List three changes our society can make to be more child and youth positive. Apply course material to justify these changes. Explain why these changes areimportant for people working with children and youth.

Personal Reflection Paper #1

Students personalize their course material with the completion of two personal reflections this assignment is the first of two. The paper must include proper APA citation to course material and should include a minimum of three such references. This paper may not exceed 2.5 pages in length, doubled space. Size 12 font, Times New Roman, 1-inch margins. The personal reflection should not be fewer than 1.75 pages or exceed 2.5 pages or deductions will apply. A detailed marking rubric will be available on our cuLearn page.

Part 1:
o List three changes our society can make to be more child and youth positive. Apply course material to justify these changes. Explain why these changes areimportant for people working with children and youth.

Part 2: (choose one of two options below)
o Describe how the course material in modules 1-3 has challenged the way you have categorized or characterized marginalized children and youth. Use the course material to think about specific groups of children and/or youth who are marginalized in our society – consider behaviours that you might have observed and made sense of in specific ways.
OR
o Describe how the course material in modules 1-3 has helped you to reflect on your own experienced marginalization and/or privilege in new ways.Consider how you, and/or your behaviours, have been(or are) categorized or characterized during your childhood/adolescent years. Clearly name the areas of marginalization and/or privilege and use course material to reflect on your experiences.

Personal Reflection #1 Grading criteria (45 points total)

Grading for elements out of 5 (multiply these by two for elements out of 10)
0 = not present/unacceptable, 1 = very poor, 2 = poor, 3 = fair, 4= good, 5 = excellent

Your assignment will be graded according to the following criteria:
1. Part 1: Suggestions for Change (10 points)
a. Does the paper suggest three changes to make society more children/youth positive?
b. Is course content fully integrated into the paper to justify these changes, with complex links established between the content, course and the assignment?
c. Is a rationale for their importance for those working with children and youth articulated?

2. Part 2: Analysis of Experience (10 points)
a. Does paper provide an in-depth interpretation and insight into your thinking about marginalized and/or privileged children and youth?
b. Does the paper contextualize your own and/or others’ experiences of marginalization and privilege?
c. Is course content fully integrated into the paper with specific, complex links established between the content, course and the assignment?
3. Critical Self-Awareness (10 points)
a. Does the paper show how your engagement with the course content includes reflection and questioning of your values, beliefs and preconceptions?
b. Does the paper articulate the new perspectives you have developed through engaging with the content and this questioning?
c. Does the paper show your understanding of yourself and/or a comprehensive understanding of the experiences of a range of marginalized children and youth?

4. Structure and Style (5 points)
a. Are your ideas and argument clear, concise, complex and well organized? Does the paper have a polished style?
5. Spelling, Grammar, Formatting Guidelines (5 points)
a. Is the work free of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes?
b. Did the paper follow the formatting guidelines (12 point font, 1 margins, Times New Roman, double-spaced)
c. Was the paper between 1.75 and 2.5 pages in length? 2-point deduction.
6. Reference and Copyright (5 points)
a. Does the paper have no citation or referencing errorsusing APA guidelines?