8th Grade Meeting Turning into a Reality Show
Story By: Paul Kim Editor: Kevin Kim Web Designer: Li June Choi
The original purpose of 8th grade meetings was to connect people, share ideas, and talk about important values and concepts such as integrity, teamwork, and pressure from grades. However, quite a few people did not particularly enjoy these presentations, considering them as uninteresting or boring. The presentations then turned audience-based, providing more interesting content. New activities and challenges that could make the presentation more interactive appeared. The presentations involved quizzes such as Family Feud and Jeopardy; challenges such as guessing the childhood faces of students and ones involving the five senses; and sometimes physical activities held in gyms.
It is definitely a positive change in that more people are actively participating and actually getting involved in these presentations. Before, presentations were mostly one-sided, with presenters providing information and interaction in the form of mostly showing videos or short quizzes usually coming along with prizes such as candy. Now, there are more people that are participating in the presentation since various activities spark curiosity amongst people that want to watch what is going on. These activities usually involve representatives from each advisory group, but the engagement level does not end in the representatives. It is noteworthy that the new format allows for more people to connect and actively participate.
However, it may not just be a good change. The original purpose of the 8th grade meetings were to promote connection and teamwork. However, this is fading away as more interactive activities that do not necessarily promote these concepts are appearing. Now groups are more focused on fun activities and less on promoting concepts like teamwork or perseverance. Even in the discussion of what topics to choose to present, no signs of former presentations were present, with only fun activities coming up in the list of topics.
The transformation of these presentations may be a good thing, in that it promotes more engagement of people. However, it is covering up the original meaning behind these presentations, putting a field of connection and learning behind interesting activities. Before, people said there are a lot of uninteresting topics. Now, people are more interested, but they are starting to lose learning. A balance between learning and fun activities need to be obtained in order to create effective presentations for the future.