IN DEPTH 5

In-depth recently has been brought down to more of a lull because I’ve gotten the hardest part (in my opinion) down which is food. Recently, I’ve focused a lot more on composting and recycling. My past mentor Mrs. Fang wasn’t as educated on this but my mom introduced me to one of her co-workers who lives alone and has a very effective recycling system going on in her household. This is a conversation I had with her.

Sanaz: What do you want to know?

This is the BLUE hat. This sets us up for the rest of our discussion and our meeting

Me: I want to be able to have a brief understanding of recycling and composting so I can start to implement these methods into my life.

Sanaz: What do you already know?

This is the WHITE hat. This question allowed me to tell her exactly what I knowledge I wanted her to help me with.

Me: From our school recycling system, I know it’s split into a couple of groups. The waste (which I’m trying to avoid), the food waste (which is what I’m composting), and the recyclables (paper, cardboard etc.) and the refundable (cans bottles etc.). That aside, I don’t know much about anything else.

Sanaz: Well, you know a little more than you think. In Port Moody, they hand out magnets and calendars that show you which things go where. The most important thing to keep in mind is recycling is more than just throwing things in the blue bin. Don’t forget to check the numbers on the back of the container

We then proceeded to talk about the difference between the numbers and what should go where.

Me: But what do I do with plastics that I can’t recycle? or what if I throw things in the wrong category?

This is the BLACK hat. It points out where I can go wrong and some flaw.

Sanaz: The most important thing is to be thorough and to trust yourself. It’s hard to transition at first because you forget to check and just throw everything in the blue bin. Every time you catch yourself making a mistake, mark it down and wait till it tallies up. Although this sounds daunting, the tallies will add up and to avoid more, you’ll start to become conscious of where you’re throwing what.

This is the GREEN hat (get it, cause I’m going green). Sanaz helped me come up with a way to keep track of my recycling rather than just shooting me down.

Sanaz: The most important thing throughout this process is that you’re always consciously trying. There’s bound to be mistakes but as long as you learn and acknowledge them, recycling and composting will be like second nature to you soon. I started being picky about my recycling, and although this sounds cheesy it’s true when a friend showed me videos of all the garbage dumps in the ocean. Change starts from one of us and I think it’s a good idea your learning this young.

This is the YELLOW hat. Sanaz showed me why she’s so involved with recycling and some of her values. Through this, we connected more. It also shows a little bit of the RED hat because she stated change starts from one person and that’s something she believes in and what keeps her going.

Sanaz was a great help to my In Depth and I’m glad she spared some of her time to help me!

Until next time!

IN DEPTH 5

In-depth recently has been brought down to more of a lull because I’ve gotten the hardest part (in my opinion) down which is food. Recently, I’ve focused a lot more on composting and recycling. My past mentor Mrs. Fang wasn’t as educated on this but my mom introduced me to one of her co-workers who lives alone and has a very effective recycling system going on in her household. This is a conversation I had with her.

Sanaz: What do you want to know?

This is the BLUE hat. This sets us up for the rest of our discussion and our meeting

Me: I want to be able to have a brief understanding of recycling and composting so I can start to implement these methods into my life.

Sanaz: What do you already know?

This is the WHITE hat. This question allowed me to tell her exactly what I knowledge I wanted her to help me with.

Me: From our school recycling system, I know it’s split into a couple of groups. The waste (which I’m trying to avoid), the food waste (which is what I’m composting), and the recyclables (paper, cardboard etc.) and the refundable (cans bottles etc.). That aside, I don’t know much about anything else.

Sanaz: Well, you know a little more than you think. In Port Moody, they hand out magnets and calendars that show you which things go where. The most important thing to keep in mind is recycling is more than just throwing things in the blue bin. Don’t forget to check the numbers on the back of the container

We then proceeded to talk about the difference between the numbers and what should go where.

Me: But what do I do with plastics that I can’t recycle? or what if I throw things in the wrong category?

This is the BLACK hat. It points out where I can go wrong and some flaw.

