Writing more reflectively is hard! We are trying to encourage our students to use their blogs to write more reflectively, especially as we lean more and more towards using the blogging platform as a suitable “container” for ePortfolios.  Below is a post that we’re sharing with our G4 and G5 student bloggers.

Not sure what to write for a reflection post? Here’s a few questions you could ask yourself to help you get started! Some are more suited to Writer’s Workshop or Reader’s Workshop reflections. Some are suitable for Science, Social Studies or Math reflections. Choose the ones that work best for what you would like to say about your learning.

  • What did you do well?
  • What didn’t go so well?
  • If you could do this again, what would you do differently?
  • How could you improve your work next time?
  • Is what you are currently reading/viewing or studying challenging you in any way? In what way?
  • What is puzzling you as you are reading at present? (About the author, characters, ideas etc.)
  • What specific questions are being raised by what you are reading?
  • Can you make any connections between what you are reading/viewing and everyday life, history, situations in the world, any other subject you are studying or your own life?
  • Write down 3 questions you have for an author of a text you are reading/viewing/studying at present. Explain why you have asked those questions.
  • What are you learning about yourself from what you are reading/viewing/studying? (Your own values, attitudes and beliefs)

Instead of a question, you could try some of these sentence starters:

  • This week I learned …
  • What I have found difficult about what I have read/viewed/heard this week is …
  • My writing and reading skills …  (reflect on them and your efforts, areas of strength and weakness providing specific examples)
  • My listening and speaking skills …  (reflect on them and your efforts, areas of strength and weakness providing specific examples)

Or you could try this format – What? So What? Now What?: (adapted from Service Learning)

What happened?
What did you observe?

So What?
Did you learn a new skill or clarify an interest?
Did you hear, smell, or feel anything that surprised you?
How is your experience different from what you expected?
What impacts the way you view the situation/experience? (What lens are you viewing from?)
What did you like/dislike about the experience?

Now What?
What seemed to be the root causes of the issues you experienced? OR  What seemed to be the root causes of the issue addressed in this project/learning?
What other work are you doing to help address the difficulties you experienced? OR What other work is currently happening to address the issue?
What learning occurred for you in this experience?
How can you apply this learning?
What would you like to learn more about, related to this project/piece of learning?
What follow up is needed to address any challenges or difficulties you had with this project/learning?
What information can you share with your peers/teachers/family?
If you could do the project/learning again, what would you do differently?

These questions/sentence starters are just a guide to help you get started.

What do you think?

I’d like to adapt this for our G3 student bloggers as well.  What do you think? What’s missing? What would you add or change?

Original post written in 2010; Updated 2011/05; Updated and Revised 2017/12;