Thursday, May 17, 2012


Question: How can teachers help students relate reflection to goal-setting?

Answer: When finished with learning about a topic or a unit, have students reflect on what they have learned and have them set new goals for themselves.

> “Explain what reflection is and how it works”

> “Demonstrate how to reflect.”

> “Guide students to apply reflection to something they have learned.”

> Conclude with “My new goal is to….”

Comment: Reflection is good. Frankly, I never thought I needed to teach students how to reflect. I think it’s a great idea. RayS.

Adapted from Maureen McLaughlin’s Guided Comprehension in the Primary Grades (2nd ed.) Reading Teacher (April 2012), 477-479.

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