There are an infinite amount of Reflections you can use. The basic principles of the Self-Organizing Classroom approach for Reflection are:
- Engage the whole learner: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Consider not only the Cognitive domains, but, the often overlooked are social and emotional domains of the whole classroom.
- Keep it highly Visual. Make Reflection a vibrant Learning Radiators to stimulate introspection and adaptation.
- Evoke collaborative discussions among learners, for Auditory and Social learners.
- Get them moving, by using sticky notes, rushing the wall, and moving the stickies for a Kinesthetic experience. Provide opportunities for silent brainstorming using sticky notes, so that even the non-vocal students voices are heard.
- Reflections are to evoke transformation of the classroom as a learning entity. We want to hear all voices to generate holistic insights and actions.
Here is an example of one Reflection I helped a teacher with. Follow along with our Learners in this Reflection scenario.
- Whole Classroom Reflection - the entire class uses one Reflection Board.
- Learning Team Reflection - each team has their own Reflection Board.
- Individual Reflection - learners have their own personal Reflection Board, such as in their notebook or manilla folder. Students spontaneously did this in one 4th grade class on their own, pretty amazing.
- You can use this every day, not just at the end of the cycle. Keep it short and sweet in this case, just to quickly gauge the engagement and learning and make intuitive adjustments.
- Keep the Reflection Board up throughout the Engagement Cycle. Learners can add or remove their post its anytime during the Engagement Cycle. Take the formal Reflection event at the end of they Engagement Cycle to discuss and commit to action in the next Cycle.
- Don’t use the same Reflection every Cycle. Switch it up.
- References - Reflection is inspired by Retrospectives from the Agile framework called Scrum.
John Miller, CSP, PMP