Zaeem Wallace-Parker Capstone
June of last year my sister and I financed a 4,000 dollar vending machine. The vending machine was set up in the local non-profit bike shop Simple Cycle.The bike shop location did really well at first netting around $400 the first month. Sales didn’t drop till the school year and colder temperatures came, however, we were still sustainable and doing better then we had expected.
This is the point where I decided to make this my capstone. I was considering two options for expansion involving a charity next door called Joy in the City, where if sales stayed high, I would franchise a new vending machine, and if the sales dropped I would move the vending machine over to their building.. A few weeks after we got permission from Joy in the City to move over (sometime in october I think) they shut down, This was followed by the bike shop shutting down for the winter because the owner left. In the following months the machine struggled.
For my capstone, it was important for me to work with children. I originally wanted to volunteer at St. Christopher’s Hospital and do storytelling with the children, as well as creating a book. However, there were a few complications with that idea so my mentor, Ms. Giknis and I, were brainstorming of other places I could possibly volunteer at while still doing something similar to what I wanted to do. We eventually saw that Ronald McDonald House offers opportunities for volunteers, most times high schoolers, to create arts and crafts or play some kids who are long-term ill. My main goal for this capstone was to give children who are ill, the opportunity to “play” or “live” like a normal child would. These children are constantly in and out of the hospital, some even only knowing what a hospital room looks like. Most of the research towards this project was just looking up ways to approach children who are ill and even families of the children. A lot of it was also finding fun arts and crafts for them to do.
My capstone is a combination of a lot of things. I had many discussions leading up into a sort of "grand finale" discussion. These included sit downs with teachers, sit downs with students, and sit downs with some of the most politically inclined people that I could find in my own life. Everyday I went out and seeked to close the gap in between myself and the world of politics, while, sometimes annoyingly, educating my peers. The last discussion took the form of a presentation to all of my classmates in my block for my history class, which was mostly a success, outside of a few minor things. To give it a place to live, I gave it a website, which I got the idea to also equip with a specialized central for people, who may not be so informed, to slowly be able to catch up in their understanding, which I was very careful with putting together. The name was made up as if to be an official news outlet, and is, in part, a reincarnation of an early version of this idea of raising awareness for politics that I had. This was a very fun project, would do again. http://ggurunews.weebly.com/ Annotated Bibliography https://www.census.gov/population/socdemo/voting/SB91-23.pdf "The Decline in American Voter Turnout." November 1991. Accessed February 1, 2017. https://www.census.gov/population/socdemo/voting/SB91-23.pdf. This source is from a government official website. It analyzes statistics of voter turnout, and of group representation of the most recent congressional and presidential elections in the U.S. This source would be used to provide some statistical evidence behind statements made in the essay. http://web.stanford.edu/group/dispersed_author/docs/ReviewTragedyTheory_Ober.pdf August 27 , 2008. Accessed February 1, 2017. http://web.stanford.edu/group/dispersed_author/docs/ReviewTragedyTheory_Ober.pdf. Published by Josiah Oben, a student from Princeton, the source is a book review of Peter Euben's book, The Tragedy of Political Theory. It covers aspects of the book like the relationship between justice and people through a philosophical lens. This will be important in describing the problems with limited democracy. It also has a potential thing to quote. http://scholar.harvard.edu/jlhochschild/publications/race-ethnicity-and-education-policy Hochschild, Jennifer L. "Race, Ethnicity, and Education Policy." March 4, 2009. Accessed February 02, 2017. http://scholar.harvard.edu/jlhochschild/publications/race-ethnicity-and-education-policy. The source is written by a professor of African American studies from Harvard University. It's focus is specifically on the relationship between education and achievement levels in minority communities. This source will be used, in part, to describe the importance of education and the lack of it in African American communities. http://www2.gwu.edu/~ccps/pop_civ.html Branson, Margaret S., and Charles N. Quigley. "The Role of Civic Education." September 1998. Accessed February 02, 2017. http://www2.gwu.edu/~ccps/pop_civ.html. This source was composed by the joint effort of the directors of Civic Education. It provides a basic foundation of what my argument is about. It will act as a reference point for the essay and a point from which to draw ideas. https://books.google.com/books?id=djHkBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14&dq=the+growth+of+cynicism&source=bl&ots=mFY_iOBR4S&sig=A6fUON3qNvZ__wFo_zL-OzEYK1Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjCs92vyfTRAhXC5yYKHf_VBU0Q6AEILzAE#v=onepage&q=america&f=false Cutler, Ian. Cynicism from Diogenes to Dilbert. