Encouraging Reflection, Part 2: Reflection in Action6 min read
In Part 1 of the Encouraging Reflection mini-series, we looked at reflective practice, examining its important role in the learning process. In this post, we will look at some practical ways you can encourage your students to put reflection into action. We will use Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle (which we discussed in Part 1) as a framework students can use to reflect on both the lesson and their recorded practices.
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One easy way to encourage your students to practice reflection is to have them watch the lesson during the week and then have them complete a reflection worksheet.
- Record lessons either with your students during the in-person lesson, or for your students in advance.
- Ask your students to watch the lesson back at least once during the week.
- Using the worksheet at https://www.collabramusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/LessonReviewWorksheet.pdf, have your students answer the following questions about the lesson:
- What are the areas of the lesson where you performed well?
- What are the places you need to improve?
- What instructions / exercises were provided for how to practice?
- What goals were set for the coming week? How much, by when?
It is important to make sure your students understand the importance of this reflection activity. Below, we have provided a dialogue you can use as a starting point to open up a conversation with your students about the importance of reflection.
Taking lessons is just like going to a class in school. After you attend the class, you have to review your notes. The recorded lesson is like the notes you would take in a class. In order to truly retain the information covered in the lesson, you have to review by listening and / or watching the lesson back – like studying for a test. The more times you review, the more likely you are to remember and truly KNOW the information shared with you. This will allow us to cover NEW material at the next lesson, as opposed to reminding you of the information already shared.
HOW students practice is as important as HOW MUCH they practice. By encouraging your students to reflect on their practice sessions, you can help them learn how to practice more effectively. The process of outlined below is designed to help students correct poor habits, keep a victory log, and celebrate their progress.
Collabra in Use for Structured Student Practice:
- Make an individual practice recording for each activity.
- Use the Comments Box to label each activity.
- Listen back and note challenges / victories.
- Apply Gibbs reflective cycle to define goals and refine practice plan.
- Review part / all of the practice session and comments at the next lesson.
- Prompt students to record practice session(s) during the week.
- One option is to have students make separate recordings for each activity they complete.
- Ask students to use the Comments Box to summarize their practice session.
- Outline the activities or sections completed during each section of the practice.
- Define Challenges and Questions, Victories and Accomplishments.
- Use Gibbs’ Cycle to define issues / goals and set a specific practice agenda.
- Review part / all of the student’s practice session and comments during the next lesson.
- Address the student’s self-evaluation and comments. Encourage a healthy balance between constructive self-criticism and acknowledgment of victories.
- Use the Comments Box to place time-stamped feedback on the practice video and offer additional pointers or alternative points of view. For example, a student who comments that they “sound terrible” may be encouraged to shift that thought to “I am working towards a freer tone.”
The following are some resources you can give your students to get them started with practicing reflection.
- Worksheet for Reflecting on the Lesson: https://www.collabramusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/LessonReviewWorksheet.pdf
- Getting the Most of Collabra (for students): https://www.collabramusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/BEST-WAYS-TO-USE-COLLABRA.pdf