Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self-Reflection Questions Reconstruction Debate

How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
 A. I felt anxious and hopeful.
I felt anxious because I was worried that I wouldn’t deliver the information well enough. I was hoping that I would do well and receive a good grade.
How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
I felt unprepared. I was scrambling for solid thoughts on the content. I felt this way because I had not written a script.
How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?
I felt as if I had lost my thoughts. I felt this way because I was unprepared.
What did I personally do well?
I don’t feel that I did anything well on the presentation.
What did not go as desired in this presentation?
I desired a good grade and a solid feeling after the presentation.
On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
7. I think that I understood the 10%/50% percent topic but I didn’t understand the Constitutional side of it.
How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
I don’t think my group viewed me as someone that weighed down the group because I don’t have a reputation for that.
How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
They perceived me as a weak link in the overall presentation by the DLC. I am perceived this way because I did not perform well.
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 write a script and rehearse it.
What are my strengths in groups?
I don’t know my strengths in a group.
What areas do I need improvement?
I need to remain on task and prepare.
What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
I want to say that I learned that one can not usually wing it and deserve a good grade, but I know this, and I have repeated this wing it style of presentation.
Are there any other things that I need to express?

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I don't think you need to be so hard on yourself. I haven't seen any other projects of yours personally, but from what I've heard from Mrs. Bailin, you guys have great potential. This is just a little hiccup (or burp if you wanna go by Mrs. Bailin's little self-assement today, leave it to her to think of those self-comparisons) and it'll go away. I'm still getting to know you, so I'm still not sure about who you really are, but whoever she is, my advice is show her. I remember you during the speech, but you want to make yourself stand out (in a professional way though). Basically, even though your role is that of a drop-dead boring politician, you need to COMMAND attention, bring your personality to the plate, throw out some serious hard-core facts, and turn the job of a bore-me-to-tears politician into powerful, riveting, genius, kick-your-butt attorney who no one can help but watching. ;)

    You also mentioned that you didn't feel comfortable with the Constitution. You should research the most what you know the least. Google what Constitutional Articles about _________ (fill in blank). Also, don't forget to go with things OUTSIDE the directly obvious. Use things like the Proclamation of Amnesty, Emancipation proclamation, maybe even the Gettysburg Address. Quotes, documents, books, sayings, anything and everything you can pull from that time. If you are against Lincoln, find a quote of his or an issue by him and use it against him, take an action that he's done that's unconstitutional, dig up some dirty little secret on Ol' "Honest" Abe. Remember to cite your stuff though (AKA, "Article 2, Section 3, Line 4 of the Constitution says _____________). Learn the 10% plan and make note of each main point to see if it can be deemed unconstitutional. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer (friends being info about your subject, enemies being info about the other topic), know your enemy, etc. Same thing if you were FOR Lincoln instead. I think you were Lincoln, so you'd be finding stuff on Wade and Douglass and learn all about them. Also, find any points in their plan and see if there was any similar set-up reconstruction plan in the world before this time to see what happened there. If the reconstruction was slow, hard, violent, or anything bad, tell people that. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

    I don't mean to overload with all this writing, but I usually end up writing a lot. Don't worry, it's not you; that's just the way I am. ;) Anyway, I think one of the best ways to learn is from your mistakes. You just gotta get back on that ol' horse. It's not the end of the world if you mess-u[ here and there, everybody does now and then. Don't think about it as something to be down and depressed about (nobody likes a mopey Negative Nelly or Debby Downer, not that you are ;) ) but think of it as just one more lesson in DLC, just like any other lesson like WW2, The Civil War, etc. As I had said, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. "Doomed" is a strong word Debby-Downer word, so let's just replace it with "probably going." ;) Anyway, know you get spend time with us fun (and slightly eccentric) 8th grades and get some new techniques. I don't know if that's something you want to do, but I know I'm happy about it! :)