In History, instead of having a written exam we had to do a power point for an exam grade. It counts as 40% of your final grade. Everyone in the class had to choose a country to do a power point presentation on. My power point was about the country China! I just have to say, it's a very cool country.
I spent weeks making this project. It has 23 slides, covered with information(The longest power point I have ever thought of making). I went into school last Thursday, ready to show Mr. S(Because he said he could look at it before the power point presentation) my power point that took me weeks to create. He told me I didn't have enough pictures in it when I showed him.... Which, I got to admit, it was true. So I did as he said and I felt confident about my presentation. I felt as if it was perfect(It's not even close). If I must add again, I felt very confident. Like the confidence that pierces through your body when you make a basketball shot, knowing you did well and scored one for the team. Yeah, that type of confidence!
Yesterday was the day I presented my Power Point project to the class.
The power point time limit had to be 15 min. or a couple minutes under (meaning about 2 min. under). Of course I practice reading my power point (Practice makes perfect, right, right?) to my family to see how long it would take me to do the whole thing. It took me 15 min., exact. Yesterday when I presented, it took me 11 min... 4 min. under the required time. I was about to cry and scream like my 6 month year old cousin.
So, I just had to talk to my teacher about my presentation grade. He told me he thinks the grade will be: B+ to an A-. If you know me, I freak out over grades. That is a HORRIBLE GRADE! It is 40% of my overall grade! 40%! Of course, I have to embarrass myself some how, so I go up to Mr. S (My history teacher) and start complaining over the grade I recieved.
I said "Mr. S, what did I do wrong? I did all of the requirements you asked for!"
He said "I know (Then he showed me what I did wrong and etc.)."
After the list of things I did wrong and I said,
"But a B-A isn't good..."
Then he said,
"Oh Marg, you are a real good at badgering your way into things. One day, when you are a lawyer, which I know you will become, you will most likely need to do a power point presentation and you will think back to eight grade and how you were taught to do a power point, by me."
I walked away with no response. It drives me bonkers when I can't do anything about a bad grade. Whenever I get in front of my class I freeze up and get nervous. When I am nervous I get really quiet and I am not myself. Power point presentations just aren’t my thing.
Have you ever had to make a serious power point?
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