Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pitch Day Anticipation

Pitch day is next week, and there is so much to do.

"To Do" list:
1. Print out pictures for my visual (poster)
2. Type and write out paragraphs for poster
3. Put together poster with pictures and paragraphs
4. Write out 2 minute speech
5. Practice and memorize 2 minute speech

Throughout this whole project, I have done a lot of research and findings. From this, I have seen how much research is put into starting something small, such as swimming lessons. I have found that it takes more than one person to start and make these lessons happen. Not only this, but I also have found that it is extremely hard to make these lessons happen, because of the different time schedules that the life skills students have and my class schedule. Throughout research, I think it has opened my eyes to the other classes in the school that not everyone knows about. I have discovered the opportunities that they have compared to the opportunities that we have. Furthermore, as I did more research, I had to contact and talk to many adults to make these lessons possible, both in person and on the phone. From all of the research and findings,  I have learned more about the students in the school and more about my two passions and what I can do with them.

Pitch day is next Friday, and I have many feelings and emotions towards it. I am both excited and nervous for Pitch Day. I am nervous because, for one, we have to give a two minute speech and giving speeches are definitely not my favorite thing to do. I am nervous because many people are coming in to watch Pitch Day and I don't want people to think that my passions and what I am doing with them is not a good idea or is not possible. I am excited though, because I want people to see my project and possibly give me feedback on how I should work towards creating these swim lessons. Overall though, I have mixed feelings, both nervous and excited, to present my "pitch" for Pitch Day.

Inquiry Questions:

How much of the pool would I be able to use for these lessons?
Would I be able to use the equipment, such as kick boards, for the lessons?
What are the students swimming abilities?
Will the students be able to come down during flex?


Monday, May 4, 2015

Planning for Pitch Day

Pitch Day is coming soon, and the way I would like to present my pitch idea is on a poster board. I want to create a poster with a background of water, since swimming is the main part of my passion and perception project. I am going to have pictures of swim lessons, since my other passion is working with children. Moreover, I am going to include a small description of the students I will be teaching these classes with, and why I had chosen that specific class and students. Not only that, but I will have one of my ideas for the lessons I am teaching, to possibly get feedback from other peers who are swimmers, or parents that have swam. This description is a thought out lesson, for example, teaching them the freestyle and backstroke kick and swim, one of the days I have the classes. With the poster, I will give credit to Sarah and Emma, two of peers, who are helping me teach my lessons. The poster, or visual I am going to create is relevant to my topic, because my passions are working with children and swimming, and the poster will be all about the swim lessons and classes that I am going to set up. I will not include a ton of information on my poster, because I will also have a speech to give about my project and what I am planning to do with it.

My two minute speech script: Hi, I am Olivia, and my two main passions are working with children and swimming. For this project, I decided that I wanted to affect the school in a positive way with my passions. I chose to use my passions by wanting to set up swim classes for the life skills class in my school. I have two classmates, Emma and Sarah, who are also swimmers, that said they would help me with teaching the lessons. People don't realize that not everyone in the school gets the same opportunities. the life skills students do not have the opportunity to take swim classes during the school day. I am planning to set up swim lessons for them two or three times, one day during the week, during first period. I am planning on having threes students per class, so they can work one on one with Emma, Sarah, and I. My plan for this project is to give students the opportunity to come down and swim, for those who know how to swim, and those who do not. I am hoping that my classes are able to happen, and if they do, I would like my passion to inspire others to use their passion in a positive way to affect the school and community.

Inquiry Questions I have almost answered, but not completely:

How much of the pool would I be able to use for these lessons?
Would I be able to use the equipment, such as kick boards, for the lessons?
What are the students swimming abilities?
What are the dates of the swim lessons I can set up for?

