Reflections

Reflections

With any subject, it is important to reflect upon what you are learning. Do you understand it? Can you connect what you know to previous ideas? Are youable to apply this knowledge to real world applications?

What should be included in my reflections? In physics this year, you will be writing weekly reflective journal entries with the goal of answering three questions:

  • What did you learn? A complete reflection includes more than just the statement of an equation or a concept: you must show me that you understand what you claim to have learned.
  • How did you learn it? Answers such as 'Ms. Buggé said so,' or 'it was on the board' will not be accepted as how you learned something. What was done in class to help reinforce and teach the concept? Did you have to do anything outside of class?
  • What remains unclear? What thoughtful, relevant questions do you have? These questions are both a way for you to reflect on what you do notunderstand, and a way for me to be aware of what my students are still unclear about. If you have questions about other topics we might not have studied yet, feel free to include them. If nothing from the past week remains unclear, mention a topic that might cause other students difficulty and explain how you would help them better understand.

Please post at minimum a well-written paragraph (8-10 elaborate sentences) reflecting on what you learned. You may go into depth on one particular topic, or discuss multiple topics.

Deadline: Reflections are expected to be written between Thursday afternoon and Friday evening. Weekly assignments will be posted on Google Classroom. The deadline for each weeks submission is Friday at midnight. Any journal not submitted by midnight on Friday will be considered late. Note: Technical problems do not excuse late submissions. If you have a technical problem that prevents you from submitting the work on google classroom, please e-mail it to me or submit a hard copy before the end of the school day on Friday. If you cannot print, hand write the entry. I will not accept hand written entries in class after the weekend. If you know you will be away from a computer from Thursday afternoon through the weekend, you must request an extension prior to embarking on your trip or the entry will be counted as late. I understand that there are extenuating circumstances. If this happens, please come and speak with me.

Be sure to self assess yourself using the rubric below before you submit your reflection. Use the checklist in the document to make sure you answered all questions.

Objective

Missing Inadequate Needs Improvement Proficient

Reflection

No entry is written.

Student communicates what s/he learned in class but does not include specific details of how s/he learned the concept. Student does not reflect on what remains unclear or does not provide feedback to help another student.

Student effectively communicates what s/he learned in class but does not include specific details of how s/he learned the concept. Student includes thoughtful reflection about what remains unclear, with details of what confuses them. If nothing remains unclear on this topic, student mentions what might cause other students difficulties and how s/he would help them. 

Student effectively communicates what s/he learned in class and explains what s/he specifically did to learn the new concept. Student includes thoughtful reflection about what remains unclear, with details of what confuses them. If nothing remains unclear on this topic, student mentions what might cause other students difficulties and how s/he would help them. 


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