What is a Reflecting Session

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					 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.

				
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