Sanaz: The most important thing is to be thorough and to trust yourself. It’s hard to transition at first because you forget to check and just throw everything in the blue bin. Every time you catch yourself making a mistake, mark it down and wait till it tallies up. Although this sounds daunting, the tallies will add up and to avoid more, you’ll start to become conscious of where you’re throwing what.

This is the GREEN hat (get it, cause I’m going green). Sanaz helped me come up with a way to keep track of my recycling rather than just shooting me down.

Sanaz: The most important thing throughout this process is that you’re always consciously trying. There’s bound to be mistakes but as long as you learn and acknowledge them, recycling and composting will be like second nature to you soon. I started being picky about my recycling, and although this sounds cheesy it’s true when a friend showed me videos of all the garbage dumps in the ocean. Change starts from one of us and I think it’s a good idea your learning this young.

This is the YELLOW hat. Sanaz showed me why she’s so involved with recycling and some of her values. Through this, we connected more. It also shows a little bit of the RED hat because she stated change starts from one person and that’s something she believes in and what keeps her going.

Sanaz was a great help to my In Depth and I’m glad she spared some of her time to help me!

Until next time!

IN DEPTH 4

It’s been a while! Over the past couple of days, I’ve been working on going zero waste bit by bit. I haven’t gone out for fast food in the past month and when I do go out to restaurants with my family, I always bring a container for the leftovers, so we don’t need to use the Styrofoam boxes they would usually give us.

As for meal wise, I’m still struggling a little bit. It’s hard to adapt because I can’t get my entire family on board; however, my mom has been trying her best to make meals for me so that it creates minimum waste. My mentor has been a great help even though she is really busy with her own personal life as well. She sent me a traditional meal with Chinese culture that could be adapted to zero waste and called me to walk me through it. The dish is called bianmian, translated means flour meal. The meal consists of solely flour and a variety of vegetables (and meat if you wanted!). The flour I bought was in a paper bag so it could be recycled, and I bought my vegetables with a reusable produce bag to eliminate waste. The concept behind this meal is to take protein and nutrients from all different food groups and then literally throw it in a pot. It’s easy and although it looks like mashed potatoes in a bowl with leaves, it tastes very delicious with some black pepper (which I bought and ground myself).

Speaking of my mentor, she originally said she couldn’t help me much but shes personally made time to help me out with my in-depth journey. I met at her house the other day and I showed up with a list of questions to ask her. I wanted this meeting to be more talking rather than logistics so I could understand the concept a little better.

*this meeting has been translated from Mandarin to English*

E: Although you are not zero waste, you’ve had what is arguably the most difficult part of zero waste down, would you ever consider going zero waste?

Mrs. Fang: My lifestyle food aside is heavily modern based. I’ve adapted to using things such as one-time use plastics and although I know they’re not good for the environment, with my family status they help me get through my day to day life. Right now, I wouldn’t consider going zero waste, but I would think to do it in the future once my kids are off to post-secondary and my life is a little more mellow.

E: After shopping for the materials for a recipe, I found that it can be hard and frustrating, does this ever lower your motivation to continue with the food lifestyle your carrying out?

Mrs Fang: With our current industry, it’s usually not too difficult to find the things I need for a meal. Food plan is more than choosing a recipe. It’s choosing a recipe to fit your needs, the people your feeding needs, and mother nature’s needs. Certain vegetables grow at certain times and through experience, I’ve learned when what vegetables are used. For example, I use bok choi a lot in the winter.

E: I know you’ve had some gardening and composting background, what do you recommend for someone who’s never composted before?

Mrs Fang: If you had more time, I would say start a garden! This motivates you to compost more. Because I live in an apartment, I freeze my compost, so it doesn’t start to smell. I bring my compost to a farmers market and there’s usually somewhere there where you can put it and others will bring it back to their gardens. Plus, while at the farmers market you can do some grocery shopping!

