Welcome to the second of three blog posts #triblogathon reflecting on the impact of reflection and learning logs in my classroom (first post here). I should probably define what I mean when I use the term 'learning log' as it is definitely a phrase that conjures up different meanings for different people. For me, a … Continue reading Reflection Inception (2/3)
The emotional rollercoaster of blogging
After setting myself a blog challenge I've now been writing for 10 weeks (almost without a break...) and I'm not going to lie - it is a rollercoaster of emotions every Thursday. Every Thursday I sit down and have a massive tantrum (one step away from lying down, fists hammering the ground) that I don't … Continue reading The emotional rollercoaster of blogging
Time for Reflection
The most regularly asked question about my reflection stuff (and probably the vast majority of new ideas in education!) is .... "How do you have time?" One answer is that you probably do a ton of reflection already. Assessment for learning in all it's different forms encourages students to think about where they are in … Continue reading Time for Reflection
Is the growth mindset just a fad?
The growth mindset being a "fad" is a message that's been overwhelming my twitter feed lately ("Schools are desperate to teach growth mindset but it's based on a lie" or "Is mindset theory really in trouble?"). Based on the publication dates, I'm pretty sure that the research has been questioned for a while but I've clearly … Continue reading Is the growth mindset just a fad?
Reflection Inception 1/3
At UWCSEA we are having a mega tri-blog-athon over the next three months to focus on a variety of questions that we feel have been on the back-burner for a while but we want to give some attention to. The classic important, but not urgent questions that you rarely get time to think about. For … Continue reading Reflection Inception 1/3
EdCampSG – #FeelingInspired
I was super excited to go the first ever unconference with EdCamp Singapore (@edcampsg) hosted by the wonderful Kim Beeman and Karen Blumberg last weekend. This blog is all about what an unconference is, what the advantages are and what I learned during this experience. Until last week the idea of an "unconference" was entirely new … Continue reading EdCampSG – #FeelingInspired
Why did no one tell me blogging was hard?
About 6 months ago I decided that I was going to write a teaching blog. I read many articles about the benefits of blogging just like this "Why every teacher should blog" and the idea sounded awesome. I like to write, I like to think about my teaching principles and I like to read about … Continue reading Why did no one tell me blogging was hard?
Top 10 creative reflection activities
I've chatted a lot about the challenges with reflections but nobody likes those people who just point out problems without offering any solutions. So in the festive spirit of giving, these are my top 10 ways for getting students engaged in reflection! Pick one, try it and let me know how it goes.... either comment … Continue reading Top 10 creative reflection activities
Who are reflections for?
If you teach High School (or maybe Middle School) I can almost guarantee that you've made a document that looks a bit like this with the intention of giving students the opportunity to reflect at the end of every unit. Faultless! If you're like me, you also struggled to find the time to do it … Continue reading Who are reflections for?
When to reflect?
The default reflection time is the end of the unit. With the test returned and corrections made, this seems like the obvious time to think about how things are going. I didn't like the way that reflections ended up focusing so heavily on how the exam had gone and how students should 'work harder' or … Continue reading When to reflect?