Reflection: An Important Part of Learning

Classroom Series

When children spend time doing a project either alone or with a group, one important element of learning is often left out: reflection.  Reflecting on what has been done is key to learning and retaining new concepts. And it doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming.

The reflection sheet [FOUND HERE] contains open-ended questions (no “correct” answer necessary), which are designed to help students retain what they learned and understand the relevance of the experience.

Keep in mind that if the reflection is done in the same manner– or for every single project or assignment– it may become monotonous. So, decide if reflection is important for a given task, and then switch up the ways in which you ask students to reflect. The attached sheet, for example, could be used in a variety of ways to keep it fresh: children can write their answers, whisper their thoughts to a partner, draw or illustrate their answers, or share their thoughts with the class by going around in a circle.

However you choose to incorporate reflection, follow Nike’s advice: Just do it! Reflection solidifies new topics and equips students to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

TIP: Hang up a poster with the questions from the worksheet for easy referral.  Students can then use the questions to foster a quick discussion.

This is part one of a three-part series: Behavior Management Tips for TeachersNEXT:  Part Two: Behavior Reflection

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