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2005. Ian Cutler reviews what cynicism is, and what factors influence it. The source paints a very clear picture of signs of developing cynicism, and gives examples as to how it can, and has manifested itself in society. This source will be used to better asses the declining association with American politics by the general public. https://my.vanderbilt.edu/sotl/understanding-sotl/why-sotl/ Chick, Nancy . "A Scholarly Approach to Teaching." March 2011. Accessed February 03, 2017. https://my.vanderbilt.edu/sotl/understanding-sotl/a-scholarly-approach-to-teaching/. The source shows very effective teaching techniques and provides specific examples of things ways to run things. On the next several pages it goes through some minor teaching philosophies. This source could be used to help better pass on advice to others when coming up with solutions to improving education. Brett, Cecil Carter. "Japan's New Education Laws." Far Eastern Survey 23, no. 11 (1954): 174-76. doi:10.2307/3024523. This source is of a publication referring to a changed law in Japan. In Japan, the teacher’s union had become under fire for suggestive/influential material concerning government policy and criticism of it in a classroom environment. This source will be an important tool in dealing with likely counterarguments that may occur with the effects of heightened political education in schools. It does an especially well job of showing what happened in a real life scenario, and provides good insight into how to avoid them as well. "Education Law." Hg.org. Accessed February 03, 2017. https://www.hg.org/edu.html. This source will be used to show the rights to American education and the recommended standards of education.
My capstone is a collection of stories that I have created. There are many types of stories in here, a lot of them are very action packed. Some of them don’t have those action themes though. These are stories that I have written both recently and in the past. The process for writing these stories was very deep. I would think for a very long time about the perfect characters and the perfect stories to write. I would sit down brainstorming, and then I would try to come up with something entertaining. After coming up with the story, I would look it over, and then I’d get it peer edited. When it came to my old stories, I had to do some really careful thinking when it came to which old ones I would add to the collecting. This capstone made me a better writer, and taught me how to really make my stories better crafted. So I made sure that I put my all into every story, and made sure that my collection would be one of value. And the final product is the story being posted on an online website.
Excerpt from one of the stories
Today is the day that I fight a man known as The Destroyer. He is known to break bones and spill blood. I think he’s pussy even though he seems tough. I want to beat the shit out of this little fucker. When I arrive to the parking lot in that Range Rover, there is a crowd in a circle. The Destroyer is there ready to fight. I walk over to him, and give him the death stare.
“I will crush you and eat you for breakfast. Do you know who you're facing?”, said The Destroyer.
“I see a wet pussy waiting to get fucked”, is what I said back to him. The crowed cheered. That’s when he punched me.
“How about now? Am I still a pussy?”, said The Destroyer. Someone in the crowd throws a steel pipe into the circle. I pick it up and start hitting him in the head as hard as I can. His face is super bloody. I then pick him to the ground, and stomp on his throat. He starts spraying blood out of his mouth like a goddamn water hose. I drag this little cocksucker to the wall, and bash his fucking brains in. After that, I hear a ton of cheers. I won the fight, and my name was being chanted. I smile, and then I go backstage. It is a hall where people are celebrating. They are drinking, smoking weed and popping pills, and some of them are getting blowjobs. This is the environment I’m around since I hang around the savages. But, I gave up drugs for my kid. I used to do all sorts of drugs, and I cheated on my wife constantly, but my son changed that. So when some woman offers to smash, I ask her to go fuck one of my friends instead. I decide to drink a beer, but only one beer. Venbro, one of my close friends, decided to come over. He’s dressed like a pimp.
“Hey Broko, you was really whoopin ass out there bro!”, is what he said after taking a hit of his blunt
“Yeah, I put it all out there. There pussies ain’t got shit on me.”, is what I said.
“They don’t, but do you ever think it will be time to retire?”, is what Broko asked. That question took me back a little.
“What the fuck do you ask? I love this shit bro!”, is what I said
“Yeah, but does your son know what you do? Does he know you hang around criminals and drugs users, and does he know that you could die any moment in this job?”, is what Broko said to me. He did have a point. My son does not know about the shit I do daily, or how I have all this money. He doesn't know that I’ve killed people, that my friends are psychopaths.
“I want him to be able to look up to his dad. I don’t want his teachers to look at me in disgust, but I love fighting. I just love to throw hands”. We continued to discuss this, and I am considering retirement soon.
Popova, Maria. "The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story." Brain Pickings. N.p., 06 June 2016. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/01/20/jerome-bruner-actual-minds-possible-worlds-storytelling/>.
