Before you begin: This is a reflection journal–mostly written in 1st person.

Use Chapters 8-11 to write a 2 page reflection using this as a guide.

Reflective journal writing provides students with a theoretically sound, pragmatic form for process thinking and critical reflection on professional practice and professional development. Reflective journal writing is part of an ongoing process of capacity building for critical reflection on practice in the field of TESOL and Bilingual
education. The subject of the journals will be a response to a course reading, course discussion or fieldwork experience. The journal should include:

– Summary and Highlight(s) – summary of your learning this week, with highlights from a chapter, article or event that pertains to the course this week

– Initial Emotional Response (surprised, embarrassed, sad, inspired, excited, puzzled, etc.) How did you feel about the subjects?

– Learning Process

A) Prior Assumptions or Opinions about the topics

What was your assumption or opinion about the course topics before you read/experienced them. and what do you believe were the sources of these assumptions?

B) Assumption/Opinion Check – Validation/Invalidation

How do the topics/highlights described validate or invalidate your prior assumptions or opinions?

C) Realization/Learnings

What did you learn? How have your views or beliefs been changed? Analyze/reflect on how your ideas have evolved – what was the “Aha!” moment for you?

– Implications for future teaching practice

What specific changes might you intend to make in your teaching or classroom environment?

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