Document Of Learning

Writing my eminent speech was a long process ,but ultimately I am happy with the end result. I started my speech with a lot of information, my first draft was more of a systematic list than a clear representation of Bethany. surf 4

After reading it over I realized the best way to convey Bethany’s personality was not through a list of facts but through a specific voice. So I scratched my first draft and rewrote my speech completely. My second draft was much stronger and although it didn’t contain many facts or dates I think the audience will take away a stronger message from what I am saying. After a couple more edits I have completed my speech and am ready to perform it on stage.  My speech has come a long way from my first draft and I am satisfied with how it represents Bethany and her opinions.

DRAFT1 : I was born in Lihue Kauai, Hawaii into a loving family. My two older brothers were your average siblings, annoying but protective and my parents were always supportive and loving. My family were all big surfers and my first time on a board was when I was 3. I

Finale Copy:

It was fate, losing my arm would impact my life forever but God has a plan for all of us. You might know me as Soul Surfer, the girl who lost her left arm in a tragic shark attack when she was just 13. My future looked bright prior to the attack. I was winning major competitions, I was sponsored by Rip Curl, I knew I was born to surf. For some reason the loss of my arm seemed to change all that. The morning of the attack impacted my life forever but I don’t let it define me or what I can do. I’m not just the girl who lost her arm I’m the girl who overcame what happened that day, not because I’m extraordinarily courageous or strong but because I loved to surf. If it weren’t for the support of God and my family maybe I wouldn’t have gotten back in the game. But three weeks after the attack I got back on my board and started to work towards my dreams again. Suddenly I was a media star, I was receiving dozens of calls requesting interviews, guest appearances and I was receiving all these awards. Awards for immense courage, strength and bravery, but the truth is I wasn’t extraordinary. I cried, I thought of giving up, I didn’t understand why God would do this to me but when you love something as much as I love to surf no obstacle can stop you.

Document of Learning

In the perspective of David Suzuki’s father, Kaoru Carr Suzuki

 

I would sit on the couch, flip to the CBC channel. And there it is The Nature of Things. what a wonderful show, my boy, has become so old. As a Father of four, David was the only boy. Born on March 24, 1936 in the wonderful city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

He had started with a rough start, when the second world war had already begun. Our family struggled through racism, and we were forced to move when David was six years old. David had no school. But almost every day, I would take him to the nearby lake to go fishing, or take a stroll in the forest and point out all the animals and plants we would see.

By the time David turned seven, he had started school. David completed grades 1, 2, and 3 all in one year!

As I still helped him with his love of nature, I also had to teach him the importance of school and help him learn how to speak in public.

In Grade 10 David finally entered his first speaking contest, and no doubt, he’d won! And he continued to win more and more throughout his years. This Helped him put himself into his school’s student council.

And on his senior year, I tried to get David to run for school president. But he did not want to because he was afraid he would lose. I told him, “Whatever you do, there will always be people better than you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.” Although most of the students did not know him very well, he had still won because of his great ideas and great speaking skills.

In 1961, when David was 25, Oh I’m so proud of him. He had earned a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago. Thereafter, he started working at the University of British Columbia, where he ran the biggest genetics lab in Canada for 38 years.

A year later, CBC asked him to be a host for some of the TV shows on science they had, where he made his first appearance on TV. After that, he had his own television program called Suzuki on Science! David then later hosted Quirks & Quarks on CBC Radio

In 1979, David was fully committed and became the host for the TV show Nature of Things. During this time, he had won 3 Gemini Awards and one ACTRA Award.

David also works to solve environmental issues involving Aboriginal People. For doing so he has received are UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science in 1986

He then started the David Suzuki Foundation with his wife Dr. Tara Cullis in 1990, where a group of people help protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life and hope to see every generation understand that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature.

As these years go by, David has tried to educate everyone through his radio and television programs saying that nature is a essential for mankind’s survival. Thanks to him, people all over the world realized the need to live with nature. Renewable energy, global warming, toxic pollution, carbon footprint, and climate change, all has become matters to many governments around the world. In 2006, David then became a companion of the Order of Canada, the highest award a Canadian citizen can get. Three years later, David has been awarded with the Right Livelihood Award for all of his lifelong work he has done.

David had started so small, but he has become so big! I’m high above the clouds now, but I watch as all my support in my son’s passion, has come to life with his every move, as he steps forwards to help others strive to make this world a better place. And I think you all can do it too. Thank you.

