Reflection: Ignite the Learning Fire

Reflection: Ignite the Learning Fire

Iowa administrators, Jimmy Casas, Aaron Becker, and  Matt Degner, lead the hour long #iaedchat as they do each Sunday at 8:00 CST. Educators from around the state, nation, and globe join the Twitter chat to discuss topics related to education.

Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 8.27.20 AMSee the full transcript from Sunday’s Chat.

Yesterday, the topic centered around reflection. Everyone chatting agreed in the power of reflection noting it a necessary component in deep learning. Reflection is necessary-as vital to our learning as oxygen is to a flame. Reflection must be intentional. Telling students to reflect does not ensure it happens just as telling a fire to flame does not mean the kindling sparks.

1) We must model reflection because it is too important to leave to chance.

2) We must provide opportunity for reflection because it is essential to learning and improving

3) We must create a community that shares reflection because we can learn from one another and support one another.

4) We must understand there are numerous ways to reflect because we think and process differently.

We do not have to go far to find inspiration for reflection. The process of reflecting truly inspires created content. Singer and songwriter, Jamey Johnson gets it. He modeled reflection in the song “In Color”. Abraham Lincoln gets it, he started the Gettysburg Address reflecting. There are numerous ideas online for student and teacher reflecting. Many ideas were shared during the chat including:

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I am always reflecting and asking students to do the same. In the spirit of back to school, feel free to view my First Day, First Week reflective post. Whether we sing it, share it, write it, publish it, make it, mold it, perform it, play it…reflection is essential. When we model, provide opportunity, create a community, and provide options, reflection ignites the learning fire.