This source is reliable due to the insight it gives on storytelling. It gives a bunch of detail about what it takes to make a good story. I really feel that it can help me with story telling, because I’m not doing something that requires actual research, but advice on how to write is very good. The give some keys to writing good stories. It takes advice from actual authors, and it puts them in the article. It is very legitimate for what it’s purpose is, and that is how to write a story and make it good. I think that this source will increase the quality of my stories.
"What makes a good story?" American Press Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/journalism-essentials/makes-good-story/>.
This one is about journalism, and not fiction. I thought that it would be useless at first, but then I saw things that could potentially help me. It has a section about interesting topics. They describe the value of topics, which is very good for me. Interesting topics are needed for a good piece of fiction, so it still has things that I can learn about. Journalists still have to write interesting things, even though they may be nonfiction. They still have to catch the reader’s interest and put out quality material. This source can also help me for if I want to right a realistic story, so this will heavily aid me.
Jerz. "Short Story Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Creative Writing." Jerzs Literacy Weblog. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2017. <http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative1/shortstory/>.
I love how this one has strong writing strategies. It gives advice that a writer should use, like how it tells you to keep a notebook. You can tell that it is legitimate because of the edu at the end. It is very professional, and it gives knowledge to the writer. I can use them to help create stronger characters. It gives 9 story elements to consider so that you can have a good plot. It is very descriptive and helpful, and it has so much knowledge from a writer’s standpoint. It also has 9 entire sections full of advice for how to write.
"What is Plot - How to Write a Story from Beginning to End." Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <http://www.creative-writing-now.com/what-is-plot.html>.
This may not be as reliable as the ones with edu, but it still has some jewels. It talks about cliches to avoid and how to be interesting. It’s clear that this author has experience with what he is doing, as he tries to really break everything down. He gets into what a plot specifically is an how to make one, which is very helpful. The concept of conflict is touched upon, which is something that all good stories need. To have that touches upon will help me come up with juicy situations for the stories. I never knew that happiness can be overrated for stories, and this source taught me that. That’s why it will be useful.
Kitley, Brian. "Fiction and creative writing exercises by Brian Kiteley, how to write fiction, finding fiction." Mysite.du.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. <http://mysite.du.edu/~bkiteley/exercises.html>.
This website is made by an educated professional who knows what she is doing, and she has came up with some exercises that can really help me put out a good product. They do things that are known to be good. She lays it all put, and really puts out some good exercises about what you can do to make a good story. This will give me some really good help that will really make the project go so much better. I can really use this so that my stories actually have a nice natural improvement to them, and a great quality.
"Character Development." Ohio.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017.
It has a really nice section about how to create characters, as many other sources do. You can never get enough advice when it comes to that. This is for how to right a play, but many of the same rules probably apply for short stories as well. Many plays and movies are based off of novels, so I really think having that voice will be very helpful for me to make a great product. They also talk about ways to let the audience know how a character is. The section is called Direct vs Indirect characterization, which was very insightful.
Bradbury, Ray. Zen in the art of writing. Santa Barbara, CA: Joshua Odell Editions, 1990. Print.
This is a book about being a writer and it gives advice about writing and what specifically inspires this particular. I like how the author describes his favorite authors, and talked about the fact that writing made both them, and himself, happy. This author seems to have quite a lot of knowledge to give about the topic of writing. He also described how real life events and emotions can really help out the process of making a story. I like how he advises to come up with a character similar to one’s self. The advice and jewels in the book are fascinating, and I think that they would be very helpful.
Lamott, Anne. Bird by bird: some instructions on writing and life. New York: Anchor , 1995. Print.
This is a very popular book from a very famous author. This book will let me know what it really is like to be an author. Not only that, they talk about first drafts and their importance, and that is good for me as an author. I want to make my stories perfect, and knowing how to make a first draft and improve it is very important for me to understand as a a writer. They also have a whole section about letting somebody read that draft. I like the advice that is in this book, and I think it can help me grow as a writer.
Strunk, William, and E. B. White. The elements of style. New York: Macmillan, 1979. Print.
This book has quite a lot of advice for a writer. This book talks about how to use language and make sentences. It is very specific and really focuses on wanting one to make very good sentences. I recognize that as a writer, I need good sentence structure and dialogue. This is why I feel that this will be a very helpful source for me. They give advice such as not splitting sentences into 2. I feel that this book will be very helpful to me when I write my storybook collection. Because of the multiple sections and the detail and information given, I think that this would be a wonderful source.
Zinsser, William. On writing well: an informal guide to writing nonfiction. New York: Harper and Row, 1980. Print.
