January 29, 2020

Journey Reflection

Student Journey Reflection – 2015
Dr. Robert F. Szalapski
The Harley School – Physics

§ 1. Purpose

Each of you will write a reflection on your own path with regards to mathematics and science education. Choose the style and voice for your essay that best allows you to communicate your personal story. You might wish to look at my reflection which will be available on the website.

These reflections allow me to better understand my students, and that makes me a better teacher. Reflection is also very important to each person as they grow and develop.

§ 2. Format

The following features are required:

  1. A centered title – preferably using the Title feature of Word.

  2. Your name and the date on which you submit your work centered – preferably using the Subtitle feature of Word.

  3. Section headings – preferably using the section-heading features of Word.

  4. Include all sections listed below.

§ 3. Early Influences

Tell me something about your family and your environment. How did your early experiences affect your attitude about education and science? Was any one person especially influential? For example, I recall riding in a car with a younger friend when I was in high school who happened to be complaining about his struggles with algebra. His father’s response was, “I had to take algebra in high school. I’ve never used it since!” That really wasn’t the motivational speech that was needed. Who was it that inspired you? Was there anybody that discouraged you?

§ 4. Education

Teachers, both good and bad, can make a huge difference. Since you are all students and so focused on school, I would expect that this will be one of the easier parts of your reflection. Nevertheless, it may be best to jot down notes over the summer and to mull it over a bit before your final writing. You might have a discussion with your parents too as they might recall some high and low points. Since you don’t yet know what the future holds perhaps you can write more in this area. You might also think about the influences of friends and sports and clubs.

§ 5. Your Future

Please speculate on your future. You should save a copy of this document, and every few years you can reflect once more. You may be surprised!

§ 6. Due Date

Your reflections will be due on Tuesday, 8 September 2015. They are to be submitted as a Word document as an e-mail attachment sent directly to CallMeDrRob@Gmail.com. The length is not so important, but it should be longer than one-full page. It requires a lot of thought and, not surprisingly, reflection. A penalty of 10% will be imposed for each day that it is late. It would be a good decision to complete it early and send it prior to the due date.

If there are things in your reflection that you wish to remain confidential, please tell me. I would expect to see some variety in these essays. Each person follows a unique path!

§ 7. Dr. Rob’s Reflection

My reflection is available here.

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