Twenty Time Reflection

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?

I greatly enjoyed this experience for many reasons. Music is one of my favorite things, and I loved the feeling of having a challenge and then overcoming it. It also gave me something to focus on that wasn’t school work, and I now have a new passion because of it.

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

The most challenging aspect was definitely finding the time to practice my guitar. I would usually get home from school and have a lot of homework…afterwards the desire to sleep usually overtook playing the guitar.

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

I learned that if I put my mind to something, no matter what the challenge, I can overcome it. I think I doubted in the beginning that I would make a lot of progress in the beginners course, however I was proven entirely wrong.

  • What are you most proud of? Why?

I am most proud that I didn’t give up, and that I made it so far in the beginners course. I kept persevering even when I found something extremely difficult, especially when I was first starting out. I also never really allowed myself to think negative thoughts about my playing, which is quite an accomplishment for me.

  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?

I learned that if you put work into something you can progress farther than you ever thought. I also think I will be much more willing to try new things because of this project, because I learned that trying new things can lead to surprising outcomes.

  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?

Through my failures I learned that there is no point in getting so frustrated that it ruins the experience. Instead, I now know that to be successful you have to be optimistic and believe that, with enough practice, you will make good progress. I also learned that you will not always reaching the goals you set at the beginning, and it is important to not let that discourage you from continuing.

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

Well, I will always have my guitar to play now, and I will definitely continue learning it for many years to come. I think that this project gave me something that will last a lifetime, which is something I would’ve never guessed when starting out.

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

I think, because this project is independent, the teacher did everything perfectly. She gave us the motivation and structure to get started, but then let us work through most of the details and setbacks by ourselves.

Thank you so much for this opportunity!

#18 Final Evaluation

What did you enjoy about the experience?
What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?
What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?
What are you most proud of? Why?
What lessons did you learn from your successes?
What lessons did you learn from your failures?
What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?
What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?

I really enjoyed getting to play another instrument, and although it was a drag sometimes, I did like learning a challenging song. Speaking of challenging, the most challenging aspect of my project was making time to practice, because I hardly had time to practice my main instrument. And I learned that I set pretty high goals for my self, because I had to adjust my goal in the middle of my project. I am also not very good at getting myself motivated. I am most proud of the fact that I have a part of a song memorized because that means I can play it anytime, anywhere. From my successes I learned that I have not forgotten the piano as much as I though I had. From my failures I learned that chords are really hard, and the only way to get better is to practice. I believe that I will remember how to play that first page for a long, long time, and I also want to keep working on the parts I didn’t get to. When we were starting our projects, maybe Ms. Wittman could have told us the previous year’s students’ regrets so that we could have chosen our projects more wisely.

Twenty Time Relfection

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?

I enjoyed trying something new and sticking with it throughout the year. I usually start things that I never finish learning, like knitting, piano, gymnastics, and learning Chinese. This time I was forced (not in a bad way) to keep learning and cooking. I was glad that I could cook for myself and do something nice for my family.

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

The most challenging aspect of my Twenty Time project was finding the time and motivation to cook. It takes a while for me to cook and bake, at least an hour, and it was hard for me to carve dedicate time to really trying to do it, as an externally motivated person. I either had to do it during the weekend when I wanted to relax or during the week when I had homework.

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

I learned that I am not as patient as I thought I was. During this process I had to wait on a lot of things to cook and bake and I really had trouble with it. I would check on things every few minutes rather than just waiting for the timer to go off. I also found out that I hate editing which take a lot of time and patience for a very short video.

  • What are you most proud of? Why?

I am most proud of learning to cook dinner for myself. This is especially helpful since my parents are vegan and I’d rather not eat seitan (l know it sounds scary) stir fry or vegan bean chili every night. I have also been able to make chicken parmesan in under an hour!

  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?

I learned that I am capable of making successful dished from recipes online without ever trying them before. It takes less skill than I thought to cook and more skill than I anticipated to bake.

  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?

I learned that it is okay and even good to fail. When I failed I could figure out where I went wrong so I could avoid making the same mistake next time.

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

I will definitely remember how to make red velvet cupcakes. My grandmother loved them so I will make them whenever I want to get on her good side in the future.

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

I think Ms. Wittman did a great job with this project. The only problems I had were self generated and I think we had enough time in class to work on it.

Overall, I had a great time and learned a lot. Thank you Ms. Wittman for pushing me to try something new.

Twenty Time Evaluation

What did you enjoy about the experience?

I really liked this project and I thought that it was really unique compared to other projects that I have had. I liked how it gave me an opportunity to try something new when usually at home, I would be too lazy to do. I also liked having the feeling of accomplishment at the end knowing that I achieved my goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the school year. It was a really positive experience.

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

I think the most challenging aspect of this project was managing my time wisely and forcing myself to watch one hour youtube tutorials. Sometimes I would get a vast amount done during Twenty Time, but sometimes I would sit and do nothing. I also had a few setbacks during the project and it was hard making those lost days up.

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

I can accomplish thing that I did not know I could if I just put my mind to it.

