You are expected to be a reflective practitioner, and taking the time to write personal reflections is a powerful way to hone your skills. Therefore, you are asked to produce five reflective pieces during our studies in the Spring semester. The calendar specifies the points of the semester at which these will be evaluated. As a professor, I will use the reflections to understand your progress and to inform my mentoring, but it is important to realize that the writing itself is autotelic.
Each reflection should be created as a rhetorically effective, self-reflexive deliverable. Conventional essays are welcome, but so are sketches, charts, screencasts, etc. Choose the communication mode that best fits what you are expressing. If it's interpretive dance, dust off your leotard. You are encouraged to share your reflections publicly, since this will allow for feedback from a wider audience. For example, you could blog your reflection on your team's project site.
The key to a useful reflection is metacognition: thinking about thinking. As you reflect upon your experiences, consider not just what you were doing, but more importantly, what you were thinking. How are you framing the problems at hand? What are your assumptions?
If your reflection is a conventional document, email it to me: plain text should be in the body of the email, and rich text should be attached as PDF or OpenDocument format (ODF preferred). For public reflections, email me the URL and, if the post allows comments, indicate if you would prefer my feedback to be private or public.
In preparing your reflections, consider the following questions:
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