FOUR Cs OF REFLECTION Reflection should help students make a connection between their service experience and the academic concepts they have learned in the classroom.
Reflection is a tool to help students develop critical thinking skills and improve on future performance by analyzing their experience Well-written prompts can help challenge students’ currently held beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, biases, privileges, prejudices, and stereotypes.
So what we can do to address the need for reasoning? One point of interest is professional teacher education; both pre-service teacher training and ongoing professional development opportunities should include the latest neuroscience research. Staff in career centers can help applicants understand the importance of good thinking skills.
I do agree with Judy Willis in her article “A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain,” on the “There are no more critical life supports than passionate, informed teachers who can resuscitate students’ joyful learning. Fortune 500 executives choose critical thinking, collaboration, and communication as key skills for their employees!
While I’m grading tests, I’m thinking about how we develop critical thinking skills. ” Or, do these skills develop because we study certain subjects or because we understand certain concepts?
Statistics is a course full of “word problems”…thing that many students try to avoid. Quantitative literacy is not just statistics, by the way.Through guided prompts, students can focus on objectives before, during, and after their service experiences, creating more intentional, guided learning.A key aspect of reflective writing is that it it not a description paper.Well constructed prompts help them articulate how their discipline or what they learned in a course can be used to positively impact a community.Critical thinking is a widely accepted educational goal.But I do think that critical thinking is entwined with quantitative literacy/statistical reasoning/ problem solving in the classroom.I’ve read countless articles about the need for critical thinking and quantitative literacy and the failure of current education models to deliver QL skills to our students.Not only does she strive to help her students succeed, but Diane enjoys the collaboration with her peers.She has taught a variety of courses and loves learning how new technology and resources can help students be more successful.When educators learn about how the brain appears to process, recognize, remember and transfer information at the level of neural circuits, synapses and neurotransmitters, and when they share that knowledge with students, they share empowerment with their students. Did the authors explain the background/context of the problem? We all encounter people who can’t seem to think critically about situations…not just mathematically, either.Informed teachers help students understand their ability to change their brains and experience success and renewed confidence. After reading multiple articles about critical thinking, I see one common thread is the need for good questioning. They struggle with processing information from different resources, turning a problem around and over and conceptualizing differently, collaborating with others, and/or communicating their thought process effectively.