Essential Questions for Student Reflection

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Essential Questions for Student Reflection

Reflection is an important part of learning and student growth, and it's especially important for students. We will review essential reflection questions that students can ask themselves in order to get valuable insight into their learning process. Reflection will help them make the most of their education. Encouraging student reflection is one of the important learning strategies to implement to enhance student achievement.

What is Reflection?

Reflective learning is actively considering your own thoughts, feelings, knowledge, abilities, and performance to improve your process and outcomes. Reflection is a way of looking back and evaluating your experiences, behaviors, and feelings to understand yourself and develop self-awareness.

Reflection Questions for Students

  • What did you learn (today, this week, this year, etc.)?
  • Why do you believe we’re studying this subject?
  • Who inspires you most? Why?
  • What worried you the most?
  • How do you resolve conflict with your peers?
  • Were you at your best today?
  • Did you give your best effort on this most recent assignment?
  • What piece of teacher feedback has been the most effective on you?
  • When do you feel most proud?
  • Were the strategies you used effective for this project?
  • What's your strongest or weakest subject?
  • Did this activity help you learn more than others we’ve done? Why?
  • Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction books? Why?
  • If you could change one thing about the past, what would it be?
  • Did you come to class today prepared to learn (in both your attitude and with all your supplies)?
  • What are some things you did really well on this assignment?
  • Do you consider yourself a good friend? Why or why not?
  • What type of awards or incentives prompt you to action?
  • If you could do this assignment over, what would you do differently?
  • What's your learning style?
  • What good choices did you make today?
  • How do you respond when you are struggling with an assignment?
  • What makes you unique?
  • What resources do you have that can help you learn new topics?
  • What obstacle have you overcome recently?
  • What class activities or assignments help you learn the most?
  • What do you believe the teacher could have done differently to help you learn this easier?
  • What’s one thing the teacher did for this activity that you really liked?
  • Are you a good communicator? What makes you a good communicator?
  • In what ways do you show honesty?
  • How can you prove to the teacher you know the subject?
  • What are we learning and is it important?
  • What three things do you do very well?
  • Did you do an effective job of communicating my learning to others?
  • How do you achieve your realized goals?
  • What are you sure you misunderstood about the subject?
  • What did you assume about today's topic before starting?

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