Final Reflection Why reflect? Reflecting on work is a way of grounding the learning experience. It is also a way of pulling out for more careful consideration the thinking that has occurred in producing the work. Experiences alone, even educative ones, are not enough. What is critical is the ability to perceive and then weave meaning among the threads of experience. It is the meaning that one identifies (and then constructs) from an experience that gives that experience value. Thus, your final reflection is important work for your long-term development. Here’s how to approach it. 1. First, gather all the work you’ve done for the course (papers, writer’s memos, presentation materials, notes). Browse through this material, simply observing and looking for patterns. Jot down anything that comes to mind. Highlight sections from your work that catch your eye. • Does anything surprise you? • What was easiest?
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