Reflective thinking is a critical, but often over-looked skill. This simple one page document provides students a clear guide to becoming a more reflective lifelong learner.
The document includes details for writing a basic five paragraph essay and a rubric for self, peer, and teacher assessment. It is generic and intended to be used over and over again throughout the school year(s) for reflection on individual and/or group projects in all subject areas.
I have used this with children as young as first grade up to fifth grade (including EFL students as well) and all have had great success, with varying levels of writing and reflective proficiency of course! However, if we don't start giving students the opportunity to think deeply about their learning from the youngest ages it is unlikely they will develop such skills.
The first time my students use this they struggle to do more than try to write well and tell me how good they did. However, as I used this same format to reflect on projects in all subject areas throughout the year it was easy to see how students started to not only be more honest in their reflection, but actually use their reflection to make decisions about future projects.
Although I have not used it with older students, I think this would be appropriate for higher grade levels, homeschoolers, and even adult learners. If you do download this and try it with another subset of learners, please post comments and let me (and others using this document) know how it goes. Thanks!