 

 

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Biblography

Night of the Notables is only two days away! I’m excited to see all of the grade ten speeches and I wish them the best of luck.

This is my bi”blog”raphy. It’s like a bibliography but inside a blog. It took me a while to realize that there was a difference in spelling between the two but it was a great feeling when I finally did.  Here’s a list of the sources that I used to give me information over the course of this project.

LINKS AND RESOURCES 

http://www.davidcopperfield.com/html/

Here is one of the first links that I used to find basic information about my eminent person, David Copperfield. Lots of our selected eminent people have their own websites that provides information for us. I was able to read about some of his achievements, biography and his charity work. I found it somewhat useful. I used it mostly to read about his charity, Project Magic. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(illusionist)

Here’s another one of the first links that I used. Wikipedia provided so much information on my eminent person and it also provided me with a lot of links that i used to gain more information. It was useful to find biographical information about my eminent person, as well as finding a list of achievements. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_Through_the_Great_Wall_of_China

Here’s a link that described David Copperfield’s Statue of Liberty trick in great detail, which helped me with my speech. It was also useful for information on my learning center. 

I’m not finished the biblography, I’ll be finishing it later!

 

 

 

Interview

 

I interviewed Aaron Kleiner through email. Here are his responses.

How did you meet Ray Kurzweil?

We were roommates at MIT and fraternity brothers

How long have you been friends?

Since January 1966. Going on 49 years

What is it like working with Ray Kurzweil?

It has been as you can imagine extremely exciting. He is always generating new ideas for companies for projects for various initiatives that are quite amazing. I never know what to expect next. We have worked together on projects ranging from poetry to electronic music to potential cancer cures.

What is it like being friends with him?

He has been very helpful to me in all kinds of ways. When I have a problem work or personal he always goes into problem-solving mode. He genuinely feels that there is no problem that can’t be solved If we use our human intelligence. He is a caring friend and my problems are ones that he takes on and helps me find solutions. We have a great time talking about the world’s problems and dreaming up solutions.

What were some challenges Ray has had to overcome in his work?

Generally the projects he does are thought to be impossible.  The general skepticism that he encounters is something he’s had to deal with.  The projects are also significant projects and require outside resources. As he says, the days where an inventor goes into the basement isolating himself for a few years and emerges with  a new discovery are over.  It takes a team of people working together and resources to accomplish the goals that Ray has set out.  We have had to attract those resources people money etc. in order to pursue these projects.

What do you think allowed Ray to be successful?

There are two things that I think are important one is his genius. He is definitely one of the smartest people I’ve ever met and two his optimism.

He firmly believes that we can accomplish the seemingly impossible and he has time and time again proved that his beliefs are true.

In your opinion, what is his greatest achievement?

I think it is his informing the world about the future. As a society we are constantly making decisions with very poor insight into what the

Future will bring.  Ray’s predictions and understanding of the future can help us make the right decisions.

I think that Ray thinks that his greatest accomplishment is the reading machine for the blind and dyslexic. It is remarkable how often both of us have been approached by parents of children that have had their lives dramatically changed by these inventions. Of course these inventions have impacted adults as well but I think the greatest sense of Accomplishment comes from improving the lives of children.

Which of his books are your favorites?

The age of intelligent machines was my favorite in that it was so startling. Now I have become used to the incredible future that will be here for us all. But when he first wrote that book it was such a dramatic Departure from the thinking of that day. Now so many people have accepted his ideas, it has become less startling.

What inspired Ray Kurzweil to be an inventor? Author?

His favorite books when he was a kid was the Tom Swift series where Tom would encounter a seemingly insurmountable problem and come up with an invention to solve the problem, Ray was inspired by the theme of these books and came to believe that all human problems were soluble and that human ingenuity and inventiveness were  the keys.

How did Ray Kurzweil handle failure?

Ray always said that failure doesn’t count. What counts is success. So it doesn’t matter if you fail what matters is that you continue to strive and reach for that success and that’s what the world will respond to.  He does not become depressed by failure he just moves on.

What are Ray Kurzweil’s hobbies?

