Teacher: "Today we are going to write a procedural text. There is no rubric, no expectations and I am not going to scaffold, model or co-construct this text form with you- good luck!"
Yaaaa, teachers wouldn't do that. Writing has a specific skill set which requires students have scaffolded experiences in order to play, experiment with and construct writing.
Reflection is also a skill. We need to provide kids a variety of opportunities from the age of 3 all the way up to the time they leave school in order for them to reflect on their learning journey. They need to be able to document failures, set goals and celebrate successes. We need to model this process, provide feedback and help them develop the ability to deeply understand their own strengths and limitations.
Sometimes it is easy to ask kids to reflect on their learning by using the tired, '2 stars and a wish' or another old tried and true. To help you escape from this cycle of doom I have complied a list of ED-ucation Publishing's top 5 favorite resources for building reflection as a skill for learners.
Click on the images to link to the sites.
1. EASY BLOG JR. -EL3/4 (preschool)- Grade 5
2. PLANT LOVE GROW -EL5 (Kindergarten)- Grade 5
3. THE NEVER-ENDING MATHS TEST -Grade 1- Grade 5
4. WEEBLY fOR EDUCATION -Grade 5 - grade 12
5. TWITTER -Age 13 and up...
Do you have a favorite tool to help students build the skill of reflection? Add it in the comments section and I am sure our community will benefit from the shared resources!!