To open our showcase we began with Saia. He said a Mihi (speech) to welcome our whanau and extended visitors. He did an outstanding job! We then had our Deputy Principal speak, along with two people from the Ministry of Education who are very knowledgeable about our project-based learning classroom. We sang a variety of short waiata’s in between each speech. We all did a satisfying job! Once the speeches were shared, there was food ready for our whanau to munch on, while we prepared to finally present our project(s).
After the small snack break, it was time to present our project(s). We began with Champion who spoke about our project challenge, Riiana shared our trip to the town center and the data we collected, Temu elaborated on the other half of the data collection, Naomi talked about the next steps we are going to be taking and I finally expressed the capabilities we have from this project. When it came to the presentation, Me, Naomi and Temu alternated on speaking about it.
At first, the atmosphere was hindering my confidence - especially since our parents we're here to watch us. However, over the course of presenting in that small amount of time, I began to feel the urge to speak even more and I felt terrific. I gained most of my confidence from stuffing myself with lollies! (Please don’t do what I did)
I believe the audience received and understood the message, we gave a thorough explanation, example, steps we need to take and the presentation expanded on that. I believe they also understood because their questions were very unique. I was asked a question around speeding up the construction around our area, this reminded me of our first ever initial plan we made and I had to explain that time and also about how overtime we focused more on more prominent on-going issues in our community.
The group did exceptionally well. I loved how over time our group started becoming more warmer and the way we spoke started to flow at a good pace. Next time, I hope to prepare myself mentally, by practising it in my head etc. I felt very proud about our showcase and the great feedback and outcome we received. I learnt from this whole process that we can share valuable knowledge that adults don’t really care about. The capability I learnt was positivity, maintaining this can get you many places. If I could give myself advice, I would say to connect myself with an audience more, create engaging conversations and I can share and learn from.