This is a very popular book about being a writer and an author, and it is very long. By looking at the titles of the chapters, you can tell hat you are in for a lot of knowledge. It talks about how even though a lot of story is very driven by the author’s emotions, the author still has to sit down and reflect on how to make a good piece of literature. There is a lot that goes into writing, and the book tries to show that. There is also advice in the book on how simple you should keep the story and sentences, which will also be helpful. This source will most likely enhance my writing skills.
For my capstone, I wanted to do something that meant a lot to me. Ever since the fifth grade, I have played on the volleyball team and it is one of my many passions. Because volleyball means so much to me, I decided to share it with others and those that may be interested in playing. As a novice player, I understand that it is sometimes difficult to grasp the dynamics of the game, how to condition pre season, proper attire, and even how to prevent and treat injuries. That is why I decided to create a “How To” guide book specifically for volleyball. My goal is to help new volleyball players understand the basics of the sport and hopefully drive their passion for the game just like mine. This capstone was a great learning experience for me. Most of the information in my book are things that I wish I had known before I started playing. I am glad that by creating this book, I am giving other people the opportunity that I did not have. I have never done a project like this before and it pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and take on things that I most likely, wouldn’t have.
03 February 2017
Volleytastic. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.
I selected this source because I think it is important for people to know the history of volleyball. I think that this is important so that people will know why the sport is so popular. This website also provides informational timeline on the growth of volleyball and how it spread to different countries. Knowing the history of a sport can help curious players the risks of the sport, the difficulty level, and who/what originated the complexity of the sport.
Volleytastic. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.
This source is essential to my project because it provides information on injuries and different ways to prevent them. The reason I have multiple sources on injury prevention is because it I think that is important for beginners to know and fully understand the risks that they are posing to there bodies and also what to know if said risks occur. It is important for every athlete, not just volleyball players, to learn how to take care of their body both during and after a sport. Stretching, icing, massaging, etc. are just a few ways to keep one’s body in good condition and this site explains other ways as well.
"Differences Between Indoor and Outdoor Volleyballs." Real Volleyball. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.
I found this source useful because I do not think that most people know the difference between indoor and outdoor volleyball. Also, a lot of people who play volleyball play both indoor and outdoor. It is important to know the difference between the two because although one may know how to play indoor, they may not know how to play outdoor. The rules and regulations for both differ from each other in both major and minor ways. Because of the difference in rules, it may prevent some from playing. Also, outdoor (beach) volleyball is generally more difficult to play than indoor volleyball.
Hebert, Mike. Thinking volleyball. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2014. Print.
There are many people whose first thought is that volleyball is so easy and that there isn’t much to it, which is why I found this book to be very useful. It breaks down the mental capacity and strength needed to play volleyball. This source is essential because most people do not understand that there is more to the game of volleyball than just serving, passing, and hitting. The game requires mental determination and the ability to understand multiple plays, defensive skills, offensive skills, etc. Without this understanding of the mental aspect of the game, some people may find it harder than others to excel in this sport.
"How to Play Volleyball | Learning Skills and Rules." Volleyball Advisors. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.
This source provides information on the “how to” basics of volleyball. The article goes into detail about the game as whole but more specifically the physical and mental aspect of playing the game. This source, although too detailed for exactly what I need, I can still use the basic information in order to construct step by step rules on the game. Instead of completely dismissing the additional information given within the article, I can use it to provide and even more detailed and advanced explanation.
Kenny, Bonnie, and Cindy Gregory. Volleyball: steps to success. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2006. Print.
I selected this book because I think it helps beginners understand the major steps in order to be successful while playing volleyball. Although, this source is so detailed to the point where it can also teach people that have been playing volleyball for a very long time. This source is not just geared towards beginners but it will help be in laying out the basic steps to success for those who do not know anything about volleyball. This source is extremely informative and also describes how one can better specific skills used in volleyball. With this source I can inform people of the steps that they need to take and the drills that they can do in order to become a better player.
"Preventing Volleyball Injuries." Volleyball Injuries | Volleyball Injury Prevention & Treatment. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.
Initially, I did not think that this website would help with my capstone project because I figured that it would be basic information on common volleyball injuries. I was in fact proven wrong when I reviewed the source because it provided in extreme detail multiple injuries caused by playing volleyball and also gave the types of injury prevention exercises specific to each injury. This source is beneficial to me because it is a major section in the Volleyball Guide 101 book that I am making and the information provided within this article will fit perfectly in the book.
"Safety Tips: Volleyball." KidsHealth. The Nemours Foundation, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.
