Week 15: Reflections


Activity 1: Complete the course evaluations.

The course evaluation is important to me as it includes your feedback about the class. Please complete it by Dec 11th, the last day of classes. You should have received an email from BMCC asking you to “complete the course evaluation survey.” If you have not, let me know.

Activity 2: What does it mean to reflect?

What might be some benefits of writing a reflection–about your life, about the semester, about this course?

Activity 3: The value of self-reflection.

Here is a TEDxTalk about the value of self-reflection. Do you agree?

Activity 4: Another perspective on self-reflection, by a life coach.


Activity 5: Final Reflection Assignment

Your final essay of the semester, the reflection, will give you the opportunity to look back at your work over the semester and evaluate your progress toward strengthening your critical thinking skills. 

Your final reflection should be 3-4 pages long, typed in font 12 in Microsoft Word, and double spaced.

Here are the steps to writing your final reflection:

Step 1: Read your Reflection #1 (see Week 1 and your submitted reflection on Blackboard). Revise it – this will be your introduction. Has your worldview changed after this class? If so, how? If not, why not?

Step 2: Select 3-5 assignments that you feel were especially helpful in developing your critical thinking skills. Examples: one of your Conversation posts, argument essay, peer review, presentation, etc. 

Step 3: Describe each of those assignments by answering the questions:

  1. What did you have to do and how did you complete the assignment?
  2. Did you face any challenges?
  3. What did you learn from the assignment?
  4. How can you apply what you learned to your life outside of this class?   

Remember, this is an essay, not just a list. This is your opportunity to show your growth as a critical thinker. Since this is not a course evaluation (there is another opportunity for that) you should not discuss me or the class. You are the subject of this essay; your goal is to demonstrate your growth and achievements in this class. Be specific, provide examples—this is your evidence here.

Activity 6: Write a draft of your final reflection.

Remember that a key ingredient to writing a great essay is revising it until it shines.

Activity 7: Attend our class get together on Monday, December 11th, at 11am.

This will be a chance to say goodbye, discuss the final reflection assignment, bond with your classmates, and celebrate the end of the semester. Please use the same Zoom link as my office hours. The meeting is optional, and I’d love to see you!

Activity 8: Submit final reflection on Blackboard by Thursday, December 14th.

Thank you and I can’t wait to read it! You are done!

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