2018 Speech Subsection 21A Champions

2018 Speech Subsection 21A Champions
2018 Speech Subsection 21A Champions

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Collaboration Strengths and Weaknesses


               My biggest strength as a collaborator is that I am organized and goal-oriented.  I keep things on track.  I have creative abilities in both generating ideas and in writing.  I add humor at an appropriate level to a work environment.  I like to encourage others and offer helpful feedback.  I take my responsibilities seriously and can be depended on to complete the task at hand in a timely manner and to the best of my ability.
                I admit to several weaknesses in terms of collaborating with others, the first being that I like to take charge.  If I do not see work progressing as I believe it should, I often simply want to take it over myself to make sure the work gets done.  I can be impatient, and I sometimes forget that not everyone processes information as I do or works at the same rate as I do.  I can be blunt, which can be make others feel that I do not respect or value them as I should.
                As I am aware of my strengths and weaknesses, I need to apply this knowledge to all my collaborative experiences.  I need to use my organizational and creative skills in a manner which assists the whole group.  I need to work on my patience so that others can have the time they need to complete work at a rate with which they are comfortable.  I also need to watch how I give feedback, so that group members always feel respected and valued.

Collaboration Defined


Collaboration means working with other individuals to achieve a goal.  It may be as simple as reviewing the work of another and offering feedback, or it may be a complex, long-term project which must be completed by a group.  Anytime we work with others we are collaborating.
Good collaboration will incorporate the sharing of ideas.  Collaboration in terms of group work should involve shared responsibility in which work is distributed evenly among the group members and each member takes their responsibility seriously.  A successful collaborative group will often define the roles of its members and will communicate effectively with each other.  Mutual respect for all involved is a key to a successful collaborative group experience.
Ineffective collaboration is disorganized.  It is often marked by responsibility falling too heavily on one or two people in the group.  When respect for each group member is not demonstrated, the collaborative effort will be diminished and may fall apart completely.  Poor collaboration does not meet its intended goals.
I have experienced both good and bad collaboration in the past.  When collaboration was good, every group member felt valued, goals were met, responsibility was shared equally among all members, and the end product was one in which we could all take pride.  When collaboration was bad, the group was disorganized, and there was a good deal of in-fighting and a lack of cooperation.  One group member did not show respect for the rest of the group and did not complete her work on time, making it impossible for me to do what I was required to do.  One other group member and I had to do most of the work.  The project was completed, but I didn’t feel it was a good as it could have been. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Class Assignments and Due Dates

5/31/2018

Class              In Class                                  Assignments and Due Dates

English 11                 Short Story Unit Test  
                                                      
Speech I                    New Product Presentations
                                         
English 9                   Thunder on Sycamore Street Review

Theater & Speech    Prop Room Work 

Class Assignments and Due Dates

5/30/2018

Class              In Class                                  Assignments and Due Dates

English 11                 Read Paul's Case  
                                                      
Speech I                    New Product Presentation Work                    New Product Presentations - 5/31
                                         
English 9                   Thunder on Sycamore Street  P. 463-745

Theater & Speech    Stage and Prop Room Work 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Class Assignments and Due Dates

5/29/2018

Class              In Class                                  Assignments and Due Dates

English 11                 Watch Almos' A Man DVD  
                                                      
Speech I                    New Product Presentation Work                    New Product Presentations - 5/31
                                         
English 9                  Thunder on Sycamore Street  P. 449 - 462

Theater & Speech    Stage and Prop Room Work 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Class Assignments and Due Dates

5/25/2018

Class              In Class                                  Assignments and Due Dates

College English        Essay Writing

English 11                 Read Almos' A Man            
                                                      
Speech I                    New Product Presentation Work                    New Product Presentations - 5/31
                                         
English 9                   Watch Fences DVD                                       Fences Essay - 5/29

Theater & Speech     Final Project Presentations 

Class Assignments and Due Dates

5/24/2018

Class              In Class                                  Assignments and Due Dates

College English        Baccalaureate Practice                                   Essay - 5/25

English 11                 Watch I'm a Fool DVD             
                                                      
Speech I                    New Product Presentation Work                    New Product Presentations - 5/31
                                         
English 9                   Watch Fences DVD                                       Fences Essay - 5/29

Theater & Speech     Final Project Work                                         Final Project Presentations - 5/25