The difference between a shooting question and a fishing question is that a shooting question is the base level of a question, the original question. The fishing question breaks the question apart and digs deep. Through this process, I found that I shoot questions more than I fish for questions. I think this is because I like to get things moving and when I shoot questions it gives me more idea of a structure. In the future, I think fishing for questions will help me greatly and I will be sure to do more of it during my next meeting with my mentor. However, my shooting questions also broaden the umbrella, so I still get important and helpful information.

As time passes, I am still getting weekly emails from the goingzerowaste blog by Kathryn! It’s given me insight on some parts of zero waste such as a compostable phone case!

I learned a lot more about Mrs. Fang and food over the past week and next week I’m going to start to attack other parts of the zero-waste lifestyle.

IN DEPTH 4

It’s been a while! Over the past couple of days, I’ve been working on going zero waste bit by bit. I haven’t gone out for fast food in the past month and when I do go out to restaurants with my family, I always bring a container for the leftovers, so we don’t need to use the Styrofoam boxes they would usually give us.

As for meal wise, I’m still struggling a little bit. It’s hard to adapt because I can’t get my entire family on board; however, my mom has been trying her best to make meals for me so that it creates minimum waste. My mentor has been a great help even though she is really busy with her own personal life as well. She sent me a traditional meal with Chinese culture that could be adapted to zero waste and called me to walk me through it. The dish is called bianmian, translated means flour meal. The meal consists of solely flour and a variety of vegetables (and meat if you wanted!). The flour I bought was in a paper bag so it could be recycled, and I bought my vegetables with a reusable produce bag to eliminate waste. The concept behind this meal is to take protein and nutrients from all different food groups and then literally throw it in a pot. It’s easy and although it looks like mashed potatoes in a bowl with leaves, it tastes very delicious with some black pepper (which I bought and ground myself).

Speaking of my mentor, she originally said she couldn’t help me much but shes personally made time to help me out with my in-depth journey. I met at her house the other day and I showed up with a list of questions to ask her. I wanted this meeting to be more talking rather than logistics so I could understand the concept a little better.

*this meeting has been translated from Mandarin to English*

E: Although you are not zero waste, you’ve had what is arguably the most difficult part of zero waste down, would you ever consider going zero waste?

Mrs. Fang: My lifestyle food aside is heavily modern based. I’ve adapted to using things such as one-time use plastics and although I know they’re not good for the environment, with my family status they help me get through my day to day life. Right now, I wouldn’t consider going zero waste, but I would think to do it in the future once my kids are off to post-secondary and my life is a little more mellow.

E: After shopping for the materials for a recipe, I found that it can be hard and frustrating, does this ever lower your motivation to continue with the food lifestyle your carrying out?

Mrs Fang: With our current industry, it’s usually not too difficult to find the things I need for a meal. Food plan is more than choosing a recipe. It’s choosing a recipe to fit your needs, the people your feeding needs, and mother nature’s needs. Certain vegetables grow at certain times and through experience, I’ve learned when what vegetables are used. For example, I use bok choi a lot in the winter.

E: I know you’ve had some gardening and composting background, what do you recommend for someone who’s never composted before?

Mrs Fang: If you had more time, I would say start a garden! This motivates you to compost more. Because I live in an apartment, I freeze my compost, so it doesn’t start to smell. I bring my compost to a farmers market and there’s usually somewhere there where you can put it and others will bring it back to their gardens. Plus, while at the farmers market you can do some grocery shopping!

The difference between a shooting question and a fishing question is that a shooting question is the base level of a question, the original question. The fishing question breaks the question apart and digs deep. Through this process, I found that I shoot questions more than I fish for questions. I think this is because I like to get things moving and when I shoot questions it gives me more idea of a structure. In the future, I think fishing for questions will help me greatly and I will be sure to do more of it during my next meeting with my mentor. However, my shooting questions also broaden the umbrella, so I still get important and helpful information.

As time passes, I am still getting weekly emails from the goingzerowaste blog by Kathryn! It’s given me insight on some parts of zero waste such as a compostable phone case!

I learned a lot more about Mrs. Fang and food over the past week and next week I’m going to start to attack other parts of the zero-waste lifestyle.

