**There are 2 versions of the Time to Reflect form:
First: 1 page with skills on top 1/2 and the form to complete on the bottom 1/2 on a standard sized paper.
Second: Used for an ISN or composition book sized 7.5 X 9.5. 2 pages: #1 = 3 skills to focus on and directions (glued in ISN for reference) #2 = form to complete. I would have the student fill out the form, turn it in for me to grade, when returned the student would glue in ISN for future further reflection.
This handout is used each Friday for students to look back upon their week, reflect upon it and make a plan for the following week. 3 basic skills for success are emphasized:
1. Checking their grade weekly
2. Keeping their student agenda up to date
3. Make sure notes/ISN are up to date
The first thing students are asked to do is review the prior week's Time to Reflect form and record how they think they did with completing the plans they proposed.
Then, using the above skills, students record answers to questions where it forces them to make decisions on how they can improve. For example, they are asked to list 2 assignments in the last week that are either a zero or are very low scores. They record the name of the assignments and then make a plan as to what they are going to do to remedy the situation.
I find that this is a great tool to have students take responsibility for their work, organization and time spent. It is a good communication tool between teacher and student as well, for it is like a weekly check-in to see how things are going.
They are great short term goals to keep in line for the students: be aware of your grade, know what is going on in class and be sure your notes are current.
Also, during parent-teacher conferences these are great to pull out to discuss how the student has been performing each week in class.