I selected this source because it provided information about safety tips of volleyball and the accessories needed to remain safe while playing the game. Although, this source does not go into in depth detail, it still allows me to use the information for my project so that I can information students on the required and optional materials used for the sport. Some of the materials are used to better one’s performance and others may be used for personal preference. I will specifically use this source for the information that I present in my “how to” book for my final project.
"Volleyball Shoes – The Right Pair Makes A World of Difference." Volleyball Shoes Make All The Difference. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.
Although short in content, I find this sourced to be very useful. Most people who are beginners to the sport do not understand how essential it is to have the right footwear while playing. Regular tennis shoes are acceptable, but for better performance, specific court shoes should be worn. Court shoes generally have a rubber sole so that individuals can move quickly and also stop abruptly without slipping and sliding on the court. Also, the website provides details on how to determine when to get new court shoes and the reason behind taking care of said athletic wear.
"Volleyball Training 101 - A Program For Successful Players!" Bodybuilding.com. N.p., 09 Apr. 2015. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.
At first, I was not going to add information to my capstone about pre-season and off- season workouts, but after reviewing this source, I feel like this is a necessary element to add. The reason this source is so important is because in order to play not just volleyball but any sport, one needs to be in good physical condition and healthy both during and after the season. Working out before the season enhances the ability of better performance and strength during season and off season workouts maintains the balance of health with the abrupt halt of activity.
Writing music is hard, and writing good music is even harder. These were the two main thoughts that ran through my mind while completing my Capstone. My original project idea was to write a full album, but as time went on and I evolved as an artist, I noticed not all of my music was inspired by the same ideas. There was no central theme between songs and I did not feel right about producing a bunch of music just to reach the count needed for a full album. So out of the 10 songs I have written, I took the 4 most recent and made them into an EP, and I cannot say how happy I am with my decision to do so.
I learned a lot in the process of making this EP. The main takeaways I gathered were that collaboration is key, time management is huge, and preparing for failure is a must. Throughout the school year I learned so much about who I wanted to be as an independent artist, but really I learned the most while actually recording my songs. After 2 failed attempts, I was finally able to record my music much later than I anticipated. Due to time constraints I was unable to perfect my vocal recordings as much as I would have liked to, but nonetheless I am proud of what I have done.
B and H. YouTube, 22 Nov. 2011. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIMCFVlbEz8>.
This is a two hour long talk that I watched in chunks to learn every little detail about The Headshot (professional portrait style photograph). This style of photo comprises the bulk of my paid work, so watching this in depth talk by one of the most successful headshot photographers working today was a treat. I got to apply a lot of this knowledge in some of my earlier photoshoots, and cannot stress enough how much this talk has helped me reflect on my own shoots, as well as teach me things independently of my own experiences.
Kenworthy, Christopher. Master Shots. Vol. 1, 2, &3. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2011. Print.
This book was an inspiration. It’s a compilation of cinematic shots and movement. The book is a fascinating translation from the cinema to the page. It’s also a really in depth lesson, and takes me from basic cinematography to something more advanced and applicable.
Nerdwriter1. YouTube, 23 Mar. 2016. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgnNakO6JZw>.
It’s hard to pick a favorite video essay from the channel “Nerdwriter1” but I can try. This video in particular is on Hitchcock blocking a scene. The entire channel is a goldmine when it comes to video essay content and production. There’s a focus on film, but there are also video essays on politics, literature, and other forms of art. I use this channel as a resource but also an inspiration when making my own video essays.
No Country For Old Men. Dir. Coen Brothers. Perf. Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, and Tommy Lee Jones. Paramount, 2007. Online.
This film is another inspiration. I think, personally, that it might be the perfect film. It uses clinical camerawork and reserved close ups and movement to hold the audience at the edge of their seat. I aspire to make something this great someday.
Profoto. YouTube, 26 May 2015. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbPS6-KFStE>.
This is another video/talk/guide from the same photographer who talked about headshots, Peter Hurley. This one is about lighting the face on location, something I have had to do on every single photo or video project, either paid or for school or for fun, and a skill I am learning to master. As a cinematographer and photographer, lighting is one of the most powerful tools in my toolbelt, and I can use lighting of the face to enhance the talent on screen. This video taught me a lot of what I know about lighting the face, and ever since I watched it about a year ago I have put an effort into lighting every single production I take apart in.
Pyter, Mariya, David Greenberg, and Andrew Karasik. "Panel Discussion #3 (Making a Feature)." Rough Cut Film Festival. Philadelphia, PA. 19 June 2016. Lecture.
