What IS Self-Reflection?

As our Term 2 Report Cards drew near, we started to think about how we wanted to add “Student Perspective” to help communicate student learning. I had ideas about some questions I wanted to include, but believed it was important that the kids have the final say on which questions were included, and which met the axe (ha!). In the end, this is what we agreed on:

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In the process of completing this self-reflection we also started to document our understanding of self-reflection. What is it REALLY? We knew it was something we do formally, but also informally. The kids independently recognized that it was an exploration in Personal Awareness, Thinking, and Communicating too. They are keenly aware of where the Core Competencies live in the work we do, and I am frequently impressed by just how aware they are.

I wanted them to invest their energy in their personal self-reflection so we didn’t make the anchor chat a formal discussion. Instead it was a ‘quick capture’ of our thinking as we prepared for the term-end reflection. Here is what we came up with:

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The kids want to make a video to teach teachers about self-reflection – what they need to know, what they need to avoid, and how they can use ‘kid friendly language’ to talk about reflection with kids. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

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