Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing | Edutopia

Amanda Lickteig

I love the term marinate when referring to reflection! In a recent Edutopia blog post by Joshua Block, he describes providing students time for letting ideas sink in and then giving them an outlet at the end of class to share their epiphanies.

This semester, I’ve gotten into the practice of doing an exit ticket with the students in my teacher education classes using the online and app-based program Socrative.  I knew that reflecting on the essential and guiding questions of each class was a powerful tool for student understanding and assessment and I found the printed reports that Socrative emailed after each “quiz” helpful in following up with students personally after class.  However, I have been thinking about the importance of reflection even more as the semester draws to a close. This post came at a perfect time to push me into exploring the whys behind reflection.

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