I wish I had found a way to establish the disconnect between police and the people in a narrative. I wanted to show the human sides of each group that they're not just what the media portrays. I don't think I quite showed that they way that I wanted to. I know a lot already on this topic and I feel like anything I would learn would be on random research, Since I do do a lot outside of school research on things I find interesting.
It went well. I think I could have taken more initiative and shown these people that I really wanted to interview them that they would’ve been more responsive to my project. I would change my topic as I mentioned, to the stigma of natural hair. To shed a light on how our society seems to value European standards of beauty above any other kind of beauty. How to make a crack in that giant glass system waiting to be shattered. I think one of the main things my final product was missing was the perspective of a police officer. It would’ve helped to show the prospective of the perpetrator and what they when a complaint launching incident happens.
I didn’t have as much of an impact as I thought I would. I wanted to show the more privileged parts of Philadelphia what is going on for the rest of us, what can happen when you involve police. I wasn’t able to get my petition to a high enough count that it could be view changing to many people. So they could take it upon themselves to learn more about the issues outside of their communities. No I did not have the exact impact I was hoping for but I did have some impact on how some students see police oversight as it occurs in the city of Philadelphia.
Now that my project is finished, I was able to look back at the full picture and see exactly how well it went. The process was quite lengthy, and even though we were given a lot of time to work on it, the deadlines were a bit chaotic and the fact that our school was also doing other programs added more confusion. Although, it seemed to go pretty well, I was not entirely confident on my agent of change. My research went extremely well, I found good sources and had access to someone that I could interview who really knew about the topic. I wish though that I knew even more about what people thought about when looking at memes and the psychological impact they have. My original research went really well because many people answered my poll and my interviewee was capable of giving in-depth responses, but if there was something I would change, it would be to get even more people to ask. My agent of change…. well that’s when things were getting a bit bad. I originally intended to make a documentary about Memes & Society but i figured that it wouldn’t really be eye-catching to many people. I then proceeded to change my idea and make a video Ad, but that left me unsatisfied. I had problems uploading it to youtube and that made me really frustrated. I feel like I was able to get good amounts of information and meet all the requirements, but I am pretty annoyed as to the quality of my agent of change. It isn’t that I did a bad job, well maybe I did, but it’s the fact that I was so close to being able to do something wonderful if only the deadlines were longer. If there was a recommendation I would make for this project in the future years, it’s that it should be a long-er-term project. That way people can truly see this as an agent of change instead of a deadline to a school project. Maybe also if we were to work in groups, or be more encouraged to do collaborations, the products could be much better.
June 5, 2015
Blog Post Reflection
I wish I could have found a lot more information for this project. After starting the project I realized that I didn’t even know what I was looking for. I had my mind set on so many different ideas and didn’t even take the time to really think them through. For my original research, I decided to interview the school psychologist. The interview went wonderful and I loved all the information that she gave me, but afterwards I felt lost. I didn’t know what to do with the information or how I could benefit from it. My research had just become worthless. If I ever had to do this project over, I would do an entirely different project. Maybe me doing something that I was this passionate about wasn’t the best idea. Me being this interested in my topic made me want to go all out on it and realizing that I couldn’t do these things frustrated me. I had to keep settling for less because my ideas just didn’t fit in with the time I had. At first I wanted to do a field observation at my old school, but I didn’t know what I was looking for. So many questions came to mind that made me think about I could possibly benefit from that research and I couldn’t find one positive answer. If I could do this exact part over again, I would get way more organized so that I could a lot more information to work with. I would do the same with my agent of change too because that part for me went absolutely terrible. Again, I had plenty of wonderful ideas but had to think about time. As soon as I thought I found the one for me, things started to go wrong again. People didn’t answer my survey, then when I finally did get TWO responses I couldn’t even work with that. I got my pictures late, and the two people I thought would rescue my project never gave me the one I really needed to complete this task. After this I just gave up because I didn’t quite see the point anymore. My project was a complete failure and did not at all spread the message I wanted it to.
