Take your notes and use those to write your final draft. Here are some tips:
Introduction: Either start with a vivid description of the place, your experience, or a summary of what you are reflecting about. End with your thesis idea. Sometimes you may want to put a question first and then the answer
Example Thesis: Why was I feeling so peaceful while walking down this beach? I realized it was because the beach had always been a place of rest to me.
Body: Each of the questions you've answered can be a paragraph in the body of your essay. Take your notes and expand them. Add more details and examples from your experience and your life story.
Conclusion: Explain and expand on your thesis idea. Tell how this experience taught you something new or how it helped you to understand something. Another way to conclude is to suggest where you might like to go from this point in thinking about your thesis idea.
Example Conclusion: I sent my photo of "For Rhonda" to my friend along with a text letting her know how much I appreciate her help in letting me know that we can always find places to relax and renew in the midst of our busy lives. Now, I want to find a way to help Rhonda have a day off of her own, and I'm hoping someday we can take a trip to the beach together.
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Students are an intrinsic part of the information sharing process. They can reflect on their learning and be involved in a number of ways.
Student-led conferences are an increasingly common way for schools to carry out some of their information sharing with parents. They give students an opportunity to share with their growth as a learner with their parents. Find out more about student-led conferences below:
Student reflection in written reports
Students can reflect on their learning as part of the school’s written reporting process. Students could write a letter to their parents or complete a template to insert into the report.
The letter or template could include some reflection stems such as:
- I feel good about…
- I used to… but now I…
- Two things I will remember about what I have learnt over the last 6 months are…
- A strategy that really helped me learn better is…
- If I could do something again differently, I would…
- One thing I will remember to do in the future is…
- One thing I really want to learn is...
Students could complete six-monthly self-assessments that are related to their important learning goals. They could develop criteria with the teacher and then assess themselves at two time points using a tool such as the one below.
These assessments could also be shared with parents during student-led conferences, through portfolios or through inserting them into written reports.
Download a template of this diagram here.
Template Student self assessment of learning dispositions (Word 2007 78 KB)
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Effective reporting involves each child in taking increasing responsibility for his or her own learning. Students need to be clear about: what they have learnt, which learning strategies were successful, what they need to focus on next and why it is important. (Principle 4)