November 10, 2009 Archives
A personal essay, about 2 pages long, in which you make and support a point about your progress towards the goals you have articulated in your ILP. My goal for this project is to see where you are at this phase the semester, so that I can guide you towards using this reflection to craft your Final Self-Reflection Essay.
I am not looking for a list of answers to questions, so please don't just answer my questions in the order I give them... but among the things you might think about are: What part of your ILP has helped you the most? What do you need to focus on most for the rest of the term? What part of your own progress has surprised you the most (good or bad)? Perhaps instead you want to write about a follow-up to a face-to-face conversation we've had, or something else that will help me meet your needs as a student in these last weeks of the course.
Remember all the lessons we've covered in class about going in depth with vivid showing, rather than listing a whole lot of points in an undeveloped list or timeline. Don't feel the need to write a few lines about every single goal you've mentioned in your ILP. This isn't a revision of your ILP, it's a reflection on the whole process of coming up with the ILP and tracking your own accomplishments.
Make a non-obvious, debatable point, backed up with evidence. While it's not necessary to do the kind of emotional storytelling "SHOWING" that I asked you to at the very beginning of term, note that all writing is more persuasive when it includes vivid details.