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Six Word Reflections. Students were asked to summarize 2015 in six words. They were also supposed to write the six words that they hoped would define 2016. The six word limit was inspired by the six-word memoir movement. My kids had a lot of trouble with the six word limit. A lot of them interpreted it as "six phrases" instead...
Keep/Change/Start/Stop Times Two. I've blogged about this form of reflection before here.
The first one was for them to decide what they wanted to keep/change/start/stop in 2016. This could be about school or just about their personal life.
The second one was for students to reflection on changes they would like to see in our class. I personalized mine to say Ms. Hagan should... This was my students' chance to speak up about how they felt about how my class is structured. I warned them that if they suggested something like "stop teaching us math" it wasn't going to happen.
I've uploaded the files here if you can use them for something. If you download the editable version (Publisher), you'll need these free fonts: Comic Zine OT and Gigi. I've also uploaded it as a PDF.
After the reflection sheet, I handed back semester tests to my students. The semester test was made up of released end-of-instruction questions from the state of Oklahoma. I made sure to pick out questions that covered what we had learned first semester. It was 100% multiple choice, and I gave students a cover sheet to record their answers on for easy grading. When I handed them back, I kept their cover sheets and just returned their problem sets and work. I then gave them a blank cover sheet and instructed that that they could use any resource to redo their semester test. This could mean working together, researching problems on the internet, etc. They were also given the percentage they made on their semester test to let them know what percent of their answers needed to be changed.
Some of my classes got together in groups and worked diligently. Others just sat there like bumps on a log which frustrated me. I guess I did give them a two week timeline to get these turned in, so it's partially my fault.