Reflective Journal Two
- In weeks 5, 6, 7, and 8, reflect and discuss on how much you have learned or re-learned further on each of the following areas or set of knowledge and skills:
Communication (thinking, writing, speaking and listening) skills
Collaboration or team work skills
As far as communication as a whole, the biggest thing that we had was the group project. My group didn’t communicate very well. Everything was sort of thrown together and I felt as if some members didn’t participate fairly. In the future, I need to make it a point to designate a team leader and a method of communication that everyone agrees with.
My leadership skills need to improve. During the group project, I felt as if I was automatically designated as the leader, possibly because I cared more about my grade than others. I feel that I should have been more forceful with my communication and in establishing individual roles within the group.
I feel that I failed at properly citing things during the group project or even in my interpretative speech. I realize now what my mistake was and I am diligently working to correct myself. I do not feel as if I am failing to cite things purposely, but simply being forgetful or clumsy.
2. Reflect and discuss how each of the following factors enabled you or contributed further to your learning:
The learning materials are great. The biggest help to me has been in helping me with my struggle to cite things properly. The examples will be imperative to my success.
learning activities or tasks or assignments
I was a little uncomfortable with the interpretive speech. I am more of a black and white person. I prefer to present factual information rather than opinions. This put me outside of my comfort zone, but I think it was a necessary evil.
speech delivery and evaluating other speaker’s speech performance
I haven’t delivered my informative speech yet so I can’t really comment on that. However, I feel that I have not been honestly evaluating everyone else’s speech performances. There are many things that I felt others could improve upon, but I almost feel unfair critiquing them. I haven’t even given my speech yet and I feel like I am not in a position to judge others. I guess it is more of a moral thing. It is easy to point out issues in the work of other’s but not as easy to deliver a perfect speech yourself.
instructor’s teaching style and approach
I feel that the teaching style and approach are appropriate for a college course. The teacher is not there to be your babysitter, but to challenge you. I have been given all of the tools that I need to be successful. It may be different for other students since we are all individuals but I feel this course is more than sufficient.
Your own attitude, study and work ethics
I feel that with my current work load inside of school and outside, I tend not to put as much emphasis on my study ethics as I should. My work ethics are strong, possibly to strong, since I tend to take on so much. However, I feel that with my attitude in the way I approach things that I can still be successful.
3. If there are changes to be made in your own learning style and your instructor’s teaching style, what should these changes be?
Overall, I need to be more careful when citing my sources. This will be imperative if I expect others to take my topics seriously. I also need to make more of an effort to be involved in the topic when listening to someone else’s speech. As far as the teamwork aspect goes, I generally do not have an issue. I can usually step up and be a leader without problems. However, this team project did not work out as I would have liked. I don’t feel that there are any concerns with the instructors teaching style. I have all of the resources I need to be successful.