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Reflective Writing

Reflection on a Class Project

Step 1: Connect the Ability to the assigned project or experience and briefly explain what you did. You must demonstrate the connection between your project (or experience) and the definition of the Ability.(1st paragraph)
Example
As part of MATH 278, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, we were assigned the task of creating a group presentation in which we would teach our peers about a chosen math topic. My group was able to build and present a successful presentation by teaching a lesson on rate, distance and time, creating a game for the class to play, and developing ten test questions related to our topic.
 
DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME writing the 1st paragraph ABOUT WHAT YOU DID. Focus on what you learned and how you may be able to apply the Ability in the future.
 
Step 2: Reflect on what you learned about the Ability while completing this project or during the experience. (2nd paragraph)
Example

Through this project, I learned about several aspects of collaboration that need to be in place in order for a group to smoothly and successfully reach their goal. One of these aspects is good lines of communication. Everyone needs to know what the goal is and have some kind of agreed-upon idea of how the goal will be accomplished. An open line of communication also means everyone should feel comfortable in sharing ideas and then receive constructive feedback rather than criticism. Positive interdependence is another important part of collaboration. Groups often divide the workload among its members to move closer to the final goal. I have learned that if one person does not complete their individual part, the whole group suffers, and therefore it is important that each person fulfill their role according to the group's established timeline. I also learned how flexibility is important in collaboration. Each group member had to be flexible in scheduling meeting times to discuss and work on our project. We also had to be flexible with each other's ideas to determine what would work for the project or how to make something work even better.

Reflection for the Portfolio

For each University and Education Ability you must incorporate the following steps:
Step 1: Connect the Ability to your best project or experience and briefly explain what you did. You must demonstrate the connection between your project (or experience) and the definition of the Ability. (Ist paragraph)
Make sure you have some physical evidence of the actual project you completed.
  • Your web page,
  • Power Point,
  • handwritten,
  • video,
  • or pictures of your projects
DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME writing the 1st paragraph ABOUT WHAT YOU DID. Focus on what you learned and how you may be able to apply the Ability in the future.
 
Step 2: Reflect on what you learned about this Ability while completing this project or during the experience. (2nd paragraph)
  • Share specific details about what you learned regarding the Ability in the process of the experience or project. This should be a solid paragraph stating what you have learned about the Ability during the experience you are connecting with the Ability.
  • If you have a reflection you completed while doing a project in a class, know this is good, but not complete for the expectations of your final portfolio.
Step 3: Share what else you have learned about this Ability AND how you are going to be able to utilize this Ability in the future? (3rd and 4th paragraphs they should transition well)
  • In Step 2 you will communicate what you learned specifically about the Ability during the completion of your project connected with the Ability, in Step 3 you will address what you have learned about the Ability from a broader perspective.
  • In addition to hearing the specifics of what you learned about the Ability during the experience, VCSU faculty want to know what else you have learned about the importance of this Ability and how you will be able to apply what you know and are able to do in the future.
  • VCSU faculty would like additional, broad statements of learning to enhance the specific evidence used to substantiate the acquisition of the Ability to communicate, collaborate, etc. The learning and use of the Ability must extend beyond one class or one assignment.
  • Communicate what you have learned about the Ability during the process of completing your best project and reflect on what you have learned about the Ability as a whole throughout your entire VCSU experience. The reflection on what you have learned will help you visualize how you may use your abilities in the future.
Information from Alan Olsen's presentation Summer Institute 2011
 

Materials for Reflective Writing

 
 
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