This panel discussion was centered around the viewing of and discussion about a feature called “Stomping Ground.” The movie was produced in a single day with a shoestring budget (if any budget at all) and was proof to the audience of the lecture that a feature film was attainable. It has been a very informative and influential experience, and while I don’t aspire to create a film like “Stomping Ground,” I learned more from that panel discussion than I have in entire weeks of lecture in other classes.
Pyter, Mariya, Pascal, and Douglas Herman. "Workshop #2 (Directing)." Rough Cut Film Festival. Philadelphia, PA. 18 June 2016. Lecture.
This workshop has been the richest two hours of film experience I have had so far in my career. It was centered around the production of a sample short film, and was guided by a professional Director and a professional Cinematographer. Every attendee at the workshop was filling some required role in the production of the film, and I was AC, or Assistant Camera. The preceding workshop centered on Cinematographer, and these two combined are still my favorite experience in learning filmmaking that I have ever had.
Quiet Cinematography - Floating Weeds. Perf. Andrew Saladino. The Royal Ocean Film Society. YouTube, 2 Feb. 2016. Web. 3 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ra0xEQ8yaU>.
As I enter the trade being specifically a cinematographer, I have had to form my own opinions on cinematography as an art form, and what constitutes good or correct cinematography. This video essay which I saw only recently put a lot of my floating ideas into words, and helped me consolidate some thoughts to come up with a thesis of sorts. This video essay proposes that “good” cinematography and “practical” cinematography are two different things; good is showy and flashy, and practical helps tell the story. Ideally you have some of both, and ideally all of your good is practical and most of your practical is good. I used the ideas behind this video essay to teach a rough cut workshop during EduCon.
Rocket Jump Film School. YouTube, 03 Mar. 2016. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAH0MoAv2CI&t=8s>.
This video essay centers on editing, and specifically cuts and transitions. This, along with another video essay on the same topic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q3eITC01Fg), has helped formed by opinions on editing. It has created a base for a lot of what I hold to be true, and when communicating with other editors or teaching others editing, I use pieces and quotes from these two videos.
Spencer, Jamie. "How To Make A Website - A Simple Guide For 2017." Make A Website Hub. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.
This website is created by Jamie Spencer, a website creator since the birth of the internet. Although I have been using this and will continue to use this as a website creation guide, there are a lot of branches to different incredible resources (slashed prices on website creators and domain names, tips and tricks on the marketing rather than just the website creation, and much more).
This will be my main resource when building (and maintaining) my website. It is a very simple step by step guide, but it’s more than just a recipe. Rather than just telling me what to click on to get a fine website, it’s teaching me about the craft and helping me understand how to make a better website. It’s the perfect blend between a guide for a beginner like myself and an in depth lesson for someone who wants to learn.
The Slanted Lens. YouTube, 05 June 2015. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfFT_8_gpCI>.
For my Capstone, I did workshops at my old school, A. B. Day Elementary School. I worked with kids in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. In the process of completing my capstone, It included weeks of research, planning, and communication. I did research on the learning styles of each grade group. I also researched what things they were interested in, so I knew what topic I would do for each workshop, and ideas for icebreakers to do before the workshop. With planning, in my calendar, I marked the topics of each workshop in each day, and the class room number that I would visit. I did workshops like high school expectations for 8th graders, and music for 6th graders. Communication was a thing that was a challenge with my capstone. The principal and vice principal of A. B. Day were very busy, and they had trouble replying back to my emails about what days I would go in. Overall, I had fun doing my capstone. One thing that I learned is how to handle kids that misbehave. One of the 8th grade classes that I visited, was full of kids that were really bad, and I was able to do calm them down and get them to talk. It seem like the deeper I got into the lesson the more kids became involved, especially when I took the time to share new experiences and stories. I believe Here is a link of some pictures of the high school expectations workshop with both of the 8th grade classes. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1osiob9ChIex9DjEH70YYioLE4kFMEgJyoqDzm-uJc8M/edit#slide=id.p Bibliography: PBS. PBS. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. This source is a post from PBS’ website on what 5th grade students learn. I chose this source because I wasn’t sure what I would do my workshops on for the 5th grade students I was going to visit. I found this source useful because it informed me on something I can learn to work with 5th grade students. 2) "10 More Icebreakers for Your Youth Group." Insight. Web. 02 Feb. 2017 This source is an article on icebreakers for youth groups. I chose this source because I needed some icebreakers to use to get each class comfortable before we got into each lesson. I found this source useful because it gave me ideas for icebreakers. I also chose some to use for my classes. 3) "15 Tips for Talking with Children About School Violence." 15 Tips for Talking with Children About School Violence | Colorín Colorado. