Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self-Reflection Questions Reconstruction Debate

How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
          Planning the presentation, I felt confident. I had my part down, I mostly enjoyed writing it.

How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
          I felt nervous, as of learning the 8th graders could ask questions. Anxious, even.
How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?
          I felt awful. The slides weren’t working, and it seemed to suffocate our groups presentation. I cracked, and Miss Bailin saw. “You can go on without the tech piece.” I might have regained some confidence from that point on, but not much.
What did I personally do well?
           After giving up on the slides, I think I did okay. Evertything before by me was pitiful, in my opinion.
What did not go as desired in this presentation?
          The tech slides would repeat, instead of moving onto the next slide.
On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
           7, it could have been better, but I didn’t spend much time studying the flaws I was to point out, and I didn’t have the sections of the constitution memorized, so when it came time to ask questions, I could only answer limitedly.
How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
           I think they perceived me poorly. Behind my mask of semi-confidence that I tried to keep up, I think they could see how many gaps I really had.
How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
           I think they perceived me averagely. I tried to grab their attention, stepping forward towards them. This could have possibly showed them I was commited, and even though I wasn’t the best public speaker, I certainly wasn’t the worst.
Knowing that I can only control how I act and react, if I could do this presentation again, what would I change about my actions to make it a more ideal experience?
          I would work more on slides, and since I wasn’t a fan of them anyways, maybe I would make it simpler, but yet something to still draw attention towards me. I would also like to collaborate with my group members more.
What are my strengths in groups?
          I think my strengths in groups are listening to others ideas, and hearing them out. Maybe even public speaking. I like to get things out of the way, and am normally not too nervous to stand in front of classmates…
What areas do I need improvement?
          I need to get better with content. I tend to slack, and then it’s just not fun trying to catch up. I should also try to put some more effor t into any tech production I do, and not procrastinate.
What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
          I learned that I really need to stop procrastinating. It affects the group, it affects me, and causes WAY too much stress.
Are there any other things that I need to express?

1 comment:

  1. Great post. I really thought after you ditched your slides, you showed natural talent for public speaking. Last year, we had a projcet in which I decided to write a speech with keynote slides, detailing the antebellum period. I was flustered with tech not working, and ditched it. After that, I think I realized that tech is there as an assistant, not as the speaker. I also think you have a great idea on what you need to improve on and what you did good at. I can't wait to work with you!