Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self Reflection: Reconstruction Debate

How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
 a. I was full of apprehension. I don’t like to lose and some of my group members just naturally make me feel this way.
How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
I was really anxious about what the other Congressmen would decide. I felt this way because I don’t like to lose and I didn’t know many of the eighth graders so I couldn’t assure myself that I was going to get a bunch of votes.
How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?
When I was presenting I was nervous. I kept looking at my paper and thought that I would forget my lines and mess up in front of everybody.
What did I personally do well?
I think that I kept the audience’s attention on what I presenting.
What did not go as desired in this presentation?
Some one in my group wasn’t as prepared as they thought they were and forgot their lines. This could not be fixed because they did not have a script with them. We were told that it had been memorized. Apparently this was not so.
On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
An 8 because I knew most of what there was to know, but I didn’t research in depth on documents that I could have cited.
How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
I think that my group perceives me to be friend that they can trust. My group doesn’t treat me any differently than they do other DLC students.
How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
I think that the eighth graders perceived me as just another DLC7 student with exceptional skills in presenting.
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 know my script better and only look at the paper minimal times.
What are my strengths in groups?
I am a task master and I can create things that I want to easily.
What areas do I need improvement?
I need to work on becoming more open to using other people’s ideas.
What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
I have learned what things bother me the most. I can avoid those things and control how I react to what happens.
Are there any other things that I need to express?
            No there is nothing else that I must express.

1 comment:

  1. You mention twice that you don't like losing. Nor do I. Actually, very few people like to lose. The thing is, sometimes you have to realize that failure is inevitable, and it's okay to crash and burn every once in a while, as long as you can pick yourself up and keep moving, even more skilled and confident than before.
    I think that you did do fairly well speaking and capturing atention, but feel like you could have done better. It's difficult for somebody as small as you are (no offense!) to command a room while speaking. I could help you to work the space and gesture more (though you did have a paper in your hand, which sort of impairs hand motions).
    I know that you've probably realized this, but I would like to mention it: One group member forgetting their lines was not the only thing that went awry during your presentation, and more than one group member messed up while presenting. REmember that a project is the responsibility of the entire group--And that it IS okay (in almost all situations) to help out a struggling group member, even during a presentation. One way is (if you know all of the material well enough) some improv presenting, maybe taking over a group member's part for them if they seem to be drawing a blank or having trouble being articulate.
    Overall, you come across as very confident, which I like. Keep it up!