Teachers in Context|
|Guidelines for the Final Reflective Essay|
Overview. The final assignment for this course is an essay in which you reflect on the question,
What does it mean to be a teacher in view of what you learned in this course about the many different contextual influences on teachers and teaching?
Your essay should explore how your sense of what it means to be a teacher has been shaped by our collective inquiry in this course into the many social, political, institutional, cultural, and related contextual factors that influence teaching. Your essay should include discussion of what you see as the implications of this inquiry for your own practice as a teacher.
Please keep in mind that this essay is not a self-evaluation of your performance in this course, nor is it an evaluation of the course itself; rather, it should be a thoughtful reflection on what you have learned about teachers and teaching and how that learning has shaped (or not) your sense of what it means to be a teacher.
In your essay you should refer to course readings and assignments or related experiences that might somehow figure into the learning you have engaged in. Keep in mind that the primary purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity for focused reflection on your work in this course and to provide your instructor with a text that documents that reflection and offers some insight into your learning in the course.
Submission Guidelines. Please follow these guidelines when completing and submitting this assignment:
Grading. This assignment is worth 15 points. Points will be awarded on the basis of the following two main criteria: