Reflective Activities

After yesterday’s post on developing positive reflective activities, this idea was on my mind most of today. I thought about gathering ideas, maybe remixing some to fit the characteristics I shared yesterday, but as I sat down to do that tonight, I don’t know if I’m quite there yet.

It seems so simple on the outside…google reflective practices, weed through all that come up, find ones that include these main characteristics:

  • Short and quick
  • Collaborative
  • Personal Connection to the topic
  • Focused on the Positive

But I don’t think it’s that cut and dry….

  • Short and quick…this might be perfect to help people get into a daily practice, but there needs to be space or time to dig deeper if wanted.
  • Collaborative…you might not always want someone reading or contributing to your reflection, you might want it to be personal.
  • Focusing on the positive…sometimes we might need to be really honest with ourselves that something did not go well.

It really depends on the goal of the reflecting…so I guess I’m starting to wonder, how do we foster the idea of students mindfully reflecting? How do we use reflection to encourage excitement and self-motivation for moving forward and trying new things? And since technology integration is something that is always on my mind….where does that fit in to this? 

I’m sure there is information out there, so it looks like I’ll be doing a little research!

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