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Reflect, to Fly! Boosting Student Success through Self-Reflection

Self-reflection is a powerful tool that encourages students to become active participants in their learning journey.

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Self-reflection is a powerful tool that encourages students to become active participants in their learning journey.

This blog has been designed to explore the importance of self-reflection in education and how Hero facilitates this process. Additionally, dive in to gain a handful of effective self-reflection questions and prompts that can be integrated into the classroom!

Self-assessment and self-reflection serve as catalysts for enhancing the learning experience of students. When students engage in self-reflection, they not only focus on what they need to learn but also gain insights into how they learn best. By actively reflecting on their learning journey, students can identify their learning style, set goals aligned with curriculum outcomes, monitor their progress, and act upon valuable feedback. Portfolios, work samples, journals, and online platforms like Hero, provide students with a reflective space to document their goals, track their growth, and strengthen their metacognitive skills. 

 

Facilitating Self-Reflection with Hero

Hero serves as a window into the classroom, enabling students to track their learning and progress over time. Through Hero, students can create posts and look back on their previous work, projects, and achievements, gaining a comprehensive view of their growth. They can add self-reflection comments to teacher posts, record personal learning habits, key competencies, and school values.

Hero also supports personalised learning plans and allows students to monitor their progress towards meeting their goals, providing a sense of ownership and accountability. A portfolio of learning builds over time and is shared with teachers, leaders and parents, creating visibility.

Teachers can guide students in the process of recording self-assessments, reflections, and goals. These reflections can be added to reports to parents, showcasing the students' growth and development. For students who may find it challenging to write reflections, Hero offers the option to upload short videos, enabling a more accessible and personalised form of self-reflection.

 

Effective Self-Reflection Questions and Prompts

To facilitate meaningful self-reflection in the classroom, teachers can employ various questions and prompts, such as:

  1. How did you know you were successful?

  2. What have been your biggest challenges, and how have you overcome them?

  3. How and where do you learn best?

  4. How will you use the feedback from your teacher and peers to make changes?

  5. What are you most proud of, and why?

  6. Share a strategy that significantly helped you improve your learning.

  7. If you could do something differently, what would it be?

 

By encouraging students to respond to these prompts, educators gain valuable insights into individual learning preferences, challenges, and accomplishments. This information can inform personalised instruction and further support students in their academic growth.

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Self-reflection is the key for students to critically assess their work, processes, and learning style, enabling them to identify areas for improvement, foster metacognitive thinking, and achieve deeper learning.

By incorporating effective self-reflection questions and prompts, educators can encourage students to think critically, set goals, and continuously improve - laying the foundation for lifelong learning!

 

 

Ginnie Chapman

Ginnie Chapman

33+ years in education, 20 of those leading primary schools, has led Ginnie to her role as Senior Hero Consultant. As an early adopter of Hero in her previous Principal role, Ginnie is armed with the change management skills and knowledge to guide schools to their full potential.

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