Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsI want to stress the importance of reflection if you want to translate ideas into practise and also if you want to be effective in making changes in what you do. What we've designed for you is a reflection grid. It's a four cell grid and you'll see the the four cells have particular names and functions. You've got successes at the top, and then underneath that Eureka moments. Eureka moments you may or may not have had in your lesson. These are times when either you suddenly understand why particular strategies work or why a child suddenly understands something, or why, perhaps, your pupil or your student is having problems.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsAlso you might have some questions on assessment for learning, either they've been there long term or maybe, again, that have emerged as you've worked in the classroom. These are important to record, as well, as are your problems. So now's your chance to complete the grid, reflect back, and you'll have one two, three, or even maybe four cells to actually record. This will help you on your learning journey so that when you do go online you can share and discuss these points with others.

Reflecting on what you're learning

Trying to take in new ideas and embed them into your practice is not easy.

However, as Chris explains in this video, using the reflection grid [PDF] to help you focus on ‘successes’ or be aware of ‘pitfalls’ or simply to log ‘questions’ will help with this.

For your convenience, here is a blank copy of the reflection grid [DOCX] you can edit. On some occasions we will prompt you to use it, but feel free to use it whenever you want.

The reflection grid should serve both as an aide memoire and a record of how your thinking develops during the course.

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Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

National STEM Learning Centre