Can We Assess Student Reflection? 27/180

Can We Assess Student Reflection?A handful of years ago, when I started moving towards inquiry-based instruction in my fourth grade classroom, one of the questions that I consistently pondered was “How do we assess higher-order thinking?” I wanted my  students to produce evidence that they were thinking/learning on a deeper level (and to validate my “new” teaching methods).

As I moved towards project-based learning (which, in my mind, falls under the umbrella of inquiry-based learning), I utilized such resources as Understanding by Design and the Buck Institute website. During this shift I started to rely on student reflection for evidence of higher-order thinking, which is one of the eight essentials of project-based learning according to the Buck Institute.

I highly recommend taking a look at Understanding by Design and the Buck Institute website!

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