Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self Reflection: Reconstruction Debate.

How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
A. In the beginning, I thought that I wouldn’t be enough help to my group members because I didn’t completely grasp the 10 percent plan, or understand the content.

How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
A. After studying and practicing for hours, I began to feel as if I would play one of the biggest parts in helping my group because I felt that I would know all my parts and take over the audience.

How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?
A. While I was presenting, I felt as though I had just ruined the entire debate for my group and my class mates because I had messed up so bad.

What did I personally do well?
A. I think that the timing of my slides with what I was saying turned out fascinating.

What did not go as desired in this presentation?
A. Once it came my turn to speak, I cracked under pressure and forgot everything that I had memorized.

On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
A. On a scale from 1-10, I think I would have earned a 6 or a 7, because I had everything going swimmingly, until I forgot my lines, which ended up being a big part of my presenting.

How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
A. I think my group members thought that I was a slacker, or an under-achiever, this was because, even though I had, it appeared as if I had just thrown the debate away and not practiced.

         How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
A. From what I know, the 8th graders probably took it as an insult, that we had all graded them poorly on their projects. Then stunk it up with ours.

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?
A. I would make sure that I can perform in front of a crowd by finding some people to listen while I practice my lines.

What are my strengths in groups?
A. My strengths in a group would be that I can memorize certain things to help people.

What areas do I need improvement?
A. I need to be able to perform and present in front of a group of people.

What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
A. I always thought that I would be able to do anything in a crowd, I would always imagine myself acting in a live show, this is important because I will need to be able to get in front of an audience for performance grades.

Are there any other things that I need to express?
A. I also need to express that I prefer to work in groups, but mainly groups that I can understand and everyone will play a different role.


  1. Robert, you have to accept the fact that a project isn't going to always go as planned. My projects last year were not always great or at my best and neither are some this year. Sometimes it depends who you work with and sometimes it depends on your confidence levels. You just have to learn how to adjust to the different project environments. Also, I don't take anything as an insult because the way you graded us helps me get better. That is why we grade you, too. - Keara

  2. Robert- I can't wait to work with you. You seem motivated, funny, and great with content. I think we really are a great fit. I am good at "stage presence", an umbrella term for keeping eye contact, seeming confident, and effectively convaying your info. By the way-- I hope no kids in our class graded you badly because of our dismal grades. I am horrified by that prospect.

  3. So, Robert- you have great ideas to help yourself fix mistakes. I hope you aren't perceived as an underachiever. I think if you really feel that way, just make sure and SHOW people that you are doing things. They'll accept it and learn that you will work with them. (P.S.: change this text color, you can't read unless you highlight!)