Reflective Writing

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How do I . . . Write a Reflection? Why reflective writing? Reflection offers you the opportunity to consider how your personal experiences and observations shape your thinking and your acceptance of new ideas. Professors often ask students to write reading reflections. They do this to encourage you to explore your own ideas about a text, to express your opinion rather than summarise the opinions of others. Reflective writing can help you to improve your analytical skills because it requires you to express what you think, and more significantly, how and why you think that way. In addition, reflective analysis asks you to acknowledge that your thoughts are shaped by your assumptions and preconceived ideas; in doing so, you can…show more content…
About working in the field? About society? 4. Lessons from reflection: Did your experience fit with the goals or concepts of the course or organization? Why or why not? What are your lessons for the future? What was successful? Why? What would you do differently? Why? How will you prepare for a future experience in the field? Reading Reflection Critical reflection requires thoughtful and persistent inquiry. Although basic questions like “what is the thesis?” and “what is the evidence?” are important to demonstrate your understanding, you need to interrogate your own assumptions and knowledge to deepen your analysis and focus your assessment of the text. ASSESS THE TEXT(S): • What is the main point? How is it developed? Identify the purpose, impact and/or theoretical framework of the text. • What ideas stood out to me? Why? Were they new or in opposition to existing scholarship? DEVELOP YOUR IDEAS: • What do I know about this topic? Where does my existing knowledge come from? What are the observations or experiences that shape my understanding? • Do I agree or disagree with this argument? Why? MAKE CONNECTIONS: • How does this text reinforce my existing ideas or assumptions? How does this text challenge my existing ideas or assumptions? • How does this text help me to better understand this topic or explore this field of study/discipline? For example . . . A note on mechanics Consider the purpose of reflection: to

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