Regular self reflection is a powerful tool for motivating students to do their best. It is also great tool for encouraging a growth mindset.
Using Google Forms will make self reflection easy, and give your students (and you) quick access to valuable data.
First, make a Google Form for each student. Give students access in some individual, private way, so that no other student can see it.
You can try using tiny.url.com to create short links which you can print on small strips to hand out to students. Encourage them to book mark the Google Form, or write down the tiny URL somewhere safe!
Or you could generate and print QR codes that each link to a student’s form. Encourage your students to tape the QR code into their notebook so they have it every day.
The first question on the form can be a short paragraph where the student writes in his own goal. This could be her goal for the week, the month, the quarter – it is up to you.
Do not click the “required” button for the goals question – they only need to fill it in once, so allow them to leave it blank when they complete the more regular reflection.
Under the goals question, add another short paragraph question prompting them to reflect on how well they are meeting their own set goal.
You can then create a check list of the things you want your students to be doing. This can include doing homework, paying attention in class, staying off of their phones, taking good notes, working with their partner, etc.
Of course, it is important that students have access to their own accumulated data!
In order for them to see it, click on the ‘settings’ image at the top of the page (looks like a wheel). Under the general tab, at the bottom, check the box ‘see summary charts and text responses’.
Each time a student completes the form and submits, their cumulative data will come up, showing them how consistent they have been on their goals.
Your students can fill out the self reflection sheet every day as a closing assignment, or once a week (maybe every Friday), or even once a month – depending on how you format the goals.
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