Reflective Teaching Challenge Day Nineteen: Student Reflection

DAY NINETEEN

Describe the way in which you use student reflection in the classroom.

I decided to make a modification to the topic for today’s challenge.  I have to admit that I don’t use a variety of methods of student reflection.  I utilize peer editing and allotment for multiple revisions and resubmissions, but I don’t know that I properly support genuine reflection.  I will take this blog topic as the opportunity to research methods of implementing student reflection.

Reflection is a mental process which, applied to the act of learning, challenges students to use critical thinking to examine presented information, question its validity, and draw conclusions based on the resulting ideas.The result of this struggle is achieving a better understanding of the concept.  Without reflection, learning ends “well short of the re-organization of thinking that ‘deep’ learning requires” (Ewell, 1997, p.9) (Principles of Learning)

Backward-Looking:

1. How much did you know about the subject before we started?
2. What process did you go through to produce this piece?
3. Have you done a similar kind of work in the past (earlier in the year or in a previous grade; in school or out of

school)?
4. In what ways have you gotten better at this kind of work? 5. In what ways do you think you need to improve?

6. What problems did you encounter while you were working on this piece? How did you solve them? 7. What resources did you use while working on this piece? Which ones were especially

helpful? Which ones would you use again? 8. Does this work tell a story?

Inward-Looking:

  1. How do you feel about this piece of work? What parts of it do you particularly like? Dislike? Why? What did/do you enjoy about this piece or work?
  2. What was especially satisfying to you about either the process or the finished product?
  3. What did/do you find frustrating about it?
  4. What were your standards for this piece of work?
  5. Did you meet your standards?

14. What were your goals for meeting this piece of work? Did your goals change as you worked on it? Did you meet your goals?

15. What does this piece reveal about you as a learner?
16. What did you learn about yourself as you worked on this piece?
17. Have you changed any ideas you used to have on this subject?
18. Find another piece of work that you did at the beginning of the year to compare and contrast with this

what changes can you see?
19. How did those changes come about?
20. What does that tell you about yourself and how you learn?

Outward-Looking:

21. Did you do your work the way other people did theirs?

22. In what ways did you do it differently?
23. In what ways was your work or process similar?

24. If you were the teacher, what comments would you make about this piece?
25. What grade would you give it? Why?
26. What the one thing you particularly want people to notice when they look at your work? 27. What do your classmates particularly notice about your piece when they look at it?
28. In what ways did your work meet the standards for this assignment?
29. In what ways did it not meet those standards?
30. If someone else were looking at the piece, what might they learn about who you are?

Forward-Looking:

31. One thing I would like to improve upon is …

32. What would you change if you had a chance to do this piece over again? 33. What will you change in the next revision of this piece?

  1. What’s the one thing that you have seen in your classmates’ work or process that you would like to try in your next piece?
  2. As you look at this piece, what’s one thing that you would like to try to improve upon?
  3. What’s one goal you would like to set for yourself for next time?
  4. What would you like to spend more time on in school?
  5. What might you want next year’s teacher to know about you (what things you’re good at)?
  6. What things you might want more help with?
  7. What work would you show her to help her understand those things?

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