Thursday, April 21, 2016

R is for Reflection - His, Hers and Ours

Dear Ask a Teacher,

What’s the deal with teachers asking us to write “reflections” when we’ve finished a test or a writing assignment?  What are we supposed to say?  I just do what I do, and there’s no need for anyone to go back and “reflect” on it.  Why are you making us do something that will be of no use to us in the real world?  It’s a total waste of time, and I think teachers do it just so we have busy work.

Signed,
Chad

Dear Chad,

The first thing I noticed is that you didn’t put your full name on your reflection, which is a requirement for any student turning in an assignment.  Perhaps you aren’t sure exactly who you are?

For your information, Chad, the purpose of reflection is to consider the mistakes you made and see how you can improve for the future.  Athletes watch videos of their performance in competition to see how they can improve their game.  That’s what we’re asking you to do – assess your performance to see where you can improve.  If you took the time to reflect on your work, perhaps your teachers wouldn’t continue to see the same mistakes from you, such as not writing your full name on your paper when you aren’t the only Chad in your class.  Perhaps when you see the zero in the grade book, it will give you pause for reflection.

I’m glad I took the time to reflect before I responded to your question.  Aren’t you?  If not, please look at the other blogs from the A to Z blog challenge and reflect on how the writers are doing what they’re told to do, and not complaining about it.

Signed,
Mrs. Simon, who also won’t accept questions written in red pen