Reflection is an invaluable tool for teachers and learners. It helps students integrate information into their own lives and make connections between subjects. For teachers, it can lead to improved teaching and more success in the classroom. Reflection can be either personal or public, and basic classroom technology can help anyone achieve a useful reflection.
Real Lesson Example
On your computer, pull up the first paragraph we wrote before starting this unit (the file named "Hope Interpretation"). As you'll recall, we studied the image, and wrote the interpretative paragraph. Below the original paragraph, add a new one interpreting the image below, using the vocabulary for reading images we have used during this unit. After your interpretative paragraph, add another reflecting on how your writing changed since studying techniques for reading images. How has your new knowledge impacted your writing?
-Create a blog for students to write. Have each student contribute a posting at the end of each unit, or have them keep an online journal of their learning experiences Many sites, such as Wordpress, offer free, user-friendly blogs. (You could also keep a personal blog of your teaching experiences).
-Students can create a Tumblr account documenting their journey through a certain subject, unit, or course. Flickr or Instagram can be used in the same way; due to the ubiquitous camera phone, it is simple for students to snap a picture representing a learning experience and upload it. Students can complete journal entries detailing the ways in which their images correspond to their learning process. On the same note, with the proper permissions, you can also chronicle your teaching experiences via captured images and writing.
-Ask current students to offer advice to others taking this class in the future. Have them create web pages, send emails, compose letters, contribute to a wiki, or otherwise communicate suggestions for success in the course. (This is an excellent end-of-the-semester wrap up activity.) Share their advice with an incoming class. Use their advice to assess your own teaching; look for places where your instruction might address "trouble spots" in the course.