However, in teaching and learning the word reflection takes on much important meaning.
In the IB programme, reflection is one of the key assessment criteria for students across all the subjects. We hope for the students not only to achieve “correct” outcomes and results but also to take a deep breath and to think about how they arrived at those outcomes. Student should comment on what they have learned and what were the limitations that they faced on the way, either while writing an essay or conducting a science experiment. Students should develop an ability to compare different approaches and to reflect on the implications of their findings.
What did go well and what not so well?
What were the strengths and what were the weaknesses of the method I have chosen?
Was there a way to do it differently?
Reflecting on our work enhances our conceptual understanding of the process and the topic being studied. Therefore, we the educators at TBS Warsaw make sure that reflection is one of the key element of our teaching and learning across all the age levels as it implies growth of students’ knowledge and understanding.
“We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” John Dewey
Dr Jacek Łatkowski