Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Learning to Speak Greek Post 25

     20 Time has come to an end. It is bittersweet in a way. As much as I struggled with it sometimes, it was a common theme all year through all the ups and downs. 
     To be completely honest, I would not recommend doing 20 Time next year. The concept is good in theory, but there were some major issues with the execution. The majority of the kids barely did anything regarding their projects, so I'm not sure it's fair to do something in favor of the minority in this case. 
     I enjoyed the blogging. Not every week, but the every two weeks was nice. It helped keep everything on track. I know there were a few times where I wouldn't have done anything regarding my project had I not had to blog about it in the coming weeks. 
     At the very end of our projects we began checking in with the class and giving minute long talks about how our project is going, what we've been doing with it, etc. I think if that had been started earlier in the year it would've been very beneficial for a lot of students. You're much more motivated to do something if you have to stand up in front of an audience and explain your results. 
     All in all, 20 Time is good in theory, but not in reality. I would suggest trying something new next year, but it was a fun experiment! 

Learning to Speak Greek Post 24

      We are nearing the end of 20 Time. The talks began this Monday. Mr. Provenzano described them as an audition for Tedx. I honestly have never had any interest in being in the event because public speaking is one of my worst fears. Kitty McKay went today and her talk was fantastic. I have no idea how I will even come close to being that good. 
      As far as my talk goes I have finished coming up with the basic ideas of what I'm going to talk about and I've put together my slides, but I have yet to do an actual run through. My thought is if I avoid it long enough I can pretend it isn't going to happen. Of course, that won't last very long, but a girl can dream. 
      It looks as though I won't be going this week at the rate the talks are progressing. I know Mr. Provenzano's original thought was to have five people go a day, but today we were only able to get through four. I almost like it better that way though. Not only do I have more time to prepare, but no one is rushed and they can take their time in getting their thoughts out. It seems as though everyone is going faster in their talks for the class then they did when they were rehearsing, but we'll see if that holds true as the talks progress. 
     I'm nervous, but excited to give my talk and I can't wait to see what everyone else has to say. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Learning to Speak Greek Post 23

     We're getting down to the wire on our Ted talks. To be honest I'm very nervous about the talk itself. Public speaking has never been my forte. I turn very red and I stutter, which is not pleasant for me or the people in the audience. 
     Eight minutes is not a long time when it comes to life, but it is when it comes to public speaking. In my previous posts I have discussed what I will be doing for my Ted talk. I will be speaking about the importance of learning about other cultures and how it brings people together. I'm also thinking about talking about how people in other countries are just like us. Even though they speak different languages and practice different customs and traditions they experience the same things we do. 
    I have been watching Ted talks online and I hope that will help my public speaking. In eighth grade I had to get up and sing in front of my choir class for three minutes, so I figure if I can do that I can speak for eight minutes on a project I've been doing all year. 
    Right now I'm preparing my speech and slides and I'm hoping to be done with them by this weekend, so I can have them in to Mr. Provenzano by early next week. Things have gone pretty well all year and I'm hoping my Ted talk goes just as well! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Learning to Speak Greek 22

     This last week was spring break, so I didn't get much done regarding my project. It was so nice to have warmer weather and sunny skies. 
      By now, according to Mr. Provenzano, we should have our speech mostly done along with our slides for our Ted talk. To be honest, I'm not that far along yet. I do know what I'm doing my speech on, but I have yet to put it all together. I still need to go more in depth on my idea and I am going to need some help regarding my slides. 
     I've decided my talk is going to be on the importance of learning about other cultures and how it brings people together. I have no idea what slides would go along with something like that, but I'm going to consult Mr. Provenzano so hopefully he'll be able to help. 
     We're supposed to have an eight minute talk, describing our project and what we learned from it. Originally I thought filling up the eight minutes would be very difficult, but after practicing briefly in class I don't think it's going to be as bad as I thought. For the first few minutes I'm going to discuss my project itself, then that will lead into my speech them and what I learned. 
    When I get my speech and slides together I'll share some of it here. So far I've been really happy with the progress I've made and I'm hoping things continue to go well until the Ted talk is complete! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Learning to Speak Greek Post 21

     Today is the day we needed to have a concrete plan about what we were going to speak about for our Ted Talk. I have finalized my idea, finally. I'm going to speak about the importance of learning other languages and cultures. My feeling is that, in America learning about other languages and cultures isn't prioritized because it is the common belief among people that English is known by everyone and they will always be able to communicate. Even so, it is important to learn about other parts of the world. 
     If you were to encounter a person with a different first language than you it would be much easier to communicate with them and break down their walls if you could communicate with them in their own language. They would be much more willing to have a more substantial conversation with you if you at least made an effort to communicate with them in their own way. That is an idea that I want to get across to people. 
     As far as working with my grandma and dad, I've become much closer with them because I've learned to communicate with them in their language. That applies more to my grandma than my dad, but it's brought me closer to them in a way I might not have been had I not decided to learn about a different culture than my own. 
    It's also interesting to see how cultures are different from your own. Seeing and understanding these differences can help you understand and bring down the divides between different types of people. 
    For now that's all I have and hopefully soon I will be able to start formulating my speech. I'm been really happy with the progress I've made, especially recently and I'm hoping it continues to go well until the end! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog Post 20

     In my last post I discussed my Ted talk. I'll be honest and say I still don't have an entirely concrete plan. I'm still planning on discussing the importance of other cultures.
     In my last post I was a little scattered because life had gotten a little crazy, between me getting sick and then I just recently broke my ankle. I mentioned including how learning about other cultures can bring people together in a way they might not have come together otherwise. While learning Greek I formed a bond with my grandmother that I don't think I otherwise would have had and I would love to include that in my talk. 
     As for the in class mini speeches I won't be going for a while, so I'm planning on running my ideas past Mr. Provenzano very soon. As for how the learning process is going I'm very proud of the progress I have made in writing. The Greek language is so difficult to learn just by speaking and listening, the alphabet was completely different than anything I had ever seen. I'm happy to say though that I have been successfully able to write it from memory and I can even write a few sentences. 
    I know it doesn't seem like much, but when I finally accomplished that goal I was so proud of myself. I'm hoping I continue to progress as well as I have. The Ted talk is right around the corner and I'm actually very nervous, but Mr. Provenzano showed us a book we could read and I'm planning to buy it very soon. 
    I'm excited to see how they project turns out and I'm hoping it continues to go well until the end! 

Learning to Speak Greek Post 19

     This past month has been incredibly crazy. I ended up getting very sick, so working on my project became a little bit difficult.
     In my last blog post I answered the questions Mr. Provenzano gave us. Over all I said I enjoyed 20 Time, but there were some other people who had some complaints. To help make everyone happy Mr. Provenzano came up with the idea that every Friday eight of us would share a few things about our project. We would stand up in front of the class for one minute and discuss how we have worked on our project and what each of us will do our talk on. 
     I've been putting a lot of thought into my Ted talk recently and I have a vague idea of what I'd like to do. I've discussed it a little bit in some of my previous blog posts, but I think I would like to discuss the importance of learning about other cultures. Also, how learning about other cultures can bring people together in a way they might not have come together before. So far that's all I've come up with, but I plan on coming up with a more concrete plan in the near future. 
     So far things have been going very well and I hope they continue to go well.