- 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.