Pitch Day YouTube trailer:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Contacting a Professional

For my project, I did not conduct a phone call, but instead had a meeting with the aquatics director. The meeting went very well. I had informed her about the project, about how we had to affect the community and school in a positive with our passion. I had told her that I wanted to set up swim lessons for the life skills class for two Friday's during first period. She was completely for my project and thought it was a great idea. She thought that we would have room in the pool for swim lessons, since there will only be one class taking swim lessons during first period. Overall, I thought the meeting went well, and I believe that the lessons are going to be able to be held. There were some stressors when going into this meeting. I thought that she wasn't going to think my project was a good idea or that it was too late in the school year for my classes to be held. I also had stressors talking to her because it was not a phone call, so I did not have a speech written, I had to talk all on my own from everything that I remember from my project. I had stressors talking in person, because I wanted to make sure that I was professional and polite when I was talking. Moreover, even with the stressors of the meeting, I thought it went extremely well, and my project is now moving along to the next step.

Thoughout my project I have identified new understandings about the lessons and about the class that I am working with. For one, I have learned that I will only be able to do about two lessons because of the amount of weeks left in the school year. I have also learned that not all of the students in the life skills class know how to swim. From learning this, I have found out that I will only be able to take three students per swim class. I have also identified though, that I have gotten more classmates that have volunteered to help me with my swim classes, and I appreciate that very much. The process of this project has helped me grow by giving more experience with talking to adults or being in a meeting. It has helped me grow by making me more mature and professional during the meetings and talking to adults. I have grown by learning more about how to contact different teachers, nto just by emails, but in person. New insight that I have on my idea for this process is that only six students will be able to take these two classes. Also, some of the students do not know how to swim, so I have new insight on what to teach them, and how to teach them to swim. I have researched different swim lessons for beginners, so when I teach the students, I have lessons planned for every level of swimming.

I have both new and old inquiry questions that I have not yet answered:

How much of the pool would I be able to use for these lessons?
How many students would want to do these lessons?
Would I be able to use the equipment, such as kick boards, for the lessons?
What are the students swimming abilities?
How long during first period, would the classes be?



Friday, April 17, 2015

Findings Through Research

      While doing research for my project, I was able to answer some of the inquiry questions from last week. One of the questions I was able to answer through research was, "Who would I need to contact to set up these lessons?" Through my findings, I found that I will need to contact the school's aquatics director to see if these classes or lessons would be able to be held. I would also need to contact them to find out if there is any part of the pool I could use, and if there was, where we would be swimming. I was also able to answer another question, "When and what time would these lessons be held?" To answer this question I had to look at what time I would be available to teach these classes, which would be during first period on Fridays. I have just contact the aquatics director to find out if it would be possible to hold theses classes on those days and at that time during the day. Furthermore, I was able to answer the question, "Would I need other people to help teach these lessons?" I did not get a response yet from the aquatics director, and I haven't talked to class that I would like to teach to see how many people would want to take these lessons. But, I did get a response from classmates, who were on the swim team, that they would be willing to help teach the class, or if I need a lifeguard, they would be willing to lifeguard. There are still questions that need to be answered, which I will find through emailing the aquatics director and through the teacher of the class. I do not have any new questions to ask, before I answer my other questions from last week.
                                          
     My original idea for my passion has changed and grown throughout my research. It has changed
because I first wanted to set up lessons for elementary students to take, but do to transportation and
their schedule, it is going to be hard to have classes for them. My passion has grown though because I have become to feel more strongly about my passion of swimming and working with kids. It has also grown because I had this little idea of starting swim lessons for students who don't take them during school and now it is actually happening. I have researched and found a class in the school who do not take swim lessons during school, I am planning on talking to the teacher, and I have emailed the aquatics director. I have learned a lot of important lessons during research. I learned that not all classes in the school get the same opportunities and do not have the same classes that we do. I have learned that a passion isn't something that you only like and peruse, but others have similar passions too. Moreover, I learned that a passion can affect more than just one person. Throughout research have NOT changed my topic. As a learner, and as a researcher, I have grown by becoming more aware of the students and opportunities in school. I have grown by becoming more familiar with sending emails, talking to adults, and setting up appointments. Throughout my findings, I have grown a lot and with further research I will continue to grow.

Inquiry Questions: I do not have any new ones, but I still have questions from last week that I have not answered.

