Hi friends! Its almost the end of the school year! Closing out the year can be stressful at times. I completely understand how hard it can be. That is why I am excited that I am teaming up with Traci at The Bender Bunch and some other awesome bloggers to bring you some end of the year tips and freebies that can help you end your year on a positive note. Today, lets talk about how we can get our students to reflect on the school year.
It is the time of the year when we begin reflecting on all of the lessons and activities that occurred throughout the year. Students have had a long year filled with tons of learning and growing and it is important for students to reflect and share their experiences from the year.
Providing students with the opportunity for reflection is important for many reasons. Here are just a few.
Student Engagement- Asking students to think back on activities and things they have learned keeps them engaged. As they recall the information they actively thinking and using their thinking caps.
Making Meaning-When students are asked to reflect it helps them make meaning of their learning. It allows them to connect what they have learned to a life experience.
Discussion and Interaction- As students reflect on past memories it can initiate conversation with classmates. They can share what they learned and learn from other classmates as well.
Provides Feedback- When students are reflecting on their experiences from the year, you can use the information they share to determine what activities future classes may like. It wall also let you know how memorable it was or if it helped them learn a particular skill.
There are many ways you can have students reflect on their school year. These are a couple that I like.
Journaling– I love when students are able to have a journal. I let the students use pictures and words to track how they feel throughout the year. It can be a great memory jogger and a great measure of growth.
Interviewing– The kids love this! You can create a class list of questions or let students develop their own. They get to feel like reporters. Let them have some fun with it.
Classroom Discussions- This is a great way to interact with students. Have a set of questions that you’d like to ask and have the students answer them in whole group or small group. You can also do it during morning meeting.
Lists-Lists are one of my favorite things to do with students. You can ask them to create a list of things they learned or a top 10 list of the activities they liked. There are endless topics for this one!
Surveys– This is a good way to get authentic feedback. Have students take an anonymous survey (don’t let them put their names on it). The survey can ask them how they felt in your class, what activities they like most, or anything you want to know about.
Are you ready to have your students do some reflecting? Here is a freebie to help you out. I hope you and your students have fun using these!
Hop on over to Marissa’s blog, Literature and Laughter, for more tips and another FREEBIE!