Great segment, on BAM Radio Network (A network dedicated to sharing the voices of the Education Village) with Starr Sackstein and Robert Pennington, that discusses why bringing reflection into the classroom is so important.
Starr does a great job explaining why using reflection is so important for the learning process but also how it can aid teachers in fine tuning their craft. It is only about 10 minutes and she provides lots of great information for all teachers to review.
I love the idea of allowing students to have a voice in their education because this will help to create and generate buy in, even on those topics that you might “fail” to teach effectively each year. Think about how much your students will learn about themselves if they are able to understand how they learn best. Making a transition from school to college will be seamless if they know how they learn best.
As a teacher, you must be willing to make adjustments to your style based on opinion but also work to create a culture where you students realize that not every suggestion will occur OR that they must provide meaningful, useful feedback. Once this is done and you are prepared to make adjustments, the sky is the limit for you, your classroom, and your students.
Some of the highlights…
Easy ways to have students reflect:
- Boxer – (I was unable to find details on this one so if you do pleast let me know!)
- Google Forms
- Website that offers 5 free ways to collect feedback!
REFLECTION IS NOT A POST UNIT ACTIVITY, IT IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO OCCUR DAILY, WEEKLY IN ORDER TO BE EFFECTIVE.
Gold Stars – MUST haves in order to do this effectively:
- Growth Mindset – open mind – You have to value student opinion
- Flexible – you must be willing to make changes to your lessons or units based on students opinions.