Within the completed activity were instructions to predict the outcome of an experiment. These predictions have no correct or incorrect answers. However, the student's understanding of the concepts is enhanced if he or she understands why the prediction matched or did not match the outcome. In this journal entry, the student chooses two predictions to reflect upon. The student should write about one prediction that did not match the outcome and one prediction that did. If every prediction matched every outcome or every prediction failed to predict every outcome, however, the student should just choose two that are especially interesting.
Guidelines are simple:
- Explain what made you believe that your prediction was true. Have you had similar experiences? Did you read about this experiment somewhere? Has someone explained this concept to you? Did you connect this activity with one you have experienced? Did it just seem natural? Why? Did you just wildly guess?
- What did each of these predictions tell you about how you think about this concept? Describe what you learned. If you learned nothing, it is all right to say that -- try to explain why.
- This is not a "journal" in the sense that you would record the events of the day. These reflections are a chance to privately explore some of the questions we consider and your reactions to the ideas and experiences you encounter. The journal gives you a chance to think about how you think and learn. Don't worry about "being right" or saying something "stupid." Explore the problems and ideas that are of interest to you; examine your reactions, habits, opinions and assumptions.
This reflection will be evaluated on the depth of the student's thinking. The student should write one or two pages, with about 300 words per page. It is perfectly permissible to ask questions and to suggest further investigations that might help to better understand the ideas.