It seemed to be a good idea to look at the connection between what motivates us and the way people reflect on learning and actions.
Reflection is such an important part of my teaching because it is through reflection that I move forward and can identify the why? and the what? Taking time to talk to colleagues and listen to different perspectives that challenge my practises motivates me to think about the real nature of inquiry and how we are continually looking for authentic teaching and learning opportunities.
My students reflect through the questions they ask and in the way they are making meaning of the big ideas that are challenging them. However reflection is more than that, there is power in reflection, we need to give students time, tools and if needed guidance through questioning and provocations so they build their understanding and skills while feeling empowered to take action on their thoughts and questions.
When thinking about how to support students and how to build a reflective learning culture in my classroom. I believe conferencing with students leads to powerful student reflection and modelling opportunities.
Making suggestions and asking questions during conferencing encourages students to review their work and promotes reflection. By asking students to take ownership of conferences they can discuss areas where they feel they have a problem, or they can talk through a problem, and discuss progress towards achieving the goals they have set for themselves, this helps to build a culture of ownership and power over learning where individual students can personalise their learning.