Reflection is an integral part of the learning process. We can help our students learn by guiding them through reflection to find meaning in their experiences. When students take the time to think about what they did, how they know they learned it, what helped them to learn, what challenges they had, and how they felt, they make connections and discover and uncover the meaning of their learning experiences.
Reflection’s not only for students’ learning, but for ours as instructors as well. Do you make time to reflect on your teaching during and after the semester? What worked well? What didn’t work well? How could you be better or more effective? It is not until we’ve reflected on our experiences that we truly learn and can then improve.
Learn more about reflection strategies to make learning stick and ways you can guide students in reflecting/learning in the following links below:
- High Tech Reflection Strategies Make Learning Stick by Edutopia
- Chapter 12 Learning Through Reflection from “Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind” by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick
Furthermore, learn how you can enhance your reflective practices/activities with technology by contacting the EMC Educational Technologists for assistance.