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. This source is an article from colorincolroado.org about how to talking. I chose this source because I needed help with ways to lead my workshop on school violence, and this is what I needed. I found this source useful because it helped me with how to take on my workshop with the topic of violence 4) Dartmouth, University Of Massachusetts. " Tips for Educators on Accommodating Different Learning Styles." How to Accommodate Different Learning Styles - UMass Dartmouth. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. This source is an article from the website of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth . I choose this source because I wanted to know different learning styles because I knew I would go into classes with with students who have different learning styles. I found this source useful because it gave me insight to the different learning styles. 5) "Engaging Classroom Games for All Grades." TeachHUB. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. This source is a post from teachhub.com on classroom games . I choose this source because I needed ideas for activities I could use for each grade.. I found this source useful because gave me ideas on games for every grade, since I would be visiting numerous grades for my workshops. 6) "Fourth Grade Activities." 4th Grade Activities for Kids | Education.com. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. This source is a post from education.com on activities that would be good for 4th graders. I choose this because I needed ideas on what activities I could do with 4th graders for my workshop I would do with them . I found this source useful because it gave my ideas that I plan on using with the 4th grade class I will visit. 7) "How to Run a Workshop." IdeasTap: Creative Inspiration and Support. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. This source is an article from ideastap.com. I choose this source because, like one of my other sources it gave me a little insight on how to run a workshop, since this would be my first time running workshops. I found this source useful because it gave me a simple breakdown of what makes a workshop a workshop. 8) LMHC, Debbie Pincus MS, PhD Dr. Robert Myers, MSW James Lehman, Dr. Joan Simeo Munson, and M.Ed. Sara Bean. "Understanding Child Behavior Problems & Emotions." Empowering Parents. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. This source is an article from empoweringparents.com on understanding child behavior. I chose this source because I thought it would be useful because it may help me with understanding how to deal with the behavior and misbehaviors of children. I found this source useful because it was advice that can really help me when it comes to working with the children while doing my workshops. 9) "Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops." Ten Simple Rules for Running Interactive Workshops. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. This source is an article on how to run interactive workshops. I choose this source because I wasn’t so sure on how to run interactive workshops. I found this source useful because it gave me 10 tips and tips that I thought I wouldn’t have used. 10) Editors, Parents.com. "5 Values You Should Teach Your Child by Age Five." Parents. Parents, 11 June 2015. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. This source is an article from parents.com on values that children should know. I choose this article because I needed other ideas for workshops. I found this source useful because it gave me ideas that I plan on using for any grade class later in time.
Klerck, Ray. "How to calculate your one rep max." MH's body boffins show you how to find the max you can lift in one rep - Men's Health. N.p., 02 Mar. 2016. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source provides information about your one rep max and percentages of your one rep max. When you know the percentages of your lifts it allows you to be very mathematical with your lifts and progression. Knowing what percentage of your max a lift is allows you to estimate how many reps you will get, this allows you to plan your training the most mathematically accurate way. Different percentages of your max are better for different goals. 90-100% is generally perfect for building strength. Around 80% is best for hypertrophy training. 70% and lower is best for endurance because you can move the weight for a lot of reps. I used this website to calculate percentages of the group members lifts.
2. Personal. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source is one of my personal training mentors website. Dan Mietti is a personal trainer in Abington, PA. My brother I have worked out with dan for the past ten years. He did our offseason training for hockey when we were kids. Dan also runs different programs and events revolving around fitness like races and bootcamps. Dan has helped me get into fitness and has helped me pursue my goals to be a personal trainer. He has taught me valuable information about anatomy and muscles in the human body. I have used this information to help teach proper form and ensure the best results.
3. Blaha, Jason. "Jason Blaha's Ice Cream Fitness 5x5 Novice Program." Muscle & Strength. N.p., 18 May 17. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source provides information about beginner strength and muscle building program. The author Jason Blaha talks about different solutions for mechanical problems. This was helpful because he lists alternative exercises that hit the same muscle groups, but avoid mechanical problems and put less stress on joints. For instance some group members had problems with their knees when squatting. Blaha says to do box squats instead and this has worked for both Declan and Aaron’s squat. Blaha also provides information about the central nervous system and how it responds to lifting. This information is crucial for beginner lifters and I passed it on to the group members.
