As another school year closes, reports are filed, books are closed, book bags are put away, and devices are being turned in...
...however, a key piece to this End-of-Year process is REFLECTION.
John Dewy was quoted saying, "WE DO NOT LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE...WE LEARN FROM REFLECTING ON EXPERIENCE."
This is as true for kids and students as it is for adults.
WHY you ask?
Reflection transforms experience into genuine learning about individual values, goals, challenges, and accomplishments.
Reflection challenges students to connect activities, class lessons, and their results of their choices to REAL LIFE. It also allows them to develop higher-level thinking and problem solving.
In the end, the goal of all learning experiences is to make us better equipped to problem solve, make connections between information we have learned in the past and information we are currently processing, and find better ways to move forward!
I created this visual as a starting point for conversations with my own son. Feel free to use with your students and children.