Hiking, biking , collecting dolls and cat figurines, poetry and music , writing

Document of Learning

don’t even know how eminent is in three days… between soccer, field hockey, and all the other talons homework we’ve had, i’ve finally gotten the chance to work on my speech. if you have any comments i would appreciate if you write them below

here’s my eminent speech draft:

Eyes open and closed, all I saw was the color red, the pulsating of all blood vessels in my body, my heart skipping a beat as the blade of my skate skims the playing surface when I step onto the ice, scanning the crowd and spotting my son amongst the sea of American and Canadian colors, hearing the final words of the national anthem being sung with Canadian pride. I felt truly blessed to have the support of an entire nation and particularly my son. My son is not fond of hockey, so for him to come out and support the team and most importantly the country truly made me feel blessed. This was going to be a big game against the Americans as it always is, but the stakes were higher today. The team that wins this game wins gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. I wanted so badly to win this game, for myself, my team, and my country. We had a winning streak to keep alive, and we had to keep our Nation believing in us. Most importantly, we had to win for the many young female hockey players that look up to our team as role models. These young girls may one day aspire to become a team member and a representative of the sport and our country. we need to prove to them anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Back when I was young, people used to tell me girls don’t play hockey, but now it seems natural for a girl to walk into the rink with a hockey bag on her shoulder! Every child has the right to play no matter what their gender, where they are born or how much money they have. We will win this for those who don’t think they have the right to play, but they will; I’ll make sure of it. Puck drops in one minute, hope nothing hits the post.

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#Eminent2014 in Motion

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The passage of autumn into winter in the TALONS classroom is marked by the arrival of the Eminent Person Study and culminating Night of the Notables. And while there is a great deal of tradition and meaning transmitted down through years to the current group of students undertaking the project, the chain of cultural transmission is captured in the chorus of individual goals, reflections in progress, and documents of learning blogged as the project unfolds.

While everyone fulfills the same few tenants of the study, the learning that takes place – collectively and individually – is largely a personal affair, one that is handed down from year to year in links and digital portfolios. And as the individual lessons of the study accumulate, so does the culture at the heart of the TALONS classroom congregate in RSS and digital artifacts.

Thus we can look back in the Notable class of 2009 astride our own, with Saskia’s learning center, one which still resonates today:

I left out postcards for people to write to Zahra Kazemi’s son: Stephan Kazemi. These I made from her photographs as a reference to the postcards she herself created (mentioned above). I wanted them addressed to her son for several reasons. By having people write about what they thought of Zahra Kazemi, I was honouring his mother and his own struggle to find justice for her. At the same time, it also showed him just how much his help made a difference to my project. Eleven people ended up writing postcards and I hope that when Stephan Kazemi receives them, they will make him very happy.

The sentiments of Raiya, a year later, looking back on her turn under the lights, echoes in this the fall of 2014:

Night of the Notables left me awestruck, amazed, and inspired. I realized that all my pre-N.O.T.N. stress was well worth the great moments that came with it. For me, some of the more memorable moments of the night were the ten minutes we were all getting a pep talk from Mr. J, the five minutes we were all singing the same familiar notes of “Don’t Stop Believing”, and those three seconds of dead silence after your speech, followed by the thunderous cheers from your classmates. The energy from that night will stick with us our entire life.

The TALONS newly departed, too, leave their thoughts to frame this year’s experience:

Slide11I always get the most peculiar tickling sensation in my tummy after late nights with TALONS. I don’t know if it’s those shooting stars or the fact that these late nights are way past my bedtime, but it’s always a rather homey feeling that curls around my chest when we join hands, all tired and warm from the long day.

But each of these predecessors merely sets the stage for the voices that are lent to this chorus across the TALONS blogs this fall. Newly migrated to a new domain – talons43.ca - each of the blogs is collected and syndicates in a steady feed of interviews, and speech drafts, and learning center floorplans. The results represent a new generation’s perspective on a timeless aspect of the program, which by changing stays the same.

And so this year we’ve been able to travel with Julia to SFU, and glimpse the individual learning on a field trip to a local university:

Before events happen, I usually have this weird distorted vision of20141030_101631 (1)what will happen. On this trip, I had some educational expectations and such. Something I really wanted to get as much as I could of was experience. Experiences are as valuable as any research, and going to an environment I hope to return to as a university student, I hoped to absorb as much as possible. Some aspects of the buildings themselves were how they were all made of cement. It made for a quite gloomy yet professional feel, and looked quite impressive from a distance. It would feel great to walk across the serene pond, down the massive steps, and graduate. There was also a pyramid in a clearing that could only be the pyramid of life, and I questioned it no further. Experiences demand to be felt, and I was entranced.

