While I did learn about a great deal of subjects during this course, I am not certain if I can honestly say that I have improved my communication techniques. I feel as though I am on the same level as before, although I have changed my own definition of what that level is. I tried not to presume that my posts were completely understood, however I was always responded to with an all clear from my team members. Therefore, at least they believed that they understood my meaning completely. I did not read any responses which disputed this fact, for any problems I myself had within the group did not come from problems to do with communication as much as it did with responsibility.
College students are very impressionable when it comes to how to act in the workplace. In high school we develop habits, like how to study and how to write properly, but we are not fully prepared to go into the working field. The self-assessments, provided by Professor Whitten, gave students a chance to know what they need to improve or maintain. Also, it allowed us to explore our values, opportunities, and strengths, something that I have never done before. Although some of my self-assessments gave me results that I expected, they revealed many things about myself that were surprising.
As a current college student and future educator, remaining open-minded is a goal I strive towards. There are many times where I am close-minded and can not understand the "diversity" within an area. Rider campus is my biggest example because when I first stepped onto it, I felt alone and isolated. Due to class discussion and experience, I realized diversity could apply to everything that makes a person unique. With this knowledge I looked at my fellow students and friends in a new light, with not one person being exactly like the other even if they share the same ethnicity, religion, or gender.
Going in with all types of nervousness now seems ridiculous to me, as I feel like I am in a much better plan than I expected to be. Even though it has gone better than expected, the next parts of the project will determine where this positive energy goes. I am excited and determined for my group to achieve what we set out to accomplish from the very start. I want to make sure I am there for my team, our sponsor, and for myself. In the past, I have had the tendency to drift off at times, but throughout this project I have not even come close to that.
Self-Reflection and Insight My initial reaction to the icon presentation had me feeling sceptical and slightly anxious. Sharing something that held such significant sentimental value to me and my family was not something I had had the chance to do in any other class over the course of my university career. This pedagogical approach in which the teacher is situated at the front of class, educating other students with no written language, is very powerful. I find that listening to someone share something with you, without notes, and speaking purely from their heart, is one of the most powerful ways to receive, understand and process information, but more importantly, learn. As I prepared for my presentation, I found it difficult to decide on what information I felt comfortable sharing with the class.
I have attended monthly meetings and learned how one becomes a member, officer, and gets on a committee. I also met many new people at these meetings and enjoy getting to know new individuals. As I continue my education at Iowa State I feel prepared and know what classes I plan on taking each semester thanks to my four year plan. Without this assignment I would’ve been lost and not known what classes to take. Completing my four year plan helped me prepare myself for the future and know exactly what classes I need to take before graduating.
We finished the project ahead of time and we had a lot of spare time to revise the project. This group experience was very positive, we even studying together for other classes. Finally, when we were preparing for our presentation, one of my classmate said something that stuck with me until today, she said: “I think you should present first Manuela, because I think ofall of us you are the one who has that natural leadership initiative.” I have never though of me like that, but looking back I realized that I usually was elected or just perceived to be the leader. Unfortunately, not all experiences would be similar to this one; just a semester later I would be a leader of the most complicated group I have ever been part
Developing communication skills will also help you in the future when you have to make new friends at university or collage. You may have a job that requires you to talk to new customers every day so learn how to communicate in high school but joining clubs and making friends. As you get older you will also start to get lazier and not have time to exercise so get into the habit of managing your time so that you can continue being healthy after high school. You only have one chance to attend high school, so make use of this process to come out successful and make the best out of the adventure.
So far the internship has helped me for work after collage by giving me an idea of what the industry does and that it isn’t always in a perfect environment that you get in the classroom setting. The industry is at a different level than school. But school has given me a great foundation to build for the future to be able to go in the field and learn what is needed for my career. There will be a learning curve when I go get my first job in the real world. It’s not that school is behind but that they teach a large umbrella for all industry but when you go forward you can say I learned about that and then I can build upon that foundation I got in
After a few days observing Mrs. Brewer 's class, I was convinced to change my belief. She used group work every day, but not the group work I was used to. This was group work where the students all had individual assignments and grades, but they were encouraged to collaborate on their ideas and opinions. I realized how important this was for my future classroom.