Day 19 – Name three powerful ways students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often.
Empowering students to take control of their learning means giving them tools to be aware of whey they stand in their learning journey and how they can make more of it happen. But, to be honest, I clearly provide more ways of checking goal achievement, than tools and support for reflecting.
I think there are some very effective ways for students to think about how they need to direct their learning: guided group discussion, regular checklists, surveys and formative assessment. I think the whole classroom would benefit from incorporating some edtech tools to facilitate this action to happen on a regular basis in class.
What I mostly do now is talk a lot about their own learning; I try to motivate situations in class for them to reflect.
- At the beginning of the school year I will always spend a class talking about student’s expectations and learning bios. I will often have students sit in groups and discuss how they feel about the school year, and their goals with the help of a series of prompts. “What are your goals this year?” “Wht are your strengths/weaknesses when learning a language?” “What are your favourite games or activities related to language learning?” “If there were one skill you would like to be good at, what would it be?” It is very helpful because, regardless of learning stlyes (which I don’t get into) they have all had very different experiences with language learninng. They are given the chance to share their experiences, and hopefully, leave the class with an idea or two for the upcoming year. MOTIVATION: What are your goals is an activity I always on the first of class for everyone to stop and think for a while.
- During the course I basically talk to them about their progess, especially after they have handed in some assignment or test, and I’ll usually ask them questions to trigger reflection on their learning.
- At the end of the course I always propose an end-of-year survery that features questions about the classroom, materials, etc but also about their learning experience. It is just as helful for me as it is for them. Some of the questions they are asked are “What have been the most useful actions for learning?” What would you have done differently?” I think it is necessary reflection for them in order to verbalise and measure how they performed and get ready to step into a new stage of their learning process.
I’m sure I’ll learn a lot these days about ways for students to reflect with all the fabulous #reflectiveteacher bloggers!