We’re introduced to fellow grade nine Emma M’s look back on her speech, and see the evolution of the draft(s) that brought her there:

Oh eminent speeches.

I have written many speeches, however I always stress about them and slightly go crazy yet end up finishing with flying colours. People say I’m a good public speaker, and I think that I’m good at it, just when I get up to speak I don’t know if it’s nerves or adrenaline running through my veins. As well, once I finish the speech I don’t speak for a while because all I’m thinking is “Wow, I just did that.”

Sensing the permanence of the blogged reflection, by taking stock of her grade nine speech Nazlie offers some advice to her future self:

I presented my speech on monday, which I am really proud of myself for. I’m usually not the best with public speaking, but I feel like I did pretty well and I am less nervous to present in front of groups of people, especially the classroom. I think I have a pretty good technique for staying calm whilst presenting now, which is something extremely useful that I have gotten out of this project so far. However, I have miserably failed to follow through with my goal of time management, I left my speech to be written on the last weekend before I presented. Personally this wasn’t a big problem for the outcome of my speech, but I still believe it would’ve been more efficient for me to have written at least some of it the weekend before. I literally spent 2 weeks brainstorming and then ended up doing something completely different from what I brainstormed. So, Future me, who will probably look back at this post a year from now and feel terribly embarrassed, PLEASE brain storm and do some speech writing on the same day, preferably 3 weeks before NOTN, so then you won’t have to spend all day on Sunday and Saturday before the big day writing your speech based off of brainstorm-notes and then end up realizing, on the 3rd speech you’ve rewritten, that there is a way better POV to use. Please.

While attending to her own project, grade ten Jessica takes the opportunity to shine some light on Nazlie’s speech, as well:

SFU trip with TALONS

I also want to comment on Nazlie’s project. I recently heard her speech on the woman who runs Rookie. It blew me away. During her speech, she didn’t ever really move, using no body language to aid her, however it worked in her favour. I believe this is because her speech was formed as a letter to her eminent person and letters are not often associated with body movement. She caught my eye because she spoke with such passion in a way that was relatable, and because she was talking about body images and the affects society have on us.

But as the project marches on, Alison takes a moment to forecast her goals for Night of the Notables:

Compared to last year, my learning center is not so complex and it occupies more space. Also, visitors will have to directly converse with me for information about my person rather than reading off a board or by looking at pictures. Although the idea may be more simple, I think I will be equally or even more busy than last year, but I look forward to it! I hope that this learning center idea will be successful and entertaining on the night of while showing the true eminence of Niccolo Paganini to the guests!

While Lyle shares his interview progress with the Reddit community:

If you recall from last year, my interview requests crashed, burned, asked me to tell their wives they loved her, and then convulsed wildly until their vital signs were zero. I believe this was because I was overly optimistic about securing an interview with my person himself and so did a pretty half-hearted job of seeking interviews from anyone else. In short, I was fishing with a line instead of a net.

This year however, my interview request was fired out to a potential audience of almost 60, 000 people, all who are knowledgeable or at least interested in graffiti. Where did I find such an audience?

Reddit!

Joanna shares her successful interview attempt, as well as her results:

So this year, I was extremely lucky to get an interview on my first try, with none other than Margaret Sanger’s grandson, Alexander Sanger, who also happens to be the Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council.

Talking with Mr. Sanger has really made me feel like I know Margaret Sanger a bit better- questions such as the one I asked about her personality are really going to help me be in character on Night of the Notables, and being able to see this woman from a family members point of view gave me quite a bit of insight on her private life. I also got the chance to learn about some of her lesser known beliefs, and this knowledge prompted me to look into her accomplishments outside of the legalization of contraceptives.

While her sister shares another draft of her speech speech draft, along with the following caveat

The first thing I did for my speech was pretty much a free-write. The free-write is below. I will be posting my speech draft #2, which will actually have a semblance of organization, in a different blog post. The transitions are in bold because I had already decided where I wanted to start and end, so those are parts that won’t change much. You’ll be able to tell that they don’t fit with the free-write, because they were created separately.

