The second component of your individual paper is the reflection. Here is what the rubric says your reflection should include:
The reflection insightfully explains the initial views of the problem and the approach to conducting research and solving the problem.The reflection also describes consideration of extensive revision in writing and thinking, based on discoveries made during the research and writing process.
- IMPORTANT: The reflection should show CHANGES in your thinking. Reflect on the process–discuss how you changed and what you learned about the problem, about research, about writing and thinking, and about the topic itself.
- NOTE: You will be writing in the first person.
- SAMPLE: When you open this this link, see page 8 of 26 for the sample reflection, and see the description for the reflection at the top of page 24 of 26.
Notes on your previous Reflections:
Here is the basic idea of a reflection: “I used to think this. Something happened. Now I am different. This is how I think differently–how I am different and how it will affect me in the future (on future projects).”
The reflection is about how much you changed and you grew. What did you learn, and how did you change over the course of the process? It is MORE THAN A SIMPLE CHRONOLOGY. For instance, one student wrote, “while editing my own research question, I gained insight for how to edit the group question as well,” and then stopped. Don’t just TELL me that you gained insight, SHOW me the PROCESS of gaining that insight, and tell me what the insights are–that is, what you learned for next time.
Here is an example of a reflection that could be improved: “when my group met to talk about lenses, we discovered that writing an essay on the futuristic or artistic aspect of this would be rather difficult. So we decided on writing on the scientific, social/cultural, ethical, and economical side of things. I chose to write on the ethical side of this.” What this is lacking is any reflection on how this process changed the student. What did you learn about, say, choosing a topic or dividing a topic into lenses that will help you on your next paper? Don’t just tell me what happened. Tell me what you learned that will make you a better researcher/writer in the future.
The reflection should be about ONLY your individual paper. Do not discuss the group paper or the presentation.