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Reflect on Learning


Student reflection on learning, particularly when done collaboratively, is critical for moving knowledge of content and strategies into Long-term Memory. Having students think about their progress towards 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 eighth grade teacher uses exit tickets to aid in student self-assessment, promote reflection, and foster a growth mindset. As students become more aware of their performance compared to the expectations, they can persist through challenging tasks. This reflection routine helps increase communication between teachers and students. These responses also serve as formative assessments to aid teachers in shaping their lessons and differentiating instruction.

  • Having students prepare portfolios aligned with specific standards and providing structured time for reflection gives students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned and their progress. This process is especially meaningful when teachers properly scaffold reflection time, guiding students to self-assess specific pieces and to look at both strengths and weaknesses with recommendations for future areas of focus. Teachers can also embed reflection into their lesson during student reading, independent activities, or exit tickets.
  • 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 portfolios for learners to save their work and add comments, both audio and typed, that can be reviewed and built upon by students and teachers throughout the school year. This strengthens the process of learning and memory formation, particularly if students can see their progress over time. For example, this platform could contain a space where teachers can align assignments with standards, creating a linear and visual map of learners' progress.
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