The Te@chThought Blog Challenge prompt for today asks us to give the three most powerful forms of student reflection.

I don’t know if I can come up with three! So let me focus on just one, perhaps two.

When students self-assess, they become owners of their own knowledge and their own advocates for their education. When we, as teachers, find ways to facilitate the students in their ability to self-assess, we are accessing the most valuable, most powerful form of reflection conceivable. In fact, it is probably the most powerful form of education all together.

I am working towards self-assessment on a grander scale this year by requiring students to curate a proficiency ePortfolio. With each entry, students must reflect on the efficacy of their work.

I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

Another powerful form of reflection that I love is to have students look at the goals before a unit, choose those that are important to them (and tell why). At the end of the unit, students tell which goals they met and how they met them. If they didn’t, what stood in the way.

Ok, I lied. Here’s a third! A great, quick reflection at the end of the lesson involves the good ol’ sticky note and stoplight. Have students write name, date, period on the back of a sticky note. If they don’t understand ANYTHING from the lesson, they leave the front blank and stick the note on the red light. If they still have questions, they write the question on the front and stick it on yellow. If they understand, they must PROVE it, and stick it on green.

Don’t just ignore all of the green ones- because those are where you find the most confused students! They write “proof” that is way off-base. And that’s where you find out who to pull out in the next class in order to reteach.

What do you do to facilitate reflection?

Buena suerte,

Profe C