Reflections from a United States History Research Seminar
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Reflecting on Our EdCafe

May 30, 2013
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I definitely enjoy the EdCafe style of learning, more than I expected to. It reminded me of maybe a college class where everyone discusses a topic in an open conversation and one person just is the expert on that topic. I also really enjoyed going to other peoples’ EdCafe’s because I liked seeing different ways […]

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EdCafe Reflection- Dan

May 30, 2013
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EdCafe is a very new way of learning for me. Presenting in EdCafe is much more flexible and comfortable. It is way more relax by learning and talking this way. Unlike the formal presentation, in EdCafe there were not a lot less pressures while I was presenting my research. Also, there were no strict rule […]

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Reflection on the EdCafe Discussions

May 30, 2013
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What did you learn about presenting and discussion from participating in the EdCafe? In general, it is much easier to give a “good” presentation to a small group than it is with a larger group. Also, being the audience in a smaller group means you get much more of a chance to talk more one-on-one […]

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EdCafe Reflection

May 30, 2013
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My experience with presenting and discussing this topic in the edcafe format has been pretty important to my understanding of the American identity. By creating this research and informal presentation atmosphere, encouraging the discussion rather than the incredibly outlined and rehearsed introduction into a topic, the attendees were allowed the opportunity to explore their thoughts […]

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McKay: EdCafe Reflection

May 30, 2013
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Through participating in the EdCafe, I learned a lot about how I present and take part in discussion. I had the opportunity to present twice in an informal situation to small groups. From my presentations I realized that it is easy and comfortable for me to casually talk about all the information I acquired through […]

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Aaron’s EdCafe Presentation Reflection

May 29, 2013
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During the EdCafe I learned about my presentation skills in a small group. I learned that a small group actually makes me more nervous than a large audience because I know that people can butt in anytime and kind of mess up my train of thought. I thought I was well prepared with my speech […]

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Elliott’s EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
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The EdCafe provided a unique occasion to develop distinct presenting skills.  The small group format was a welcomed deviation from the typical “present to the entire class/teacher” model, and provided opportunities for new, innovative presenting methods.  For my presentation, I utilized an iPad to display portraits of major figures, maps, and diagrams.  I think that […]

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Yay for EdCafe!

May 29, 2013
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I really liked the layout of the EdCafe, since each 20 minute period can give you a quick glimpse of someone’s topic.  Because of all the extensive research each person did on his or her topic along with the intimate group size (maximum of 3 people), the EdCafe helped the listeners learn the basics of […]

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EdCafe, Yay or Nay?

May 29, 2013
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I really enjoyed the EdCafe Experience. It was a great way to practice presentation skills that were relatively new to me. Rather than preparing presentation that is taken in one direction with a beginning and an end, it requires a more thorough understanding of the topic. This is because in a discussion, others ask questions […]

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EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
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During this project, I learned a lot not only about the topic that I researched, but also about presenting to a small group. One conclusion that our class came up with was that handouts were very useful in making your audience understand the information and also to keep them interested. Through my experience presenting, I […]

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Native American and Immigration EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
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Compared to other presentation methods, EdCafe has to be one of my favorite. Usually, the presentation stage of a project is dreaded. On one hand, people feel the need to rush and stress out over large scale presentations, and the audience dreads having to sit through a pantheon of presentations that they may or may […]

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Reflection from the EdCafe

May 29, 2013
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Throughout this process I was able to learn a lot about Native Americans and how they were affected by European immigrants. The environment for the project was very helpful in learning because the audience was able to engage in conversation at any time they wanted which mad it much more easy to learn than if […]

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Connor’s USHRS EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
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I thought that the EdCafe was a really fun, new way to learn and to present our research.  The informal feeling while presenting was really nice and made presenting easier.  Also, Mike not watching the whole time took pressure off and made it more relaxed which was nice.  That being said, I still presented seriously and […]

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Abbie’s #EdCafe Reflection!

May 29, 2013
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Last week, the USHRS classes participated in an EdCafe, where one person would present to a small group of people twice and initiate discussions regarding their topics about immigration and/or Native American history. I enjoyed the EdCafe because it was much more relaxed than previous projects and more discussion-based as well. Although we had less […]

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Meredith EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
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For this new project style of the EdCafe I thought it was interesting. I have learned about myself that I do a better job of presenting. The small group setting and non graded presentation puts less stress on me and makes me feel more confortable. I like how the small groups allows for more of […]

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Steffan EdCafe Project Reflection

May 29, 2013
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For the most recent project we had an EdCafe. Each student wrote a paper and then prepared a twenty minute presentation and discussion for a small group. Each day in the EdCafe there was a list of the different stations being offered and time for each student to go to two of them every class […]

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Tobias’s USHRS EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
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This project, though very short, was one of nicer projects of the year. The informal discussion that the small groups had in the room made it so I felt like I was part of the conversation and involved in the other persons project and presentation. I learned about myself and how I am as a […]

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Hiawatha’s USHRS Ed Cafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
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1.) During my presentation, i learned that i can easily learn a lot of information. At first it can be hard to get all of the words out, or to make sense of what i am saying. After a while i begin to get more comfortable, and i learned that i can be very effective […]

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Lauren’s EdCafe Reflection

May 29, 2013
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During our EdCafe, I was able to learn about a variety of topics in a fairly short amount of time, and share my own ideas in an informal presentation setting. I learned that as a presenter, I enjoyed working in a very relaxed format. I found that It was easier for me to express my […]

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