Reflection Essay

Over the 2017 school year, I have had many ups and downs when it came to my writing, reading, and presenting speeches. I have had some good pieces that show that I have grown. However, there were also a few pieces that didn’t show improvement as much. I have had lots of fun writing, reading, and presenting speeches and I wouldn’t change the out come of any of these because my pieces that I didn’t do as well on, helped me grow into a better writer, and will continue to help me in the future when it comes to speaking, reading, and writing.

With my writing, I have come a long way. At the beginning of the school year I wasn’t getting good grades on all of my pieces of writing because I didn’t spend much time on them. However, I learned that it’s important to try my best even if I am writing about something I don’t want to write about. As I started putting more effort into my writing, I was able to try new ideas and experiment. At first, with my creative piece that we did a speech on, I was a little scared to try to do a real story because I feel like they end up sounding better in my head. I also added better word choice in this piece than I usually do. I think this was one of my best pieces I wrote this year. It had some flaws but it helped me realize that I can experiment and go out side of my comfort zone for my writing.

Another thing that I learned in my writing, is that the more research you do for a research paper, the easier it will be to write it because you will have so many different sources to choose from. I found it easy to write my research paper because I had a lot of research and it was a topic I was passionate about. My research paper is another one of my best pieces and I had fun writing it even though what I was writing about, was hard put down on paper.

Overall, I have improved in writing a lot this year and I continue to enjoy doing it more and more. I can have fun with writing and I can write about topics that I’m passionate about and it usually turns out pretty good for me.

I feel like have done pretty well in reading as well. I haven’t done as much reading as I have writings, but I feel like I have been able to understand what I’ve been reading pretty well. I have been able to use my findings in my research and apply that information to my writing. I have been able to understand what authors want to get across to the readers as well.

Some things I’ve learned from reading is that I need to make sure that everything I’m reading is true and if it’s not true, I need to be aware of that. It’s easy to get information that isn’t reliable, but you have to take that extra step to find a reliable place of information before assuming it’s true just because you read it. I also learned that finding multiple places that say something is beneficial and it helps you when you are applying everything to your writing.

Overall, I have improved in reading. I don’t think I have grown as much as I did in my writing. However, I have still been able to have fun with my reading and learn from the information I find or read in a book. I enjoy reading and it has been very beneficial to know that I need to make sure that I have facts that are reliable, and that have been said more than once, and have been proven to be true.

In presenting speeches, I have grown tremendously. I used to be scared out of my mind to go up in front of my classmates and talk. At the beginning of this school year, I was so scared to do my first speech however, I ended up having a lot of fun with it and I ended up doing pretty good on it. I have learned that I can’t work myself up about speeches because that ends up making me do even worse that I think I will do. I have also learned about myself, that I need to talk about something that interests me so that I don’t forget what I am trying to say.

Speeches have helped me become more confident when I am talking in front of large groups. I get a little nervous here and there, but comparing my first speech and my last speech, my knees weren’t as shaky, my voice wasn’t as shaky, and overall I just looked more confident as we had more under our belts. I had a lot of fun with my speeches and I’m excited to take these new tips with me for future speeches I may have to give.

Overall, speeches have been fun to do. I have learned more about my self and what brings the confidence out in me. I enjoy hearing other speeches because that helps give me ideas of what I can do to better my speeches in the future. However, I need to make sure that I will always keep my own splash of creativeness in each piece, in order to make my speeches sound like me and give them my voice, not someone else’s.

All in All, I have grown a lot this year. Not just as a writer, reader, and speaker, but as a person because of these. I have been able to write my feelings out about what has been going on in my life this year. I have also been able to read stories about people who have been in the same situation as me. Also, I have been able to talk about my life and what I’ve had to go through. Doing this through all three topics has helped me cope even more with my childhood and it has helped me to grow in writing because I have been able to find more and more ways of being able to share my story with other people.