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Sample Reflection

The following reflection was written by a student for an assignment in an Early Childhood Education class:

The objective of this assignment was to observe an early childhood education Pre K –3rd grade classroom and complete a classroom literacy environment checklist. Using the checklist I was to complete a written observation report that included suggestions for improving the literacy environment.

The most crucial element I took away from this assignment is the importance of an environment rich in print and writing materials for promoting literacy skills.  A literacy rich environment emphasizes the importance of speaking, reading, and writing in the learning of all students.  That is why as a future educator I will make sure to provide my students with a literacy enriched environment.


How to Write a Reflection

Reflections should be an assessment, written by the student, on a particular piece of his or her writing. Reflections could start by stating the assignment, as given by the professor.  Then, you can give your interpretation of what your professor expects you to do, in your own words.  Finally, you should talk about how well you met your professor's expectations.  You should talk about both your strengths and weaknesses.

You should include your

  • method for addressing the assignment,
  • rationale for addressing it in this manner,
  • analysis of the successes and failures in addressing the assignment,
  • and possibly ideas for improvement in the future.



Adding a Reflection to Your Portfolio

You can associate a reflection with any page or artifact on your portfolio.  You can add a reflection when you upload an assignment, or you can add one later.   You might type your reflection in the Description field of your artifact (paper), or you might simply create a new artifact of stand-alone text.  It is really up to you and/or your instructor.


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