This is the Experiential Learning Opportunity reflection and consists of actually visiting a dragstrip and either watching the event or participating by running your own vehicle.
ELO Reflection Fall 2013::
Drag racing is a motorsport that everyone can participate in with relative ease. Grassroots racing developed out of a desire for competition among young adults. By partnering with the local drag strip, students will be able to experience drag racing for themselves.
Crossroads Dragway www.crossroadsdragway.com has agreed to allow students a complimentary opportunity on one of the Friday Night Fun Nights to experience drag racing from the driver’s seat or from a spectator’s point of view.
Crossroads Dragway will coordinate a tour for students of this course (attending the tour is not required)
Students may elect to participate in the Friday Night Fun Night by racing their own street vehicle.
Students may opt to be a spectator in lieu of actually racing.
Under no circumstance will the grade earned in this experiential learning opportunity be impacted by on-track performance.
In fulfillment of this assignment students will write a reflection of the experience connecting the How to Drag Race text, the tour, and the experience to reflect their learning of motorsports.
If you are having trouble getting started with writing a reflection you may consider weaving your answers to the following into the reflection;
does motorsports of any kind interest you
what kind of motorsports do you find most appealing and why
how does drag racing compare to other forms of racing you are familiar with
do you consider yourself a motorsports participant or spectator
with your experience at the track on a Friday Fun Night, how can the adventure be improved
with over 60,000 people in Vigo County and considering all the other activities people are involved in, is there a way to increase the crowd at the dragstrip?Check out the local dragstrip’s website to see the schedule of events. As a student in AET 330, you may attend a single Friday Night Fun Night at no charge. Your friends will need to pay only $5 to enjoy the racing action with you.http://www.crossroadsdragway.com/Crossroads_Dragway/Home.html
IIRP Tips on Writing Reflection Papers
A reflection paper is not a summary of the course readings or a stream of
conscious mind dump on paper.
1. As the diagram suggests, a reflection paper is your identification of the main
themes of the readings integrated with your classroom experience and how both
affect your thinking and practice.
2. A reflection paper is your chance to add your thoughts and analysis to what
you have read and experienced.
3. A reflection paper is meant to illustrate your understanding of the material and
how it affects your ideas and possible practice in future.
4. Begin by jotting down some of the reading material and class experiences that
stand out in your mind. Decide why they stand out to you.
5. It may be helpful to use the restorative questions to generate some of your
thoughts and feelings about the course experience.
6. Using the first person singular (“I”), relate the readings and classes to your
previous knowledge and experience.
7. Consider if and how what you have read and learned changes your thinking
and might affect your practice in both personal and professional situations.
8. Review the readings and class notes to be sure you’ve included all the
relevant information you can and made all the connections you can.
9. Give your reflection paper structure with an opening paragraph, main body,
10. It may be helpful to write the body of the paper first by using Steps 4-7, and
then decide what your opening paragraph should say. The opening paragraph
may be brief, only a sentence or two, but it should offer some overall statement
of your perspective based on what you’ve learned (e.g., Before I read the articles
for YC/ED 501, I had never considered that I was an authoritative supervisor, that
is, someone who gives my staff firm direction but little support.). Then you could
go on to describe which readings or class experiences affected your thinking and
why. You could disagree with some of the readings or ideas. The conclusion of
your reflection may also be brief (e.g., I realize that I must learn how to be more
supportive to get the best from my staff.). Or it could be uncertain (e.g., I don’t
agree with everything I learned but I am going to consider using some of the
practices in future to see if they change my office environment.).
11. Include in-text references and a reference page for any materials you cite
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