Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self-Reflection Questions Reconstruction Debate

  1. How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
    1. I felt as though planning went well, for the most part. The first day brought on a bit of a panic. Two of my group members were absent, and it was difficult to plan. I took leadership, and assigned questions to everyone, but some of my group members were off task and playing games, while another was lagging behind. The next day, everyone was here, and everything was sorted out. We all finished our questions, assigned a due date for our slides, and come that day, we had all finished our slides. I thought everything was going great, until we started rehearsing the day of the debate. It became apparent to me that not all of us were the best of public speaking, or didn’t know our stuff.
  2. How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
    1. At first I felt ready to go, because we all had our work done when needed, and it looked good. When we rehearsed, however, I could clearly see that we weren’t going to do as well as I had expected.
  3. How did I feel while I was presenting?
    1. Why did I feel this way? I felt really confident, because I knew my information, and my slides were good, and easy to follow. I got the information across as well as possible, and I think I did well.
  4. What did I personally do well?
    1. I personally thought that I presented well. I spoke loudly, and tried not to mumble. I also tried not to use as many hand gestures, and be or look so spazzy. I thought that I presented much stronger than I had in the past
  5. What did not go as desired in this presentation?
    1. I wished that everybody knew their information. It was obvious that some people didn’t know their information, and some people just weren’t confident enough to present to their full potential. I thought that personally, although I knew my information, I wished I knew it better. I felt as though I kept looking back to the board, constantly, and that was quite obvious.
  6. On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
    1. I would say a 9. I think that the reason I understood the content so well was because I handled the “Errors in Radical Plans” section, so I had to analyze both documents over and over again, reading them multiple times, to find things that I could argue about. It really helped me seeing both of the document and working with them, and I think I understood the content really well because of that.
  7. How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
    1. I think my group members perceived me quite high, and maybe a little too high. Although I thought I did well, I definitely had some flaws. They seemed to think really highly of me because I got my work done and I presented well, although that, to me, was expected of everyone. And some people did accomplish that, but some didn’t do as well as I thought.
  8. How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
    1. I think the 8th graders also perceived me highly, because I received some very flattering comments about my presentation. I think that they did do a better job noticing my flaws, though.
  9. 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?
    1. I would want to work on my time management, and learn the information better. If I did that, I think I would have had a stellar performance
  10. What are my strengths in groups?
    1. My strengths are that I am probably one of the strongest speakers in the class, so I can use that to my advantages. I also get my work done as soon as possible, and I have some good ideas
  11. What areas do I need improvement?
    1. I need to work on my work ethic and time management a lot. I procrastinate, and I wish I don’t I really need to work on getting a schedule set up and getting my work done accordingly. I also need to learn to trust myself and not ask so many questions. I ask questions, but they aren’t because I don’t know, but because I want to make sure that my project is good, and that I have achieved my overly high expectations
  12. What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
    1. I learned that I should really trust myself more. I already knew that, but now I have proof. I was told that I was a very strong speaker and debater by multiple people, and that made me feel good. I doubted myself, but I shouldn't, because in the end, it usually turns out well.
  13. Are there any other things that I need to express?
    1. I think I have covered it all in this reflection.