5 Best Reflection Activities for the End of the Year

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

This week’s Kikori WP is all about closing out the year with contemplation and understanding!

“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way.

So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” - Claude Monet




Reflection is such a big part of what we do at Kikori. It is an aspect of almost every activity of ours in the form of our “Learn” questions, and we have a whole category dedicated to processing exercises. Wondering why? This is all because reflection is a foundational and crucial component of experiential education! Our activities contain hands-on challenges that build problem-solving skills, communication skills, and trust, and it is necessary that students take some time reflecting on these experiences, oftentimes with the guidance or prompting of a teacher, to develop new understanding from them.


Furthermore, there’s no better time than the end of a calendar year to incorporate more reflection into your classroom! Taking time for students to look back on all they’ve accomplished over the past four months will help them internalize and maintain their growth moving forward.



Pick A Card That...

By Amy Climer

Time: 10 min


How to Play:

1: Gather students together and display for them a deck of Climer Cards, picture-side up.

2: Have the group browse the images and select one that represents a lesson that they learned over the past semester.

3: Once everyone has chosen a card, ask them to share their picture and why they chose it in partners or as a whole group.


Learn:

Reflect: In this activity, did you think of a lesson you learned and then find an image that represents it, or did you find an image that reminded you of an important lesson?

Connect: What is the significance of the lesson you shared about for aspects of your life outside of school?

Grow: Think about something new you want to learn this coming semester, and select a new card that represents this goal.


For five different ways to do this, take a look at the activities below that can all be found on the Kikori App!

2020 is nearly over, and there’s no better time to look back on all that has been accomplished over the semester. This week’s Weekly Planner is focused on reflections designed to help students internalize what they’ve learned and set goals for the future.


Mindful Monday: Touch Someone Who, a group activity that makes expressing appreciation for one’s peers easy.

Together Tuesday: Did Ya?, a sharing exercise that emphasizes communal experiences.

Wellness Wednesday: Guardian Angel/Mentor Letter, a twist on “Letters to Self” that promotes goal-setting.

Thoughtful Thursday: Find Your Soul, a personal reflection designed for introspection and self-understanding.

Fun Friday: Climer Cards - Pick A Card That, a flexible debrief that builds metaphor-making skills.


Our 2020 Reflection Activity Playlist

Title: WP End-Of-Year Reflections

Description: Activities to help students look back on and gain understanding from this past year’s experiences.

Activities:

  • Touch Someone Who

  • Debrief: Did Ya? (SELA 15.3)

  • Guardian Angel or Mentor Letter

  • Find Your Soul

  • Climer Cards - Pick a Card That…

  • Tool Kit (SELA 36.1)

  • Letter to Self (SELA 36.3)

  • Debrief: Plus/Delta (SELA 11.3)


Do you want to save the Weekly Planner playlist for easy access?


Head over to Playlists or click into Kikori co-founder, Kendra Bostick's, profile!

Click the ❤️ to Favorite the Playlist and store it for later!


If you haven't already downloaded the Kikori App, it's available now!! 
 Click to download in the App Store and Google Play Store



Read More:

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/ten-online-teaching-tips-may-not-heard/


https://www.edutopia.org/blog/8-tips-and-tricks-redesign-your-classroom


https://educationtothecore.com/2019/07/61-tips-and-tricks-for-new-teachers/


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