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EWM WEEKLY REFLECTION: THE KEY TO PERFECTION.

So you’re thinking about becoming an EWM major huh? Well let me be the first one to congradulate you! The work is just beginning. As you embark on your journey as a writer you will create some of your best work and sometimes you will create some of your not so best work. However, do not let this discourage you young grasshopper. For there are techiniques and tips which you will pick up on the way. One of these and most important to writing, is reflection.

WHAT IS REFLECTION? Reflection is a self-assesment between intention and accomplshment. It is a dialetical process by which individuals, in this case writers, approach composition from multiple view point in order to produce insight. Thus, it is growth of the consciousness. It is an evaluation of your work and the process by which you perfect that work.


RELECTION IS A PROCESS:

Reflection is a three part process. “It offers writers the opportunity to become aware of their processes of learning and composing to make connections between new and familiar experiences.�-Debra Journet GOAL SETTING, REVISITING AND REFINING

This is the first prong of the reflection process. Just like a race where you begin at the start and there is a finish line, reflection works in the opposite way. You want to begin with the end result first; your goals. What do you want to accomplish through your writing? By first starting at the end, you can work your way towards a final product. In doing so, tracking your progess is made easier and enables writers to revise their work in between composing text.

RETROSPECTION

Retrospection is exactly what you think it means. It is revision in the light of retrospection. In other words, this is the part of process where you take a step back and consider multiple perspectives. Sometimes as writers we can become entrenched in our own thought processes. However, as a writer, one must be able to detach themself from their work in order to reflect on it and make it better.

REVISION

The final step of the process; the finish line. During this step writers take the time to articulate the process by which they have transformed their work and ideas. It is the final judgment of your work. Did you accomplish what you intended to? How was this done? How can it be improved? These are all questions you want to consider during the revision process.


REFLECTION AS A MEANS TO TRANSFORM YOUR IDEAS AND WORK. In order to become a better writer or even a better student, relfection is essential in the aquistion of knowedlge. There are three forms of reflection which as a new EWM major you will encounter and want to be aware of: Relfection-in-action, Constructive reflection, and Reflection-in-presentation.

“Self awareness, or relfection allows you to develope a clear perception of your strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions”

Reflection-in-action: similar to goal setting. You are revising your work from beginning to end. This takes place between composing an associated text. Constructive Reflection: similar to Retrospection. This type of relfection involves the development of multi-voiced identities and approaching your work from mutliple viewpoints. Reflection-in-presentation: Similar to Revision, only instead of being private, it is social. This is where your professor, or peers, reviews your work. This where you audience gives you feedback.

REFLECT TO PERFECT “Reflection allows writers to mesh practice and theory together, eventually becoming habit and transformative” Works Cited: “Reflection in the Writing Classroom”, Kathleen Yancy,1998 “Digital Mirrors: Multimodal Reflection in the Compostiton Classroom” , Debra Journet, www.bgsu.edu/department

Adrian Collins ENC3416 7/1/13

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