For my You and the World project I did Stereotypes and Discrimination with Work and Education with a Disability.In my blog post #1 I just introduced my project. In my blog post #2 I talked about what I did for my original research.
I wish that I would’ve found a graduate from the special-ed classes from Edison High School. I would’ve been cool to talk to him/her.During this project I learned so much.
I think I would have rather done another project because I finished my project really early and then I had nothing else to do. But with my project I would have spaced out my project a lot better. I don’t really want to know a lot except one thing, I would like to know how people with disabilities live, i want to know how they live life. I wish I would have done another project because my project bored me a little bit. I had fun with it but then I didn’t at the same time.
I did have the impact that I wanted because I wanted my advisory to learn about my project and they did. I think that I should have put poster’s around the school and maybe I would have had larger impact because then the school would have known about but I had the impact i wanted.
My first blog post was about me introducing my You and the World project which is Stereotyping and Discrimination with Work and Education with a Disability. I felt as though this topic was not cared for as much as it needed to be. For my second blog post I wrote about the field research I did at Edison High School. I visited one of the special-ed classes and I learned a lot. I learned that they mostly focus on life-skills and have the opportunity to stay in high school till they’re 21.
For my agent of change I decided to do a advisory presentation. In my advisory presentation I added most of the information that I learned and talked about the rest. I wanted to do an advisory presentation because my advisory seemed to know nothing about it. I think that I was pretty successful in presenting to my advisory and I think they learned a lot. I did not necessarily want to do this as my agent of change but I did not know what I even wanted to do as my agent of change.
I think that I changed a lot during this project. It really taught me that should never judge or discriminate anybody. I know that it is really cliche but it is true because even I was a little biased before this project. I really enjoyed during my project. I taught that it was a lot of fun and it was a great learning experience.I think that I could’ve done better just because I sort of rushed my project. I took no time, I knew what I wanted to do since the beginning and I took no brakes. I did my project really fast. I think the only thing that is left to do is to have everybody do their research and educate themselves about people with disabilities.
In my 1st Blog Post I introduced my topic for my project which was Performance Enhancing drugs (PEDs). I talked about the effect that certain PEDs have on your body and my opinion on Performance Enhancing Drugs. In my 2nd Blog Post I included a chart that talks about the usage of drugs by Division 2 Colleges.
I feel like people don't take the usage of Performance Enhancing Drugs as seriously as they should. It is a big issue in pro sport, college, and sometimes even in high school. They're aren't many people out here doing anything to stop it, they just react when it happens. But, for my agent of change I decided to make wristband that say ¨Natural Athlete¨ on the outside and ¨No Steroids¨ on the inside. I gave these out to my teammates and coaches. People from other teams are coming up to me and teammates asking where they can get one. I feel like the word is getting out about my agent of change, and that was my intention.
This is a very important topic to me. I am really passionate about this because I want to play baseball in College and hope to eventually play Pro Ball. So if i make to these level of competition, I don't want to play against or with fair chances.
I will never use Performance Enhancing Drugs. I would never put my body through that. I put in hard work and dedicate myself to the sport of baseball so I can always get better and progress as a player and a leader on my team. What image would I give the rest of my team as leader if I cheat by using drugs to give myself a boost and unfair chance. And sometimes it's about pride. You have to respect
There are many people who are doing things about animal abuse that can help them like Events at Community centers (Fundraising), Starting neighborhood watches, organizing a Wildlife Expedition, etc. My opinion on changing these ways are that they should be in to more supporting shelters and organizations than having meetings and races. It is a good idea to get the word out, but not a lot would be done with groups and events. For my agent of change I raised money to build an outdoor protective shelter for abused/abandoned animals on the street. Instead of donating the money to an organization to build one for their animals, I built one for the animals that can't and won't be taken to a shelter or kept in a house.
This is the Outdoor Protective Shelter for Abused and Abandoned Animals that are homeless. The Purpose is to give the animals a place to sleep or a roof to protect them from rain or just even to live and have food and water.
