Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. -- Margaret J. Wheatley
Currently, I ask students to read for 30 minutes, including reading a non-fiction news article once a week and working towards their personalized goal once a week, work on S.T. Math for 30 minutes or solve a Read-Draw-Write problem from EngageNY, and write daily reflections in a Google Doc in order to track their experiences over the course of the year. I have created a list of general questions to support students having trouble on S.T. Math, and it is available here. With my students, I have developed success criteria for all classroom practices, including homework assignments, and it is available here.
Trevor's Daily Reflections I use the following sentence frames to encourage reflection during the year. A template for students to copy and paste into their homework is available here.
My favorite thing about about today was _____ because _____.
The most important thing I learned today was _____ because _____.
The person who helped me the most today was _____ because _____.
The person who I helped the most today was _____ because _____.
The book I am currently reading is _____. I chose to read this book because _____.
Each month throughout the year, students review their reflections and write about the most important events or Monthly Reflections on their digital portfolios.
I believe that education is a process of living and not a preparation for future living. -- John Dewey