Group

Workshop Workgroup: Incorporating reflective learning in the classroom in ways that encourage disciplined thinking.

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About this group

This workgroup is for teachers currently enrolled in Leslie Nicholas' Workshop "Incorporating reflective learning in the classroom in ways that encourage disciplined thinking."

Teachers currently registered for this Workshop are invited to work with Leslie through each of his two scheduled Workshop sessions, and to stay connected to each other well after the Workshop concludes.

About the Workshop

“In my opinion," says Leslie, "one of the jobs of education is to produce a citizenry that fully participates in our democracy. Skilled reflection is a crucial part of that participation.

“Reflection allows students to make connections between experience and their own prior knowledge, and to make meaning from these connections. Yet, most kids don’t come into the classroom with a disciplined practice of reflection; it has to be taught to avoid superficial responses and discussions.

In my classroom, students deliberate alone to develop an internal voice meant for introspection, and they reflect in groups to develop an external voice to build confidence, develop empathy, and learn to cooperate. Group reflection also cultivates others skills among students —cooperation, flexibility, and collaboration– that they will take directly into the world they will inherit.”