Weekly Reflection

I originally came up with this document when I was creating curriculum for an Academic Advisory course. It is based around a famous quote from John Dewey: “We do not learn from experiences… we learn from reflecting on experience”. To this day I use the first page of the document when I go over a test with my entire class. For AP courses this allows students to reflect on the content they missed and prevent them from making the same mistake twice.

To use this as a weekly guide I would hand the entire document out at the end of the week and allow them time to complete the reflection.

To use this document for test reflection I would pass out only the first page of the weekly reflection. After you pass back the graded tests allow students time to answer question one: “List your grade and percentage. Are you surprised? Content?” and question two: “If you were not pleased with your grade what could have done differently? / What should you keep doing to continue this level of performance?”

Then, while you are going over the test question by question have complete the third task: “List the concepts you missed.”

Tim Trepal is a sixth-year social studies teacher at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts & Sciences from Kent State University, and then went on to earn his Master of Education in curriculum and instruction through the Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (M.U.S.T.) program at Cleveland State University. Tim has taught a wide variety of courses at Cleveland School of Science and Medicine including: business of healthcare, bioethics, AP psychology, AP government and politics, and honors world history. He has also held different leadership roles as the school’s Mock Trial coach, AAP member, and 11th and 12th grade team leader. Tim was a co-author on “Making My Future Work,” a college and career readiness program developed from a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. He is interested in research topics such as developmental psychology, social justice, social and emotional learning, and teacher education.