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Reflections

The teachers on one team developed two different formats to guide reflection and self-evaluation as presented below. They handed these out after the reports and exhibitions were completed.

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REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR THE I-SEARCH UNIT

HOW THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AFFECTS NEW ENGLAND'S ECONOMY:
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

We have all been part of an intensive research curriculum. You have had to work in a variety of ways to learn about the general topics to develop your own research question, to conduct research, collaborate with others, and to write a report. Now we would like you to think about your experiences and how they have affected you. Spend some time reviewing your notes before you begin writing a reflection/self-evaluation.

REFLECTION/SELF-EVALUATION

Story of your search

Describe the story [process, steps you took] of your search:
  • Tell about what excited you and what you wanted to learn about.
  • Include a description of what you did during the 4 phases.
  • Describe your successes and frustrations‹what sources were the most helpful to you and why.

'What This Means to Me'

Tell us what this unit meant to you:
  • Describe your favorite activities, books, speakers, and how they affected you.
  • Write about what you would like to learn more about.

Self-Evaluation

Write an evaluation of yourself as a researcher and a learner.
[Use the story of your search to cite examples.]
  • Comment on what things you did well and the things that were difficult.
  • Identify ways in which you helped or were helped by classmates and teachers.
  • Talk about what you would change or do differently if you were doing another I-Search unit.

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Reflection

  1. When I researched my subtopic, I found my strengths were____________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I found my weaknesses were______________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________

  2. When I worked with my group on our project topic, we worked well when we _______________
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    We didn't work well when _______________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________

  3. In comparing the individual work with the project group work, I found some things to be the same. These were__________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I found some things to be different. These were_______________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________

  4. I was a valuable group member when I______________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    I did not help the group when_____________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________

  5. What I'd like to know more about___________________________________________________
    _____________________________________________________________________________

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