Including the homemade shelter I have done many things to change, like having bake sales to donate to organizations, spreading the word about animal abuse, going to animal shelters and help them in any way I can. I think this project was a great way for students to do something about an important issue and help them learn more about the topic and actually make them start making a change. I like this project and I will continue with the project with the outdoor shelter. I learned that I can do a lot to support and help out animals that can't help themselves. I learned that my actions with my own dogs are good and better than most owners are. I feel I could have worked out my fundraising a little better and more planned out. The things that are left for me to do is basically raise awareness about animal abuse and make sure people understand what is happening.
My past work has led up to my Agent of Change, and making a change in the world. In my first blog post (passion and information) I explained and wrote about how anti-semitism was an issue in the world. I explained how scary and dangerous anti-semitism was, especially in places like Europe and the Middle East. Blog post one led to my second blog post. In my blog post two (original research) I met with and interviewed Holocaust survivor Rabbi Charlie Kraus. He talked about his experiences living through the Holocaust and his views about judaism now. My interview with him sparked my interests yet again. He said he was disappointed and sad at how the world is acting to Jews now.
In my recent research I have found new ways to help the issue of anti-semitism in the world. I have given a presentation to my advisory, and I plan to show it more until I have made a difference. Some places you can make a difference at are the Jewish Relief Agency and the Anti-Defamation League. These sites give you an opportunity to help Jews in the Philadelphia community or help make a difference in the world. I think that these two agencies are great for helping out in the issue of anti-semitism. I have volunteered with the Jewish Relief Agency on several occasions. I was making a difference in the Philadelphia Jewish community. I have not volunteered with the Anti-Defamation League, however it gives many options on how to help anti-semitism, especially in the Middle East.
For my Agent of Change I made and presented a slide show. I showed it to my advisory. My presentation was also shown to the 8th grade class at Greenfield Middle School. I want to show my presentation to more and more people. I will make a bigger difference in the world and I will help solve the issue of anti-semitism.
I learned a lot throughout this project. I have had change, more people know more about anti-semitism and more about jews after watching my slide show. This project has helped me in many ways. I can now coordinate with others and their schedules (to a certain degree.) This project has helped me grow as a learned and as a member of the Jewish community. I felt good about this project. When everything was finished, I felt proud of the work I had done and after working with others schedules, I feel good about my outcomes. However there some things I could change about the project. If I did this project again I would finish my presentation sooner and talk to more people about presenting to them and others. I would also have done more for the passion and information blog post. I would also take more time to work on my blog posts. I still have to make more of a change in the world. One fact that really struck me was that Temple was the 8th most anti-semitic campus in the country. I would like to change that and educate more people about jews and anti-semitism.
In my first blog post I was basically talking about how much this generation's youth is not educated on what to do and what not to do when approached by a stranger and just the statistics. In my second blog post I talked about how I had an interview with Supervisory Special Agent Kevin McShane which is a man that specializes in child abduction. To raise awareness for child abduction I have created a poster that says “Stranger = Danger”. This small saying is going to be posted on social media. I am going to get friends to post the poster and use the hashtag #StopAbductingOurYouth, hopefully this hashtag will spread like wildfire and get people to become more aware of child abduction. I also made a script that people would be able to act out and post on whatever social media site that they would like, if anyone wanted to post the video it would be nice if the could put #StopAbducting Youth so that way it will start trending.
In the beginning I had a different plan for my Agent Of Change. I wanted to use the script that I made and act it out. The obstacle that I faced with that plan was trying to film on a day that would fit with the people that I had choose to film, so I basically ran out of time.
I am passionate about this topic but I think that if I could do this project over I would choose a different topic because I never thought this would be such a hard topic to discuss. Even though I am passionate out this topic I feel like I am somewhat giving up on it because it feels like I have bit off more than I can chew. This is a very cool project but it is project that takes time. I think that this was a project that should have been given more than one quarter to do. I think that I definitely managed my time better because I think that would have made it a lot easier to do. If I could start the project over I would change my PIC to helping the homeless. Everyday that I go to school I see someone that is homeless and it makes me ache with guilt that while I have a place to live, food to eat, and a place to bathe they have nothing put the clothes on their backs.
To see the poster that I created that will be posted on social media click here.