I have been on school excursions before. As a student, as a parent, but not as a teacher. Now that I have seen one being organised from behind the scenes I can fully appreciate the amount of work, effort, logistics and reporting that goes into arranging such an outing. I’ll be heading off on this excursion tomorrow, and I am a little bit excited.
Next week, I will be doing some make up days for my prac, so I will have the opportunity to lead the class through a reflection on tomorrow’s excursion. It is for their History studies, but I will be able to incorporate some language and writing skills as well. I came across another blog (https://multimodalme.wordpress.com/reflective-writing/) that was discussing the benefits of teaching students the art of reflection… “It encourages students to develop a range of skills in identifying features and analysis, plus critical evaluation.” and I wholeheartedly agree. Reflecting on something like an excursion is easier for students than reflecting on last weeks maths lesson, because it was out of the ordinary and a bit of fun that they will remember easier. This kind of reflection calls for remembering, analysing and evaluating which is tricky for 7 year olds, but they need to start somewhere.
This blogger used the 3D format for reflective writing that they found in an article in Metaphor, a journal of the English Teachers Association of New South Wales, Australia in 2007. The 3 D’s are Describe, Disclose and Decide, and this format encourages students to to cover the what, how and why of what they are reflecting about as well as evaluating their response.
I think that I will give this format a go when I take my students through their reflections. You never know, if it is successful I might even adopt the format myself for my own lesson / teaching reflections.