Emma F in turn sketches out the broad strokes of her turn as Frida Kahlo:

Although I have chosen not to illustrate a specific ‘snapshot’ moment or event in my speech, I have instead decided to address the concept Frida’s balance of surrealism and reality within her paintings. Although many have labelled her as a surrealist painter, she has incorporated so intimately the realities of her suffering in her work, which makes it difficult to dismiss her paintings as purely imaginative of dream-like. Of course it is necessary to acknowledge that there is a spectrum of realism within her paintings, from her most literal reprentations of people and still life to her most extravagant otherworldy images, but both polar opposites hold meaning and relevance in her life. Thus the ‘surreal’ paintings that she created still were rooted in the very real aspects of her experience.

And Jenny anticipates the Big Night:

Today the grade ten afternoons did a run through of our speeches. The result made me ecstatic! Our. Speeches. Will. Be. Awesome. Glorious. Magnificent. Superb. Spectacular. Terrific… etc. etc.

By Wednesday night, another cohort of grade tens will have passed across the stage which marks their true arrival as the program’s seniors. One of the TALONS pillars will have passed into recent history to be filed among the notables that have gone before, all to act as prelude for the grade nines who will inherit the honour next year.

BibBLOGgraphy – Hedy Lamarr

 

By doing this project I have found many good cites about my eminent person: Hedy Lamarr. I have decided to share with you five that I found the most helpful. I probably used over twenty-five cites total, but I found that some didn’t have as much information/pictures as these ones.

 

First website: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/radio_history/gtnames/hedy_lamarr.php

Information about the website: This website gives you lots of information about her invention. There isn’t much about her personal life, but it’s really easy to understand how her invention works and how it was made. I like the website because it tells you everything you need to know about her in several paragraphs instead of forty.

 

Second website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_Lamarr

Information about the website:  Of course, Wikipedia. There was a lot of information about her personal life/movies she starred in. Go there if you are looking for the small details about her life in general. There weren’t many pictures and the ones that were there were portraits of her (but you could find way more like them by just searching in google). It’s an overall good source for information.

 

Third website: http://www.hedylamarr.com/

Information about the website:  This was a really good website if you wanted to find pictures and quotes about/from Hedy Lamarr. There were over 80 unique pictures of her that you wouldn’t just find by searching “Hedy Lamarr” on google. Don’t go there looking for tons and tons of information about her because there wasn’t a lot, but it did give a brief biography and told you the essentials.

 

Fourth website: http://www.biography.com/people/hedy-lamarr-9542252

Information about the website: The reason I chose this website to show was mainly because of the great video it has on her. A man (with a soothing voice haha) tells you about her life and her invention. It’s quite short but really interesting. Apart from the video there is also quite a bit of information on her.

 

Fifth website: http://hedy-lamarr.org/

Information about the website (my personal favourite):  This is probably my favourite website because it literally has everyhing! There is actually so much on this website that it would take you 4 days to see everything (okay maybe not that long ;) ). There are so many pictures of her it’s crazy. I think one folder had over 900! It is also a great source of information. If you could only go to one website about Hedy Lamarr go to this one!

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Interviewing a dancer

Eminent is in three or so days, I’m a mix of emotions currently! Need to put them all aside temporarily and tell you all about my interview.

For my interview, I contacted my ballet teacher Laurel Cabrita. Ms. Laurel has taught me ballet for the past eight years and it is because of her that my studio has some of the strongest ballet technique from a non-ballet exclusive studio.

Ms. Laurel danced at the Pacific Ballet Theatre for six years. The company stemmed from the studio where she was taught.  Upon joining the company, there were about 12 dancers. Over her six years there, the company never grew bigger than 20 dancers.

This company was very small in comparison to national ballet companies. To add some perspective, the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) where Misty Copeland dances currently has 16 principal dancers, 7 soloists and 59 corps de ballet members.  Because of its size, the Pacific Ballet Theatre’s selection of dancers may be affected less by shape than a national company.

Many companies, especially national companies, tried to aim for a Balanchine body. A Balanchine body has long legs, long arms, a long neck and a short, thin torso. This was mainly to create a look of unison within the dancers, causing no one to stand out in a good, or bad, way.

After talking to Ms. Laurel, I found out that body shape did affect and limit dancers, but not in the way I was expecting. Many of the root reasons for any body limitations were logistical and not aesthetic. Most common body limitations were height, weight, flexibility and ability.

For height, it affected partnering mainly. Going en pointe adds a lot of height to a dancer. Ms. Laurel, who was 5′ 6″, had to partner with males who were at least 5′ 11″ or else she was too tall for them, both aesthetically (with the partnering looking awkward) and logistically (not being able to spin properly because the male can’t keep her upright).

