Reflection Activities

What is a reflection activity?

A reflection activity is a way for students to summarize and solidify learning for themselves. A prompt as simple as, “Tell me what we learned today,” leads students to decide for themselves, “What did we learn today?” The process of formulating that into a concise sentence or two, and writing and/or speaking it out, helps seal the learning in.

Reflections can also be a way to prompt metacognitive thinking, which means getting students to think about how they worked, for example by asking, “What was the most difficult thing for you today? What did you do to overcome that challenge?” Metacognitive reflections are equally valuable, as they allow students to learn about themselves and how they work best.

Why include a reflection activity?

Reflection activities are important to help students recognize where they are on the Monday-Friday learning roadmap; to understand the connection of what they did that day to the big-picture goals of the week; and, as mentioned above, to help them make meaning for themselves of the day’s activities.

-->NOTE: Reflections are only effective when ideas and summaries come from the students themselves. The students have to go through the process of thinking back on what they did, putting it in the context of the objectives for the day and week, and formulating a summary.

What are some examples of reflection activities?

Now that you’ve set aside the last 5-10 minutes of the day for reflection, there are lots of different, fun ways to go about it! The following page offers some ideas, and can also be found here:

Helping students reflect on learning.pdf