think that each student should have to meet with the teacher during tutorial or lunch every two or three twenty time days. This would help people be more productive and make more adaptations to their project in order to create the best possible project.

Twenty Time Reflection

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?

Twenty Time served as a section of the week where I could slow down and enjoy myself. I was able to lose myself in something that I really enjoyed but rarely have time for. I also found that Twenty Time served as a measuring stick for how relaxed and happy I was during the year. If I was able to truly enjoy myself that meant I was doing well mentally.

  • What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?

I often struggled to find a way to be creative when I did not have the motivation to actually try and find a new angle for a subject. I found myself putting off taking quality photos until I felt like it. Instead, I would take mediocre pictures and promise myself to take enough decent photos to make up for my laziness. When I did not feel the artistic vibe on a Twenty  Time day I would put off taking pictures to the next day hoping that I would want to take them. Often times I was daunted by the fact that my pictures might not be good enough for my presentation. This was not exactly motivating me to take pictures because I felt like I might not even incorporate photos I took on a particular Twenty Time. None the less I eventually got around to taking them with quite a few mental pep talks.

  • What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?

I found out that I love to prioritize. My dad has always told me to consider my priorities wisely and I think I may have taken it a little far. During the year I tended to put off taking pictures because I had more important and demanding things to do. Usually I would put off taking my Twenty Time pictures until seven or eight o’clock. By then I would tell myself that I could not possibly take pictures when it was dark because the lighting would be yellow, or my subject was outside. I ended up shooting the next day because I knew my blog post was due within twenty four hours. By the end of the year I was able to complete Twenty Time in a more timely fashion because of the impending presentations. Twenty Time has made me recognize that I should be careful in putting off lower priorities because there are consequences.

  • What are you most proud of? Why?

I am surprisingly most proud of the time-lapse video I showed to document my day to day work. When I complete larger projects that require some form of physical evidence of work I usually never give any insight into my process. Even though this video was not my end product I was exceptionally proud that I recorded a section of my hard work over the year to share with the class. When I watch presentations the process of the creator is often overlooked or passed over briefly and I like to see progress in addition to a final end product.

  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?

Success is the reward to hard work and failure, and is one of many motivating factors for me. My successes usually came in the form of photos, these photos were usually used as targets to beat. I would challenge myself to take a better picture than I took last time, this is what kept me going even when I felt like doing nothing. Over the course of this year I learned to use successes as targets to improve my work. Critiquing my own successes made me expect more from myself in and out of Twenty Time.

  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?

One particular realization struck me about half way through the year. I was limiting myself by taking pictures to represent words, having to keep in mind directions while trying to be innovative was not working. My creativity level was suffering because of a self imposed restriction. The goal of taking pictures for these words was so that I could have a more concrete plan for my final product. One thing that I was able to take away from this failure was that deciding the end result of something before it even happens takes away from new opportunities and possibilities. In the future I plan to have a vision for my final products but not restrictions.

  • What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?

Having structured time for doing something that I love this year has been a blessing. I have enjoyed myself more during this year because I am pursuing photography. Twenty Time has helped me find myself when I was getting lost in school work, and escape from the pressure. After seeing the positive effect that following my passions has had, I will always try to make time for things that I enjoy most, even when there seems to be no time at all.

  • What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?

Incorporating a quick reflection every quarter would help some of the students that are struggling to use time wisely get back on track. Include questions that show students where they are in relation to others as a motivational tool. Even reflecting with classmates at tables and sharing their experience would help people gauge their trajectory for the year. Also encouraging students to do something that have never tried before would be helpful, I  really liked keeping up with photography but at the same time I wish that I had explored other regions of interest.

Final twenty time reflection

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?

I really enjoyed that we could do, within reason, whatever it was that we were interested in and wanted to do. I have to say, It felt really good to be told that I got to make my own decisions as to what I would be doing with my twenty time.

  • What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?

What was very challenging for me personally was that I felt like I never had enough information. The sad thing about this, was that it turned out that I was right, I didn’t have enough information. but thats how you learn what your limits are, by making mistakes and trying to do things that are far beyond your skill level, thats the only way to find out where your skill level is.

  • What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?

I learned, well learned more about how lazy I am. At times I found it EXTREMELY difficult to motivate myself. It seemed that throughout this project, whenever things got tough, there was always a voice in my head saying “wouldn’t it be so much easier to give up? Don’t try, just give up”. However, somehow I managed to convince myself to complete my project and I think that even though my twenty time project was a failure, the fact that I stuck with it was at least a minor success.

  • What are you most proud of? Why?

I am most proud of the fact that I tried something that I had no idea how to do, but had always wanted to do. I am proud that even though I didn’t succeed, I managed to put up a pretty decent fight, as far as ukulele fights go. I am proud of the fact that in spite of my lazy tendencies, I actually had a decent amount of work to show for myself at the end. Even if it was all backwards, the thing that i am most proud of is the fact that the effort was still there.

  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?

I didn’t have many successes, but when I did succeed, it felt really good. I knew that it was completely my own success because no one had helped me and I had accomplished these things on my own. Its a a unique sense of pride, the feeling that you have done something by yourself that no one else can take credit for because it is 100% yours.

  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?

The many many failures that I experienced reinforced one of my parents’ favorite lessons, when you fall down, get back up. It is never any easy lesson, but without it, few successes can be attained. Failure is just a success that needs some fixing and if I hadn’t kept trying to fix my playing, I would have probably never realized I was playing upside down. Most likely, I would have gotten up and performed two or three upside down songs for the class and ended up looking even more ridiculous than the person who realized they were playing upside down. And that would have just been embarrassing.

  • What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?

I will remember that this project taught me to be more responsible because there is no one there to hold your hand and that is a unique experience. The idea that you are the only one who is there to make sure that the work gets done was kind of scary, but it taught me a lot about how to motivate myself to get things done instead of just using the period as a free period.

  • What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?

This wouldn’t be terribly fun for those participating, but I think that it would be beneficial to have a sign out sheet where you have to write where you are going and then Ms. Wittman could do surprise check ups to go and see what you are working on. This could get complicated for those who do their work outside of school, but perhaps it could help some people be more productive during the class period. The looming threat of the teacher stopping by makes people so much more productive.