Activities and Lessons
for Creating Classroom Community

Student Reflections
Tanya Sharon

I have my students reflect on what they did after each activity: what they wanted to accomplish, what they actually did, how it affected their goal, what they will continue to do because it helped, what they will change and how they will change it next time. I often emphasize that we cannot change what other people do. We can only change what we do. For instance, we can become responsible for our own learning and ask other students who are distracting us to stop or move away from them if they continue. Or we can ask them a question or for assistance when we think it might get them interested enough to get into the work. The kids continue to come up with ideas for this (of course they see my model throughout the day.) Oral sharing by volunteers of their reflections helps others to think of possibilities. ~ from Tanya Sharon

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