In my action research this year, I'm focussing on how to help my students be more reflective learners. One of the key things I need to do this point in my research is to define what it means to be a reflective learner. I'm interested in what people have to say (please post a quick comment!).
Here are some of my thoughts:
- When reflecting, there is a past, present, and future. We look at our past thinking about where we came from, we look to the present examining where we are now, and we gaze into the future to see where we want to go.
- Reflecting as readers means that we think about why we read something, what it says about the world around us, and what it means to us. Reflective readers also evaluate why a book was interesting/boring. They also have strategies for selecting books.
- Reflecting as writers means knowing what choices you made in your writing and being able to articulate them. Reflective writers think about what they have written and how they have written it.
There's much more, no doubt. I could probably sit here for hours brainstorming this and probably will at some point. These are my initial thoughts and I'd really like to hear what people think - not just ELA teachers, teachers, or even educators.
What does it mean to be a reflective learner?