If there is one area of focus in education that transcends almost all learning, it is the process of reflection. The process of reflection is a key to maximising learning, both through consolidating learning that has taken place and expanding thinking beyond what has been covered. It can also be a time where we and our children connect new learning with prior learning and as a result consolidate both.
The process, or processes, of reflection are not necessarily linear and they may not be the same for all of us. Sometimes reflection takes the form of developing targets, sometimes it is guided by well framed questions and often it takes place when students are given time just to think about their experiences, products and actions. It can look and sound unstructured and/or messy – just ask your children how their learning went today, however, as the reflection deepens and is refined, it provides both the child and us with a far deeper understanding of the real learning that has taken place. Reflection also helps the individual develop meta-cognition – an understanding of why they do things, how they think and what underpins excellence in their learning, actions and/or products. If you get a chance this week, see if you can spend time reflecting with your child on their learning, in the Primary School the SeeSaw app may be a great place to start this, and just listen and help your child deepen their understanding about their learning.