What is ‘Enabling Student Reflection’
When you design thought provoking course modules, give meaningful feedback and assessment, and conduct a live class or model introspective activities you are enabling student reflection. When you do this you are giving providing the opportunity and space for a student to internalize and deepen their knowledge.
How Can I Use ‘Enabling Student Reflection’ in my Class?
- Highlight practices in your discipline where reflection is a common and expected activity.
- Ask the question ‘Why?’ often.
- Give students an opportunity to explain their thoughts, answers and work using blogs and discussion boards.
- In live classes, or near synchronous activity, follow up short answers with probing dialog that gives you an idea of the student’s mastery of the subject.
- Require students to record their thoughts in a journal over the span of your course and examine the evolution of their thoughts as they gain knowledge.
- Ask students if there are other ways to go about solving a problem or completing a task. Provide them an opportunity to redo an assignment or explore a topic using another method.
- Use the Socratic Method
Examples and walkthroughs available on iTeachU: