What is a Reflecting Session? • A time for readers and writers to share what they have learned with others in a way that makes their learning more permanent and applicable to other learning situations. What is a Reflecting Session? • A Reflection Session can take different forms from whole class to pairs, trios or quads. What is a Reflecting Session? • Teachers model and explicitly teach children to “teach” their peers in a Reflection Session – children gradually take responsibility for planning Reflection Sessions and for ensuring that their “students” understand. What is a Reflecting Session? • Teachers model various forms of Reflection Sessions before asking students to use them – i.e., sessions in which partners share, whole class sessions and sessions that include teaching students outside the immediate class members. What is a Reflecting Session? • Children conducting Reflection Sessions emphasize ways in which their “students” can apply what they learn in Reflection Sessions beyond the immediate application, i.e., how they might use the strategy being taught in other books or in their own writing. What is a Reflecting Session? • Children who are in the role of learner while their peers are teaching are taught to ask the “teacher” questions, to challenge what is being shared, to argue diplomatically and to push the “teacher” to expand his/her thinking. What is a Reflecting Session? • Reflection Sessions are concluded with a challenge to the learners to apply what has been taught in their own reading and writing. What is a Reflecting Session? • All class members need regular opportunities to conduct Reflection Sessions.