In my judgment, reflection is one of the most underutilized processes for learning. When time is short in the classroom, educators often move quickly to the next unit or activity instead of taking proper reflection time to learn and grow.
It is not only important to be reflective about what is happening in the classroom, but applying these ideas is essential. Otherwise this is a wasted activity.
To be transparent about how I am applying students reflections, here are steps I am taking with Academy students at the start of this year that are based on student comments:
- We are having a full day retreat day for Lights Academy, as suggested by one of my seniors. Our retreat day is Tuesday.
- Last year's students commented that it would be best to be methodical in implementing different project-based learning ideas. A year ago I shared the entire journey at once, which students found overwhelming. This year we are traveling step-by-step together, and as a result, we are further along in our growth than we were last year at this time.
What will you do to implement and apply reflective processes in 2015?