The purpose of this assignment is to help you reflect on what you learned over the past week.
You'll need to wait until the other students have had a chance to post their responses before you can do this assignment, which includes responding to your peers' responses to your post. So, the gradebook declaration for Final Thoughts is available between noon on the due date for Freelance Writer assignments and 11:00 p.m. the following day (this deadline is slightly extended for Adopt-a-Species weeks).
Please do not post any Final Thoughts until well after your classmates and I have had a chance to respond. For Starting Assumptions and Digging Deeper assignments, you must wait until 24 hours after the response deadline has passed to post your Final Thoughts. For Freelance Writer or Adopt-a-Species, it's best if you wait at least until you have two responses to your assignment, if possible.
NOTE: To get full credit for the Final Thoughts assignment, there must be at least one reply to your Starting Assumptions, Digging Deeper, and Freelance Writer/Adopt-a-Species assignments. If you posted your assignment at the last minute, you might not receive a response from a student. You will have to wait until you receive a response from the instructor before you can do that part of the Final Thoughts assignment (feel free to contact your instructor to request this response).
NOTE 2: If you did not complete the Starting Assumptions, Digging Deeper, and/or Freelance Writer/Adopt-a-Species assignments, you may still receive points for Final Thoughts by doing the following: read through all the posts of other students for the missing assignment(s) and post a substantive summary about what you learned. Obviously you will not be able to summarize all of the posts, but try to identify a common thread that ties the posts together (and perhaps integrates the posts with other ideas you have learned this week).
Respond to the comments other students posted about your Starting Assumptions, Digging Deeper, and Freelance Writer/Adopt-a-Species assignments. In each case, please describe how the comments of other students contributed to your learning experience.
In your answers, please make it clear that you have read the replies that other people have left for you. (I do read the Final Thoughts that people post, and if it seems like you are not reading the replies left by the other students, you will hear from me...). At a minimum this response should be at least 50 words and 50-100 is preferable, and as always, you should spell check and proofread it before you finalize your post.
Here is an excellent example of a Final Thoughts posting:
"Courtnie, it never did occur to me that the recent storm would affect them! That could not have been good at all. Luckily, it was before their prime 'growing' season. And right now, the weather today is simply beautiful, so good things seem to be on the horizon. Celia, I believe the swamp rabbit tends to locate in the southern region of Oklahoma, reigning on the border to Texas. Would they make a good fur coat? Haha. Good one. Though PETA would also find their way to the broadcast, and then its just an all out royale. Heath, I too noticed few amounts of typos on my part. It's almost subconscious that I use "their" instead of "they're" at times. I have a habit of proofreading fast, and I guess I'll 'drive slower' next time I go through. Appreciate it, Heath. Krista, yes, I will make note to expand the format I work on! I know its hard to read for some, so I'll bump the font size up one, and not narrow the paragraphs so much. Thanks for the heads up." (Courtesy of Ben, student in spring 2008).
If you are trying to respond to comments from your peers that were not substantive, this is not a get out of jail free pass. Your final thoughts should address any comments your peers made AND reflect what you learned from doing the assignment--they should not simply continue the trend of filler and fluff.
Please post your final thoughts in the same thread as the rest of your post, with the subject line "Final Thoughts."
Here is the text of the Desire2Learn Gradebook Declaration:
(1 point) I have posted "final thoughts" for my Starting