Thursday, November 17, 2016
Independent Project Reflection
We recently finished Independent Projects in GOAL. Our Independent Projects are projects we create once every school year and we get to pick the topic that we want. My project was about Harambe, I wanted to research Harambe because it's still one of the big trending things on the internet and it interests me. If you haven't heard of Harambe, he was a gorilla that was shot when a kid fell into his enclosure at a zoo. I presented in Google Slides format, and the online part only contains pictures and different titles of the sections. My notes are on a real piece of paper, since Mrs. Edlin, our teacher really doesn't want us to look at the screen 24/7 when presenting.
One thing I enjoyed about this project, and this usually goes for all my Independent Projects, is that I got to research something I wanted to. Opposed to other classes where they assign you a project to work on, GOAL is a lot more fun in my opinion because you're more enthusiastic about your topic, since you got to pick it. It was fun researching Harambe because he interested me, and since I use the internet a lot, the only things I really knew about him were the memes.
The hardest part of this project was presenting. I really feel like I'm not good at presenting, I have a lot of "uhh" and "one second" moments because I may have forgot something or skipped over something in the notes. It definitely is harder for me to present with notes instead of them being on screen, and I'm not too sure why. I also have trouble with eye contact, so I usually just look directly over people or to the side of them.
I improved as a learner from this project because it was something I'm enthusiastic about, therefore I think I made a better project opposed to when you're assigned a project. I also improved as a learner by knowing more about how to take notes and organize them.
If I could do the entire thing over again, I would try and do a better job at presenting. I had good notes (60+), and I had good pictures, but my presenting skills definitely need to improve. As I said before, I say "uhh" a lot, which is a major no-no.
I don't really see a good way to improve this assignment for future students, I think it's great that you get to choose your own topic as I said previously.