Scaffolding Reflection in Secondary Schools
According to Porter and Cleland (1995), in their classic book The Portfolio as a Learning Strategy, their work with high school students led to their belief:
... in the power of reflection that helped us move beyond seeing about portfolio as a mere alternative to traditional assessment to appreciating its value as a learning strategy. In this capacity, portfolios become vehicles for reflection in which learners examine where they have been, where they are now, how they got there, and where they need to go next. (p.34)
This book provides practical evidence to support their findings about reflection, based on their experiences. Reflection allows learners to:
The focus of the project lies in the development of a study, identifying the needs of teachers, trainers and vocational counsellors, an online course for the support of teachers, trainers and vocational counsellors as well as accompanying materials for better understanding of e-portfolios as a method for self-organised and competence oriented learning.
MOSEP Training Module 2: Reflection on the learning processesCreating a Culture of Student Reflection: Self-Assessment Yields Positive Results
Learning to Blog Using Paper - a 7th Grade Teacher's introduction to blogging (starting with a paper exercise) and using "sticky notes" as comments. Here are the instructions for students (provided in Scribd):
- Seventh Grade Blogging Rules
- The Art and Aspirations of a Commenter
Forms and Examples
Newport News Public Schools Reflection of Learning (PDF) - part of their Career Pathways Digital Portfolios:
Including a high school senior's Digital Media Portfolio created using VoiceThread developed as part of Global Kids, Inc.
Intermediate/Middle Level Strategies
High School Strategies from Mahoney, J. (2002). Power and portfolios: best practices for high school classrooms. Portsmouth: Heinemann
Portfolio Work Tag from Stefanakis, E. (2002). Multiple Intelligences and Portfolios. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann
Reflection on Artifact, shared at workshop in New Hampshire
Questions for reflection in blogs (Cambridge High School, Melbourne, Australia)
Did I complete the task and submit it on time?
Thanks to Chad Bates, International School Bangkok
We are planning a thematic approach for our Middle School, where students will be given class time to reflect on both their academic and non-academic achievements. The four categories they will write under are: