Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self Reflection: Reconstruction Debate

  1. How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
    1. I felt nervous that we wouldn’t produce a piece that was of quality work and we would spend a lot of time bickering but I was also thought that we would be able to produce a monster debate. I felt this way because all of my group, including myself, have very different opinions and we could easily think our ideas were better than others ideas.
  2. How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
    1. I feel awesome I think that we really proved our part and slammed the other side without being rude or mean. I think that I helped prove our side was right without proving Lincoln was a bad man.
  3. How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?
    1. I was very nervous but also confident before going. I was nervous because the group before had done a pretty good job and I was the last person to go so it was all going on me if I bombed it then I had sunk our group but if I did a good job then I had helped sink the other side. But I was confident in my slides and my stubbornness and good debating skills to help my group pull it off.
  4. What did I personally do well?
    1. Personally I think I did well trying to make people feel good about themselves and if someone was telling someone that something wasn’t a good idea or it was wrong I tried to make them feel good about themselves and I also tried to pull my weight and make sure people pulled there own weight.
  5. What did not go as desired in this presentation?
    1. What didn’t go as well as we thought was that people didn’t do their work and sometimes I had to it for them.
  6. On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
    1. I think I got a 7.5 I think I understood most of it but there was definitely a lot of work I could have learned.
  7. How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
    1. I think that at first they might have thought I didn’t do my work because I had a lot of work saved on my flash drive and I left that at my house so that was my fault but I think that once they saw what I had produced at the end I think they learned I was a valuable part of the group.
  8. How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
    1. I think that they thought I was a valuable part of the group and I that I did a good job because some if them said that in the shout outs.
  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 try not look toward Miss Bailin when something when something went wrong and try to be more like Erin when something went wrong just be able to handle it and tell the audience in a graceful way.
  10. What are my strengths in groups?
    1. I am a good debater and can be a leader when I need to be but don’t like being one.
  11. What areas do I need improvement?
    1. I need to improve not stuttering or saying “uh” when I present and I need to work on always having a plan B.
  12. What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
    1. I learned that sometimes it is good to go with the flow and not use my ideas and sometimes it is good to be a leader you can’t be both at the same time. Ex/ You can’t be a leader but try to go with the flow when you’re the leader you have to show people what the flow is. This is important because when you’re a leader people look up to you and you always need a leader in a group because if you don’t everyone will follow everyone else.
  13. Are there any other things that I need to express?
    1. I think that I need to say good job to the other group and congratulations to my group that we all did a phenomenal job.


  1. Luke, I think you did a good job speaking. There could have been fewer "uhhs" and you could have rocked around less, but I think you have really tried hard to do well at public speaking. I completely agree with your response to question 12. You cannot be both a leader and a follower, it just doesn't work that way.

    I really do not believe you when you say, "can be a leader when I need to be but don’t like being one". A leader isn't always someone who coordinates everything or is doing the best in the group. A leader is someone who can bring the group to a fuller understanding and bring out the best in people.

    - Keara

  2. Luke,
    I think that you did a really good job on your part in the project. The speaking part was handled really well, and you presented yourself well. You looked prepared and professional. When it was your turn to talk in front of everyone you really sounded like you knew what you were talking about, and if you were asked a question about the topic you were able to elaborate. You also seemed very confident while presenting as well. Another thing, the answers on 1-4 are very good and it seems like you thought about them a lot and in depthly (that's not a word, but lets pretend it is).

    Just like what Keara said I agree with what you said about being a leader and being a follower, you can't be both. Also, I'm exactly like that, I'll be a leader only if I have to be because I don't like being a leader that much.