"How has my experiences affected me?"

Student Self-Reflection

It is often said that the hardest subject to write about is yourself. This is often the case because either you have a hard time organizing your many thoughts or you are just not used to thinking about yourself as the primary subject. The goal for self-reflection is for students to assess their own progress and development. Taking time for reflection immediately after an activity generally produces the best reflection results for the individual student. In our rush to get things completed, we often forget this very important step. A few simple questions can serve as a guide and a springboard for self-reflection:

  • What was I trying to accomplish?
  • How did I go about completing the assignment and solving problems I had along the way?
  • What did I do well?
  • What did I have difficulty with?
  • What have I learned/What would I do differently?

Components of Reflection

  • A type of "thought"
  • Thinking about your "self" or what you have done
  • Represents a time gap—a "then" vs. "now" distinction
  • Shows change from one state to the next
  • Recognizes something new
  • Interpretation of meaning/significance

The "Thinking" Must Be There!

  • One can present vivid experience without stating or implying what it means.
  • Meaning can also be generalized without presenting experience in any dramatic way.
  • Experience and meaning must be balance for reflection to occur.

The Key is Change!!!

If the thinking concerns an image or experience that you only now understand…one that causes you to stop and think as well as that has truly changed you…then you have experienced REFLECTION!

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