Just like we sometimes find ourselves thinking about what we have done and how we can be better, it’s also important to incorporate the idea of reflection into our lessons. This could be done at the end of a topic or unit, at the end of a week or at the end of a term. Not only do reflections help you and your students review what you’ve learnt, they also help you to keep track of students’ progress and to assess the effectiveness of your teaching methods.
In my school, we have just concluded the first quarter and below are some of the questions I asked my students to help them think about they’ve learnt:
1. What did we learn in English Language Arts class this quarter?
2. What new skills or knowledge did you acquire?
3. What was your favourite learning moment?
4. What could you have done better?
5. What do you think the teacher can do to make learning more enjoyable and productive for you?
6. Any other thoughts or ideas?
7. On a scale of 1 – 10, rate our English Language Arts class this quarter.
The students answered these questions in their notebooks and I should mention that a couple of them gave my class 11 and 13 stars respectively which made me really happy. But I also spent some time thinking about the new things they had learnt, some of which weren’t in my lesson objectives. Together with their thoughts on how I can make learning more enjoyable for them, I was able to get a clearer picture of what my expectations as their teacher will be for the next quarter and how I can channel my lessons toward meeting their needs.
At the end, the reflection activity is a win-win for all. You should try it out!