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Reflecting is a tool that students at YIS know very well. It is something we do – we reflect.
Our reflections might be about the “What” of our learning – “What did you learn?” as well as the “How” of our learning – “How did you do that?” “What was going on when you were learning that?” “What helped you learn?”
In a nutshell, the “how” of our learning is metacognition. It’s a big word, but it is an important one for deep learning.
With metacognition in mind, the students recently reflected on their performance practice for Music. At the time of the practice, Ms. Mason was away, so I was able to see the many interactions and accommodations that each music group was incorporating as they were learning how to manage and perfect the performance part of their Time Bucket composition of sound.
After the practice, students reflected upon what helped them when they were learning their parts for their music performance:
PJ: It helped me when I was sharing my ideas with my friends and some of my ideas were not in the sounds, and sometimes they used more of mine. and sometimes they used less.
LK – I listened to my team to work together to get ideas to make the performance better.
HC – I learned my part and then I helped my friends to learn their part and then we did the performance and we got everything right. But before the performance, we practiced so many times and we never got it right.
Kane – I know that if you speak about only one thing a long time, you just waste all the other things and won’t get finished in time.
CMR – I learned that its better to work outside because inside is really noisy, especially when there are no big kids outside.
I learned that if you don’t cooperate so much with your team, you might not get stuff done so easily. If you’re like helping your team and they can’t do it right, you need a lot of practice so they can do it right. You need a lot of practice and patience.
WD- -Hamish said we are going to put the names on the paper, then when we are playing we can look at the paper and then we will learn whose turn it is.
Logan – I learned that we have to have teamwork, if we don’t have teamwork then we will stop the show.
Jingyi – Like, I learned from mistakes because the first time each person have/has only one instrument and its too boring, and then we add and change and change and finally we have the right one.
TM – I learned you can’t have two jobs at a time because if you are first in the list and you are pointing, then it is harder and your group will be upset . That’s all.
AY: I learned that you have to be open minded because sometimes your partner is absent and you have to get a new partner. If you don’t be open minded other people have good ideas so you will get an argument.
Junsei – I learned people pointing at the time buckets is helpful.
Troy – I learned my part when Hamish wrote down the names so that I know when it is my turn or not. (Troy originally said: – but Troy did not listen to his team – I think you should listen to your team so if they say something you have to listen to them.)
If you are interested in more information about metacognition and the importance of reflection, you may want to peruse any of the following links. There is more and more evidence that reflecting on something we do is very important for strong learning.
From The Atlantic:
From Harvard Business School Journal:
A definition of metacognition with a checklist of metacognition skills:
A quote from John Dewey within this blog:
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