1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?
My opinion of 20 Time is that it should be its own class. It would be a good English elective class that could benefit students in areas of public speaking, Also, students would know what they are getting into. I did not know I would be doing this when I decided to take Honors American Literature.
2. What are some aspects of 20 Time that you think should be adjusted for students next year?
I think progress should be required in one way or another. I know of some people that slid through the whole project not doing much of anything to get to their actual goal because they knew failure was an option. At the end of the year, they just said they failed and that was it. Although "failure is an option" is not a bad thing, it shouldn't be emphasized as much. When people said they "failed" their project, they meant they didn't accomplish the goal they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. Instead of taking this approach, students should be told the goal of 20 time is for them to learn something through the project they choose. I feel if that approach was taken this year, students would have been more prepared to give a TED style presentation at the end of the year.
3. What are some aspects of 20 Time that should NOT be changed for students next year?
Blog posts should still be required, as a hopes of making students write about what they did and not let them put off their project until they present about it. Also, there should still be at least 4 weeks after introducing the project before students are required to chose something, and they should still be allowed to change if they realize that project is not something they want to do.
4. Is 20 Time something that more students should do in school? Please explain why or why not.
No, 20 Time is not something more students should do in school UNLESS it is its own class. If it was its own class, I wouldn't have had homework of writing an essay AND doing something for my 20 time all for the same class. Since it was a part of English class, some students didn't have time to work on it outside of class (which I had to do a lot), and other people, as I said earlier, slid through the whole year not making much progress at all. Also, students shouldn't need class time to do things they are passionate about. They will make time on their own for things they really want to do.
5. What advice would you give to students who are doing 20 Time next year?
PICK SOMETHING YOU WANT TO SPEND A WHOLE YEAR WORKING ON! What I worked on stopped feeling like a school project and ended up just being a normal part of my life. I wouldn't want to spend a year doing something just because it is a school project, and the people that were passionate about what they did were better at presenting and achieved more than people that weren't motivated to do theirs.