Canada: a country or a nation

Canada with all its differences aside holds a sense of unity, bringing us together as a country with many nations. We as a whole are too wide spread and have too many different morals and values to be able to stand as a nation. One of Canada’s key virtues is holding a sense of cultures from around the world due to how openhearted we are. Many people are thankful that “being Canadian is like being […] big family” (Macdonald, 2016) because it gives them a sense of belonging that they couldn’t get in their home countries. We have such a diverse demographic within our borders. The concept of post-nationalism means that the individual nations lose their importance and identity. Canada’s nation holds a large part in our identity. We have the “French-speaking province of Quebec already constitutes one distinctive nation, as do the 50-plus First Nations spread across the country” (The Guardian, 2017) plus all of the immigrants and refugees. With each person crossing Canada’s borders and calling it home, they bring in a fraction of culture with them to build towards the bigger picture, what consists of Canadian identity. However, this concept of Canadian identity differs for all. Canada, in terms of land mass, is the third biggest countries. We touch three separate oceans. On this land lies so many different nations that its impossible for us to be one whole nation. There’s a difference between patriotism and nationalism. In this scenario “patriotism is what makes us behave unselfishly” (Hannan, 2016). All Canadians follow a set of laws which allow them to live freely, practicing their own customs and religion. Which means we have such a diverse community its impossible for us to all be on the same page unless its on a rule book. To build off of that “Healthy nationalism encourages diverse people to cooperate” (Vancouver Sun, 2016), so Trudeau’s idea might be more obscured than it sounds.Therefore, although Canada respects and welcomes people of all different nations, we ourselves are not a nation and merely borders of a country that encompass different cultures.

Romeo and Juliet Act ll: Critical Response

Based on our readings so far, do you agree or disagree hat Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is one of “‘infatuated children’ engaging in ‘puppy love’”? why or why not?

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet tells the tale of two-star cross lovers willing to go to great lengths to be with one another. It sheds light on love and grace and touches many hearts. However, some, such as Ledingham, believe that the affection between the two young teens is mere “puppy love”. And although this tale is a tragedy of love told people around the world, there is still hard evidence to show that the love between Romeo and Juliet is infatuated.  At the beginning of the play, we are introduced to Romeo’s love interest at the time, Rosaline. Romeo drones on and on about how she is “rich in beauty” (1.1.212). His love for Rosaline is so strong that “[he] live dead that live to tell it now” (1.1.220-221). Romeo pours buckets of emotions into his words, convincing the audience that Rosaline, although a nun, will forever be the love of his life. As the play carries on Romeo stays persistent to Rosaline until he sees Juliet at the Capulet party where he questions whether “[his] heart love till now” (1.5.52). He makes this judgment solely based off a glance at her across the room. He makes the decision that Rosaline is no longer important to him and that Juliet “teaches the torches to burn bright” off an impulse choice (1.5.44) Moreover Juliet plays a large role in the puppy love as well. Although she starts off as a cautious grounded individual, slowly we start to see parts of Juliet that show she hasn’t had enough life experience to truly understand what love beholds. When Paris requests to marry Juliet through Capulet he states that “is yet a stranger in the world” and hasn’t experienced much outside the Capulet walls (2.1.8). After one night with Romeo, she claims that “[she’ll] no longer be a Capulet” if it means she gets to be by Romeo’s side (2.2.36). She becomes quick to make rash decisions and is willing to throw away her family and name. The two young strong-willed individuals don’t understand the harsh reality and although as the play unfolds opinions could differentiate, as of now it is merely puppy love and fantasy behavior.

To what extent is Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children effective, or even historically accurate?