What are you most proud of? Why?

I am proud of my final result because it took an entire year to complete and it was very hard to do. I would not have been able to do this without the project forcing me to do so. I really like my final result and I listen to it regularly. I am also proud of learning how to use FL Studio because now, I have added something else to my repertoire.

What lessons did you learn from your successes?

I learned that I can succeed if I really want to. Trying new things can be very fun and make you feel really good when you are done.

What lessons did you learn from your failures?

I didn’t use a few Twenty Times to their full potential so I had to finish my song the night before presentations. It’s very important to use time wisely.

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

I made my first song, that I might be able to sell on iTunes. This is really cool and I’m pretty sure it will be something I remember.

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

Maybe gotten rid of the blog posts within 24 hours thing. I struggled with that.

Reflection

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?
  • What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?
  • What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?
  • What are you most proud of? Why?
  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?
  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?
  • What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?
  • What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?

First, I enjoyed learning how to make new recipes. I now have a more extensive knowledge on cooking and can use it in everyday life. I also liked learning how to use TimeLapse and iMovie. Editing all of my videos really helped me learn new editing skills. The technological part of my twenty time was the most challenging part of the project. I lost one video because of technology issues. I also had a hard time importing all of the videos from the iMovie app on my phone to my computer. I learned that I really enjoy cooking and that I should try to appreciate and explore other cultures more often. I am most proud of the time when I made dumplings. To get the ingredients to make them, I went to an Asian food store. The store was a wonderful place to learn more about Asian culture. I am proud that this recipe has allowed me to see and experience other cultures. The dumplings also turned out delicious and are one of my favorite foods I made during this project. From my successes, I learned that making simple foods is always the way to go. Although making what seem to be lavish dishes with fancy ingredients is tempting, simple and straightforward recipes almost always turn out better. From my failures, I learned to always save my work and back my computer and phone up. After losing some content, I realized the importance of what seem to be trivial things. I will always remember the time when I visited the Asian food store. It was a such a great experience to see the ways of people of different cultures. The experience will always remind me to keep an open mind and to appreciate what other cultures have to bring. The only thing that the teacher could have done is to plan the presentations more. It is partly the students fault because most people went over five minutes. A quick check with the teacher about the person’s presentations to make sure they aren’t too long may prevent from the problem happening again. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I hope that future ninth grade teachers will have this project as part of their curriculum.

Post 18: Final Reflection

I learned a lot from my experience with my Twenty Time project. First, I gained a small amount of responsibility from setting up my own singing lessons. It jump started me into making all of my appointments. Secondly, I learned a lot about  what I’m truly interested in. Sometimes you need to try something and hate it to know what you really enjoy. The most challenging aspect of my Twenty Time project was definitely getting myself to enjoy the experience. It was also hard to motivate myself because of how much I didn’t enjoy it. Throughout the project, I also learned that I will not keep up with something and commit solid amounts of time to things that I do not enjoy. Also, basing your interests on the interests of people you admire will never work out the way you intend it to. Out of everything, I am most proud that I was able to set up my own singing lessons, and that I have continued to maintain that part of responsibility in my life even after I quit the lessons. From that particular success, I learned that things can be done to your liking more if you do it yourself. From my general failure of not having fun with the project, I learned how to choose projects and how I would most enjoy spending my free time. I definitely do not think I will forget how terrible it can be to base a choice on anything other than my own preference. If Ms. Wittman had given more examples of previous Twenty Time projects at the beginning of the year, particularly projects based on service, maybe I would have been able to make a better choice.

Project: Breakdance Final Post

This will be my final post evaluating my 20 time experience this year in World Lit.

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?

I enjoyed being able to do something that I really enjoyed that we do not do at this school regularly.

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

My most challenging aspect of my project was finding time both in and out of school to actually work on my dancing skills. During the first half of the year, it was fairly easy to go practice in the dance room. However, during the second semester, a dance class was being taught there so I was unable to use the space. This meant that I had to find time at home after my sports to practice which was very hard. Not only did I have sports but I also have to practice at least an hour and a half of piano every day to stay competitive. If that was not enough, then my homework load every night was not the easiest to manage. That said, I got a lot less time than I thought I would get to practice.

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

I learned how hard I have to work to squeeze even one more thing into my schedule these days. I also learned how I’m not always motivated, because a lot of the time I found myself too tired to work on my dancing so I didn’t…

  • What are you most proud of? Why?

I’m most proud of my video because I think it turned out pretty well. I think the editing could have been better of course, but I think it showcased a variety of different dancing ability and I’m proud of that.

  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?

I learned I need to keep on practicing once your get it down once. If you stop right after you do it correctly, then you will forget it. I learned this with windmills, I got it in the beginning, then stopped practicing and ended up losing it for a while. This could have been due to my core strength diminishing after not practicing for a while.

  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?

From my failures I learned that I needed to work on editing more before hand. I had only somewhat tried editing before making my final video. That was why some of the editing and transitions were a bit sloppy. But overall I think the video went pretty well.

