In the past, many students got their report cards they would either be filled with joy and cheering or disappointment and anger. However, rarely would a student get the chance to reflect on why or how they got those grades or the remarks and how they could improve.
To help our students with this, many teachers are moving toward incorporating student self reflection into their report cards so that students have a say in what’s being reported on about them. This method also helps them develop a growth mindset.
If your goal is to showcase agency and develop a growth mindset, this will take time. The following are two ways that you can showcase growth in your report cards gradually using student self reflection.
#1. Quick Reflection
This is great way to see progress in time and is excellent for two instances:
- Very young children as it’s easy to understand and quick for them to complete.
- You want to include student self reflection but you’re running out of time.
If you use it for term 1, use it with your report cards throughout the year so that your students, their parents and you can see progress as the school year continues.
The following resource will help you with quick reflections. CLICK HERE to download yours.
#2. Detailed Reflection
This form of reflection can be used throughout the year.
Have your students choose a couple of tasks cards to reflect on. These will be the topics that they’ll work on throughout the year. Hopefully, with time, they’ll progress, which will be indicated in their final report cards.
The task cards that your students choose to focus on will enable them to see what they can do already and what they need to improve on. They can also look at the steps they’ll take to work on their goals.
You can take what they say in their reflections and include them into your report cards in quotes so that you’re using their exact phrases. This provides them with agency and the ability to show pride in their work as they excel over time.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The importance of including your students’ thoughts into your report cards.
- Simple ways to integrate student self reflection in your report cards: quick reflection and detailed refection.
If your children are struggling to hand in assignments on time, check out the following video training: 3 Steps to Teach Children How to Overcome Procrastination to Increase Productivity.
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