Although Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet was a realistic tragedy seems true at first after more research one can see that it’s not as up to par as one may think. The first red flag in her article is that she explains the transition between a child to an adult like a jump as if as soon the child is out of school they are considered an adult. An adult is matured and fully developed (Merriam Webster). Through the play, there are multiple instances where Capulet refers to Juliet as his child. Capulet states that “she hath not seen the change of fourteen years” which infers that Juliet is merely thirteen years old going onto fourteen (1.2.8). We usually associated growth with puberty during the teen ages of one’s life and a girl tends to go through puberty between ages 10-14 (Medline). This means that Juliet still isn’t fully developed as a person and as for Romeo, puberty happens even later. As well as, during the Elizabethan era, it was rare for families to only have one child meaning that if the Capulets and the Montagues would be protective of them giving them only the best education (Elizabethan Era). Kulich states that “relatively few privileged children went to secondary school”. The two families both hold high wealth and power which would mean Romeo and Juliet are still in school and learning with debunks Kulich’s statement. Moreover, Kulich draws it to seem that marriage at a young age during this time was common; however, the average age of marriage during the setting of this play is 27 years old, an age neither Romeo or Juliet are anywhere near (The Age of Marriage). The evidence provided shows that Kulich’s theory is not historically accurate.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adult

https://medlineplus.gov/puberty.html

http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-education.htm

http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/family/marriage.html#juliet.

 

 

In depth #3!

In-depth week four!

My goals for this week were to continue to eat healthily and to start doing some research on composting. My meal plans have gotten more and more extravagant and frivolous.

One of the biggest milestones of in-depth so far is this weekend, I went to a bulk store! This way, I can get everyday food items like rice and beans but instead of buying them in plastic packaging, I can just get it in jars and other eco-friendly containers. I didn’t get much this trip, I simply got white rice because my family buys a lot of that in plastic packaging. The bulk store I went to was Weigh to go Bulk store in Vancouver (3534 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6N 3E6). Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a bulk store in the Tri-City area except for the bulk section in certain grocery stores.

Recently, I’ve tagged along with my mom when we go grocery shopping. I try to help her choose produce items that don’t have plastic wrap and I bring mesh bags as reusable produce bags. We always bring our own bags to pack out our groceries, so we don’t use grocery bags or have to pay for them (every dime is worth it). I’ve been on a lookout for reusable straws but for the time being I’ve been asking restaurants to give me my drinks with no straws. Something that I’ve missed is when I eat out, they always have napkins which create waste. I plan on not using the napkins and bringing my own handkerchiefs around.

As for my mentor, she’s sent me a lot of recipes. I some tasty roasted vegetables the other night with carrots, onions, cauliflower, tomatoes, and sweet potato. I couldn’t find an alternative for parchment paper; however, I did wash the parchment paper to reuse it for next time. All of these were bought without packaging and I brought the leftovers to lunch the next day.

Unfortunately, due to her own circumstances, my mentor said that she might not be able to meet with me as consistently as I would like, so as a solution I’ve been trying to get in contact with Ms. Voykin, the head of our green team. I’ve sent her a brief email explaining the mentorship and asking for her assistance; however, she hasn’t replied. I plan on going to see her in CL on Tuesday to ask her in person.

My current mentor though has been a lot of help. The two of us have been able to connect on a lot of topics. I’ve been sharing things I’ve learned about zero waste living and she’s been connecting her meal plans and cooking tactics back to it. She told me that she once gardened and had a composting system she put in place but when she moved into an apartment, she had to minimize her composting system. I plan on asking Ms. Voykin for more help on composting because I am definitely lost in that department.

Until next post!

In depth 2!

Just from the past two weeks, I’ve already started to feel the stress of in-depth kick in! Even with the stress, I am very excited to watch the rest of it unfold.

My goal up to today was to find a mentor, do some research on zero-waste living and start to go zero waste in my food. I can happily say I’ve achieved 2.5 of these goals. I found a mentor who is vegetarian and eats relatively clean. Although she isn’t zero waste, she has some insight on eating healthier and the general rule of thumb is the healthier you eat the less trash is formed.

