If you are like me you may make use of YouTube as a source for educational videos and documentaries to show your class as well as traditional DVDs. I feel that students need to become more than just passive recipients of these great videos/DVDs and should be made to actively "reflect" and write about what they see and hear.
This is a 14-question reflection guide that students glue into their class journal books the first day of class. This guide gives them ideas for responding to/reflecting upon the videos and they can choose one or more as topics of their reflection writing as soon as the video is over. They certainly cannot tell me "I don't know what to write about" anymore.
Three additional things I like about this reflection activity after videos are: 1) It gives me an assessment grade to enter in my grade book.
2) It allows students to choose what they write about, and I as the teacher get to read a variety of different thoughts and answers instead of the same thing thirty times.
3) Students know they have to be actively watching the DVD/videos in my class now and are held accountable for them.
This is a Word document, so please modify it as necessary or use it as a starting point in making your own student reflections questions if you wish. Good luck and happy teaching!
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