Reflection Prompts

For Middle Level & Elementary

Purpose

To help students evaluate and extend understanding of process, facts, concepts, or social interactions: most commonly used for showing what you know

Process
Students reflect individually through writing in journals, on sheets of paper, or in Reflection Booklets.

Examples
P.M.I.

  • Describe a plus
  • Describe a minus
  • Describe something you found interesting

STOPLIGHT

  • Describe a green light (agree with)
  • Describe a yellow light (not sure about)
  • Describe a red light (don't agree with)

SHAPES

  • List your squares (things that square w/your beliefs)
  • List your triangles (3 ideas to remember)
  • List your circles (questions circling your head)

ACTION PLAN

  • List key ideas (what was it about)
  • List your insights (what did you learn)
  • List your questions (what are you wondering)
  • List implications for action (what will you do)

THE ZONES

  • Comfort zone (what are you sure you know)
  • Learning zone (what do you not know well)
  • Twilight zone (what do you not understand at all)

Audience Assessment
Teacher reads reflections.

Variations

  • Create booklets (or buy inexpensive journals). Use the booklets ritually to record one of the above reflections at the end a class period, day or week.
  • Read and write comments in booklets and return at the next meeting. Look for similar responses or questions among the reflections and bring the ideas back to the whole class.


Resources Needed
Paper (to make booklets); construction paper (booklet covers)

Time
5 minutes

 

Related Activity Type: 
Engaged Learning Strategies