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Promoting Reflection

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Session Two: Saturday 1:00pm–2:30pm
Room 313
Jason T. Bedell
Affiliation: JTB Consulting
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

Research shows that interacting with new information in several ways promotes better retention and understanding. They need to be able to use new information authentically and with other people; learning cannot happen in a vacuum. Furthermore, to truly learn and understand something, people often need time to stop, to think about what they are learning, and to meaningfully reflect. This metacognition is vital to the learning process, although it is often sacrificed because of how much content is required to be taught in modern curricula.
Promoting a reflective atmosphere in the classroom takes time, effort, and forethought. Thankfully, there are tools that can be used to help students become reflective people. Blogs and other online tools can give students a voice, give them room to reflect, and allow them to interact with others, both in and out of the classroom. Learn how to harness these tools to help your students become reflective people.
Lastly, we need to model being reflective practitioners, both on our own and with our students.

Conversational Practice:
The session will be very interactive. It will begin with a discussion on what it means to be reflective and how we can strive for this as educators and promote these qualities in our students. We will look at #comments4kids and practice leaving comments that promote reflection and further learner on actual students blogs. Then, teachers will have the opportunity to look at blogs of other educators and start their own.


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