Digilit Sunday is hosted by Margaret Simon @Reflections on the Teche. Today, Margaret asks us to consider the word “reflection”.
Reflection is baked into my teaching life: after every lesson, read aloud, collaborative project, teaching day, and professional reading or conference attended, I make it a priority to reflect on what I learned, how it went, or how I could improve. Reflection, over the years, has become a habit and a deliberate practice. I know that I am a better teacher because I make reflection a priority.
This year, I want to make reflection important for my students, too. This year, we will work together as a class so that reflection is a habit and a deliberate practice for my students, too.
As with so much of what I choose to bring to the classroom for my students, this goal was initiated by a conversation I listened in on Voxer between three amazing educators: Dr. Mary Howard, Donna Donner and Julieanne Harmatz. The conversation began with how to help our students self assess, so that they could begin to formulate their own learning goals in a more independent way. From there, the conversation moved to self reflection, i.e. rather than making students attend to contrived-by-us checklists, our aim as teachers should be to lead students to ask themselves:
*what did you learn about yourself as readers, writers, and thinkers when you went about this task?
*what did you do differently this time, and how did this help you?
*what didn’t you do and how could you take steps to do better?
“We don’t want to lose the learner to some contrived task,” Mary Howard reminded us, “the focus must be on the learner.” In other words, the learner must learn how to be reflective of his or her learning process – it should become a habit by deliberate and explicit practice.
So, this year in room 202, we will take the time to practice reflection. We will stop to ask ourselves what we learned about our learning processes. We will make it a priority to take the time to ask: What did you learn about yourself as a reader, writer, thinker when….