Language

Reflection Questions

Regarding Time Management:

  • How do you schedule your homework? How can you fit regular writing sessions into that plan? Would writing days in class be helpful to you or are they not productive time?
  • How can you capitalize on meeting, conferencing, and collaboration in order to get the input or inspiration that will help you?

About Reading Strategies:

  • How is the content reading going?
  • Have you learned anything (content or process) from your secondary source reading and primary document examinations?
  • When you read HOW did you read?
  • Do you print out the documents or read them on line?
  • What did you do to prepare to read them? how did you know what to look for or focus on?
  • If you printed them out, did you have paper to make notes one while and after you read?
  • If you read them on line, did you copy them into a file where you could annotate such as Google Docs?
  • If you highlight is it just to keep your eyes focused on the page? How do you know what to highlight?
  • What do you write down? what questions do you ask? what do you write about when you finish reading?
  • If the document is long, do you read it in sections? What do you do at the end of each section?

Consider your writing strategies:

  • How do you approach first drafts?
  • What are you confident about? What are you concerned about? Confused about?
  • How do you approach revisions? What worked? What didn't?
  • In preparation for writing, how do you collect your thoughts, ideas and questions?
  • Do you free-write? How do you go about it?
  • How do you choose a topic?
  • How do you organize your ideas once they are collected?
  • Why do you think these strategies are working?
  • If they aren't working as well as you think they could, what concerns do you have? Where do you need help or suggestions?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and thinker? Are you a strong thinker but no so good at the follow-through? Are you best at the big picture or the details? Are you a last-minute writer or do you plan things out and stick to the plan? Do you start relatively early in the time frame given for completing a task, or relatively late? Do you go through several early drafts, or do you simply work on your text once and then turn it in?
  • How well do you understand the written and verbal comments that have been provided to you? What do these comments tell you about yourself as a writer and thinker? What do you do about comments you don’t understand?
  • What advice have you solicited to help you develop as a writer and thinker? What was/were the source(s) of this advice? What advice have you been given?
  • What advice have you accepted? Rejected? Why?
  • Describe the major changes that you made on your writing so far. Provide a rationale for why you have made these changes.
  • How has the revision process allowed you to see content, in general, in a more sophisticated way.
  • How has the writing and thinking that you have been asked to do in the past prepared you for the kinds of writing and thinking that have been asked to do for this class?
  • What are your goals for your next piece of writing? Where do those goals come from?

Questions about Critical Thinking:

  • What are the major content/critical thinking/writing issues that you have been confronted with in this class?
  • How well do you understand the content/substance of what you have been writing and thinking about for this class?
  • What has been your plan or strategy that you have to address these issues in this class? Was this plan similar to the plans you have used in the past? How, and why, did you know those steps would work? Is your plan working?
  • What do you think your main goals should be as a thinker given what you have experienced so far in this class? Why are these your goals?
  • What is your criteria for quality work? What areas of the rubrics are still unclear to you? How are you attempting to reach clarity about these areas?
  • What was the most important thing you have learned about yourself as a thinker so far?
  • Regarding a Particular Task Already Completed:
  • Did you understand what this assignment was asking you to do?
  • Where did you start? And, how did it end?
  • What obstacles did you run into?
  • Did you ever move in a different direction? Did that help?
  • What did you do when you did not understand?
  • Was your process successful?
  • Was your finished product successful?
  • What would I do differently and/or keep the same?

Regarding an Imminent Task or One Underway:

  • What obstacles are you running into?
  • How am I doing?
  • Am I on the right track?
  • How should I proceed?
  • What information is important to remember?
  • Should I move in a different direction?
  • Should I adjust the pace depending on the difficulty?
  • What do I need to do if I do not understand?
  • Was my plan successful?
  • Was my finished product successful?
  • What would I do differently and/or keep the same?
  • What do I know?
  • What don’t I know?
  • What do I need to know?
  • How do I found out what I know?
  • How do I monitor my progress?
  • What is my plan?
  • How do I know if my plan is not working
  • What do I do when I get stuck?
  • What would I do differently and/or keep the same?

Regarding Long-Term Projects:

  • Basically (your initial response) how did the project go?
  • How would you describe the process of working on a major project like this for an extended period of time.
  • What were the positives?
  • What were the challenges?
  • How did you overcome these challenges?
  • In the end, how do you feel about the project? Personally? As a learning experience?
  • If it was a group project, what was your major role in completing this project?
  • How did you know what this role was?
  • Did this role change? Why did it change?
  • Did you find your role difficult? If you had trouble how did you reach solutions?
  • Describe your work habits during this project. Did they evolve or change?
  • Which worked best? Worst?
  • Were the circumstances right for success?
  • What factors could you control, and what was outside of your control?
  • Can you change these conditions for success?
  • Describe your dedication to this project.
  • What was the major source of motivation?
  • In comparison to other learning experiences how does this project compare?
  • What did you do well? What did your group do well?
  • What could you have done better?
  • What could the group have done better?
  • Were you disciplined with yourself?
  • Did you and your group succeed?
  • Did you celebrate your success?
  • How does your success on this task represent an advance from previous tasks?
  • What was your most valuable experience with this task ?
  • For you next task, what strategies do you take with you?
  • Does your grade reflect your (and your group's) achievement?
  • How else do/can you measure your success on this activity?