4. Stark, Matthew, Judith Lukaszuk, Aimee Prawitz, and Amanda Salacinski. "Protein timing and its effects on muscular hypertrophy and strength in individuals engaged in weight-training." Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. BioMed Central, 2012. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source provides information about the anabolic period, protein timing, and the effects of food timing on muscle hypertrophy. This source is a review of a bunch of studies on the anabolic period and food timing. The anabolic period is the short period of time directly after your workout. Different studies say different times about the optimal time to eat your post workout meal. It is optimal to eat 30 grams of protein in the 30 minute period after you workout. It is also optimal to consume carbs in the 2 hour period after your workout to refill your depleted muscles with glycogen. This information was very helpful because I was able to teach the group members about nutrition and optimal timings to consume protein.
5. Bubbico, Aaron , and Len Kravits. "Muscle Hypertrophy: New Insights and Training Recommendations." Muscle Hypertrophy 2011. University of New Mexico, n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source provides information on muscle hypertrophy. This source highlights the difference between slow twitch and fast twitch muscle fibers. Muscle hypertrophy is the growth of muscle fibers. Muscle fibers grow when they are recruited and broken from resistance training. Different muscles have different proportions of fast twitch and slow twitch muscles. Fast twitch muscle fibers are engaged from explosive and heavy low rep sets while slow twitch muscle fibers are engaged from higher rep sets where the muscle is contracting over and over again. The chest is 60% fast twitch and 40% slow twitch. Therefore to achieve the most hypertrophy in the pectoral muscles you have to perform heavy low repetition sets. This source was very helpful because it shows scientific information about the most optimal way to build muscle.
6. Nation, Nate Miyaki T. "The Best Damn Cardio Article - Period." T NATION. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source provides information about cardio and it’s relation to building muscle. Cardio is not important for building muscle but can be very helpful with fat loss. Running is one of the best ways to burn calories, when trying to build muscle burning calories is not the goal. You want to be in a small caloric surplus when trying to gain weight. This source aslo explains how different types of cardio do different things. High intensity interval training is one of the best tools to shed fat, boost your metabolism, and increase testosterone. The site lists the different ways cardio and lifting affects the body like what increases cortisol, what increases testosterone, and what burns the most fat. This was very helpful for training the members that wanted to lose fat.
7. Burns, Steve P., PhD, and MIchael H. Thomas. "Increasing Lean Mass and Strength: A Comparison of High Frequency Strength Training to Lower Frequency Strength Training." US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. N.p., 21 Apr. 2016. Web.
This source provides information about high frequency vs low frequency training. The studies show that low frequency is better for a beginner lifter. When starting a lifting program as a beginner your central nervous system and muscles are not used to high frequency training. It is proven that low frequency full body workouts are optimal for beginner lifters. High frequency training is optimal for an advanced lifter because their central nervous system and body can handle more work. A muscles ability to grow decreases as it grows. A muscle with a lot of muscle maturity takes more to break down than a beginner lifters muscle. Therefore a higher frequency training program is optimal for an advanced lifter because muscles need to be moreso broken down.
8. Mangan, P. D. "Science-Based Weight Training – The Mission." The Mission. The Mission, 23 Oct. 2016. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source provides information about the importance of strength training and it’s health benefits.. Mangan says, “Training for strength is the most important and effective exercise that you can do, and virtually everyone, from teenagers to the elderly, can and should engage in it regularly.” The article lists the health benefits of weight training for all ages. Such as, “maintains insulin sensitivity, prevents heart disease and cancer, and keeps older people from losing muscle mass (sarcopenia) and descending into frailty and dependence.” This information is helpful because I’m learning about the science and health benefits of weightlifting. I can use this information to educate my clients about weightlifting and encourage people to get into weightlifting.
9. Eddy, Walter. "The Best Way To Train For Size." UW Staff Web Server. University of Washington , n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source provides information about the different factors that play a role in muscle hypertrophy and how to use them to get the most size. Studies show that strength and muscle size will increase when training for either goal. Although strength training won't give you the best results for size it will increase your muscle size and vice versa. The source has different studies that show the optimal set and rep ranges for muscular growth, the optimal work speed for muscular growth, the importance of the eccentric part of a movement for muscle growth, and the best frequency for muscle growth. All of this information is helpful because I can educate others with it and apply it to my training programs.
10. Schoenfeld, Brad Schoenfeld PhD T, PhD. "The New Science of Time Under Tension." T NATION. T NATION, n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.
This source provides information on time under tension training. The studies in the article prove how crucial time under tension training is for muscular hypertrophy. Muscle fibers break down when training against resistance, the more time under tension the more the muscle fibers break down. Therefor having more time under tension when training against resistance will allow you to build the most muscle. This information is useful because I can apply it to the clients I train and make sure they are training for time under tension if their goal is to build muscle.