Cultivating Authentic Reflection for Learning and Assessing
you want to increase students' learning, and intellectual growth?
you like to put students at the center of their own learning?
you interested in cultivating an atmosphere of inquiry, of instilling
reflection as a habit of mind?
you like to use thoughtful reflections to further your practices, evaluate your
program, and help students self-assess?
The ability to foster authentic reflection helps to create a
world of critical thinkers and active learners.
Authentic Reflection Is
reflection is a method for getting participants to think more deeply about what
they are learning, why this is so, and what they are taking away from their experience
and thought process.
reflection is not a straightforward description of what was done. Through a
three-step process it deliberately draws responders to a more thoughtful place,
which in the end is much more useful to the learner.
is essential to the responder's learning process, but it is simultaneously of
enormous use to the educator, who from the responses can discover what it is
people are learning and whether or not this meets their original goals. Thus
authentic reflection provides data for the educator that they can use to amend
and/or augment their own teaching practices and/or the structure of the
Authentic Reflection Does
authentic reflection stems in writing, thinking, and facilitating allows you to
get learners to
• think more
deeply (move to a deeper plane of thinking)
and listen better
• increase their
• deepen and
extend their learning
• move from
understanding to action (It forces you to take stock before going on going on to problem-solving)
• move from
action to contemplation and integration of knowledge
• improve focus
• make better
decisions and solve problems more readily
• practice their
reflection is a concrete skill that touches abstract issues. Using authentic
reflection allows leaders to be better at facilitating others' growth.
reflection is a core skill to thinking about and viewing the world.
is essential that any learner can take knowledge and think more deeply. Using
authentic reflection gets people to survey, become attuned into core issues in
regards to the environment, team, and knowledge.
a Case/What We See
reflection brings authentic rigor that you don't usually see
reflection supplies usable tools in varied ways
• Every activity
should have authentic reflection be built into the curriculum and thinking
• Students to
deepen their learning experience and help them take initial knowledge to true
workshops for staff; getting them to think in different ways about their own
teaching processes as well as how to get students to reflect at a deeper level
Development for upper management/supervisors so they can do professional
development for their direct service staff (building professional staff)
• Direct service
providers for their work with young people