Reflections : round two

Reflective thinking is exhausting as a student teacher. There are so many outlets for it, blogs, tweets, social media, journals and of course coffee meetings with friends and co-workers. With the end of this quarter nearing, and the pile of coursework getting higher and higher, it makes me think how our students handle this reflection. It saddens and angers me some when I overhear a teacher saying “ they just don’t get it” or “ in one ear out the other”, or worst “ my students are just unmotivated to think about this stuff”. This is simply not true. Student has just as much as reflection as we do, It just doesn’t look the same as ours. What makes this idea terrifying is that their reflections may include thoughts of “ I don’t understand this..” or “ Miss. So-and-so is really hard on me..I don’t get it..”. I think it is up to us to give them some more reflective tools and outlets so we can see where they are at in learning and what is weighing heavy on them. Besides journaling or blogging I am still mulling the ideas over, so any help or ideas will be greatly appreciated below!

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3 thoughts on “Reflections : round two

  1. I agree. Reflection can be exhausting especially when focusing on so many subjects at once which is what happens in middle school high school. Teachers are all asking you to dig deeper and reflect on meanings, inner thoughts and analyze your findings. It can get overwhelming at points and even trivialized where a student is just skimming the surface rather than digging deep to get the task done. But, some teachers enfold a task into smaller steps, where the student doesn’t even realize they are digging deeper. It comes more naturally. That is the power a thoughtful and aware teacher can have over his students. Now we will have to experiment with finding that balance of power. I think ist will take much experimentation anytime.

  2. I just had a parent – student- 2 teacher conference regarding this very thing for my sixth grader. Besides her just generally needing to pay more attention to details, a lot of what we talked about is her taking the time each evening to reflect about her school day and look over notes, whether or not she has homework in the class. One of the teachers pointed out that in elementary school, teachers often build in time and / or activities that cause the student to reflect on what they have learned or ask for help if it has not been learned. Now that my daughter is in middle school with six different teachers filling each class to the brim, she needs to learn how to reflect and review on her own to either process the learning and / or discern which areas to ask for help in. Sometimes our lives and a lot of children’s lives are so busy, we forget to do this! I have told her that she is lucky to be learning this lesson so young. It is a valuable skill we teachers can teach our students and be vigilant about making the time to do so ourselves.

    • Yes! it is such a valuable lesson, and she is lucky to have aprent who is pointing this out to her 🙂 The reflection aspect of our lives is one that often gets overlooked. with my 8th graders i find it difficult to encourage them to do MORE writing or taking time to reflect after they have already done so much school work! I was lucky to observe my CT tell a studetn one day, who was having a bad day, that she could write it down- rather then let that frustration come out through class outbursts etc.. this was amazing because not only did it show caring for the studetn, understadning of how to differinatate with the studetn but it was encouraging an outlet for reflection. and it was in the classroom to boot!

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