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Below is a copy of the final reflective essay that we asked students to complete. Students' reflective essays form some of the basis for the analysis in the "What Students Learned" page in this site.

Principles of Learning for Teaching/ED269

Final Reflective Essay

Due Thursday, March 16, 2000

In an essay of approximately three to five pages, please answer the following two questions. In the spirit of thinking metacognitively about your learning, we would like you to reflect upon what you have learned from writing the curriculum case as well as what you have learned from the course as a whole. In your essay, please be as specific as you can, providing some concrete examples, anecdotes or moments that illustrate your points.

    1. What would you say are the three most important things about teaching and learning you've learned in this course, and why are they important to you? In your answer, you may want to focus upon key concepts, theories or ideas from the class that have particularly shaped the development of your thinking about teaching and learning.

    2. What have you learned about teaching and learning from writing your curriculum case? In your answer, you may want to address how this case informed your thinking, for example, about yourself as a teacher (your strengths and weaknesses, preferences and aversions, dreams and nightmares, personal theories and ideologies), about your students (their strengths and weaknesses, their abilities and approaches, their motivations and their needs), about your subject matter, and/or about the relationship between theory and practice.


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