In your own words
Using the book: the developing person through childhood and adolescence 11th edition
Reflection Papers have three primary elements, with each element aligned with the levels in Blooms Taxonomy (that might be accounted for in roughly 1-2 pages per element):
What (Knowledge & Comprehension)? This is a brief summary of key points. (Bloom 1 & 2)
Choose a one of the prompts provided for your Journal Posts within each Module and offer your rationale/reasons for your interest in this topic. Rather than quote, paraphrase; re-state the key ideas in your own words.
Identify the key point(s) surrounding the issue; define key terms or concepts; explain what this topic is about; decide what facts or information is important.
So What (Application & Analysis)? Explain the relevance of the selected material. (Bloom 3 & 4)
Extend your consideration of the topic or issue by embedding meaning (both that intended by the author/source and, more importantly, your own).
This is your opportunity to make sense of the information you have just read. Offer examples to illustrate the main ideas or concepts. Focus on an applied understanding of the issue(s) at hand.
Share examples from your own experiences to extend consideration of the topic. Communicate your understanding of the topic or issue by comparing/contrasting; illustrations and stories.
III. Now What (Synthesis & Evaluation)? Offer solutions to problems. (Bloom 5 & 6)
Here is your opportunity to assess the usefulness of the information offered and/or to critique (agree or disagree) with the information provided.
Given what you have learned about this topic or issue, what would you propose as specific outcomes, recommendations or suggestions (new policies, programs, or advice to peers, parents, teachers, or other professionals)?
Offer your ideas of what can/should be done with this information (in 1st person language). You can appraise or develop ideas in this final section; evaluate and create…. here is your opportunity to propose solutions to problems.