It's Day 19! I can't believe we're in the second half of September. Time flies when you're having fun, I guess.
Today's prompt by TeachThought for the 30-Day Blog Challenge is, "Name three powerful [ways] students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often."
I primarily use 3 different tools for student reflection.
"Exit Slips" allow students to show if they have mastered a skill we've been learning. They work a few problems, I check their work and make notes, and then I return the slips to them. We discuss issues either individually, in small groups, or as a class.
I use "Quick Writes" for students to tell me in words HOW to do a process. Being able to move from numbers and symbols to words is very important in a student's understanding of mathematics. I try to refine a student's mathematical vocabulary as I look through "Quick Writes."
My favorite tool for student reflection is more of an actual reflection. I might ask students to give me a "3-2-1" about a topic: 3 things they understand, 2 things that are unclear, and 1 question they have or something they wonder about the topic. I've also done a "traffic light" - green for "I got this!", yellow for "I'm getting there but a bit confused," and red for "Help! I'm lost!" Students give me information on why they chose a particular color.
I learn a tremendous amount when I ask students to tell me where they are in their understanding of a topic and what specifically they are needing help with. I can address issues individually or with a class, and I can adjust my instruction as needed.
My belief in the importance of student reflection continues to grow. Part of the maturation process involves becoming more self-aware. And if students are able to realize by themselves - with a little bit of prompting - where their difficulties are, they can begin to take more responsibility for their learning and take steps to improve their understanding.