Recall the beginning of the semester when I remarked that the purpose of the class isn't to produce 3 major papers—the purpose is to produce or refine a set of useful skills you can apply to your future academic, professional, social, and civic work. The papers and other assignments we did this semester were sandboxes where we identified and developed those skills, and they also serve as evidence that we did indeed develop them. Thus it is fitting that your final assignment this semester is not a paper but a reflection, one that looks back on the progress you made and makes goals for the future.
For this assignment, write a reflection paper that covers the following things.
At the beginning of the semester you wrote a reflection on the state of your "Academic Toolbox." Now that we're at the end of the semester, reread your pre-semester reflection so that you can get a better idea of how much progress you've made.
Now, at the end of the semester, I'd like you reflect on how things have changed. Consider the following questions in terms of your overall Academic Toolbox and in terms of writing specifically:
You can discuss the answers to these questions any way you want—for example, by writing a paragraph for each point or by writing a paragraph for each part of the toolbox. Whatever works best for you. Note, however, that I'll be looking to see (read: your grade will depend on) whether you use specific evidence to support your points. For example, you could refer to a particular class activity, assignment, or discussion to illustrate a particular change you experienced this semester.
Lastly, please take some time and space to create some goals and plans for the future.
I talked a lot in class about the importance of developing a strong learning community and about how our individual actions affect the other students in our classes in more direct ways than we expect:
This assignment should be uploaded to your Submitted folder on Dropbox by 9:00pm on Tuesday, July 23. Please follow the file-naming and format guidelines.