- Learning how to reflect on one’s own learning is extremely important. The “Assignment Reflection” and “Student Led Conference Forms” gives students an opportunity to practice this skill so that they know themselves better as learners.
Student portfolios are an excellent way for learners to showcase their work and allow children an opportunity to reflect on their learning. Organizing their projects, essays, and tests will help teach students valuable skills and will make preparing for parent/teacher conferences and the end of the term so much easier. These resources can be used even if you decide not to have your students make portfolios.
After students have identified work they would like to reflect on, they can use the assignment reflection form to think critically about their learning and the importance of the project/activity/test.
The first time that students complete the assignment reflection form, I guide them step by step using an example paper. After they have completed the form, check it to ensure that students have put time and effort into their reflection. Learners then can then staple the form to their assignment.
I would recommend that students reflect on three to four assignments per term. This way they have several assignments to choose from when they begin preparing for their student led conference. In addition, students should reflect on their work multiple times throughout the term instead of all at once.
After all of the “Assignment Reflection Forms” have been completed, students can complete the “Student Led Conference Form.” This is an excellent tool that students can refer to during the conference and guide them step by step as they share their learning and work samples. If there is not a formal conference scheduled, students can still take home their conference page and reflection forms to share with their parents when they bring home their report cards.
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