“We do not learn from experience…but from REFLECTING on our experience.”
This is equally true for any learner – may it be teachers or students. I will give you examples of our reflection process and how it unfolds within a unit of inquiry.
Reflection can be on knowledge, skills, attitudes and action/activity. It may be self-reflection, peer-reflection (when students reflect on their collaboration within the group), it may be oral or written, spontaneous or not.
NOTE: All my students are second-language learners. I teach the same class of students from 1st to 4th grade. You can see how the complexity of reflection changes in time.
Grade 1 Unit of inquiry: OUR SCHOOL
We inquired into organizations – what they are, how they work, what are the responsibilities of each member etc. Since it was the beginning of the school year I relied mostly on drawings as a form of expressing reflection.
Reflection can be also on MY work – the activities I designed throughout the unit. I use students’ feedback to inform my future teaching. I always do that during or at the end of a unit.
GRADE 1 Unit of inquiry – HEALTHY IS HAPPY
We inquired into food, hygiene, sleep, rest, and how they make us healthy. I will post examples of activities in future blog entries.
Grade 1: HEALTHY IS HAPPY
At the beginning of the unit students had a a goal sheet. Basically, a bull’s eye -like paper – they would write in each circle every week until the last week of the unit. They would see whether they achieved their own goals (e.g. Ï want to go to bed early.”, or “I want to eat more veggies.”)
GRADE 1 : IT’s RAINING CATS AND DOGS
We inquired into seasons, season formation, animal and plant adaptation to seasonal changes etc.
GRADE 1: Unit of inquiry: OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
We inquired into our surroundings, created maps etc.
GRADE 1: IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY We inquired into connections between natural elements, cause-effect relationships (pollution, deforestation etc).
GRADE 4: NATURAL RESOURCES (PYP Exhibition)
As students become more confident in using language I encourage free expression of their thoughts, ideas, opinions. We created a Learning Journey wall on which each students drew and wrote his/her learning “journey” – obstacles, successes, progress etc. I also had my own learning journey I would share with kids :).
We also had Reflection Logs ( and I had one , too!) – I would share my reflections with students every day).
I also use a Profile Sticker…Students would write their names and then we would have open-discussions on their choices.
Now that we are blogging…reflection takes place there , too !:)
How do YOU encourage reflection? 🙂