What grades of students would I be working with?
How much of the pool would I be able to use for these lessons?
How many students would want to do these lessons?
Would I be able to use the equipment, such as kick boards, for the lessons?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Changing Society Through Swimming and Working With Kids

    A goal that I have for using my passion to change our school is to help students who aren't able to take swim lessons during school, by teaching them how to swim. I not only want to affect a couple of people throw my passion, but inspire others to use their passion to change our school and community too. My goal is to use my passion of swimming and working with kids to help others, so they can learn to swim too. I would like to set a goal of being able to help more than three people learn to swim. Swimming is a necessary skill in life, and I want to use my goal to help the students in my school, who are not able to have a class during the day, to learn how to swim. Another goal I have for using my passion is to inspire other people to use their passion in an affective positive way for our community. Other people may not have the same passion as me, but my goal is to get other people to use their different passions to change our school, or to better the place we learn in live in.
 
   I can use my passion to help others by teaching students who are not able to take swim lessons during school how to swim. I want to us my passion to help students who never took lessons and do not know how to swim. Furthermore, I want to help teach students how to swim, who were not able to take lessons because of something financially or whose family never paid for them to have lessons. I can use my passion of swimming and working with kids to help others who are afraid of water or afraid of trying something new. I can do this by having these lessons and doing different things in and out of the pool to get students to overcome their fear of trying something new. It's always good to try something new, and to some students swimming can be something new. My passion can help others by inspiring them to learn how to swim or to try something new. Moreover, my passion can help others find a sport or something they love. Students might not know it, but they could love the water and  swimming and these classes will help them figure that out.

    My end goal for the 20 Time/Genius Hour, or my ideal outcome for this project would be to be able to have these classes and have students who want to take them. My outcome would be that I have taught these students how to swim or helped them get better at swimming. At the end of this project, I want to be able to say I have helped students who don't have swim classes in the high school, get better at swimming. I want to be able to have affected these students by giving them a new opportunity of swimming. Not only this, but my end goal for this project is to inspire my other classmates to go out and do something with these students who don't get the same opportunities or classes that we do. I want my project to inspire my classmates to something that not only affects adults, teachers, friends, or family, but to use their passion to help other students in our school.

Inquiry Questions for further research:

Who would I need to contact to set up these lessons?
When and what time would I have the lessons?
Would I need other people to help teach these classes?
What grades of students would I be working with?
How much of the pool would I be able to use for these lessons?
How many students would want to do these lessons?
Would I be able to use the equipment, such as kick boards, for the lessons?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Passionate about working with kids and swimming

        My first experience working with kids was babysitting. I babysat two kids who were seven and ten. I also babysat my eight month old cousin this past summer. This made me realize how much I like spending time with kids and helping them learn. This year, in September, I took a child development class. We learned about what kids can do at each age, how they development, and how they learn. We went to Roundtown for a first grade class, North Hills for a fourth grade class, Central York Middle School for 7th, and we went to the Panther preschool in Central York Highschool. Visiting each of these schools, we worked with kids and helped them gain knowledge in each of their main subjects.

        Another passion of mine is swimming. I have swam on a swim team since I seven years old. I first swam on this team because my older sister did, and I wanted exercise. But then, I learned that I actually love to swim. When I was nine, I joined a synchro team and did that for a couple of years until I was about 11. At this point in my life, I realized that swimming was not only something I lived to do, but it was my passion in life. I continued to swim and I am still swimming throughout my high school years.

        Now, I want to share my passion with others and make a difference in the community. I want to take my two passions, swimming and working with kids, and putting them to good use to better the place we live in. I would like to set up a flex or time after school to create swimming classes. These classes would be for kids in elemenatry school, or even kids in the high school that are not able to take classes during the day. This flex or after school class would allow kids to have fun and learn how to swim. I love to work with kids and I also love to swim, so this plan would combine both of my passions together. These passions could better the community by helping kids that don't know how to swim or are not able to afford or go to swim lessons, be able to go somewhere and learn how to swim, because swimming is an important skill in life that you will need.