What I did in the teaching period break.

Things I found I needed to understand more of having survived the first online teaching period.

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What I did in the teaching period break. 1
What I did in the teaching period break.
Be prepared to be bored, bored, bored, bored, bored.
Use the break to go back over assignments and their marks and feedback. This will help identify areas where
you need to put in extra effort. For me it was in academic/reflective writing, assignment planning and note
taking. So I have used the break to research these areas and put together some concept maps and tables for
referencing and to get a pattern established to make sure I cover all the areas required.
1 GAMEBOY 7 STEREO
2 PLAYSTATION 8 DVD's
3 I-POD 9 CELL PHONE
4 INTERNET ACCESS 10 SPORTING GOODS
5 SCANNER/FAX 11 REMOTE-CONTROL TOYS
6 PET 12 BOOKS
13 ONLINE STUDENT DURING SEMESTER BREAK

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Table of Contents
Reflective Writing ............................................................................................................................... 3
Reflective Essay Concept Map ........................................................................................................... 6
Critical Review Concept Map and Design ........................................................................................... 7
2000 word Essay Designs ................................................................................................................... 9 ­ 10
Expository Essay Design ..................................................................................................................... 11
Descriptive Essay Writing Guidelines ................................................................................................. 12
Report Writing ­ Generic Structure .................................................................................................... 13
Analysing Assignment Questions ....................................................................................................... 14
Assignment Planning Concept Map .................................................................................................... 16
Unit Concept Map .............................................................................................................................. 17
Unit Week Concept Map .................................................................................................................... 18
Note Taking Style Sheet and Abbreviations ........................................................................................…read more

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Reflective Writing
A great deal of your time university will be spent thinking; thinking about what people have said, what you
have read, what you yourself are thinking and how your thinking has changed. It is generally believed that the
thinking process involves two aspects: reflective thinking and critical thinking. They are not separate processes;
rather, they are closely connected (Brookfield 1987).…read more

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What can I discuss?
· Your perceptions of the course and the content.
· Experiences, ideas and observations you have had, and how they relate to the course or topic.
· What you found confusing, inspiring, difficult, interesting and why.
· Questions you have
· Conclusions you have drawn.
· How you:
· solved a problem,
· reached a conclusion,
· found an answer
· reached a point of understanding.
· Possibilities, speculations, hypotheses or solutions.…read more

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Writing Style
As it concerns your thoughts, reflective writing is mostly subjective. Therefore in addition to being reflective
and logical, you can be personal, hypothetical, critical and creative. You can comment based on your
experience, rather than limiting yourself to academic evidence.
· Reflective writing is an activity that includes description (what, when, who) and analysis (how, why,
what if). It is an explorative tool often resulting in more questions than answers.…read more

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Reflective Essay Concept Map
Alternative Approaches Housekeeping.
Look for alternative ways Due date. Timeline.
to approach question outside Assessment criteria and
of normal boundaries. Weighting.
Any other requirements.
Essay Question
Task words.
Content words.
Limiting words.
Possible Topics
Most essays involve a
number of topics.
Note them all down.
Look for connections,
relevance, and Prior Knowledge
priorities.
Everything I already know
about
the topic from personal
experience, readings,
other sources,
other units.…read more

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3. Concepts
1. Objectives
2. Theory What are the central
what does the article concepts?
set out to do? Is there an explicit Are they well
theoretical framework defined?
or assumptions?
4. Argument
10. Style
What is the central
How clear is the argument?
author's Are there specific
language, Critical Review hypotheses?
style, Concept Map
expression?
10. CONCLUSION
A brief overall
9. Contribution Assessment.
How well does 5.…read more

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Critical Review
Introduction
Usually 1 paragraph for journal, 2-3 for book.
Opening sentences that announce the author(s) and the title,
briefly explain topic of text, present aim of text and summarise
main findings or key argument, conclude with brief statement
L of your evaluation (positive, negative, or ambivalent)
I
T
E Summary
R
Summary of key points with limited number of examples.
A Briefly explain author's purpose/intentions and how the
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Example approach to 2000 word Argumentative Essay.
HINT
Learning materials
Decide what argument and theories
you are going to make.
Pick 3 reasons why it is
R1 300 words
true based on learning
materials. Studies and Reports
Then research.
Learning materials
and theories
R2 300 words
Studies and Reports
Introduction.…read more

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