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Additional guidelines and resources for reflection paper Fall 2014

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Additional guidelines and resources for reflection paper


Part I: Plan for taping, due Sept. 30th

We will assist you in videotaping your teaching, but you will need to take the lead in organizing the logistics in advance.  Decide if there's a particular GAE, recitation session, or lab session coming up that you would like taped.  Please write a quick paragraph (can be via e-mail) with the date/time of the lesson and a brief description of the content/activity.  Also, let us know your preferences for microphone placement -- would you prefer for a microphone to be placed with a particular small group, or would you prefer to wear a microphone as you walk around?  (Placement with a small group means that you would need to be sure to visit that group, but you might also be able to get a sense of what that group talks about when you're not around.  Wearing the microphone would likely give you more of a range of interactions to choose from.)  Videotaping does not always go smoothly in the first attempt (due to issues with microphones or batteries, etc.), please give yourself plenty of time to try to record more than once if needed. Be sure to have a useable video-recording of your teaching by Oct. 22th at the latest (this will give you two weeks to watch and analyze the video before the paper is due).


Part II: Reflection paper, due Nov. 5th

Your analysis of selected interactions with students should be ~4 pages single-spaced and include transcript.  (It would be most helpful to integrate transcript into your narrative where relevant -- for instance, if you want to talk about a particular exchange two students had about protein folding, include transcript of the exchange right before your discussion of the exchange.)  Each paper should include the following:

  1. Background: Provide a very brief description of the content of the GAE or recitation activity when the selected interactions occurred during the course of the lesson, and any relevant information about the group members you've gleaned from working with them throughout the semester.
  2. Students' ideas & the quality of those ideas: Analyze students' ideas during the selected interactions.  What ideas were on the table?  How did students' ideas hanging together? How were students supporting their ideas -- what kinds of evidence were they drawing on? How were students evaluating each others' ideas?
  3. Group dynamics: Analyze the dynamics within the group(s) or between the group(s) and yourself.  How were students interacting with each other and considering each others' ideas?  What role did you play in the selected interactions? How did your contributions effect students' ongoing conversations?
  4. General reflections: As an instructor, think about the selected interactions with respect to objectives you might have for the students.  What did you like about what happened?  What would like you to work to change?

Please spend the vast majority of your paper discussing #2 & #3 above.


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