In your Reflection, write about what you have learned this week. Here are some questions to consider in writing your Reflection.

  • What new skills do you have, what new historical knowledge, or what metacognition (learning how to learn) have you developed?
  • Evaluate your own work for the week. Did you produce strong work? If so, of what are you specifically proud? If not, why not?
  • What questions did this week raise for you about the past?
  • How might you use what you learned this week in your career?
  • How is life, work, or family supporting or challenging your learning?
  • Have you seen an example in the news this week that relates to your learning? What was it and how did it connect to your learning?

Your reflection should be a paragraph written in complete sentences, with standard punctuation, capitalization. Answer the questions that are most important to you each week, not all the questions.

Good faith efforts will receive full credit. Short or unedited reflections will receive 60% credit.

Consider this model:

The Prepare questions really challenged me to review my notes from this week’s readings. I thought I had taken good notes, but my notes were so simple that I found myself re-reading a ton of the sources. That took more time than I wanted it to. Fortunately, with all my work on the Prepare document, the Assignment work I found in line with my expectations. Like the Han dynasty, I think a lot about road conditions because I live on a street with terrible potholes. Mapping poor road conditions with GIS wasn’t something I had considered before, but I know MN DOT does that, so it makes sense previous governments did as well. I wonder how much road conditions in ancient China were influenced by the dynastic government how much by local governments? My dream job is working for a state department of natural resources, and most departments of natural resources use GIS, so I’m glad I learned it. My younger brother turns 12 this week, so I’m excited he’ll be eligible for the COVID booster when it becomes available. He is immunocompromised and COVID causes more stress in my family that for some families. I try not to let the stress interfere with my school work.