And the Winner Is (now you can write to this – or ride your bike – forever!)…YOU! because this is your FINAL reflection, so do it right! Because you don’t want a zero, you don’t want to say everything is embarrassing, you want to be able to enjoy your weeknd, and get free a little for the holiday season so that you can look forward to the future (click and zoom in). See, hyperlinks are so FUN!
Anyway, Reflection Three.
By now you know that…that these reflections will be an important part of your course grade, so I advise you to take them seriously because I will be grading them as formal writing assignments. Therefore, I suggest that you outline your answers in a way that is structured and organized – not just a random slew of thoughts that bounce off of each other. Begin with an introductory paragraph, answer the questions in the body, and then write a conclusion paragraph. Do a thorough job with this, please. That is, don’t just answer the questions in a rote manner – put them into a form that an external audience member who didn’t have the questions in front of them could understand and even enjoy. Be specific and thoughtful. And proofread (!)
I hope that the exercise we did on Monday helped you think about your progress in this class on a surface level, at least. In terms of your third reflection, I want you to take a long view on this semester and your progress in this course, what you expected to do/learn, what you actually created and engaged with, how you think about your community differently, and in what way you’re going to take some of these things with you into WRD111 to ensure your progress in that course as well. As you may remember, during our initial class sessions, we talked about space, place, identity, community, and what all of those things may mean to you, personally, as well as what they have meant to more radical geographers like Doreen Massey, what it means to be part of a systems of flows, and how the personal is political. We have looked at maps on maps on maps on maps. You have thought about places in your community in different ways, and have tried to communicate that/those perspective/s to your classmates as well as to a broader audience on the Internet. You have performed rhetorical analysis (ethos!logos!pathos!) for journalistic articles, memoirs, photographs, commercials, and music videos. You have made your own maps, learned how to design websites, spoken publicly as individuals and within a group, collaborated with your classmates, and gone into the community to observe, talk to people, generate research, and document your experiences via various methods.
Now I want you to take time to think about all of these things. What did you expect coming into this class? What kind of work did you expect to do? What did you expect to think about? How did you think information would be presented to you? What materials did you think that you would be engaging with? What kind of research had you done? Public speaking? Community engagement? Map and website creation?
What did you find in reality in this class? What has challenged you and what has been easy? How did you expect your group work to go and how has it gone? What kind of artifact creation – speeches, maps, written work, etc – has been engaging for you? Or challenging? Or exciting? What component of this class do you think could serve you in the future in a positive way? What are you continuing to struggle with? Do you feel as though you really rose to the occasion with your research project for this class? What do you wish you had done more/less of, in retrospect? Has this project made you think about space, place, identity, or community in different ways? Have you changed any of your personal practices as a result of information that you’ve learned? Do you feel any more or less confident as a result of components of this class? What are your goals for WRD111?
These are just beginning questions from which to move into your reflection; you may elaborate on other points as you see necessary, especially things like the last half of your group work, the end result of your final project and speech, etc. I hope that you’ll take time to think about where you were at the beginning of the semester and where you are now – and what your future goals may be in terms of your growth as a student, community member, researcher, group collaborator, and/or public speaker.
**Remember, you must write at least 500 words. If you do not write at least 500 words, you do not get credit – and make sure to have an introduction & conclusion in addition to moving through a range of the questions I’ve started to pose here**