Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Self-Reflection Questions Reconstruction Debat

  1. How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
    1. During the planning of this presentation I felt pride with a little bit of anxiety. I felt pride because of the part I was chosen to do for the debate. I liked the amount of speaking I would do and that someone would be up with me as I presented. I did feel anxiety during the process because of the short amount of time that was given. It was due on Monday, which meant I had to finish practically the whole presentation and practice what I was to say during the weekend. Only problem was that I had a soccer tournament, so that took away a whole bunch of my working time. I ended up working on it on the last day and pretty much was stressing out the whole time. J
  2. How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?

I was a little nervous to be presenting in front of the past DLC kids because they were older and because they wanted revenge for how we had graded them on their presentations, though I wanted to prove to them that the DLC 7 this year was far more superior then they ever were, which gave me confidence and excitement. Sadly that confidence and excitement was drained out of me as soon as I walked into DLC that Monday morning. I was so nervous and afraid of messing up and embarrassing myself in front of the DLC 8 that I started freaking out again, but soon calmed myself down so I would be ready and prepared for the debate.

  1. How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?

When I was actually up and presenting I felt pretty self-confident. I felt that I did a decent job in my speech, considering there were many tech-difficulties. I cannot be sure of how well the others thought of my performance, but I don’t think I could have done much better… well maybe a little better, but still not much. J

  1. What did I personally do well?

I personally did well in projecting my voice and emphasizing important words. I don’t know if my voice was rough or shaky, but I don’t think it mattered. Like the other debate we had, I tried to be as persuasive and strong as I possibly could.

  1. What did not go as desired in this presentation?

All the technical difficulties that sprung up during my presentation were definitely undesirable. I feel that with out the problems I could have held the audience better and probably would have been more persuasive­­­­­­­­­­.

  1. On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.

I would give myself an 8 in my understanding of the content. I understood most of the facts about Lincoln’s 10% plan and the Radicals 50% plan. I know next to nothing about the Constitution, which was a problem during the questioning stage.

  1. How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?

I think they perceived me pretty well because I finished my slides on time and presented them confidently and strong. The only problem that happened was that I stressed out a little bit before the debate, which probably upset them.

  1. How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?

I don’t think they perceived me well at all. Mainly because after the debate all the 8th graders said which side they thought won and whom they thought did well. Out of everyone who presented in that debate, which was about 10 people, I was the only one who didn’t get a complement from them. That made me feel negative, offended and ashamed of my performance. I didn’t think I did well at all and I hated how they felt about me as a performer.

  1. 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 change how I reacted to the tech-difficulties and how I reacted by not getting a complement from the 8th grader. First of all for the technical stuff I should have just kept going on with my presentation like Riley and Ciara instead of stopping and trying to fix it. With the complements I should have ignored what they said about the other people and just stayed proud and happy with my performance. Because I let the 8th graders get to me, now I am still not to sure of how I did.

  1. What are my strengths in groups?

I am pretty good at fixing most problems and on getting my work done.

  1. What areas do I need improvement?

I need to get less stressed out over things and just stay cool and confidant.

  1. What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?

I learned that I listen to what people say (or not say) way too much. I need to be my own inspiration and need to listen to myself, not others as much.

  1. Are there any other things that I need to express?

No not really.


  1. Alison, don't feel bad just because you didn't get a compliment. We eighth graders aren't always fair to others (just ask Miss Bailin). Also, don't lose confidence! There will be other projects that you can prove yourself on where we can get to know you better. - Keara

  2. Alison- Don't lose your confidence! I am sorry you hated the way we evaluated you. You obviously have a lot of talent, if you are in the DLC alone. You seem like you know your content too. Do not let this get to you! Realize mistakes, punctuate your fortes, and get ready for the next time!

  3. Wow- I had no idea we came across as scary! I totally understand how you feel, though. Just because we don't compliment somebody doesn't mean they had a horrible presentation. We sometimes (well, a LOT of the time) get really opinionated, and I know that a lot of us came across that way. While I know you felt nervous and the tech kept messing up, you have to try very hard to maintain your composure. It can be really difficult, and I know that last year (and sometimes this year) my tech problems really get me stressed out. From what Miss Bailin has told us, your class has been FANTASTIC this year- so don't get down about this one little project. in the great scheme of things, it's just a little mistake to learn from.