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Re: [Teacher-talklearning] Workshop #9

From: Graham, Stephanie <sgraham_at_sbrsd.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:45:32 +0000

I agree with this statement, especially the last part, about properly defining the word 'reflect.' I think as teachers, we often expect students to know exactly what we mean when giving instructions, because students may not always speak up when they are unclear. I also think that reflection is essential in every subject area, not only on a personal level, but as a group, to see where students' peers are in terms of what they are getting out of something.

Stephanie Graham
Instructor of Fine Arts
Mt. Everett Regional School
sgraham_at_sbrsd.org
413-229-8734 x166

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From: teacher-talklearning-bounces_at_learner.org [teacher-talklearning-bounces_at_learner.org] on behalf of Randi K [zenway01_at_gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2012 10:10 PM
To: teacher-talklearning_at_learner.org
Subject: [Teacher-talklearning] Workshop #9

 I found the middle school classroom in this segment of the workshop
particularly interesting. In the featured activity, students provided
feedback about their learning experiences to student teachers. To me, this
was especially interesting as an approach to building metacognitive skills
in students. In this instance, student teachers listened to students give
feedback about what they learned and how they learned it, during a class
Writer’s Workshop. This struck me as a particularly interesting and
different approach to students reflecting on their own learning experience.
I have seen other examples of attempts to solicit feedback about student
learning experiences, such as surveys and student conferences. But this
activity added another layer to the value of paying attention to their
learning. Students in this classroom had a purpose for learning beyond
themselves. Not only did they have a purpose for accepting responsibility
for their learning for its own sake, but they also had a purpose for paying
attention to how they learned and what they learned so that they could
facilitate growth in future teachers. The whole experience was built on
students reflecting on their learning experience. I think it was
particularly important that the teacher made certain that the class had a
shared definition of what it means to reflect.

--
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants
happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do
other creatures.
                                                                *---The
Dalai Lama*
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