In secondary education I feel that we don’t spend enough time building relationships, and
nurturing our students’ curiosity because we are bound by curriculum and pacing. This sheet is something that I often use at the end of the class period in my own classroom. We are only two weeks into school and I and have already found that students are looking for my response each day, and are thinking about what to write during class (reflecting upon what they learned, or jotting down questions).
This tool has become a great tool for formative assessment, and especially for
differentiation. It is open-ended enough that the lower level students can simply
state what they learned, or ask a question about the lesson, where higher level
students can ask more in-depth questions, and I have an easy way built in to
respond to them.
I think it is critically important for students to reflect on their own learning, and, if needed, I can give a more specific prompt for the day. However, sometimes it is better open-ended. On Friday I had one student write "I learned today that I need to come to this class ready to work, not fool around" .....If he learned that, I'm happy as well :)