Monday, June 9, 2014

Final Blog Post

Last blog post:
1. Overall I think it is an amazing experience if you take it seriously. You have to be dedicated and completely on track and love what you are doing. People need to have the realizations that most of us kids had this year. 

2. I definitely think they should have mini goals or deadlines for themselves and you need to go up to each one and make sure they love it. Ask them why they want todo it and if doing it for college apps is one of them, then ask them to pick a different thing that they are truly passionate about. MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THIS! Have them do the first thing that comes into their mind. I think that next year  the blog posts could be just little tiny updates like once or twice a week instead of  long paragraphs once a week.

3. I definitely think that the fact of failing is an option should be the same. Failure is inevitable with that many kids and it should not at all be graded if they failed or not. It should be graded if their speech shows what they really learned thought the year about the project.

4. I think it should be in schools. Although it does take up a lot of time, it is so amazing how much we all, learn as a whole from watching others in their projects as well as ourselves.  But it would've also nice to have it be something outside of school, like a club or something if that is possible for the students who don't take mr provenzano so class.

5. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE. That's it. That's all that matters.

Thanks, Gennie martin

Thursday, May 29, 2014


So this is originally what I was going to say for my start of the 20 time speech

sign: hello my name is Gennie Martin. If you didn't understand that, I was just signing hello my name is Gennie Martin. And this past year for my 20 time project decided to Iearn ASL.  I just want to let you know right away that I didn't actually learn much. When you are young and growing up it takes years to fully understand the language just like it would take me a long time to memorize the language. 

This is what I ended up pretty much saying for the speech:

How to be successful?
Millions of people have wanted to know the answer to this valuable question. Some spend their whole lives searching and never find the answer. But this year during 29 time, I have found the answer. It's amazing how blessed I am to figure this out in such a short amount of time. As you all know I chose learning sign language on my subject for 20 time. I thought it would be great to say that I could sign and to write on my college applications of my additional language. I started of great, I learned the alphabet as you can see.  The problem is that I am a very busy person and when I wild get home from hours of sports and activities, I've got to say that I honestly hated the idea of spending more time working, especially on ASL. Don't get me wrong, I think learning ASL is an honorable idea.i think more people should try to learn it. Let's just say that my mom would have to remind me and nag me in order for me to sit down and actually learn the language. I wasn't happy. Things that make me happy include....

Thanks gennie!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blog Blog blog

Oils This weekend I took a life guarding class where I learned CPR and many other in or out of water crisis reactions. It's funny, because ASL and signing in general has shown up in my daily life. I learned that there are signals or signs that you can uses to show if you are in trouble or need help. For example, the universal sign for choking is where you put both arms around your neck and people will know to help. In my everyday life, signing can be seen through people who just use it to explain things. They use their arms and wave to further make a point or to make something clear. That's why it would be so easy to translate arm motions to ASL and vice versa. That's why I think people should be taught ASL when they are young so they can associate signs with talking which would be so much easier

Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 27th post

For the past week our community has had spring break. Our assignment from mr. Provenzanos was to do our end of the year presentation. This means to know exactly what we are talking about and what we are going to put in our slides. 
     For my break, I visited Washington, D.C. As well as Virginia Beach. On my family vacation, I got to experience life outside the "bubble" of Grosse Pointe which is mostly a Caucasian community. It's difficult being raised in this type of area(not diverse) because when I am finally exposed to the real world it almost comes as a shock to how diverse and how different our world really is. I am born to think that everyone should be just like me: Fairly wealthy and white.
   While in D.C. I got to finally experience a whole array of diversity, after all, people go there from all over the world. I got to see people from all ethnic backgrounds and I even vacationed alongside deaf and blind people. What I got through my twenty time project from the vacation was that language brings the world together. English, ASL, Spanish, French, .... And many many more. It's what connects the world together and that's why I think I wanted to learn ASL so badly.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6 Blog Post

So today I Johan a youth group( church meeting) about a missions trip that I am going to this summer to Puerto Rico. I am super duper excited and I can't wait. One of the things my youth director wants us to do for homework is to learn our favorite bible verse in Spanish( native language of Puerto Rico). So i thought that while I'm at it, I could also learn how to sign my favorite bible verse in ASL. So the verse is:
Philippians 4:13 for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  After researching, the Spanish translation is: 

So know I can tell the children there my favorite bible verse in Spanish woohoo!
Now I will look up how to sign Philippians 4:13 in ASL: 
Well this is the URL cause I couldn't figure out how to attach a video 

Thanks for reading today! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014


In class on Friday we had one minute presentations to show our progress throughout the year and we will continue those presentations Monday. So for this blog post I decided I would talk about what I am going  to say when it's my turn t speak.

This year I haven't done exactly what I have wanted. I have learned that ASL is bigger that it is made out to be. It's a language and it's just as serious as Spanish or English because it connects those who are deaf to the outside world. There are so many people that wouldn't be able to communicate otherwise. When i started this project I didn't think it would be such a task. I'm glad I did it though. I have learned how you really have to persevere in the real world. You have to constantly work and you have to really want something in order to reach your goal. I have learned the alphabet and a lot of vocabulary which is nice to know, but I'm sad to say I won't be able to complete my goal. It's difficult to do this all by myself especially when I have no connection to ASL or no time to take classes or lessons from people who do know it. There were a lot of setbacks in this project, but I don't feel like I have completely failed. I feel like I have learned a lot from this project alone, and it has shown me the dedication I need to have in order to complete hints like this in the future.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blog Post

This week I reviewed the first few lessons of sign language. I will not be able to do my whole project in signs. Probably just a few sentences. I need to focus on learning verbs so I can form my sentences better.

After researching the odds of being deaf I feel really thankful for my awesome sight. My awesome eyesight. My awesome health. It's very horrible that people all around the world are deaf and hardly no one cares. A lot of people don't really try to help, or even notice those with the disabilities. For my speech at the end of the year I would like to bring awareness to this fact and maybe to to create something TO bring awareness.
Gennie Martin