Recently my guest blog on @TeacherToolkit’s blog concerning self-assessment was publicised and it generated some interest again, which was pleasing to see. In the past it has also generated comments on other professional views on self assessment and how it can be made more effective.
However, this time I received a comment from @slrbass who said that in education we simply do not have time to give children the time to practise being reflective. I can’t help but feel a lot of truth in this, especially as a Year 6 teacher.
There is so much content to cover in the Curriculum that thinking skills such as reflective thinking are pushed to the side. Despite this, should it not be a goal of an educator to actively encourage their students to think about their learning – take action in their learning rather than having it acted upon them with no thought? I can’t help but wonder if a child who is trained to reflectively consider their learning is put with a child who doesn’t think about their learning if there would be a difference between to two.
The only issue with this is that, unless we can clone a child and keep them in the same room, ant research into whether reflective thinking improves learning is always going to be skewed – so many factors in a child’s life affect learning making it difficult to say what affects learning categorically.