Several years ago, someone gave me the Award-Winning Year sheet. Over the years, I've done different things with it, but this year, as I realized how my students might need more support with their speaking and listening skills, I used this to meet those standards.
First, I had the students choose a prompt and circle it. Then, they had about ten minutes to write a thoughtful reflection. When everyone in the class was finished, I had them share with each other and then share out loud. To keep the audience engaged and respectful, I had them practice S.L.A.N.T. (Sit Up, Lean In, Activate Your Thinking, Nod/Note Important Information, Track the Speaker).
After my students finish sharing, I give any reflection that may mention a teacher to that teacher. I have several of these from over the years, and it's still nice to go back and look at them when I feel blue. These can also make a cute bulletin board display if you have the students color them!
What other unique ideas do you guys have?