Three 300 Word Thought Papers
From the UBC course, ETEC 512 – Applications of Learning Theories to Instruction (core)
Because I was able to critically evaluate and draw logical, clear, objective, and well supported conclusions about learning theories and relevant literatures, my writing received some unexpected (and welcome) recognition from Dr. Jennifer Shapka.
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Thought Paper 1
Classroom Management – Mechanics of Learning
Thought Paper 2
Empowering Teachers with Neuroscience?
Thought Paper 3
Truth, Knowledge, and Constructivism
Tap or click to read, from the course content Thought Paper Assignment page, about the strict grading policy :
There are a total of 3 Thought Papers that you will need to complete during the course, each worth 5% of your mark. Although the Thought Papers are based on the readings, they cannot be answered directly from them. That is, you cannot simply summarize the readings to answer the question. Rather these questions are designed to provoke deeper understanding about the readings and should be viewed as an opportunity to delve further into an issue. As such, this assignment is evaluated quite rigorously in terms of content. Top papers will be clear and thought-provoking, with well-supported arguments. They will also be well-written and free of any spelling or grammatical errors.
Please do not be discouraged by low marks on your initial Thought Papers; rather, use the instructor’s feedback to develop stronger responses. The Thought Papers are to be 300 words, or the equivalent of 1-page double-spaced, which will be strictly enforced. At times it will seem difficult to fit all you have to say about the topic into 300 words; however, as graduate students, the ability to write clearly and concisely is an important skill to develop. The Thought Papers will be evaluated based on clarity and the degree of insight and thought that is evident. Given that summarizing the reading is worth no points, do not waste any of your 300 words summarizing!
Source: ETEC512 Course Content Page on Thought Paper Assignments