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

“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.”

Leslie Nicholas

Leslie Nicholas received the 2013 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence at a gala in Washington, D.C. considered to be the Academy Awards for public education. He also received the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. In the summ... Full Bio