The Power of Reflection #sol17

My students think they aren’t good at being reflective.  They don’t realize that they reflect all day long.  Sharing their favorite part of the day in closing circle? That’s a reflection.  Sharing the theme of the book they are reading during independent work time? Reflection.  Writing about our read aloud book?  Reflection.  Self-assessing their informative essay?  Reflection.  We reflect all day long, people!  All of this practice is about to be put to good use.

My fifth graders have started a capstone-like project that will last us the next seven weeks.  It is the culminating project of the IB PYP program, and it is called Exhibition.  It is designed for students to show off all of the thinking, research, self-management, social, and communication skills they have learned through their time in elementary school.  They do this be creating their own unit and presenting their learning through writing, technology, performance, art, and action.  It’s an exciting project, but it will be challenging as well.  That’s where the reflection comes in.

Today, I introduced some of the ways we are going to reflect throughout this process.  We will do daily self-assessments on how well they worked during work time.  We will do daily written reflections on how they feel their work went today and if they feel like they need help with anything.  We will share what they did and learned during their work time.  I want lots of opportunities for them to practice accountability, as well as lots of opportunities for me to discover what they need from me.  Whew.  They will be reflection pros by the end of this project!


3 thoughts on “The Power of Reflection #sol17

  1. Alan j Wright says:

    Students (and we teachers) are often unconsciously skilled at reflection. I think you are wise to consciously teach into this important aspect of learning. This kind of evaluation is vitally important. Opportunities to reflect through both written and spoken language are critical. We can also use video. As you state, it is both challenging and exciting. I have little doubt it will reveal much that is valuable in the context of learning. Great topic to focus upon both here and in your teaching. Best wishes for your work going forward.


  2. hansonberries says:

    Reflection is a time that isn’t always allowed students. Reflecting on their learning – their successes, stumbles, ideas, and goals – for example. What a great experience they are getting!


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