Reflective essays are those sorts of essays that seem oh so easy, and yet oh so hard to write, all at the same time.
To put it simply, reflective essays constitute a critical examination of a life experience and with the right guidance, they aren’t very difficult to put together.
For reflective responses, identify the main arguments or important elements of the text to develop a stronger analysis which integrates relevant ideas from course materials. Introduce your topic and the point you plan to make about your experience and learning.
Develop your point through body paragraph(s), and conclude your paper by exploring the meaning you derive from your reflection.
To encourage thoughtful and balanced assessment of readings, many interdisciplinary courses may ask you to submit a reading reflection.
Often instructors will indicate to students what they expect of a reflection, but the general purpose is to elicit your informed opinions about ideas presented in the text and to consider how they affect your interpretation.
The following example shows how a student’s observations from a classroom can be analysed using a theoretical concept and how the experience can help a student to evaluate this concept.
For Example My observations from the classroom demonstrate that the hierarchical structure of Bloom’s Taxonomy is problematic, a concept also explored by Paul (1993).
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The value of reflection: Critical reflection is a meaningful exercise which can require as much time and work as traditional essays and reports because it asks students to be purposeful and engaged participants, readers, and thinkers.