A reflective learner is someone who explores their own experiences with learning to understand better what they have learned and why they have learned it. Learning is a lifelong process that is far more that simply memorizing facts. Reflective and comprehensive learning, as opposed to rote memorization, pushes student to be self-aware, self-critical, and motivated to learn more and not settle for the minimum.
For your essays, I want you to write an essay in which you reflect on what you have read during the particular part of the course. I want you to write about the development of your own critical thinking skills and how your approach to the past has changed after having read particular sections of the Global Encounters textbook. Your paper must use evidence from the textbook and must use specific evidence from at least 3 of the assigned chapters from chapters 8-12.
Some of the questions that you can ask yourself can include:
What has what I have learned this semester taught me about the interconnected nature of the past?
How has exploring the past in a comparative and global fashion helped me to better understand it?
In sum, what has answering these questions taught me about studying history? And, how will this exploration of the past help me succeed for the rest of my time here at Western?
Remember, while this is not a standard historical essay in the purest sense, I do expect that you make copious use of course content, citing specific examples. I don’t want to read about your opinions or how you feel, but how you have come to have a deeper appreciation for the past and that you recognize its importance even today. Your paper must be at least 2 full typed, double-spaced pages (presumably going onto a 3rd page), with 12pt font and 1” margins. It should be in Times New Roman typeface. Please be sure to put your name, the date, and the name of the course on your paper. It should be written in clear, concise, and grammatically correct English. Be sure to cite passages from Traditions and Encounters that you use in your paper. Use of outside sources will result in a failure for the assignment.