Having my students reflect on their day is a great way to help them put their learning into long-term memory, as well as, set goals for the future. It takes time for them to be more specific in their reflections, and at 2nd Grade, they often begin the year with single words or short phrases. These are created to cut in half, so you can save on paper.
When I begin teaching my students to use the reflection sheets, I give feedback on each sheet and return them to the students. As they get the hang of reflecting, I skim them for information that I need to know or that stands out. If 20/24 students say they liked learning about insects, but the other four had a different answer, then I pay more attention to those. I do still check them off and return them; however, the process moves along a lot quicker!
The 2nd half, where they set goals or ask questions, is where I give them advice or answer those questions. Friday's reflection, where they are looking out for others in the classroom, is a new prompt. I'm excited to see how it goes this year!
I usually give them between 5-10 minutes to complete at the end of the day, and then pack up afterward.
I hope you start off with these and then create your own to fit the needs of your students, your day, and your content.