Student Led Conferences: Sick and Tired of Blogs & Reflection?

Our students just finished a second round of Student Led Conferences (SLC) this school year (one in Semester 1 and another in Semester 2). SLCs are a formal opportunity for students to present to their parents about the state of their learning. The students’ advisor (a teacher responsible for a …

How to Create a Backchannel Exit Ticket for Class, Presentation or Workshop?

This screencast below will show you how to use Google Docs as a backchannel or exit ticket during a presentation, lesson or workshop. Creating a BackChannel or Exit Ticket on Google Docs from langwitches on Vimeo.

Sketchnoting and Making Learning Visible Workshop

I spent the day yesterday at St. Paul’s Education Conference here in São Paulo yesterday and attended Ben Mardell‘s  session Making Learning Visible: Children and Adults as Individual and Group Learners Over the past few decades, much attention has been devoted to developing learning communities in schools. Yet the attainment …

Visible Thinking in Math- Part 2

This is the second part of the blog post : Visible Thinking in Math Another Math teacher (sixth grade) at Graded, The American School of São Paulo , Laurel Janewicz, has been passionately piloting metacognitive thinking and reflection in her own Math classes. She started out with laying a foundation …

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On

Is it personality? Are some people born with it? Can it be learned?

I am talking about REFLECTION.

At the beginning of the week, I had the opportunity to be part of a workshop during our pre-service ( we just returned from our summer break here in the Southern Hemisphere) with our ES Principal, MS Principal and HS Assistant Principal. The topic was  student reflection.

The following ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS emerged out of the planning for this workshop

  • How does student reflection impact student learning?
  • How can we embed reflection into assessment practices so that it is not seen as an add-on?
  • How can we make the reflection visible and sustainable?

According to Carol Rodgers in  Defining Reflection :Another Look at John Dewey and Reflective Thinking, four criteria emerge from Dewey’s work that characterize reflection.

  1. Reflection is a meaning making process that moves a learner from one experience into the next with deeper understanding of its relationships with and its connections to other experiences and ideas.

  2. Reflection is a systematic, rigorous way of thinking, with its roots in scientific inquiry.

  3. Reflection needs to happen in community, in interaction with others

  4. Reflection requires attitudes that value the personal and intellectual growth of oneself and others.

I know that most teachers acknowledge the role of reflection in learning. I see reflective practice when I visit classrooms, but I also acknowledge that most of that reflection seems to be in oral form. A form that allows the reflection to disappear, to evaporate after the moment has passed.  We wanted to make teachers aware of platforms and experiences that supported reflection in teaching and learning. After orally reflecting with students during a classroom conversation or possible silent ( intrapersonal ) reflection taking place by individual students, the next most used media and platform seemed to be text. Since we have a 1:1 laptop in High School and Middle School, most these types of reflective texts are written on Google Docs, Blogs or digital online sites. I wanted to move teachers’ focus beyond using text as the medium for reflection.

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We notice when working with students that simply asking them to go ahead and write a reflection, might not be the best approach to be able to expect quality work. We initially introduced our workshop attendees to four frameworks for reflection.

  1. KWHLAQ chart
  2. See- Think- Wonder
  3. Think-Puzzle-Explore
  4. 3-2-1 Bridge

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See a 5th grade sample of using the KWHLAQ reflection routine on a blog. The student’s teacher Paul Solarz is doing fantastic work on reflective eportfolios.

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Leika Prokopiak’s 6th grade Science students,  here are Graded, are also experimenting with the KWHLAQ reflection routine on their student portfolios.

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After a visit from Libby Stephens, a speaker about the Third Culture Kid experiences, Ms Arcenas, had her 7th grade advisory students reflect, in writing on index cards. They used the See- Think- Wonder routine about their take away from the session with the speaker.

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Claire Arcenas reflection on using 3-2-1- Bridge in her 10th grade PE class

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After introducing the four above mentioned frameworks, we asked teachers to choose one article from five pre-selected ones and use one of the four thinking routine methods to guide their reflection of their chosen article.

  1. 35 Questions for Student Reflection by Mark Clements
  2. Creating a Culture of Student Reflection by Clyde Yoshida
  3. Four Levels of Student Reflection by Maryellen Weimer
  4. Reflect, Reflective, Reflection by Silvia Tolisano
  5. High Tech Reflection Strategies Making Learning Stick by Suzie Boss

We briefly shared further visible thinking routines with the attendees and made the application visible by sharing examples from the classroom with them.

Blog commenting as reflection.

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Video as a media for capturing reflection

Around the World With 80 Schools- Helsinki from langwitches on Vimeo.

Kindergarten using Explain Everything app to explain Math Scenarios from langwitches on Vimeo.

Reflection via Infographics.

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Collaborative reflection via Twitter Hashtag (Teacher Reflection)

 

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Mindmapping as a platform for reflection (organization, grouping, color coding…)
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Maps as a platform for raising awareness through visualization. Start tracking a the geographic setting of books read to see patterns and gaps emerge that were previously not noticed.

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How do you reflect with your students? What are your thoughts on using visible thinking routines to give students a strategy? What platforms are you exploring? What types of reflective experiences are you facilitating for your students?

Digital Citizenship Exploration

Our 7th grade students are exploring the concept of digital citizenship in their advisory classes (unfortunately only three- 30 minute classes). Below you will find the slide deck with lesson progression, chosen videos, resources and visible thinking routines chosen for the time frame

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Using the Think-Puzzle- Explore Visible Thinking routine from Project Zero, students will use their blogs to document their prior knowledge, any questions as well as their thoughts on how they will explore the topic further.

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After class writes and reads each other’s blog posts, spark a discussion abou the following terms. Did they come up in students’ blog posts? What other ones were mentioned? What further terms are associated with the ones already mentioned?

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As a class watch the following  videos dealing with cyberbullying, online/offline identity, sharing and digital footprint. 

 

Allow students time to explore further resources (searching on their own) or get started with the following sites. Remind them to search a variety of media platforms (infographics, videos, web sites, slide decks, etc.)

 

Discuss the following infographic by Mia MacMeekin .

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Ask students to use the following visible thinking routine, I used to think… but now I think...

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Here is the slide deck shared with students after their initial blog post.

 

 

Most Read Posts and Most Commented Posts from 2013

In the spirit of looking back to 2013, here is a short compilation of posts, you might want to take a second (or first) look.

2013

The following are the most read posts on Langwitches in 2013

  1. Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad Apps
  2. iPad Apps and Bloom’s Taxonomy
  3. Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century

The following are the posts that received the most comments (according to WordPress stats) in 2013

  1. Get Over It!
  2. Thoughts on iPad Fluency and Workflows
  3. What the iPad Is and What it Isn’t
  4. Citing an Image is Not Enough!
  5. I have iPads in the Classroom! Now What?
  6. No! You Can’t Just Take It!

 

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On

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  On the heels of The Cultural Phenomena of Selfies and  iPhoneography: Photo Challenges, Ideas & Literacy, students from the American School of São Paulo, Brazil want to know more about Selfies around the world. If you and your students would like to CONTRIBUTE with actual images for an in- school and online exhibition …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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What the iPad Is and What it Isn’t

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Workflow & Learnflow of an Animation Story

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Visualizing Stories

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