We Strive to be Reflective!

Feb 16th, 2017

We Strive to be Reflective!

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week we focused on the attribute, Reflective.

Thank you to our elementary teaching staff for helping us all learn more about being reflective!

When we are being reflective, we thoughtfully consider the world around us, our ideas and our experiences. We strive to understand our strengths and areas that need more development. We intentionally try to think about these things and make changes where we can. We give thoughtful consideration to our own learning and consider how to grow or improve in a constructive manner. We value self-awareness as an important skill.

Developing reflection and self-awareness skills in grade school can set your child up for success in later in life. It can also help him/her learn to advocate for his/her needs when he/she’s older. When teachers and parents cultivate students' abilities to reflect on, monitor and evaluate their learning, young people become more self-reliant, flexible, and productive. 

How can you help at home to develop children who are reflective?

  • After an experience ask your child what went well, what he/ she liked the most during that experience, what the strong points were.  Then, ask him/her to share what didn't go as well has he/she had hoped and why? Ask your child to think of what will allow him/her to do or be better next time. 
  • Ask about his/her significant learning this past week
  • Don’t let growth areas be a taboo topic. Try not to shy away from talking about shortcomings. You can use members of your family as examples for your child: “Mom is great at fixing things that break but not so great at making dinner.” 
  • Look at the big picture and foster a balanced perspective. Even though it’s important to acknowledge your child’s growth areas, it’s also good to keep them in perspective. 
  • Encourage your child to create a reflection journal. 
  • Discourage comparisons. It’s hard for kids to be aware of their own abilities when they view them in the light of other people’s performance. 
  • Give students practice recognizing what they don't understand.
  • Let your child know that his/her brain is wired for growth.
  • Help your child discover the connection between the sacrament of reconciliation and self-reflection.
  • Learn the practice/art of meditation. (Here are 3 kid-friendly guided meditations.)

Anne LaLonde Laux

 
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator

Annunciation Catholic School