We talked about it changing the onslaught of mass marking for assignments as students tend to pace themselves differently in this kind of environment. We also talked about how that could cause us to use this tool differently. I am working on showing students their progress on a more micro scale. Yes, the big progress will be evident at the end of the course, but how I use portfolios to show little increments of skill building is where I want to focus.
This is when lightening struck! Jen asked what about reflecting on reflecting? I probably looked like a deer in headlights at the point, because I hadn't a clue what she was talking about. She must have sensed my utter confusion, because she continued.
"What if I use a reflection within a reflection with the gr. 9's? What if they have to examine how they verbalize how they think and reflect on their learning, over the course of a semester?"
I was gobsmacked! Of course. We evaluate portfolios for skills in a particular course, but I haven't been asking students to evaluate how they verbalize their own reflections. How does that change over the course of a semester, a year, a grade, a high school career. How does one's view of your education change as you reflect? Does your reflection have a pattern? Does is cycle? Does it change based on the course? I feel a thesis coming on!
Jen my wonderful friend this place is so lucky to have you!!