I found my mentor through my mom. I’ve added her on wechat which is primarily where I text her. I’ve met up with her once briefly and she showed me her fridge and what meals she cooks for breakfast. She showed me simple alternatives for breakfast that use almost all zero waste foods. The one that I have incorporated yesterday was banana and oatmeal. Basically, you mash two bananas and mix it with around one cup of oatmeal. Afterwards, you add the amount of honey you desire and some trail mix and it makes a delicious breakfast. All these materials I can find zero waste (bulk store, glass packaging). However, I am still trying to find alternatives for lunch and dinner.

When I met up with her, I asked her questions such about her choice to go vegetarian and how it impacts her life. She told me that as a child she wasn’t allowed to eat beef because of religion and as time passed, she just started to eat vegetarian. Her husband eats gluten-free, so it also helps with that. She told me eating vegetarian has helped her with healthy living and planning her meals. I told her that I was an impulsive eater where when I crave something, I usually buy it. There have been multiple times where I have impulsively bought something from the cafeteria or skip the dishes when I knew I wasn’t that hungry. Through our hour together, I learned a lot about her lifestyle and how I can apply some of her techniques to my life. The biggest technique I learned was to wait 10 minutes before I buy something to eat from outside and drink water first. I might just be thirsty rather than hungry.

Although my goal for this month was to eat zero waste, there have already been times I’ve slipped and its only been three days! The main reason is because this weekend has been the Chinese New Year weekend, so I’ve been going out a lot to have hot pot or going out for lunches and dinners. But, after this weekend, I am determined to stick to my plan!

As for the research part, the majority of my research was from this blog https://www.goingzerowaste.com/. This has helped me a lot because it shows me the pros and cons and as well as how to slowly transition into zero waste. I’ve commented on some blog posts to ask questions and learned a lot through this website. If I can find the money, I am defiantly going to buy the book 101 ways to go zero waste.  Something obvious but interesting I’ve learned is that going zero waste is also engages a healthier lifestyle. This is because going zero waste means I can’t have food with packaging which means no junk food or preservatives. I’ve also subscribed to some zero waste youtube channels Shelbizlee.

My next steps in in depth as stated before is to continue eating zero waste for hopefully all three meals by the end of the month and also to continue doing research and reading blogs.

Until next next Sunday!

 

Final ZIP Blog post

ZIP is coming to a close and I can proudly say this ZIP was a lot more productive than my ZIP last year. This year I was guided by the question of what makes an effective impromptu speech. I focused on learning different techniques and methods and practicing them in front of my peers and family. I was motivated to choose this topic because public speaking has held a big role in my life but I’ve always struggled with impromptu speaking.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to attack this project at first. I knew I wanted to improve my speaking skills, but I had no clue where to start. Going to effective speaking classes helped me find a place to start. There, I was able to learn and practice different techniques in a safe environment. Outside of classes, I did some research on my own time. I interoperated different Toastmasters’ PowerPoints and watched some examples of impromptu speeches on Youtube. Through this, I learned the skill of finding relevant information. I had to fan through lots and lots of different speeches until I found ones that I wanted to emulate. I also worked on some organization skills because I had to make sure all my notes stayed in one folder or notebook and that I only took notes on things that would be relevant to me. These skills not only will help me with ZIP but also as a person.

After a couple days of research and multiple impromptu speeches later, I finally found my speaking technique. I found what works for me. I learned that impromptu speeches don’t have a specific form or method that is applicable to everyone. Although there are templates, it’s important to try it and morph it to fit your speaking style. I found that the key for me is preparation. This sounds redundant because the point of an impromptu speech is to have little time to prepare, but every second count. Whether it’s formatting of how you jot down notes and how it corresponds with the way you recall points or just forming an intro point, body points and conclusion points, the preparation time is the most crucial time; however, if the preparation of your speech is botched or not as well as you’d like it, it can always be covered up with delivery. I’ve learned that 90% of the mistakes I make during a speech, no one notices but me. Confidence and being passionate about the speech you are delivering are two crucial parts of delivery and leading back to my first point, delivery can be refined with preparation.

