Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Deliberate Documentation....To Detail or Not to Detail - Section 6: Evaluate


Oftentimes a drawback of using the 5 E’s lesson plan or implementing a blended learning classroom model is that my students and I can sometimes feel as if we are merely moving from one 5 E’s “activity”/ component or perhaps one station rotation to another.  Written student self-reflections slow down the fun as well as imply the importance of each component of the lesson to the members of our learning community.

There are instances where I have seen this informal momentary pause enable students to have that treasured “ah-ha” moment or make the deeper connections with new content that enables it to be retained longer and retrieved easier.  An additional bonus is that the reflections enable students to surface the questions they may still have about the lesson topic or to revisit the big idea, objective, or essential question in a meaningful way.  If written reflections are not a traditional part of your formative or summative assessment collection considering adding the Because...But...So Reflection, completed in this video, to your instructional practice!

Benefits to the Teacher:

- Student Self-reflections are a responsive way for teachers to monitor the progress of their students and support their learning.

- Reflections can provide valuable information about a student’s strengths, interests, preferences, and needs.

- Providing time for students to self-reflect legitimizes the content being explored and implies its’ importance.

Benefits to the Student:

- Self-reflections enable students to be an active participant in their learning and the assessment process.

- Self-reflections promote the use of critical thinking skills as well as encourage self-awareness and self-advocacy skills so that students can monitor their own progress.

- Reflections help students see how their participation in the learning process leads to a deeper understanding and connects to reaching their learning goals.

  Student Self-Reflection
  Student Self-Assessment: Student Self-Reflection
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Deliberate Documentation....To Detail or Not to Detail

Unit 1: Introduction to the Biotechnology Workplace
Lesson 6 of 11

Objective: In this interactive, digital, virtual lab training experience students will practice using three common biotechnology industry workplace documents to deliberately document our lab investigations.

Big Idea: Failure to properly document your work in a biotechnology lab can ruin any thriving academic lab or commercial biotechnology facility.

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