Literacy 4-6

Reflect on Learning

Overview

Providing space and time for students to reflect is critical for moving what they have learned into Long-term Memory. Having students think about their progress against learning goals can also shape their positive beliefs about their abilities by helping them understand how they learn and encouraging them to ask for support, refining their Metacognition and improving Motivation.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this fourth grade teacher embeds self-reflection and fosters growth mindset in her students. Through positive self-talk, students reflect during the learning process and feel encouraged to persist through challenging tasks.

  • Preparing portfolios of their work and journaling gives students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and their progress. This process is especially meaningful when students include pieces that demonstrate both strengths and areas they need to work on. eachers can also help students see how much they have grown by having them revisit earlier work and asking them reflective questions such as, "Do you remember how you felt when you first did that?"
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how platforms, like Sown to Grow, build reflection into the learning process. Students have the opportunity to reflect on assignments and document the strategies that worked for them and those they would like to try next time. By giving them agency over their own learning, students learn how to learn.

  • Product developers can create a regular time and space for learners to engage in reflection, which strengthens the process of learning and memory formation. For example, a product can produce a visual map of learners' progress and provide diverse mediums, such as typing (which supports Foundational Writing Skills) or voice recording, for learners to record their reflections.