2) I think one thing that should be adjusted next year is the use of the class time we are given. To be honest when we watched the Ted videos I thought it was a waste of my time because it seemed like every time we watched a video, those were the Fridays I actually had work to do. So for the future, see if the class collectively is interested in watching the Ted videos, because a lot of times our class (myself included) kinda zoned out during the videos, and I think it's a shame. If kids are truly interested in the Ted Talks, they will watch the videos on their own time. Another thing I think should be changed, is the requirement of having a mentor. Yes some projects require this but others don't. My piano project didn't really require a mentor because I learn better on my own. I get less frustrated when there's no one around judging me while I'm playing. So I think for the future, let the students decide if they will need an official mentor, if not they can always ask others for help, but otherwise having a mentor can be a chore and slightly unnecessary.
3) I think the overall freedom shouldn't be changed, and I hope the overall enthusiasm won't be changed. I like how it didn't require a textbook or anything "schoolish" and I think that should remain because once it becomes a chore, students will check out, and I think the majority of people's passion for the project will diminish.
4) I'm kind of indifferent about this to be honest. I think 20 time was great to spur creativity and to help students find themselves. However there are aspects to the project like how you can't fairly grade everyone's project. They're all different, and to me they all deserve A+'s because students put their heart and souls into it and even if they fail at their project, a nice grade is a good reflection of their hard work. I think 20 time is good but it is an interesting concept that for sure would not work in all classroom settings. Traditional methods of teaching have been working for what seems like forever. Yes schools can kill creativity, but again with the grades, colleges like creativity and they also like good grades. Kids can't get into Harvard based soley upon their ability to be creative. Also it seems like some projects could be judged unfairly and "ranked" based on the teacher's liking of the project.
5) I would say to students next year do something you know you're capable of. Pick something you love and run with it. No matter how hard it gets don't cop out. I slightly regret giving up on cupcakes, I feel like it could have worked if I was on my own. A piece of advice, if they were going to work with a partner make sure the partner is just as passionate as you are, because it won't work if you are the driving force of the project and you have to drag the other person along. Basically I think working alone is better because you can do things on your own time without worrying.