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As the school year nears to a close and students start to clear out backpacks, desks, and lockers, my mind fills with the memorabilia of our year. There are times when I think it would be easier to just purge the memories of the past year along with the worn notebooks and broken pencils, rather than reflect on them. But as I extract one memory at a time, in order to learn from it, the process of reflecting allows me to see where my aims and ambitions for student learning met, exceeded, or fell short of their mark. With this in mind, we’re celebrating student achievement in three different videos. As you watch these students demonstrating their learning, I hope you also take a moment to reflect on the achievements and accomplishments that took place in your own classrooms.

And if you still have time to get your students involved in end-of-the-year reflection, check out this blog post from my colleague Lily Jones who has compiled some memorable ways to get students celebrating what they’ve learned! 

Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel

3 Videos Celebrating Student Achievement

Take a peek into Ms. Price’s classroom to see how she uses reflection throughout the school year as a strategy to help students find their shining moments!
Sometimes reflection becomes a capstone experience. Watch Yvonne, a student at Metro Arts and Technology High, defend her learning portfolio.
Reflection can be part of daily routines, too. Ms. Saul shows us how she helps kids transfer an end-of-day routine to an end-of-year reflection.
You’ve probably experienced a Socratic Seminar, a formal class discussion that values the power of questioning in building shared knowledge. A Paideia Seminar is similar, but it takes the discussion to the next level. Not only does it embody important guidelines of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), it aligns to the CCSS. Blogger Katie Novak explains how it works and how you can get started.
Empowering learners is complex work, but blogger Wendy Sauer offers four components (and video examples) that are integral to building a “roar-enabling environment.”