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Routine Reflection R-Squared

Question:  What might it look like if we include students in the process of setting goals and collecting, reflecting, and curating evidence of their learning in a proficiency-based environment?

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Today's Target

Setting the Stage for our work:  Why Routine Reflection?   
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Teacher Example 

Goal-Setting RESOURCES

The Importance of Metacognition

Empower Metacognition (from Edutopia 11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios)

How can your students reflect on their work (or think about their thinking)? Are there ways to ask metacognitive questions? There are many resources on metacognition because it's so critically important to learning, and this level of reflection should be incorporated into any portfolio of student work.

For example, a writing portfolio may have students select different pieces that demonstrate how they’ve learned to use voice during the school year. As students write about how they improved in this ability, they are reflecting on how their thinking evolved. Metacognition lends itself to the process portion of the portfolio.

Pause to Reflect - Use Vocaroo to voice record your current thinking

Share it on our group Padlet


Student Mastery of Learning Targets - Common Core & Next Gen. & other standards/targets 

Student View:                                                                                

Teacher View:

Student Mastery of Learning Targets - Transferable Skills via Portfolios & Blogging



Peoples Academy Middle School Team 7 Prompts


How many times have I been asked to reflect on a moment of intense learning after the fact, and I've cursed under my breath saying I wish I had recorded that!  How can we build in routine reflection so students can start to think about learning while they are immersed in the moment, and not weeks later?  

How can we use digital tools to help us easily capture those in-the-moment ahas, and then save and organize them in a way that makes retrieval later easy, when longer term synthesis makes sense?    In other words, how can I capture, reflect upon, and curate artifacts of my thinking and learning so I can show evidence of growth over time?

Helen Barrett's site Reflection4Learning provides links to resources for and scaffolding and support of student reflection in a portfolio environment.

Reflection Tools to explore: iPads

Haiku Deck


YouTube Video

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Other resources:

Copyright Friendly Tool-kit - help students find copyright friendly images, audio, video, 

How students can share their projects with you:

Email their voice/image reflections to your class blog on Blogger:
If you are familiar with Blogger, skip ahead to 3:11.



Turn video watching into a participatory experience - Embed questions, comments, prompts, links, etc. in a video and track student responses.

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Evernote for the iPad

EVERNOTE Portfolio Samples from the Sharing My Learning Blog  (check out these two examples and go to this link to see descriptions and more examples of how these students reflect on their learning with a number of digital tools).

6th grade Evernote Note:

Another 6th Grade Evernote Note:

EVERNOTE as a Portfolio - Promoting LifeLong Learning

    Three Ring:  

    Three Ring is a fantastic, free service for digitizing and organizing your students’ physical work. With the free app installed on your iPad or iPhone you can take a picture of a student’s assignment and upload it to your Three Ring account. In your Three Ring account you can add note about the assignment for yourself, the student, and the student’s parents to see. You can create folders for each student in each of your classes. Three Ring provides a great way for teachers whose students produce a lot of handwritten, drawn, and hand-built work. Three Ring could be used by art teachers to create a digital record of each student’s work. Three Ring is also useful for mathematics teachers whose students do a lot of work on paper rather than typing as they solve problems.