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

I mean, I’ll remember my video for a long time because it will be on my computer. But aside from that, I’ll really remember the experience of having 1 day out of 7 to just do what you want to do. It was so different from other classes where every day would be monotone and just grinding out work. Day 7’s would be my highlight and I would look forward to them every time.

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

I don’t think there was anything the teacher could have done. They are supposed to be independent projects. If the teacher had gotten involved, I feel as though it would lose its fun and lightheartedness. I really liked this whole concept of 20 time.

Twenty Time Evaluation

 

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?

I really enjoyed that I was able to find a new passion and that I know that one day I will become a professional pastry chef and the other part of my project has made me much better at editing, which I also now love doing, but learning gymnastics on my own was very challenging but the most fun. I think my favorite part was coming up with the final video, because even though it took me a long time, it was so fun to make, and so worth it.

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

I did my Twenty Time almost every day in some form, splits, or trampoline, prepping, editing, baking, looking for recipes.

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

I like a challenge and I am willing to sacrifice everything for what I love doing.

  • What are you most proud of? Why?

My final project video because it expresses my setbacks and accomplishments on the trampoline, as an editor, and a baker.

  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?

When you truly love something, you make time for it.

  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?

That in baking and tricking and editing you have to be willing to fail in order to gain experience. I never saw failures as failures, but as learning curves.

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

That this is where my interest for baking, food photography, editing, and gymnastics began.

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

There was not anything that Mrs. Wittman could have done to make this project better because I loved it so much.

Thanks for such an amazing year, my life has actually changed so much since Twenty Time!

 

Friday, June 3, 2016

So, today, I will write my final reflection about my Twenty-Time project.

A few things I enjoyed about the experience include:

  • getting the opportunity to learn something new and pursue something that I had never thought pursuing before in my free time
  • the process of learning a new language by myself
  • understanding how hard it is to learn a new language by yourself as the project progressed
  • the help I could get from my mentors (my dad and Ms. Mattox)
  • getting help from other classmates who had taken or were taking French by borrowing their books

I thought that the most challenging aspect of my Twenty-Time was that once I got my DuoLingo account I disabled the microphone feature, because I thought it was too distracting, and so, I was not having the opportunity to speak it. An example of how this was affecting my learning is when, if a French student asked me to say a sentence in French, I would blank, and I couldn’t hold a conversation.

Something I learned about myself is that is that I truly love learning new languages and I have recently thought of continuing in the process to learn French, or other languages, on my own, with help, of course, from my parents.

I am most proud of starting this project and taking it on because, like I said before, there were some times where I didn’t know it was going to be so hard.

From my successes, I learned that it is sometimes easy to learn something by yourself, even if you have some setbacks on the way, and when you succeed at something you get really proud of yourself.

From my failures, I learned that there is always a way to bounce back, because, even if my meeting with Ms. Mattox didn’t always work, although the ones that did were very productive and I got a lot out of them, or I rarely, try never, got to spend time working with my dad, I still got to learn some French.

I think I will remember the process that I took to do this and how I had an equal amount of both successes and setbacks. Overall, I think it was a fun process no matter what.

There was nothing that Mrs. Wittman could have done better, but I want to say that I was very pleased with her interest in my project, I always valued her feedback, and I appreciated the motivation she gave me.

It’s been a great year!

Final Twenty Time Reflection

It’s so weird to me that our twenty time projects are over, and so is the school year. I put so much time and effort into it, and now we are done. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely loved the twenty time projects. The whole idea seemed so exciting to me the first time it was introduced, and now that I’ve done it, I can honestly say that it has helped me and bettered me in so many ways. I looked forward to every day seven, and I even loved writing the blog posts about what I was doing, even though they probably only made sense to just me since I was the only one that knew what I was talking talking about. I admit, remembering some of the blog posts and getting them in on time was a bit challenging, especially when I was out sick, but I did my best to stay on top of them. I learned that, no matter how far fetched my goals may seem and how little time I may have, that’s no excuse to lose motivation. I might have only had a year to write three over-100,000 word books and edit them to perfection, and I might not have gotten close to achieving this goal, but I kept going and I tried as hard as I could. Even when I knew there was no possible way that I was going to finish all of them, I still kept going and didn’t lose interest in what I was doing. From my successes, I learned that I get extremely invested and devoted and passionate about what I’m doing, and that that isn’t really a bad thing at all. From my failures, I learned to set more realistic goals for myself, and that not everything will work out on the first attempt. I know that I will remember most of the stories behind where many of my ideas for the book came from, and when I go back and read what I’ve written, I’ll remember my thought process and the songs I was listening to during particular scenes. I may not have finished all three books and I might still have a long way to go with them, but I’m very proud of the fact that I have made it this far and that these books are A MILLION TIMES BETTER than I ever thought they would be. I’m so proud that this started as a little idea that just came into my head one day a few years ago, an idea that is completely different from the books that I have written now, and that it has morphed into this big part of my life that I really enjoy. I know that I’m going to keep writing until I finished them, because I have devoted so much to them already, that there is no way I am going to give up on them now that the twenty time projects are over.