Preparing for a Final Reflection

We are moving towards the end of the school year and our coaching cycle. It is time to start thinking about your final reflection of working around documenting learning and making learning visible, meaningful, shareable and amplified.

By now you know, that I am an advocate for self-directed and self-motivated learning. Metacognition and reflection is a integral part of the PROCESS. Although the final reflection might resemble a “final project” and might seem the only “requirement” of our coaching process, the way and HOW you want to share evidence of your learning along the year and WHAT you want to reflect upon is up to you.

The general things/lenses to keep in mind are:

  • It’s about YOUR learning
  • Where have you been? Where are you now? Where are you going?
  • The “Now” Literacies
  • How is documenting your learning connected WITH your learning?
  • What worked? What did not? What risks have you taken?
  • Your Aha Moment(s)
  • Showcase your work (don’t be shy)
  • Who are you as a self-directed and self-motivated learner?
  • How did you, as a learner, respond to the offered challenges (Book, Twitter, Badges, Blogging, etc.)
  • How did a coach (and in particular a “virtual” coach) help/hinder/facilitate your learning journey?
  • How are you/will you translating new forms of learning that you have experienced into your classroom?

Here are some reflection prompts, that can guide you:

Visible Thinking Routines by Project Zero
Download an ebook with all the routines

Reflective Teacher by Peter Pappas

Bloom’s Remembering – Reflection: What did I do?
Bloom’s Understanding – Reflection: What was important about what I did? Did I meet my goals?
Bloom’s Applying – Reflection: When did I do this before? Where could I use this again?
Bloom’s Analyzing – Reflection: Do I see any patterns or relationships in what I did?
Bloom’s Evaluating – Reflection: How well did I do? What worked? What do I need to improve?
Bloom’s Creating – Reflection: What should I do next? What’s my plan / design?

Higher Level Question Stems from Bloom’s Taxonomy by Professor Julie Hall

Four Dimensions of Reflective Learning by Karen Barnstable . Also look at 40 Reflection question to help you look back, forward, inward and outward by Edutopia.

  • I. Thinking Back
  • II. Thinking Forward
  • III. Thinking Inward
  • IV. Thinking Outward

What? So What?

  • What?
  • Describe the experience; outline what happened that compelled you to think about and change your behavior (i.e. learn).
  • So What?
  • Describe what difference it makes; outline what impact or meaning it has for you (or why it should matter to others).
  • Now What?
  • Describe what’s in store for the future now that you’ve learned from this experience; outline what you are going to do to continue your professional development in light of this learning.

Dr. Jackie Gerstein’s reflection questions:

  • What was your significant learning this past week( days) ?
  • What principles for everyday life can you extract from our class activities?
  • What did you learn or what was reinforced about yourself?
  • What can you take from the class activities to use in your life outside of class?

Ann Davis : Reflection questions for elementary school students

  • What did you learn?
  • How do you know you learned it?
  • What got in the way of your learning?
  • What helped your learning?
  • How did you feel?

Angela StockmanStudying Learning: A Quick Guide to Documentation, Reflection and Analysis

  • Looking Out- Consider Influence
  • Looking In- Know Yourself and Your Work
  • Looking Up- Improve your Reflective Practice

Kelli Vogstad: 3 Ns Communicating Student Learning

  • Now
  • Not Yet
  • Next

Here are some tools/platforms/media/forms you could consider to make your reflection visible and shareable:

  • hyperlinked narrative
  • infographic
  • video interview
  • podcast episode
  • sketchnote
  • graphic/visual slidedeck
  • timeline
  • video story
  • presentation
  • TED talk
  • Pecha Kucha
  • music video

Here are some examples of final reflections from other cohort participants:
(remember you can always use Google Translate, if you don’t read/understand Spanish 🙂




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