Reading reflections offer an opportunity to recognize – and perhaps break down – your assumptions which may be challenged by the text(s). Your instructors expect you to critically engage with concepts from your course by making connections between your observations, experiences, and opinions.
Once I crossed the Bay Bridge and started exploring the East Bay, I discovered a bit of ranch life.
Just a few miles away from my son's school were several ranches, their locations made even more obvious by the ranchers who strode into the town's smoothie store, wearing their 10-gallon hats, well-worn cowboy boots, and spurs.
Not only did they sing about Western life, but they also sang about everyone: people who hurt, loved, lost, and exulted in their lives. In re-examining my view of country music, I had to take the long road.
A change in residence, new experiences with people who represented the core of country music's meaning and message, and reopening my mind all played a part in awakening a true appreciation for the genre. More than simply allowing me to add to my musical repertoire, it allowed me to be unafraid to take a second look at other preconceptions I carried.
Reflection offers you the opportunity to consider how your personal experiences and observations shape your thinking and your acceptance of new ideas.
Professors often ask students to write reading reflections.As a college student, I had only lived in the Northeast, spending my entire life in Connecticut.As a bedroom community of New York City, my hometown was quiet yet somewhat sophisticated.When you are asked to reflect upon experience in a placement, you do not only describe your experience, but you evaluate it based on ideas from class.You can assess a theory or approach based on your observations and practice and evaluate your own knowledge and skills within your professional field.They do this to encourage you to explore your own ideas about a text, to express your opinion rather than summarize the opinions of others.Reflective writing can help you to improve your analytical skills because it requires you to express what you think, and more significantly, how and why you think that way.I owned a dog, but I didn't know anyone with a pickup truck.I had had my heart broken, but I didn’t cry any tears into my beer.Adding to the misery was the fact that I had a part-time college job at a radio station that played nothing but country music.Fast forward 20 years, and country music didn't sound so bad any more. The answer was both: the music improved, and I gained some life experience.