What to do with the Reflective Journal:
The intention of the Assignments
of Your Choice is to give you greater flexibility in setting your own goals for
this class, and being able to choose the learning style and content that fits
your personality and interests most.
The aim of the Reflective
Journal is to make you aware of the learning that is happening and your own
progress. It will help you to make a conscious effort in studying hard and
trying to accomplish your own goals. Iím hoping for a lot of Aha!- moments,
when you figure out how things work. That can happen in the form of
understanding our global society better by following the news about Germany; or
it could be that one of the online exercises will explain a grammar point much
better than what you heard in the classroom. The Journal will also help you
track how much time you spent on this class, by writing it down. Of course, not
everything will run smoothly and some journal entries will be rather sobering,
but realizing that something isnít working is also a step towards improving.
The Journal is also a tool for your instructor
to see how you progress, and if you put some serious work into your learning.
Therefore, please take the Journal seriously, because itís the only prove you
have that you have done the work, and hence get points for your work. For every
step or week I expect one Journal entry (i.e. if you decide to do the
Videoecke, I expect 4 Journal entries; for the Media report I expect 10
Please enter your name.
What time frame does this journal entry cover? i.e.
January 16th-January 23rd
Journal Entry#: enter number in chronological order
Project Title: i.e. Quizlet Kapitel 4 Schule und Universitaet
or Begegnungen; Please supply type of assignment and specific title of the
chapter or activity.
are the tasks or work steps you completed for this project?
Describe in detail the steps you
Iíve read, learned, memorized,
matched words, found synonyms, created sentences, listened, heard, wrote,
much time did you dedicate to this project?
I would like to know about the
time it took you to work on this project, i.e. three times a week, 30min each,
was the project about?
Write a little summary of the
new cultural items or vocabulary have you learned?
List new vocabulary that you
think is relevant to you (about 10). Use them in a sentence.
Report on cultural items you
have heard of.
connections do you see to what youíve previously studied/read/known?
This can be a connection to
previous news items. Things you have read or learned before. Topics in the text
book, grammar aspects that build on something else, etc.
is this particular project beneficial to your learning outcomes?
You can talk about why youíve
chosen this particular project. Maybe you like the medium, the convenience.
Maybe it fits your learning style, or you are particularly interested in
learning about a certain aspect of German culture.