To demonstrate my learning, to make guides that show the different techniques. While a peer is at my station, I will let them draw an impromptu speech topic and I will have one minute to prepare at 2-3 minute speech. The reason I chose to do this live rather than through a recording is because a large part of impromptu speaking is speaking to a live audience and being able to connect and relate with them.  Along with that, I’ll be displaying the notes I took for each speech as they are collected over time.

This relates back to the curricular competency of “use[ing] and experiment[ing] with oral storytelling processes” (BC Curriculum). I display this not only during my live speeches but also in the video clip of three impromptu speeches over time that I will hand into Mr. Morris. The second curricular competency that it touches on is “use[ing] writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful literary and informational texts for a variety of purposes and audiences”. Below I have attached photos of notes I took for impromptu speeches that I had to present. The prompt for this one in specific was simply just an introduction speech. Beside it, I’ve attached a photo of some notes I took of other peoples speeches so I could apply them to my own.

Last but not least I also worked on the curricular competency of “transform[ing] ideas and information to create original texts”; however, ‘texts’ in this case is the speech itself. Again, this is demonstrated during my speeches as well as in the video clip I will be handing in. I also asked a couple of friends to help me write prompts that I can use.

As ZIP comes to a close, my question has shifted from what makes an effective impromptu speech to how I can improve my speaking skills. This question is a little more generalized than my original ZIP question, but it motivates me because I constantly want to get better in something I am passionate for.

Here are some sources I used during ZIP that were really helpful!

http://www.d14toastmasters.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/273A_ImpromptuSpeaking.pdf

This website touched a lot more on the actual technique and strategy to use when planning an impromptu speech. The two main strategies it gave me was expressing an opinion or addressing cause and effect. It stated that these two would be more effective because when one is stating an opinion or a chain reaction, the audience can connect to the speaker a little more than just saying facts or rambling.

http://issaquahhighkdean.weebly.com/uploads/8/3/2/6/83262826/impromptu_speaking.pdf

This link focused on presenting a solution to a problem. Its formatted in a way where its really easy to follow. It discussed a lot of tips and tricks of what you can do if you get stumped. It also covered a lot about the preparation of a speech both mentally and the speech itself. As well as, there were links at the bottom of the website that led me to more in-depth information.

https://www.tutorialspoint.com/impromptu_speaking/impromptu_speaking_tutorial.pdf

This link gave me a literal overview of what impromptu speaking is. It broke speeches up into two categories abstract and nonabstract conversation. It talked about the dynamic of an impromptu speech and which topic fit best into which scenario. This link also taught me how to identify an error in an impromptu speech and how to improve after identifying them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVilJUulnjQ

This video displayed what in my eyes could be an exceeding expectations speech. There were still some parts where I thought could have been different but overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this speech. I used this speech as a reference to a lot of my own learning. I considered the way she formatted her speech and the way she transitioned. This was one of the many impromptu speeches I watched online.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FOCpMAww28

This TED Talk video helped me understand the concept that public speaking is transferring an idea rather than spitting words at people. It focused more on the idea behind the reason to give a speech rather than the actual logistics of giving one. However, I still found this beneficial to my research because it guided me in the right direction of why I should enjoy public speaking.

 

ZIP DoL #3

Related to your learning evidence, what have you done to make retrieving information easier or more effective in class?

Related to my last DoL, I said I would do some speeches in the halls to myself. I realized that wasn’t effective and I didn’t like the idea after sleeping on it. Therefore, I decided to record some audio of my own impromptu speeches to decipher in class. This way, I can spend my in-class time picking apart my speech and relating them back to my notes that I used to plan my speech. I limit myself to 5 minutes of preparation time for a 3-4 minute speech.

It also helps when I find something specific, I don’t like, I can spend my in-class time doing more research on how to fix or why it isn’t working out. Recently, I’ve been comparing my impromptu speeches to others impromptu speeches I found online that I like. The link goes to a video of some impromptu speeches that really stuck with me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVilJUulnjQ

This speech helped me because although it wasn’t perfect, her body language is open and she has a steady tone. I’ve been using this as my main example to learn and grow off of.