For weight, the two main reasons it limited was the strength of the males and how it affected health. If a dancer has heavy bones and muscles but doesn’t look heavy, she may not be able to be lifted by a male and therefore not able to do a pas de deux. If a dancer is overweight, and the extra weight affects their stamina and cardio vascular ability, then it is going to affect where they are in the company. When Ms. Laurel was in the company she was asked at least two times to lose weight. The directors never enforced it, but she was asked. There was only one girl in the company over the six years that was outright bulimic and anorexic. Some dancers took depositories, to make them go to the washroom, in attempts to lose weight, but it didn’t often last long. Many dancers smoked, sometimes even instead of eating but smoking was more common at the time. Teachers smoked in their classes. Of course, this was almost 35 years ago. Even over Ms. Laurel’s six years, the influence of weight got much better and has continued to get better after that.

Ability is the most limiting of the three, however some ability limitations could be altered slightly. If you aren’t the best turner, you probably won’t do Gamzatti’s variation from La Bayadere, which has saut de chats, double attitude turns and pique turns. Same goes for jumping. If you can’t jump, a jump section will be very difficult. Of course, you can train yourself to improve your jumps or turns. Some limitations you can’t really control is turn-out, flexibility and ankle strength.  Being someone with very little turn-out, I can say steps like en boîtés are very difficult. Variations with high kicks or ponchés would be difficult for people who have limited flexibility. Pointe work isn’t possible for dancers with weak, inflexible ankles or tight or weak Achilles tendons.

Even though all of this is true, ability comes over look. Maybe in a national company, if two dancers have the same technique and quality and only one has a Balanchine body, look will come into play. But if a dancer is amazing at portraying a character, it won’t matter if they don’t fit the image. Quality and technique can allow body image to become less important. Stage presence can help a dancer to go far.

In the end, what the dancer can do is all that really counts.

Document of Learning

It’s been a while since I’ve addressed my Eminent person on my blog, but not to worry, there has been quite a lot of work done behind the ‘screen’.

First of all, my speech draft has been written and posted below. I would still love some feedback although some more edits have been made as of now.

Also, I have secured an interview! I will be email interviewing Mr. Taras Gabora, an internationally renowned violin professor here in Vancouver. Unfortunately I won’t be able to receive any answers to my questions until December 2nd at the earliest because he is currently away at New York for a business trip. My interview post may be a bit delayed, but I hope the answers posted will prove to be a bit of a treat before or after the Night of the Notables!

Now, moving on to my learning center which will be the focus of this document of learning.

This year, I’m planning to keep my learning center clean and simple. Unlike last year, I won’t have a poster board, but instead I will be bringing in some items that are personal to my eminent person for display along with a fun interactive activity.  I have a classroom (room 214) as my learning center so it will be a bit easier to bring in some valuables without the worry of loss or damage. The first item(s) that I plan to bring in is a violin (or two). I will be bringing in my violins to represent Paganini’s own instruments, but to keep some suspense, you’ll have to come to my learning center to find out which violins I will be portraying and what their significance is to Paganini’s life. I will also be bringing in some of Paganini’s music that I own and visitors will be allowed to look through the music to observe some of Paganini’s technical challenges as well as his musical style and interpretation. Hopefully if technology allows, I will also play a soundtrack of the pieces he composed in the background, maybe striking a chord of inspiration in some of my visitors. Lastly, for my interactive activity I will have a third violin (which Vanessa G. graciously offered me to borrow) that will allow people to try out the violin. I will also have some easy music such as twinkle, twinkle little star set up on a stand so that there would be some purpose to the activity. Of course, I will be facilitating the activity, making sure that the guests know what they are doing and maybe teaching a few of the basics. Whether that person is playing the violin for the first time, the second time, or the 100th time, I think that it will still be an enjoyable interactive activity that fits in really well with my Eminent Person.

The layout for my learning center
The layout for my learning center

Compared to last year, my learning center is not so complex and it occupies more space. Also, visitors will have to directly converse with me for information about my person rather than reading off a board or by looking at pictures. Although the idea may be more simple, I think I will be equally or even more busy than last year, but I look forward to it! I hope that this learning center idea will be successful and entertaining on the night of while showing the true eminence of Niccolo Paganini to the guests!

 

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